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  1. What about instructions for Realife Miniatures Queen Anne Living Room (205) instructions? I took them out of the box some time ago and put the instructions away so safely I cannot find them. . . .
  2. Holly, I've tried to avoid too many magic words, but I have had some frustrations. It has been worth it, by and large. The photo shows the kitchen hangy-down light working at its new and permanent home. My daughter tweaked it a bit then asked if the same might work for a new light fixture in her renovated house But here's what's worth it since my daughter didn't get a reasonably finished dollhouse as a kid. When Daughter sent photo of kitchen light working, she mentioned this was a new arrangement of appliances and even showed my a photo of the fridge with food inside. Daughter says, "I think I might play for a bit." So, she's getting to enjoy HER dollhouse that has been renovated for her daughter. Who'd a thunk?!
  3. I suppose since Santa "claimed" to be the builder on the Deed, and my granddaughter knows that I've helped finish the house, a signature could be warranted. I believe left-handed "Santa" used her right hand to fill out the deed so writing would not be easily identified. The things we do for our kids -- and Greenleaf posters do the amazing. Too late with battery lights!?!? Used ribbon wire 30+ years ago and will, dang it, continue to show that I CAN do this thing! But I might complain while doing it.
  4. Thanks, Carrie. I agree about the quality of Hofco houses. I was most amazed at how well parts fit together! I don't think I'll sign it until I get at least one hangy-down light to work reliably And it might be tough to explain how Santa brought the house originally yet Granddad signed it. But I understand the suggestion -- kids will probably not be able to read my signature until they "understand" Santa, anyway.
  5. Probably should have been more complete in "story"! When dollhouse was delivered to granddaughter for her 8th birthday last May, that was right before she and her family were moving out for a full renovation of their home. That was to last for several months, so we were asked to keep the dollhouse until their work was competed. So, the dollhouse has been in our den since then. . . which did give me an opportunity to complete some door frames, add a door to the bathroom (only room that has one but figured that was the least I could do), install some lighting (ugh), and a few other items. Their renovations were completed in late December when they moved back in. But with holidays and getting things set back up, we were asked to hold onto the dollhouse for a few more weeks. Today was delivery day!! Eight year old and 5 year old twins all seemed pleased to have it returned. Here it is in place with kitchen appliances and dining table from Christmas gifts in place.
  6. We ensured all precautions for COVID-19 "prevention" and didn't meet grandkids face-to-face. Younger sibling of dollhouse "owner" needed to give her grandmother a few instructions through the window pane. Very pleased with dollhouse with the exception that the hangy-down light in the dining area -- which I taped up to make sure it made the journey -- did not light when they hooked up the electricity. DANG! I give Cir-Kit Concepts kudos for responsiveness and service, but I'm still buffaloed by the difficulty I had with these ceiling light fixtures. Parents took the job from here and moved the dollhouse to location in upstairs playroom.
  7. Daughter got her renovated house in good enough order to receive the renovated dollhouse. So, we loaded up the dollhouse and made the 40 minute trip for delivery.
  8. Good question, and good chuckle; thanks. Yes, this house HAS to be moved to granddaughter's pretty soon. The stress is unbearable. Why would Cir-Kit make light fixtures and connections that have pins that do NOT center in the conductive ribbons?! Even with them installing the pins in a dangling fixture, I cannot get things lined up in the ceiling. The ribbon is hot and a cylindrical fixture (hammer in sort) fits the inserts. But the dangling light does not! However, The Wife has done a great job with pelmet (using a new word I learned). Made sub for living room window; hard to see in photo, but the white outline sets it off. Mantle is temporarily glued to the hearth and chimney breast (never used that description before, either)
  9. Thanks, Holly, we've enjoyed "getting it ready" for our granddaughter. They move into their refurbished house today, so maybe the end of the week we'll try to SAFELY move the dollhouse back in. "Bricks" are printed on paper and pasted to balsa wood. Fireplace "surround" is two corbels received from some sort of dollhouse supply company as freebies plus another piece of balsa. "The Wife" thinks it's a bit heavy, painted white, and I might agree but will let the granddaughter decide. All will be stuck lightly in place so modifications will come easy. There's Cir-Kit tape behind the fireplace, so more elaborate "glowing embers" will be a possible upgrade. Never knew what a pelmet was; had to look it up. But pelmet, valance, or cornice, in this case a piece of cardstock cut with a die The Wife uses for greeting cardmaking. We both feel it is a bit deep (vertically) but want the granddaughter to participate in designing her own "curtains" so it's in place as a starting point. We'll add another hanging light in the foyer and maybe a dome light in a bedroom and call it done for now. . . oh, and maybe, just maybe, put some spackling in a crack left from the addition of a bathroom wall. . . . This could NEVER end, if we're not careful!
