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  1. Thanks guys! I have a bunch of leftover thicker shingles from my sugarplum years ago...the wood is lighter in color, I may try staining the kit-included ones plus my leftovers and mix em for a more textured look. I ran out of stone and had to order another bag for my chimney, but those stones are AWESOME. I got the brown ones, which are a bit too pink, if I had it to do over I would have gotten the brown and gray mix. But...save for windows, shingles, and a few bits of interior trim--its almost done. More pictures soon I promise.

  2. In The Blog for the Glencroft, I think almost everyone used the shingles that came with the kit. They will warp depending on the paint you use & what you used to glue them down with but they are fine for stain.

    ok great...Im going to give them a shot, try to stain them sort of a weathered color. I really wanted to do a slate roof but Im running out of time (and money) for this project...Ive only got three weeks until I might have a niece to give it to. (If I end up with two nephews Im keeping it for myself and will add the slate later!)

  3. Butterfly....YES! It is a tough house! On the bright side, I didnt anticipate that it would be, but now that Im close to done, I feel like I could take on bigger challenges next time.

    Has anyone used the shingles that come WITH the Glencroft? Ideally, Id like to use slate, but thats not in the budget right now. (If I end up keeping it for myself, it, along with my kitchen addition, may come later)

    The ones that came with are so thin...I fear they would curl if I tried to stain or paint them.

  4. well...I cant get the curved roof to "lay down"

    Tried hot glue...it just popped back off. Tried the brad nailer...no luck there either. The clamps I have are the wrong size to work there...

    so I ordered some of the ones HBS has. And since I was placing an order anyway (famous last words) I went ahead and ordered some stones...

  5. wenlaine---yours is gorgeous! My REAL house is basically the same front elevation as the Country House...only I would have to bash the front door to be to the left of the octagon window (which my real house has). Where the two front windows are is my garage door, which I would not do of course, but just moving the door location and painting it the same color, it would be a dead ringer!

    If anyone ever sees one for sale, or Greenleaf re-releases, please let me know.

  6. Now I searched last night...and didnt find that! (Does search not go through the galleries?)

    Beautiful! I hope they do...Ill snap up the first copy. Even the inside...I can see how easily I could turn it into a mini version of my own place.

  7. I came across an image of the old "Country House" last night...and I have to have one. WIth just a wee bit of bashing, it could be a dead ringer for my real house. How long has it been discontinued? Anyone have more photos? And if you ever see one for sale...let me know!

  8. Do your have the correct side of the piece facing upwards?

    Yeah I think so...the "swoopy" piece of roof over the front door seems like it could only fit the way I tried it...

    Im concerned, now that I cut the tabs off, that that piece(which is so critical that it fit tight) wont!

  9. The roof is going on...so far so good...UNTIL...

    the gable on the left side (as you face the front of the house). The holes in both sides do not line up with the tabs on the wall. (see the picture)

    They seem to be off by over a 1/4 inch...

    What to do? Pull the wall out to make it fit, even though that means it will be crooked? Cut new holes and fill the old ones? Pull the wall out and then do some sort of filler strip to close the gap? (The wall in question is the peaked wall over the window seat in the bedroom)


  10. added photos to my gallery. I sort of stuck the bay I would be removing onto the angled wall of the addition...then after I took the pictures, put it on the front wall, which looks somewhat better. But Im just not sure...hard to picture it without the details...

  11. Sue...yeah I would create the half timber and stucco look on the addition too.

    Holly...youre right. I cut the roombox in half...and it just looks like something that fell outta the sky. Im gonna play with it a bit and see if I can come up with anything to make it a little more "right" but Im thinking its a bad idea. Ill get some picture of it up next to the Glencroft here in a bit.

  12. So Im at the point where the roof is about to go on my Glencroft...Ive always thought this house was just perfect as it is...I couldnt imagine any bashing it might need. Famous last words, huh?

    Well...I came across the octagon room box that was the prize for all of us who entered the HBS Sugarplum contest years back...and wonder if I slice it in half (such that half of the "floor" can become the "roof")...wouldnt that make a cool kitchen? I could cut the right bay down to floor level, making it a wide doorway, and then the original smallest downstairs room could be for dining.

    Not sure how to make it look right on the outside though? What do you guys think? Should I bash it?

  13. Hey guys, I finally put some pictures up of my progress...the end seems near at last!

    Tracy...I sort of stole your idea for the wainscoting...I loved what you had in the bedroom, and didnt have enough wallpaper to do the entire wall in the living room, so it became a perfect solution for that space.

  14. Thanks Tracy! Id love to try a slate roof on here...

    Its been so long since I got this house, that I had forgotten all the "stuff" I had bought for it. Imagine my delight when I opened a tube to find enough Broadnax wallpaper to do three rooms! And the hardwoods, and tile for the bathroom!

  15. Ill get some pictures up at the beginning of the week...Ive got the shell mostly together I just need to get the base coat of paint on and do some spackling before I get wallpaper going on, etc. This kit isnt as hard as it first seemed...once the first few walls went up the rest is falling in place much easier than I thought.

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