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Cameron Knoll – Architectural Rules Regulations and Standards – May 2012

CAMERON KNOLL ARCHITECTURAL RULES REGULATIONS AND STANDARDS May 2012

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Cameron Knoll – Architectural Rules Regulations and Standards – May 2012

Table of Contents INTRODUCTION.....................................................................................................................................3 1) ATTIC FANS (ON ROOFS).................................................................................................................4 2) DOORS – FRONT DOOR....................................................................................................................4 3) DOORS – PATIO AND DECK DOORS.............................................................................................4 4) DOORS – STORM DOORS.................................................................................................................4 5) DOORBELLS/SECURITY SYSTEMS...............................................................................................4 6) DOOR KNOCKERS.............................................................................................................................4 7) DECKS...................................................................................................................................................5 8) EDGING & PAVERS...........................................................................................................................5 9) EXTERIOR APPEARANCE (GENERAL)........................................................................................5 10) FENCES AND GATES (REAR)........................................................................................................6 11) FIREWOOD........................................................................................................................................6 12) FLAGS.................................................................................................................................................6 13) FLOWER BOXES...............................................................................................................................7 14) GARAGE DOOR................................................................................................................................7 15) GUTTERS AND DOWNSPOUTS.....................................................................................................7 16) HOUSE NUMBERS............................................................................................................................7 17) LANDSCAPING AND EXTERIOR FRONT HOMEOWNER PRESENTATION.......................8 18) LIGHTING – EXTERIOR.................................................................................................................9 19) MATERIAL (CONSTRUCTION) STORAGE.................................................................................9 20) MULCH...............................................................................................................................................9 21) PARKING..........................................................................................................................................10 22) PETS...................................................................................................................................................10 23) ROOFS...............................................................................................................................................11 24) SATELLITE DISHES AND OTHER ANTENNAE.......................................................................11 25) SIDING..............................................................................................................................................11 26) TRASH CANS (REFUSE, TRASH, AND CONTAINERS)...........................................................12 27) WINDOW MOUNTED AIR CONDITIONER UNITS AND FANS.............................................12 28) WINDOWS........................................................................................................................................12

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INTRODUCTION PURPOSE OF ARCHITECTURAL CONTROL COMMITTEE (ACC) PROCESS The purpose of the approval process is for the protection of both the homeowner as well as the Association. The Association maintains the consistent look of Cameron Knoll through these Architectural controls and through bi-annual property inspections. As a homeowner, written approval protects you from any future Board of Directors or management company citing you for a rules violation. Please keep in mind that the rules were written to help clarify but not supersede the governing documents. Nothing in these rules is intended to contradict the governing documents, particularly Article 10 of the Declaration, “Architectural Control”, which gives the Association the right to approve changes to the outward appearance of your property and to Article 5 Section 1 which requires you to maintain your property. GETTING ACC APPROVAL If you are planning on doing anything to the exterior of your home or lot, getting approval from the Board is required. ACC request forms can be downloaded from our website, www.cameronknoll.com. Please provide the Board with as much information as possible to make the approval process a smooth one! Copies of the contractor's proposal, color samples, and pictures of the item to be installed will be very helpful. While the Board formally has sixty (60) days to approve the request, we will try to turnaround requests faster than that but please don't expect approval in less than 2 weeks from submission. PROPERTY INSPECTION PROCESS If the exterior of your home falls into disrepair or if a homeowner fails to get approval for a change and that change does not meet the specifications of our neighborhood: 1. The Board will notify you by mail that your home is in need of required repairs or changes in order to keep your property within the rules and regulations of Cameron Knoll. You will be given the opportunity to remedy the matter in a timely fashion. 2. Failure to respond to management or make the repairs within the required time frame shall result in a violation letter. 3. Further failure to respond will result in your notification of a hearing in which you will be required to meet with the Board to discuss the violation in person. Section 55-513 of the Virginia Property Owners' Association Act states that if the required repairs are not made the Association may assess charges against you in the amount of Fifty Dollars ($50.00) for a one-time violation or Ten Dollars ($10.00) per day per continuing violation not to exceed ninety (90) days or $900.00. Assessments that are not paid will be turned over for collections, and a lien can be placed against your home. We really don't want any of that to happen, though, so when you're planning to make a change to the exterior of your home or lot, please submit a request for approval! Page 3


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1) Attic Fans (On roofs) a) Roof-top attic fans must be located on the back rear slope of the roof, at least 3 feet from the peak. b) The fan vent cannot be visible from the front (street) of the unit.

