Beginning Home Improvements During COVID-19

As members of the SAMLARC community continue to “Stay Home” to reduce the spread of COVID-19, many homeowners are using this time to complete the home maintenance items that are generally overlooked during busy seasons. SAMLARC’s “Home Improvement Wednesday” article series provides homeowners with practical tips to maintain their homes’ appearance, including weeding, window-washing, stucco care, and gardening. Several homeowners are also using this time to dream big and set the groundwork for large-scale projects. Within the past week alone, SAMLARC has received numerous home improvement applications for projects such as patio covers, windows, and pergolas. The Community Services Team commends each of these homeowners for submitting their applications to SAMLARC and awaiting approval before breaking ground.

One of SAMLARC’s key responsibilities is to preserve and enhance property values through a cohesive community design. A harmonious neighborhood is not only pleasing to the eye, but also attracts higher property values than those with mismatched colors or landscapes. With the majority of homes within SAMLARC being of a Spanish Mediterranean architectural design, SAMLARC’s Mediterranean-inspired plant palette and paint palette offers homeowners a wide variety of design elements to make their home unique while preserving community harmony. SAMLARC oversees the exterior of homes, including landscape, hardscape, paint colors, and windows; as well as any structures that exceed the height of the fence line, such as patio covers or shade structures. A consistent home improvement process ensures that each project is cohesive with SAMLARC’s architectural scheme.

Even through this COVID-19 period, SAMLARC continues to help homeowners enhance their homes. The SAMLARC Community Services team is available by phone or email to answer questions about the application process, paint colors, plants, and more. The SAMLARC Home Improvement Application is available for download at Once the form is filled out, it can be submitted to the Community Services Team via email or through the drop-box in front of the Business Office. The Architectural Review Committee (ARC) reviews applications twice per month and homeowners are notified regarding the status of their applications shortly after each ARC meeting.

If you are interested in beginning a home improvement project, please visit to review the application, as well as neighborhood-specific paint palettes, the SAMLARC Architectural Standards, and the Policies & Guidelines. For questions or more information, please contact Carla Galosic, Community Services Manager, at or 949-709-0016.

As the Coronavirus continues to impact our world and all facets of life, the SAMLARC Board of Directors is committed to protecting public health and slowing the spread of the virus in the SAMLARC community. The measures SAMLARC undertakes to protect the community may changes as the situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve. To learn more about SAMLARC’s response to the Coronavirus in this time, please visit

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