Life in Reston means living with standards. Many documents exist to guide homeowners when making decisions about repairing, updating, or upgrading their homes. Reston Association (RA) maintains Cluster Property Guidelines that contain specifications related to property elements that are standard throughout Reston. For example, regulations that guide where fences can be placed on a property is part of a Cluster Property Guideline.
In addition to the the general cluster guidelines, Reston Association maintains cluster standards that are specific to Old Westbury. Cluster standards are design specifications for certain exterior elements of the cluster architecture that define basic requirements or limitations. The original standards for Old Westbury were submitted by the contractor who built the houses. All changes to or deviations from the original standards that have been reviewed and approved by the RA Design Review Board (DRB) are recorded by RA staff in a notebook.