2) Doors – Front Door a) b) c) d)

Units with garages have raised panel front doors without windows across the top. Units without garages have front doors with 2 rectangular windows across the top. Replacement front doors must be of the same style as the original. Window or glass panels along the left and right or across the top of the front door must be clear. e) Replacing front doors requires the prior approval of the Architectural Control Committee (ACC) or Board of Directors.

3) Doors – Patio and Deck Doors a) Doors may have real or false muntins (material separating window panes into divided lights). Each side of the sliding door must have 3 divided lights across and 5 divided lights from top to bottom. Doors may also be used without muntins or grills but still giving the appearance of window panes. If doors have muntins, they must be white as viewed from the exterior. b) Glass in doors must be clear or appear clear from the exterior. c) Replacing the patio door requires the prior approval of the ACC or Board of Directors.

4) Doors - Storm Door a) All storm doors must be of the full-view style with brass hardware. b) Storm doors must be of metal construction with an enamel finish the same color as the front door. c) Storm doors may only contain clear glass and screens. d) Storm door hardware must be fully functional and in good working order. e) Broken glass or torn screens must be repaired or replaced. f) Installing or replacing a storm door requires the prior approval of the ACC or Board of Directors.

5) Doorbells/Security Systems All new or replacement doorbells or alarm system key blocks (mounted on building exteriors) must be a Brass finish or the same color as the area on which they are mounted.

6) Door Knockers Replacement door knockers must be similar in size, style, and finish as the original. The original community standard is Ives polished brass, model C2-3125-605.

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7) Decks a) The deck must be made of pressure treated lumber or a manufactured composite decking material. b) The decking must be a natural wood color. The use of stains or paint is not permitted, and any sealants used must be clear or a natural wood color. Stairs leading up or down to a deck must be within the fence line of the property. Stairs extending outside the fence area and remaining within the property line are not permitted. c) Decks must be cleaned (pressure washed or equivalent treatment) as required to maintain an attractive appearance. Examples of unacceptable appearance include visible algae, mold or mildew, mineral stains, excessive oxidation, or dirt. d) Decks that are visible from common or public areas must be cleaned of other refuse and/or debris. e) Rotten or damaged boards or supports must be replaced. f) Standard types of outdoor furniture (table, chairs, benches, umbrellas, etc.) are acceptable. However, the deck may not be used for storage of other items such as boxes, large equipment, etc. if such items are visible from outside the fence area. g) Adding, replacing or modifying a deck requires the prior approval by the ACC or the Board of Directors. *NOTE: Adding a deck requires a building permit from the city.

8) Edging & Pavers a) Homeowners are solely responsible for the maintenance of edging and pavers including: replacement or removal of damaged edging and pavers, correction of any settling or unevenness, and proper alignment. b) All edging and pavers installed on a homeowner’s property, except for inside the fenced area behind a unit, must have Board approval prior to installation and are the owner’s responsibility to maintain. c) Permitted edging and pavers material includes, but is not limited to, bricks, natural stone, treated wood, slate, and unpainted masonry. Painted edging and pavers are not permitted. d) Untreated wood edging is not permitted because it is subject to deterioration and termite infestation.

9) Exterior Appearance (General) a) Tomatoes and vegetable plants are not permitted in the front yard areas or outside of a homeowner’s fenced area behind the unit. b) Hoses in front of units must be in hose boxes, on hose reels, coiled neatly behind a shrub or bush, or in other containers such that only a minimal portion of the hose (from the faucet to the container) is visible. c) No more than 3 lawn ornaments (each of which cannot exceed 12 inches in height), or 1 lawn ornament (which cannot exceed 4 feet in height) are permitted in publicly visible areas. Painted driveways, steps, and sidewalks are not permitted. d) The front and side yards of homes cannot be utilized for storage of property or equipment, including but not limited to fire wood, building materials, tools, trash cans, empty pots, sporting or exercise equipment, bicycles, ladders, and watercraft. Page 5


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e) Fire and security alarm company signs, not more than one per company, may be placed in front of units, but must be maintained in good repair. f) Holiday decorations (to include lights, ornaments and exterior displays) may only be displayed up to 30 days prior to and following the holiday.

