SAMLARC Board Initiatives: Paint Palette and Mediterranean Landscape Design

One of the richest sources of garden design for hundreds of years has been the Mediterranean garden. As you may know, the beautiful Mediterranean styles derive from European countries such as Greece, Italy, France and Spain. Beautiful and pragmatic, the style developed out of the great diversity of Mediterranean history, culture and religion. While the style developed in the Mediterranean basin, it is adaptable to many other areas — particularly those with a similar climate, featuring winter rains and long, dry summers. The climate zone in the Mediterranean is the same as the climate zone in Rancho Santa Margarita, allowing us to imitate the Mediterranean aesthetic in our own backyards.

With this concept in mind, one of the 2018 Board initiatives is to refresh the current Paint Palette, approved in 2009 which corresponds with a complementary landscape palette that integrates features of the Mediterranean landscape.

The SAMLARC Board of Directors is excited to collaborate with the Architectural Review Committee to refresh the current Paint Palette and modernize the aesthetic of our community. This project will replace a number of current colors with new color options to provide homeowners flexibility in choosing the color of their home while maintaining the charming consistency associated with the SAMLARC community. Starting on March 15th and ending on April 24th, a comprehensive display of the new colors will be available in the Beach Club conference room for your comment and review. Please be sure to leave suggestions or feedback for us to consider!

The residential architecture for most of the residential community is of Spanish Mediterranean design. The beautiful Mediterranean style is derived from European countries such as Greece, Italy, France and Spain. The climate zone in the Mediterranean is the same as the climate zone in Rancho Santa Margarita which supports water-wise Mediterranean plant material.

Materials are used creatively with both patterns and free flow casual design, flavored by “Old World” life in Tuscany, the south of France and Spain. Rustic pine and teak wood benches are commonly used as are wrought iron details. Water features are also typical of this design style. Courtyards with fountains creating a restful sense of entry are common. All design elements are meant to be an extension of the home’s architecture, and often repeated into the garden such as arches, gates and openings, and textured stucco walls.

Planting selections for the area are water wise adapting to winter rains and hot, dry summers. As you contemplate replacing the your front yard landscape, SAMLARC has an approved palette of plants which fall within the category of “Mediterranean”. It is recommended that you consult with SAMLARC staff in advance of submitting the required application and/or purchasing any plants intended for your landscape to assure that they qualify as “Mediterranean”.

Residential landscape is an essential component in preserving the architectural integrity of the community. It represents not only the individual creativity of each homeowner, but also the unique lifestyle of the SAMLARC community.

SAMLARC looks forward to presenting the community with a variety of Mediterranean themed colors to aid homeowners in the process of updating or refurbishing the exterior of their homes!


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