Section 3: Muirfield Design Control Committee
Design Standards - Quick List
The following items may require an application be submitted to the Muirfield Design Control Committee (MDCC).
Applications and guidelines are available here (links to individual applications and guidelines may also be listed below with the appropriate category)
or at the Association office.
Approval of the application by the MDCC must be granted in writing before any installation or construction occurs.
Choose an item from the drop down below or scroll down to read all standards.
You will not find solar panels in this list because they are not permitted.
AIR CONDITIONERS, GENERATORS, HEAT PUMP
Air Conditioners, Generators, Heat Pumps and other utility equipment must be located at the rear or side rear elevation of the home and tucked into an inconspicuous location.
All service wiring, connections and conduits must enter the home at ground level and may not be exposed on the exterior of the house. Wiring must be properly buried and the disturbed area completely restored.
Air conditioners, generators, heat pumps and other mechanical equipment located on the exterior of homes must be screened from street and neighboring views. Evergreen shrubbery, at least 36” tall at planting, must be planted around the base of the equipment for year-round screening.
Air conditioners, generators and heat pumps must be an earth-toned color.
Decks must be located within the buildable area of the property. No more than 10% of a lot (excluding the house and garage) shall be enclosed as a patio, deck or garden.
Decks are prohibited to encroach into an easement area or no-build zone.
Decks higher than 18” above grade must have lattice, solid skirting or other building material to screen under the deck.
Plans for decks which cantilever over a walk-out basement or similar area must explain how all exposed areas will be finished including slopes, banks, retaining walls, railings, stairs, walkways, screening and landscaping.
The MDCC will consider cedar, redwood, various other woods and certain composite materials such as Trex, Timbertech, etc. for horizontal decking and stairs only.
Upright posts, risers, balusters, top rails, top caps – all vertical components – may be cedar, redwood or treated lumber, stained the home trim color. When standing in the yard looking at the deck, all visible vertical portions of the deck shall be the trim color of the house.
The MDCC will consider glass panels, metal spindles, cable systems, wood and other railings, depending on appropriateness with the architectural style of the home.
i. Entry doors must be wood or fiberglass stained a semi-transparent wood color or painted the trim color of the home. Metal doors are prohibited.
ii. Certain accent colors may be approved. A color sample must be submitted for review before painting.
iii. Entry door design must be appropriate for the architectural style of the home.
i. Heavily-ornamented decorative sidelights are generally not approved.
ii. Sidelight design must be appropriate for the architectural style of the home and is considered for approval on a case-by-case basis.
i. Storm door frames must be wood, fiberglass or metal, painted the trim color of the home or the color of the entry door.
ii. Storm doors must be full-view glass/screen doors.
i. Garage doors must be raised–panel wood, fiberglass or certain well-insulated steel doors.
ii. Minimum approved gauge steel is 28.
iii. Garage doors must be stained a wood color or painted the trim color of the home.
iv. Certain neighborhoods will accommodate flat panel door with approval from the MDCC.
v. The architectural style of the home will be considered when replacing the door. Not all garage door styles will complement the architectural style of the home.
Driveways must be constructed of asphalt, stamped concrete, tar-and-chip, natural-colored concrete, exposed-aggregate, pavers or brick.
Gravel driveways are prohibited.
Driveways must be kept in good condition at all times, free of weeds, cracks, holes, debris and surface damage.
The owner is responsible for meeting the specific requirements of the City of Dublin for width of pavement, amount of pavement permitted, double-curb cuts, driveway aprons, and turn-outs. Contact the City at 614.410.4667 for assistance before submitting the request to the MDCC.
Vehicles incapable of being operated on public highways may be stored on driveways no longer than 5 days; after that time, they are considered nuisances and must be stored wholly inside a building or off-site.
Asphalt driveways must be replaced when the asphalt is crumbling and/or gravel is showing through the top layer.
Asphalt driveways must be resealed when there are small cracks in the driveway. Resealing means using crack filler then brushing over the entire driveway with blacktop sealer. Asphalt driveways must be recapped or replaced if resealing is not adequate. Recapping means overlaying a heavy layer of blacktop over the entire driveway. Concrete driveways must be replaced completely if they are crumbling or cracked. Paver driveways must be maintained regularly. Grass/weeds must not grow between pavers. Use of an herbicide or other products may be necessary to permanently kill grass/weeds. Pavers may require being removed and reinstalled if heaving or settling occurs.
