THEY say a man's home is his castle - and now they come in kits.
Ben and Penelope Crossman bought their own castle as a kit-home in 2009 for the princely sum of $330,000.
"I wanted something that wasn't a normal, boring house," Mr Crossman, 34, said.
And their four-bedroom, two-bathroom Mt Crosby home complete with turrets, a "mead hall" - and soon a drawbridge - was just what they were after.
It all came about after the couple sat down one night to decide where to live, Mrs Crossman said.
"He doesn't like Queenslanders; he thinks they're a lot of work," Mrs Crossman, also 34, said.
And Mrs Crossman didn't like modern houses that looked like they came in an Ikea flat-pack.
"So after three bottles of red, it was either a castle or a pirate ship."
They drew up the basic design on a napkin that night and took it to Story Book Cottages to explain their idea.
Story Book Cottages is a Gold Coast-based business that specialises in custom-designed kit-homes, employee Ellen Pallant said.
"We can build anything," Ms Pallant said.
They used hoobler stone for the castle-wall look.
Inside, the house has stone-look floors, a 12-light chandelier, swords and medieval-style decorations throughout.
Mr Crossman said building a castle wasn't as hard as some people might think.
"A castle is just a normal house with funny-shaped corners," Mr Crossman said.
"We have to pinch ourselves every time we go home; I can't believe they let us build this."
Story Book Cottages can tailor designs to what the customer wants, Ms Pallant said.
i could imagine Tor building one of these!!