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New French Chateau, 15,000-40,000 SF with optional walk out basement, above and below

Current house under construction in NE Texas.  Exemplary detailing. Will be featured when complete.  See more photos here.

French Country Chateau, Chateau des Reves, at 14,000 Sf

Chateau des Reves: click image above for exclusive video of interior space

Spectacular Mediterranean Showcase Home


4,600 SF Feng Shui house in Austin, Texas


Villa Serena, Italian Villa Showcase Home

Creating the American Luxury Home Available now on CD- rom. (click below left) This is a history of the luxury home with sections on working with an architect and builder, style, modern and traditional approaches, etc.  Also, companion volume: Dream Home Design Questionnaire and Planning Kit (click right below, available as PDF file via email)

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Mediterranean Contemporary Florida style home

Unique Venetian Palazzo in Florida locale, description here

Beaux Arts style Mediterranean Estate at 8,500 SF, can be enlarged and customized

New: French Chateau design at 9,000 SF, above

New Greek Revival Villa

French Country Manor, see select interior photos below (first sketch at bottom page)and more Castles here

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The Palladian Villa, below, is in the design phase.  We are using photo-realistic CAD to show the overall proportions and details.

Additional images of the villa (above) are on our Portfolio page.  Click here to view our most recent work!

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Finished photographs of a 8,200 SF Mediterranean Revival home designed for a semi-custom client.   Schematic floor plans and Preliminary Elevations were given over to builder to complete.  Architect was not commissioned to provide details, working drawings, interiors, etc.  Contact builder, Shahid Ahmad, Contempo Design, at 407/ 876-4040 or 407/694-6088.  Schematic Plans available at Custom Plan SalesView floor plan here. See also Cyber Services.

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This charming Casa, inspired by homes on the Monterrey peninsula in California, is currently undergoing revisions in plan and elevation.  This is a good study of   how personal circumstance affects the Design Process, scheduling and the final construction.  The Client started the project with another architect, and then switched due to scheduling conflicts.  Originally planned for two lots overlooking a golf course and lake views, we went 95% into final drawings (construction documents).   Then the Client had a change in business plans (following approximately 18 months total in design and planning with both architects) and elected to build the 6800 SF plans on a ranch property in the Ynez Valley in California (with some modifications).  The initial Program called for a two-story plan of approximately 5,500 SF.  The wish list (when we were commissioned) resulted in real buildable area (AC space) of 6,500+ SF.  See variation of this plan here.

The first architect responded with a completely enclosed courtyard plan encircling a private pool.   We refined that idea, but then introduced a rear pool scheme when budget seemed to indicate a high cost for open beam construction under the porticos, opening up the front view (see above Concept Sketch) of the home to a partial courtyard, preferred by the Client.  The rear pool layout includes a BBQ and Guest Suite separated from the main structure, screened and surrounded by a privacy wall.  Views of the pool are better appreciated by the Great Room now, as well as views to the lake from the pool itself.   The Master Suite is upstairs with a Study and Media Room, with secondary nook work area.  An elevator is planned for convenience plus a dumb-waiter takes luggage up from the garages at right directly into the Master Closet, in order to minimize the effort of handling bags due to frequent business trips.  Cypress and mesquite wood headers, cabinets, and interior doors, beams, etc. blend with aged and faux-finished plaster over gypsum-board.  However....

As described previously, the Client decided not to build this version at all on the two lots purchased in this gated community.  He has now asked for a smaller home, less rambling and more economical, to be built on 1-1/2 of the two lots.  The most recent design is undergoing additional revisions! (to be continued) Architect's note: Original Project was finally cancelled but will be built in California.

Palm Beach Style Estate  (above)

French Provincial Design (below), under construction in Orlando, Florida.  Plans and description available on Page 3, Custom Plans.