Plan F, Design No. 18
Certain universal features of Oriental architecture have here been blended to create a residence having a pronounced eastern flavor. The rectilinear outlines featuring the easily perceived dimensions of frame construction are common to traditional domestic architecture of Japan; the deeply overhanging eaves, supported by energetic brackets, are redolent with the influence of China and Korea; the richly pointed silhouettes formed by ridge boards having elaborately turned ends recall Siam; and lastly, the soothing serenity of a private courtyard -- all these combine to harmoniously create a powerfully exotic, exciting home.
Blueprints may be ordered for these plans; see the bottom of this website for details.
Ideally, the house would benefit were the main turret constructed another 8-12' in height, but it has been designed this way in consideration of the fact that most communities today have much stricter height limits than was possible to do in the nineteenth century. If you live in an area where a taller turret would be permitted, the architect suggests you do so.
COMMISSIONED BUILDINGS and Working Drawings of any of the PRELIMINARY DESIGNS shown on this website: Working Drawings for original and unique home designs may be commissioned for a fee of $3,750. Please include your telephone number and, if possible, an email address. The process involves one or more revisions containing custom changes to the plans you ask for and which will be sent to you for your review and approval. Sometimes the first version hits the nail on the head; sometimes the second. Occasionally it takes three tries before the plan is exactly the way you like it. The architect needs to call and consult with you while these requests are accommodated. The architect doesn't 'nickle-and-dime' his clients to death - three re-designs are included but clients may be asked for an addition $275 fee for a fourth, fifth (etc.) additional re-design. Clients are advised to carefully examine and be certain of the design they are about to approve and to Ok the beginning of working drawings for; in this office plans are carefully drawn the traditional way, in ink on vellum. Last minute changes are very difficult to do on highly detailed, even somewhat ornate plans (called 'plates' in architectural parlance) drawn using waterproof india ink. All decisions should take place during the preliminary design stage, and approval to go ahead should be withheld until you are completely satisfied with the design. The architect will consult with you numerous times and for great lengths of time during the process as may be necessary. The retainer to begin the job is $1,500 with the balance due upon completion just prior to the blueprints being mailed. Each job usually takes two to three weeks. Jobs are done in the order in which they are received. If there are several jobs being worked on and there is any anticipated delay in starting yours, the architect will call and let you know so you can decide whether or not you wish to wait.Interested persons should telephone my office at (718) 987-2853. Please ask for the office manager.
ARCHITECTURAL RENDERINGS:The architect can capture your residence or other favorite building in an original artwork similar to those found in 'The Affordable House' publication. Drawn using fine-point quill pens, rapidographs and waterproof india ink on heavy weight drawing paper measuring roughly 12' x 15" (it depends on the building being drawn) with considerable cross-hatching and delicate pochè and containing intricate detail in the manner of ages past. The cost for such original artwork is $575. Several clear photographs, with one marked as being the angle you wish to have the building drawn from, along with a $200. retainer should be sent to the Staten Island office; a small copy of the work (establishing that it has been completed) will be sent within a week or so. Upon our receipt of the balance, the artwork will be immediately shipped to the address you specify. Contact our office at (718) 987-2853 if you have any questions.
TO THE READER: No matter how modest, the construction of any home is an expensive and stressful undertaking; remember to keep your eye on your goal. I wish you the best of luck, and a long and enjoyable tenure in your new residence. Architect David J. Carnivale
I was born and raised in the restored village of Richmondtown on Staten Island, a 100 acre site with 30 buildings dating from the 17th to late 19th centuries and which - until the island was rapidly developed in the late 1960s - was surrounded by many thousands of acres of undisturbed woodland. It was a very rural place back then, where families lived for four or five generations at least, where everyone knew one another and where little had changed since the Victorian era. In fact, I started school in the last remaining two-room wooden schoolhouse in New York City; P.S.10 built in 1885. There were horses and a few outhouses and the occasional farm. It looked a bit like Martha's Vineyard before the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to Brooklyn was constructed and hundreds of thousands of new residents flooded the once bucolic island; sadly today it is but another crowed and typical suburb.
I studied architecture first at The College of Staten Island, then New York Institute of Technology (where I later taught architecture students for five years) and at the American University of Rome, receiving my license at age 29.
Living in many diverse places often for a year or two, including Cape Cod, San Francisco, Manhattan, Rome, Paris, and San Jose to experience the world before settling down, I also traveled the country for three years with the national touring company of a Broadway show, tended bar in numerous clubs back in the disco era, worked as a carpenter and mason on many buildings I designed along the way and finally returned to Staten Island to begin to practice full time. I am lucky enough to have works standing in the all the (American) cities I've lived in, and - thanks to commissions obtained through the website - in numerous places throughout Canada and Europe as well - about 600 buildings in all.
The book "The Affordable House" was turned down by a publisher in 1994 - but, reading an article in the New York Times that same year which said that "someday people will have computers in their homes" I set out to avoid spending years of effort trying to entice publishers and instead to discover how to put the book on what was then only known as the "World Wide Web" ('internet' was not yet the commonly used term) and decided to put the book 'on-the-air' so to speak, and wait for people to get computers.
It took a year and a half to locate one of the first webhosts and prepare the book for the nascent web; finally it launched March 15, 1996 and became only the second book to appear cover-to-cover on the internet (someone had put the Bible on first) and that day "The Affordable House" became the world's first architectural website. At the time there were approximately 100,000 websites in existence, although three quarters of them only showed "Under Construction" and were not yet functioning.
As with us all, the heady days of youth become mellowed with time, and I currently enjoy the more sedate pleasures in life; gardening, occasional travel, offering unwanted advice to young people and producing traditional, hand drafted examples of refined architecture for clients who want something better than average 'builder-boxes'.