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Old 12-11-2014, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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Are there gas lines in the neighborhood so I can have a gas cook top?
This is the one question I can answer. The are no natural gas lines, but you may use a propane tank for a gas cook top.
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Old 12-11-2014, 03:51 PM
 
Location: Southport, NC
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This is the one question I can answer. The are no natural gas lines, but you may use a propane tank for a gas cook top.
Yup ... you can build a home that relies heavily on Propane if you want (all appliances, hotwater heater, HVAC, fireplace, grill etc.) and put a very large tank in, or you can use electric predominantly and use propane only for the fireplace/grill, which is what I did, installing a small tank.

Gatorbyter
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Old 12-11-2014, 06:52 PM
 
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ILMJennifier - I hope the following non-expert information helps.

Q. Does anyone have information on the architectural guidelines at SJP?
A. Check out this link - St. James Plantation Property Owners' Association
There is a wealth of information.

Q. Specifically, I am trying to find out if I were to purchase a lot, would my home need to be a specific minimum square footage?
A. I believe so. The minimum size of the home may be neighborhood dependant.

Q. Would I have to choose from a list of "preferred" builders?
A. No.

Q. Am I limited to certain styles of homes?
A. I do not believe so, but they can not be over a certain height (more info in the guidelines)

Q. Are garages to be side loading only, or can they be front loading?
A. From the guidelines: Garages (Garages are required and must accommodate at least two cars)
Residents must be able to park their cars in the garages. Side loaded or rear loaded garages are preferred. Front loaded garages are allowed but must include windows, panels or trim that enhances their appearance from the street. Landscape materials must also be used to screen parking areas and side load garage doors from streets and adjacent lots. Detached two car garages maybe allowed as long as they do not obstruct views from adjacent lots and appear to be an extension of the main structure.

There are two houses with front loaded garages on my street and when my house is built, three houses with front loaded garages.

Q. Does the exterior of the home have to be brick/stone?
A. No, but may be neighborhood dependant. From the guidelines:

Exterior Elevations
The ACC reviews and determines the appropriateness of the property owners’ selections of exterior materials and colors to ensure that they are compatible with the existing homes in the immediate neighborhood, with the architectural style of the home, and with the natural surroundings.
Owners are required to include color board samples for any exterior surface of the home, including mortar color, with the Application for approval of Residential Construction form.

Approved exterior siding materials: Brick / Stucco / Cedar Shakes / Horizontal Wood Siding / Hardiplank / Stone Approved window, fascia, soffit, and trim materials are: Wood, Painted or Stained Aluminum, Painted Vinyl.

The ACC shall determine the appropriateness of exterior materials and colors for all construction.

Q. Are there gas lines in the neighborhood so I can have a gas cook top?
A. I wish. Many people have propane tanks, most are buried.


Good luck!

PilotPaul
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Old 12-11-2014, 09:25 PM
 
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ILMJennifer, to add to PilotPaul's response, if you build in the Reserve, minimum square footage on first floor is 2200, but they will allow 2000 with a screened porch. Also, the Reserve requires homes to be built on four course whereas most other areas are three course. We've been quoted ~ $4000-$5000 for four course. We didn't find out about these requirements until after we had the lot and were informed by our future neighbors,
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Old 12-12-2014, 05:47 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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Also, the Reserve requires homes to be built on four course whereas most other areas are three course. We've been quoted ~ $4000-$5000 for four course. We didn't find out about these requirements until after we had the lot and were informed by our future neighbors,
What is the "four courses" requirement? The number of blocks in the foundation, so that the houses are higher?
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Old 12-12-2014, 06:55 AM
 
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I am not sure if it is the number of blocks, but it is elevation based.


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What is the "four courses" requirement? The number of blocks in the foundation, so that the houses are higher?

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Old 12-12-2014, 08:06 AM
 
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Thank you all! Very helpful information! PilotPaul - The POA website you provided prompts me to enter login information, which I don't have. I am only in the very beginning stages of researching SJP, and I am trying to find out as much as possible before making any decisions. Is there info that you could copy and paste from there, perhaps in a DM if it's not allowed to be posted publicly? Appreciate the help!
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Old 12-12-2014, 08:23 AM
 
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Jennifer - I sent you a DM with some info.

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Thank you all! Very helpful information! PilotPaul - The POA website you provided prompts me to enter login information, which I don't have. I am only in the very beginning stages of researching SJP, and I am trying to find out as much as possible before making any decisions. Is there info that you could copy and paste from there, perhaps in a DM if it's not allowed to be posted publicly? Appreciate the help!
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Old 12-13-2014, 06:03 AM
 
Location: Southport, NC
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These are the POA Design Requirements, including minimum home size requirements AND maximum impervious surface limits (important).

https://www.dropbox.com/s/l3h4lod7du...lines.pdf?dl=0

In some areas, like mine, you may find the maximum impervious surface limit to be a bit painful and could require you to downsize the home a bit or possibly move it more forward on the lot than you really desire. BTW, in SJP, pavers and rock surfaces could towards the limit.

FWIW, all 3 of the homes at the end of my cul-de-sac were built right up against the 5500 sq-ft limit, including mine .... literally I am at 5500 sq-ft. The limit may initially sound like a lot, but when you account for patio, covered porch, a garage courtyard entry, and driveway, you may get a rude awakening.

Gatorbyter
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Old 12-13-2014, 06:09 AM
 
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We are going through our builder( at the Cottages) for a flat rate of $4500. Some builders offer this option and the interest only option usually ends up being close to or exceeds that price. We choose this option because you just never know how long a project will get hung up.
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