7 April 2022

 

Architectural Guidelines 2022
  1. DESIGN GUIDELINES
    1. Work Hours - Construction work that creates noise or nuisance to residents may only be performed Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm.
    2. Licensed Contractor - For your own protection, only licensed and insured contractors should perform works of improvement to your unit.
    3. Original Building Plans - Harbour Vista was built in early 1980. The original builder plans for Phase I are available from the Association and the City of Huntington Beach has a copy of plans for Phase II. Phase I plans may be used by your architect in order to prepare remodeling drawings. Contact the Association to obtain a copy.
    4. Floors/Ceilings and Walls - Any replacement of floors, ceilings or walls between a neighboring unit requires prior approval of the Architectural Committee.

      Walls between units have insulation and double walls to provide soundproofing and a firewall barrier between units. Between floors, there is a 10-inch insulated empty space for soundproofing. The upper floors use lightweight concrete over 5/8 inch plywood to act as a firewall barrier. Ten inches below this plywood is the lower unit's drywall ceiling. If you install new wood, tile or vinyl flooring on a second or third floor unit, it is recommended that you install cork soundproof sheeting or other similar material before installation of the flooring. All flooring must have a sound proofing rating of IIC-58 (impact insulation class) and STC 55 (sound transmission class) or more. Improving the soundproofing in your condominium will make your condominium quieter inside and make your neighbor happier. In addition, if you are a downstairs neighbor, you can install sound deadening material in your ceiling to create a "resilient channel".

      There is built-in floor deflection for earthquakes for second and third floor units. Installing granite floor tiles is not recommended. However, tile and wood flooring is acceptable over sound proofing material.
    5. Screen Doors - Front screen doors may be installed without prior approval of the Architectural Committee as long as they are black, bronze or white in color. The owner is responsible for any repairs associated with the removal of the items.
    6. Unused Attic Crawl Space - The top floor of three bedroom units with vaulted ceilings have a large unused space, which is accessed through a ceiling crawl space inside these units. These spaces were not designed to be used and are not suitable as a storage or utility space unless they are structurally modified, which will require prior Architectural Committee approval.
    7. Kitchen Vents - Kitchen vents were part of the original construction for the two and three bedroom units. However, kitchen vents were not part of the original construction for the one bedroom units and utilize only a carbon filter system. Installing a kitchen vent system requires prior approval of the Architectural Committee. Currently for one bedroom units, this appears to be unfeasible without major construction modifications, feasibility and engineering study.
    8. Replacement for Same - replacement for same type of item does not require prior approval of the Architectural Committee. This includes:
      1. Applicances
      2. Toilets
      3. Bathtubs/showers
      4. Light fixtures
      5. Hydronic Heaters
    9. Raiing/Fence Lattice - Adding 45 degree lattice work or pet fencing to their balconies/patiols for privacy and/or pet control is permitted without prior approval of the Architectural Committee. The owner is responsible for any repairs associated with the removal of the items.
      1. a. Any such lattice must be uniform, 1/8" thick, painted on both sides, not extend
        above the patio fence, and match the color of the balcony railings.
      2. If the member sells their unit, the new owner becomes responsible for maintaining these installations. The owner is responsible for any repairs associated with the removal of the items.
      3. Any extension above Railing/Fence must be approved by the Architectural Committee.
    10. Balcony/Patio Coverings - Installation of Balcony/Patio Shades/Covering must be approved by the Architectural Committee. Typically these items are physically attached to the outside of the balcony/patio framing. The owner is responsible for any repairs associated the item or its removal and is not the HOA responsibility. If the member sells their unit, the new owner becomes responsible for maintaining these installations or removing them. Recommend options are:
      1. permanently installed wooden slat cover which is attach to the balcony/patio underside and/or the stucco are permitted. These permanent installations are required to match the Architectural design of the building. Support into the stucco must meet proper flashing and building code
      2. roll-up shade that is attached to the beam of the balcony/patio underside are permitted. The color may be a brown or beige which does not intrude upon the architecture design of the building.
      3. retractable shade in a natural linen color (no patterns) or a vinyl lattice cover in beige are permitted as long as the installation does not need posts that penetrate the balcony floor. If support is needed it can be obtained by using the balcony railing or side supports into the stucco with proper flashing meeting building code. The installation should not block access to the storage door. Any installation into the railing or the stucco must be installed for easy removal for repairs and sealed to prevent water damage to meet building code.
      4. non retractable balcony trellis cover consisting slats and cross beams may be installed as long as they match the architecture of the building (e.g. railing). These installation may be anchored to beam of the balcony and either pressure attached or anchored through the stucco to the beams. If anchored through the stucco, flashing or sealing must meet building code.
    11. Smoke and Carbon Dioxide Alarms - Owners are responsible for installing and maintaining smoke and carbon dioxide alarms in the bedrooms and hallways of their units.
    12. Recessed Lights - The installation of recessed lights requires prior Architectural Committee approval. These items typically pierce the sound barrier between units and precautions should be taken. Use of sound proofing putty or building a dry box around the inside light enclosure is recommended
    13. Front Door - Approval from the Architectural Committee is required for replacement of front door. The panel door must resemble the same type of material, finish and color as the original installed doors (e.g. dark walnut).
      1. The door must be installed in the same location and be the same size as the original door it replaces.
      2. The material of the panel door may be wood, fiberglass or metal as long as the finish resembles the original door.
      3. The panel door must consist of at least a single panel and not more than six. Z-style barn and shaker doors are not allowed.
      4. Installation of half moon radius transom designed window at the top of the panel
        door are allowed with approval of the Architectural Committee.
    14. Windows and French and Sliding Doors - Architectural Committee approval is required for all windows and sliding and non sliding glass doors.

