Guidelines Section 2
Per the WindStone Covenants, conceptual discussions, preliminary approvals, and full approvals can only be granted to WindStone “Owners.” All applicants should consult the Windstone Convenants for any additional information before completing any application.
WindStone homes are to be constructed to high quality standards and contain architectural details that support and enhance the custom/unique character as well as the environmental focus of WindStone. The guidelines in following pages will be used to evaluate all applications for major additions/major changes to existing “Owner” homes and for new home construction. While these guidelines do apply to additions/major changes to existing “Owner” homes, certain architectural details of the current structure may allow a deviation from these guidelines.
It will be the responsibility of the “Owner” to secure Martin County permits to comply with
1. Martin County Building Codes.
2. South Florida Water Management/Martin County Regulations and Guidelines concerning interface with
• C-23 canal.
• WindStone preserves.
• Tortoise preserves.
• WindStone drainage and water control systems. It will be incumbent on the “Owner” and builder to ensure that catch basins are not filled with construction debris and or fill.
Also “Owners” are responsible for any damage to drainage systems caused by construction activities.
Additional details for colors, fencing, pools, landscaping, driveways, etc. can be found in Section 1 of the WindStone ARC guidelines and accessed by clicking on the appropriate icon for the guidelines specific to that icon. These details serve to augment the Builders Guidelines contained below.
Applicant and Builder/Contractor General Information
1. All plans for new homes and additions/major changes to current homes must be prepared by a licensed architect or designer with an architect’s and or engineer’s sign and seal. The plans must contain appropriate engineering input, structural details, and architectural details and elements that are skillfully integrated into the proposed home to meet the goal of a unique, one of kind, and custom home that has architectural integrity and harmonizes with the WindStone Community.
2. A $5000.00 deposit is required for approval of all submissions requiring the use of heavy trucks and equipment. This deposit will be refunded if there is NO damage to WindStone roads, gate system, water control systems, and common areas. Any damage not restored to the condition prior to the construction process will be repaired and the cost deducted from the deposit.
3. An Architectural Review fee will be required for all plans submitted. This fee will not exceed $400.00 unless plans are extraordinarily complex and require multiple reviews.
4. All builder/contractors will be fully vetted for compliance issues with Martin County Building Department as well for their reputation for quality and good business practices including a safe working environment. The Better Business and similar service agencies will be contacted for input concerning business practices as well as County Public Records investigated for liens and other legal issues. WindStone reserves the right to NOT to approve any and all builders who do not meet standards of quality, workplace safety compliance, and sound business practices. Per Windstone Covenants 9.12 " Single family homes and improvements shall be constructed only be general contractors, residential contractors, and/or owner-builder/contractors, approved by the ARC and all said contractors shall be licensed and with workman's compensation to do business in Martin County, Florida".
5. The construction site must be clean at the end of the day with no undo construction debris present. After two (2) written warnings, fines of $100.00/day will be deducted from the construction deposit.
6. Construction equipment cannot remain on the property longer than is necessary to complete their intended task.
7. Parking of worker vehicles and/or trucks of any kind must be within the confines of the property and NOT impede resident use of WindStone roads. Truck unloading will be allowed in the roadways if their presence does not present a safety hazard, prevent resident use of the road or DOES NOT require more than 1.0 hour of time in the roadway.
8. No builder/contractor signs or advertising/promotional signs of any kind are allowed on the construction site or in WindStone.
9. The “Owner” and the builder/contractor will be required to sign a Statement of Commitment and Responsibility pertaining to conduct within WindStone during the construction process. The statement of Commitment and Responsibility is available by click on this link.
10. Fencing is required around all portable toilets.
The “Owner” will be required to complete the following details to ensure a thorough review that avoids unnecessary delays. It is assumed the “Owner has consulted the approporiate guidelines and secured preliminary ARC approval.