School banners and decorative flags may be displayed on a deck, patio or interior window only.
Ornamentation is prohibited on the common elements.
Exterior holiday decorations and lighting may be displayed one month before the holiday and must be removed within two weeks following the holiday.
Statuary, outdoor furniture and lawn ornaments must be kept on patios or decks unless submitted and approved by the MDCC.
Seasonal planters and flower pots shall compliment the color scheme of the home and be kept on the deck or patio.
Inflatable decorations are prohibited.
Permanently placed bird feeders, statues and lawn ornaments must be approval by the MDCC before installing on the property. They are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Fountains must be scaled to fit the area, integrated into a landscape area, and kept in good working condition. The MDCC must approve lawn ornamentation before installation.
Exterior clotheslines are prohibited.
Use the form below to submit for approval for statuary, bird feeders, and other lawn ornamentations.
(These items do not need to be approved if they are kept on a private living area, such as a deck or patio.)
High-contrast, high gloss and high-Chroma colors are prohibited.
Exterior colors must be earth toned and compatible with the natural surroundings and adjacent buildings, and not identical to homes within sight. Generally, darker tones are more preferable to lighter tones.
All buildings must be kept in good condition at all times, free of peeling, faded or other poor conditions.
Use the Paint Change Application to submit paint/stain change request.
Lot-defining fencing, chain-link or wire fencing is prohibited.
Fencing approvals are limited to small dog runs, small resident protection areas and/or swimming pool perimeters.
Fence panels having a decorative design are prohibited.
Fencing must be constructed of wood, brick, stone or metal materials, as approved by the MDCC. Groupings of trees, shrubs or other landscape materials are encouraged for privacy and to enclose service areas.
Fencing must be tucked close to a private living area of the home, such as a deck or patio. Fencing shall not encompass the entire rear, side or front yard. Fence height shall be no more than 48” height.
Fenced area must not extend beyond the width of the home.
Fencing shall be confined within the buildable area of the lot.
Invisible pet fencing is permitted; however, it must not be installed in an easement area or City right-of-way. The ground must be restored to original condition.
Landscape materials must be planted to screen fencing from street and neighboring views.
Consider transparent fencing such as the style used around the Association’s pools.
FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and STATE OF OHIO
Flags of the United States of America, the State of Ohio and US Military may be displayed on the owner’s property in accordance with the regulations for the use and display of the flag as found in Title 4 of the United States Code and as permitted by the Freedom to Display the American Flag Act. Owners assume the respectful use and display as required by law.
One standard-sized US flag and/or one standard-sized State of Ohio flag (not to exceed 3’ x 5’) is permitted to be displayed within the owner’s lot. The installation and location of the flag pole must not interfere with the use of paths or obstruct views of any driveway or street for motorists or pedestrians. The flag must immediately be removed and/or replaced once it is worn, faded and/or tattered.
The Muirfield Design Control Committee must approve the height, color, type and location of the flag and pole before installation.
GAZEBO, PERGOLA, TRELLIS, FIRE PIT, RETAINING WALL
Detached structures must be designed to integrate with the architecture of the home with consistent natural materials, colors and overall characteristics. The structures must not dwarf other exterior structures, patios or decks.
Detached structures must be confined to the buildable area of the property and be at least 10’ from property lines.
Detached structures may not obstruct neighboring views of golf courses.
Lot-defining landscaping and regimented tree plantings are prohibited.
Landscape beds with foundation plantings shall be provided and maintained to cover the front, side elevations, and extend around the rear elevation.
Landscape beds and plant materials must be confined within lot lines so that installation and maintenance can be performed from the owner’s lot.
Encroaching onto Muirfield common ground to access the owner’s lot for installation or maintenance of landscaping is prohibited without the written approval of the MDCC.
Encroaching onto a neighbor’s lot to access the lot to install or maintain landscaping is prohibited without permission of the property owner.
