House Portrait Commissions – Pricing & Sizing

House Portrait Commissions begin at £100 and make great gifts

Darren Menezes Artist and architectural illustrator
Kingsway Hove

House Portrait Commissions

My passion is drawing and painting buildings, especially houses. I bring them to life and my interpretation encapsulates the life of the house, the internal and external environments of past and present.

A client recently commissioned me to paint the outside of her Grandparents home, as it would have looked fifty years ago. She provided me with examples of the colours and some original photos. From these I was able to re-create, in watercolour, the front garden, and the two original rose bushes in situ when her Grandparents first crossed the threshold. See the finished piece

How do we start?

If you live in Brighton or the surrounding area, we can meet to discuss your requirements. If you live further afield, you can email me clear photos of the building, and I am happy to finalise the commission by email or by phone.

It’s all in the detail

Every picture tells a story and I like to suggest we include the little details. Family pets, cars, trees and bushes, positioned within the painting can personalise the scene and add untold sentimental value. See my page with helpful tips


PREVIEW SKETCH Included in my pricing is an email of a preliminary sketch of the commission, for you to make any amendments to the picture, before the final work is completed. Once you have approved the preliminary sketch, I will produce the final picture to your specification and email the artwork to you for your approval. Examples below.

Above, Wickham House Brighton. The client wanted me to focus on the main entrance of the house and the plants in front. Which required me to move the tree on the left. Another tree was placed on the right, to screen out the neighbouring property. ‘Personally I like to include some of the peripheral landscape’. I also reduced the size of the fountain in the foreground to lessen its impact on the painting.


A3 £300

A4 £200

A5 £100

All illustrations come with a white border:  Postage and packing (£8 within the UK)   Framing can be included at an extra cost.

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