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  1. From the album: First Dollhouse DC San Franciscan SF557

    So I took Emily's (Fov) advice and tried out a mock-up of a different front stair configuration than I had originally intended. I added a little extension to the front of the porch to allow the first flight to descend at a right angle to the house (I will need to figure out some kind of railing for this.. I don't want my little people swan diving to the driveway when coming home from a night on the town ). The landing at the bottom of the first flight would be the same level as the front garden and their would be a retaining wall under it as indicated (this house is on an im
  2. Samusa

    Garage

    From the album: First Dollhouse DC San Franciscan SF557

    A close up of the garage. I have some work to do on the garage door and I may make a laundry area in the back under the window.
  3. From the album: First Dollhouse DC San Franciscan SF557

    I'm waiting on supplies for the basement apartment plus I needed a change of scenery so I decided to work on the dining room today. Everything is still in dry fit so it's all a house of cards that could come tumbling down at any moment. The table isn't finished so the top hasn't been glued down yet.. I've used these random metal minis to weigh it down so it would sit more evenly on my very wonky floor. (It warped during white washing and I'm yet to find a way to fix it... No amount of heavy books has managed it yet. ) The table got a coat of Walnut Brown stain, then several t
  4. From the album: First Dollhouse DC San Franciscan SF557

    Gave the brick flooring a wash of white paint to tone down the red and give it a bit of an aged appearance. Then grouted. Used spackle this time @Its_a_sm_world_after_all Jodi. Soooo much better.. but it's very white... should I give all of this a black wash to grimy it up a bit? Or leave it all white and pretty?
  5. From the album: First Dollhouse DC San Franciscan SF557

    Today I did a little maths and figured out the size of the cantilever off the porch for the redesigned front stairs. I've glued my three flights of stairs together and mocked them up here. I still have some tweaking to do, but I like how they are turning out. I think I will have the top flight as painted wood with railings to suit the porch railing (which I will be changing). The second and third flight of stairs will either be completely bricked in a brown tone brick or have bricked risers and and "concrete" slab treads. You can't really tell here but there is a decent window well un
  6. From the album: First Dollhouse DC San Franciscan SF557

    Today I did a little maths and figured out the size of the cantilever needed off the porch for the redesigned front stairs. I glued together my three flights of stairs and mocked them up here. I moved the second flight of stairs back in line with the top flight as suggested by @Debsrand56. You may also notice that I've managed to tone down the pink stonework... That is if you aren't distracted by the hellacious bloodbath on my foam! (Well, not really, but as you can see I've also been working on a tree and the colour of my air dry clay is.. erm.. unfortunate... Not to worry crime sce
  7. From the album: First Dollhouse DC San Franciscan SF557

    Took a good stab at laying the stone for the San Franciscan's basement yesterday. I'm using some Andi Mini stone I had in my stash.. do I love it for this project?... mmm.. jury is out.. but the price was right and it saved a lot of time on making egg carton stones.. I'm not in love with the colour of these stones, they are a bit pink for my liking... I'm wondering if I can do a paint wash over them to tone them down? Thoughts? This is the left side or "low" side. That's one big stone wall.
  8. From the album: First Dollhouse DC San Franciscan SF557

    Took a good stab at laying the stone for the San Franciscan's basement yesterday. I'm using some Andi Mini stone I had in my stash.. do I love it for this project?... mmm.. jury is out.. but the price was right and it saved a lot of time on making egg carton stones.. I'm not in love with the colour of these stones, they are a bit pink for my liking... I'm wondering if I can do a paint wash over them to tone them down? Thoughts? This is the right side or "hill" side.. There will be a chimney between the windows hence the cut out in the foam... Obviously I didn't really need to stone th
  9. From the album: First Dollhouse DC San Franciscan SF557

    Working on the Landscaping Board today... I know it seems like a job for the end but I need to at least lay out the plan and mock it up because the hillside will determine where "stone"goes on the outside of the basement. Additionally the new front stairs are an integral part of the landscaped hill and therefore careful height planning is needed to incorporate the stairs later. I've decided on three flights with two turns, thanks to the greenleafers who weighed in last post and suggested three. As you can see it's a fairly rough mock-up but you get the idea. I've built t
  10. From the album: First Dollhouse DC San Franciscan SF557

    Working on the Landscaping Board today... Still very much in mock up mode... As you can see I've just used random pieces of foam to simulate the lower landing. I may even put another set of three stairs on the other side of this landing facing back towards the apartment door. That way the little occupants have a choice of stairs whether going to the garage or the front gate. The foam will all be covered in water putty or some such product (again thanks to the Greenleafers who made suggestions.) to simulate a painted cement retaining wall. It'll probably have some cracks in it
  11. Samusa

