Sunday, March 18, 2018

Walls & Tower

This weekend has been a bit of a hodge podge of playing with real life furniture and dollhouse furniture.  Of necessity the living room needs some rearranging and other rooms followed because some chairs were changing rooms.

I've been gluing walls and floors then giving my legs and back a workout moving furniture in between waiting for glue to dry.  It's been... a full weekend.

And for all my fellow descendants of Irish immigrants out there, Happy Saint Patrick's day.  I spent eight years in Catholic school and one of the things we learned the story of Saint Patrick.  Interesting guy.

I got some of the upper walls glued together, and determined where my breaks will be for the removable wall.  I have one more long cut to make to get that completely set up.

And I'm working on my door placement.  I scaled down my front door so I could mimic the shape of it for the inside openings.  And I began the process of building my tower.

I'm fortunate in that the division between the two containers falls right at the level of the second floor.  So that's something nice and easy to remember.  It looks a little crooked in the picture but it's actually plumb.

I'm building up the ground level though because the floor is a full inch above the ground.  I really need to figure out my stairs before I cut window openings.  And I need to wire the tower for some sconces too I think.

In the mean time, I've figured out that much as I'd like to have the tower set on the corner of the cottage, it'll ultimately make my life simpler to have it off of the back wall.  Though I still love the idea and if I can figure out a way to do it I will.  So here's where the second level tower door would be on the back wall.

The upper right corner will be a bit cut off but I think that will look fine.

I also got my materials for the tower's brick.  I saw this on Pinterest, I think Kristine actually did something with sandpaper on a fireplace, but of course my computer is now goofing up.  There are more pictures on Greenleaf's forum if the links will work on your computer.  The idea is you paint the sandpaper and cut it into brick lengths.  It has the texture of brick.

I figure what I'll do is layer it onto cardboard to give it a bit more depth, maybe a couple different thicknesses.  I'm hoping that I can figure out some Tudor style brick patterns.

And since I'm waiting for more glue to dry I decided to play around with furniture placement for the ground floor.  I have some Tudor style wall panels that I want to use in the bedroom on two of the walls at least.  Here's a few pictures.

The panels don't reach the ceiling but that way they aren't in the way of the beams that will support the second floor.

The box with the black and white is supposed to represent the fireplace.  I'm planning on staining the wall panels a medium brown so the darker furniture will show up against it.  The rest of the walls will be plastered an off white.  And the white rectangle is the door to the tower stairs if I can't figure out a way to set it off the corner of the house.

The table in front of the window will be replaced with a smaller cabinet with a sink.  I'm still debating a water pump in the house.

With a smaller sink cabinet the table in the center of the kitchen will pull back from the fireplace a bit but the fireplace will be a bit deeper I think.  And I only need two chairs.  I can put the fourth up on the second floor.

You can see in my little entryway where I need to either cut off some of the MDF wall or build out some shelves and hooks. Maybe for buckets and brooms?

I'm thinking I might just make the window openings smaller.  Raise the bottom of the opening and leave the top where it is.  I need to work on new windows anyway, why limit myself to the windows that came with the kit?

I've got some more gluing of walls to do before I can call it a day.  Hope everyone is having a good weekend.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Second Story & Front Door

Springing forward for the time change always leaves me irritable.  I feel like I'm losing time and won't get it back, and for weeks I'm still adjusting to the shift.

The fact that its not something strictly necessary only adds to my irritation.

So I don't expect to get a whole lot more done today in regards to the dollhouse.  More research and hopefully some wood cuts to add onto the width of the gable pieces and hopefully some mockups of the dormers I need to make.

If I lengthen the pieces of the roof and widen the gables I'm hoping I'll be able to make accurate measurements for the dormers and possibly draw out where I'll need to cut the roof pieces.

But most of yesterday was spent cutting and gluing my wood together to make a solid back wall since I didn't want windows in it.

My next step was making the second floor.  I went with seventeen inches wide, which is an inch and one eighth wider than the base and it overhangs the front wall by an inch.

The overhang will serve as the roof of the bay window.  I'm going to narrow the front window and push it up from the floor a bit.  I don't like how low the windows are really.  I might want to move all of them up a bit, maybe an inch more?

I'll admit I've spent a lot of time researching Tudor style doors and trying to figure out a way to make mine unique. I also want to give it a somewhat mystical feel so I've been looking at knotwork, dragons, other ways to jazz up an otherwise simple door.

But I did draw out my shape and cut it out of some quarter inch thick basswood.

I've got tape being used as hinges at the moment.  The door is wider than the standard door opening, but no taller.  I'm actually pretty happy with how it came out.

I haven't glued anything together yet but I did get all of the upper walls cut and taped into place. I have this fear of gluing anything together before I figure out my electrical layout and where my divider will be for removing the side wall so I can access the rooms.

I obviously will replace the prefab dormer with one made specifically for the house along with another where the hole for the skylight is.