All portions of trees that are removed, including limbs, trunk, roots, bark and debris must be removed from the site and disposed of properly. Tree stumps must be ground out to grade and the area restored to original condition.
It is prohibited to plant: Silver Maple, Chinese Elm, Willow and Bradford Pear trees.
Minimum sizes for landscape materials must be:
• Perennials – 1 gallon at planting
• Shrubs & bushes – 3 gallon or larger at planting
• Ornamental trees – 5’-6’ at planting
• Evergreen trees - 7’-8’ at planting
• Deciduous trees - 2½”-3” at planting
Plants and trees should be northern grown or in Ohio’s hardiness zone ensuring they will survive during weather fluctuations. Plants must be nursery grown, well-formed and free of disease and infestation.
Landscape beds shall be mulched to conserve moisture, improve fertility and health of the soil, reduce weed growth, and enhance the visual appeal of the area. Mulch material may include wood chips, shredded wood or wood bark. Dark-colored wood chips is preferred.
Gravel, stone, river rock, lava rock, decorative stone and rubberized mulch is prohibited.
All landscape materials, plant beds and landscaped areas must be kept in good condition at all times, free of weeds, mulched and maintained on a regular basis.
Creeks and streams running through properties must be maintained in good condition at all times. Vegetation or other materials must not impede the flow of water.
Avoid planting over drainage and utility lines. Maintain plantings at an adequate distance from storm and sanitary sewer lines to avoid roots infiltrating the lines.
Accent plantings at the driveway entrance shall be located to allow constant, unencumbered sight for vehicles and allow clear view of address numbers on the mailbox.
Lawns must be maintained with acceptable grasses or ground cover. When establishing or re-establishing a lawn, sodding or hydro seeding with a quality grass is required.
The City of Dublin provides yard waste collection in Muirfield Village as part of their city services. Yard waste must be placed at the curb on collection day only, using standard refuse and recycling containers. Use of cardboard boxes is discouraged as workers will not pick up if the boxes become wet.
Some areas (sub-associations) within Muirfield Village have established individual unique mail systems. These units are not maintained by the Association. Contact the specific sub-association for assistance.
Mailbox numbers must remain in clear view, free of obstructions from landscape materials or debris.
The neighborhood and existing homes in the neighborhood must be taken into consideration when selecting the architectural style of the new construction home.
The MDCC recommends submitting a preliminary set of plans for review prior to final construction drawings.
Final scaled construction drawings must be professionally prepared, with a site plan, elevations, dimensions, sizes, and details.
The site plan must include a footprint of home on lot, finished floor elevations, grades, easements, build zones, property lines, distance from property lines and siting of neighboring homes on either side of lot.
Exterior finish materials, roof shingle samples, color swatches, cut sheets or brochures showing garage door, entry door, window styles, finishes and other details must be included with the construction application.
4-sided architecture must be incorporated in new home construction. The dominant material at the front elevation must extend in some fashion to the remaining elevations by using a water table, chimney, build-out, etc.
Exterior finishes must be natural materials, such as brick, stone, cedar or stucco. A brick ledge must be provided to accommodate real brick or stone.
Exterior chimneys must be brick or stone. Stucco stone or cultured stone may be used on interior chimneys where the only exposed portion protrudes through the roof.
Trash enclosures must be used to confine debris during construction. Trash enclosures must be cleaned and removed from the area on a timely basis.
If a deck is included with initial construction, deck drawings, including railing details must be included with the application.
Silt retention and tree protection must be installed to protect drainage areas and existing trees.
A natural swale for water flow must be provided. It is prohibited to allow water to pond on the lot or be forced onto a neighbor’s lot. Follow the grading plan on file at City of Dublin.
A landscape plan must be submitted for the MDCC’s review within 6 months of exterior home construction completion. Initial landscape materials must be planted at the front and side elevations and wrap around to the rear elevation. See Landscape.
Street trees must be planted as part of initial landscape plan; the number and placement of trees required is based on lot frontage. Contact the Association office for assistance.
The radon unit must be installed at the rear elevation or the side elevation as close to the rear of the home as possible, tucked up close to the home in an inside corner or other inconspicuous location.
All exterior portions of the radon unit must be painted the home color adjacent to the unit.
