WOODS CROSS -- The Woods Cross City Council recently approved changes which could result in a projected savings of about $10,000 to potential home buyers.
Nathan Shipp, partner of Development Associates, Inc. and Candlelight Homes, addressed the council regarding architectural requirements in the Valentine Estates.
A new building material will be added to the list of approved masonry, Fiber Cement board, or hardy board, that can be used like lap board or shingles.
"It's about equal to stucco work and holds up very well in comparison. Stucco needs to be redone every 10 years. Hardy board comes with a 30-year warranty. We (at DAI) look at hardy board as a true upgraded material. It's more expensive than stucco, it's not as expensive as rock. (It also) adds some visual interest to the home. Hardy board offers a savings of over $5,000 per home, which in today's market may make or break a deal," said Shipp.
Until now, the Home Owner's Association design criteria in the location and the property covenants have required that 50 percent of the front elevation of new homes be brick, rock or stone, while the rest can be stucco.
The motion now allows 20 percent of the elevation to be made of Fiber Cement, 30 percent to remain brick, rock or stone, and 50 percent to continue to be made up of a minimum of stucco.
The second motion will allow potential home buyers the option of installing their own irrigation, lawn and landscaping. Until now, home buyers were required to go through a licensed contractor.
Allowing residents the option to install their own lawn and landscaping should save an additional $5,000 in labor projects. Shipp said Candlelight Homes will bond for installation costs and residents will also be required to post a bond. This also removes the inclement weather clause and replaces it with a universal six-month window to complete lawn and irrigation installation within the Homeowner's Association design criteria.