Dominion Station

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Tot Lots

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Four tot lots are available for use by residents of Dominion Station. Three of the lots were updated in 2008 with new equipment and surface areas.

Magnolia Road

Picture of tot lot by Magnolia and Blossom

Located at the corner of Magnolia Road and Blossom Drive, and accessible from the walking path that parallels Magnolia, this lot offers the most shade of all the tot lots. It has two swings with full bucket seats for smaller children and a play structure that has a slide, ladders, and a play station. Park benches and a dinosaur spring rider are also present.

Guilford Station

Picture of tot lot by Guilford Station

Located at the intersection of Guilford Station Terrace and Whitcomb Square, this lot has two swings (one with a full bucket seat for smaller children) and a play structure with a double slide, a play station, and climbing areas. There is also a large climbing structure and park benches.

Baggett Terrace

Picture of tot lot by Baggett Terrace

Located at the south end of Baggett Terrace, this lot has a climbing structure with a slide, an elevated walkway,

 

Walking Paths

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There are roughly 3 miles of walking paths in and around the community.

A walking path starts near the intersection of West Church Road and Ruritan Circle and runs parallel to West Church Road. It continues to run parallel to and on both sides of Magnolia Road. Additionally, residents wishing to walk a little farther may continue alongside Blossom Drive outside of the community and walk into nearby neighborhoods.

Looking for a longer walk? Residents may access the Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park from the community. The 100-foot-wide W&OD is one of Northern Virginia's longest parks, with 45 miles of paved trail for walking, running, bicycling and skating and 32 miles of adjacent gravel trail for horseback riding. Built on the roadbed of the former Washington & Old Dominion Railroad, the multi-use W&OD Trail runs through the "urban heartland and countryside of Northern Virginia."

Access to the W&OD is available through a path that is directly behind the houses located on the southern end of Baggett Terrace. To find the path, stand on the western side of Magnolia Road with the pond in the middle of the neighborhood to your back. The path is in-between the backs of the townhomes and a wooded area.

Overhead shot of community and depiction of walking paths

 

Approved Deck Stains

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Approved Deck Stains

Owners may use clear sealants on their decks without Architectural Review Committee (ARC) approval. Additionally, stains that are on the List of Pre-approved Deck Stains may also be used without ARC approval.

What if I want to use a stain not on the List of Pre-approved Deck Stains?
Any stains not on the List require ARC approval. The ARC will typically approve transparent stains, also known as wood toners. The ARC will not approve semi-transparent stains and solid color stains.
List of Pre-approved Deck Stains:
Olympic stains (available at Lowes)
  • Waterguard Wood Clear, 51794
  • Maximum Clear, 56500
  • Maximum Toner, 56502 Honey Gold
  • Maximum Toner, 56503 Cedar Naturaltone
  • Maximum Toner, 56504 Redwood Naturaltone
  • Wood Protector Clear, 79070
  • Wood Protector Toner, 79111 Cedar Naturaltone
  • Wood Protector Toner, 79113 Honey Gold
  • Solid Color Cedar
  • Solid Color Timberline
  • Rescue It! Cedar
  • Rescue It! Timberline
Behr stains (available at Home Depot)
  • Water Proofing Wood Protector, 300 Natural Clear
  • Waterproofing Wood Finish, 400 Natural Clear
  • Waterproofing Wood Finish, 401 Cedartone
  • Waterproofing Wood Finish, 402 Redtone
  • Waterproofing Wood Finish, 403 Browntone
  • Weatherproofing Wood Sealer & Finish, 500 Natural Clear
  • Weatherproofing Wood Sealer & Finish, 501 Natural Cedar
  • Weatherproofing Wood Sealer & Finish, 502 Redwood
  • Weatherproofing Wood Sealer & Finish, WP-545 Natural Sequoia
  • Weatherproofing Wood Sealer & Finish, WP-546 Golden Honey
  • Solid Color Cedar
  • DeckOver Cedar
 

Exterior Home Inspection

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On an annual basis, the HOA and its management company will inspect the exterior of residential properties to ensure that they comply with the original design guidelines. Residents may find it useful to know what is inspected to ensure that their properties are within accepted guidelines.

