ARB - February 26th 2015

Feb 26, 2015

The Architectural Review Board met in regular session on Thurs, Feb 26, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mayfield Village Civic Center Conference Room. Chairman DiNardo presided.

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Present: Mr. Ron DiNardo (Chairman), Mr. Joshua Klein (Chairman Pro-Tem), Mr. Ivo Tombazzi, Mrs. MaryAnn Wervey, and Mr. Carmen Miozzi

Also Present: Mr. John Marrelli (Building Commissioner) and Ms. Deborah Garbo (Secretary)


Mr. Miozzi, seconded by Mr. Klein made a motion to approve the minutes of Jan 22, 2015.


Ayes: Mr. DiNardo, Mr. Klein, Mr. Tombazzi, Mrs. Wervey, Mr. Miozzi 
Nays: None                                        

Motion Carried. Minutes Approved As Written.


  1. Addition
    Brian & Andrea Linn
    6679 Glenview Dr.
    MJ Builders, Inc.



Chairman DiNardo opened the floor. We have one item on the agenda tonight, an addition for Brian Linn at 6679 Glenview Dr.

Joseph Marra, President MJ Builders introduced himself. This is a two-story addition on the back side of the house. We’re proposing a Master Suite with Master Bath on the 2nd story. A new Study/Den, Breakfast Room & Kitchen on the first floor. There are existing five rooms in the house.

Chairman DiNardo notes, your intent is to tie-in the detached garage into your house as you extend to the north.  This is a very small house, 28 x 22. I understand the need to expand and create space you need. I think we need to go through this exercise to make sure it doesn’t look like an addition and that it blends in. Off the bat, when I see the drawings, I see this huge roof line overpowering the existing house. You probably see that too. I understand the space requirements you’re looking for, but I think we have to do something with this height.

Mr. Miozzi agreed. I did some sketching here, if we did the hip all the way down, cutting the ridge vent back so it doesn’t look like it got stuck on the back of the house, these two little peaks coming from the side. I covered that up.

Chairman DiNardo asked, is there new vinyl siding?

Joseph Marra said yes, the whole house.

Chairman DiNardo concurs with Carmen’s suggestion. Thinks it’s a better fit. I’d like to expand on that idea. Maintaining that same fascia, I wonder if we can lower this so the spring lines meet at 6 / 8 or 7’ as opposed to 8’. The question is, do you need this to be 8 / 12? Does it have to be that high? That’s a lot of attic space there, 7’, and there’s a window there, is that just to fill in the gable?  

Joseph Marra said that window’s for aesthetics.

Discussion ensued on ideas to make it look like one roof line versus three.  

Mr. Miozzi said, I’m just throwing this out. I hipped it all the way around, got rid of this point, so the two sides match, demonstrating on drawing.

Chairman DiNardo asked, can we lower this? You’re extending this chimney up there.

Marra Sr. said we can lower it if you go 6 / 12, but I don’t know how it’ll look.

Chairman DiNardo said if you do the hip, it’s got to be the same.

Mr. Marrelli asked, can you lower the ridge?

Mr. Miozzi said you have to lower the pitch to a 6 / 12 on the two sides.

Discussion on options ensued.

Marra Sr. said they have existing dormers in the front now, aesthetically it looks nice. We don’t want to change that. 

Mr. Marrelli said again, what you did with that extension off the back took the character away from it as well. It’s not blending.

Marra Sr. said, as far as the hip on each side, we can lower that a little bit, 6 / 12 on each side.

Joseph Marra states, I know on these drawings it looks like it’s sticking out, more than it really does. We do a lot of additions. Our Architect’s been with us for about 25 years. I’m sorry I didn’t bring him. But yes, I like your idea, it looks good. We can take a look at that. It’s just changing the trusses.

Mr. Miozzi said, the only other thing would be whether this would have to be a different hip now that you’re cutting the ridge you may have to beef this up for that hip to support that ridge vent coming across.

Sr. Marra agreed. That’s nothing.


Chairman DiNardo asked about siding & shingles.

Joseph Marra didn’t bring samples. We’re replacing existing. It’s basically going to be the same as what’s on the house now, white vinyl siding, 3-dimensional shingle blue-gray. We’re replacing the shingles in the back, not the front. But now if we’re going to change that hip, we’ll have to replace the front shingles.

