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The Big and Little Linda

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the last exterior wall

i am finishing up the last exterior wall now, and it was a hard one. in the plans, this was a bare wall, nothing on it, except some optional windows, if you wanted to put them in. BORING!!!!! so, i got a little creative. i used 8" sonotube to make the wall. sonotube is a round heavy cardboard tube used as a form to pour round concrete pillars, and it comes in a lot of different diameters. it's 1/8" thick, so i had to glue 4 pieces together to make it the same thickness as my walls. then

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I am re-enthused :D

My new inhabitants arrived this morning (I love birthday money ) They are perfect i tells ya perfect for this half scale house and i'm excited about it again Plus i cant let Cranky get too far ahead

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lower front

back already!!! well, i built the door frame for the front of the house, i will make the door later, but i needed to get the frame in place so i could finish the siding on the front. the finished front entry will have narrow windows beside the door, and a transom above. once again.........anyone want to help me paint???????????? hahahahaha. next, i think i am going to move around to the other gable end, and finish siding there, and continue on with the roof.

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been a while, but much progress

hi, it's been a while since i have posted on here, i've been working on the house, but some trial and error work, so i haven't wanted to post, until i was pretty much set on my design. i have pretty much finished up the top of the front of the house, lots and lots of detail work. i scoured over pictures of real houses, looking for designs i liked, that took time, and then making it work, which included some tearing apart and changing. i find i kind of make some of this up as i go......so, tha

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starting to design the front

ok, back at it, i took a break, because i had to build a rl shed onto the shop. that's done, now back to the house. i still have some round shingles to put on the tower, but i need to put the shingles on the porches roofs before i can do that. i think i have decided on how i am going to do the front, so i started, and if i don't like it, i will tear it off and start over. i decided to take some of the the trim from the tower, and continue it around the front of the house, so the windows wil

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quietly plodding on :D

bit by bit she's coming along slowly...likes to whisper this one decided on the inside layout but not sure about the attic yet one major breakthrough though...am leaving the top tower room open like a gazebo and blocking in a window on each of the other 2 tower rooms....saving $$$$ in 7 less windows to order yay me Linda

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painted stone and roof plans

painted the 'stone' last weekend and havent done anything since!! this is a house that just whispers...wish it would find its voice the roof will be bluey grey blacky looking but even though Cranky is coaxing me to stick it on...theres things that have to be done inside first or i'll never reach them theres alot of...cant do this till i do that and cant do that till i do this .... and its sorta got me at a standstill ...i'm waiting for an order of stairs inside doors

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decided on the lower level

well, i decided on the look for the lower level of the tower, it's a little different than i had in mind, but i think i like it way better!!! time consuming, but i'm really happy with it. since the height worked out right, i think i will continue the vertical siding right across the front porch when i side it.

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working my way down the tower

well, i think i have finally settled on the design of the second story of the tower.....i tried some different looks, but i think i am going with this one. i decided to give each section it's own look, taking that idea from real houses from the past. now i have to come up with something for the first floor, but i have something in mind. i love this siding, the way it goes on, the way it looks, i really, really like it!!!!!!

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paint on the outside and started a room :)

i'm really getting into this house now...yesterday i did the first coat of paint on the outside...am pleased with how its looking...just as i imagined I think i might wait until i get the windows to do the next coats and then the ageing so its onto the inside I started a room today...did the 3 tower ceilings too .....the top tower room will be a garden room...its a room that Debra and I had planned to do in some house or other...we had the wallpaper picked ou

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huge house, 1/3 of the tower sided

well, i pretty much have the top 1/3 of the tower sided now, so i can move downward, but i had a friend take this picture for me, so you can see just how big this house is.......or how small

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some siding on the full scale with dental

ok, this has been tough to figure out, how i want to detail my tower on the exterior, but i think i have it worked out, for the most part. i still have some dental work to go around the top, just under the turret, and i have some detail work planned for the sides of the windows. lots and lots of detail work, very tedious, and time consuming, but i love doing it!!!! i am going to work my way down to the foundation, then start the exterior of the main body. the round edge shakes were a little

