Discerning individuals and owners of the luxury homes who loves to have an extravagant replica of their residences as an art-piece can employ the services of architect and master of miniature models Gary Lawrence, AIA and his firm, Lawrence Architectural Presentations, which built tiny structures for architectural firms to help clients envision their plans. The miniature models developed by model maker Mr. Lawrence have been used during design development, for Architectural Review Boards, ARBs or for presentation pieces to be appreciated as art works in the completed homes. On the same note of model homes, we have however earlier seen the custom-built luxury doghouses which are basically built as the beautiful replicas of dog owners’ own houses.
Architect/model maker Gary Lawrence who like giving the first tangible look at what the architectural firm is planning to so, takes about 6-weeks to build a 2 ½ -story European-style home measuring 20-inches by 22-inches wide, including intricate features, like terraces, a swimming pool, tennis court, gardens, trees, and stone towers.
Notably, the prices of the models range from $2,500 to nearly $20,000, depending on the architectural design and deadline.
Speaking about the materials used to build the model homes that are erected from the bottom up, Mr. Lawrence who prefers to do all his wok by hand uses No. 11 X-Acto knives, metal straight edges, numerous bottles of Elmer’s glue, foam core to make the foundation, colored mat board to craft the walls, thin take for window mullions, wooden or plastic dowels for columns, sheets of cork to contour the land.