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    From the album: First Dollhouse DC San Franciscan SF557

    Wooden Wall... Will be painted white and most likely continue all the way to the attic.
  12. From the album: First Dollhouse DC San Franciscan SF557

    This is the basement apartment main room. Originally I was going to have the kitchenette at the front beside the front door and under the window, but it didn't leave me enough room for a sofa bed or murphy bed up by the bathroom. So I've had to switch it around. The kitchenette will now be a galley style at the rear near the bathroom and the living/sleeping area will be up front. I will most likely build some kind of modular corner sofa bed arrangement as I don't know where exactly to put a murphy bed. In the kitchen area, there will be a small sink, counter top stove a small under co
  13. From the album: First Dollhouse DC San Franciscan SF557

    This is the basement bathroom floor plan. It's a small room so has a pretty basic design There will be walk in shower in the back. Basin with Cabinet mirror & Toilet. I may make a little custom shelf unit for between the basin and the loo. The door will change to a Classics Narrow door (on order) to free up some wall space for accessories such as towel racks etc. Furniture is just place holding, I still need to make some choices for this room.
  14. From the album: First Dollhouse DC San Franciscan SF557

    In the living area there will be a modular corner sofa bed arrangement of some sort (to be built). On the wall between the kitchenette and living area will be a tall thin storage cupboard. A small round coffee table and a storage unit on the diagonal wall for a TV and books, will round out the furniture for this room.
  15. From the album: First Dollhouse DC San Franciscan SF557

    Top view of the entire floor plan for the San Franciscan basement. I finally got all my window and door holes cut. I will need to make some adjustments to the garage door opening as it's a bit large. Once the exterior stone goes on it should solve some of the issues.
  16. Samusa

    Fireplace close up

    From the album: First Dollhouse DC San Franciscan SF557

    Close up of the fireplace. Nice and sooty. It's not as dark in RL, but I couldn't capture it with my phone camera.. :/ Once I grout, I'll grubby that up too. There is a small Fret/Fire Basket set DH105 and matching coals that I would like to get to set in the hearth.
  17. From the album: First Dollhouse DC San Franciscan SF557

    This is the latest dryfit of the dining room. The floors have been installed on their template & will be painted & distressed I think. The fireplace interior brick has been painted awaiting grout. I need to figure out how to simulate a marble hearth (just a stand in piece of mat board with lines at the moment ) The windows are giving me trouble. It seems the pieces that have the window tracks in them have had a piece broken off them over the years and so are no longer wide enough to fit the bays. I've currently got them shimmed with paddle pop sticks, but need to come up with
  18. Samusa

    Chimney Breast

    From the album: First Dollhouse DC San Franciscan SF557

    I currently have the stair wall as a feature wall of painted horizontal tongue and groove but I'm thinking of doing the entire room like this with the exception of the chimney breast which would be white card painted like plaster. I feel if I do the whole room in painted tongue and groove then the floor needs to stay some sort of wood colour for a point of difference but I'm not sure what colour. I'm really partial to my distressed painted floor idea so not sure what to do.
  19. Samusa

    Basement progress

    From the album: First Dollhouse DC San Franciscan SF557

    Making progress on the basement. I've cut the hole for the garage door which is in dryfit and has a coat of primer. I don't know where to put the basement door. I've chosen this french door style because there most likely won't be a window on the front wall and I would like to have the door do double duty for some light. I can't put the door directly under the other doors as the garage door took up more room than expected and means it's impossible to line the bottom door up with the others due to the internal struts/runners that make the garage door work. The choices are: 1.
  20. From the album: First Dollhouse DC San Franciscan SF557

    Finished up the floor for the dining room today. Still need to decide how to finish it. I'm leaning towards painting it white and then sanding back for a distressed worn look, but I might try a limewash colour first. I have finally decided on adding the kitchen door to the front of the dividing wall and not the back. I think for furniture placement the back worked better but at the end of the day I just like the look of the door at the front. The stairs will get some fretwork from Earth and Tree. I'm trying to jazz them up a little because the HW narrow stairs are not my fav
  21. From the album: First Dollhouse DC San Franciscan SF557

    I've added basement window to the "room" side of the basement to give a little additional light. The chimney will go between these windows.
  22. From the album: First Dollhouse DC San Franciscan SF557

    Have switched out the Dura-Craft stairs for Houseworks narrow stairs to allow internal doors to be installed. Have also flipped them forward facing instead of to the back as the kit called for.
  23. Samusa

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    From the album: First Dollhouse DC San Franciscan SF557

    There will be black coach lights on both porches
  24. From the album: First Dollhouse DC San Franciscan SF557

    Start of the build. Had a snafu with one of the bay pieces being cut incorrectly... lots of sanding and spackle required
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