Friday Funday: Seriously -- Why not a small castle for your dream home?

By Dan Gregory

Medieval meets modern in this new plan, one of many unique designs to fit any home fantasy. Plan 64-235

If you're a fan of Game of Thrones, this 4 bedroom 2.5 bath castle keep, Plan 64-235 by Dan Tyree, might be just the thing! Behind the stone exterior is a modern layout with ample amenities -- like a large kitchen island, a home office, and an elevator -- so you don't need to worry about where put the Nespresso machine or the flat screen TV. 

The "Watch" is actually a spacious balcony deck off the "Great Hall" so you can enjoy the breeze while your survey the surrounding countryside (and keep track of any vassals in the area).  The house wraps around a lightwell over the basement garage. The front door is beside the garage entry.

Or how about a 2 bedroom 2 bath one story house inspired by a country railroad depot, as in Plan 547-2 by Prairie Wind Architecture.

All on one level, it's a very efficient plan with the great room at the center between the master suite on one

side and the guest suite on the other. There's a clever home office between the great room and the master suite that can be closed off with sliding doors. Just add a deck along one side and you can say: "All aboard!"

A very different way to go would be to draw inspiration from classical architecture, like Greek Revival houses and banks from the early 19th century, with their stately Doric columns and handsome porticoes, as in Plan 492-8.

This 3 bedrom 3.5 bath plan by designer Michael Curtis, who is also a classical sculptor, has a very 

contemporary layout with a kitchen dining area -- including an eating and food prep island -- that opens to a spacious deck.

These designs all offer practical solutions to modern living -- but with a little extra architectural zing to make a house that's both livable and memorable.

To see a collection of other unusual and unique house plans, including a replica of the White House, click here. 


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