If you are planning to made any modification, improvement, alteration or addition to the exterior of your residence, you must review the Hemingway and Reston Design Guidelines to determine if an application is required to obtain approval for your work.  Failure to obtain approval for your work when necessary may result in expensive removal or alterations.


Hemingway Design Guidelines

The Hemingway Cluster Association Handbook (“HCA Handbook”) contains Hemingway Cluster’s Design Guidelines, which were developed by the HCA Board of Directors to provide homeowners with specifications for making changes and/or additions to the exterior of their Hemingway property. The guidelines were developed by a committee of homeowners in concert with the Board of Directors in an effort to maintain the high esthetic quality and standard of living associated with Hemingway Cluster, considering the views and values of Hemingway Cluster homeowners and of the larger Reston community.  The guidelines were approved, after slight modifications, by a unanimous vote of the Directors on September 13, 1995. They were modified in 2000 and again in 2016 based on review by the Reston Association Design Review Board.

Click here to download the Hemingway Cluster Association Handbook

Click here to download the Appendices to the Hemingway Cluster Association Handbook (including the Design Review Application Form)


Hemingway and Reston Design Guidelines

In addition to abiding by the Hemingway rules and regulations, Hemingway residents must also abide by the Hemingway design guidelines as well as the Reston design guidelines.

See above to learn about and view the HCA Handbook (which contains the Hemingway Cluster Design Guidelines).

Click here to learn about and view the Restion Association design review overview, general information about the design review process, and the specific detailed guidelines for homeowners in clusters like Hemingway.


The Most Common Questions About Design Guidelines

Over the years, the most common questions about design guidelines have been about windows, doors, and exterior paint colors:

  • For window and/or door (including garage door) replacement: See the HCA Handbook, pp. 11, 15 and Appendices 4, 5.  Note that the pre-approved windows discussed in Appendix 4 are either wood or aluminum-clad windows.  Vinyl-clad windows have not been approved by either HCA or RA for use in Hemingway Cluster.
  • For exterior paint colors: See the HCA Handbook, p. 10 and Appendix 2