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  1. From the album: My First Build: The Beacon Hill

    I think I've put in over 500 hours of effort to get this mini this far. I was really clueless how long these projects take, but thankful that it is enjoyable and rewarding.
  2. From the album: My First Build: The Beacon Hill

    After five months of building, I think my daughter was beginning to doubt that she'd ever be able to play with "her" dollhouse. Tired of empty promises, I finally moved it indoors this week, where I continue to do less-messy work on the outside while she plays on the inside. We are 'keeping out of one another's hair' . . at least for now.
  3. dkumpula

    Aging the Copper

    From the album: My First Build: The Beacon Hill

    My wife thinks I should have left the copper bright and shiny. I suppose I could reverse the aging with Tarn-X and clear coat it to keep finger prints from showing up, but I haven't decided as yet.
  4. dkumpula

    Fun with Stone

    From the album: My First Build: The Beacon Hill

    I really do enjoy working with this stone. We've been making jokes in my house that I'll keep finding things to do on the house and my daughter will never get to play with it!
  5. From the album: My First Build: The Beacon Hill

    I don't know that it shows from a distance, but I got a bit of wood stain on the edges of the acetate windows here and there. I was able to remove a little bit with mineral spirits, but I think the windows might be permanently 'dirty'. I might be replacing the acetate with thicker plexiglass at some point in the near future, so I'm not too worried about it.
  6. From the album: My First Build: The Beacon Hill

    My daughter is only two at this point, so she doesn't have any small dolls as yet. She does enjoy imaginative play with the little wood people shown here though. I obviously have a lot of interior work to do. The fun never ends.
  7. From the album: My First Build: The Beacon Hill

    There are only a few things left to do on the exterior at this point and then I get to focus on the interior.
  8. From the album: My First Build: The Beacon Hill

    Gluing down 1/16" wood strips with wood glue was easier than the 1/32" stuff used on the siding. There was very little warping, although I did have to sand it all down once I was complete. I'm pretty pleased with the way its turning out.
  9. dkumpula

    Porch Decking

    From the album: My First Build: The Beacon Hill

    The wood is 1/16" thick and the front steps are 1/8". I shaved down the inside of the top step so that it would be flush with the rest of the decking. Thank goodness for rotary 'Dremmel' tools!
  10. From the album: My First Build: The Beacon Hill

    After considering several flooring alternatives and reviewing over a thousand pictures of 1:1 Victorian home decks, I opted to go with an assorted width, running bond approach for the porch.
  11. From the album: My First Build: The Beacon Hill

    I did this section first, so it doesn't look as good as the front in my opinion. I'm going to cover the stone with a matte clear coat before mortaring. Interestingly, it is a bit difficult to locate matte clear-coat.
  12. From the album: My First Build: The Beacon Hill

    I wasn't sure whether I should do the risers on the front steps in stone or not. I finally decided that is was worth it for visual consistency. I suspect that builders would have done the same in a 1:1 build 100 years ago, but now I'm probably over-thinking it.
  13. From the album: My First Build: The Beacon Hill

    I figured out a way to make two pieces of the plaster stone meet along the edge to make it look like a solid block. You can see it on some of the stones at the base and next to the windows here and there. It still needs some cleanup, but you shouldn't be able to see any line on those pieces when I'm done. As usual, I managed to get better results as I progressed. Of course by the time I think I'm getting pretty good at it, I'm done with that sub-project . .
  14. dkumpula

    Stone Progress

    From the album: My First Build: The Beacon Hill

    Now this is an improvement, in my opinion! Not to mention putting on this stone is almost as much fun as bricking the chimney. I'd like to cover the whole center section here in stone, but I think I'm too impatient to do the tear down and rebuild.
  15. dkumpula

    Wood Filler Woes

    From the album: My First Build: The Beacon Hill

    I thought this was going to be a problem area. The first floor windows on the front and left side ended up with a lot of wood filler by the time they were done. That wouldn't be a problem for painting, but it really doesn't help the light pecan stain look the way it should. I suppose I could have stained the wood-filler in advance, but I didn't have the color scheme figured out at the time, so . . .
  16. From the album: My First Build: The Beacon Hill

    I don't really care for this trim at the bottom of the alcove windows. I plan on doing stone for the foundation, so perhaps I can fix this problem by covering this area with cut "stone" (plaster).
  17. From the album: My First Build: The Beacon Hill

    The porch was originally going to have the lighter pecan stain on the long ends of the porch supports, but because they are three layers of wood, the color was too light to make those layered posts look good. I quickly decided to switch to the darker (walnut) brown and use the pecan stain on the trim portions of the posts.
  18. From the album: My First Build: The Beacon Hill

    Not sure what was done here specifically. I spent several days just doing cleaning, paint removal and restaining / repainting where necessary. Thankfully the front wasn't too bad.
  19. From the album: My First Build: The Beacon Hill

    I applied so many coats of paint went on to the left side, I'm considering ripping off all the siding on that side and trying again. The clean-up on that side was a real bear as well.
  20. From the album: My First Build: The Beacon Hill

    Yeah! A paint color that looks nice against the dark and warm wood stains! Each unpainted side needed three coats of paint in this color.
  21. From the album: My First Build: The Beacon Hill

    So I think this is the 4th or 5th coat of paint on this side. The first color was a pink that was just too light for the trim colors. The second was a darker pink with a bit of violet (meant to complement the dark violet in the red mahogany trim), which turned out to be quite unappealing to my eye. For the third color, I abandoned pinks and went with a dark yellow which is used in my daughter's bedroom. It was a bit too dark for my taste, so . . .
  22. From the album: My First Build: The Beacon Hill

    On the left side, I did minimal taping and just relied on a steady hand and a small paint brush. By the time I did 5 coats of paint on the one side, I decided the rest would be taped. There were still errors to clean-up where paint leached under the tape though!
  23. From the album: My First Build: The Beacon Hill

    It was surprisingly easy to clean up the mortar. I used my fingers to rub off the excess from the brick surface, then went back with a damp paper towel to wipe down the bricks. I probably made 2 or three passes including cleaning each individual brick. Finally, I rubbed the brick lightly with a dry paper towel.
  24. From the album: My First Build: The Beacon Hill

    I like how this came out and I hope it is durable over the long term. It also occurs to me that if I want to return the bricks more to their rough (non-clear-coated) original state, I could sand them lightly with fine grit sandpaper to remove the clear coat. I also found some matte consistency clear coat as an alternative, but I think I'll stick with it the way it is for now.
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