Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Front Facade - Initial Rendering

Just wanted to update you about continued progress on the mega-mansion. 

Currently, the ground and second floor designs have been completed.  I am overall very happy with the layout and the use of space. For a change of gears, I have decided to start working on the exterior design elements, and have just completed the front facade. 

I want the entire feel of the home to be of "old world" character, and, as such, you won't find any modern elements on the exterior facade.  I love French Second Empire (Napoleon III style) architecture, and think this mansion is worthy of that styling.  As I may have mentioned before I love symmetry, and the home is largely symmetrical with the exception of minor deviations in the East and West wings. 

(Please click the image for a larger view)

The exterior is sheathed with limestone.  The front entry is flanked by twenty-four foot (24') high columns, which provide a grand first impression.  A large window sits atop the front entry which is capped with a rounded lintel.  The lintels are repeated on some of the second story windows.  The heavy balustrades provide a sense of strength to the overall exterior appearance.  Fluted pilasters finish off exterior corners, adding a delicate touch.  The roof is yet to be completed, but will feature a Mansard roof.

Your comments would be most appreciated!

(The image was created using Chief Architect, amazing software with virtually unlimited possibilities!  I would love to try out the new software, Chief Architect X3)