      The existing windows and sliding glass doors at Harbour Vista are a black/bronze anodized aluminum. Owners may upgrade windows with only white energy efficient retrofit windows and sliding glass doors double pane clear glass that meet the California Title 24 Building Energy Efficiency Standards. Enforcement of California Title 24 is to ensure new and existing buildings achieve energy efficiency and preserve outdoor and indoor environmental quality. The following restrictions apply as enforced by the HOA:
      1. Owners may only replace existing windows and sliding glass doors, not add, or remove windows and sliding glass doors.
      2. New build windows and sliding glass doors are not allowed as new build installation requires a Building permit and would require new flashing to be installed. Window and sliding glass doors flashing is maintained by the HOA.
      3. Only white vinyl retrofit windows and sliding glass doors may be installed which
        utilize the existing aluminum frame, are the same window type (sliding left, sliding right, etc.), and do not require building permits or new flashing.
      4. No other colors other than white vinyl is allowed as infused colors in vinyl windows and sliding glass doors create a deterioration problem with cracking and fading.
      5. All windows and sliding glass doors must have screens which shall be maintained in good condition and repair by the owner.
      6. All windows upgrades must be horizontal sliding except those that replace the fixed window at the end to the three bedroom hallway onto the balcony. For this casement window, only retrofit vinyl casement or vertical sliding single hung, awning or hopper window can be used for replacement.
      7. Replacement of Sliding Windows and doors must match the original sliding direction as the window or sliding door they replace.
    15. Air Conditioning Units - Only a pre-approved mini A/C split air conditioning unit that meets Association requirements for noise, power limitations, and aesthetics, may be installed anywhere outside of a unit, with prior approval of the Architectural Committee.
    16. Pre Approved Exterior Paint Colors - The following paints have been pre approved and may be used without prior Architectural Committee approval:

      Vista Paint Colors - 2003 Catalog
      Vista Paint - Acribond - Color Expressions

      76-(1) Winter Wheat (light)
             
          81-(2) Sepia (medium)
             
          138-(3) Stage (dark)
             
            Recommended Vendor:

      Vista Paint
      17445 Beach Blvd. Huntington Beach, CA 92647
      Near the intersection of Beach Blvd. and Slater Ave.
      (714) 841-5596
      http://vistapaint.com

      Home Depot can also match these colors

      Homeowners are responsible for using good quality paint that does not fade or crack. It the paint deteriorates in color or finish, the owner will be responsible for correction of the deterioration
    17. In-Wall Electrical Space Heaters - Approval from the Architectural Committee is required for any installation of in-wall electric space heaters. City permits must be obtained and inspection. These in-wall space heaters must only be installed facing interior walls which are not classified as “party walls" (e.g. walls share between units). Using exterior walls which face outside is acceptable.
    18. Exterior Video Door Bells and Cameras - installation of exterior Video Door Bells and Cameras are allowed and do not require prior approval by the Architectural Committee. There is an expectation of privacy for residents of Harbour Vista. Surveillance of private areas whose access is not controlled by the unit’s owner are not allowed. But surveillance any area that is publicly visible is acceptable and includes walks-way and stairwell as long as they are associated with the member’s unit. Secondary surveillance of collateral areas which include windows or doors of other units is allowed as long as they are visible from public area and as long as its purpose is not to provide surveillance of another members private area.
    19. Satellite Dish (antenna) - Installation of a Satellite Dish does not require prior approval by the Architectural Committee. These Satellite Dishes are typically attached to the outside of the building where the location is defined by the Satellite provider. Installation of satellite dish must follow "best practices". These include properly securing the antenna to the building, sealing installation that pierces exterior walls, installing and
      securing cable that are aesthetically pleasing. The owner is responsible for any repairs associated with the removal of the items. If the member sells their unit, the new owner becomes responsible for maintaining these installations or removing them.
    20. In-Wall/In-Ceiling Speakers - Installation of in-wall or in-ceiling speakers must be approved but the Architectural Committee. Installation of speakers in ceilings are not permitted except on top floor units where there is no-unit above the owner. Any type of in-wall speaker system installation in any internal shared wall (e.g. party wall) between units is prohibited. The sound produced by an in-wall speaker baffles have a tendency to travel through the walls to associated units. It is recommended that precautions be taken to seal the speaker baffles and so forth which must be discussed with the Architectural Committee.
    21. Electric Vehicle Charging Stations - Installation of an Electric Vehicle Charging Station require approval of the Architectural Committee. Only stations using a dedicated circuit assigned to the homeowner are allowed. These stations may only be installed in either the member’s garage or at member’s assigned parking space. The owner is responsible for any repairs associated with the charging station and the charging station must be maintained by the homeowner. If the member sells their unit, the new owner becomes responsible for maintaining these installations or removing them.

Harbour Vista HOA
Architectural Guidelines

 
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