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DESIGN CONCEPTS

The overarching philosophy of Sovereign Oaks is to create a beautiful community that is closely integrated with the natural landscape of the area.  The Design Guidelines were created to facilitate that integration and to maintain high standards for a community of residences in the context of the natural environment.  These guidelines are not intended to dictate a particular architectural style, but rather to assist Lot Owners and their architects in creating homes that will foster a sustainable, contiguous, and attractive community.  

Each structure at Sovereign Oaks should be individually designed to architecturally fit the lot in which it resides.  All design concepts should respect natural features of the lot, and preserve the beauty of the existing site through appropriate rustic contemporary and mountain vernacular designs, landscaping, and material use.  

A “plan book” design will rarely fit the unique characteristics of a given lot appropriately, and is not recommended for a home design at Sovereign Oaks.  Architectural solutions should endeavor to integrate and visually recede into the natural surrounding setting. Rather than making a grand architectural statement, structures should harmoniously relate to neighboring structures to promote the contiguity and natural beauty of the community.  

In order for the architecture of the structure, and community as a whole, to complement the immediate site and environment, each design component should be a deliberate response to the following natural elements:

FEATURES RESPONDING TO THE SITE

In order for the architecture of the structure, and community as a whole, to complement the immediate site and environment, each design component should be a deliberate response to the following natural elements:

  • Topography – The configuration and orientation of the structure should generally run in conjunction with natural topography.
  • Sun – Roofs, apertures and transparency should be responsive to the solar orientation of the lot. Where solar heat gain is of concern, roof overhangs should appropriately respond to sun exposure. Roof slopes are not predetermined.
  • Rain – Roof slopes, overhangs, drainage gutters and catchment features should be designed with the rainy, temperate environment of Western North Carolina in mind.
  • Wind – Orientation, roofs, and building geometry should take the prevailing wind direction into consideration. Such consideration can be advantageous to naturally ventilating the structure.
  • Precedent images – Houses at Sovereign Oaks may be of traditional or contemporary form. Gable roofs and dormers of varying sizes and slopes and homes with single slope roofs are appropriate for Sovereign Oaks. Large windows can create a connection to the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape, while exterior living spaces provide a space for enjoying the outdoors.
  • Appropriate materials, landscape design, roof overhangs, and outdoor living spaces can be used to blend contemporary structures with the surrounding mountain landscape. Building form and configuration at Sovereign Oaks are not predetermined, and will be an aspect of site responsive design.
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