I am planning to renovate. Where do I start?

Step 1:  Obtain the HOA “Architectural Guidelines” (Click Here) and read from start to finish.  Refinishing your interior with new paint, flooring, cabinets, appliances generally does not require HOA approval.  Everything else requires the approval of the HOA Architectural Committee.  Examples are structural changes like removing walls, widening doors, replacing your front door, installing a new barbecue on your patio, modifying the plumbing or electrical service, vaulting any ceilings.  Bear in mind, condo ownership means the buildings and grounds are owned in common and therefore subject to community (HOA) guidelines and rules.  Individual homeowners own only the interior walls, fixtures, appliances, and any finish work.

Step 2: Obtain an “Architectural Approval Application” (Click Here) and read it thoroughly.  It describes the process homeowners must follow to have their renovation approved, in advance, by the Architecture Committee and includes the processing fees, drawings, contractor information, and indemnification agreements that may be required.  The actual owner of record must also sign the application before it can be considered.

Step 3:  Submit the completed Application no later than 7 days prior to the Architecture Committee meeting, which is generally held on the first Thursday of the month, from September to June of each year.

The Board of Directors encourages homeowners to renovate their units.  Renovations enhance the value of our entire community.  We are constantly amazed at the variety and beauty of the various renovations we see.  The increasing sales prices at Rancho Las Palmas reflect these efforts.