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Portrait/Plan of House 345C, A Storybook Cottage by Built4ever Portrait/Plan of House 345C, A Storybook Cottage by Built4ever
Portrait and plan of an original design for a classic storybook-style cottage. Typical features of storybook style include "catslide" roofs (roof extended very low to ground, curved and exaggerated steeply sloped roof lines, wrought iron details, heavy rustic timber elements, playful stone-masonry details, mixed window muntin patterns, very small windows, pretty dormers, prominent chimneys, use of mixed materials for exterior, window shutters, planter boxes, and, of course, a multi-colored ceramic barrel tile roof. This is, of course, my own interpretation of this style, especially the "knocked-out" corners that blend in with the front entry porch, creating a cozy, partially-protected feeling for home-dwellers and guests alike. Foliage and landscaping is not particularly specific, a bit informal and wild, suggested in lighter tones so emphasis stays on the home. Predominant exterior material is a creamy off-white stucco which creates a beautiful effect contrasted with the various stone, brick, timber and tile elements. Forward facing gables are proportioned nicely to each other, one larger, one slightly smaller, with large and small dormers in the roof. Interior is primarily heavy timber trusses and beams with wood paneling throughout and accents of plaster, brick and stone.

Floor plan features large informal kitchen/dining/living combo anchored by "fire" on either end, the kitchen stove with brick superstructure and large fireplace at the opposite end. A "glassed-in" breakfast nook is located off the kitchen. Right side of house features a long master suite with private entry from the front. Entry foyer features open timber post & beam staircase. Front room does double duty as a large business study/ library or a second bedroom on the first floor. It has it's own fireplace, small closet, and access to a full bath. Left side of house has a suggested mud room/laundry connector to the garage, to be easily re-designed per client needs and specific to site. Depending on needs for the second floor, a significant part of the first floor can have vaulted ceilings, designed with heavy timber mortise and tenon trusses and structural beams. Second floor could have one or two additional bedrooms, one or two baths, and opportunity for open lofts with rails looking down into the living area.

This is a third version of this particular house. I have several floor plans done. It can easily be modified. I'm working on one version of this for a particular client, but not quite finished yet, quite a bit bigger overall floor plan. There's also a "mountain/craftsman" exterior that features extensive stone work on the front, and hardiboard siding on the upper gables, with a different roof material.

If you have any interest in this house as a possible custom home, please contact me for additional information. I can provide floor plans with more detailed info, including second floor, as well as all elevations, and other significant drawings to help start a set of construction plans.
Additional drawings and information released for a fee. Full design service/custom design can be negotiated. Email beauregard.francois@yahoo.com.

Also, I have plans to release this image as an artist's print, possibly in a medium size format ( 16x24?) and a very large size format. Prints will be on heavy archival art paper printed with archival inks, supervised, signed and numbered by me, and mailed in a tube. Contact me for info and pricing. Note: I may adding a bit to this image, or changing it, but you will see the final version before I mail a print.

Technique: Drawings executed with various Faber-Castell pencils, usually HB to 6H. Floor plans executed completely by hand on tracing paper over graph paper in scale 1/8" = one foot. Perspective portrait drawing done completely by hand, no computer modeling. 

Enjoy!
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flynn1978 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014
Amazing stuff!!  Perfect as a replacement for a hobbit hole!  If Bilbo didn't have his hole in the ground, he would have picked this!! :D
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014
I hope he can qualify for a big mortgage.
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Wingnut55 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
you have a very pleasing style, in the spirit of the Arts and Crafts Movement. very absorbing to look at.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
Yes! Glad you noticed. Arts and crafts is a big influence and source of ideas.
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juhhmi Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks very cosy! The facade has lots of details which keep you interested for a long time!
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
And keeps me interested in drawing them he he...
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SoulcolorsArt Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really a dream house, love it.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
Thank you...
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GaabySantos Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful :wow:
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
Gracias...
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GaabySantos Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome :aww:
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Lynnfly Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Very well done!!!!
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
Thank you...
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Lynnfly Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You're very welcome!
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Amyln Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
Beautiful as always!
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
Thanks Amlyn...
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MitchMitton Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
I once was asked if I consider myself as a master cfraftsman and I answered a craftsmans title was enough. I think you would be a Master Architect by any standrd. The ability to put a dream on paper in such a historic way that creates desire in possible owners is just part of your talent. From just this front view the livability of the house rushes out to grab and take root.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
"Putting a dream on paper." Bingo! I'm sure you ARE a master craftsman. I'm trying out for a different position on the team: master DRAFTSman. he he...Thanks for the always inciteful thoughts, you always "get it" Mitch...
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MBNaveed Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
This is a dream. Lovely I could literally look at this all day.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
Thanks MB that's a nice thought...Maybe I'll make it my new desktop screen...
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MBNaveed Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
It would be awesome if you made a virtual village with all these sketches placed in it.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
Well, I AM working on combining the homes into a "neighborhood." Architects like Bertram Goodhue (early 20th century American?) kept sketchbooks of imaginary villages. He did an Italian one and, I believe, a middle eastern one, based on Persian desert architecture and water systems. Great exercise!
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MBNaveed Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
No doubt! Would love to see your final product seriously that would be worth ordering a print of, but then most of your sketches are!
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
Well, Mitch wants a print too. Maybe I should get serious and try to work up some kind of modest prices. Mitch lives a couple hours away, but you, pal, sheesh! what's the shipping situation to Pakistan?? expensive maybe? I suppose the reliability is okay?
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MBNaveed Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
Well if its just a print...they'll let it go by lol. But if its a gadget or anything then you're looking at "lost packages" =P

Shipping doubles the price last time I checked but that can be managed because my best friend lives in Westlake, Ohio so there's always the option of sending it to him. He usually has family coming over once in a while and comes over every year or two years so getting that through him won't be an issue.

It would look awesome as a map type thing. Like the shire or something plus it would be just an amazing study tool.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
I just heard the "Lost Package" story about shipping to Mexico. Okay, thanks, I'll keep you posted. I almost need to do a poll and see what specifically people might want as a print. Westlake is Cleveland, I know it well. I'm from Detroit.
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