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  1. Hello Minipeople I have something I need advice on from someone more experienced than myself... Looking at the house from the back, I want to move the fireplaces in the living room and the 2nd floor bedroom to the opposite wall (the one backing on to the stairwell). the realist in me insists I move the chimney to a position on the roof that will reflect this change. In place of the chimney, I would add another mansard window in the 3rd floor room (which will be the children's room Is this easily doable? would the chimney (shortened?) fit behind the tower? Thoughts?
  2. From the album: My First Dollhouse - Beacon Hill

    Here she is so far, about 2 months in. My new bestie!! (notice that table, $38 at a thrift store! Painted white and it will be the perfect stand!)
  3. From the album: ~ Beacon Hill ~

    The progress on the exterior so far. I had a few days off so I tried to get as much work done on the structure as possible, I'm happy it's finally starting to look like a house I'm currently working on the rest of the windows, because I'm using diferent colors it takes a really long time as I have to paint the trims before assembling. When I'm done I'll wallpapper the rest of the house, add the windows and remaining sinding, and then resume work on the interiors. The dormer windows.... are a real headache to put together. I'm not quite sure how I'm going to do it so that I can get a
  4. From the album: ~ Beacon Hill ~

    I wanted to test the color I had picked for the siding, I was undecided between this dark magenta or dark plum. I thought the plum might have looked too dark for what I had in mind, but seeing this color in direct light it's a lot brighter than I expected. Thoughts? This is the color scheme I got inspiration from.
  5. Hi, I'm trying to build the third floor but I ran into a problem. See the red underline on the instruction sheet, I can't find the piece with that name in sheet 19. The only 2 chimney pieces on that sheet have diferent names, but the instructions say "left chimney trim" which one is it? Maybe I'm just blind but I've been searching through the sheets and I can't seam to find it. If you have built this house and have a picture of this piece or remember the shape of it please let me know! I have the third floor in dry fit but can't assemble the chimney until I solve this
  6. From the album: ~ Beacon Hill ~

    I've finished the 1st floor stairs and wired the corridor lights. The pedistal was tricky but I'm glad I managed to hide the wires under the floor. I've stained the baseboards, but I'm still thinking I might try the wainscot panels later. I really like the look of this room, I've picked the wallpapper for the corridor upstairs in green + red colors, I think it will go well with this look. I have glued the tower front wall in so now I can finally start building the third floor and ceiling, lots of work ahead but at least 1 floor is done!
  7. Hi everyone! I fell down the rabbit hole and landed in the wonderful world of miniatures
  8. From the album: ~ Beacon Hill ~

    A small change to this room, I added a ceiling rose to the center because after adding the chandelier I kept feeling it was missing something. I've also trimed the doorway interior, so I'm nearly done with this floor and hopefully I'll get started on the exterior soon
  9. From the album: ~ Beacon Hill ~

    Sorry for the bad quality and poor light conditions. I am almost done with the corridor, need to finish decorating the stairs and add the last rail by the starting steps. The baseboards haven't been glued yet, I was thinking about doing wainscot here but I'm afraid it might make the room look too dark. The ceiling pannels are stained basswood, I assembled them the same way I did with the wall pannels. There is a hole at the mid center to add a chandelier, I will be wiring the lights soon and hopefuly then I'll manage to get a better picture of the details. The pedistal lamp is from artist Jim
  10. From the album: Beacon Hill

    I never did get around to posting the pictures of my finished Beacon Hill. I saw yesterday where someone had searched the gallery since their next build was going to be this, and noticed not many finished Beacon Hill's. That prompted me to finally post my pictures. This is the first doll house I ever built, and I learned so much from building this house. I still would like to do some more landscaping on it. I am now just learning to make flowers and plants, so maybe in the future I will post an updated picture of the landscaping.
  11. From the album: ~ Beacon Hill ~

    This room is a pain to photograph, poor natural light and not a lot of space availiable to move the house around at the moment... the light fixtures don't help much in this case but at least they are working lol. I'll try to get some decent shots when I move on to the hallway... so many components to glue and paint and so little time ;__; For the panels I tried to go for a color that would look nice with any color furniture, both walnut and mahogany constrast nicely with the walls. Second Empire houses often played with constrast; for this house I'm going with light french inspired c
  12. From the album: Beacon Hill Haunted Mansion

    I finished the exterior! I put bricks around the porch foundation but I ran out. Not sure if I will do the rest of the foundation with more bricks or just leave it. I'm kind of anxious to do more on the interior at this point. LOL!
  13. From the album: Beacon Hill Haunted Mansion

    Close-up of porch with a doll I purchased on Etsy from a lady in the UK. She named her Doris Dittany. She is just adorable, I think anyway.
  14. From the album: Beacon Hill Haunted Mansion

    Left side and front exterior view of exterior as of October 31, 2017
  15. From the album: Beacon Hill Haunted Mansion

    Front view of exterior as of October 31, 2017
  16. From the album: Beacon Hill Haunted Mansion

    I to make a stucco type wall with air dry clay. I also stained some match stix wood pieces for the look of the old-fashioned lath and plaster walls. I may still do the rest of this room with the same technique, although you may notice the other walls have a different finish (wallpaper and stained stucco to muddy it up.
  17. From the album: Beacon Hill Haunted Mansion

    A look at the three interior floors. Used the same cardboard technique described in the chimney photo on the foyer floor.
  18. From the album: ~ Beacon Hill ~

    Here are the assembled wall pannels, after the stain is applied they'll have to lay down flat with weight on top for about 2-3 days until completly dry. I'm including this shot in case anyone is interested in trying something like this, I didn't use a lot of materials as you can see but they still look pretty realistic after put together. It's all basswood so they'll get a stain treatment, you can see a test sample for the color I used on a small piece of wood. Also included the stains I use, the bottle is the premixed stain (water based) and in the jar a mix with satin varnish finish. I apply
  19. From the album: My First Build: The Beacon Hill

    This floor had promise before I ruined it post-installation. In retrospect I should have stained the dark pieces darker and the light pieces with something like pecan color. I don't think I have enough wood siding strips left to attempt a re-do so I'll rip it out and start over with a new design.
  20. From the album: ~ Beacon Hill ~

    Furniture test, not a lot of space in this tiny kitchen. The hutch and table were barewood pieces I painted to match the kitchen, tried to distress them a bit too but I think they need more work. Idealy the sink should go under a window but then the furniture will look too crammed... luckily it fits on that narrow wall too. I bought a reutter pot rack so I could have a decent assortment of pots and pans, everything else is from my porcelain collection. I guess I'll use some of the stuff I already had to decorate the house, I'm missing a lot of basic accessories I'll have to get later but I'll
  21. From the album: ~ Beacon Hill ~

    I ran out of trim while cutting the wood pannels, now I'm crossing my fingers hoping I ordered the correct size lol... This will delay the work in this room for a while, in the meantime I got started on the floors. I'm not sure how I'm going to finish the interior of the bay windows, they bottom will have a continuation of the pannels but I'm not very fond of the kit's pediments. Luckily the external ones are separate pieces for these. All the glass frames will be stained dark mahogany (as in the kitchen), I'm not sure if I should use the same stain on the interior frames or use a ligh
  22. From the album: ~ Beacon Hill ~

    Floor done! I love victorian style tiles, this went a lot faster than I expected but on hindsight I shouldn't be tiling during the night, not enough light to see that I was making a mess... lol. Had to wash them several times and there are still bits of glue here and there, I'll let them dry overnight and clean them up later.
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