Jasmine

Jasmine homes range in size from 1800 – 3500 sq. ft. The 134 lots consist of interior homes with alley ways for easy access to the home while the exterior homes have wooded or water views from Gray Bayou. This neighborhood is perfect for single individuals or families that want more room for home activities and smaller yards.

NEIGHBORHOOD REQUIREMENTS

ARCHITECTURAL STANDARDS

NOTE: This supplement in addition to and not in lieu of the general requirements of the Design Guidelines. Specific areas where variances are allowed are outlined below. Except as amended or modified for the neighborhood identified above, the General Design Guidelines shall apply.

Important Note- Acadian, French Country, French Colonial style architectural required. Strict adherence to the Acadian/French Country architectural style will be enforced. Only traditional finishes and colors will be allowed. All materials must be submitted for review as per the Architectural Graywood Guidelines before any work can commence.

Minimum Square Footage: 2,300 sq. feet
Maximum Square Footage: 3,500 sq. feet

  • Lots 1-3 ———No minimum story restriction
  • Lots 33-36 ——Lot 36 requires 1 1/2 story, 2 story preferred
  • Lots 49-52——-Lot 50 requires 1 1/2 story, 2 story preferred
  • Lots 68-72——-Lots 70,72 requires 1 1/2 story, 2 story preferred
  • Lots 95-109—–Lots 97,100,102,107 requires 1 1/2 story, 2 story preferred
  • Lots 110-112—Lot 110 requires 1 1/2 story, 2 story preferred

Minimum Square Footage: 1,800 sq. feet
Maximum Square Footage: 3,000 sq. feet

  • Lots 4-27——–Lots 5,15,20,24,27 requires 1 1/2 story, 2 story preferred
  • Lots 83-94——Lots 81,85,88,93 requires 1 1/2 story, 2 story preferred

Minimum Square Footage: 1,800 sq. feet
Maximum Square Footage: 3,000 sq. feet

  • Lots 28-32——-Lot 32 requires 1 1/2 story, 2 story preferred
  • Lots 37-42——-Lot 41 requires 1 1/2 story, 2 story preferred
  • Lots 43-48——-Lot 48 requires 1 1/2 story, 2 story preferred
  • Lots 53-59——-Lots 53,58 requires 1 1/2 story, 2 story preferred
  • Lots 60-67——-Lot 64 requires 1 1/2 story, 2 story preferred
  • Lots 73-82——-Lots 76,81 requires 1 1/2 story, 2 story preferred

Minimum Square Footage: 2,500 sq. feet
Maximum Square Footage: 3,800 sq. feet

  • Lots 113-133—-Lots 113,118,122,126,129,132,134, requires 1 1/2 story, 2 story preferred

Note: All square footage numbers refer to air conditioned living space.

Exterior Detail


Minimum 24 inches above curb measured at the top of the street curb directly in front of the home and the center finished floor elevation of the unit. Builder/Homeowner is responsible for installing the five foot wide sidewalk, beginning four feet from back of the street curb at the front and or side of the lot. Required sidewalk heights: 4″ above curb on the home side, 3″ above the curb on the street side. 6″ X 6″ wire mesh should be used in all sidewalks.

Roof soffit and fascia may be vinyl. No other vinyl allowed.

All first floors living area ceiling heights must be a minimum of ten feet. Second floor living area ceiling heights must be a minimum of nine feet.

No variance.

Shutters must be proportionate in size to the window. Operable and tie back shutters are preferred. Shutters must have tie back hardware regardless if they are operable or not, and shall be constructed of wood or heavy plastic. All shutters must be submitted for approval. Shutters must be a traditional earth tone color.

No variance on front elevation of the home and exposed side windows. All windows that face the street or the side, when a corner lot, must have exterior grids. Bright Aluminum not allowed. Windows must be submitted for approval. Failure to submit for approval may result in removal if prior approval is not issued.

All beams must be wrapped with wood or cement board. No other products will be allowed.

No variance. Shingles must be architectural grade and earth tone. Roof mounted skylights on the front of a primary structure are prohibited. Ridge caps are preferred.

Garage door headers must be constructed of brick, wood, or cement board. Vinyl or stucco headers are prohibited. Front entry two car garages must have two doors. Single bay for two cars can only be used on alleys and auto courts. If a front entry garage is used the front of the garage must be set back a minimum of 15 feet from the face of the primary structure.

