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Design Matters


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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Hampstead Home Design Process

Hampstead Home 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.





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.


Our Team

Our Team


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 (a community-based 501(c)(3) non-profit), was founded in 2008 as a community-building organization focused on education, natural and local food production, and conscious living. We oversee the Hampstead Farm, interact with and promote local charities and non-profits, organize community events, and promote education
and learning. 


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.



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.


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, marketing, and placemaking of the community. With over 12 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 concept and design firm focused on creating Brands, Environments, and Experiences. Matter sets itself apart from other design firms with its experience and knowledge of creating the exciting, innovative places that make cities engaging. Visit Matter to learn more.

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.


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


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.


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.

New 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 all of the Hampstead Documents (as defined in the Hampstead Commercial Declaration) and as amended from time to time. 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 schedule a meeting to begin the New Architectural Plan Design Process, email us at


Step 1. Preliminary Discussions with Custom Residential & Commercial Prospects

1. Prospect receives from the Hampstead principals or agents the appropriate Hampstead Documents, including the ARC 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 $1,850 Non-Refundable Review Fee for up to 10 hours of Town Architect review time. Any time needed above this will be charged to prospect at $200/hour. Use of an Approved Architect has a $300 Non-Refundable Review Fee.

3. Hampstead Town Architect sets meeting with the approved project architect.

Step 2. Design Meeting 1: Hampstead Town Architect + Project Architect (Phone or Face-to-Face depending on schedules)

This meeting begins at the basic design level, with architects discussing the specific lot, zoning requirements, and very basic program for the client's building. Drawings would be at the very early sketch stage. We discourage buyers and architects from spending much time on drawings prior to Design Meeting 1.

Step 3. Design Meeting 2: Hampstead Town Architect + Project Architect (Others including prospect owner, contractor, sales agents, and ARC members can attend this working design review meeting to watch the process but only the two architects should lead discussions)

This meeting is the progression of the design process. Drawings should be rendered to illustrate the scope of work and materials required by the Hampstead Documents (especially the Hampstead Community Operating Agreement, exterior elevations & materials, setbacks, building heights, and other architectural details. Town Architect will review for Hampstead Design Code.

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.

If ARC compliance issues are present, architects will discuss ways to address those at this point. If either the Town Architect or the Prospect does not agree with the decisions following the initial Design Meeting 2, either party can appeal to Town Planner Andrés Duany of DPZ. He will review the situation and decide necessary action.

Step 4. Additional Design Meetings: Prior To Construction: Hampstead Town Architect + Project Architect

As the building designs progress, subsequent reviews will be necessary to approve the design development through construction documents. This will usually be carried out through email between architects.

Step 5. No Commencement of Work.
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.

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

Hampstead ARC Alteration Submittals

There are 2 types of Submittals to the ARC: 

1. Submittal which is In Compliance with the Hampstead Design Code and Montgomery's SmartCode zoning, or 

2. Submittal which is In Deviation from the Hampstead Design Code or a Change to the approved Hampstead SmartCode Zoning plan.

It is extremely rare that the ARC approves a submittal that Deviates.

Each submittal for review by the Hampstead ARC requires this Completed ARC Form. A $200 review fee will be charged for any submittal which is in Deviation 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.

ARC Alterations Review Process

Step 1: Alteration Submittal

Property owner shall submit a dimensioned illustration showing the proposed change to the structure or landscaping. All necessary information shall be included in the submittal, including but not limited to: photographs, exterior materials list (Selections Sheet), paint colors, window style, plant types, timeframe, etc. This should be accompanied by the Completed ARC Form (download here).

Step 2: ARC Review

The committee will convene to review a submittal.  Both city zoning and community design codes 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. 

Step 3: Re-submittal of Request

Owners can resubmit for proposals which have been rejected if changes have been made to the original request making the submittal more in keeping with city zoning or community design codes. Final say is determined by the Hampstead ARC as set forth in the Hampstead Homeowners' Association Documents which all owners receive at home closing. Any re-submittals require an additional review fee of $200.