Design Guidelines


New Albany Links is designed to be a community of homes based on thoughtful land planning and sound architectural design. As years pass and as additions and improvements are made, it is very important to keep the entire community in mind and not merely the individual improvement. To uphold property values and ensure the architectural integrity of the community, the Architectural Review Board was established.

The New Albany Links Architectural Review Board consists of members who are appointed by the New Albany Links Board of Trustees. The Architectural Review Board has put together a series of guidelines to help community members maintain and beautify homes that add to the architectural design of the community.

These guidelines are intended to provide homeowners with direction regarding the types of improvements that may be approved by the Architectural Review Board. These guidelines are provided for informational purposes only and are not to be construed as approval for any particular improvement. The Architectural Review Board retains final authority to approve, approve with conditions, or deny any application.

Structural Improvements

Prior Architectural Review Board approval must be obtained for any and all proposed exterior structural improvements to your home and/or property, including but not limited to the items outlined below.


Roof shingles must be dimensional and have a 30-year warranty.

While you still must submit an application, the Homeowner Association does have a list of pre-approved colors. Other manufacturers/colors and series will be considered. However, a specification sheet and sample must accompany your submission for review.

Examples of pre‐approved shingles and colors include (you still must submit an application):

  • GAF-ELK (Timberline Series)

  • Weathered Wood

  • Owens Corning – Oakridge Series)

    • Drift Wood

    • Onyx Black

  • Certainteed Landmark

    • Weathered Wood

    • Moire Black

  • IKO (Cambridge Series)

    • Weather wood

    • Black

  • GAF-ELK (ELK Prestique)

    • Weathered Wood


Siding changes/repairs must meet the following specifications:

  • 5 inch (unless house was originally built with siding less than 6.5 inches, in which case the replacement siding can be either 6.5 inches or the size of the original siding being replaced)

  • 2 piece siding can be smaller upon approval

  • Beaded siding

  • Vinyl or fiber cement siding (e.g. HardiePlank)

  • The face must have a wood-grain or brushed appearance

  • Approved color

  • All siding on a house must be uniform

Projects to replace or repair a partial re-siding of a house must use siding that matches the existing siding on the house. If it is not possible to match (or substantially match) the appearance of the new siding with the color, pattern, and materials of the existing siding, the Architectural Review Board may require a full re-siding of the house or any portion thereof.

Front Doors

Front doors must be one of the following types:

  • 6-panel solid exterior door

  • Smooth or embossed wood grain texture

  • Steel or fiberglass (e.g. Jeld-Wen Smooth Pro SP-60)

Architectural Review Board may consider other requested options; however, their decision is at their discretion.

Additionally, the following specifications must be met:

  •  The door color must match the shutters.

  • Sidelights can be 2/3rd or full light – may or may not include grill; clear glass; grills must be white.

  • The transom must be rectangular and in the same style as sidelights.

Screen & Storm Doors (for Front Doors)

Screen doors and storm doors must be a “full‐view” style, but not all doors marketed and/or sold as “full-view” style are acceptable. A horizontal mid‐door support bar of appropriate width is permitted. The Architectural Review Board retains the right to determine whether the width of a horizontal mid-door support bar is appropriate.

A linear border etching on screen/storm door glass is permitted. Excessive border etching, in the sole discretion of the Architectural Review Board, is prohibited. No other etching is permitted.

The color of the screen/storm door must match the trim or the front door.

Back, Side, & Service Doors

Any back or side door that permits entry and exit to the house must be a half-view or full-view style door and include divided-light grids.

Service doors that permit entry and exit to the garage need not be half-view or full-view.


Decks are to be an extension of the home’s architecture with attention to detail in railings and steps. Landscaping for all decks is required and must receive prior approval by the Architectural Review Board.

The following requirements must be met:

  • All deck materials must be painted to match the color of the home, or stained neutral. Homeowners must ensure that painted deck materials are repainted or re-stained when significant paint/stain discoloration, fading, peeling, or flaking occurs. The Architectural Review Board retains the right to determine whether paint/stain discoloration, fading, peeling, or flaking is sufficiently significant to require re-painting/re-staining.

  • Handrails are required and the “open” style deck is prohibited.

  • Any space below the deck is required to be enclosed with wood skirting (except with walkouts). Exceptions, for example the use of screening plants, can be made on a case-by-case basis.

  • Lattice will only be considered for screening of walkout basement style patios.

Garage Doors

Garage Doors must match trim or shutters except when that color that is being matched is black. Submit to the Architectural Review Board for approval (include current picture of home).


The Architectural Review Board retains the right to determine whether a proposed patio is of the appropriate size and/or location.

