Design review refresher: Installation tips for flagpoles & string lights

The individuality of your home is key to neighborhood character, but since we all have different tastes and styles, it’s important to have a few design parameters in place. That’s where the Eastmark Design Guidelines come in handy.

The guidelines help maintain quality consistency for outdoor home modifications (like string lights and flag poles), emphasize the natural characteristics of the area, and support the overall Eastmark vision and aesthetic.

String Lights

String lights (AKA bistro, café, festival, or party lights) are an elegant way to brighten your backyard, but before you install the outdoor strands, you’ll need to get approval from the Eastmark Design Review Committee. Even though the string lights are in your own backyard, their illumination and location could also affect your neighbors.

Start by checking section 6.13 (pg. 116) of the Eastmark Design Guidelines. You’ll find info on everything from the max number of support poles to the length limit of string lights to the type and brightness of bulbs permitted. You’ll then want to submit a Design Review Application and await approval or further feedback.

Here are a few key guidelines to be aware of:

  • String lights are a great accent under a covered patio or in a small area of your back yard (front yard is prohibited) but should not be used as a main source of light.
  • String lights (including support poles or brackets) must be located within 15 feet of the main house, and a minimum of five feet away from any property line, fence, or yard wall. String lights should not be attached directly to a property wall or fence.
  • String lights cannot be mounted higher than 10 feet above the ground or the bottom of the lowest single-story roof eave of your house, whichever is lower. They also can’t be mounted lower than seven feet above the ground. In other words, they should not have a vertical or angled orientation.
  • All strands of string lights need to be pulled taut, fastened tightly and be relatively straight—no swags or drooping.


If you’re looking to add a free-standing or mounted flagpole to your front or back yard, the location, lighting, and flagpole material must be reviewed by the Design Review Committee before you start installation.

Below is a quick rundown of parameters for free-standing flagpoles, but be sure to scroll through Section 4.33 (pg. 50) of the Eastmark Design Guidelines.

  • Only one flagpole is allowed per residential lot and the color should be black, bronze, or dark gray.
  • The max height of the free-standing flagpole should be 20 feet or the highest point of the roof of a single-story home, whichever is the smaller height.
  • A free-standing flagpole needs to be located a minimum of five feet from any property line, public sidewalk, street, alley, or shared driveway, and not within a public utilities easement.
  • Flagpoles should have an internal halyard system so no noise is made by the flag securing system.

So get out there and barbecue under the bistro lights or proudly fly the American flag, but please remember to follow the Eastmark Design Guidelines. Improper installation might mean a letter and fine from the Eastmark Residential Association are on the way.

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