Each custom paper house portrait begins with a $750 base price. For smaller, simpler houses that will be the entire cost, including the frame and shipping.
Your house portrait will be more expensive if it is a larger or more architecturally-complex building. These additional charges are based on the extra time required to design and then build the elements out of paper.
The final price will reflect what’s actually visible in the photograph of your building. Since there’s some variation in pricing based on the final photograph we work from, you will purchase a Custom House Portrait (join my email list to be notified when they’ll go on sale) to get started and I will work with you to determine additional costs, if any, to be invoiced separately.
If your home has more than 10 windows visible, you’ll need to add $15 per additional window.
For each window with shutters, there’s an additional charge of $10.
For homes with more than 5 windows that are subdivided into more than two panes each, there is an additional charge of $75.
I love porches, and also they are often the most complicated part of a house to build out of paper. If your home has a porch with more than two freestanding porch supports/columns, that is an additional $150. If your porch has more than 5 freestanding columns, the charge is instead $300. This charge is per porch that meets these criteria.
(A “freestanding support/column” is a vertical structure that connects the floor of a porch to the roof of the porch, and is distinct from any supports/columns that are actually up against the house as part of the facade.)
For homes with complex rooflines, additions, bump-outs, or other sections of roofing, there is a charge of $300 for homes with 5-7 roof peaks and/or sections of roofing, and $500 for 8+ peaks/sections.
Not included in complex roofline numbers, dormers will cost an additional $75 each.
Complex decorations or details:
Some homes have intricate trim details, decorative siding, or other elements that require extra time to design and may require more delicate cutting and assembly. Depending on the extent of these details, there may be an extra charge based on the complexity and scope of those details compared to the size and complexity of the overall house.
Optional add-on: Custom Glass:
You can upgrade from standard glass to an anti-reflective or UV-protecting glass or plexiglass (prices vary).
I also have a source for custom made solid wood shadow box frames. If you’re interested in a custom frame, there are also color and finish options available. These frames will add $75-100 to your cost.
House Portrait Pricing Example
For example, this house has more than 10 windows, and almost every window has more than two panes. Here’s the breakdown:
Shutters: No shutters
Window Panes: Extra panes on 14 windows
Porches: 1 porch, 2 freestanding columns
Dormer: 1 dormer
Complex roof lines: 4 roofing zones (two bump-outs, the front porch, and the main section of roofing with no peaks visible)
Complex decorations: Nothing too complex
Base price $750
Additional charges: $225
Total cost: $975