1. Completed Section 2 application-- Request for Architectural Review Decision---addition/major change to existing “Owner” homes and a new WindStone home by clicking on Request Review highlighted in green above. Completion and acceptance of the section 2 application will require a $5000.00 construction deposit and the ARC may require a plan review fee.
2. 2 sets of site plans
• Lot number
• Legal description of the lot
• Property lines, including streets, rights of way, lakes, easements, set back lines (back, side, and front), all applicable dimensions, and North Directional Arrow.
• Location of proposed cut and/or fill, indicating approximate slope and height or depth of each.
• Location of all structures, parking areas, driveways, walkways, decks, walls, fences, swimming pools, air conditioning equipment, tanks, telephone/electrical services and all other details that are proposed for the completed structure.
• Location of well, septic tank, and drain field
3. 2 sets of landscaping plans. Landscaping Guidelines are available in section 1 by clicking on the landscaping icon.
4. 2 sets of drainage plans to include the driveway culvert system plus water control to adjacent properties, C-23 Canal, preserves, detention/retention areas, and the street. See driveway culvert requirements by clicking on the following link.
5. 2 complete sets of building plans which must include
• Elevations---for all sides of the proposed structure
• Floor plan.
1. Interior room sizes
2. Location, dimensions, and complete details of windows, doors, and other openings.
3. Interior details
• Construction details/specifications---structural and finish details---exterior and interior.
• Truss/roof plans.
• Electrical plan for any planned exterior landscaping lighting.
• Exterior colors specifying house body color, trim color, and one accent color (no more than 3 colors per house ---see further details on exterior colors under ARC Painting
Guidelines Section 1 by clicking on Painting icon..
• Driveway details ---paver type, colors, and placement pattern. Further details on Driveway Guidelines can be accessed by clicking on Driveway icon section 1.
• Copy of the contract between “Owner” and builder/contractor. Contractor must have a State of Florida or Martin County Builders Residential or higher license and have proof of
insurance with a copy provided and certified to WindStone POA in which it shall be named as an additional insured.
• Contractor must be vetted and approved to build within the WindStone community.
• Sufficient financial assurances to certify to the WindStone Community that the “Owner” has the necessary funding to complete the submitted construction plans.
• Windstone POA shall receive a copy of the Builder’s Risk insurance certificate and shall be named as an additional insured on this policy.
ARC Construction Review/Compliance Review
The ARC will monitor the construction process from start to completion. No construction to commence until the following has been accomplished.
1. Completed WindStone Section 2 Application-- Addition/Major change/New Home with a $5000.00 construction deposit and a plan review fee if required. The application is done on-line and the check and other fees can be forwarded to
2. All Martin County permits based on plans approved by the WindStone ARC.
3. All property corners must be clearly identified.
4. All native trees and vegetation must be identified and flagged red for proposed removal and yellow for preservation. Please No removal until approval of the ARC---this approval will be based on Martin County Regulations/South Florida Water Management concerning tree/vegetation removal.
5. Outline of the driveway and the proposed new home structure with flags.
6. Executed “Owner” and Builder/Contractor Statement of Commitment and Responsibility.
7. Verification of sufficient funding to complete the proposed construction.
8. The ARC will conduct periodic inspections to ensure compliance with the ARC approvals.
9. The ARC makes no representation that the periodic inspection assures compliance with Martin County, South Florida, or any other Government Regulatory Agency regulations and requirements.
General Design Considerations/Architectural Details
1. WindStone is a nature/wetlands preserve and canal based custom home community. New Homes will be evaluated on the basis of architectural details, architectural styles, uniqueness, and how well the proposed new home harmonizes and adds to the tone, character, and quality of WindStone. Contemporary/modern architectural styles and/or contemporary/ modern architectural “add on” details are not permitted.
2. Design duplication is prohibited and the close proximity to current homes relative to design elements including house colors, driveway materials/driveway color choices or other elements are not permitted.