10) Fences and Gates (Rear) a) Fences and gates must be made of natural durable wood or natural colored pressuretreated 1” x 6” x 6’ lumber and kept in good sound condition and working order (no damaged or broken boards visible from the common area). Stains and paints are not permitted, and any sealants used must be clear or a natural wood color. b) The fence may be constructed in either a flush board-on-board style or in an alternating board pattern with a 1’ x 4’ top rail. c) Fence posts must be capped with either plain plastic or plain metal caps. Acceptable colors are black, silver/galvanized, or copper. d) All units must have a fully attached gate in good working order. e) The gate must be constructed in a flush board-on-board style. f) The top of the gate must be the same height or not more than 3 inches below the top of the adjoining fence. g) The top of the gate may be either flat or curved in a single arch. h) No decorative cutouts are permitted in any gate or fence. i) Installation or replacement of fences and gates requires the prior approval of the ACC or the Board of Directors.

11) Firewood Storage of firewood is not permitted outside of the homeowner’s fence lines or in common areas and may not be stacked higher than the height of the fence.

12) Flags a) Only one flag may be displayed on the front of a home at any one time. Only one flag pole may be mounted on the front of a unit. b) The one flag permitted may be mounted on either side of the front door, either side of the garage door, or over the center of the garage door, using a mounting bracket that angles upward at approximately 45 degrees. The flag pole may not be longer than 65 inches. The holder must be mounted at a height that will cause the flag to hang such that it is at least 3 feet from the ground. The ends of the flagpole may be capped with an ornamental attachment, which should not be over 6 inches in any dimension. Free standing flagpoles are not permitted. c) Flags must be 29” x 52” in size or smaller. d) Any flag displayed must be in good condition, defined as being without holes, tears, stains, or fading. e) Flags of any nation, state, agency, or organization may be displayed, as well as ornamental flags. f) Flags may not be draped out of windows, nailed to the exterior of units, or displayed in any manner other than described above. Page 6


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13) Flower Boxes a) Flower boxes may be mounted below or along the window sill. b) Flower boxes must be the same width as the window. For bay windows, flower boxes must be the same width as the center section of the window. c) Flower boxes cannot project out more than 12 inches from the house and cannot be more than 10 inches deep. d) Flower boxes must be rectangular in shape. e) Flower boxes must be painted one of the colors of the home’s existing color palette. f) Damaged flower boxes must be promptly removed and stored in a place that is not visible from the Common Areas. g) Boxes must be maintained in a neat and tidy condition, with prompt removal of dead plants and weeds. h) Installation or replacement of flower boxes requires the prior approval of the ACC or the Board of Directors.

14) Garage Door a) The preferred style is the original style flat panel with 4 sections of equal height extending the full width of the door. b) An acceptable replacement alternative style is a molded metal raised panel door comprised of 4 vertical sections. Each section has 4 panels molded with a beveled profile. c) The color of the garage door must be the same as the trim color of the unit. d) Garage doors may not have windows or ornamental appliqués. e) Replacing the garage door requires the prior approval of the ACC or the Board of Directors.

15) Gutters and Downspouts a) The color of the gutters and downspouts must be the same color as the trim or siding to which they are mounted. b) Gutters and downspouts must be clear of debris for proper drainage, be tightly fastened, and remain in good repair. c) Gutter guards of various styles are permitted, provided the color matches the adjacent shingles or the color of the trim to which they are mounted. Mesh guards are considered not to have a color.

16) House Numbers a) Mounting plaques for house numbers must be the same color as either the trim or siding of the unit. b) Mounting plaques for house numbers may be oval, square, or rectangular in shape. c) The plaque must be mounted vertically or horizontally below the bottom of the light fixture globe. d) Mounting plaques on Fendall Avenue and South Floyd Street must be approximately 6.5” x 8.5” x 1” thick.

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e) Homes facing Duke Street (4 digit house numbers) must be on plaques approximately 10” x 12” x 1” thick or be mounted vertically directly on the frame of the garage door. f) Numbers must be 3” to 4” tall (Alexandria Fire Department recommends 4”) with a simple, easy to read font. The house numbers must be brass, dark bronze, or black.

