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Me and Photoshop again, lol. Fixed what I perceive are some flaws. Cast plaster arches on the second floor draw some attention away from those Houseworks "Palladian" (they AREN'T Palladian) arches below.

I think I can pry off the fronts of those very British dormers and put on the facades from these.

The second floor doors open into space. A good way for mini-residents to crack their skulls! I just stuck on some railing but those three second floor doors will have Juliet balconies.

Added an addition. I think the extra length helps balance out the chateau's height. It could also do with another bedroom.

And while I'd normally just say the missing kitchen is in the invisible half of the house, haha, there is nothing prettier than a Provence kitchen, so that will be on the first floor of the addition. I'm looking forward to doing that! Plus I have a couple boxes of that matching Lawbre Lannon stone already so why not?

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Oh, and I am going to have a go at casting one of my matching Lawbre interior doors so I can stick false doors on the walls between the house and the addition. The chateau is fully wired. I'm not sawing through wiring and having to re-do all of that just for the sake of having a few doors that actually open!!

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If you really hate those Palladian windows, you might be able to achieve an effect like the plaster pediments on those windows without having to remove them. You'd just have to break off the little pieces of wood, and then slip an appropriately shaped embellishment in the semi-circle area. Here's how I did something similar on the Victorianna: https://www.emilymorganti.com/blog/?p=10101

(I didn't check the photos to see how those windows are finished on the inside, so that could be an issue.)

 

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Okay, I just looked at the other pictures, and my idea wouldn't work because the windows are already finished inside. But I had another idea, what if you removed the wood pieces in the arched part of the window and added stained glass?

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13 minutes ago, fov said:

Okay, I just looked at the other pictures, and my idea wouldn't work because the windows are already finished inside. But I had another idea, what if you removed the wood pieces in the arched part of the window and added stained glass?

Once I have it in my possession, I am going to have a better look at it to see if I can carefully saw out those arches. I was thinking of doing leaded fanlights to replace them. If I can clear the arches out, I know I can pull that off.

I have given a lot of thought to doing that to the windows on another house. This one:

https://forum.greenleafdollhouses.com/gallery/image/137269-03-southfacadejpg/

Look at the windows on the dormers. They are perfect. The windows on the main house, however, are just about the cheapest pieces of junk you can buy! I HATE THEM. If I can saw out all those crappy mullions and muntins, I could rebuild the sashes properly to match the dormer windows, and put them inside the existing frames. If I can fix those awful windows, I'm confident I could fix these!

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50 minutes ago, fov said:

If you really hate those Palladian windows, you might be able to achieve an effect like the plaster pediments on those windows without having to remove them. You'd just have to break off the little pieces of wood, and then slip an appropriately shaped embellishment in the semi-circle area. Here's how I did something similar on the Victorianna: https://www.emilymorganti.com/blog/?p=10101

(I didn't check the photos to see how those windows are finished on the inside, so that could be an issue.)

 

P.S., Emily, I am encouraged to see that someone else has actually done this, thank you!!

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