House planning

Nick and I have been tossing ideas around recently about building a house. For a while we were quite keen on the idea of a Hacienda. We both really like the idea of building around a central courtyard, with a fountain and plantings and also the highish ceilings with exposed beams and the tilework and the covered walkways around the courtyard.

But with the horrible weather recently we’re wondering if we shouldn’t rather look to a more northern european style and we’re now talking more about a great hall with tower kind of configuration. Of course we can use elements of both. But the idea of a large space that could be cleared out for medium sized SCA events and could be used as general living space, maybe with some dividers is very attractive. So we’ve been looking around for information and found this castle magic website – a bit out of our $$ limit but a good source of ideas.