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post-4951-1259017360_thumb.jpgThis is where I am currently am with my house. I've been working on it for two years. I've noticed some of you are working on multiple houses, so I must be VERY slow! The plan is Architect's Choice Design number 7. I wanted to make changes and redrew the plans before cutting them out of 1/4" plywood. I have the shell all assembled, the siding is on although I have to add some trim pieces still. The floor for the first level I hand cut and layed, turned out very nice! I'm not so happy with the floors on the second and third levels as I used the wood flooring attached to paper and it just doesn't have 'life'. Maybe someone can give me some suggestions on fixing that. I have also changed the tower and yeah, I know it looks like a Burger King, but it will have a light house light in it. I redesigned the staircase from the original pattern and will post pics of that when I get it a little more put together. I am having problems trying to decide what to do with landings. Maybe some suggestions there also? I am making my kitchen appliances and cabinets and I'm not very far with that yet. Anyway, comments welcome!
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I love your house and to build your first from plans is so impressive. I wouldn't have known where to begin. I'm building my first from a Greenleaf kit and its taken me almost a year and I'm still a way off finishing. I'm a slow builder too and I get waylaid by other mini projects but I would only have one house on the go at one time I think. I'm a "started, so I must finish" kind of person and probably not nearly organised enough to have multiple houses in construction - never mind the lack of space.

One day I would love to design and build from scratch - but who knows - it just seems a step too far at present.

Keep feeding us pictures

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We're not in a race, Viola. For most of us this is a hobby, and in my case I'm always learning as I go along, so some builds take me a whole lot longer than others. 1/4" plywood? I'll bet it's nice & sturdy! Make a total of five posts and you can open an album for your house.

I also make all my items that go in my houses. I'm building a 1:24 Fairfield (actually two of them, I'm still working on the first "half") and I've made a stove, ice box, Hoosier cabinet and Welsh dresser and I'm working on a kitchen sink that looks like this:

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Shingling a roof is really not that bad. It takes time, but if you get your lines marked correctly so that each roof piece lines up with the other, it's just a matter of gluing them on. Are you going to put flashing on the roof, first? I used copper tape from the stained glass dept at Hobby Lobby, so it wasn't hard, either. Here's a great tutorial on shingling, it also has one on the same site about making the valleys, cutting the corner shingles, etc. http://gr123.powweb.com/Dollhouse%20Worksh...album&id=29

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Thank you all for your replies! Thank you for the link showing shingling, that was VERY helpful and makes me want to actually attempt it. You can't tell from the picture I attached, but the flashing is all in place. I used some thin brass sheeting. I guess I need to figure out how to post to the gallery. No, I didn't think this was a race, I would never of entered if I did! LOL! Like probably most of you I have several hobbies and sometimes trying to focus on just one is SO hard!

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Hi Spike.

I'm new here, but I noticed you said you were thinking of tackling shingles. Trust me, they aren't so bad, just time consuming. I don't trust Hot Glue for the long term, but it sticks right away. Here's what I do: Get 8 or 10 shingles ready to go with a dab of white glue on each. Then put a row of hot glue on the house only long enough for the 8 to 10 shingles you have ready. Set the shingles in place quickly. The hot glue will hold them in place while the white glue dries. I found it too time consuming for the white glue to set while you hold on to one single shingle. The hot glue makes it go alot faster.

Mary

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Thank you, Mary, that sounds like a very good way of doing it, would probably help with keeping the shingles from warping also.

Holly, I would like to see pictures of the furniture you have created, I checked out the gallery but I must of missed something!

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Viola, if you click on the gallery link under my name, on the left of this post, look in the "Bash of Two Fairfields" album for pictures of the stove, icebox, Hoosier cabinet & Welsh dresser (and as KathieB says, I take crappy/ fuzzy pictures). Since this roll of film was finished I've built a trestle table & two ladderback chairs with caned seats and I'm working on a sink similar to the one in the picture in the other post.

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Viola, what a lovely house. You've obviously put a lot of love in it as well as skill and talent.

(and as KathieB says, I take crappy/ fuzzy pictures

;) Guess we'll have to take another trip southward so I can take more pictures, eh? :(

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  • 2 weeks later...

Thank you for the comments, I am shingling the porch, it's slow as the shingles are curling and I have to weight them down, once they are dry they seem to be fine. I'll try to add more pictures after the holidays.

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Viola-

Very impressive first build. WOW. Can't wait to see MORE pics!! Take your time; the house is going to be treasured forever. And, I don't think we ever truly finish building our houses-unless they are gifts and we have no other choice! I know I'm constantly adding to mine!

Bre

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  • 3 months later...

Finally updated my gallery, added a pic of the sink I created..boy if you want to see the flaws just take a close up picture! Also added a pic of the patio floor made from lentils..FINALLY a use for LENTILS!! :rofl: Also added the bottom part of the stair case and the porch trim. The roofing is coming along slow as I am using birch instead of cedar and the warp factor is aweful, but I hold a board down on it with hefty magnets and that is working. The stair case has been a problem. I started with two sets of purchased stairs from the same company but they were not the same height. I had to cut these in half as there are four transistions and getting this to line up with the floors and landings has been a real challenge. But it's getting there. I found out the landings where easy to finish off by cutting a basswood floor to size and wood burning the boards on then adding stain. Same way I did the porch floor.

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I just realized your dh reminds me of the Fairfield, a little bit! I wouldn't have thought to use lentils as patio pavers, but with the bugs we have I go out of my way not to use food items. Anyway, we far prefer to eat lentils in soup!lol The stairs are going to be gorgeous, if the picture's anything to go by, and I love your attention to detail.

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