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City approves Residential Design Manual

August 25, 2017

The Cerritos City Council recently approved a manual to serve as a guide for residents when designing and upgrading single-family homes so they can complement existing neighborhoods.

Created to be a tool for homeowners and architects, the Residential Design Manual provides helpful guidelines for room additions, exterior remodels, new residences and replacement residences on existing developed properties.

The manual is divided into the following sections:

  • Roof design
  • Windows
  • Enhanced materials
  • Tower elements
  • Front porches
  • Architectural accents, medallions and light fixtures
  • Balconies
  • Front doors
  • Garage doors
  • Eaves/Soffits
  • Chimneys
  • Exterior composition
  • Site design/site conditions
  • Utilities/easements
  • Plan requirements

Each section features a checklist of written requirements related to residential architectural design and graphics that illustrate what's acceptable and what's not.

The manual is available at the Community Development counter and on the City’s website.


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