Traditional Architectural Designs
- Appropriate architectural style for homes in the Village includes
traditional American and European designs from the 19th century
- Design details must be consistent with architectural style.
- Additions and other improvements must be designed to be "seamless"
meaning that they must appear to have been built as part of the
- New construction must utilize architectural style compatible
with that of existing Village homes in order to blend into the
neighborhood. Refer to Style
Groups and A Field Guide to American Houses by Virginia
& Lee McAlester for information regarding acceptable styles.
Scale, Balance and Height
- The homes mass, scale and height are to be appropriate for
the site and in harmony with the mass, scale and height of adjacent
- The maximum allowable footprint for new construction or home
renovation is based on the size of the lot and expressed as a
percentage of the lot's square footage. Footprint refers to the
area of the lot covered by a structure with footings. See Exhibit
#2 to determine the percentage of the lot which may
be built upon.
- Mass of home is to be centered in main structure; attached sections
to be of lesser height and mass.
- These Architectural Guidelines do not set a limit on maximum roof height, but the Board of Trustees strongly encourage roof heights (measured grade to peak) which maintain harmony with the balance, scale and proportion of existing Village homes. When reviewing a proposed roof height, the Board of Trustees may consider some or all of the following factors, both with respect to the proposed residence and other homes in the immediate area: (1) architectural style of the house, (2) eave height, (3) ridge height, (4) lot elevation, (5) distance between houses and (6) applicable building code requirements that may affect overall height. If an architect, developer, or homeowner anticipates their proposed residence will have an absolute roof height that is significantly higher than those of other homes in the immediate area, the Trustees strongly encourage preliminary discussions between the interested party(ies) and the Village Manager. These discussions should take place when the home design is still in the concept stage.
- Minimum front yard set backs have been established in the Building
and Use Restrictions; they are shorter in the neighborhoods platted
with smaller lots and longer in areas with larger lots.
- Side yard sets back requirements have been established as a
function of lot width - narrower lots require shorter side yard
set backs. See Exhibit
#3 for a definition of that relationship.
- Roof pitches of main structure, wings, and dormers are to be
consistent and/or complementary.
- Roof pitches and facia trim to be appropriate for the architectural
style of home.
- Roof styles (hip, gable, etc.) to be consistent and/or complementary
throughout the structure.
- One roof material of consistent color, to be used except for
accents (i.e. copper bays).
- Frames shall appear to be of wood (may be clad), and of high
- Scale of frame to glass area to reflect historical proportions.
- Windows on all elevations to include muntins.
- Window designs to be complementary and consistent throughout
the home. Window size to be of proper scale to home.
- Window placement shall make all areas visible from the Street
appear to be living area, including the garage.
- Window placement to be balanced and purposefully integrated
- Main entry door to be of traditional design, consistent with
style of home and appear to be of wood construction.
- Service doors at side and rear to be compatible with design
Exterior Hardware and Lighting
- To be of traditional design and material, and complementary
with home design.
- Lamp posts, if used, to be consistent with lighting on the home.
- Low level garden/pathway lighting is permissible when part of
a landscape design and mechanics are discreetly installed.
- Installation of a satellite dish antenna requires approval by
the Board. The antenna must be hidden from view of the street
and be of a neutral color. No large dishes (over approx. 18")
will be allowed.
- To be of traditional appearance and color that suggests an
- To be consistent with design theme of home.
- Where the exterior is other than brick or stone, the exposed
foundation is to be brick or stone from front, rear and side elevations.
- This guideline is intended to include brick with natural coloring,
natural stone, clapboard made of wood or quality substitutes,
stucco and half timber or quality substitutes, board and batten,
and painted brick.
- This guideline is intended to exclude the use of artificially
colored brick (light gray), reverse board and batten sheeting,
plywood and rough sawn siding which imitates finished siding.
- Chimneys must be of traditional construction and faced with
stone or brick in a manner consistent with existing chimney(s)
and the style of the home. Prefabricated chimneys faced with siding
will not be approved.
- The use of shutters, pediments and other exterior details is
encouraged to enhance the appearance of each home and to provide
opportunity for variety in home detail.
- Architectural details should emphasize historic design.
- The use of front yard accessory structures such as lighting
piers, gates, fences, and walls is not encouraged.
- Additions must be designed to appear "seamless",
which means it must look as if it were built at the same time
as the original structure with respect to the aforementioned criteria.
- Conformity to lot line set-backs is necessary unless a variance
from such set-back is obtained from the Bloomfield Village Board
of Trustees and Bloomfield Township.
- The use of fences is discouraged. Trees, shrubs, and plants
are the preferred choice for providing privacy and screening.
