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Design Matters


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Design Matters


"From Boston to Savannah to Paris, the cities people consider "favorite places" all have one central characteristic: each was built using traditional planning techniques. Walkable neighborhoods, a connected street network, a mixture of uses including shops, work places, churches & schools, and a variety of living options offering something for everyone. Combined in a town plan, these individual pieces create a community with a true sense of place - just like at Hampstead.

The architecture at Hampstead is another feature visitors and residents find appealing. We created a team of the country's top planners & architects to design homes, town center buildings, and civic spaces for Hampstead. The inspiration draws from precedents found in historic areas of Montgomery, combined with the English influence of Voysey, Lutyens and Mackintosh. The result is exceptional architecture that is both detailed and affordable.

There is an unrivaled level of craft and consideration in every aspect of this place. Residents may not know we designed a street with a specific width and tree shade for the ideal pedestrian experience, they just know it feels right when they walk to the coffee shop. Visitors may enjoy sitting by the fountain in the town square, but not know we designed the fountain as the terminating vista from three critical angles. This is not a place of cul-de-sacs and closed doors. This is a place built for generations to come. Everyone who has worked on Hampstead - from our town planners to our brick masons - feels a sense of pride and personal connection to this place. Instinctively, people can feel the difference - the level of commitment - here at Hampstead.

Join us as we continue to grow as a community based on happiness, health, and innovation. Come see the life at Hampstead."
 

Harvi Sahota & Anna Lowder
Hampstead Co-Founders, Directors of Design & Development

Anna Lowder and Harvi Sahota
Montgomery Suburban Sprawl

Conventional Suburban Development

Montgomery New Urbanism, DPZ, Hampstead, New Homes

Traditional Neighborhood Development

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The Hampstead Design Process


The Hampstead Design Process


No other community offers the level of detail we give home buyers at Hampstead.

Every single building has been designed just for Hampstead. Every community feature has been planned to the finest level. It's custom work and quality at affordable, attainable prices. Each Hampstead new home is designed thoughtfully, then modeled in 3-D and integrated into a massive computer model of the entire community. This level of detail gives home buyers security and assurance that their plan and lot are exactly right for them. It's a level of planning that helps us accomplish our vision of Hampstead, and gives you the tools to envision what it will become year after year.

Buying a home is one of the biggest decisions most of us will ever make. We want to make your decision as easy and comfortable as possible. To accomplish this, we invest time and attention into every prospect. 

We listen to what you are looking for - number of bedrooms, home features, price range, location - and will help you focus on what plans can suit your lifestyle best. Need some changes to our plan? An extra bathroom or additional storage perhaps? We can adapt plans for you. Interested in special floors or want light fixtures that will impress your guests? Our interior designers can help with that. 

So look through our plans here, or visit our homes under construction to touch and feel. Then talk to us about making your new home at Hampstead.

 

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DPZ


DPZ


Leaders in The New Urbanism

Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company (DPZ) is a world leader in the practice and direction of urban planning, having designed over 300 new and existing communities worldwide. DPZ is the Town Planner of Hampstead. Andrés Duany is the Project Manager.

DPZ is led by its principals, Andrés Duany and wife Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, who are co-founders of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), recognized by the New York Times as "the most important collective architectural movement in the United States in the past fifty years." The movement, currently over 3,000 strong, marked a turning point from the segregated planning and architecture of post-war America in favor of promoting time-tested principles of traditional planning & design that created the best-loved and most-enduring places throughout the world.

DPZ’s projects have received numerous awards, including The Richard H. Driehaus Prize for Classical Architecture, 2 National AIA Awards, the Vincent Scully Prize, the Thomas Jefferson Medal and 2 Governor’s Urban Design Awards for Excellence. The firm’s early project of Seaside, Florida, was the first authentic new town to be built successfully in the United States in over 50 years. In 1989, Time Magazine selected Seaside as one of the 10 "Best of the Decade" achievements in the field of design. In 2004, Builder Magazine recognized Duany as among the 50 most influential people in home building. Duany was ranked after Alan Greenspan and George W. Bush, earning Duany the distinction of being the top ranking individual from the private sector. DPZ has been featured in other national media such as NBC News and ABC News, as well as Newsweek, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the New Yorker.

The firm's method of integrating master plans with project-specific design codes can be seen in sites ranging from 10 to over 500,000 acres throughout the United States. Abroad, DPZ projects are underway in the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Belgium, Australia, the Philippines, Mexico, and South America. DPZ also specializes in comprehensive urban redevelopment and zoning plans as seen in Miami, Providence, and the hurricane-devastated towns of Louisiana and Mississippi.

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Our Team


Our Team


TOWN PLANNER

Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company

Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company (DPZ) is a world leader in the practice and direction of urban planning, having designed over 300 new and existing communities worldwide including Seaside, Kentlands, Rosemary Beach and many more. DPZ is the Town Planner of Hampstead, as well as the architect of many residential plans used in the community. Andrés Duany, as DPZ Project Manager of Hampstead, is guiding our growth with his vision and experience.


