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Architectural Review
Legally binding covenants run with the land of every lot in Carderock Springs.

Any outside modification or additions to the structures on a lot must be reviewed and approved in advance by the Architectural Review Committee (ARC).   This may include, but is not limited to the following:  fencing, sheds, exterior color schemes, and live, sound hardwood tree removal.  See
guidelines and application, below.

Architectural Vision Statement.  In Carderock Springs the natural landscape dominates the built environment.  We, the residents of Carderock Springs, declare that as we maintain, alter and expand our homes, we will:
  • Respect the tradition of simple buildings of modest homes;
  • Be conscious of, and deferential to, existing proportion of openings, horizontality and projection of roof lines, and relationships of windows and walls;
  • Enhance the heritage of the vegetation of our neighborhod, preserving the valuable natural hardwood forest growth;
  • Extend the modern tradition by insisting on contemporary design, while avoiding the overtly decorative.
Tree Removal Guidelines - includes details of how to obtain permission.  Contact to obtain permission to remove healthy hardwoods over 12 inches in diameter.  No permission is required to remove softwoods (such as pines), diseased trees, or trees damaged in storms.

ARC Design Guidelines - almost 20 pages of photos and examples, last updated October 2007

Property Modification Application
 - submit application to the ARC Community Chair, Scott Wilets, with 2 sets of plans by 20th of the month prior to the ARC monthly meeting.

The ARC meets monthly on the first Wednesday of the month at the Carderock Springs Swim and Tennis Club at 7:30 pm.  If you are considering an addition or exterior modification of your home, submit your plans for review beforehand.  Initially these can be early conceptual plans then later on they can be construction drawings with specific elevations.

ARC meetings are open for any and every community member to attend, whether you are renovating, planning to renovate or interested in listening.

You may qualify for a tax credit by applying to the Maryland Historical Trust because Carderock Springs is a designated historic community!


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