I don't want the dormer over the front door to be at the same height as the one over the big window opening.  I think I'd rather have it a bit lower.  It won't look quite like my drawing but that wasn't meant to be completely accurate.

The other idea is to make the small window on the left side of the picture bigger so I can put a casement window in it.  I'd like to do the same thing with the window in the back gable.

All this does give me semi accurate measurements of ceiling height which helps when it comes to making the stairs in the tower.  I've got an inch wide round dowel and Styrofoam so I can try to make stairs like Brae's in her Aero Squadron Lounge.  Hers are so pretty, I think I can replicate them inside my oatmeal containers.

I got some hinges so I can cut the containers in half and we'll be able to see the steps.  And I also got some Aluminum Black.  It was cheap so I'm going to try it to blacken my aluminum mesh for the windows.

We'll see.  If it doesn't work I've got some other options lined up.

I'm also going to experiment with Kris's paper pottery methods.  I want to make some Tudor style pottery like this.

I think the fact that it's obviously not completely symmetrical will help.  My efforts doubtless will be less than perfect.

Here's a question for all of you.  I'd decided to put the fireplace in the center of the building.  On the side next to the solid wall I'm planning on a wall and shelving, at least in the kitchen.  And maybe a small chair on the bedroom side.

Should I build out a small wall on the opposite side of the fireplace?  It would meet the wall that's removable.  I'm debating on that because I'm not sure if its strictly needed and also because of this next issue.

The other question is that I have to cut a door opening in the back wall in order for the WQ to reach the stairs.  In keeping with the style of the cottage, the shape should match the front door. I'll admit, that shape is not easy to cut.  I'd have to make the door narrower than the front door too.

So do I make it easy on myself and only cut out one door in the back wall, or do I embrace the difficulties and create a dividing wall with another door to the bedroom?

Oh, here's a hint about what I'm trying to do for the front door.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Second Story Mockup

I don't feel like I accomplished much this weekend.  Though I made a lot of sawdust and cardboard scraps.

In attempting to make some more space I cleared out a drawer of old bills from more than ten years ago.  Why I was keeping them I have no clue.

I put things from my desk in the drawer and made paint shelves out of super thick cardboard so my paint wouldn't be stacked willy nilly in the desk cubbies.

It's not perfect but its better and at least they're loosely organized.

I got a jigsaw because I found one pretty cheap and I figured it would be useful for window and door cutting.  My husband says he'll buy me a table saw for my birthday but that's not until May.  So I'll end up waiting to do the dormers but that's okay.  I need to work on the main door and make a mock up of the front door bump out.  I won't need to cut on angles to do that.

In the meantime I got the side wall and the front and back gable walls cut down.  I'm waiting on some basswood to arrive for my upper walls.  I taped some balsa and cardboard together and used some of my extra baseboard for the upper floor.

It's rough but it gives me an idea of how wide I want the upper floor to be.  I think what I've got now is a bit too wide. It's more than an inch on either side and I don't like that.  I think maybe three quarters of an inch on either side would look better.

See?  It's too much on the sides.  If I do a three quarter inch bump out on the sides and on the front it'll serve as a roof for the bay window.  I can do the same depth of a bump out for the front door and carry it up to another small gable over it.

I didn't have enough scrap wood to mock up the new widths for the cut off gable pieces or the roof so I'll have to do that next weekend.  Once I get all of it measured out I can start to determine how big of a fireplace I'll need, the chimney and if I'll want a fireplace on the second floor as well.

I do have plenty of cardboard for the stone at least.

My big conundrum is if I should make the tower hinged to open so I can see the stairs.  I think it might make it easier to build them.

Monday, February 26, 2018

WGR Cottage

My kit arrived on Friday and I put it together on Saturday. I was going to just do the walls but then I put the roof on too, because I wanted to see how much of a pain the angles would be.  I had the idea it would be difficult.

I was right. Sooooo irritating.

It's larger than I would have thought, but I like it.  Mentally I'm already planning where I can put it when it's done.  I've got a good idea though.

Here's a rough look at how it'll appear when I make my additions.

My dormer will be wide enough to cover the skylight opening and obviously the porch will be walled in.

You can see that if I want to make a second story I'll have to cut the front and back walls, extend the sides and I'll also have to extend the roof edges.  I think I'll be able to get away with using the kit's roof pieces though.

I think I'll end up making the front window smaller, maybe only two wide.  Cottages typically didn't have walls full of windows because of heating issues.  And glass was still expensive.

I like the windows, but I think I'm going to be altering them to be casement type windows.  I'll try to use the frames and then build a smaller inner frame on a hinge inside.

My secret weapon for building Tudor style casement windows is this:

My idea is to cut this to size, put the wire on either side of the glass, glue it in tight and then use Triple Glaze to give the 'glass' the Tudor look.

I've also got some casement windows which I'm planning to use on the second floor.