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siding started :)

Started the siding and i'm happy with how its going The house has demanded to be a french chateau despite all my efforts to go queen anne so i'm going with it seeing as i had to sell my barrington chateau i think its only right i do a mini version I have an inspiration pic...not the same shaped house but inspiration all the same....this is a house by Linda Carswell in Tasmania...great house and a great blog here http://une-petite-folie.blo

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the tower done :)

stayed up till 1am seeing as was on a roll and glued the tower too No mishapps this time i think i'll leave the roof and front panel off until i have some wallpaper and flooring in...might be easier to get to EDIT: oooooooooo nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo i forgot to recut the stair holes :banana: Crankyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy what to do what to do!!! Linda (1/2 scale)

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started to glue :)

i'm sticking!!!! i started to glue her up.....the smilie is for Cranky (dont tell him its hiding a slight booboo with a nail....shhhhhhhhhh ) all will be well once the wallpaper is on and the windows in or theres always the old "stick a plant infront of it" trick yoohoooo Crankyyyyyy Linda (1/2 scale)

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starting to add detail to the turret

well, i am starting to add some trim and details to the turret. i have been looking at pics, trying to determine how i want to finish the outside of my house. well, i decided to start with the turret, i'm kind of flying by the seat of my pants, and i reserve the right to change my mind at any time!!! i made some cove molding to fit around the walls at the top of the turret, and then made crown to go around the turret under the 2nd and 3rd story windows. then i took some posterboard, and cut

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the test window and door are here :D

woot!!! the test window and door arrived i thought i'd better get one of each and try them before i got the bank loan out to by 24 of them and i love them!!! soo detailed (just the way i like it ) so now its all systems go go go!!!!!! and i'll start glueing her up now i can cut the windows to the right size...the tower ones are spot on...ya musta known Cranky how excitement!!! Linda (1/2 scale)

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inside layout

i think this maybe my inside layout...i thought just keep it simple....the attic 'walls' need to be cut to fit yet but ya get the general idea ooooo and the stair holes need to be repositioned otherwise there could be a few accidents because its half scale and i havent got much experience with it...i'm thinking to wallpaper first then stick the house together? any thoughts? Linda (1/2 scale)

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i started the bash :)

well i got over my stage fright and started my bash My bash bits are never going to be as exactly done as Cranky's...my exacto knife and ruler wont hold up to all his specialist tools so i just did it and will break out the spackfilla I feel so much better now i've savaged it ...after all its the finished product ya look at not the bodgey bits ya will never see Heres the new window holes and how my tower will open...

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porches done

well, i finished the porches today, posts are secure, soffits are in, floors are down, but, not without a few problems...i had "one of those days"!!! not only did my chair kick out from under me, and i landed on the concrete awkwardly, but i had a nail from my nail gun curl right into the thumb on my left hand, and to top it all off, i put the tip of my other thumb into the blade of my table saw!!!! well, everything is fine, the cut from the saw blade will be fine, but i did have to get an an

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porches almost done

well, i have the roofs permanently attached, the soffits in, just need to paint the posts, and put floorboards down. i am big on white trim, so at this point, the posts and soffit will be white. i will also glue a small trim piece around the soffits after the siding is done. i am also not sure if i am going to put the porch boards down with small gaps, or fit tight like an inside floor. it seems to me, if the porch was covered, the boards were tight. any thoughts????

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Now heres a surprise :P

Well well well looky looky its me Linda (pin1056) our grand surprise is revealed...Cranky's commission and my custom 1/24th is one and the same Heres our dual build beginning and today my little treasure arrived..i was so excited she was in dry fit within the hour!!! let me tell you all this man is a craftsman...everything fits like a glove!!! no sanding no forcing anything!! now onto the fun bit!!!

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porch posts

well, after spending much time looking at pictures of porch designs, i settled on this look. it's elegant in a simple kind of way, nit to over the top. took a while to turn the round pieces on the lathe, and cut the rest of the pieces for each post. the small wooden rings at the top and bottom of the round posts were challenging. each post consists of 11 separate pieces. glad thats done, took me all afternoon!!!

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