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Castle Number One by Built4ever Castle Number One by Built4ever
Wow! Nice job by [link] making a full color 3D graphic of my design for Castle Number One [link]. Please direct technical questions to them, not me! To see the original design sketch done in pencil, see my gallery. This is an original design for a "personal luxury castle," but it could easily be a medieval game playing environment or the setting for a novel. I don't have a floor plan for it yet!

My comments on this: They interpreted certain things like roof tile color and stone color their own way. I think it's very well done, very accurate. In this case, red ceramic tile roof and medium greyish brown stone color throughout. Shadowing is very dramatic, obviously this is depicted in strong sunlight.

If anybody has $50 million dollars or so laying around and wants to spend it, just e-mail me.
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Robbi-Dez Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Can buildings like this still be built as homes in the modern day? Don't things like regulations and building codes get in the way of an accurate aesthetic? Well, at least in the US?
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2018
HMMM very good question. Simulating stone walls gets very tricky for example. How do we make it look authentic? Walls have to be insulated to minimum standards, insulation gets higher as you build farther north. Structurally, would it make more sense to build the high tower with steel framing? What about wind and earthquake codes? It has to be able to stand up to lateral forces, depending on wind load requirements and earthquake zone. Codes in Europe are also very strong and tough to deal with. Same with Japan, heavily regulated construction processes and industry.

Basically, yes, it can be done, but the cost is extremely high to do this and make it look and feel authentic. Almost prohibitive. Here's a link to a winery I've visited in Napa valley, California. Very authentic look to a "castle" construction, but it must have been very expensive. You can't sell enough wine to pay for it I think!

www.castellodiamorosa.com/
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Robbi-Dez Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Wow that does look like the real deal! However since it's not a residence, maybe they were able to get away with things like tiny windows?
I guess this is why only billionaires can entertain the idea of building their own castle, lol.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2018
Yeah, I HAVE been approached a few times already to design a "real castle as a home," and I usually say, if you don't have millions to spend, it's probably not for you.
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Robbi-Dez Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
I just have to know out of morbid curiosity, how much would you ask that your client have in the way of a spending budget before even considering an authentic castle build?
Also, how would someone find skilled craftsmen to do the artistic stone masonry, or carpenters for all the decorative wooden paneling? I just assumed these kind of things weren't done anymore because the more advanced aspects of these trades fell out fashion, and thus also out of practice.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2018
Yes true, very difficult to find the craftsman, so they cost a lot! Budget: very dependent on the craziness of what they want. Hard to answer without a rough idea of size and complexity.  Do they want "real" stone walls? 20' high? 50' high? on and on. Need more info to throw a number out there.
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Robbi-Dez Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Well let's say the client was operating under the philosophy of "Go big or go home", and wanted something like Chateau de Pierrefonds: i.redd.it/dyctnflu62101.jpg
He'd also want to exterior to look like it had been around for centuries, like the real deal. Real stone walls are a must, if the building is supposed to look like it was originally a fortress with many centuries of renovations right?
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018
Yeah, you could be talking about hundreds of millions really! It's on the edge of unbuildable in today's market, with today's craftsman. Back then, labor was dirt cheap, there was NO insurance and minimal to zero taxes on labor/materials. Stone locally quarried. Cheap to build a castle!
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HighlandThistle Featured By Owner May 14, 2018
Food for the mind . . . Fuels the imagination . . . All the stories you heard starting, Once Upon a Time are True! And more! 😉
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Built4ever Featured By Owner May 15, 2018
Yeah but I'm not so gifted at coming up with stories for my castles!
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T-Gwen Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Woh that's awesome and i know what i'm talking about :P
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Built4ever Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
Even in a French accent!
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HoshiBlue21 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Student General Artist
So amazing to see your design into colour damn I don't have 50 million! I will buy it for sure! you do great thiings! and so inspiring!
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
Thanks!
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HoshiBlue21 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Student General Artist
You are welcome!
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toadlord2012 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
wowzers!!... would love to see the floorplans to this castle when completed!!
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
I need a purpose for the castle. It affects the floor plans.
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Rooro22 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
The right cloud looks a bit like the dA symbol ;)
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
It's a subliminal advertisement.
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LancelotPrice Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
BTW, no cheating allowed. :)

It looks a bit Germanic in style. I'd go for Loire French, but not Chambord. I like the earlier, simpler style. More elaborate than Tarascon, but with the simple elements.

Beautiful job you did on the drawing, and beautiful job they did on the 3D graphics.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
Some minor influence came from German castles fer sure. I looked quickly at a few right before I doodled the sketch for this.
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LancelotPrice Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
Aha. :)
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LancelotPrice Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
I suspect that it would cost quite a lot more than 50 million dollars, at least 100 million total.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
Yes, I agree, it could easily go past 100 million. Who cares though? The guy is FILTHY RICH and has a billion!
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LancelotPrice Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
Now thAt's the proper attitude!
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
Swimming in money! Surrounded by "sharks!"
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LancelotPrice Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
:D
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Weequays Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent work :D
Do you know where you build ?
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
You mean this?? Maybe just north of me, in North Carolina mountains. It doesn't look right for Dubai.
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dlambeaut Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll start to look for those 50 millions tomorrow!
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
Yes, see comment above he he...
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lynchkidme Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THIS IS BREATHTAKING, WOULD LOVE TO LIVE SOMEWHERE LIKE THIS
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
Save your pennies.
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Roskvape Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome!!
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
Thanks!
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ZapDynamic Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How cool! It's great to see someone breath new life into an already awesome image.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
Yes, spoken exactly right, I love seeing interpretations of my stuff. I'm never disappointed really, but some stuff, like this, is really outstanding and accurate to the original vision...
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LocationCreator Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Fantastic work. You've got good colleagues!
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
Yes, the list is growing, people younger and more talented with software than me, fer sure...
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QAtheAuthoress Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Pretty. :) I'd love to live in a place like that.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
Yes, thanks, me too...
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QAtheAuthoress Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:D
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MrEd301 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
WOW..
Really brought to life there!! And for a little while, I thought it was the real deal!
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
Someday it WILL be the real deal he he...
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Ancharite Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Great work both in the design and the rendering.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
Thanks!
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Erevanur Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
If I had that kind of money laying around I would most certainly have you design a house for me. =D
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
Well? Can't you start an internet dating site or something?
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Erevanur Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
Lol, who knows maybe it's my calling.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
Start "FaceMatch."
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