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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 )
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SolatrumMortale Featured By Owner May 20, 2015
O.O Wow..... If ever my dream of building my own house comes true, you, sir, are hired!!
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Built4ever Featured By Owner May 21, 2015
Thanks, I'll be here waiting!
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Jewbakah Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015
I adore this house. Did you ever finish the floor plan?
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015
Not really, it's very challenging at the upper levels. Not sure if it's a good idea. Better to re-design it a bit.
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Jewbakah Featured By Owner Edited Mar 6, 2015
I can see why it would be challenging. It strikes me as a more refined version of the Burrow from Harry Potter (you know, if they hadn't had magic and had to follow the rules of physics). If you have anything preliminary that you haven't posted, I'd love to see it. Practicality isn't really a concern of mine at this point.
The shape is everything I've always wanted to see in a house and I am excited to see progress on it if you continue :)

**EDIT**

It occurred to me that you might want to know why I want the rest of this house. I'm involved in evaluating BIM software, and while they're all designed for "easy" things like squared off office buildings with simple angles, if they're going to be worth their cost they need to work on projects with interesting shapes too. That's my official reason for the request. Personally, House 500 has become my dream house (in general appearance) and I want to build it in SketchUp.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015
A guy on the west coast was attempting a REAL architectural model, but it's horribly complicated. You saw the cutaway version in the gallery? Yes, I build 3D sketchup models a lot now, getting better at curves and complex surfaces, but not great. I assumed that Chief Architect had severe limitations that wouldn't work well with my more advanced cottage designs. I'm very interested in BIM systems, they could be the future, especially if they calculate materials and static/dynamic forces on a building. Instant beam engineering as you draw!! Wow.

Since you evaluate this stuff for a living (yes?) maybe we could work something out. I'm very tight for time. The other guy wanted more drawings of 500 but I just struggled to find play time, plus it's complicated. However, if this was for a company, they might find a tiny bit of pay for ol' Built4ever, then we could sink our teeth into it. You're certainly welcome to try a model of it though, independent of any other involvement from me.  

Also, outside of 500, I'd certainly like to learn some more about BIM. Open to chatting about it.
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Jewbakah Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015
I wish I were in a position to make that call, but with the abundance of full free plans available, my bosses would never go for it. 
I'm happy to chat about BIM though. As a company we focus on commercial applications, but they would also be viable options for residential architecture.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015
Let's say we have a complex roof structure, like an octagonal roof over a turret, with a flare at the bottom. It blends into a Victorian style roof on the main house. How does the program deal with that? Does it simulate the rafters and rafter size (say, 2x6 or 2x8?) Calculate materials? (rafter lengths, waste, collar ties at top, and the flares?) Heh see where I'm headed?? Wondering how it deals with that stuff.
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Jewbakah Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015
It depends on which program you're working with. Typically, though, if you can build it in AutoCAD or Revit, you can build it/import it into most of these other programs. Its a long a tedious process, but it can be done.
I'm sorry for the long delay in answering.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015
No prob. Yeah, if it's too complicated to go between then hmmmm.... but what about just trying to design something complex IN that program?
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guardiannnangel Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014
I love the mountain top in the back left. Looks a bit like Monument Valley or Devils Tower, or is it inspired from Sedona, AZ?
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014
I just drove through monument valley one month ago!
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guardiannnangel Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014
oh my gawd would I love to be involved with something like this.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014
Challenging to get a floor plan to work.
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TheOgresBlessing Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are my new hero!
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lifeofliam Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
i love it :D
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sanityhorse Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful!
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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:
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wytherwing Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
outstanding pencil work and a well-deserved DD!  :thumbsup:
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
Thank you sir. How goes it? Haven't "seen" you in a while he he...
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wytherwing Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013
you're very welcome ;)
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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.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
Architects aren't as popular as comic book artists and guys who take pictures of nekkid ladies.
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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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Built4ever Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013
Absolutely. It's not fine art, but it's not scientific either...
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mimeflayer Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
I'd love to live there! Nicely drawn, like all of your stuff!
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njanna Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the little details :)
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MachinesBleedToo Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This is so gothic and old looking; I love it. Houses with this kind of setup are my favourite- in world of warcraft there's an area that's filled with architecture like this called Gilneas. 

Also I really love how much info you've given us in the descripto- I wish more artists did that. It's insightful.

I love the shadows and the way you separated the middle and background among all that detail. I AM SO JEALOUS I love buildings but I am balls at drawing them. :/ And perspective, which is like WHAT THEY ARE MADE OF ahaha. 

Fav'd and grats on well deserved DD!
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
Thanks. It's tricky to use "middle tones" and separate out shadows and backgrounds.
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
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SuicuneSol Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
That is an awesome house. I'm already thinking about where I would put my bedroom.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
Master suite on second floor to the right?
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srcpcsoha Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Congrats on the DD! Have a good day!
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ChocolateSun Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
What a design. Congratulations on the Daily Deviation!
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J-Henrique-S Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great!
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AllThingsPrecious Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh, this is just lovely! I want that house!
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DeadloveCalling Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Student Writer
Gorgeous! Living here would be a dream :)
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KeplerNova Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I want that house!
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
It's a deal! Now, just go and start a software company and get back to me in 3 years.
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Jason-C Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'd love to live in a house like this!  :O
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AquaGalaxy Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
congratulations on the DD ! >W<
awesome!
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TheSistineApple Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
Great detail and design! Congrats on the well deserved DD! :happybounce: 
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Sparkrena Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
ok. that's it I'm marrying a contractor just so I can get him to build the blessed house!
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
OHHHH now there's a smart one! Why just dream it when we can build it? Make sure he's got 4 million to blow. Or 5 million.
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MilleCuirs Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is not a house!! This is madness!! Love it!
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KlarkKentThe3rd Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
Damn that's a fine living place.
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joekr9 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
Oh, I just love this. It's certainly a place I'd love to live, or even just to visit.
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Spaghetti-Mayhem Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
Great work! I'd love to live in a house like that! The detail here is just phenomenal. =D
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Cyndrome Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very beautiful! I'm absolutely amazed! 
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