Saturday, September 10, 2011

ICF Castle (Scott's Castle)

Scott's Castle

At last, someone has really built a castle of sorts using ICFs.  they obviously didn't do this themselves, but some folks have asked about building a castle with ICF materials, so here's proof it can be done.  The structure here is  over 11,000 square feet, so this is not an inexpensive venture.  Photo from site.

Castles for sale

Just for fun I think I'll post these here.  There are several castle like homes for sale, and several serious castles as well.  If you have a spare million or more burning a hole in your pocket you could have one of your very own.  Some of them are pretty neat from a architectural and historical view, and all of them are just cool to look at.

Landoll's Mohican Castle

I don't know if I would call this a castle or if it's an owner built castle, but it reminds me of Castle Rogue's Manor in style so I'll mention it here anyway.  Landoll's Mohican Castle is in Ohio, not too far from Columbus, and can be retained for events, getaways and various functions.  Looks quite pretty and it would be a neat place to have a look at.  Some of the interior pictures look like they put quite a bit of effort into the look and design, but I hate to say that some of the look has been overdone to the point of being "touristy" if you know what I mean.

Castle Northmoor

Castle Northmoor has been built by Harlan Shaver and is near Kansas City.  Looks like he started the project in the early '80s.  Not a whole lot of information about the project itself, but the tower looks like an addition to a normal house.  The article here implies that Mr. Shaver built most or all of the structure himself.  Pretty cool castle turret!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Unknown Michigan Castle

 A castle in Michigan 

Found this castle on another castle aficionado's website.  I don't know anything about it other than what is posted on the page.  The photo here is from their site.

Flex-c-ment - Simulated Stone

I really hope we can swing an honest stone exterior, even if it means using "fake" stone blocks of cement to get the look.  I generally despise fake stone as it tends to look like exactly what it is - fake.  Monochromatic and repetitive tiling is also a drawback of that type of material.  Obviously some of these man-made materials can look quite good, but you can approach the cost of real stone with the higher end materials.  Here's something I happened across while doing a search for castles on the web, it's called Flex-c-ment and it uses a pressed-in pattern for creating the stone look.  They even have wood patterns too, which I thought was a nice touch for getting the rustic look without the rot.  It's up to the installer to refine the look and add good coloration to get the best out of the end product.  If they had classes to do this I'd consider using this method of getting the look without too much expense.  Searching the internet for faux stone or the like returns several manufacturers making the materials, perhaps there is an upsurge in popularity for this kind of facade.