Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Farmhouse Foundation Assembly

After a very long hiatus from working on houses, I've picked up where I left off with Haley's dollhouse. That  means, assembling the foundation and making some firm decisions on the interior.

First, I've decided to make some pretty significant changes. This was the step that had me hung up for so long. Do I follow the original plan or get creative? I showed Haley her choices and now I can move forward. Thankfully, she's also at an age where she knows what she wants and can tell me. Here is a nice sketch of the house.


 I took over the dining table and started to assemble the foundation.


We're opting to take a wall from this years' RGT Build-along kit and swap it in for the front door. This will make the room wider than what the original wall allowed.  I still have to cut the door opening to fit the fancy door with sidelights. Then, I need to change the wall upstairs to match the new width. The porch on the side will be more narrow, but I'm also thinking about adding a fireplace. There won't be much porch left after that.


Upstairs, there will be a door from the hallway onto the upper porch. I'll have to chop up the original walls and remake them to fit the door and the double window. I'm planning on altering the trim and finishing for the gables. The original Victoria's Farmhouse trim is too plain. Fish scale shingles and gingerbread trim are coming to mind. I want it to be Victorian frilly and girly and Haley wants it pink pink pink. I already have colors picked out so it will be pink but not garish like a Painted Lady.

I'd like to stick to a color scheme for this house, so it's more uniform and easy to switch furniture from room to room. The main exterior walls are all painted, except for the bay window parts. Now, I must choose some wallpaper and flooring before I start putting any walls up. I sifted through my huge stash of wallpaper last night, but I need to go (online) shopping for some more.

8 comments:

  1. Welcome to my blog. Then I also found your blog. It looks very exciting and seems likke a very large project.
     
    Hugs
    Wyrna

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    1. Hi Wyrna! Thanks for looking at my blog :)

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  2. Hi Jenny! This will be quite the house and I will be following its progress with interest. You had a very good idea to choose the papers to coordinate with each other prior to putting up the walls and laying the floors! It will save you the headache of having to reach into those tiny spaces. But just remember to order a least one more sheet than you think you will need. I have ruined so many sheets by cutting incorrectly and then I was stuck, because I only had just enough and no extra wallpaper in reserve. What a hassle to either wait for another piece to arrive or to have to start over with a different pattern.

    elizabeth

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    1. Hi Elizabeth! The best thing about the internet is seeing all the tutorials and tips on what to do or what not to do. I made the Willowcrest the hard way (built then papered) so I'm definitely trying this house the other way!

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  3. Good to see you back at it! Making it your own vision although longer will always be the best choice, I love your plans!

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  4. Hi Jenny, what a great house you are undertaking. I imagine the dining room will be taken over for some time with this project.
    Look forward to seeing your progress.
    Regards Janine

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  5. Hey I'm having a few issues with my dollhouse I'm building for my daughter. Are you still active on here? Finish the house? Able to answer a few quick questions?

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    1. HI Roger. I have not finished this house. It's sitting patiently semi assembled. I'm on the 2nd floor. I can try to answer your questions.

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