  10. A little work on living room fireplace before delivering dollhouse back to granddaughter. Still need to "adjust" wiring for faux candle. Have also added a couple of lights that were absolutely murder to install.
  11. Hmm, hard to see in photos, but the tape "wiring" will be a little visible. The worst part is where the tape may have been crimped by folding -- maybe in packaging. Probably should have tried harder to remove the crimp before applying tape. . . . Most walls in this dollhouse have tape. The upper left room (not attic) has wallpaper which hides the tape pretty well. The window wall has tape that is difficult to see on casual observation, but can be seen with close scrutiny (door wall does not have tape). In some places, three coats of paint were used to help cover. When filled with furniture and decorations (and fireplace in lower left living room), the tape will not be very evident. Probably could have used caulk or Bondo or something to totally smooth over, but time was running out ;) The fact of the matter is, the tape was applied when house was given to daughter over 30 years ago; house was [almost] finished this year for daughter's daughter!?! Bottom line, granddaughter was satisfied.
  12. Around 35 years ago, "Santa Claus" brought my ~10 year old daughter a Hofco Southern Dynasty dollhouse. Of course, a box of parts for a 10 year old would probably not be as welcomed as a fabricated house -- if only partially. The house was constructed over several (!!) evenings after work at a neighbor's house, to be delivered in time for Christmas. The exterior was essentially completed except for the siding on the peak of the gable. Well, the siding was applied but it was UPSIDE down. There wasn't enough siding material to remove and replace, and at that time no Internet existed to search for properly "spaced" shiplap siding. So, the dollhouse was played with a little, but mostly just sat (through the daughter growing up, a divorce, and a second marriage over 10 years later). Somehow it followed me around and was even involved in a "flood" when a powder room faucet ruptured and managed to "rain" on the floor below which included the dollhouse. Fortunately, some progress had been made over the years and shakes had been applied to the roof. Damage from the flood was minimal since the water mostly ran off the roofing. Daughter now has a daughter approaching 10 years old, so a belated surprise was delivered last May for her 8th birthday! The prior construction had included ribbon wiring and "fake" bricks, but not much else beyond the basic house construction. The last couple of years saw installation of printed wood flooring, some wallpaper, molding for a couple of rooms, windows, shutters, a few lights, painting inside and out, door frames, and completion of the siding. A couple of photos of 35-year old status and recent delivery:
  13. Yep, that's the house/photo. Until I post 5 times, I'm not allowed to include links!! Not so much dollhouse, but this house: If you've seen the movie "The Patriot" (Mel Gibson), you've also seen the house. Much of the movie was filmed at or near Historic Brattonsville and "the house" was the one that burned in the movie. The climatic battle scene was filmed a couple of miles down the road. Just a little trivia. Oh, the house didn't really burn; trick photography.
  14. To begin with, check out this website -- I'm amazed at how closely the Hofco Southern Dynasty house resembles the central portion of this historic (REAL) house. OK, so I couldn't include a link, so Google Historic Brattonsville in Rock Hill, SC, and look for the 1820's house; it's something like chmuseums-dot-org-slash-information-hb Given the time period of the real house, circa 1820's, it would seem that cedar shakes for the roof would be appropriate. In fact, Hofco recommends square shakes for the roof. With the progress you were making at the end of 2011, you are probably well past this point! Now, I have to admit that my daughter received this house for Christmas in the mid-1980's. It was started in Santa's workshop, but a lot was left for her and her dad to finish! Turns out, the siding was ALMOST complete when SOMEbody put the first layer of clapboard siding on the front eave upside down. The problem was, that used up any of the extra siding that was on hand. A bundle of clapboard was obtained from Michael's, but lo and behold, it was a different size. Google was not available at the time, so finding the exact match for the previously-installed siding was too difficult, and the house was essentially left partially completed. My daughter is now expecting her first child, a daughter, so ole Granddad figures in retirement he should be able to finish the house -- and reduce his guilt feelings. . . . Searching the Internet for information on the siding and the house turned up your post. Question #1 -- the door: The first floor door should be a single door with fairly fancy trim. The second floor door IS a double door. Hofco calls them French doors, part #C2034, I think. Each door is about 2" across. Each door has six rows of two panes, plus a 1 1/2" X 1 1/2" panel at the bottom. Maybe I can attach a jpg, maybe not. Question #2 -- price: Since Santa brought the house, I'll be danged if I know (remember); and I don't really think I want to know. Even for today, the cost would probably be TOO much. Question #3 -- time to complete: You may have completed by now, but you are probably not too far off at 200 hours, depending on what you consider "complete". I know that the biggest elf worked on the house every workday afternoon for a couple of hours the three weeks before Christmas. That got the exterior of the house fabbed, less windows, doors, siding, roofing. While the quality and fit of the parts is absolutely amazing, there are so MANY parts, that there is a lot of time involved. Here's to your success!
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