17) Landscaping and Exterior Front Homeowner Presentation a) The maintenance of landscaping on a homeowner’s property is solely the homeowner’s responsibility including but not limited to: raking and removal of leaves and other debris; weeding; edging; trimming of shrubs, bushes, ground covering (including grass) and trees; prompt removal and replacement (in the appropriate season) of dead plants, bushes, shrubs, and trees. b) Replacement of shrubs, bushes, and trees, other than with the same type of shrubs, bushes, and trees must be approved by the Board of Directors. Replacement of existing trees in front yards, if approved by the Board, must have an installed size of at least 15 feet tall with a 3-inch caliper trunk and a 25-gallon root ball. c) Installation of new (not replacement) trees requires prior approval of the ACC or Board of Directors, but these trees are not subject to the size limitations above. d) The pruning of trees on a homeowner’s property is the sole responsibility of the homeowner. Trees should be pruned, in the appropriate season, so that tree branches are at least 3 feet from any building or fence. e) Shrubs, bushes, and trees must be trimmed and maintained so that they do not overhang sidewalks in a manner that would obstruct normal foot and vehicular traffic, any other homeowners’ property, or the Common Areas (sidewalks, staircases, parking areas, etc.) f) Bare ground, bricks, gravel, pebbles, stones, and rocks are not acceptable ground covering material. They may be used as needed, however, with prior Board approval, to mitigate drainage and water runoff and to prevent erosion. g) Fenced backyard areas may be landscaped at the owner’s discretion but must be maintained so that plants do not encroach on adjacent homeowners’ property and Common Areas. h) No more than 4 pots and planters are permitted in front of a unit. Empty or damaged pots and planters must be promptly stored. This rule does not apply to a single “empty” pot used to store a hose. i) Landscaping (Common Areas) i. Homeowners are not permitted to change the landscaping or appearance of Common Areas without written approval from the Board of Directors. ii. Homeowners must notify the Association’s property management company in writing (letter or e-mail) to request the trimming or pruning of Common Area shrubs, bushes, or trees that encroach on a homeowners’ property or are within 3 feet of a building or fence.

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18) Lighting – Exterior a) Front “Porch” Lights: i. Fixtures must be of polished brass and clear glass with clear or white bulbs. ii. Fixtures should be approximately 7” wide by 13” tall, with a 6-sided lantern design. The “lantern” must have a cap with a finial and a tail beneath the lantern (the original configuration) or have no tail and open downward. The downward opening is preferred as it will more clearly illuminate the house number plaque. The sides of the lantern may be straight, flat or slightly curved. The ornamental finial (top or bottom) must be in the style currently in use in the community. iii. Lights must be mounted on the existing mounting plaque, or a replacement plaque in the same location. Wooden plaques of the original style must be used, unless the house has been resided, in which case lamp mounts provided by the siding manufacturer to match the siding may be used. Mounting plaques which are rotten or damaged must be replaced by the owner. b) Security Lighting: i. Security lighting may be installed on your home, but is not permitted to be installed on your fence. ii. Motion sensing lights are recommended by the Alexandria Police Department and they recommend a bulb of 100 watts. iii. Out of consideration for your neighbor, the beams of light should be directed at your own property and motion sensors tuned to pick up motion on or near your own property. c) Other Lights: i. Walkway lighting, deck lights, and other lighting for security or decorative purposes must be white or neutral in color. This color restriction does not apply to holiday lights covered in section 9(f).

19) Material (Construction) Storage Construction materials cannot be stored in common areas without advanced written approval from the Board of Directors or the Association’s property management company. Request for such approval must identify the materials and the time period the materials will be stored. The materials must be stored in a safe manner and in such a way that access to the Common Area by others is not restricted or impaired. Construction materials not removed by the end of the approved time period will be removed by the Association and the unit owner will be held responsible for all costs. The Association is not responsible for any loss or damage to materials stored in Common Areas.

20) Mulch a) b) c) d)

Only natural mulching material is permitted. Red, black, or other colored mulch is not permitted. Rubber is not a permitted mulching material. Gravel, pebbles, stones, and rocks are not permitted mulching material, but may be used for erosion control upon prior approval by the Board of Directors.

