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House #400, A Mountain Mediterranean by Built4ever House #400, A Mountain Mediterranean by Built4ever
Original design for a classic Mediterranean style home with influences from 1920's era American Mediterranean and the rustic Tuscany style version popular here now. The Tuscan aspect is the rustic stonework. For budget purposes, it's desirable to limit stonework to the most important and visible views of a luxury home. Also, I always follow my rule of "light over heavy,) so stone work stays towards the bottom, with lightweight stucco above. "Real" stone over frame, as done here, is about 8 inches thick, while stucco is about 1 inch thick, both over a 2x6 wood stud frame, so the stone part of the wall is wider. The molding creates a transition point between materials. Roofing is ceramic barrel tile at a 4/12 pitch. Plenty of "wrought iron," (actually painted or powder coated steel,) including the rail system and gates.

This a re-working of my old House #309, improved and more dramatic, and will start off the 400 series of all Mediterranean style homes. Technique: Pencil study with 3H to 2B pencils on 8 and a half by 11 inch paper, scanned and slightly tweaked and cleaned up, and labeled with GIMP software. There's a floor plan in my gallery.
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DragonStrider Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Tuscany?We got houses like that by the truckload here
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Built4ever Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
Well, I have to say, not too many people here are asking for Bulgarian style homes. Maybe I should start a new trend?
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DragonStrider Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well why not?The style is influenced by Eastern Roman and oriental motifs,but I must say it manages to keep ALOT of what makes it unique.Alot of westerners seem to think so too,buying them houses like crazy!
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Built4ever Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
[link] For example, Rila monastery is an excellent and unique architectural gem in Bulgaria. Not well known in the west, but nonetheless, with it's polychrome masonry, it's a beauty. Not easy to do a house design following this style...
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DragonStrider Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh Rila is a gem, such a blend of medieval splender.You should look for photos of some of the interior paintings,marvelous. As for houses,people over here grew up under Turkish occupation for 500 years and that reflected alot.Hence why most houses of that time look like castles,thick high walls,massive wooden gates,two floors,stairways and more windows on the upper levels.

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Also pardon the spam and any annoyance I might have caused.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
Yes, no problem, no annoyance. These houses are beautiful really. I would like to see detail drawings of the carpentry, rails, porch posts, etc and floor plans. Maybe they are rare and old-fashioned now?
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DragonStrider Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Carpentry is something speciffic. There are schools here and craftsmen that still practice the art in ways over 200 years old. As for the houses themselves it varies. Some are old and most likely to be seen in architectural reservations or really old villages. But the style and technique are far from unused. Its not uncommon to incorporate the design in a modern construction, in fact most people who can afford it do it.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
That's great to hear. It seems like many countries have programs to preserve traditional carpentry methods for buildings. Each place on the planet should have a specific look and set of traditions. We don't need every place to look like the new suburbs of Beijing.
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HaHu Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
as a Mediterranean, I can only say this : svaka čast ! (great work)
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
I'll take your "svaka cast" and say "thanks" in your language, but YOU will have to translate it he he...
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f700es Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Professional Artist
Another wonderful illustration.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
Thanks! Hope all is well up there...
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f700es Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Professional Artist
Doing well, thanks :)
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HoshiBlue21 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013   Traditional Artist
love the stone work! so amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
Muy bonita casa. Bella linda trabojo. Me gusta mucho. :winner:
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
Gracias amigo...
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
Bienvenido mucho, amigo mio. :D
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scream1327 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful House :D
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
Thank you, glad you like...
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ObscureSanctuary Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
That. Is. Epic.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
Thanks!
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MrEd301 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Now that's a really sweet home!! It belongs on N Main St..
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
Paige met the director of personnel for St Francis yesterday. He's building something on North Main. He claimed he "stole the plans" from the internet and, with great friction, he's pushing the builder to just build it. Supposedly it has four turrets or something. Lots to think about in the facts above he he...
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xMaiMai-nyaax Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This looks beautiful and really cozy. :flirty:
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
Thanks, yes I like human-scale stuff, good proportions, etc
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NenadGojkovic Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
What to say other than love it!
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
Thank you sir...
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Peebo-Thuhlu Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
Heh...and my mind's eye can see some one like 'Zorro' or such romancing the heroine and then daringly escaping out the window and off into the night. :)

Very much cheers to you and yours.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
So now, we'll refer to this as House #400, Zorro's Girlfriend's House.
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Peebo-Thuhlu Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
:blush:

The things a mind puts forth upon waking up....

Well...it was either that or "The Cisco Kid"..but from the dim memories of mychild-hood television watching such a character wasn't quite so swashbuckling nor romantic. ;)

Very much cheers to you and yours.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEDB62oKv2M
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Quoriil Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
I love how you've used the stonework to transition between different tiers of the property surrounding the home. This is a very attractive use of elevation!
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
Thanks, yes, I like to blend the house with the surrounding walls, and connect the house to the land using various styling devices.
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MitchMitton Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
When I first saw the small drawing I was thinking mission style, which I guess evolved from a Mediterranean stle. Nice details and still doable in today market.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
HMMM yes, related to mission style too. Mission specifically has curved, baroque-ish parapet gable walls, distinctive for the style, but has in common roof materials and shapes, liberal stucco use, etc. I haven't done much mission style. Maybe I should do one.
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LancelotPrice Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
Oh, nice. It reminds me a bit of Frank Lloyd Wright's early work, but more compact as would be good in the mountains.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
HMMM interesting observation, FLW used deep overhangs, hipped roofs, and similar stonework. Not exactly prairie style but not too far off either...
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LancelotPrice Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
I was thinking of the Winslow house in particular, plus others of the same era.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
Yes, that house was beginning of horizontal emphasis in opposition to prevailing Victorian norms. It's wider proportionally than mine and symmetrical, but similarities are obvious eh?
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LancelotPrice Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
Yes, but the effect is quite different. :)
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MTCarpenter Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Nice work on this.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
Thanks!
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