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Ardrossan Heights

Architectural Design Guidelines


The following architectural guidelines have been compiled to assist you in

problem-free construction. The objective of these architectural directives

is to achieve the highest possible standard of VISUAL APPEAL in this

subdivision for the immediate and long-term benefit to the Purchaser.

Ardrossan Heights is designed to be a community that mixes traditional

and modern architecture in a harmonious way by encouraging varied

exteriors that are all of high quality.


Should any questions or disputes result from individual concerns, the

Developer’s decision will be final.


2.1 Damage Deposit

$3,000.00 Per Lot payable to Ardrossan Land Corp. at the time of purchase. The

deposit, or a portion thereof, may be retained by Ardrossan Land Corp. for the following


a) Contravention of Architectural objectives.

b) Damage to:

i. Curb stop-water service valve

ii. Sidewalks, curbs and gutter

iii. Asphalt

iv. Boulevard landscaping and trees

v. Light standard

vi. Fire hydrants

vii. Grading and drainage swales

viii. Fencing

c) Front and visible side yard landscaping not completed.


2.2 Landscaping Requirements

A landscaping package for the front yard of each lot will include a minimum of


The tree shall be at least 1 ½” caliper for deciduous trees and 1.8 m. (6 ft.) in height for

evergreen trees. The landscaping must be completed within 120 days of the home

being substantially completed. Seasonal deficiencies will be accepted if late fall or

winter construction occupancy occurs. Completion of the landscaping forms part of the

final acceptance requirements.

2.3 Lot Grading

The lot grading must be consistent with the approved Lot Grading Plan for the

applicable stage of Southfort Meadows. In addition to critical grading control points at

the lot corners, grade elevations along each boundary will receive important

consideration. All building permits in the Strathcona County require rough & final

grading approval through the municipality.

3. Architectural Guidelines

3.1 House Size

(a) Minimum house widths will be as follows:

Building Pocket Minimum widths

28-30 ft. 28 ft.

32-34 ft 32 ft.

36 ft. 34 ft.

38 ft. 36 ft.

40 ft. 38 ft.

42 ft. 40 ft.

Minimum widths are only required at the front of the house, so houses offset from

the garage that are less wide through the balance of the building pocket are permitted.

3.2 House Requirements

(a) All housing units are to be completed with at least a double attached garage

(front & side garage permitted).

(b) Sidewalks, driveway, and front steps are to be of poured concrete (including

stamped or colored) or exposed aggregate. Wood for front steps will be


considered for houses with prairie or craftsman architecture. Wooden steps must

be enclosed, painted to match the exterior, and the house must have a veranda

or front porch to compliment the house style.

(c) Garage locations as shown on subdivision plan.

(d) House portion roof slopes to be a minimum of 6/12 with the exception of

bungalows which shall be 7/12. Lower roof slopes will be permitted for

architectural intent upon review by the VENDOR for houses built with modern

and contemporary architecture.

(e) There shall be no identical house elevation separately by less than 3 houses.

(f) The minimum roof overhang shall be 18”. All cantilevers on front elevations and

exposed sides on corner lots, require a minimum 12” overhang.

(g) A maximum of 8 risers will be permitted on all houses

(h) Roofs shall be covered with any of the following Driftwood asphalt shingles:

BP, IKO, Certain Teed Landmark

(i) Predominant trims in contrasting colors on window, doors, trims, etc.

(j) A minimum of 6” fascia

(k) On the front elevation of the house and the exposed side elevation on corner

lots, 6” window frames and 4” minimum trim boards around doors will be

required. Windows which cannot accommodate trim boards can use a

combination of shutters and trim boards.

(l) Houses using siding will require a minimum 75 square feet of brick or stone on

the front elevation (note this can be used as one of your menu options).

(m)Walkout/Partial Walkout/Lots backing on to Park

Extra rear elevation detailing to match the front elevation of the house will be

mandatory on all lots. Three storey rear elevations must break up the elevation

with the use of windows, box outs, decks, etc.

Walkout basement houses will require a rear deck complete with a minimum of

12” X 12” support columns.

Freestanding storage sheds or aux buildings will not be allowed within the legal

rear yard.


(n) Special exterior design must be given to the flankage side of homes on all

CORNER LOTS. Low profile homes are preferred on corner lots. Other model

types (Two Storey, Bi-Level) will be considered by the VENDOR where extra

detail is applied to the side of the house.

(o) Special exterior design must be given to lots that back onto arterial roadways.

Extra rear elevation detailing to match the front elevation of the house will be

mandatory on all lots.

3.3 Exterior Finishes

(a) Cedar, vinyl or aluminum siding, brick or stone are the allowable primary finishing

materials. California style stucco will be allowed where it is appropriate to the

house style. A variety of finishing materials is encouraged.

(b) The basic exterior finish used on the front elevation of the house must be

continuous on all elevations of the house.

(c) Additional finishing material used on the front elevation must be wrapped around

the corners:

– Stone must be wrapped a minimum of 20”

– Stucco detailing wrapped as shown on front elevation

– Trim boards as shown on front elevation

(d) Excessive use of one color throughout any given streetscape will not be

permitted. No identical house color will be permitted without a separation of a

minimum of two houses in between. A change in exterior material (i.e. stucco vs.

siding) may be considered a change in house color subject to the approval of the

VENDOR. Deep colors are encouraged.

(e) The distance above the garage must be minimized and the garage door must be

painted to match the house color or the fascia color.

(f) Chimneys visible from the- front street must be boxed in with a corbelled detail.

Rain caps and a full wooden chase are required

(g) On all lots in the area parging must not be exposed more than 1’0” on the front

elevation and 24” on side and rear elevations. Some relaxation will be given for

walk-out lots.


3.4 Exterior Detail Options

Four or more of the following architectural features and design elements must be

incorporated into the house design to the satisfaction of the VENDOR:

-Stone, stone tile, cultured stone or natural colored brick foundation

-Minimum of 50 sq.ft. of river rock, cobblestone or ledgestone (or other styles of

stone at the VENDOR’s discretion)

-Minimum of 75 sq.ft. of brick

-Roofed over front porches of a minimum 4 foot depth

-Tapered columns

– Wide open eave overhang with rafters exposed

– Transom or dormer windows

-Shakes/fish scale siding used as detailing on house

-Square windows in garage doors

-Custom Craftsman Style Front Entry Door

-Garage door from the Designer Door Collection

3.5 Fencing

Any fences constructed above the fences built by the developer must match the

specifications of the Strathcona County fencing details shown below.

The following are the approved fencing materials and their respective permitted

colors within the subdivision:


Chain Link Black

Wooden Forest Green

Vinyl Forest Green

All fences not build out of these materials must be approved by the VENDOR.

Only fencing materials of high quality will be considered