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European Manor style

From a collection of favorite villas."A man's home is his castle," the expression goes.

And for many , the ideal home really does resemble a castle with stonework, rounded turrets, and even gated entries. The style is especially popular .

European homes feature multiple roof lines and gables, imparting the look and feel of a castle. The exterior may be stone, brick, stucco, or a combination of several materials.

Lot size is a given for the style consisting of garage buildings seperate from the main building connected by the stylish port de cochere roof line.A private enclave.

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Today, however, north americans tend to hold on to a romantic view of castles.

Perhaps that's because of princess fairy tales and the image of the Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World. All style and virtually no defensibility, its whimsy and charm are infectious.

The Disney castle is said to be inspired by the elaborate Neuschwanstein Castle that Bavaria's 'Crazy' Prince Ludwig II built in the 19th century. Ludwig had a reputation for living in a fantasy world and creating overly elaborate structures.

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Building Terms

  • Arches. Entrances are often recessed and framed by arches. Arches are curved constructions which span an opening.

  • Balustrade. A balustrade is a low railing made of stone, wood, metal, glass, or other materials and designed to prevent falls from roofs and other elevated architectural areas.

  • Buttress. Buttresses appear as decorative elements in some Collegiate Gothic buildings. A buttress is an exterior support projecting from the face of a wall and serving either to strengthen it or toresist the thrust created by the load on an arch or a roof.

  • Dormer. A dormer is a window set upright on a sloping roof; sometimes this term refers to the actual roof of such a projected window.

  • Drainage spout. Drainage spouts are often elongated and decorated in Gothic Revival buildings. A decorated water spout projecting from a building is one meaning of the term 'gargoyle'.

  • Fenestration. Window treatment. Gothic style buildings often have elaborate fenestration.

  • Finial. A decoration on the point of a spire, pinnacle, or conical roof.

  • Entrances. Principle entrances in buildings of this style are often recessed and arched.

  • Quoin. Hard stone or brick used, usually decoratively, to reinforce an external corner. Rustic quoins are often used in this style.

  • Windows. Bay windows (windows that project outward) are characteristic of this style


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Bob Seabrook has over 40 years experience in ICI and Residential construction. A past member of the Canadian Construction Association, building for Fortune 100 companies and private individuals , working with owners, architects, designers, and engineers.
His customers receive help with specifications, samples, prototypes, and budgets. more here.


  • Total sqft 6274

  • Main Floor 4536

  • Second Floor 1938

  • Garage 1209

  • Porch 324

  • Bedrooms 5

  • Bathrooms 8

  • Levels 2

  • Garage Stalls 4

  • Bldg. Width 112'

  • Bdlg. Depth 82'

  • Ceiling Ht 11',9'

  • Roof Pitch 10:12 8:12


  • storage area

  • oversized garage

  • great room

  • loft / balcony

  • covered rear porch

  • suited for view lot

  • kitchen island

  • unfinished basement

  • courtyard

  • hobby / rec room

  • walk-in closet

  • breezeway

  • master sitting area

  • peninsula/eating bar

  • volume/vaulted ceiling

  • main floor master bedroom

  • butler's pantry

  • guest suite

  • family room

  • nook / breakfast area

  • rear garage

  • suited for corner lot

  • friend's entry

  • walk-in pantry

  • den/office/computer

  • open floor plan

the foundation

  • A house needs a foundation to shoulder its considerable weight,

  • provide a flat and level base for construction

  • to separate wood-based materials from contact with the ground.

  • contact that would otherwise cause rot and allow termite infestation.

choosing your lot

  • Investigating a lot is a fundamental and challenging activity in the organization and execution of construction projects.

  • It is a step-by-step process that includes soil testing, identifying environmental concerns, and how utilities will run within the home.

  • Each step will be carefully investigated and eventually will go through a process of approval, and finally put into action.

  • It is important to select your lot wisely because site conditions affect your design and the cost to build it.

  • Soil testing is an important tool in identifying and developing efficient soil for a construction site.

  • A soil test provides basic information on the composition of the soil and its ability to support a structure; as well as the absorption and drainage rate of the soil.

  • The absorption rate will give homeowners an idea on how well the soil will accommodate septic and water. The type of soil on your site will determine the drainage rate.

  • Keep in mind: sands and gravel drain better than clays and silts.


  • adding on to your home or remodeling it, you only have one opportunity to do it right.

  • plan This is one of your best investments and easiest ways to avoid mistakes you might regret in the future.

  • insulation It is almost always cost-effective to exceed building energy and insulation codes.

  • piping To reduce energy and water waste and keep your hot water warmer in between uses, insulate hot water pipes along their entire length.

  • plumbing To save water, reduce hot water distribution losses, and get you the hot water quicker, install low flow toilets, showerheads and faucet aerators.

  • siding and roofing Side and roof with light-colored materials to reduce heat gain.

  • ventilation Locate operable windows or vents both high and low so that excessive warm air can escape naturally.

  • water heater Get a well-insulated unit when buying a conventional model. Set your thermostat no higher than 120 degrees.