ARB: March 23rd 2017

Mayfield Village
March 23, 2017

The Architectural Review Board met in regular session on Thurs, March 23, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mayfield Village Civic Center Main Conference Room. Chairman Parker presided.     


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

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 March 9, 2017.     


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

Motion Carried. Minutes Approved as written.


  1. Dormer Addition
    Marc Vasil
    630 SOM Ctr. Rd.
    Paul Architects, LLC
    (ARB 3/9 Proposal Tabled)
  2. Addition
    Village Veterinary Clinic
    6529 Wilson Mills Rd.
    Linek Studio, ltd
    Infinity Construction
  3. Addition
    Michael Gershen
    6198 N. Woodlane Dr.
    LMS Design, LLC
  4. Additions & Alterations
    Cathy Price
    6884 Wilson Mills Rd.
    Frontline Builders, Inc.


Marc Vasil
630 SOM Ctr Rd.
Dormer Addition

Chairman Parker called the meeting to order, beginning with the first item on the agenda.

Marc Vasil said, I brought my Architect with me tonight.

Chairman Parker asked, how’s the waterproofing going?

Marc Vasil replied, good, the drain tile’s almost in.

Tom Paul, Owner Paul Architects LLC introduced himself. As you can see, this time we brought a photo of the back of the house. The color of the house got darker, it’s not safety red anymore. It’ll be Formal Maroon which I think is a good choice. They decided to bump out 1’ on the addition which I think will help tremendously when returning the brick. The way these old houses were built, it’s hard to get things to line up flush. When you bring that out, it creates an issue here because you’re going to have a roof overhang here. Two thoughts are either one, put a whole new roof on or two which I’m proposing is to take the gable and bring it out so everything works, it’s flush and then the roof will clean up and you’re not destroying this detail here at the end which is a nice detail.

Mr. Marrelli asked, are you doing the framing drawings?

Tom Paul replied, yes I will and my Structural Engineer too.  

Mr. Miozzi said, he wants to extend this overhang out on the south elevation.

Chairman Parker said, that detail will look awkward.

Mr. Marrelli asked, are we talking about the 1st or 2nd floor?

Tom Paul replied, the 1st floor where the addition is where it’s coming into the gable.

Mr. Klein asked, that’s a depth overhang, not a width overhang, right?

Tom Paul replied, right.

Mr. Miozzi said, they’ll still look symmetrical. They’ll both have longer returns this way going back, except you’re just going to have that wall protrusion. 

Mr. Marrelli asked, what’s going to happen with snow, where your two roofs are coming together?

Mr. Miozzi replied, it’s still going to be a hip. We’re just discussing the overhangs and returns.

Chairman Parker said, my only concern is, this detail is the only detail you’re going to have on the whole house that has that overhang.

Tom Paul said, it is in the back of the house, too. It’s the best way to handle it.

Chairman Parker said, it’s back of the house, but you have a business that does look over it and they are part of the community also.

Marc Vasil said, if you’re looking at it from the business, you’re about 100’ away at closest. I don’t think you’re going to see that depth foot. It’s going to look symmetric from a distance.

Tom Paul said, I read some of your comments from the last meeting. There was discussion on the roof slope. There’s only one bathroom now. The first floor with the addition in trying to get a Master Suite in there and keep the bathroom a part of that, and then try to get a second bathroom in the house. What he’s trying to do in that back of the house, we need to get as much height as we can. That’s why the window’s centered, because when you come up the stairs at the landing on the second floor, that’s where the bathroom door will be so you can go right in. Outside of that is additional closet space for the bedroom.

Mr. Marrelli asked about escape windows on the second floor in the bedrooms.

Tom Paul replied, there are windows now.

Mr. Marrelli asked, are they both in different bedrooms?

Marc Vasil replied, the bedrooms match on either side.

Mr. Marrelli asked, so the north and south match and there are two windows on the south side as well?

Tom Paul replied, I think there’s one on the south side.

Mr. Marrelli states, just make sure that you have egress windows out of the bedrooms.

Tom Paul said, the bedroom windows are existing right now. We’re raising the roof not for the bedrooms, it’s more for the bathroom. We’re not creating any additional bedroom up there.

Marc Vasil said, the idea is to put the closets on that wall next to the bedroom, take the closet down that’s in the bedroom now and make the bedroom free open space, to make it more a square bedroom.

Mr. Marrelli said, you didn’t give us a second floor plan so I didn’t know what you were doing up there except putting a dormer up. When you do your building plans, it’ll be clearer.

  • Fascia – Windows – Gutters - Doors

Chairman Parker said, you’re showing black fascias, is there a reason the gutters are white?

Marc Vasil replied, the windows are white so to keep the entire look symmetric around the house; black trim, white gutters with downspouts, white windows, black shingles.

Chairman Parker said, if you’re going to do white gutters, why not just do the fascia’s white? Or if you wanted to keep the black fascia, I suggest black gutters.

