Architectural Design

Imagine your dream house. Would you have a swimming pool? Stables for your horses? A gym, or two separate laundry rooms?

If you purchased Rylee’s house, “The Grand”, you could have them all, PLUS a bonus room. “The bonus room is like the kids’ extra room,” Rylee said. “The kids can play and hang out.”

Rylee’s mom, Maisee, was partial to Rylee’s kitchen design and the coveted craft room – a designated space for crafting, building, and being creative. “My favorites are the kitchen and the craft room,” Maisee said.

Rylee created her dream home in the class Architectural Design. In the process, she learned that architectural design is more difficult than she realized.

“It’s actually pretty hard,” she said. “I started by looking at some plans and made a floor plan. Then we actually have to build the walls and the inside.”

The most difficult aspect of the project came during construction of the model of the home. “I’d say building the inside walls was the hardest,” she said, “because it takes a long time to stand them up and to make sure they’re in the right place.”

Rylee set her home on 11 acres of land in Andover (where she currently lives). “I kind of wanted horses, a fire pit, and a pool,” she said, so the acreage was important.

Ella’s Norwegian Modern Tower House is set, as you’d expect, in Norway. “It’d be really cool to have it there in the forest and also near the ocean,” said the architect.

Ella was inspired by the homes in Norway, but wanted to be creative and do something unexpected. “I chose my own unique design,” she said. That design includes a 3 1/2-story tower that houses a library, all the way up. A spiral staircase curves through the 3-plus floors that are lined with hundreds of books.

“In the basement, there’s mini golf and a coffee house,” Ella giggled. There is also a movie theater, game room, and a gym to keep occupants busy during those long, dark Norwegian winters.

Ella chose an alternative power source for her home. “I have solar power,” she said, pointing to the cardboard panels on the slanted roof. “I knew it’d get a lot of sun, especially since I have a shed-style roof.”

The biggest surprise on the property is a large indoor garden – part “normal”, part hydroponic. “In a hydroponic garden, instead of dirt, they’re grown in water,” Ella explained. “They actually take up less water and they’re more efficient,” she said about hydroponic plants.

That’s impressive, and all, but the feature I found most endearing was the roof chicken. Yes, a small, plastic chicken, straddling the peak of the roof like a feathery crown jewel.

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