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Portrait of House Number 500 by Built4ever Portrait of House Number 500 by Built4ever
Original design sketch for a steep roof pitch luxury mountain chalet depicted in a Western setting, maybe Colorado or New Mexico. In this design, I pushed roof design to the limit, allowing all kinds of eccentric ideas. Many, many influences on this style of home, including American storybook cottages, Queen Anne and other eccentric Victorian types, English Tudor and Northern France, French polychrome roof tiles, Scandinavian timber churches and buildings, especially roof and gable peak design, mountain architecture of the world, and more. Design exercises like this help me work out difficult and challenging compositions and roof structures. The floor plan would include many level changes and eccentricities. I'm assuming the master suite is up high, 2nd and 3rd floor, center right, a 2-story study might be in the ground floor room to the far right, living area in center to the rear, a guest bedroom to the center left, ground floor with the flower box under the window, kitchen to rear left, and laundry, mudroom, and garage to the left in an L-shaped wing going back (unseen.)

Materials include stone foundation over poured concrete, brick primary exterior material over 2x6 stud walls, judicious use of heavy timber frame elements throughout the house incorporated into the 2x6 framing, small areas of rough cast/stucco up high as well as wood siding, slate roofs with polychrome accents in ceramic tiles, and heavy use of wood paneling throughout the interior.

Drawing technique: This is a small pencil drawing about 9 inches square, primarily using 5H, 2H, H, and HB pencils with plenty of erasing on white vellum. If you look at "The Key to the Infinite Village,"[link] you will see this house in the background, right in the middle. I re-drew it larger and detailed it out as if it was a luxury home ready to be built for a special client somewhere out west in the U.S. Maybe 12 hours of sketch time total? Then scan to computer, darken a bit, and clean up.
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Given 2013-11-06
Portrait of House Number 500 by ~Built4ever is an amazing architectural illustration showcasing great imagination and skill. ( Suggested by Elandria and Featured by pica-ae )
TheOgresBlessing Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are my new hero!
lifeofliam Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
i love it :D
sanityhorse Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
What a fantastic design!  I wonder who would live there--this wonderful house is a story unto itself!  Congratulations on your DD! :clap:
wytherwing Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
outstanding pencil work and a well-deserved DD!  :thumbsup:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
Thank you sir. How goes it? Haven't "seen" you in a while he he...
wytherwing Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013
you're very welcome ;)
Everch Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Congrats on the DD. Despite having been on dA for two years now, you're the first actual architect I've seen.
Built4ever Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
Architects aren't as popular as comic book artists and guys who take pictures of nekkid ladies.
Everch Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Perhaps they should be. I admit that when I joined dA I had a much stricter definition of what I considered art. Architecture wouldn't have been part of it. But I realize more and more that other mediums are just as creative as my own. You certainly can't draw something like this with pure technical skill but no creativity.
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