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Design Sketch for House #152 by Built4ever Design Sketch for House #152 by Built4ever
Watercolor sketch for an early design idea based on simple "French Country" vernacular architecture, perhaps from middle to Northern France, but with a barrel tile roof more common in Southern France. The chimney might be more English with flat roof tiles covering the angled roof-like portions of the part that projects out from the wall. The shed dormer with the three windows is also more 20th century I would say, not exactly typical French. Simplicity and rustic appeal is key to this charming home. Leave your cares and pretensions behind as you sit in the shade and enjoy the wine and cheese produced just a short distance away!

Technical: Drawn on tan paper about 8 inches by 5 inches. Very limited watercolor palette with emphasis on grey and brown, keeps color harmony maximized and allows architecture to be the focus. Highlights and details in brown ink "Micron" pen. Borders around edge drawn/painted onto original sketch.
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:iconmjbivouac:
MJBivouac Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014
Another beauty! House and drawing.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014
Thanks!
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MJBivouac Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014
A gem!
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ChiBurbs Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely --looks like it should have involved flower and herb gardens about it.
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014
Yup, that's fine with me. You are in a Chi-town Suburb?
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ChiBurbs Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, in NW Indiana currently. I keep circling the city.
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Daandric Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Student General Artist
aw man...this is so boss and useful!
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nnq2603 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
Very nice house :thumbsup:

Do you study design project for your class in university (architect?)? Or you just personally make these house for another purpose?... Great!
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
I am self-taught as an architectural designer, no formal education, in architecture at least. (My degree is in art history with some pre-engineering background.) This watercolor is just a study for leisure, but many things I post here are actual paid projects, both design and construction. Mostly, I design custom homes for a living!
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MadamVonDoom Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
This reminds me of Belle's house in Beauty and the Beast. Lovely =]
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014
Thanks, glad you like...
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HusseinHorack Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
that's very similar to a country house i saw today in the Polesden Lacey grounds (UK national trust park/estate), very nice!
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Nebride7 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
Oh, this is beautiful!  It has such a solid, homey look to it - as if it would last through many generations.
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HCullymore Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is Very Charming and reminds me of a house that is so similar near Yalaha Florida. Really beautiful! 
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timelordmary Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
do you mind if i build this on minecraft? xD
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
Nope, just send me a link when you're done so I can check it out and admire it...
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timelordmary Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
haha ok :D
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cogwurx Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Very quaint.
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MrEd301 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
More color!! Wonderful design, too!
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
Yeah, you like the color? I'll dig up something else and fix it up. I have other color studies laying around, just need completion and minor fixing.
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MrEd301 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
I'm working up some numbers for a dentist who wants to build a "hobby farm".
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
Seriously? I love gentleman farms. You do this as a solo project? If you need help or consultation, let me know. I have two possibles in the hopper here locally myself, besides other stuff, both custom homes. Maybe we could trade CAD service/construction plans for consultation and associate design. 

When you work up numbers like this, you figger out 500K for house, 100K for horse barn, 40K for premium fence, 60K for other small outbuildings, etc.?? Something like that? Then work backwards to design the stuff?
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MrEd301 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Professional Interface Designer

I wasn't working up construction figures, I'm working up the numbers to do the design work..

The "barn" has already been built at 6k square feet. He wants to add an apartment at one end, then build a greenhouse, another barn, and a house.. All in a matching style.

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Built4ever Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
VG, nice project. I wouldn't mind a small greenhouse effect on my house somewhere, for winter plants like our lemon tree. I could see adding another "barn" (small shed?) some day too. Where is he? Towards Pickens county? Lots of good rural stuff there.. 
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MrEd301 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Professional Interface Designer

Southwest of Easley off of highway 135

 

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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013
AH yes, VG, not far from you...
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StrictlyAshleyDee Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What a lovely little house, I can picture it in the countryside near a river or stream close to hills and fields with mountains in the distance. What a charming life that would be! What a beautiful idea you had great design.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
Yes and a vineyard!
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artweak Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
Wow I really like your designs and your houses and your style reminds of old classic Lord of the Ring and Japanese drawings. Keep up the great job! ;)
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
HMMMM Japanese drawings...I studied Japanese art in art history...flat decorative color patches, nice lines, 2 dimensional, concern with pattern, blah blah...
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SiliconShaman Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
I'd say you got the 'look' right, since I've seen a house almost exactly like that actually in France. It was  sort of 'middle' french, Northern but with southern influences and renovated by an retired English couple.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
I stayed at a "mas," an old French farmhouse converted into a country inn by an English couple. Yes, we had wine and cheese and fresh cherries and lots more sitting at a table next to the pool! Good times...
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Alodix Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013

This comment you meant ?

Yes you can gain much weight staying in such farmhouses !!! Worst of all are in Alsace (east of France) were you just explode after what they call a "simple" lunch =D (Big Grin) 

 

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Built4ever Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
Opposite for me. We hiked all day in French villages and worked up a BIG appetite. I would LOSE weight if I visit France he he he... I liked a cheese I bought from the Alsatian region, much better than southern France's goat cheese...
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Alodix Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013

This cheese that stinks a lot called munster and because of wich you can't speak to anyone for a week because of your bad breath ?! :D (Big Grin) 

Glad you like it !!

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Built4ever Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
HA HA no another one, not as stinky. 
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Alodix Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013

Oh. I'm desappointed.

:D (Big Grin) 

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Alodix Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
Oh yes, I'd like to have cheese and wine in the garden of this house !! It makes me really think of farmhouses inn we can find in France ;)
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
Yup, see my comment below he he...
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MitchMitton Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Y ou now you have a very nice style, have you published a book yet? If no , just why not?
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
It's number one on my bucket list. I don't even want to motorcycle across Eurasia anymore. The book will be huge and have loads of pics, plans, and ideas, lifetime challenge.
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MitchMitton Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
See I know a thing or two and you have market value especial if you do those demos also. It will be more than a student book because your style has a timeless quality.....
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
I'm slowly editing and trying to get the "big picture" of what I can contribute, by going over old and new stuff, critiquing it, changing it, adding to it, putting explanations, etc. It's difficult to organize a massive pile of stuff into a coherent whole. There are books that don't exist. For example, how to design a luxury home. Where do you start? How do you do it? What are the methods? Very very complicated and esoteric knowledge base for a few specialists. We could use comprehensive encyclopedias of different sizes, shapes, and styles of homes. And yes, of course, the whole thing is "pretty" enough that people outside the field will buy and enjoy it. What do you think Mitch? You're good at seeing the big picture. 
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MitchMitton Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
That is the direction I was hoping you were going. A book that has meat in it but nice coffee table book too; you know hooker in me wants to sell, sell.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
You have a hooker in you? I like to tell people there's a lesbian inside of every man.
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MitchMitton Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
ha ha I have had that thought but tend to only share among my friends so I am honored to hear it lol......
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
Some things just don't belong on the internet ha ha...
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Nice ranger residence. :winner:
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
You know it pal, plus it's bear proof.
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
I noticed that right away. The Z frame shutters and the stonework. Very nice house. Would love to see the floor plan... :D
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