Patios may be constructed using natural stone, concrete pavers, poured concrete, or brick.

  • Brick patios must use the same or substantially similar brick to match the ones used on the house siding or plinth.

  • Poured or stamped concrete patios will be considered on a case by case basis. Brick or paver borders are strongly encouraged. The brick used must be the same or substantially similar to the brick used on the house siding or plinth.

  • Lattice will only be considered for screening of walkout basement style patios.

House Trim

Homeowners must ensure that house trim is maintained to prevent any significant degradation in appearance or structural integrity.

Homeowners must ensure that house trim is repainted when significant discoloration, fading, peeling, or flaking occurs. The Architectural Review Board retains the right to determine whether discoloration, fading, peeling, or flaking is sufficiently significant to require painting or repainting.

PVC exterior trim and fascia may be used, but must closely match the color, texture, and style of the replaced material.

Prior Architectural Review Board approval must be obtained only for any trim painting or re-painting that would change the existing color of the house trim. Otherwise, Architectural Review Board approval for house trim painting or re-painting is not required.


Driveways must be maintained in good condition. The resealing of the asphalt surface does not require Architectural Review Board approval. Any new, additional, revised, or replaced driveway construction must be approved for placement and materials.

The following are required of all driveways:

  • The driveway must be black asphalt or consistent with the community and surrounding resident driveways.

  • All driveways must reach the street with the poured concrete sidewalk and apron.

  • Width expansions without garage expansions will not be permitted.

  • Pavers, brick, natural stone will be considered on a case by case basis.


The community policy is consistent with New Albany City Ordinance 521.06 that requires homeowners to keep sidewalks in repair and clean condition. Homeowners will be solely responsible for the maintenance and repair of their sidewalks.


Prior Architectural Review Board approval must be obtained for any and all proposed exterior nonstructural improvements to your home and/or property, including but not limited to the items below.


  1. Fencing is prohibited unless otherwise required by law for such instance as a pool.

  2. Dog runs and animal enclosures are not permitted.

  3. Vegetative fencing/hedges intended to delineate a property line are permitted and must be maintained and 4’ or less.


  1. Trellises must be approved for materials, paint colors, design, and location.

  2. The New Albany Links Homeowners’ Association retains the right to determine whether maintenance is needed due to significant discoloration, fading, peeling or flaking.


Gazebos in yards are not permitted.

Hot Tubs

  1. Hot tubs must be approved for materials, location, design, and color. The Architectural Review Board requires that hot tubs be placed in an appropriate location with the least visual impact on neighboring homes.

  2. All hot tubs must be appropriately screened.

  3. Hot tubs are not permitted on lots that abut and/or are visible from the golf course.

Auxiliary Buildings

Auxiliary buildings including, but not limited to, storage sheds, doghouses and greenhouses, are not permitted.


  1. 1 rider is permitted.

  2. If the lot abuts the golf course, 2 real estate or FSBO signs are permitted (one facing the street and one facing the golf course); otherwise, only 1 sign per home/lot.

  3. Installation of real estate and for sale by owner signage must adhere to the following:

    1. Not be leaning or crooked

    2. Cannot be in the tree lawn, must be in property yard

    3. One sign per property

    4. Information/Flyer boxes can be mounted to the back of the signs

    5. If installed using a ground spike, the spike portion should not be visible and the post holding portion must be painted white to match the post.

  4. Temporary signs of appropriate size, condition, and location supporting a family member (for example, a congratulatory sign for a high school graduation, or a sign announcing the birth of a child) or a charitable event (for example, a walk/run/bike event to raise money for cancer research) are permitted for 30 days and should be removed soon after the event. The New Albany Links Homeowners’ Association retains the right to determine what signs are of appropriate size, condition, and location, as well as what constitutes a reasonable period of time for displaying a sign, on a case by case basis.

  5. Political signs may be displayed only during the two week period before an election and must be promptly removed after the election.

  6. Signs are not permitted to be affixed to the exterior of a house.

  7. All other signs are prohibited unless prior Architectural Review Board approval is obtained.

Satellite Dishes

  1. Satellite dishes shall be ground mounted in the rear yard and screened with evergreen vegetation from all street and neighboring views, unless otherwise approved by the Architectural Review Board.

  2. No more than one satellite dish per lot is permitted.


  1. The New Albany Links Homeowners Association has adopted a new mailbox maintenance policy commencing in 2018. What does this mean for the homeowner?