Adequate evergreen shrubbery (at least 36” height) must be planted and maintained to screen the exterior motor from year-round view.
The radon unit’s external pipe must terminate no more than 18” above the roofline and be below the ridgeline of the home.
Rain barrels must be located at the rear of the lot, secluded from view with evergreen shrubbery and incorporated into the environment. Rain barrels must not be placed at the front of the home and/or between the home and the street.
Rain barrels must be placed more than 1 foot away from the primary structure and be at least 3 feet from the lot line.
Rain barrel must be a neutral color, that is complementary to the body or trim color of the home.
Maximum capacity is 80 gallons; maximum height is 48” above surrounding grade.
Connector hoses from downspout to the rain barrel must match the color of the downspout.
Rain barrels must be constructed of natural material or designed to appear as a planter, stone boulder or similar container.
It is the owner’s responsibility to verify zoning requirements of the City of Dublin as they apply to rain barrels.
Refuse and recycling containers must be placed at the curb by 7 am on collection day and removed from the exterior of the property that evening.
Containers shall not be left outside after collection day.
Plastic bags are permitted provided trash is secured inside.
Acceptable containers for non-recyclable refuse may be:
- Metal or plastic cans with two handles and a tightly fitting lid;
- Sealed plastic bags with a maximum capacity of 30 gallons;
- Sealed paper bags of a 1.5 mill thickness and maximum capacity of 30 gallons.
REMODELING, ROOM ADDITIONS AND OTHER EXTERIOR ADDITIONS/CHANGES TO THE PROPERTY
If property owners need preliminary direction from the MDCC, a set of plans may be submitted for review prior to final review. When planning exterior changes or additions to the home, it is important to work with the existing architecture of the home in remodeling design.
Along with construction drawings, include a site plan of the lot. The site plan must include the footprint of the home on the lot; proposed addition or change to footprint of the home; identify easements, build zones, property lines and siting of homes on either side of existing home.
The application must include material samples, color swatches, cut sheets and brochures for all exterior finish materials including roof shingles, garage doors, entry doors, window manufacturer and series, brick, stone and other siding selections.
4-sided architecture is required; the dominant material at the front elevation must extend in some fashion to the remaining elevations, using a water table, chimney, build-out, etc.
Exterior chimneys must be masonry. Stucco stone or cultured stone may be used on interior chimneys where the only exterior exposure is the portion that protrudes through the roof.
Trash enclosures must be used to confine refuse and debris during construction. Trash enclosures must be cleaned and removed from the lot on a timely basis.
Due to Federal Law, owners are not prohibited from installing a satellite dish on their property; however, before installation can take place, owners must provide a Notice of Installation form to the Association. Owners must adhere to the rules and regulations included with the application and Notice of Installation form.
All satellite dishes must be installed in compliance with local building and safety codes, in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.
All installations must take aesthetic considerations and unobtrusive location into account.
There must be a minimum of exposed wiring on the exterior of the home.
Any portion of the dish, mast and wiring that is visible from the street or a neighboring lot must be painted the color of the structure it is attached to unless otherwise camouflaged, shielded, or screened.
If the dish needs to be located at the front elevation to receive signal, it must be fully screened with landscape materials or covered with an artificial boulder, and incorporated into a landscape bed. The goal is to screen the dish from street and neighboring property views while still being able to pick up signal.
Other exterior TV and radio reception antennae are prohibited. Attic location is encouraged.
Exterior signage permitted on lots in Muirfield Village is limited to one Realtor or For Sale by Owner and/or one Builder sign.
Placement of signage shall be within the buildable area of the property, located at the front of the property. Signs may not be located at the rear of the property, along the boulevards or adjacent to the golf club courses.
Follow the signage policies posted on the association’s website.
School, sports, or other advertising signs are prohibited on the exterior of properties.
Nearly all sports nets fall into the category of intermittently used recreation equipment, requiring that they be stored inside or on a patio or deck when not being used. There are a few instances where an owner may request approval for an oversize, permanently-placed sport net. An application must be submitted for the MDCC’s review and approval prior to placing the equipment on the property.
Each application is reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Tall evergreen plantings are required to screen the equipment from views.
Follow the application and guidelines on the association’s website.
