ARB - March 26th 2015

March 26, 2015

The Architectural Review Board met in regular session on Thurs, March 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, and Mrs. MaryAnn Wervey

Absent: Mr. Carmen Miozzi

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


Mr. Klein, seconded by Mr. Tombazzi made a motion to approve the minutes of March 12, 2015.              


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

Motion Carried. Minutes Approved As Written.


1: Addition & Alterations
James Blaustein
6708 Thornapple Dr.
Mark Fremont Architects


Chairman DiNardo called the meeting to order. We have one item on the agenda tonight.

James Blaustein introduced himself. The biggest thing is the 350 sq. ft. Master Bedroom addition, a simple reverse gable. We’re taking one of the current bedrooms and making it into a Master Bathroom. We’re doing a new Kitchen & new Furnace. That’s the short of it.

Chairman DiNardo notes plan calls out for vinyl siding and shingles to match existing.


James Blaustein said the vinyl siding that exists on the front of the house is a simple beige 4” lap with a little grain. It’ll be easy to replicate. Soffits & gutters are beige, I’ll match everything.

Chairman DiNardo notes the house is both brick & siding.

James Blaustein points out, the house is brick along the sides and this part in front. I hate when it goes from brick to vinyl on the same plane, so I gave up one foot of my addition to bring it back. I’ll keep the brick on the back of the house returning to the vinyl here and then the vinyl will go around here. Foundation will be brick to match, it’s a pretty standard brick.

Chairman DiNardo states, the connection to the window is butting up against the window that is now what you’re now calling an office, a bedroom previously. That detail could get awkward. Are you able to make that connection?

James Blaustein replied yes, the trim doesn’t extend beyond the brick.

Finished floor & Steps

Chairman DiNardo notes the finished floor. You have a door on the east elevation floor, with two steps up to the side door and then the addition is two steps down. Steps go down to the basement & steps down to the garage.

Mr. Marrelli asked, is there a reason why you want to step down into the bedroom?

James Blaustein replied yes, I don’t want to have to fill that much of the addition. I have quite a bit of fill as it is. This is a concrete pad. The existing family room that’s there was an addition. I’m doing slab on grade.


Chairman DiNardo moves onto the patio.

James Blaustein said exiting out to the patio, he put a roloc there. I don’t know why he put a roloc there. Maybe he was trying to get a nice transition between the vinyl and the brick. Frankly, he just overlapped the vinyl on the brick. I’ll take out that roloc. This is going to be a simple addition. I told my Architect put as few details as possible because details cost money. This is my 4th decade in the construction business. I’ve built probably 500 houses in the area here, we’ve built in Moreland Hills, Gates Mills, Pepper Pike. I have a lot of experience in the construction business. I lived in Las Vegas and had a company with my Brother in the 80’s. I’ve been in the commercial construction business 20 some years in the Cleveland area. I worked in Las Vegas for the Venetian Hotel, helped them build a $2 billion dollar casino there. I have a wealth of experience.


Chairman DiNardo asked about the roof shingles.

James Blaustein said gray shingles to match. Roof is in great shape.

Mr. Marrelli said it’s an architectural shingle, about 5 or 6 years old.

Chairman DiNardo said your downspout, I recommend you take that away from the rest of your house, slope them away. James agreed.

Shifting Slider

James Blaustein asked, do you guys have any objection with the existing family room here, it shows we’re putting in a new slider to this deck. Do you care if I move it to the other side, to the west side? I don’t want to put in this beautiful slider and look out to the side of the addition. I’m thinking I’ll put window covering on the window and then build a much nicer deck on the other side. I just want to shift the deck around to the other side.

The Board is good with that.

A/C Unit

James Blaustein said right now the condenser unit is where the closet is. My wife doesn’t want it there. First choice was to tuck it where the deck was going to be, but thought it might be a little noisy there. Do you allow them on the side of the house?

Mr. Marrelli said we don’t have a restriction, but we try to keep them out of the side yard where you’re going to affect the neighbor. You probably have about 15’ to the next guy. Then they have 15’ probably. It probably isn’t going to hurt anything.

James Blaustein said how about if I put it in that little inset there?

Mr. Marrelli said that’ll be fine, but she might still hear it in the Master Bedroom. 

James Blaustein said I’m not so worried about that.


Mrs. Wervey, seconded by Mr. Klein made a motion to approve the addition & alterations for James Blaustein at 6708 Thornapple Dr. as noted.     


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

Motion Carried. Drawings Approved As Noted.


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


Ayes: All                              
Nays: None                         

Motion Carried. Meeting adjourned at 7:50 p.m.