Town Architect

Gary Justiss

Gary Justiss is a principal architect at Hampstead. After designing the signature Town Center buildings, Gary created house plans ranging in size from unique cottages to luxurious custom homes at Hampstead. Nationally known for his work on several New Urbanist projects throughout the United States, South America, and the Caribbean including Hampstead, Alys Beach and Rosemary Beach, Gary is experienced in residential, commercial, and civic building design.


The Hampstead Institute

The Hampstead Institute believes in crafting lasting places where people can live, grow, and learn. A community-based 501(c)3 non-profit founded in 2008, we promote building community through design, education, and wellness for all ages, using Hampstead as a focus for study and innovation. We operate the Hampstead Farm, interact with local schools, charities and non-profits, and organize events to grow community.

Developer

The Colonial Company

Founded in 1956, The Colonial Company is a private, diversified holding company focused principally on real estate development. Headquartered in Montgomery, The Colonial Company has been a community leader in supporting the city's economic, philanthropic, and cultural growth for over 60 years. For The Colonial Company, Hampstead represents a new focus on traditional planning principles and sustainable development.

 


home builder & general contractor

Mercer Home

Mercer Home creates innovative, custom homes for all ages and lifestyles. Mercer Home puts its focus on creating "forever homes" of long-term value in Hampstead.  Utilizing the highest quality materials and best craftsmen, it strives to create homes to be enjoyed for generations including Alabama's 1st Southern Living Inspired Home.


town center commercial leasing

Colonial Commercial Realty

Colonial Commercial Realty, Inc. is a client-focused real estate asset management company that understands the path is equally as important as the outcome. Our professional service delivers timely communications and optimum outcomes with our value-add and preventative approach. CCR manages and handles leasing for much of the commercial space at Hampstead.

Directors of design & development

Anna Lowder & Harvi Sahota

Harvi Sahota and Anna Lowder are town founders of Hampstead, and lead the planning, design, construction, marketing, and placemaking of the community. With over 13 years of New Urbanist development experience, Hampstead is the culmination of their effort to Build Community Through Design. The are principals of Matter Design Co., a design firm focused on creating Brands, Environments, and Experiences, building the innovative places that make cities engaging. Visit Matter to learn more.


 

HOME BUILDER

Lowder New Homes

Founded over fifty years ago on the principle of providing quality homes to customers, Lowder New Homes is known for its commitment to reliability, outstanding customer service, and experience in creating a range of choices suited to the lifestyles of its customers. Lowder New Homes builds homes in Hampstead and a range of other neighborhoods in the Montgomery area.

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Approved Architects


Approved Architects


Overseeing the partnership of form and function, Gary Justiss serves as the lead Hampstead Town Architect, helping to guide the review of homes and town center buildings as the community takes shape. 

Gary works alongside Andrés Duany of DPZ and Hampstead's Architectural Review Committee (ARC) to ensure the continued growth of Hampstead compliments the long-term master plan of the community and the existing structures.

Hampstead has a list of Approved Architects whose work and standards are of proven long-term value for both the community and building owners. A prospective homebuyer using an approved architect may submit plans to the ARC for expedited review. 

Residents and homebuyers may request an architect not on the approved list be considered for approval. However, the ARC makes final determination of approval based on an architect's portfolio of work, and dependent on the compatibility and experience of the architect with the Hampstead vision and New Urbanist design form.

Architects can submit to the ARC for inclusion in the list. Submissions should include contact information, resumé, visual examples of residential or commercial work, website, and experience within New Urbanist and traditional urban settings. Submissions should be emailed to the Hampstead ARC by clicking here.

 

Approved Hampstead Architects & Designers

McAlpine

Geoffrey Mouen Architects

Steve Mouzon

Julie Sanford, Starr Sanford Design

J. Scott Finn

John Reagan Architects

Kevin Klinkenberg, K2 Urban Design

Ken Pursley

Robert Orr & Associates

Marianne Cusato

Alex Krumdieck, Krumdieck A+I

James Carter

Milton Grenfell, Grenfell Architecture

Ruard Veltman Architecture

Blackmon / Rogers Architects

Byron Smith, studioSmith Architecture

Eric Moser, Moser Design Group

Historical Concepts

Allison Ramsey Architects

Lew Oliver, Whole Town Studios

In addition, all members of the New Urban Guild are approved, many of which are listed above.

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Hampstead ARC


Hampstead ARC


The Hampstead ARC (Architectural Review Committee) oversees the designs of all new buildings, as well as alterations to existing buildings, landscaping, and community features. Working with the Town Architect and Andrés Duany, the ARC is comprised of architects and practitioners experienced in design and traditional construction methods.

The role of the ARC is to continue and protect the design criteria and value of Hampstead. Anyone interested in custom plans or modifications to existing structures should read below for more information on the necessary steps.


Architectural Plan Design Review Process

The following outlines the step-by-step Review Process for building plans. This is meant to provide a quick view summary of the process. For a more detailed explanation, please refer to the Hampstead Design Code, available from the Hampstead ARC.