3. WindStone is a custom home community which requires appropriate design elements that will distinguish each newly constructed home as a one of a kind home. Exterior materials and the texture of these materials should give the feeling of unity, harmony and give the proposed home a distinctive character. Directional changes and application of secondary materials for effect must be skillfully integrated into the design concept and NOT be mere exterior surface decoration. Designs and design elements should NOT be simple frontal “add on” treatments and all architectural features should be in concert with the architectural style chosen. Such “add on” features, as roof peaks superimposed over the main roof structure to give the appearance of a change in the roof design cannot be approved. Fully integrated changes in roof directions as part of the structural details will be approved if these elements remain in concert with the architectural integrity of the proposed home.
4. Windows, and other such openings shall be designed to afford a consistent, harmonious, and distinctive character to the proposed home as well as be true to the architectural style chosen. Window placement must be done with skill to create paneled effects and to provide a pleasing and distinctive design. Windows must be divided light and have appropriate scale/size in order to give stature as well as be appropriate for the architectural style/theme of the new home. The use of symmetry in window placement coupled with the appropriate style of divided light that is indicative of the architectural style of the proposed home must be part of the proposed plans.
5. The front entry will need to be a focal point of a new WindStone home. Careful selection of front entry elements is required to ensure the entry details/features emphasize, harmonize, and enhance the architectural style of the proposed home. Front entry doors should be double doors of stature, uniqueness and NOT be a simple double door set with glass inserts. A single front entry door will be considered but must be wider than the normal 3 foot wide door, have emphasized sidelights/integrated top transom elements, circular tops with sidelights, and/or must be contained within architectural front entry details that give the front entry stature and uniqueness as well as be in concert with the architectural style of the home. A simple single front entry door will cannot be approved.
6. Window trim details such as stucco bands and/or cast concrete trim elements will be required for all window and door openings and should be uniform throughout the exterior of the house. As an example, the required stucco band or cast window trim on the front elevation must be continued around the sides of the house and the back if the proposed home overlooks another property or is visible from the road. Shutters included in the front elevation can be repeated down the sides and on the back if the back is visible from other properties or from the road and can serve to replace the required stucco band or cast window trim necessary for the sides and back.
7. Any architectural elements chosen such as cast concrete columns, chimneys, symmetrical elements, asymmetrical elements elevation changes, railings, bump outs, special window types, exterior molding details, exterior window trim details, shutters, planters, driveway pillars, windows that project through the roof line, porches, entry porches, entry molding(s), applied stone, brick, quoins, cast concrete elements, cupolas and any other architectural elements chosen to distinguish the proposed new home as a one of kind home must be appropriate to the architectural style chosen. ARC approval will be dependent of skillful integration of all architectural elements meeting the requirement of a one of a kind/distinguished new home that harmonizes and adds to the beauty and uniqueness of WindStone.
8. Design fads and the latest “in thing” design elements are not permitted especially if they are superficially applied “add ons” that do not integrate with the architectural style chosen.
9. WindStone reserves the right to restrict certain architectural styles that do not harmonize, add to the tone, character, and uniqueness of WindStone. Restrictions on certain architectural styles may result from that style being in excess in the lot area chosen. Consideration will be given to NOT allowing a single story house to be flanked by two large and imposing two-story homes if the approval of these two-story homes devalues the single story home and/or if the harmony of the neighborhood is harmed by this approval.
10. Additional architectural/structural input is contained in sections --House Height Requirements, Sidewall Construction, Roof Details contained in the following pages. All information in these guidelines should be followed to receive consideration of the proposed new home.
House Height Requirements
1. Single story homes must have a minimum of ten-foot high sidewalls and have a minimum of 3 changes in tie beam height/fascia elevations. These required changes in beam height/fascia elevations are to avoid the non-custom look prevalent in single height constructed homes.