My other idea is to have one wall without windows, probably what would have been the left wall.  And I'll use that as the right wall.  It puts windows where I want them.

I think I'll end up either widening the window opening in the back wall and lowering it somewhat to use a casement window back there as well.

I'm trying to think of the logistics of the loft floor/porch ceiling and I think I'll have to cut the walls right above the loft slots in order to raise the roof and make it a true second floor.  I won't be able to use the actual loft floor because once I move the walls out an inch on either side it won't be wide enough.  So I need a new second floor.

It might be worth it to make a new front wall simply because the existing one will require so much done to it what with cutting it to make it taller and narrowing the big window.  And if I'm going to do that I'm debating extending the second floor out on the front as well.  Not sure about that.  I don't want it to be too busy and I'm already doing a Tudor style bay window like so.

I like that trim on the house pictured, though I'm not certain it's completely Tudor.  It looks like it was added in Victorian times.  So maybe some simple dark beams for roof trim to go next to the slate roof.

My other issue is the loft partition wall.  I need something to support the ridge beam, but I don't want the second floor divided by much besides the fireplace/chimney.  So I need to think up a solution for that.  Maybe some beam framing to support the upper part of the wall that faces the outside.

Since I'm not going to have a porch I'll need to fill in the slots for the walls.  But I'm going to end up putting flagstones down on the floor anyway so they'll be hidden.

I'm still going to need to cut a couple of walls though.  The right side wall with the one double and two single windows and also the back wall.  I need to cut a doorway into the back wall as well or there's no way to get to the second floor.  I suppose I could put a fake door in there but I want to be able to see the stairs.

Now to start drawing on the walls and figure out exactly where I'll need to cut.  This is going to be fun!  Nerve wracking but fun!

Oh, here's something for all of you Building Inspector fans out there.  I had the dry fit put together all of maybe ten minutes before the Inspection began.

She didn't go inside this time.  I'm sure that'll happen next time.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

All Lit Up

Just a quick little post to show you the Craftsman Tiny House at night.  I went in and turned on all the lights and then turned off the lights in the 1:1 house.

I was taking pictures with my cell phone so they're not the greatest but you get the idea right?  I sat and looked at it from my living room and was so happy.

And Keli left a comment on my last post about my new build and door widths.  For some reason the comment didn't show up but I couldn't stop giggling when I got it in my email.  Here it is.


1:35 AM (7 hours ago)
to me
iseecerulean has left a new comment on your post "Its Here!":

So much fun, we've all got the latest toy!

Remember, in your excitement, that you don't design the base to large to fit through a doorway. :)

Posted by iseecerulean to Shenandoah & Stuff at February 24, 2018 at 1:35 AM

She was, of course, alluding to my issue getting the Architect's Abode into the closet for storage.  At least I think she was.  I mentioned that right?  Wow, lack of sleep really makes me a little goofy.

Anyway, in case I didn't, when attempting to move the Architect's Abode out of my main workspace, I realized that it wouldn't fit through the closet doorway.  I had to cut an inch off the front of the base to get it to fit.  This was after I'd taken the door off the hinges.

But I did manage to get it in the closet and now it lives there happily, free from the Building Inspector's investigations.

That is why I'm trying to keep the dimensions of the Wicked Queen's Retirement Cottage manageable.  It's not very wide so that's good.  I want the width of the base a bit larger than the cottage itself but not by a lot.  I've got some ideas for it.

Here's our last look at the Craftsman Tiny House for a while.

I'm more awake now that I've written something and had some caffeine. So I'm going to go play with my new kit!

Friday, February 23, 2018

Its Here!

You guys you have no idea how impatient I've been waiting for this kit!  I think I got spoiled with the kits arriving so quickly the last two years.

I just got home from work though so I haven't had time to take it out of the box and play with it yet.

The not so glamorous view.

Also arriving in the mail are things to live inside it.

A loom kit, Tudor style, from SDK Miniatures.

They didn't have it in stock, only a 1/2 scale loom but when I messaged them they said they had kits or built looms and which would I like!  So I'm going to try a kit and see how it goes.  This'll be fun.

And from Minimum World...

They're having a crazy awesome sale on barewood furniture and I splurged a little bit.  More and more I like having the ability to tailor furniture to what I'm building and barewood is a great way to do that.

Plus shipping to the US is free if you order fifty bucks or more worth of stuff.  Very cool.

That's pretty much it for me at the moment.  I've got to make some room on my table for the kit and figure out what I want to do for the base.  I love the idea of doing water up against one side of the house., so I need to figure that out a bit.  Do I want to have a front garden attached to the house or build it separately so I can store it elsewhere?  Or do I want it all attached to each other?  Careful planning required here folks.


Monday, February 19, 2018

Grand Prize Winner!

Congratulations to Kelly Havens for her Cottage by the Sea

Check out all of the pictures!  There are a few more on the site.  I think my favorite part is the front garden.

Talk about transforming the kit!