Originally Posted by AirBenji
Ok Mark - come out of the theater for a few minutes and show us those final photos!
Ben, thanks for giving me a little push. I am back obsessing on the house again. I have been holding some pictures of the outside of the house until I had all of the inside pictures done. It will be another week until I get them so I thought I would share a couple pictures of the outside. I hope this does not offend any of the guys who just want to see audio stuff. I know I like to see pictures of other peoples stuff just in case I can steal a good idea or two
This picture is my favorite outdoor picture. It is 2:35 to 1
because the photograper stitched two photos together. He had pictures of the house and then of the garage but I wanted to see both together. We have 4 acre's where my brother, mom, and I have homes............a family compound so to speak. There is a 8' tall concrete wall around our property so it gives that feeling.
I do want to note that the garage was designed FIRST and then the architecture of the house was taken from the garage. My real dream was to build a castle looking house but the construction would be been astronomical so I settled for an "Old World" look. I did want to have towers like a castle so they became square instead of round. Square looked better and also easier to build, decorate, ect. The tower in the garage was originally designed to go to a second floor apartment but we decided to keep the apartment on the first floor. The tower is 10 x 10 and became the bedroom. The ceiling in there is 22 feet tall so it was a pretty cool place to sleep. My wife and I lived in the garage for almost 2 years. The first year while building my mom's place and the second year to build the home you see pictured. What a blessing it was to live right next door to my old build. We more or less designed both structures. Yes, we did have two architects to put our ideas on paper. Florida has very stringent building codes. Altough I am not a licensed contractor I acted as the general contractor...............all of the subs were top notch so they pretty much bailed me out in terms of knowing exactly what to do.
Big grand Oak trees make the setting
As you can see some of these photo's have been enhanced. This is the back of the home. We built about 200 feet of 6 foot tall retaining wall between the pond, house, and garage.