Marc Vasil said, if we’re o.k. with either all black or all white, we can certainly draw it. I’m not opposed to painting the windows black around there too, as long as I have the white of the window to pop it, then the black actually would probably look very good. The style of this house really begs for around the windows to be black and to be void of shutters.

Chairman Parker notes the doors are being shown as white.

  • Outdoor Area

Mr. Miozzi said, you have steps drawn going all the way across here. 

Tom Paul said, it hasn’t been decided if it’s going to be all the way across or not. Marc had talked about having a big area out there when he comes out with the dogs, you’d have room for everybody out there.

Mr. Miozzi asked, your thought is maybe a patio?

Tom Paul replied, that hasn’t been decided yet.

Mr. Marrelli asked, you have a landing at the door, right?

Tom Paul replied, yes.

Mr. Marrelli said, you can’t swing the door out over stairs.  

Mr. Miozzi asked, you’ll need a railing on that, right?

Mr. Marrelli replied, yes, depends on how many stairs he ends up having.

Marc Vasil said, we’ll probably have a railing. My Dad is 86.

Mr. Marrelli asked, will he be able to get upstairs?

Marc Vasil replied, no, first floor Master. Also the reason to bump out that addition, to get a first floor Master, so he doesn’t have to go up.

  • Asphalt Shingles

Chairman Parker asked, that 2 / 12 wall will be rolled?

Tom Paul replied, we can do shingle.

Mr. Marrelli said, the absolute minimal is 2 / 12 per the Ohio Residential Code.

Chairman Parker said, you should look at the warranty because most asphalt shingles warranties are 3 / 12.

Mr. Marrelli said, they don’t like snow laying on something that shallow. Yes, you should probably watch that.

Chairman Parker states, I like the Maroon house color a lot.


Mr. Miozzi, seconded by Mr. Klein made a motion to approve the proposed Addition for Marc Vasil at 630 SOM Ctr. Rd. as noted.       


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

Motion Carried. Drawings Approved As Noted.


Village Veterinary Clinic
6529 Wilson Mills Rd.


Joseph Linek, President Linekstudio introduced himself. We’re proposing to add a 12’ addition to the rear of the existing Veterinary Clinic. The brick, vinyl trim, doors and aluminum storefront will all match existing. We’ll try to pick up the same rhythm. We’re bringing three of these windows out for the exam rooms, this door is pushed out. The only difference is these two windows are larger due to the fact that this is a lunch room and this is a hall that’s letting some light in. It’s pretty straight forward. Our main goal is to match the existing. I think when you walk up to it in the future, some people may not even realize it was added on.

Keith Huston, DVM, Practice Owner said, we’re going to shift the lot 3’ north and keep the exact number of parking spaces.

Mr. Marrelli said, I think you have more spaces than you’re actually required to have.

Keith Huston, DVM replied, we do.

Joseph Linek said, the parking is actually staggered. It makes it a little tough as you drive through because these spaces and these spaces don’t line up. Now they’ll line up. We have a 3’ sidewalk in front of this façade along with curb stops to keep the vehicles away.

Mr. Marrelli asked, do you have any grass area for the dogs?

Joseph Linek replied, the whole side.

Mrs. Wervey said, the door on the far left as you come in, I have a hard time when I’m carrying my cat carrier to get into that door because of the knob.

Keith Huston, DMV replied, it’ll be a lever handle now.

Mr. Miozzi asked, are the roof top A/C units going to stay in the back?

Joseph Linek replied, correct. We’re actually adding one, but I’m holding it back 11’ or 12’. I’m trying to put it on the bearing wall that’s currently at the rear of the building.

Mr. Marrelli said, the idea is so when you look at the back of the building you don’t see all this mechanical stuff.

Joseph Linek said, I think code says 10’ or you need a rail.

Chairman Parker asked, the trim will be AZEK?

Joseph Linek replied, it’s a vinyl to match exact.

Mr. Klein commented, good job.


Mrs. Wervey, seconded by Mr. Miozzi made a motion to approve the proposed Addition for Village Veterinary Clinic at 6529 Wilson Mills Rd. as presented.        


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

Motion Carried. Drawings Approved.    

Joseph Linek asked, can you tell me when we could expect to pull the permit?

Mr. Marrelli replied, I have your plans out for review. I’m hoping to see something from our Plans Examiner next week.


Michael Gershen
6198 N. Woodlane Dr.

Michael Gershen, homeowner introduced himself. We’re going to remodel the kitchen side on the south side of the house.

Mr. Marrelli asked, are you going to install a furnace room in the kitchen?

Michael Gershen replied, the furnace is existing. I have no basement.

Mr. Marrelli asked, you’re building the dining room out to match the front of the garage?

Michael Gershen replied, yes.

Mr. Marrelli states, you can’t go past the setback.

Michael Gershen said, we’ll extend the kitchen to be an eat-in kitchen. I’ll keep the same siding and stone to match the house.

