So, I've really missed having a dollhouse to work on. The Beacon Hill was just too large of a project for our current space--and, thanks to my husband, I have (actually, he, I, and my son share) a small but wonderful and well-equipped craft room!--but I eventually came to the realization that no dollhouse at all was just too depressing. Although then the challenge became, what house could I build with the limited tools on hand? All of my larger woodworking equipment is in storage, and will be until (hopefully sooner rather than later) we're able to buy a larger place. After considering various options, I decided to build the Glencroft; we had a kit on hand already, and it'd be a house I'd be able to finish mostly with alternative products (egg cartons, here we come!) I knew I did want to make a few structural changes to the kit, but nothing I couldn't accomplish with a miter box and a few razor blades...
|The Glencroft, straight out of the box.|
I thought the Glencroft was a great house but, to be honest, a little boring. I wasn't a fan of a few of the architectural elements (like the picket fence) and felt like it could be made a little more interesting. So in my Glencroft, I'm going to do some half timbering but mostly stone cladding. Well, "stone." I'm also going to do a little design work to the chimney to make it more exciting. The roof is going to be sod. I built a base for the dollhouse to sit on; I felt comfortable using relatively lightweight materials, because it is going to be covered with so much stuff--spackling and air dry clay and who knows what else. But, all that is in the future.
|The house so far.|
|That door isn't the real door, just a placeholder.|
|The oven--or what will be the oven.|
Once I do a little sanding, I'm excited to start the cladding!
So...thoughts? Also, too, I need a name for the house. I envision it being something of a fantasy cottage; there's too much glass for it to be exactly historically accurate and, anyway, fantasy is more fun. I wanted to add a greenhouse so I'd have an excuse to make lots of plants; I envision this being something of a (friendly) witch's house, with all manner of tomes and potions lying about.