Brian Linn states, my major concern from the owner’s view is that it’s a huge addition on a very very small house. I like the conversation we’re having because we didn’t want it to look like a spaceship landed. We’ve tossed the roof line back and forth multiple times. My wife wants the space in the interior, but how do you match that to a 1937 type house? The addition square footage is 1328. My wife’s in Florida right now, but that’s what she wants. Nothing’s off the table for us.  

Chairman DiNardo notes the plan reflects the ability to add some windows between the shower & toilet and in the kitchen.


Chairman DiNardo asked about the basement / foundation.

Joseph Marra replied, we’re matching existing, new 10 ½ course basement.

Mr. Marrelli asked, are you going to be able to get fall from that footer tile to the storm drains?

Marra Sr. replied, yes.

Mr. Marrelli asked, do you have fall to the street?

Marra Sr. replied, yes. We’re going to pitch it a little, we’re not lowering it at all.

Mr. Marrelli said there’re water issues in those areas, the way the water comes rushing down that street. We’re asking for you to have that checked, we’ll require a dye test to make sure that we don’t have a cross connection between footer tiles and floor drains in the basement going into the storm and stuff like that.

Marra Sr. said we want to make sure everything is clean, we’ll be cleaning that sewer out, and everything will get checked.


Chairman DiNardo notes:

  • You’re going to match trim around the windows to existing.
  • You have shutters on the front and proposing no shutters anywhere else.
  • Foundation is split face block, no color. It does have a little bit of texture.
  • Extend chimney to match existing brick..
  • Overhangs to match existing.


Chairman said these gutters and downspouts drain to the grade. How are you going to handle that?

Mr. Marrelli said the new addition said it’s going into the storm sewer.

Marra Sr. said if we can’t do it on the garage side, we can just put a splash box or something there. What’s nice about this property, it’s got a nice beautiful lot, 100’ wide.

Everyone agreed.

Brian Linn commented, my wife’s from the area, she loves it here.

Mr. Marrelli said it’s a great street. At least you’re near the top. When you get down farther, when it rains, the water races through there. You want to try to catch everything you’re putting off your roof so you don’t flood your yard. You’ll need to submit a grading plan for our Engineer to look at. We’re real sensitive with those three streets there with grading.

Chairman asked about the driveway.

Brian Linn replied the drive’s in good shape.

Mrs. Wervey notes everything’s going the opposite way. Chairman said it’s going to be hard for you to dig into your storm. I live on the next street over. You’re going to be fighting it, but do the best you can. You’ll have to work with John. Just eliminate water in the back if you have children playing. We have clay soil. It runs across the top.

Mr. Marrelli needs revised drawings for approval. He’ll need to come back on March 12th.

Chairman DiNardo asked about timing.

Brian Linn replied, soon. 

Chairman DiNardo memorialized for applicant items to be included in modification drawings:

  • Modify to hip style versus gable.
  • Wall on the east is now going to be flushed.
  • Fascia board attached to garage to be adjusted to tie into existing fascia.
  • All new vinyl siding throughout. Color white.
  • Roof shingles on existing front to match new shingles for addition so it’s all uniform. Include overhang at front door.
  • Double hung windows to match.
  • Brick chimney extension to match existing design & color.
  • The flat of the hip on the addition portion will go to a 6 / 12.
  • ISO for Plumbing.
  • Energy Code Calculation for Heating.


Chairman asked Brian, did you recently purchase this home? Brian Linn replied, we’re closing now. Chairman welcomed Brian to the Village.



Applicant to return next meeting date, Thurs, March 12th at 7:30 p.m. with revised drawings as discussed.



Chairman DiNardo states, every five years we look at our Charter for any changes we want to make. One of the things I’m going to bring up is a suggestion that we give John the ability to vote in the case where we have a lack of quorum or where there’s a tie. There’s also the amount in the Charter that we get paid per meeting which has to come out of there. We’ll take care of that.


There being no further business, Mr. Klein, seconded by Mr. Tombazzi made a motion to adjourn the meeting.


Ayes: All
Nays: None                                                    

Motion Carried. Meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.