Design Review Board
Lonsdale Infill Housing Overlay District
Applicant RequestNew Primary Structure
1. The new house is proposed to be set 35' from the front property line at the closest point. The one house on the block, 916 Texas Avenue, is set approximately 37.5' from the front property line. The proposed house will be in line with the front setback pattern of the street, and the adjacent new construction houses at 924 and 928 Texas Avenue. The site plan includes a walkway from the front door to the street.
2. The block lacks historic context, as only one house is located on the street. The proposed house is proportionate to the narrow dimensions of the block and the other houses on the street. The side setbacks meet the design guidelines and will be evenly spaced along the block.
3. Parking meets Infill Housing design guidelines and City Engineering standards. Any modifications to the site plan in permitting should reflect City Engineering standards.
4. The one-story, three-bay façade is similar in scale and width to the block and neighborhood. The proposed foundation height, at 1', is compatible with the historic context. The design incorporates a projecting bay on the façade for additional complexity.
5. The design incorporates a 10' deep front porch, with a column and railing appropriate for the design.
6. Windows and doors are compatible with the neighborhood context, and side elevations feature a sufficient number of windows.
7. The roof pitch is sufficiently steep for the neighborhood context. The projecting bay adds complexity and differentiates the new house from the adjacent infill construction.
8. Roof cladding and siding meet the design guidelines. The CMU foundation should be clad in stucco or another material to be more compatible with the context. The proposed vinyl siding should use an overlap instead of Dutch lap or flush panels.
9. The site plan incorporates a new tree in the front yard and notes that mature trees not impacted by construction will remain.
10. The applicant is proposing three new construction houses on adjacent lots (920 Texas Avenue, 924 Texas Avenue, and 928 Texas Avenue). The applicant should introduce differentiation in the three designs; the revised designs may be submitted to staff or the DRB, depending on the Board's determination.
New primary residence fronting Texas Avenue. One-story residence features a front-gable roof (7/12 pitch, clad in asphalt shingles), an exterior of vinyl lap siding, and a split-face CMU foundation. The house is proposed to be set 35' from the façade to the front property line. Parking is a 20' wide by 24' deep concrete pad accessible from the alley, to the rear of the property line, with a concrete sidewalk connecting the rear access and the parking.
The façade (west) features a smaller front-gable roof massing projecting from the left half, adjacent to a recessed, 10' deep corner porch on the right half. The porch is supported by an 8" square vinyl column and a picket railing, and accessible by concrete steps. Paired six-over-six, double-hung windows flank a half-light door on the façade. A wood deck extends from a secondary entryway on the rear, accessible by a pressure-treated wood ramp.