2. A 2-story home must not exceed 35 feet and the bottom floor must have 10-foot high ceilings. A minimum of 3 tie beam/fascia height changes shall also apply to 2-story homes.
Sidewall Construction Requirements
1. The new home must be concrete block construction. Solid poured concrete or concrete/foam cell construction will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
2. Frame or stucco over frame construction is not permitted with the POSSIBLE (not guaranteed) exception of select sections of the 2nd story of 2-story homes allowed to be stucco over frame. This exception would only be allowed based on a design hardship/undo expense burden of an all-concrete block 2nd story.
3. Siding materials must be stucco or horizontal siding. Stucco must have a knock down or a textured finish. Smooth finish stucco will be considered and will be dependent on architectural details like stone accents on the sidewall. Mixed sidewall materials such as a combination of stucco and horizontal siding will be considered but will be discouraged and will be dependent on architectural details of the proposed home.
4. Sidewall materials of stone, brick, or cast concrete simulating marble or other materials will be considered. These sidewall materials are usually employed, as accents and their approval will depend on the architectural details of the proposed structure.
5. Color theme must be in the earth tone family. Further details on WindStone painting guidelines are contained in section 1 which are listed below.
1. Driveways must be placed within parameters established by Martin County.
2. Pavers are the preferred surfacing material for all new driveways. Stamped and colored concrete driveways will be considered. Smooth/broom surface concrete, asphalt, and gravel driveways are not permitted.
3. Paver colors must be in the earth tone family. Pastel colors or driveway designs with highly dissimilar colors are not permitted.
4. All driveway change requests must be accompanied by a full landscape plan completed by a licensed landscape architect. Please do not remove current landscaping including trees before submitting a plan, securing plan approval, and receiving notification from the ARC to remove existing landscaping. Any shrubs, plants, or trees approved for removal must be replaced in like kind and quantity at the minimum. .
5. All driveways must have miter end culverts (per Martin County Public Works drawing TYPE 1: Miter Ends click here) to facilitate proper WindStone drainage and the culvert ends must be encased in concrete and or concrete with approved decorative surface materials such as stone, stamped and or poured concrete. Culvert specifications are accessible by clicking on the following link.
6. Circular driveways may be approved but are dependent upon lot circumstances such as septic tank placement and possible egress safety issues. As with all driveway submissions, circular driveways must include a full landscape plan completed by a licensed landscape architect. Because of the large surface area of circular driveways, there are additional requirements for circular driveways as follows:
• Hedge type shrubs that can mature into plantings must screen the surface of the driveway parallel to the street.
• The driveway circular section must contain landscaping to screen the circular sections from the street and from traffic in both directions.
• Two miter end culverts per Martin County Public Works drawing TYPE 1: Miter Ends click here.
Exterior Equipment Systems
Water systems including potable water, irrigation systems, AC equipment, and pool equipment must be hidden from view with a wall of the same materials as the house sidewall construction and the wall must be landscaped.
1. All newly constructed homes will require a minimum of a 3 car attached garage measuring a minimum of 24 feet in depth and minimum of 30 feet in width.
2. Garage doors directly facing the street cannot be approved. Garage Doors must be of either side loading or back loading orientation.
WindStone homes are generously landscaped and all submissions must meet this requirement.
1. A licensed landscape Architect must draw all landscaping plans.
2. There must be lawn/landscaping fully covering the entire lot.
3. Native vegetation should be preserved as construction allows and as dictated by Martin County and South Florida Water Management Regulations. Any retained native
vegetation must be trimmed and maintained.
4. Floratam sod must be employed in all lawn areas.
5. A sprinkler system must be installed that will adequately irrigate all landscaping elements.
6. Landscaping must be an important part of the completed new home with emphasis on full landscaping of the front of the structure as well as down both sides to the end of the
structure and in the back area. If the lot abuts and overlooks another property, then additional landscaping elements beyond the norm for quality and detail must be included.
