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Before I get a house or am able to open the box I sometimes use a picture of the house and then use Microsoft Paint to edit it and change colour schemes, trying different things out. I am 'bashing' a Franklin dollhouse quite a lot, so again have used various computer programs to see how I can adjust walls etc before I start trying out, but I've done that in conjunction with a dry fit.
If I am able to buy a kit as soon as I decide I want it (very rare occurrence!) I jump straight in to dry fit and then decide on colours etc when I can see it built. - In other words if I have to wait impatiently to build something then I start designing on the computer cause I can't wait to get started
If a kit doesn't come with windows I might again find a picture of different windows and superimpose them on to a picture of the house to see what I like best.
Whatever you do, definitely dry fit!
Ryan McAmis is building an Italian Renaissance cathedral in miniature.
Here is an interview with him.
I wish he'd do tutorials to show how he does these spectacular finishes!
Are you talking about milled-in siding? Is the house built or is it a kit? Siding that's been glued on is usually pretty easy to scrape off. It almost always pops off in big long strips and takes no time at all to remove. The only labor-intensive part is sanding off the glue residue left behind.
If it's an old kit with siding milled into plywood, that is next to impossible to get rid of. It's much deeper clapboarding than is currently used, and is hard as a rock.
If it's a newer kit with clapboarding milled into MDF, you are in luck! Yes, it can be removed. That stuff disappears like magic under a belt sander. I removed every bit of the milled-in siding on a Lincoln Springfield house. It's going to be a bricked French Quarter house. The clapboarding simply vanished in a cloud of sawdust and left me with pieces smooth as glass. It worked a wonder, so here's hoping that's what you're dealing with!
It depends on the changes you're planning to make. I use Photoshop to try out different finishes and components. How does this look with brick instead of clapboarding, what if I used these windows instead of those, and how does "iron" railing look instead of standard porch railing? That sort of thing. Saves me from buying a lot of stuff just to see how it looks, which I may then not even use!
Something I used to do was make multiple photocopies of pictures of a house, like an online photo from a manufacturer's website. Then I could try out different paint schemes using colored pencils, or sketch on additions, dormers, porches, etc.
Others have often given the best advice, which is to use painter's tape to do a temporary build of your house. They are correct, that is so helpful! If you're changing rooms around or adding things, you can then just slip in posterboard/cardboard mock-ups to see how things work.