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Design Sketch for House #56 by Built4ever Design Sketch for House #56 by Built4ever
This is a watercolor sketch from circa 2006. It was about 2/3 completed, so I decided to finish it up, scan it, and label it. This type of sketch does not take into consideration a realistic floor plan for a typical luxury home. Rather, it's a design exercise whereby I allow anything to happen, just let it flow and have a little fun, get creative, allow for eccentricities, draw complicated roof lines, invent new carved details and brick patterns, and push the limit. In truth, as is, with minor modification, it MIGHT work with a build-able, sell-able floor plan. It might also be a design fragment for a larger house.

Architecture from Northern France, especially Normandy and these areas, was the stylistic inspiration for this sketch. There are similarities and differences with the English Tudor across the channel. Some of the design features are labeled on the sketch. It also has some of my own typical slightly eccentric features.

Technical: Small watercolor sketch on toned tan paper, measures about 8 inches by 5 inches, some details enhanced with pencil and brown ink "Micron" pen.
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:iconwhiteirislady:
whiteirislady Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2018  Hobbyist
This is incredible. It's a beautiful cottage/chateau. May you do a floor plan on this?
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018
Probably not, just too many difficulties making a plan work with this concept. 
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Indigo007 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really love Storybook Houses. This one is amazing. Great imaginative design - even for fun! Clap  *faved*
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2017
Yeah this one likely too crazy to get built, thanks!
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TooHypper Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Emotional, your work with these homes is truly a visual treat for the soul!  Please keep up the amazing job you are doing! 💕💜💕🌺
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2016
Thanks, glad you enjoy.
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Victorian-Lady Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just  Beautiful-silver-100px 
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2016
Thanks!
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:iconvictorian-lady:
Victorian-Lady Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are most welcome... love your work!
Sorry for the looong delay in finding your note, been away. 
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Ejmrhodes Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2016
Do you have a floor plan yet for this house?  I'd be interested in a blueprint.
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2016
HMMMM not really, it's a pretty "far out" concept. First floor would be small and tight, stair turret tight. Not sure if I would even attempt it. Are you seriously looking at this as a possible home plan? 
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Ejmrhodes Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016
Hello, My name is Elizabeth Rhodes and I am a luxury storybook-style builder in Maryland, USA. My company's name is Storybook Classic Homes.   I found this website looking for new storybook-style homes to build and found this home.  It is spectacular in appearance!  I'm looking for architects that designs these homes to build.  My website also sells blueprints outside of Maryland since I am am limited where I an build.  There is a large market for these homes since they are so different.  I've made my company a brand.  I have builder in Australia that has started building my homes after purchasing blueprints from my site.  How much do you charge for blueprints?  I would love to build one of your homes as one of my future projects and sell your blueprints online.  I do love the home of this original post.  It would sell well if the size was 4,000 to 5,000 sq. ft.   Maybe the floor plan would work then? Check out my website at www.StorybookClassicHomes.com  If you are interested to be listed as an architect we are working with, that would be great and we would feature your homes.  I love the homes you have designed so far and would like to see them built!  Look forward from hearing from you.  -Elizabeth Rhodes
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016
Elizabeth: Hey thanks for nice words and checking out my drawings. Yes, I have seen your site already, very nice, with some spectacular builds already under your belt, very detailed and intricate. Not easy to get these built, I've had many projects get deep into planning and then go on the back shelves. Proper budgeting is a priority. I always check budget carefully at beginning now. I have plans to offer my vast collection of designs/drawings on the web, might be interested in a specialist site like yours, so let's chat. One issue I have is I draw/draft old-fashioned style, so no autocad (yet.) My plans are pretty darned detailed though. Many storybook homes like House 345 have virtually full drawing sets, just need accuracy check, document creation (24x36 layout for example,) and finishing. Some, like House 338, I get numerous requests but only have first and sec floors, and front elevation and perspective portrait. Need lots of work! But I'm buried in work right now, including flying to Seattle to do 3 weeks of architectural design for Dungeons and Dragons, in September, then return to a full load of projects, including a couple homes going under construction. Just hard to find time now. Let's switch to regular email so I can send sample plan sheets, and we can talk about what I need. JPEG/PNG files can be turned into PDF, but sometimes we have problems reproducing at accurate scale. We'll talk about that. My email: beauregard.francois@yahoo.com.
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mockingbirdontree Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2015
Oh wow, you're so talented and creativ! Fantastic!gif ehya by vafiehya  
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Niur-Tarow Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would live here in a heartbeat.  The northern European architecture is beautiful and I love the landscaping.  It looks whimsical, fun and warm - I great place to live and raise a family.  Stunning work with watercolor, friend. :)
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2015
Thanks, yes, don't know if it will ever be built, but who knows?
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ToruKun1 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
This is seriously one fanciful-ass house :iconwowplz:
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roundtower Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015   Traditional Artist
* ¡Fantástico trabajo! Lo hemos destacado dentro de la carpeta "Featured nº5 o Destacados nº 5" en Special-Groups. (Es la carpeta donde se exhiben los mejores trabajos del grupo).
¡Por favor, queremos ver más trabajos tuyos en el grupo!. 

