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Proposed Custom Home, Front Elevation by Built4ever Proposed Custom Home, Front Elevation by Built4ever
House #345  built4ever.deviantart.com/art/… has been accepted by a client in an old suburb of Chicago, and is now in the final stages of planning before we send the plans to an architectural review board. We spent a month designing this home, spending many hours on the phone and by e-mail discussing and perfecting the plans. We now have first and second floor plans, full basement, a site plan, all elevations, and some cross sections done. We are now contacting landscaping design, site engineering, and the general contractor for additional plans and input. After approval by the board, we hope to start construction in Spring.

I am especially proud of this home. It's one of my favorites, and I'm happy to have the opportunity to actually get it built. We stayed very true to original intent and proportions of the concept sketch. I posted those here more than a year ago. We hope to execute all the exterior details as drawn. The interior will be beautiful too of course, with arts and crafts style cabinets and woodwork, painted and stained wood paneling, hardwood floors throughout, beamed ceilings, and more. Master suite is upstairs, but there's a mini master suite on the first floor. Client wanted maximum backyard space so we chose a garage position next to the house on the left. There's a small wood shop behind the garage.

Technical: This is a completely hand-drawn front elevation drawing, no drafting tools, drawn in scale 1/8" = one foot. It just barely fits on an 11" wide paper. I use see-through drafting vellum, drawing over 1/8" scale graph paper. Mostly H, 4H, and a little HB pencil, kept very sharp. I indicate shadows lightly to give depth.
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hendersonrose92 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  New member
This is a pretty sick design. The roofs are different than what's typical and I love it! I also like how the chimney stands out. I'd like to see a 3D model of this eventually or something. Would you be able to do something like that?
 
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
I modeled parts of it already. Your right! I should!
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
Oh, checked yer link, you do design in the great white north? I bet you have some crazy numbers for R-values vs. us here. If you want to talk shop, feel free. Canada has high standards for building codes and energy usage, I'm always interested in learning...
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Realmwright Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Bury this in a hillside and it would make for an awesome two-car Hobbit hole :)
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014
I'll tell the client that somebody accused them of being a hobbit family.
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Nebride7 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
This is a stunning home!  Love the design.  Congratulations that it will soon be built! 
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013
Thanks glad you like...
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carol-colors Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
:flowerpot: I included this in my journal here:  carol-colors.deviantart.com/jo… ... I hope that you don't mind, but if you do, please let me know.
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TheDeathDayz Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i want it ;A;
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TimMcJimFromPl Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
Beautiful.
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Skoshi8 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
A good design for heavy rain country, like the Pacific Northwest.
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
Heh, yes indeed, it's no desert home he he...
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Perliquin Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
cant wait to see it built
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
I hope, to early yet, but we will know in coming months...
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James-the-Desert Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Congratulations! I still dream of your homes all the time.
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
Dream it, then make it real!
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MitchMitton Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
I am really glad we meet, you bring new and exciting concepts and drawings into my life. Merry Christmas to you and your family
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
Thanks Mitch. Listen, I want to ask you a coupla questions about cost on some "sculptural" architectural features. One of these days, I might have a gig for you. 
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MitchMitton Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Fire away. Remember I have a carving machine and that helps bring cost with in reason. I can tell you how much some past stuff went for or bid on new stuff. My real email is mitchmitton@gmail.com
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013
Take a look at Num3. It has a big carved piece at the top, maybe 15' across and 10' high, big baroque decorative thing. What material? How would you make it? What sort of price range? Who would install it if it was five states away? built4ever.deviantart.com/art/…
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MitchMitton Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
Ok I am confused, I see the drawing for the house in Chicago, on this note but what is number 3? Are there more drawings? 
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
Did you see the link at the end of my last comment for a page in my gallery? Storefronts? 
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MitchMitton Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional General Artist

Ok you know the old terracotta elements from the past? I think that store could be done in foam with a good 1/4" over of either fiberglass or the spray on hard coat. I units, not as small as the old stuff with lots of seams but at major design points maybe 12 units.

So if building is wood or steel stud with plywood and stucco skin then with just some scaffolding and my friend form the past we could install. An exposed attic space would be good. If not then it could be all external with hidden fasteners. Public price here maybe 75,000. I said to contact me through my email for that reason.

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Built4ever Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
So then it's basically painted? You use some sort of high quality epoxy paint? What if we wanted a stucco look and feel? Is that possible? HEH, now the real question: How much for real carved stone?
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MitchMitton Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Professional General Artist

If it is one of the design elements from your 'Town' and those are the only things that come close to that scale then;

I would make a pattern from foam and pull fiberglass molds. I would then produce Fiber glass reinforced concrete casting with front and back filled with blown foam and stainless steel lifting eyes and attachment points. The reason is that if you are thinking Chicago then weather is a big factor and life cycle also. A resin coated element takes a lot of upkeep.

Concrete can be produced with lots of high strength and various fillers that will be both somewhat light and very strong.

Also in the windy city you would have to have a union crane and installers do the work, the rest of us could only watch.....

 

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MitchMitton Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Professional General Artist

If you do not want this to show up for everyone to see send to my personal email.

 

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cogwurx Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
This is exciting! Where in Chicago is this being built??Can't wait to see interiors and the final results of construction.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
North lake shore suburb is all I can say! Old established beautiful area. We have several months before pending approval, and they are very strict, so we hope for the best. I'm also doing work in far southwest Chicagoland too for a builder there. Safe to say I'll be travelling to Chicago next year some time.
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cogwurx Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
I think I know the suburb, I grew up in the area so it's pretty cool to know that you are going to have a house designed by you constructed there. Can't wait to see the completed structure. Are you going to be posting floor plans?
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
Not sure yet. Depends if client okays it. We'll see.
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abriy Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Fantastic! This house is sure to brighten up the neighborhood :)
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usielx Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
wow! 

is there a way to learn this kind of stuff with models more simple?
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
HMMM What do you mean exactly?
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:iconusielx:
usielx Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
well those house have loots of details!

is it possible to learn do that in a simple way?
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
To model it? Not easily. Each detail is different. 
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usielx Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013
ohhh!!

ok!
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usielx Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
lots*
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nmystery Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
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i love the design so much 
it would be such a beautiful house 
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MrEd301 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Very nice!! I'm sure the completed house will do your drawings justice!
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
If they pick an excellent builder!
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:iconartweak:
artweak Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
Nice house! I'm glad you are still uploading more nice art!
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
Very busy here in last month, I'm working overtime. I might post some other nice stuff I'm working on...

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artweak Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
Great!
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fallonclarke Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
This looks absolutely beautiful.  Exactly the type of home I'd like to own eventually.  Keep up the awesome work!!
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
Very nice. :winner:
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quicksilverstudios Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
Lovely home.  Look forward to seeing pictures of the finished house when the time comes.
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