While on the subject of inappropriate materials for historic homes, vinyl windows are another element that are not allowed by the Old Towne Orange design standards as noted above. If you have inoperable wood windows or windows in need of restoration or repair, there are several local companies/craftsmen that can restore them without replacing them. Well maintained wood windows will serve you home for another 100 years, help protect the value of your home (and that of your neighbors), and keep your home compliant with the local design standards. Lack of adhesion to the design standards can result in fines and/or the City requiring replacement of the vinyl windows with windows that fit the period of the home with regard to both style and materials.
Now that we're officially in a drought, the subject of synthetic grass has also come up as a replacement for natural grass. Again, synthetic materials, whether grass, windows, or fences, are not considered appropriate materials for historic neighborhoods (i.e. Old Towne Orange), but are allowed in other areas of Orange and Orange County. Drought tolerant landscaping would be a better option, but again it is best to check with the City to determine if your landscape plan fulfills the necessary requirements.