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Alpine Villa

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Original design sketch for a steep roof pitch luxury mountain chalet or villa depicted in a Western setting, maybe Colorado or New Mexico. In this design, I pushed roof design to the limit, allowing all kinds of eccentric ideas. Many, many influences on this style of home, including American storybook cottages, Queen Anne and other eccentric Victorian types, English Tudor and Northern France, French polychrome roof tiles, Scandinavian timber churches and buildings, especially roof and gable peak design, mountain architecture of the world, and more. Design exercises like this help me work out difficult and challenging compositions and roof structures. The floor plan would include many level changes and eccentricities. I'm assuming the master suite is up high, 2nd and 3rd floor, center right, a 2-story study might be in the ground floor room to the far right, living area in center to the rear, a guest bedroom to the center left, ground floor with the flower box under the window, kitchen to rear left, and laundry, mudroom, and garage to the left in an L-shaped wing going back (unseen.)

Materials include stone foundation over poured concrete, brick primary exterior material over 2x6 stud walls, judicious use of heavy timber frame elements throughout the house incorporated into the 2x6 framing, small areas of rough cast/stucco up high as well as wood siding, slate roofs with polychrome accents in ceramic tiles, and heavy use of wood paneling throughout the interior.

Drawing technique: Portrait sketch and floor plan was drawn on one piece of white vellum 8.5" x 11" (A4), primarily using 5H, 2H, H, and HB pencils with plenty of erasing on white vellum. If you look at "The Key to the Infinite Village,"… you will see this house in the background, right in the middle. I re-drew it larger and detailed it out as if it was a luxury home ready to be built for a special client somewhere out west in the U.S. Maybe 14 hours of sketch time total? Then scan to computer, darken a bit, and clean up in Gimp, add labels and such.

Plan and Interior Cutaway/Structure:

House #500 Initial Analysis to Develop Floor Plan by Built4ever
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zencookies's avatar

I love this building design so much! Makes me want to visit the place in person

Siobhan68's avatar
This is soooo awesome! I would LOVE to see the floorplans of the rest of the house. Is there any chance of seeing this?
Congratulations to the DD, well-deserved!
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Wonderful!  +fav   Heart 
moyashisoba's avatar
ヾ(o´ェ`o)ノGOOD JOB!!
Clearchoicerestorati's avatar
Thanks for sharing this. Its really beautiful design or you can say sketch.
Robbald's avatar
I would love to build this house. It is a really nice combination of styles that really appeal to me. I see Victorian, Tudor, Chalet, and general fantasy elements. Even if some of the elements might be less than entirely practical, there is a lot to be said for submitting some function to form.

Great work!
Built4ever's avatar
Thanks, yes, it's pretty extreme and not particularly practical or easy to build. If you want to build one, send me an email. Hey, why not?
SolatrumMortale's avatar
O.O Wow..... If ever my dream of building my own house comes true, you, sir, are hired!!
Built4ever's avatar
Thanks, I'll be here waiting!
Jewbakah's avatar
I adore this house. Did you ever finish the floor plan?
Built4ever's avatar
Not really, it's very challenging at the upper levels. Not sure if it's a good idea. Better to re-design it a bit.
Jewbakah's avatar
I can see why it would be challenging. It strikes me as a more refined version of the Burrow from Harry Potter (you know, if they hadn't had magic and had to follow the rules of physics). If you have anything preliminary that you haven't posted, I'd love to see it. Practicality isn't really a concern of mine at this point.
The shape is everything I've always wanted to see in a house and I am excited to see progress on it if you continue :)


It occurred to me that you might want to know why I want the rest of this house. I'm involved in evaluating BIM software, and while they're all designed for "easy" things like squared off office buildings with simple angles, if they're going to be worth their cost they need to work on projects with interesting shapes too. That's my official reason for the request. Personally, House 500 has become my dream house (in general appearance) and I want to build it in SketchUp.
Built4ever's avatar
A guy on the west coast was attempting a REAL architectural model, but it's horribly complicated. You saw the cutaway version in the gallery? Yes, I build 3D sketchup models a lot now, getting better at curves and complex surfaces, but not great. I assumed that Chief Architect had severe limitations that wouldn't work well with my more advanced cottage designs. I'm very interested in BIM systems, they could be the future, especially if they calculate materials and static/dynamic forces on a building. Instant beam engineering as you draw!! Wow.

Since you evaluate this stuff for a living (yes?) maybe we could work something out. I'm very tight for time. The other guy wanted more drawings of 500 but I just struggled to find play time, plus it's complicated. However, if this was for a company, they might find a tiny bit of pay for ol' Built4ever, then we could sink our teeth into it. You're certainly welcome to try a model of it though, independent of any other involvement from me.  

Also, outside of 500, I'd certainly like to learn some more about BIM. Open to chatting about it.
Jewbakah's avatar
I wish I were in a position to make that call, but with the abundance of full free plans available, my bosses would never go for it. 
I'm happy to chat about BIM though. As a company we focus on commercial applications, but they would also be viable options for residential architecture.
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Let's say we have a complex roof structure, like an octagonal roof over a turret, with a flare at the bottom. It blends into a Victorian style roof on the main house. How does the program deal with that? Does it simulate the rafters and rafter size (say, 2x6 or 2x8?) Calculate materials? (rafter lengths, waste, collar ties at top, and the flares?) Heh see where I'm headed?? Wondering how it deals with that stuff.
Jewbakah's avatar
It depends on which program you're working with. Typically, though, if you can build it in AutoCAD or Revit, you can build it/import it into most of these other programs. Its a long a tedious process, but it can be done.
I'm sorry for the long delay in answering.
Built4ever's avatar
No prob. Yeah, if it's too complicated to go between then hmmmm.... but what about just trying to design something complex IN that program?
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guardiannnangel's avatar
I love the mountain top in the back left. Looks a bit like Monument Valley or Devils Tower, or is it inspired from Sedona, AZ?
Built4ever's avatar
I just drove through monument valley one month ago!
guardiannnangel's avatar
oh my gawd would I love to be involved with something like this.
Built4ever's avatar
Challenging to get a floor plan to work.
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You are my new hero!
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