  2. Over time, normal deterioration of flaking paint and/or rust occurs that causes an unsightly appearance to your property and the community. This was historically remedied by the homeowner’s efforts and often at the urging of the Links Association by means of a “friendly reminder letter”. Now, due to the new policy, the Association will be responsible for needed wear and tear maintenance as determined by the Property Management Company. See mailbox specifics below:

  3. Refurbishing / Normal Wear & Tear

  4. The Association will refurbish, repair and/or replace mailboxes as needed due to normal wear and tear as determined by the Property Management Company.

  5. Replacement / Damaged

  6. If your mailbox is damaged (i.e. hit by a car or snow plow, etc.), which is the responsibility of the homeowner to remedy, please see the following choices of vendors from which you can purchase a new mailbox:

  7. My Painting Guys: 614-342-0281

  8. The following information may assist you in repairing your damaged mailbox:

  9. Mailbox Posts for Dominion Club Homes:

    • Posts are Edgewater Single Mount Mailbox Post / SPK-680

    • Mailbox numbers are to be on the panel below

  10. Mailboxes for all homes

    • Must be painted with “Semi-gloss Black”.

    • The approved manufacturer/style is the Large Post Mount Mailbox from

    • Replacement flags can also be purchased from, appropriate style for Large Post Mount Mailbox.

    • Posts (3” diameter, 5’ length – 2’ buried, 3’ above ground) can be purchased from Suburban Steel 614-737-5501. A rectangular plate (19.25” x 8”) should be welded to the post to hold the mailbox. A wood block between mailbox and plate is needed for mounting.

  11. Mailbox numbers are to be centered on the side and must be Modern Standard Wide font 2.25” White Vinyl. These can be purchased from Signarama at 158 N. Hamilton Road, Gahanna 614-337-6000.

Yard Lights & Posts

  1. There are several standard yard lights in the community based on street/section.

  2. Dominion Club Homes

    • Fixture and post to be painted “Semi-gloss Black” to match mailboxes.

    • Fixture

      • Manufacturer: Hanover

      • Style: Value Line Six-Sided / B9935

      • Height: 22”          Width: 11.15”

    • Post

      • Direct Burial Post w/Photocell – height consistent throughout Dominion Club (approx.. 6’).

  3. New Albany Road East (west of Dominion Club), Decker Drive, Triplet Square, Sugarwood Drive, Jersey Drive, Lochen Lane and Unkle Lane

    • Fixture

      • Manufacturer: Quoizel

      • Style: Newbury / NY9043K

      • Height: 23” Width: 12.5”

    • Post

      • Direct Burial Post w/Photocell – of consistent height with homes in the community.


  1. Each homeowner must ensure that their property and yard are appropriately landscaped and maintained. The New Albany Links Homeowners’ Association retains the right to determine whether landscaping and yard maintenance complies with this requirement.

  2. Landscaping changes or additions must be pre-approved for location and materials. This includes any landscaping that affects the grade of the lot, planting beds, retaining walls, etc. This is not meant to include typical additions to your landscaping such as annuals or perennials. Mulch: double or triple processed hardwood mulch that is black is approved. (No application is needed). No other type or color of mulch or mulch substitute/alternative is permitted without first submitting an application and receiving approval from the Architectural Review Board.

Outdoor Lighting

Outdoor lighting must be approved by the Architectural Review Board. This does not include temporary holiday-related decorative lighting.

Walls & Landscape Borders

  1. Walls must be approved for height, location, color, and material.

  2. Brick to match the home, natural stone and/or natural stone veneer preferred.

  3. Other materials may be considered upon review.

Playgrounds, Swing Sets, & Other Outdoor Recreational Equipment

  1. Playgrounds, swing sets, play sets, recreational equipment, etc. will not be permitted on lots adjoining the golf course (per the community Declarations).

  2. Playgrounds, swing sets, basketball hoops, trampolines, sandboxes, and all other outdoor recreational equipment require prior Architectural Review Board approval and screening*.

  3. Swing sets are to be wooden and stained dark brown, and should be properly maintained to meet the standards of the community. Slides, roofs and other elements should be dark green.

  4. Basketball hoops are permitted and may be either permanent or portable, subject to the following restrictions and conditions:

    • All equipment and placement requires prior Architectural Review Board approval.

      • Basketball hoops installed before August 31, 2017 must have an existing Architectural Review Board approval or apply for one by September 30, 2017.

      • Portable hoops not approved by November 15, 2017 or moved to a location different from that approved will be subject to a fine of $500 for each occurrence.

    • Basketball hoops and all related equipment must be properly maintained in good condition.

      • The base of portable hoops must be installed according to the manufacturer’s instructions and cannot be weighed down or covered with blocks or other objects.

    • Backboards must be tempered glass, a minimum of 50” and a maximum of 72” horizontal, and be properly maintained in good condition.