Professionally prepared, scaled drawings including a site plan showing location, dimensions and details of pool, surrounding hardscape, fencing, landscaping, and pool utilities screening must be submitted to the MDCC for review and approval prior to any work beginning.
All portions of the project must be located within the buildable area of the lot.
Landscape materials must be provided and maintained to screen the fence and pool utilities. Location, type and size of landscape materials must be part of the pool application review. Groupings of landscape materials are encouraged to enclose private and service areas.
Fencing, as required by law, must be installed as part of the pool application. Fencing shall be 48” height, of a design and material approved by the MDCC.
Professionally prepared, scaled drawings including a site plan showing location, dimensions and details of tennis court, fencing, landscaping, and screening must be submitted and approved by the MDCC prior to any work beginning.
Residential tennis courts shall conform to regional building codes and adhere to the master grading plan on file at the City of Dublin.
Tennis courts shall be located within the buildable area of the property, at least 10’ from any neighboring lot line.
Send the materials requested above to the Association office. There is no specific form for tennis courts.
The Warranty Deed provides that any tree larger than 6” in caliper may not be removed from the Property unless approved in writing by the MDCC. Before any tree is planted, or before any tree over 6” caliper is removed, a written request must be made to the MDCC for approval. The MDCC will look for appropriate species, size, type, and location for replacement trees and require a reasonable explanation for trees that are being removed and/or replaced.
Property-defining or regimented tree plantings are prohibited. Planting in groupings or clumps will present a softer, more natural presentation following the developer’s original intention. The original concept for our community combined good design with respect for retaining the natural woodland and beauty of the land.
The minimum sizes for trees at planting are: 5’-6‘ height for ornamental trees, 7’-8’ height for evergreen trees, and 2½”-3” caliper for deciduous trees. When planting trees, consider the mature size so that limbs can be confined within lot lines. Adjacent properties own the air space of their lot and have the right to trim or prune any part of a tree extending onto their lot.
Encroaching onto common ground to access the owner’s lot for installation, maintenance or removal of trees is prohibited without written approval of the MDCC. Encroaching onto a neighbor’s lot to install or remove trees is prohibited without permission of the property owner.
All portions of trees that are removed including limbs, trunk, bark, roots and debris, must be removed from the site and disposed of properly. Tree stumps must be ground out to grade and the area restored.
Association staff performs continuous tree maintenance and replacement on Muirfield common ground. The Association appreciates immediate notification when a resident observes a problem tree, hazardous situation, or safety issue.
UTILITY AND MECHANICAL UNITS (See Home Exterior Accessories Policy)
Utility companies have the right to access and perform necessary work in easement areas on each property. If the property owners plant trees, landscaping or install underground fencing in an easement area, they are responsible for replacing the plant materials and/or underground fencing that may be damaged or destroyed during utility work. Shrubs and plantings shall be kept at least ten feet from the opening of the utility structure and at least three feet from the sides of the utility structure.
All service wiring, entries and conduits must enter the home at ground level, shall not run up the exterior side of the home nor be exposed on the outside of the home.
Air conditioners, generators, heat pumps, radon units and other utilities must be installed at the rear or side rear elevation of the home and tucked into an inconspicuous location.
Meters and other mechanical equipment must be screened from street and neighboring views with evergreen plant material at least 36” tall at planting and must be maintained to screen the utility from year-round view.
The MDCC is looking for a solid replacement window product that closely resembles the look of a wood window with long-term aesthetics, quality construction, and exceptional glass exposure. Written approval is required before installation begins. Approval is based on a case-by-case basis.
Full-frame replacement is required.
It is expected that all windows in the home will be replaced at the same time. On the occasions where only partial window replacement is required, at least all windows on an elevation shall be replaced at the same time. The replacement windows must be the same style, color and material as the existing windows in the home. Double-hung windows must be replaced with double-hung; casement for casement. Changing the style of the windows in a replacement situation is generally prohibited.
Windows shall be the same color as, or very similar to the trim color of the home. If replacing all windows, it may be a good time to consider a fresh trim color.
Include the proposed trim color sample with the window replacement application.
Window boxes may be considered if they complement the architectural style of the home.