Here are some more pictures and floor plans of HOTR reader James’ 23,000 square foot French inspired digitally designed mansion.

From James – I ended up with 8 bedroom suites each about 500 sq.ft. The master suite is 1,200 sq.ft. There are 11 bathrooms and 3 half baths. On the first floor there is a two story ballroom , two story library, billiards room, spa, gym, locker rooms, bar room, conservatory, theater, 3 dining rooms, family room with large open kitchen, 5 car garage, reception room and large double staircase foyer. The second floor boast 2 sitting rooms, 8 bedrooms suites each with their own walk in closet and full bath. There  is also a craft room. The master suite has his and hers walk in closets, large bathroom, covered patio and a secret room.

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  • Grrrowler

    Hi James –

    My old eyes don’t allow me to easily make out the labels on some of the rooms. Can you walk us through the floorplan?




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    • James

      Growler i am writing up a walk through right now ill post it soon i am sorry about the pics the kept going fuzzy on me 🙁




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      • James

        Grrowler i found a way to label th rooms and they are visible if you send me a email to jfcustomdesigns@gmail.com i could sent them to you so that Kenny dosent have to do a third post for me




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  • Otessa Regina Compton

    What an imagination. I would really like to see the interior, I hope that James does not keep us hanging. One of the sections on the upper level looks like an open outdoor cinema, where you have fresh air, while enjoying a movie and/or live performance. I will be keeping my telescope out for James and the decor.




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    • James

      Thanks Otessa i sent Kenny some interior pics but he did not post them… Sorry.

      But I could email you the interior pics 🙂 just send me a email to jfcustomdesigns@gmail.com




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  • Skylar

    Great imagination..what was your inspiration? I love architecture of all styles. I would just make a few adjustments to your lay-out( NOT being critical,just suggestions). There needs to be an informal “family” entrance such as a mud room area…currently you have a laundry room..I would put an outside door there and make it a mudroom instead of a laundry room and then have a laundry rm on the second level..all the suites are on the second floor anyway,so having the laundry rm up there makes more practical sense. The hallway between the two formal dining rooms needs to become a large formal butlers pantry. I would also relocate the gym and locker rooms to the finished basement, logistically having these areas in the vicinity of the ballroom is contradictory to the formality of this wing…instead I would make the locker rooms two massive male/female specific powder rooms for the guess attending the ballroom. And you could also utilize one of the other rooms as a large “coat check room” ..you would need something like this for the size of your ballroom, which looks like it could accommodate 100+ guess….




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    • James

      Skylar,
      I am very pleased you like my design… As for my inspiration… Well i have always loved French inspired mansions but none of them seemed “right” one day i was drawing and i came up with this huge boxy spider and i thought hey that looks like it could be a cool house plan so i took four of the legs off and made the other four wings to the house. Then i turned the 3D on and realized that its the perfect design for a French mansion! So thats how it begun! 🙂 thank you for the adjustment suggestions… The funny thing is that before i got on HOTR today i looked at my plan and u just hated the gym next to the ballroom and library and billiards room so i moved it there is now a 1,200 sq.ft. Pool house with a gym,lockers,and kitchen with a outdoor covered living space… I do not believe in putting basements or lower levels on French mansions because in the true French homes there is no walk out basement normally the basement if there is one is used for a kitchen and storage. I also like the feel of all the light coming in from being above ground and i feel that a gum can be dark enough already so why not make it as bright as possible (don’t want to make the guy seem like a dungeon if you know what I mean) 😉 i agree with you on the mudroom entrance idea and the relocation of the laundry room but this is why I placed the laundry room on the first floor instead of the second where all the suites are… Have you ever just HAD to run a load of laundry at night and you could hear the washer and or dryer running when you are trying to sleep? It gets quite annoying. So that why i placed the laundry rm away from the suites. You are pretty close to the capacity of the ballroom it can hold about 200 +- people according to my calculations and i have turned what used to be the gym into a parlor that connects to the ballroom so there is a nice flowing feel.

      Thank you so much for your feed back it really means a lot.

      James




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  • mac22

    Interesting layout of rooms. I like the overall exterior views so far. Just a comment or two. One thing that makes a house of this size function well is the overall circulation and the separation of service areas from living areas. Whether in a 17th century home or a 20th century Newport mansion or a mega-mansion today, owners tend to not want to constantly see and cross paths with servants, delivery people, the caterers and wait staff during social functions, etc., etc. While your design has lots and lots of corridors, hallways and circulation space, it seems that 90% of the central wing is devoted to just circulation alone, the area near the theatre and multiple diining rooms seems to funnel everyone through the same hallways, whether you are the owner, guest, caterer or house keeper. Also placing the kitchen and dining rooms on one side and the entertaining/ballroom areas on the other side of the structure, you almost have to provide 2 separate service areas, 2 delivery entries, 2 service courts and auxiliary catering kitchen, storage rooms, refrigerators/freezers, etc. to serve close to 200 people during a function/party. You need to look at and resolve the day-to-day circulation through the building and see if it makes sense and if it is functional. good luck




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    • James

      Hey Mac
      It’s funny you say that about how the ballroom is so far away I have added a butlers pantry where the theater is and placed the theater upstairs with a outdoor theater as well… The ballroom now has a catering kitchen. 🙂 with storage space
      🙂 I appreciate the comments 🙂 thank you




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  • Sam

    This is off topic but I have some floor plans I designed, how do I submit them to be posted on hotr?

    I have the plans on my website though, here is the link:

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-gi-TTXK-YZY/UHYdCTP_54I/AAAAAAAACnQ/93vC0OtnpbE/s1600/partialfloorplan1.jpg

    Hopefully this doesn’t get marked as spam and I can find the rest of the floor plans.




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    • James

      Sam

      You send Kenny a email with the attachment and if he likes it he will post it




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