Willowbrooke is a neighborhood of 138 lots with homes that range from 1800 to 3000 sq. ft. Some lots border Gray Bayou where waterfowl can be seen on a daily basis. These patio cottage style homes provide homes to busy individuals who want little maintenance.



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.

Architectural Standards:(i.e. Creole Cottage, Acadian Cottage, French Country, West Indies, French Colonial, Bracket House, Garden Cottage).

Minimum Square Footage: 1,800 sq. feet

Maximum Square Footage: No maximum

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

Porch & roof soffit can be vinyl.
Must be wrapped with wood or hardi. No vinyl or metal allowed.
Minimum 20” above top of curb to finish floor.
Front facades will be permitted. Wood, hardi-board, stucco. No vinyl siding allowed.
Ten (10) feet minimum ceiling height on the first floor. Second story must be at a minimum of 9 feet.
Tie backs required. Operable not required.
Exterior mullions (SDLs) are required on front and any windows that face a corner street. Interior mullions allowed on side and rear. All front & corner elevation windows must meet a 2-7/8” minimum window frame width. Sides and rear elevations can have a 2-¾” minimum window frame width. All windows must meet the standard Graywood Guidelines.

Roof pitches and overhangs may vary as necessitated by architectural design; however, no flat roofs are allowed as a major structural element. A minimum 5 to 12 slope is set as a standard. Roof overhangs are recommended to protect from the sun, and along with trellises, will provide passive energy conservation. No mansard roofs will be allowed.

  1. All roof stacks, flashings, vents or protrusions from the roof shall be painted deep gray or the same color the roof will be at maturity. Roof stacks and plumbing vents shall be placed on rear slopes of the roofs where possible.
  2. Solar water heating panels shall be reviewed on an individual basis and approval based upon the visual effect to the surrounding area. Generally their use is discouraged.
  3. Roofing materials, depending on the neighborhood, may be architectural dimensional composite shingles, cedar or pressure treated wood shingles or shakes, slate, tile or prefinished metal. Combinations of shingles and metal roofing may be allowed when appropriate to the architectural character of the house.
  4. Roofing colors must be approved by the NCC.
  5. Houses with pitched roofs of a minimum pitch of 9 in 12 and a maximum pitch of 12 in 12 are encouraged. Special cases will be considered by the NCC if in keeping with the architectural character of the house and neighborhood. Shed roofs for porches may have a lower pitch, but in no case will the pitch be lower than 3.75 in 12. Houses may have gabled, hipped, or shed roofs. House gables may be a full return Queen Anne return with the returns preferably capped in copper. Exposed rafter tails are allowed, but the design must be approved by the NCC.
  6. Gable and decorative roof vents shall be in keeping with the architectural character of the house. Ridge vents, if used, must be of the “shingle over” design extended to the outer edge of the roof ridge. Tile ridge caps are allowed over dimensional roof shingles. Soffit venting visible from the street shall be of similar material to that of the porch or entry stoop ceiling and must be submitted to the NCC for approval.
  7. Special metal roofing applications may be considered by the NCC when appropriate.

Front entry allowed with 10ft. minimum setback from front of primary structure, excluding porch. Double bay with single door is allowed. Lot #106 & #107 will not be allowed to have side street entry garages.
No Variance on front.

All front doors must be solid wood. Side and rear doors may be made of other material but must be submitted to the NCC for approval. Metal doors will be permitted for the side garage entries only. Metal framed sliding glass doors are not allowed. Lever handles must be approved by the NCC.

The side and rear can me metal. Fiberglass preferred over metal.

The use of gutters is not required; however, it is encouraged. If utilized, it is highly recommended that all down spouts shall extend below grade and shall be connected to a subsurface drain or pop-up drain. 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 downspouts 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.
Material must be stucco or brick. Graywood approved chimney cap is required.
No wood decks allowed on the water’s edge.
Preferred exterior historical color palette.
Identical or similar massing and architectural styles adjacent to or across the street from one another is discouraged.


Front: Minimum setback 20 feet from the property line, excluding lots #128-138 which shall have a 21ft minimum setback.
Side: 5 feet
Corner Lot Side Setback: 10 feet
Rear: 10 feet
Special Setback: Lots #18-30 15ft rear setback.

Straight front and side entry is allowed.

No variance.    Side fencing cannot exceed back line of the house.

In general, fencing of yards is not permitted. Small sections of fence or wall will be considered for approval by the NCC in the following circumstances if the wall/fence material is architecturally compatible with the home:

  1. Small enclosures for mechanical equipment.
  2. Short sections of privacy wall/fence in courtyard areas.
  3. Where required for structural, retaining conditions.
  4. Temporary fences must meet certain criteria. Fences used as temporary barriers and for silt collection during construction around vegetation must be sturdy, at least three feet (3’) tall, and easy to maintain.
  5. Fences are prohibited in utility easements, road rights-of-way and all temporary fences must be removed prior to issuance of a certificate of occupancy.
  6. Permanent fences and walls are generally discouraged. No fence or wall shall be constructed unless the owner has obtained written approval of the NCC.
  7. Although fences and walls are discouraged, fences to be utilized in connection with single family homes shall be used to define specific spaces such as private gardens, patios, pools and play areas, rather than delineating property lines. Privacy fences and walls in all cases shall be limited to small enclosures around the house.
  8. Generally, fencing should be 3 feet from side and rear property lines to allow for positive drainage. See specific neighborhood guidelines for restrictions.
  9. Privacy fences that are solid are allowed within 25 feet of the rear of the house. Wood privacy fencing is prohibited. Open fencing may be used beyond 25 feet but must meet the requirements of items 1 through 9.
  10. Unless required by a Code Requirement, no fence will exceed a total of eight feet in height.
  11. Fences and walls shall be architectural extensions of the house or other buildings and shall be composed of materials and/or colors to complement the house or such other buildings.
  12. Chain link fences generally are not permitted and generally chain link fences will only be permitted within Graywood in very special circumstances (dog kennels) and only after receiving the prior written approval of the NCC. In the event a chain link fence is approved, it must not be visible from any common area, road, golf course or adjacent dwelling and must be black coated and heavily landscaped.
  13. There shall be no property line fences along golf course frontage or lake frontage unless approved by the NCC. Golf course rear property line fencing must be a minimum of 10 feet from the course. All fence plans, designs, color, materials, and locations must be submitted and approved by the NCC prior to any construction.
  14. Fence enclosures around pools should be in conformance with Calcasieu Parish regulations and/or other applicable local, State, or international regulations.
  15. Generally, fences are discouraged on lots with golf course frontage.

Each homeowner is responsible for draining their lots within lot lines.
Address plaques must be square with black background, gold numbers. No decorative emblems.
 Provide $ 2,500.00 or 1.5% not including sod & irrigation of the cost of house and lot in accordance with the general landscape guidelines.  Sides and back is preferred but not required.  Corner lots must have tree massing.

Preferred but not required

Trash containers, mechanical and utility equipment screening is required.

(Rev. 7-3-14)