7. A minimum of three Oak trees must be planted on the property and be a visible element as viewed from the street. Oak trees must be a minimum of a 65 gal tree with a height
of 14-16 feet and a 4-inch caliper. If there are sufficient Oak trees remaining on the property after construction and the Oak trees are a visible landscaping element and not
“buried” deep in the interior of the lot, the ARC will consider waiving this requirement (if requested).
8. Driveways must include landscaping elements that obscures the view of the driveway.
9. Homes that border the Wetland Preserves must be cognizant of South Florida Water Management/Martin County Regulations concerning set backs and landscaping activities
within these areas as specified in the WindStone Preserve Area Management Plan (PAMP). No removal of Native Vegetation or Landscaping Additions in these areas without
explicit permission from the ARC/Martin County/South Florida Water Management. Please see further notifications under Wetlands Preserve/Canal/Tortoise Preserve section
that follow below.
10. Consideration should be given to the various temperature extremes our homes experience as all landscaping must be maintained. Dead/dying landscaping will require timely
periodic replacement per WindStone Covenants Section 9.22.
1. There is currently only one mailbox approved for WindStone. It is the Regency 101 and is available from the Beautiful Mailbox Company. The mailbox can be ordered via
telephone 800-856-6983 and by email: www.beautifulmaibox.com. Similar designs from other vendors will be considered.
2. The approved colors are white and black but a dark Green will be considered. The ARC would strongly encourage the purchase of a black/dark color mailbox, as irrigation water
rust issues are an increased maintenance item for white mailboxes.
1. Pools require ARC approval and Martin County permits.
2. Pools per Martin County requirements require special safety measures.
3. Pool equipment must be shielded from view by equipment walls that are of the same construction as the house sidewalls and these walls must be landscaped.
4. The pool must include an approved landscape plan.
5. Pool fencing must be metal and meet Martin County Requirements. Vinyl child fencing will be approved based on Martin County approval of these materials.
1. At least 5 peaks must be included in the roof details.
2. All roofs must contain a minimum of a 6/12 pitch.
3. New homes must have concrete tile or metal roofs. Concrete tile can be barrel and or flat tile. Metal roofing must be 5V or standing seam.
4. 5V or standing seam metal roofing can be approved but only for specific architectural styles such as
o East Indies/West Indies style homes
o Keys Style Homes
o Not all homes styles are complemented by metal roofing
o NOT all applications for metal color (silver color) roofs can be approved as there is a guideline for NO same color roof within 4 houses (see 10 below)
5. Slate roofs will be considered based on architectural details of the home.
6. Asphalt roofs cannot be approved.
7. Metal roofs that simulate barrel or flat tile cannot be approved.
8. Mixed roof materials cannot be approved.
8. Flat roofs of any kind and tar and gravel roofs cannot be approved.
9. Roof colors will need to coordinate with the exterior house/trim/accent colors and be in the earth tone color family. Metal roof colors can be silver/galvanized metal. Other “baked on” enamel color choices will be considered for metal roofs but must be in the earth tone color family. They cannot be loud, have a high sheen, command unusual attention, or dominate the architectural appeal of the home.
10. No same color roofs within 4 houses in all visible directions.
11. As new roofing materials are introduced, these materials will be considered on a case-by-case basis if these materials support a high quality and custom look.
Wetland Preserves/Canal//Tortoise Preserve/WindStone Drainage
Who to Contact for Information Concerning the WindStone Preserves/Canal/Tortoise Preserve/WindStone Drainage
Martin County Growth Management (Zoning and Environmental) 2401 SE Monterey, Stuart, Florida 34956
Environmental Compliance/Wetlands/Upland Preserves 772-288-5501
South Florida Water Management 561-686-8000
Tree Removal Martin County 772-288-5511
Martin County Extension Office 772-288-5654
The Preserves/Canal Interface/Tortoise Preserve/WindStone Drainage are important elements of the WindStone Community and activities concerning these elements are regulated by WindStone’s Covenants section 11 (Gopher Tortoise Preserve, Conservation Areas, Environmental Resource and Preserve Area Management Plan), South Florida Water Management and Martin County Growth Management. These agencies will strictly enforce compliance with all regulations specified in Section 11 of the WindStone Covenants.