Any and all design, construction and modification of property, structures or other improvements in Hampstead must comply with all requirements of the Hampstead Documents. The ARC reserves the right to amend this process at any time and without prior notice to any parties.

To begin the Architectural Plan Review Process, email us at arc@hampsteadliving.com.

 

Step 1. Preliminary Discussions with Custom Residential & Commercial Prospects

1. Prospect receives from the Hampstead principals or agents the appropriate Hampstead Documents, including Hampstead Design Code, Approved Architects List (located here), SmartCode Zoning information, and any other relevant details.

2. Prospect selects an Approved Architect, or submits additional architect name and necessary information to the ARC for review. The ARC reserves the right to turn down any architect for any reason. Submission of an architect whom is not on the Approved Architects List will generally slow the review process considerably, and incurs a $2,500 Non-Refundable Review Fee. Use of an Approved Architect has a $500 Non-Refundable Review Fee.

Step 2. Sketch Review

The Sketch Review concentrates on the placement of the home on the lot, the floor plan, and a generalized view of the home’s exterior. This is the first step in most architects’ planning of a new home, and it’s also the first formal step in the Hampstead Design Approval Process. Drawings may be hand sketched or CAD formatted. The Hampstead ARC may be able to make recommendations at this early stage that will improve your design. 

Also required from the prospect at this time is the non-refundable Review Fee. For Approved Architects, the fee is $500. For newly submitted architects, the fee is $2,500.

 

Step 3. Schematic Design Review

This review confirms a correct interpretation of the Hampstead Design Code and a satisfactory design direction. Drawings may be hand sketched or CAD formatted. You will be notified concerning approval or any changes that need to be made before the plans can be approved. Once the plans are approved, the Hampstead ARC will sign and date them.

Owners and their contractor are responsible for making sure that construction conforms to governmental regulations and all local building codes. If the ARC notes non-compliance, the Owner will be required to make the necessary changes. However, the ARC is not responsible for compliance with governmental requirements.

Step 4. Construction Documents Review

This review checks the construction documents for compliance with the Hampstead Design Code and verifies that recommendations made at the Schematic Design Review have been incorporated. Compliance with applicable local regulations and building codes is the responsibility of architect and builder.

Following this review, the ARC may recommend approval. At this point, the Owner can proceed to Lot Purchase.

 

Step 5. Construction Process
If you have not already done so, select a licensed general contractor to construct your home. You may select a contractor from the list of Approved Builders. If you would like to use a different builder, they may submit an application to the Approved Builder Program. There is no guarantee of approval. Although you will be responsible for negotiating your own contract with your builder, we strongly recommend for your own protection that the contract provide that the construction will not be considered complete until approved by the Hampstead ARC.

No clearing, construction or other modification may begin until all construction documents, site plans, and specifications have been approved and all other requirements have been satisfied, as reflected in writing by the ARC to the owner and architect.

Your house will be inspected several times during construction by the Hampstead ARC to assure that your home is being constructed in accordance with the plans and specifications approved by the Hampstead ARC. These inspections are solely for the benefit of the Hampstead ARC and are separate from any inspections that Montgomery County may require. If construction defects affecting the safety or structural integrity of the house or failure to comply with governmental building codes are noted, the inspector may require correction by notifying the builder and owner, but the inspector is not liable for failure to note any such defects. The Hampstead ARC will recommend to Hampstead and the Owner that construction be stopped if the contractor is not building in accordance with approved plans.


Alterations Submittals to Residential & Commercial Buildings

Any alteration to the exterior of a Residential, Commercial or Civic Building must be submitted in writing to the Hampstead Architectural Review Committee PRIOR to any work commencing. This includes all Landscaping changes which are visible from any street. The submittal requires a completed form and all necessary details including plans, dimensioned drawings, photographs, and materials.

Changes must have approval by the Hampstead ARC to ensure the property remains in compliance with the community rules, regulations, and design covenants in place. This includes repainting, re-roofing, and other repairs or changes to an exterior. The ARC will give written approval to alterations that meet its guidelines. 

The Hampstead HOA has oversight over furnishings and fixtures visible from any street, including outdoor furniture, flags, lighting, umbrellas and others as outlined in the Hampstead Design Standards. Please contact the Hampstead HOA with questions or to submit an ARC Application by email to info@hampsteadliving.com.

Hampstead ARC Alteration Submittals

 

Each submittal for review by the Hampstead ARC requires a fully Completed ARC Form. A $200 review fee will be charged for any submittal which is in Deviation from the Hampstead Design Code to cover time, administrative costs, and expenses of the Review Committee. This is a non-refundable, mandatory fee that must be paid when the Submittal is made. It is extremely rare that the ARC approves a submittal that Deviates from the Hampstead Design Code.

The ARC will convene to review a submittal.  Both city zoning and the Hampstead Design Code will be reviewed for compliance. The ARC will put its response in writing and email to the owner. Responses may include: approval, request for more information, required alterations to the submittal, or denial of request.