The Darien Castle. In the distant past, Tyree men were warriors fighting to protect their families, and building fortresses as places of security. They owned and lived in castles, including Drumkilbo and Dunnideer in Scotland. These men fought for the freedom of self-government, and to be able to worship as they chose. Their castles were burned and their property seized, as they fled to a new world, bringing with them the hope of and the firm belief in personal freedom.
This is Tyree history. The Darien castle plan is your window into the past.
Entering through the traditional portcullis, visitors are welcomed by a large stone motor court, and entry hall. The tower houses a billiard room and Irish pub and connects to the main house through a 2 story library. The Darien plan contains 6 functioning wood-burning fireplaces, and a full brick pizza oven. The first floor of the main house has a large foyer, dining, living and chef’s kitchen. The gothic arched back porch is perfect for outdoor living and entertaining.
The second floor is divided into 5 large bedroom suites. The interior of the house is finished with stone floors, beveled glass french doors and boxed beam ceilings.
6,974 sq. feet of living space (2,877 first floor, 4,097 second floor)
1,719 sq. feet of additional space (919 porches, 800 garages)
8,693 sq. feet under roof
This plan is designed with a concrete slab. The exterior walls are 12″ ICF construction. First and second floor systems are pre-engineered wood trusses. The 12:12 roof is slate, a plywood deck, and pre-engineered wood trusses. The Darien is a classic Scottish Highland castle finished in stone, wrought iron detailing, heavy plank doors.
In 2006, this plan was featured in the Orlando Sentinel as Design of the Week.
Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.
Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.