When is my lot inspected?
Inspections occur on an annual basis.
What is being checked?
The property is being reviewed for appearance, cleanliness, and overall condition
What are the specific items being checked?
The exterior home inspection includes the following items:
  • Gutters: cleanliness, debris, and if any repairs are required
  • Siding: condition and if power washing is required
  • Exterior Wood: any wood rot that needs replacing
  • Landscaping: missing or dead shrubs
  • Shrubs & Beds: trimming, weeds, repairs to edging material
  • Trees: pruning, and removal of any dead trees/stumps
  • Grass: maintenance of grass, to include establishing and/or applying weed control
  • Paint: windows and trim, shutters, doors, and corner trim
  • Doors: condition and replacement if necessary
  • Fence: condition, replace missing/warped boards, repair gate
  • Decks: repair spindles, repair staircase, power wash, ensure correct color
  • Rear Yard: cleanliness and condition
  • Roof: repairs or replacement
  • Satellite: removed unapproved dish or conceal cabling
  • House Numbers: replace any missing numbers
  • Leadwalks: repair cracks, replace trip hazards
  • Subsidence: fill holes with top soil around front stoop
View the 2008 Exterior Home Maintenance Inspection Checklist (20KB PDF)
 

Exterior Project Requirements

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A. General

 

  1. Only the exterior materials existing on the primary structure or materials compatible with the architectural design and character of the neighborhood will be approved.

  2. It is preferred that the exterior of the home remain the same as the original color scheme. If the colors are not known the ARC will provide them or approve a suitable match. If the original color is to be changed you must have approval from the ARC.

 

B. Decks

 

    1. Decks must be approved by the Architectural Review Committee. Applications for deck modification MUST include a house location survey showing exact placement of the deck and setbacks in the rear of the home. Decks and deck stairs will not be allowed to extend beyond the side plane of the bay window or chimney if the home is an end unit. No roof structure may be added to a deck. Decks may not be modified to create an enclosure (i.e., screened-in porch). Owners are responsible for obtaining all necessary building permits.

    2. Lumber used for decks and fences must be decay resistant and similar to the lumber used by the builder. Metal fences and decks are not permitted. Staining will be permitted in accordance with Exhibit 1.

    3. Composite decking may be used, however the rail and pickets must be the same color as the decking. The color of the composite decking must also be approved; gray colored decking and white pickets will not be approved.

    4. Horizontal railings will not be approved. Vertical picket rails are preferred. Railing detail should be supplied with the application. Other types of railings may be considered by the ARC on a case by case basis.

    5. To obtain a building permit, Loudoun County typically requires the applicant to show evidence of Architectural Review Committee approval prior to the issuance of the permit.

 

C Lattice

 

Above-deck railing lattice may not exceed four feet in height. The lattice must be attached to the house and remain natural in color. Lattice may not be attached to the rear of the deck. Lattice must be perpendicular to the house.

 

D. Fences

 

 

  1. Fence extensions for interior units must enclose the backyard along the property line. Larger or smaller enclosures are not permitted. Fences must be alternating board-on-board style and must be six feet in height. Gates may be alternating or adjacent board and must also be six feet in height.

  2. Fence extensions for end units must enclose the backyard at the property line. Fencing along the side may extend as far as the property line and as far forward as ½ the distance from the rear plane of the home forward. Fencing may enclose side bay windows only if the window is in the rear half of the home.

  3. Fencing may be stained in accordance with Exhibit 1.

  4. Removal or modification of fencing may only be done with approval of the Architectural Review Committee.

 

E. Landscaping

 

 

  1. All trees and shrubbery not planted at ground level within two 2 feet of the house structure must have the approval of the Architectural Review committee. All garden enclosures must be made of natural materials and have Architectural Review Committee approval. The height of the garden enclosure must be indicated on the application.

  2. Any wall above grade, retaining, decorative or otherwise, must have Architectural Review Committee approval.

 

F. Storm and Screen Door

 

Storm or screen doors must have full view windows and be painted the same color as the door or entry door’s trim. Sliding glass vertical panes are acceptable.

 

 

 

 

G. Sheds and Doghouses

 

 

Sheds and doghouses should be compatible with the applicant’s house color and material, and should not be located where they will be visually obtrusive. (The structure may not rise above six (6) feet or the height of the fence.)

 

The shed models listed below have been preapproved by the Architectural Review Committee and may be installed in the backyard of the homeowner’s property without submitting an application for exterior modification.

