What in the world is Design Review?

Before we get to the nuts and bolts of Design Review, stop for a moment and think back to the first time you motored through Delta Coves by car or by boat.

What did you fall in love with? Was it the beautiful lagoon? The surrounding path and trails? The uniquely designed Island Camp? The variety of architectural styles among the homes all with direct water access?

Chances are, whatever it was you fell in love with, you realized pretty quickly that Delta Coves had a distinct look and an unmistakable sense of community.

Now fast forward 10, 20, even 30 years from now. What do you hope to see when you motor through your community streets and waters?

Here’s where Design Review comes into play.

In short, Design Review maintains today and for many years to come, the Delta Coves quality and community you fell in love with.

The individuality of your home is key to neighborhood character, but let’s face it, we all have different tastes and styles. The Design Review process provides consistency in the quality of all exterior home modifications, emphasizes the natural characteristics of the Delta, and supports the community vision.

Planned communities are designed with an overall vision of the character and lifestyle they want to evolve into. For example, Delta Coves is planned to emphasize the outdoor, water-centric Delta living, celebrating the history and natural environments of the region. This deliberate consideration so that community lives in harmony with its natural surroundings is what makes Delta Coves distinctive.

Design Review not only maintains the vision of Delta Coves, it also protects your home investment. The standards at Delta Coves are deliberately high to help preserve the value of your home.

In sum, the design guidelines were created and are administered to ensure the community grows with the ever-elusive feel of timelessness.

So, here’s the scoop: If you want to make additions, modifications, or improvements to the outside of your house (including your dock), you’ll need to get prior approval from the Design Review Committee. Exterior modifications include landscaping, fencing, dock enhancements, shade structures, security doors, storage sheds, and outdoor lighting, to name a few.

It’s a collaborative process. The Design Review Committee works in partnership with residents to make the experience as smooth as possible for you.

Here are a few tips to consider before you submit a Design Review application:

  • Review the Residential Design Guidelines first, even if your vendor feels confident she or he knows them. Then contact the Delta Coves Maintance Corporation if you still have questions. Reviewing the guidelines will give you more realistic expectations when working with your vendor. Even if your modification meets the guidelines, you still need review and approval from the Design Review Committee before you begin any work.
  • Don’t assume you can make a modification just because someone else did. You may have noticed your neighbor made an exterior modification, but that doesn’t mean it was approved nor that it will work for your home.
  • Plan a realistic timeline with your vendor. The Design Review Committee typically meets on a biweekly basis and has 45 days from the date a completed application is submitted to review and provide a written response to the homeowner. Complete, clear, and thorough applications can be returned much sooner.
  • It’s much easier to go through the Design Review process before you make a modification. We have had the unfortunate experience of residents making a modification based on the design guidelines, then having to remove the modification at their own expense.

The Design Review process is really about finding that sweet spot where personalizing your home intersects with the established design guidelines and the greater vision of Delta Coves.

Questions? Contact the Delta Coves Maintenance Corporation.