Note: Prices for house portraits will increase for the next round of commissions in 2021, this page will be updated once those numbers are finalized, but give a sense of how pricing is structured.
Each custom paper house portrait begins with a $500 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 rather than freestanding.)
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).
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
Complex decorations: Nothing too complex
Base price $500
Additional charges: $150
Total cost: $650