The amazing, yet often frustrating, thing about the internet is that if you dream it, you can probably find that someone has done it. In the “good ol’ days” if you thought of something new and unique, chances were you wouldn’t have to compete with anyone because no one had access to world wide ideas. Now…well…we all know what it’s like now. You REALLY have to think outside the box (like about 5000 miles in every direction) to come up with something that someone else hasn’t already thought of. For designers and creators this is challenging in a good way and a bad way. For consumers it’s freaking AMAZING!
“I want a house in the shape of a fish with shingles that look like scales and a chimney that looks like a fishing hook.”
Done. fishhousemaster.com (or whatever)
In my quest to find interesting homes inspired by fantasy, I’ve found that I don’t really have to search too darned hard. That being said, just because a lot of people are doing it, it doesn’t mean they’re doing it well. Given that everyone has different tastes and ideas of what fantasy means to them, I would tell you now that I tend toward styles that are inspired by old European fantasy and Fairy tales. I know that there are worlds, realms really, of other fantastic ideas that depart fully from this and I promise to look into them in some future posts.
For now, however, I need to bring to your attention some architects and their plans that I found today. Their company is quite simply (and effectively) called Storybook Homes. They design what inspires them:
We love the whimsy and charm of both the Old-world Picturesque and Storybook style because they’re exciting, they’re entertaining, they can make us smile, and they ignite the imagination! They speak to our hearts and dazzle our eyes with their charm.
The creativity of their plans is sheer genius. So adorable and so whimsical. They also use salvaged materials to add to the authenticity of the old world look. You can buy full plans from them and they are drawn according to US building codes. I mention this, because you often find lovely, fantastical buildings that, if you ever tried to build them here in North America, they would never hold up to our strict building codes.
But that’s all technical stuff…who cares, right? We’re just dreaming here. Let’s look at some of their designs.
Have a look at the Storybook Homes website. It’s wonderfully set up with little storybooks within which to peruse the plans.
Until next time…dream on!