We’re as excited as you are about your desire to build a custom home in our community. Here are some things to consider before you get started in earnest.
A William E. Poole – designed neighborhood that sets the tone for IOB architecture. All new homes built in the Village must blend in with the existing Village residences.
A traditional neighborhood that offers vistas of marsh views as well as the privacy of cul-de-sac living.
Features raised residences, many with marsh views and dock permits, but not “deep-water”.
A separately gated neighborhood within our community offering properties for larger residences, many with exclusive “deep-water” access.
Homes within IOB are characterized by traditional, Lowcountry attention to exterior detail. Examples include metal roofs; a welcoming entry and porches; brick or tabby in foundations, chimneys, walkways and driveways; eaves with crown moldings, enclosed soffits or exposed rafter tails; copper flashing, copper or brass exterior lighting fixtures and full landscaping with in-ground irrigation. Construction costs for custom homes vary, but one should budget an average of $250 / heated sq. ft.
A visit to IOB will help you understand the architecture of the community as a whole and offer the opportunity to establish a working relationship with the ARB. Fred Mueller, the ARB Administrator, or another ARB member can be available as guides. They can answer any of your questions and will be happy to informally review exterior elevations of homes you are interested in to help you better understand our architectural philosophy.
Your property will dictate the size and shape of your home. The survey will help you make sure that your dream house will fit on the property with adequate room for a driveway and a side-loading garage.
We recommend that you partner with an architect and builder who is familiar with the approval process and construction at IOB. Residents who use professionals familiar with ARB requirements benefit from the value of the experience.
Conceptual drawings of the exteriors give the ARB an idea of what your residence will look like, and more importantly, how the residence will fit into the general neighborhood. The ARB takes into account the dwellings’ mass and scale, its relationship to other homes in the area, and architectural features in general. The conceptual drawings are a guide, and provide a basis for ARB input before you incur the expense of creating detailed architectural plans.
The design review process has two stages, Preliminary & Final. Your team of professionals – architect & builder – is tasked with presenting the details of your home to the ARB in a timely manner. Generally, the process takes two months once the ARB, you and your professionals have agreed to the overall exterior design.
Once the Final Architectural Review is complete, you are free to start construction. The ARB will monitor the building process to ensure compliance with your approved house plan.