 

SUNCAST 39”L x 55”W HORIZONTAL UTILITY SHED

MODEL: GS2500L

 

ARROW 8 x 3 GARDEN SHED

MODEL: GS83

 

ARROW 5 x 4 BRENTWOOD STORAGE BUILDING

MODEL: BW54

 

 

H. Storage of Boats, Trailers or Recreational Vehicles

 

Except in connection with construction activities, no commercial trucks, vans, trailers, campers, recreational vehicles, boats or other large vehicles, including grounds maintenance equipment, or ATV’s, dune buggies, or trail bikes may be parked or used on any portion of the Common Area or any portion of a lot visible from the Common Area or another lot or on any public right-of-way within or adjacent to the Property, unless expressly permitted by the Board of Directors and only in such parking areas or for such time periods (if any) as may be designated for such purpose. Parking of all such vehicles and related equipment, other than on a temporary and non-recurring basis, shall be in garages or in areas designated by the Board of Directors, if any, No junk or derelict vehicles or other vehicles on which current registration plates and current county and state inspection permits are not displayed shall be kept upon any portion of the Common Area or any portion of a Lot visible from the Common Area or another Lot or on any public right-of-way within or adjacent to the property.

 

I. Exterior Painting

 

 

Repainting or staining a specific object to match its original color need not be submitted. Color changes apply not only to the house siding, but also to the doors, shutters, trim, roofing, and other appurtenant structures. Requests for approval to change exterior color should relate favorably to the colors of the houses in the immediate area.

 

J. Fireplace and Woodstoves

 

  1. All external chimneys and/or flues must have Architectural Review Committee approval.

  2. External chimneys and/or flues must be enclosed in brick or materials matching the exterior of the townhouse and cannot be located in the front of the house.

 

K. Recreation and Play Equipment

 

Permanent recreation equipment cannot exceed six (6) feet in height and must have Architectural Review Committee approval. Equipment must be placed in rear yards only. Consideration will be given to lot size, equipment size design, and amount of visual screening, etc.. Movable play equipment may not be stored in the front or on the side of units.

 

L. Trash Cans and Recycling Bins

 

Trash cans and recycling bins must be stored out of sight. Trash cans and recycling bins must be removed from the front curb following trash pick-up and are never to be stored in front of the house or remain in public view on non-collection days.

 

M. Firewood

 

Firewood shall be kept neatly stacked and stored within the fenced area of the rear yard only and located in such manner as to minimize visual impact. Firewood shall not be stored on common areas.

 

 

N. Real Estate Sale/Rental Signs

 

Real estate signs must meet County regulations with respect to size and content. Real Estate signs may only be placed in the front yard of the available property. Signs may not be placed on common area. No other signs of any character shall be erected, posted or displayed in a location that is visible from the common area or any other lot without the prior written approval of the Architectural Review Committee.

 

 

O. Exterior Decorative Objects

 

Natural and man-made exterior decorative objects will generally not be approved. Exterior decorative objects include, but are not limited to, such representative items as bird baths, wagon wheels, sculptures, fountains, pools, stumps, driftwood piles, free-standing poles of all types, and items attached to approved structures.

 

 

P. Attic Ventilators

 

Attic ventilators may only be installed in the rear of the building and must match the siding or trim on the house if mounted on a gable end or may require paint to match the roof if placed on a roof.

 

Q. Clothes-Drying Equipment

 

No outdoor clothesline or other drying apparatus shall be permitted on any lot unless pre-approved in writing by the Architectural Review Committee.

 

R Miscellaneous

 

  1. Exterior lighting shall not be directed in such a manner as to create an annoyance to neighbors or motorists and must be harmonious with the surroundings.

  2. Exterior antennas are allowed with the Federal Communications Act of 1996. Satellite dishes should be located so they are not visible from street frontage. If the dish must be located in the front of the home to obtain a signal it must be screened with landscaping material. Dishes may not exceed twenty (20) inches in diameter and the color must be un-obtrusive and have a dull surface (not light-reflecting).

  3. Front door trellises will not be approved by the Architectural Review Committee.

  4. All outdoor cooking equipment must meet County code and should be stored in backyards.

  5. Laundry may not be hung from decks, porches, or stairway railings.

  6. Any structure extending above the height of a fence will not be approved by the Architectural Review Committee.

  7. No garage shall be converted to living space or altered or otherwise used for purposes which prevent the intended use of the garage for the parking of vehicles.

  8. No window-unit air conditioners are permitted.

 

 

 

 

NOTE

 

It must be noted that the Architectural Review Committee is a committee designed to preserve the value of homes in Dominion Station by reasonably regulating the external appearances of the homes in the community. If a homeowner modifies his or her property in a manner which detracts from the attractiveness or value of surrounding units, the neighbors are encouraged to write to the Architectural Review Committee for immediate review and possible action.

 


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