All front doors must be wood. Stain is preferred. If painted the color must be earth tone colored and must have prior approval. No bright painted doors are allowed. Metal clad and fiberglass doors are allowed on the side and rear of the residence only. The use of sliding glass doors is prohibited.

Chimneys shall be constructed of either brick or stucco. An arched copper metal chimney cover or arched design made of brick which matches the chimney brick is required.

Front porches are required. See guideline definition of porch. No variance.

Full architectural details are required for all decks and patios. Detailing of all patios and decks must be architecturally compatible with the home. Patios and decks shall be designed to serve as an extension of the house. Rails, pickets and underpinning must be painted white or to match the trim of the house. All deck flooring must be stained (light gray or color approved by NCC). Enclosed risers are required and must be painted.

Views to the underside of decks must be screened with underpinning (latticing or vertical slats, etc.) and/or landscape material large enough to provide screening upon installation. Decks more than 3’ above grade must have underpinning and plant materials.

Porch and covered entry stoop ceilings should be of wood bead board, v-groove or batten design with no visible perforation of joints.

Porch screening colors shall complement and blend with the house (Black or copper is preferred, green is not allowed). Aluminum framing and screen door may be allowed with prior approval by the NCC. Aluminum framing and screen door colors must be black or bronze only. No mill-finish aluminum will be allowed as a framing for a porch.

All houses must have a front porch or covered entry stoop. Decks, patios, and screened porches are allowed off the rear of the house.

Porches shall have a minimum projection of 8 feet. Covered entry stoops shall have a minimum front projection of 4 feet and a maximum projection of 6 feet. No porch shall exceed 12 feet in front projection. Porch floor treatments may include wood decking, brick, brick edged, and divided concrete, stone or tile. Composite materials for deck flooring is accepted, with approval of the NCC.


No Variance. All columns must be detailed on the drawings and submitted for approval showing size, style, and or taper. Fiberglass columns are discouraged.

The use of gutters is not required. If used, it is highly recommended that all down spouts extend below grade and shall be connected to a subsurface drain or pop-up drain or discharge directly into a rock bed. Discharge onto driveways/sidewalks is prohibited. Corner downspouts that are within 10ft from the front corner of the home must discharge into a rock bed that is a minimum of 24 inches wide or subsurface with a pop up valve. Beyond 10ft. from the front corner, the downspout can discharge directly onto the lawn. If there are landscape beds, the downspouts must be through the bed and can discharge to the lawn at the edge of the bed.

No variance. Historical color palette as approved by the NCC.

No fountains in the front yard are allowed unless shielded by a solid courtyard wall that fits with the architecture of the home and meets the guidelines.



SITE STANDARDS

Set back is from property line to the foundation edge.

Front: Must start building line at 17 feet from the front property line.

Side: To meet the City of Lake Charles side setback code requirement, the set back minimum is 6 feet from the foundation to side property line or greater depending on the design of the soffit width. In no case shall the eave line encroach into the five foot set back from the side property line.

Corner Lot side setback: 10 feet

Rear: Rear Ally loaded lots have a 25 feet setback from property line. Front loaded lots have a minimum rear set back of 15 feet.

No variance except as follows: Perimeter fencing is allowed on the side property line of homes that directly back up to an alley. Rear fencing on alley lots must stay outside the alley right-a-way or 9ft behind the curb. All exterior lots, fence must be a minimum of 3ft from side and rear property line. If fencing is requested the location must be submitted for approval. Front low profile fencing is allowed but must be submitted for approval with landscape plan.
Courtyard Fencing is allowed but must be brick, stucco, wrought iron, or a combination of, and must be submitted for approval.
Rear fencing to the water line is permitted on water lots. The fence must be a ‘rackable’ fence design to follow the slope of the land.
No variance.

Appearance, height, material, color and detailing of all retaining walls must be approved by the NCC and should be consistent with the architectural character of the house. Cross tie walls are not permitted.

Play equipment must be located where it will have a minimum visual impact on adjacent properties and streets. Fixed play equipment should be earth tone, dark green colored wood, or metal with dark green or blue slides and seats and earth tone wooden roofs. No multi-colored tarps are permitted. Trampolines are not allowed in the neighborhoods of Camellia, Primrose, Azalea, and Cypress due to property size and lawn maintenance issues.

