Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Here's a castle being built by the owner using AAC blocks. It's called Uhuburg Castle. It seems to exist on Facebook only as far as a website goes, but you can see a lot of pictures of the construction process without needing an account. There seem to be quite a few new castles popping up on the web, I'm not sure if it's a desire for publicity or a sign of economic improvement. The vast majority are of the concrete block construction with a flat front and flanking round turrets at the corners. I can't tell if they're owner built, likely not, so I'm not featuring them here. A visit to the DuPont Castle website will have a good listing of them. At any rate, this is the only castle being built with AAC block that I know of.
Monday, May 6, 2013
A 3-view set of renders from another idea I had. This incorporates everything I could wish to have in a relatively normal kind of building style. Even so, this might require some lottery winnings to complete. The house itself is likely doable, as well as the garage. The extra out buildings however, may be a stretch. One is a mother-in-law, the other is a small work studio. Not even shown is the gate house from this castle I designed a while back that I would incorporate into the long driveway from the main public road. All told, easily approaching or possibly exceeding a million dollars. So far out of our ballpark it's not even funny. But you never know. Maybe I'll be able to slowly build some or all of the extras myself, that would slash the price to whatever the materials are and that would cut the price of those projects by more than half. The price in personal time is another story. Anyway, enjoy the Sketchup work and Thea Renders.
Saturday, April 6, 2013
I found this interesting video on YouTube covering the building of a stone bridge in 13 days for $13,000 and with a crew of 5. Now, I must confess that this bridge isn't a "true" stone bridge made with fitted pieces, abutments and keystones and all that, but one can see that adapting an honest facade to the method used in this video could net a fully functional bridge that looked like a proper finely crafted stone bridge rather than the rubble-style used here. Perhaps a similar technique could be used for the walls of your castle? Who knows, there may be many possibilities!