      • However, as a one-time exception as a part of the transition to new guidelines, all portable hoops installed before August 31, 2017, and submitting an Architectural Review Board application before September 30, 2017, will not be required to have a tempered glass backboard as long as the backboard is transparent and meets all other restrictions and conditions.

    •  Basketball hoops must be placed on the side of the driveway and as far up the driveway and away from disturbing any neighboring property as is practical, and cannot be placed further than 1/3 down the driveway (2/3 distance from the street).

      • Basketball hoops cannot be attached to the house or have equipment placed at the top of the driveway in front of or in between garage doors.

      • Basketball hoops cannot be placed on or along sidewalks, curbs, or streets.

    •  The pole and related structure must be black or dark green; any pole padding (and attachments) must be black or dark green and closely match the pole color.

    • Ball returns and lights are prohibited.

  5. Playground equipment, i.e. trampolines, sandboxes, etc., must be appropriately screened, with sufficient landscaping, to receive an approval. Please see further detail on acceptable landscape screening under “Screening” of this section.

  6. Consideration is also given to the amount of space that is available for this equipment so as not to overcrowd the yard.

  7. Portable sports equipment must be stored out of view of street and neighbors when not in use.

  8. Private sports courts will not be permitted.

Swimming Pools

  1. Above ground pools are prohibited.

  2. Pools are considered on a case by case basis; however, they are strictly prohibited on lots that abut the golf course.

  3. When wading pools are not in use they are to be emptied and stored out of view of neighboring homes.


  1. All screening plans/solutions must be approved by the Architectural Review Board.

  2. It is permissible to utilize trees and/or shrubs for screening purposes, but the homeowner must ensure that Architectural Review Board approval is obtained before planting any trees/shrubs on the property. The homeowner must also ensure that any trees and/or shrubs utilized for screening purposes will shield the screened object from view throughout the entire year. Evergreen trees and/or shrubs are most effective for this purpose. If deciduous vegetation is utilized for screening purposes, the homeowner must ensure that other appropriate steps are taken to shield the screened object from view during the winter months, when there are no leaves on the vegetation. The appropriateness of any required screening is to be determined by the Architectural Review Board is its sole discretion.

  3. Items that require screening include but are not limited to:

  • Trash Cans and Recycling Cans. Trash and recycling cans and any other items subject to pick-up must not be placed on the curb or otherwise in view more than one day prior to the scheduled pickup. All cans must be removed by the day following the pick-up.

    • Trash and recycling containers should be stored inside.

    • Any trash or recycling cans stored outside, must be reasonably screened from public view, including views from the street and neighbors, with the area around the containers maintained in a clean, neat condition and in good repair at all times.

  • Screening solutions must be approved by the Architectural Review Board.

  • Playgrounds, trampolines, basketball hoops and other recreational equipment. Trampolines are highly discouraged and will therefore be subject to heightened screening requirements. To be considered for Architectural Review Board approval, the trampoline must be screened so as to be completely invisible from the road in all seasons.

  • Hot Tubs and in ground pools

  • Satellite Dishes

  • Sculptures

  • Any other structure or item that may be aesthetically displeasing to neighboring properties, as determined by the ARC.

Tree Lawn & Street Trees

  1. The Tree Lawn is defined as the area between the sidewalk and the street.

    • The city of New Albany retains a “right of way” and/or easement interest in said area.

  2. Maintenance of trees in the Tree Lawn (“Street Trees”) is handled in the following manner:

    1. Property owner contacts their Homeowners Association to inform them of tree(s) of concern providing contact information, address, number of trees and location.

    2. New Albany Public Service Department will evaluate tree(s) and respond via email within 30 days with recommended action to the HOA.

    3. In the event tree removal is recommended, the city or selected contractor will remove the tree and provide stump grinding at no charge to the property owner or HOA.

    4. Property owner through New Albany Links HOA will be responsible for a cost sharing payment of $150.00 towards each new tree planted.

    5. All new tree plantings will be scheduled following receipt of payment from the HOA and the HOA will be reimbursed by the homeowner.

    6. Property owner will be responsible for critical early care of newly planted trees including watering, mulching & fertilizing as needed; the city will provide information regarding the proper care of newly planted trees.


Per the Association Declarations, antennas will not be permitted.

Holiday Decorations

  1. Architectural Review Board approval is not necessary for holiday decorations. However, the Architectural Review Board retains the right to require the immediate removal of inappropriate or excessive decorations.

  2. Holiday decorations must not be put up more than 30 days prior to the holiday and must be taken down within 30 days after the holiday has concluded.