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* Fantastic work! Featured in Special-Groups in folder Featured nº 5. (Best works of the group). 
Please, We want to see more works in the group of you!. 
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015
Gracias!
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:iconroundtower:
roundtower Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015   Traditional Artist
Huggle! 
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schizmatic Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015  Professional General Artist
It's rustically exquisite. Or exquisitely rustic. I can't decide.
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2015
HMMM yes, I like it...
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:iconrebellinglemming:
RebellingLemming Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous!
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kittiastra Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Built4Ever, any chance I can buy this watercolor off of you? My husband and I have been talking about building a house in similar style for a very long time, but we have never been able to quite visualize the concept or agree on all points of what look we would like. THIS just effing nailed it. I NEED that watercolor, cause you better believe it - we are gonna have someone build off of this! We are both floored!
I am a stained glass artist myself, as in, I make stained glass for a living. I will add some absolutely magical stained glass to it!
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015
Great, glad you like it. Looked at your stained glass, beautiful work, very nice. Let me ask you some questions: where are you located in U.S.? I can design plans for this if you want. That's what I do every day! This is an extremely complex/challenging home construction project. I would recommend detailed plans. Let's switch over to email channels to discuss stuff privately. As far as the watercolor goes, it's quite small and hiding in a sketchbook binder. I usually don't sell originals but heck, maybe for the right price? However, I COULD create a high quality archival print for you in a size like 12x16", much bigger than original. Original is only 7 inches across. Feel free to email me at beauregard.francois@yahoo.com. Thanks!
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AndreaHjerpe1 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Professional General Artist
Wow! I think this is a definite possibility to use this as a draft plan and give this to your  architect to build your dream home! I don't know about you guys but I saving this one in my Vision plan book!
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ArtLover2192 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014
I think I just found my dream house!I think I've fainted. Heart 
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014
OHHHHH good choice, let's build it....
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Bizsu Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
Amazing ! Excellent work and details 😆
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sanityhorse Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW - beautiful! This is the kind of house I would love to have!
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j-art1988 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh my gosh. My heart and soul are literally aching for such an exquisite and mesmerizing structure as this to call home. I can only hope and pray that one day in the future I can be so honored to have you design my dream house in the gorgeous North Carolina mountains. Though for now, I will simply lose myself in the dreamy creation that you so elegantly bestowed before me. Your work is quite brilliant and I am in awe, clearly.
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
Beautiful words, thank you...I look out at those mountains from upstate SC every day, going up to Brevard tomorrow in fact...
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:iconj-art1988:
j-art1988 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ahh, I envy you for living so close to such a paradise as that. Hope you have a beautiful visit. :)
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
Yes, was very nice, perfect day...
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:iconflok7:
Flok7 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Student Artist
Wow man :D
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usielx Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013
how much to bould something like this?

I read what you say about itīs not design for a real concept but just an aprox. XD!
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MountainBoar Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
Charming.
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jamescorso Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013
great sketches i am a builder developer in chicago suburbs we build off sketches like these ever out here look me up love to show you aruond
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:iconmalberri:
malberri Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely and well done !!!
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Roskvape Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Maaaaaaaaan, if I come into a bunch of money, I'm going to hunt you down and give you a contract! I just love your tastes in architecture. :D
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
MMMM it does taste good! Yummy.
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HusseinHorack Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
mmm-mmm!!! love it! :D
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rachhhhxo Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
Beautiful home, so interesting and pleasing to the eye.
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el-e Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
great job:]
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DrKnowles Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I want to live here!
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Kakurosu Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
oh this is so beautiful !
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Nebride7 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
Totally love it!  I'd like to live here, or if nothing else, at least explore this house.  There must be twists and turns everywhere inside.  Wonderful, imaginative design.
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cogwurx Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
This is just beautiful.
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
Thanks cog, glad you like...
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Alodix Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
I'd like to have a room in each building you imagine !!! They all are sooo wonderful !!!
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