Animal house design, exterior colors and materials must relate to the exterior of the house. The structure should be completely screened from any view from surrounding properties and streets, and be discreetly located so as to not cause a nuisance to neighbors, preferably the rear yard behind the house. The floor of the kennel must be concrete sloped to a drain. The drain must be tied into the City sewage system. Fenced dog runs are not allowed. See fence guidelines for a description of types of fences that can be used for dog enclosures.

All out buildings, where allowed, must be within the architectural keeping of the original primary home. Out buildings are considered to be defined as pool houses, play houses, or structures not used as living space or storage other than golf carts. Landscaping of the structure must be within the percentage requirement for that specific neighborhood. All plans & exterior materials must be submitted to the NCC for prior approval.

The NCC has the right to review outdoor furniture, yard sculpture/fountains and garden structure.

Gazebos, arbors, etc. should be fully detailed (site plan, elevations, details, etc.) and submitted for review. Site compatibility will determine approval.

Front doors and entry area decorations should be simple in design and in keeping with the style and colors of the house. Plants and flowers in pots should always be neat and healthy.

Outdoor storage of garden tools and hoses must be screened from view. Tools or items stored under a back deck or porch must be also screened from view by planting shrubs around the decks.

Seasonal banners and flags should be properly mounted and in good taste. Decisions regarding the appropriateness of a banner or flag will be made by the NCC.

Firewood containers/racks shall be located in the rear yard. Tarps covering a woodpile are allowed only if the woodpile is completely screened from view and must but clear or earth tone in color. For example, a tarp-covered woodpile may be located under a deck with shrubs planted around it.

Birdhouses and birdbaths should be simple in design and in keeping with the style and colors of the house. Submit drawing or picture in site plan for review.

No variance.

Recreational Items

Swimming pools are not permitted on the street side of the residence without permission of the NCC.

Accessory structures, such as playhouses or doghouses, shall be permitted only with specific written approval of the NCC. No tool sheds or other exterior buildings will be allowed.

No decorative objects such as sculptures, birdbaths, fountains, and the like shall be placed or installed on any lot without approval of the NCC. Fountains may be erected in the front and sides cape of the home, only if in a courtyard, where it’s not seen from the street or golf course and approved by the NCC. In the rear of the home, fountains may be erected if massed properly by landscaping, but must also be approved by the NCC.

Clotheslines shall not be permitted on lots.

Tennis Courts are allowed only with the permission of the NCC.

Basketball goals must be mounted on freestanding black metal poles and have clear backboards. Goals should be located in side or rear yards and oriented for minimal visual impact from the street. Submit site plan for approval. Basketball goals mounted to the house structure are not permitted.

Play equipment shall be allowed, however, restrictions of their location and screen shall be enforced. All play equipment shall be restricted to backyards. Brightly colored metal equipment is discouraged. Wood and recycled play equipment is highly encouraged. Trampolines are not allowed in the neighborhoods of Camellia, Primrose, Azalea, and Cypress due to size of the property and lawn maintenance issues.

Blow up toys and Jumping-Air-Houses can be up for a maximum of three days.

Recreational Vehicles

All permanent vehicles are to be parked within a garage. Lawn equipment and Recreational vehicles, such as boats, motor homes, and campers may only be stored on-site a maximum of 24 hours unless fully garaged. Otherwise, they shall be stored in an area off-site.

The use of unlicensed non street legal recreational vehicles, including golf car, four wheelers, go carts, motorized scooters, off road vehicles, or any other type of non licensed recreational vehicle, on the city streets, sidewalks, cart paths, trails, privately owned lots, or on surrounding Graywood property is strictly prohibited.

Boats, rafts, or other recreational equipment is not allowed on any waterways or body of water within Graywood.

Straight entry is allowed but curved driveways are preferred and encouraged whenever possible, and must be shown on the site plan and approved by the NCC.
A minimum of 3% of the value of the lot and house must be spent on landscape plants, exclusive of the irrigation system and sod. All front yards must include a sprinkler system. All yards must be sodded, front, side, and rear. Builder/Owner must include in the landscape budget one, 2 inch caliber Little Gem or Teddy Bear Magnolia tree (Single Trunk and Tree Formed, Eight to Ten Feet in height) to be planted three (3) feet behind the sidewalk into the front lawn. Corner lots must provide 2 trees, one at the front and one on the side. The tree value shall be included in the landscape budget. Zoysia grass is required.

Exterior Patio Areas near Gray Bayou: Exterior patios near the water’s edge must be submitted to the NCC for approval. Earth tone patio furniture is required. Water’s edge must be maintained by the property owner.