- If a fence must be used, it shall be installed with the finished
side facing neighboring property and may not exceed the four foot
maximum height restriction.
- Fence design must be an "open" style to minimize obstruction
to the flow of the natural landscape and to encourage harmony
in the natural setting of the Village.
- Landscaping should be used to soften the appearance of fencing.
- Front yard fencing will not be allowed.
- The installation of new chain link fencing is considered inappropriate.
When existing chain link fencing needs to be replaced, a more
suitable fencing material should be used.
- Placement of play structures will be carefully considered to
conform with set-backs and to minimize view from street and neighbors.
Landscaping will be required to screen the view.
- Maximum height of nine feet, maximum of four swing stations,
no enclosed structures. Preferred colors to be dark green and
dark brown for the structure and all attachments such as slides,
Air Conditioning Units
- Front yard placement is not allowed. On corner lots, both street-facing
sides of the property are considered to be "front" yards.
- A screen wall made of brick or material consistent with the
exterior of the home is required for side yard units placed less
than thirty two feet from the side lot line. The use of evergreen
plant material is encouraged to screen such walls.
- For side yard placements greater than thirty two feet from a
side lot line, evergreen shrubs are required to fully obscure
the unit year around.
- Garages shall be attached to the primary structure and rear
entry garages are preferred.
- No front entry garages will be permitted.
- Side entry garages are discouraged but may be approved by the
Board if the following conditions are met:
1. Extreme site limitations exist which restrict the use of a
2. Methods are utilized to minimize the view of the garage entrance
from the street and neighbors.
3. Adequate evergreen landscaping material is used to screen the
view from the street and neighboring property.
- On corner lots, the garage shall be located to minimize view
from adjacent properties and evergreens may be required as a supplemental
screen if appropriate.
- Only one sign per address shall be displayed at any time. The
maximum sign size is three feet square.
- Signs shall be of temporary usage only ("For Sale"
and "For Lease" only). Contractors' signs are not permitted.
Decks and Pools
- Pools, hot tubs and decks shall be located to minimize the
view and noise from adjacent properties and approval of same is
required by the Board of Trustees.
- Evergreens may be required as supplemental screening, if appropriate.
- Deck materials, finish, and design shall be complementary to
- Circular driveways are discouraged in some sections of the
Village since they are inconsistent with the vision to maintain
an open lawn with a pleasant vista undisturbed by detractions.
- Parking areas, other than a driveway, may not be constructed
in front or side yards.
- Paving of street right-of-way with any material including brick,
rock, stone, concrete or asphalt may not be done except as needed
for driveway access and sidewalk.
- Paving of driveway should be limited to that which is required
for ingress and egress and any additional paving for the purpose
of parking is not allowed.
- Maximum driveway width is twelve feet in the front and side
- Every effort must be made to preserve existing mature trees
and shrubs during new construction or renovations.
- Six months after approval of new construction by the Village
Board, the homeowner must submit landscape plans for the project.
New landscaping is required to be sufficiently large as to blend
with the established neighborhood.
- All the above stated guidelines are applicable to and will
be required of new construction.
- The design, scale, height, mass and materials used in new construction
must be consistent with other Village homes of similar style in
order to maintain the traditional nature of the Village. Many
original house plans are on file at the Village Hall, and it is
recommended that the homeowner and their architect review these
plans in order to achieve conformity with architecture used during
the time the Village was developed.
- The Village was developed in twelve sections that each have
different lot sizes and character. Therefore a home that is appropriate
in one location, may not be equally appropriate in another.
- Additionally a perfectly good traditional house design may be
appropriate for neighboring communities but would not be compatible
with the original homes in the Village. Please see Style
Guides which provides further detail regarding architectural
styles that are considered appropriate.
- The home must be positioned so that the front is parallel to
the street in a manner which is consistent with the neighboring
- Construction of a new home must be completed in one year to
minimize the disturbance to neighbors.
Exterior Color Scheme/Changes
- The Bloomfield Village Deed Restrictions require prior approval of changes to the exterior color scheme of your home. If you are planning any change to the outside appearance of your home please contact the Village Manager prior to proceeding.
- In most cases a change to the exterior colors of your home can be reviewed and acted upon by the Village Manager in a relatively simple and quick way by providing color samples.
- Any change considered to be radical, not harmonious or precedent setting will be reviewed by the Board.
- Repainting your house, including siding, trim, shutters and doors in the existing color scheme is considered a repair and does not require prior Association approval.
- We strongly encourage you to evaluate any color changes by painting samples on your house to view in a large area and in different light conditions.