Per 4.4 of the Preserve Area Management Plan “Prohibited activities in the preserve areas include but are not limited to: construction or placing building materials on or above ground, dumping or placing soil or other substances such as garbage, trash, or other vegetation, excavation, dredging or removal of soil material, diking or fencing, recreational vehicle use, and any activities detrimental to drainage, flood control, water conservation, erosion control, or fish and wildlife habitat conservation or preservation.”
The ARC will follow the regulations per section 11 of the WindStone Covenants, as well as input from Martin County and South Florida Water Management concerning any “Owner” requests for activities within the:
• Wetlands Preserves
• Lakes, Retention and Detention Ponds
• Tortoise Preserves
• Drainage easements within properties
The building of structures, construction of all kinds, debris, and play areas are prohibited in these drainage easements. Select landscaping may be approved if it does not impede the proper drainage in the easement area.
Further guidance pertaining to the drainage easements is as follows:
“Because there are numerous properties that are an integral part of WindStone’s drainage infrastructure which fall under the governance of WindStone’s PAMP, Martin County, and South Florida Water Management, each Owner and Contractor/Builder shall adhere to WindStone’s C&R’s as well as to WindStone’s PAMP based on each Lot Owners survey with regard to Preservation/Wetlands/Conservation and Drainage areas”.
1. Windows in the front elevation are to be divided lite unless architectural details absolutely dictate otherwise.
2. Windows must comply with Florida Building Codes as approved by Martin County.
3. Window frame colors must be white or bronze; however, special window colors coordinating or matching the trim will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
4. Mirror type glazing or films cannot be approved.
WindStone Architectural Review Committee - “Owner” and Builder/Contractor Statement of Commitment and Responsibility
(Major changes/additions to existing “Owner” homes and new home construction”)
To ensure WindStone remains a unique Community to live and play, “Owners” (new homes, additions/major changes to existing “Owner” homes) and Builder/Contractors are required to sign a commitment to the following concerning the construction process.
1. All work will be done in a safe manner within the WindStone Community and completed according to Martin County and WindStone ARC approved plans.
2. Worker vehicles will only be parked on the property of the construction project. No worker vehicles to be parked on WindStone roads or WindStone common Areas.
3. Unloading of large trucks that can not be parked/unloaded on the owner property can be unloaded on WindStone roads under the following conditions:
• Unloading no longer than one hour.
• Unloading will need to have a workman guide passing vehicles.
• Unloading if and only if this unloading process does not unduly contribute to an unsafe environment and does not impede the use of the road for WindStone “Owners”.
4. All catch basins within and adjacent to the construction area must be maintained (soil/debris removed) on a monthly basis or on accelerated schedule based on ARC review. After completion of the home, a final catch basin clean out will be required.
5. The ARC will conduct a review of all catch basins, sewer caps, drainage junction boxes, and other drainage system elements that are in the area of the construction to ensure no damage. Any damage to the WindStone drainage systems, which also includes the retention, and detention ponds, will be responsibility of the “Owner “.
6. ARC will conduct a review of all WindStone lighting, electrical systems, common areas including landscaping elements, gate systems, camera/security systems and any damage to these systems will responsibility of the “Owner”.
7. Silt barrier (s) must be erected to prevent loose soil from entering WindStone catch basins, and WindStone drainage systems, which include retention and detention areas.
8. “Owner” and builder/contractor are responsible for calling 811, 3 days before any and all digging activities. Visit www.sunshine811.com.
9. No builder/contractor signs or advertising/promotional signs of any kind allowed on the construction site or in the community.