Mr. Marrelli asked, can you still get that stone?

Michael Gershen replied, I will try. If I can’t match it, I’ll replace it.

Mr. Marrelli asked about the roof.

Michael Gershen replied, same shingles.

Mr. Miozzi suggested adding a 1 x 6 trim detail. It’ll look a lot better.

Chairman Parker suggested bringing the columns base out a little bit, 6” to make a more prominent entry, that says this is the entry. That’s one of the things with the houses in Mayfield Village in general, none of the houses have front door treatments.

Chairman Parker asked, is there a reason you’re stepping from hip to gable?

Mr. Marrelli asked, are you thinking of having a smaller gable in front of the bigger gable? When you frame it, are you going to bring the whole thing straight out?

Michael Gershen replied, I’ll need to see how it looks.


Mr. Klein, seconded by Mr. Miozzi made a motion to approve the proposed Addition for Michael Gershen at 6198 N. Woodlane Dr. as noted.

  • Stone to Match


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

Motion Carried. Drawings Approved As Noted.

Mr. Marrelli states, I have to do a code review on your drawings. Are you going to do your own contracting?

Michael Gershen replied, yes, I’m the General Contractor and Electrician.

Mr. Marrelli asked, how about the framing?

Michael Gershen replied, I’ll use the same guys that helped me with my last addition.

Mr. Marrelli states, you have to have your address on the front of your house.


Cathy Price
6884 Wilson Mills Rd.
Addition & Alterations

Charles Chepes, Owner Frontline Builders, Inc introduced himself. We’re basically proposing to turn the garage into an In-Law Suite.

Mrs. Wervey said, that seems to be the thing right now, In-Law Suites. We’ve had quite a few of these lately, people adding suites for their Mothers and/or Fathers.

Mr. Marrelli said, there’s no range or cooking allowed in there.

Charles Chepes said, there will just be a bar sink and microwave.

Charles Chepes said, there’s a private road here. Her entry his off the side by the neighbors private drive.

Mr. Marrelli said, when Ms. Price bought the house, she asked about access to the private drive, the neighbor said no.

Charles Chepes said, eventually her idea is to make this driveway come down around here and circle around and go back out so it makes sense that this is the front. Right now you’re driving down the driveway into the front of the house and we’re taking all that away. This is phase I. Phase II will be the landscaping and the drive.

Mr. Marrelli said, there’s an easement back to the old what used to be a farm with a bunch of houses on it, the old Koren property. There’s a private drive that comes off of Wilson Mills that goes back to all the property back there. This house faces that, but she doesn’t have access to it. They used to allow flag lots, we’ve done away with flag lots. You have to have frontage on a street, 125’ across. You can’t do this anymore, so you don’t have driveways that go into nowhere and then all of a sudden there’s a house. That’s not happening anymore.

Mr. Miozzi said, double hung windows matching existing Pella’s.

Charles Chepes said, on the side there’ll be a bump out for the fireplace.

Mr. Marrelli asked, you’ll match the whole trim, same width?

Charles Chepes replied, yes.

Mr. Miozzi said, there’s foundation brick and the siding goes all the way down.

Charles Chepes said, the garage is already an existing structure. We’re going to punch out the right side. We’ll have to see how the grade works out there. If we have exposed block, we’ll reface it of course.

Discussion ensued on advantages and disadvantages of new column material. A new material to try and replace AZEK. Charles said, it cuts like butter and will not rot. Carmen said, the AZEK expands, the BOROL doesn’t. Charles said, BOROL is a little cheaper than AZEK. Carmen said Hardie’s even worse to work with. Charles said, there’s no perfect building material out there yet unfortunately.

Mr. Miozzi questioned the drawing section where you have to walk through the closet to get to the laundry room at the other part of the house.

Charles Chepes agreed, that’s a little weird there. That closet is actually more like a utility room. That’s where the furnace will go.

Mr. Marrelli said, if it’s going to be in a furnace room, it has to be enclosed.

Charles Chepes demonstrates an alternate plan suggested to applicant.

Mr. Marrelli said, maybe she doesn’t realize that she has to walk through her closet to get to the laundry room.

Charles Chepes replied, she’s a pretty smart woman.

Chairman Parker said, I kind of like it personally in the sense that if they are trying to be separated that if they were doing their laundry, they have that separation.

Mr. Klein said, that’s the common laundry room.

Mr. Miozzi notes the space is kind of tight for wheelchair access.

Mrs. Wervey asked, is she in a wheelchair?

Charles Chepes replied, no.


Mr. Miozzi, seconded by Mr. Klein made a motion to approve the proposed Addition and Alterations for Cathy Price at 6884 Wilson Mills Rd. as presented.


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

Motion Carried. Drawings Approved.


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


Ayes: All                             
Nays: None                          

Motion Carried. Meeting adjourned at 8:35 p.m.