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21) Parking a) Any vehicle parked in a Common Area parking lot must have current registration and be capable of movement under its own power. b) Any vehicle parked in a Common Area parking lot must be situated within the confines of a space as marked by the striping. c) No vehicle shall be parked in a reserved parking space without the permission of the Unit Owner holding the exclusive use easement for said space. d) Unreserved or visitor parking spaces in a Common Area parking lot are to be shared by all Unit Owners and their invitees. To provide equitable use of unreserved spaces by all Unit Owners, no vehicle shall be permitted to occupy the same unreserved space for a period exceeding 72 hours. This includes the rotation of different vehicles from the same Unit in the same space. Visitor parking spaces are not meant for use as a parking space for a unit owner’s second vehicle. e) Only Board Members and the Association’s property management company are authorized to arrange for towing from unreserved (visitor) spaces. An owner may arrange for towing from their own reserved space. f) The following guidelines are used for parking enforcement: i. A Notice of Violation shall be affixed in a prominent place upon any vehicle found in violation. The violation date, towing date, and nature of the violation will be indicated on the notice. ii. Vehicles parked in violation of section 21 (c) above are subject to immediate towing. Vehicles in violation of any other section shall be towed 72 hours after the notice has been affixed. iii. All towing will be accomplished by a licensed and insured towing company chosen from time to time at the discretion of the Board of Directors. iv. The cost of all towing and/or storage charges shall be the sole responsibility of the vehicle owner. v. The Board of Directors assumes no liability or responsibility for vehicles or personal property within vehicles subject to this procedure. vi. Enforcement will only occur upon the receipt of a complaint from a resident of Cameron Knoll to the Property Manager or the Board of Directors. g) PODS or other personal on-site delivery and storage units are permitted provided they are located completely within a resident's driveway or reserved parking space and remain for a period of not longer than 14 days. Longer storage periods require prior Board approval.

22) Pets The City of Alexandria has a clear set of rules for residents with pets and Cameron Knoll residents must be in full compliance with those rules. Animal Control has the written permission of the Association to enforce the City's pet rules on Cameron Knoll property. For a complete list of city rules, please go to municode.com. If you believe any of the city's animal control statutes have been violated, you can file a complaint with Animal Control at 703-746-4774 or send an email to staff@alexandriaanimals.org.

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23) Roofs a) b) c) d)

Asphalt shingles are the only acceptable roofing material. Acceptable colors are black, brown, or medium-dark gray. Shingle samples must be submitted for approval of color. Installing or replacing roofing, including approval of the color, requires the prior approval of the ACC or Board of Directors.

24) Satellite Dishes and other Antennae a) External antennae, other than those covered by the OTARD rules of Section 207 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, are not permitted in Cameron Knoll, except when installed in a unit’s attic. *NOTE: The FCC Over-the-Air Reception Devices (“OTARD”) rule became effective on January 22, 1999, and covers: (1) A “dish” antenna that is one meter (39.37”) or less in diameter designed to receive direct broadcast satellite service, (2) an antenna that is one meter or less in diameter or diagonal measurement and is designed to receive video programming services via broadband radio service (wireless cable) or (3) an antenna that is designed to receive local television broadcast signals. b) Approved devices must be installed solely on the owner’s private property. Equipment shall not encroach upon any Common Area property, any other private property, or Common Area airspace. c) Approved devices and their subsequent installed parts must be located in the least visible place consistent with signal reception. d) Exterior wiring shall be installed so as to be minimally visible and blend into the material to which it is attached.

25) Siding a) Siding must be consistent with the approved color pallet for Cameron Knoll and may not be the same color as that of units on either side of the unit for which the request is being made. b) Siding may be vinyl or a fiber cement product and must carry a manufacturer’s warranty against defects including discoloration or deterioration. New products may be submitted for approval. c) Replacement siding must be planks (clapboard style) that are 4 inches in width with a wood grain surface texture. d) All trim, soffits, and fascia boards must be replaced with new wood, fiber cement board, or wrapped by aluminum or vinyl, with the color to be consistent with existing trim. New products may be submitted for approval. e) All exterior walls must be resided at the same time with the same material. f) Siding samples must be submitted for approval of color. g) Installing or replacing siding, including approval of the color, requires the prior approval of the ACC or Board of Directors.

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26) Trash Cans (Refuse, Trash, and Containers) Trash and recycling containers may not be stored in front of or on the side of your unit or in Common Areas. *NOTE: Refer to City of Alexandria’s information about solid waste & recycling for the rules covering trash collection. These are available on the city website at http://alexandriava.gov. Questions may also be directed to the Solid Waste Division at 703-746-4410.

27) Window Mounted Air Conditioner Units and Fans Window mounted air conditioner units, window fans, and other such equipment are not permitted.

28) Windows a) Replacement windows must conform to the existing window specifications, which include: i. Exterior profile, number, color and configuration of divided lights (3 across and 2 from top to bottom per sash) and muntins. ii. Window frames and muntins must be white. iii. Window glazing must be clear from the exterior with no etching. iv. Screen frames must be white in color and the screen must be gray or steel in color. b) Broken glass or torn screens must be repaired or replaced. c) Replacement of windows requires the prior approval of the ACC or Board of Directors.

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