Around the House – May 2019

Village of Oak Lake Homeowners Association, Inc. Architectural Control Committee Guidelines for Exterior Maintenance

Village of Oak Lake is a deed restricted community and requires architectural control approval before any improvements can be made to the outside of your home. Every homeowner should have received a packet containing declarations and covenants and architectural control information when they moved into our community. These declarations and covenants are a part of the package formally agreed to and signed off on during the closing process. Most of these documents can be found at on the Resources page. The following guidelines were put in place to keep our neighborhood appealing and to help maintain property values.

Following are the regulations adopted by Village of Oak Lake:

WHEREAS, rules and regulations regulating exterior maintenance of the Properties are necessary to help maintain the attractiveness of the subdivision and thereby support property values of the subdivision;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE FOLLOWING Exterior Maintenance Guidelines are hereby adopted:

Exterior Maintenance Guidelines

All improvements on a Lot must be maintained in a state of good repair and shall not be allowed to deteriorate. Repairs shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

    1. All painted surfaces must be clean and smooth with no bare areas or peeling paint, and all surfaces must be free of mildew;
    2. All rotted and damaged wood must be replaced and any damaged brick repaired;
    3. Gutters must be kept in good repair and not allowed to sag or hang down;
    4. Roofs must be maintained in good repair with no missing or curling shingles;
    5. All glass surfaces must be whole;
    6. Garage doors must be undamaged and in good repair;
    7. Fences and gates must be kept in good repair;
    8. Sidewalks, driveways and curbs must be cleaned and undamaged and seams must be kept free of weeds;
    9. Lawns must be kept mowed, edged, and weed free, flower beds must be kept free of weeds, and shrubs and trees must be kept trimmed;
    10. There shall be no storage of clutter and/or debris in public view;
    11. Mailboxes must be maintained and in good repair; and
    12. All garbage cans and recycle bins must be stored out of public view.

If you have any questions about these ACC guidelines or are not sure if the repairs you are considering making to your home require ACC approval, please contact a board member. Our email addresses can be found on the website Or you may contact Sterling Association Services, Inc. at

Around the House – April 2019

Window Replacement Tips

5 Signs You Should Replace Your Home’s Windows

Age is not the only indicator you should replace your windows. Watch for other signs that could provide benefits to your home by installing new windows.

  • Drafts and other comfort problems: Old, single-pane windows are most likely to produce uncomfortable drafts, but even newer windows can develop air leaks and broken seals that result in home comfort problems.
  • High energy bills: Drafts are not the only result of inefficient windows. You will probably notice your energy bills increasing as your windows begin to fail.
  • Warped or rotted window frames: Wood windows are especially susceptible to warping and rot, which are not only unsightly but can also result in serious air leaks, flooding, and complete window failure.
  • Difficulty opening or closing windows: Single and double-hung windows often become difficult to operate as the years go by. The windows can become unbalanced causing the window to either become jammed or fall closed.
  • Condensation between panes: If you have double-pane windows, condensation between the panes indicates the seal has broken and moisture is present between the panes. The window is now inefficient and should be replaced.
Potential Benefits of Replacing Your Residential Windows

The decision to replace your windows is one to make carefully. The purchase and installation of windows requires a substantial initial investment. However, if you time the replacement correctly, you will benefit substantially from your new windows during the hottest part of the summer or coldest part of the winter. Here is what you can expect with replacement windows:

  • Improved energy efficiency: After replacing old single-pane or broken windows, energy bills could decrease by up to 20 percent.  This could help pay for your initial investment cost of the windows.
  • Enhanced home comfort: If you are tired of drafts in the winter, you will appreciate the even temperatures that come with new windows.  An added benefit of advanced window design is that it helps deflect radiant heat from the home, improving comfort in the summer as well.
  • Increased safety and security: As windows age, the locks may become non-functioning.    Modern replacements have advanced latch systems and tempered glass for added security.
  • Added value and curb appeal: If you replace your windows before selling your home, you may be able to recoup up to70 percent of your investment in increased home value. Even if you are not selling, enhanced curb appeal and interior comfort are worth the investment.
Some Things to Consider When Replacing Windows

Materials often match the home’s trim – a home with wood trim will have wood windows, vinyl trim will have vinyl windows, but given the advances in composite materials, this is not a hard fast rule.

Window type, whether double-hung, sliding or some other variation, will drive costs as much as labor. While the handy DIYer can tackle this project, a professional may be more efficient. Having open gaps in your home during the replacement or repair process is obviously undesired and may prove to be a good reason to have a contractor in charge of this project.

Replacement windows can range from $350 to $850 on average. The more windows you are replacing, the more likely you can get a good deal on price per window.  Generally, replacing all windows for a home will run between $7,000 and $10,000. Return on investment is very good with average returns between 71 and 78 percent.

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