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Well I was not going to start this because there is not much to get excited about but then I thought I wouldn’t have an accurate timeline.  So here we are, I tried to think of a catchy title but nothing came to mind.  

I did manage to get the base and foundation built.  The basics of the house are 2 floors with the back being open but having a back attached somehow...I’m thinking magnets.  As big as the house will be, its not real practical.  Suited for a younger couple (no kids) who like to entertain. 

 

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Looking forward to seeing what you do with this!

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Woo hoo!  It's begun.  Speculating on what "not practical" means.  :hmm: No stairs?  No railings?

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:clap: Goodie Goodie! A new build!  Looking forward to the adventure. :D

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2 hours ago, Debsrand56 said:

Woo hoo!  It's begun.  Speculating on what "not practical" means.  :hmm: No stairs?  No railings?

Thanks for the good vibes everyone.  I hope I don’t disappoint  

Oh it will have stairs, some pretty cool ones if I can pull them off.  What I meant by “not practical” is the house has around 1200 sq ft. of living space and yet only one bedroom.  Like I said a place for young professionals. 

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Ooh exciting! :clap:

l love young professional dollhouses. That’s what the San Fran is going to be one day. One bedroom is the rl practical version of a dollhouse. Keeps the footprint manageable. :D can’t wait to watch along. 

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49 minutes ago, Keifer said:

What I meant by “not practical” is the house has around 1200 sq ft. of living space and yet only one bedroom.  Like I said a place for young professionals. 

Oooh!  Looking forward to it. One bedroom is fine.  Can't wait to see what you do with the rest of the living space.

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Keith, did you know there are blogs dedicated to modern dollhouses?

I also can't wait to see what you do with this.

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Consider it a vacation rental.  :D  That's what I always say when there is limited room.  I tend to build vacation houses, bars and tourist attractions.  Looking forward to your build!

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All of MikeUK’s spectacular modern houses only had one bedroom. I saw them as bachelor pads.

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On 11/15/2018, 10:10:25, Debsrand56 said:

 

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Well I’m glad I could pique your interest.  Without giving too much away, I can tell you that the large area where the wood is lighter...that is what is going to be what I call my “Great room”

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I decided I am going to try a framing technique for this build.  I may get halfway through and find out it won’t work.  The idea is to frame out the walls and use matboard as a drywall so to speak.  Its already been quite taxing on the brain trying to figure some things out.  Slow and steady I figure. 

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There is a guy on instagram building a dollhouse using the framing method. Let me try and find you a link. I think he’s up to drywalling so you might get some good ideas from his pictures. :) 

 

Edit: Here you go https://www.instagram.com/hadleys_house/?hl=en

not sure if you need to be a member to view though.

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14 hours ago, Samusa said:

There is a guy on instagram building a dollhouse using the framing method. Let me try and find you a link. I think he’s up to drywalling so you might get some good ideas from his pictures. :) 

 

Edit: Here you go https://www.instagram.com/hadleys_house/?hl=en

not sure if you need to be a member to view though.

With a link you don’t need to be a member to view, thank you

14 hours ago, havanaholly said:

Dorie Krusz used that exact framing method in her book:  https://www.amazon.com/Building-Miniature-Houses-Furniture-Dorie/dp/0668049707

 

14 hours ago, Sable said:

Thank you ladies for the great links and references.  All of them will be helpful, I can always count on you all to come through. 

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This is the method used in a partial kit I have.  Unfortunately, I think the frames were thrown out before the estate sale, so all I have are the cardboard drywall sheets and finishing trims.  If you'd like a copy of the instructions for study, just let me know.

http://www.otterine.com/blog/blog1.php/queen-anne

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Construction continues, I did a bit of a quick dry fit to get an idea of the kitchen space.  Winter has arrived early in the midwest I believe and mini work becomes difficult and slow in the garage.  

This build has brought new challenges as I figured it would but I wasn’t prepared for all the decisions I will have to make.  I’m much more accustomed to copying things as I did with my last build and the furniture I make.  Going in to this I had a pretty good overall feel for how I wanted the finished product to look.  I certainly did not have the whole project fleshed out.  

First challenge, the kitchen, which measures 9.5’x 15’ in real life, which I thought would be plenty big but not so much. Again overall feel I had( color sceme,layout and cabinet color) but now its like...what kinds of cabinets and shapes and sizes.  Anyways I’m sure it will come to me, I just hope I can stay ahead of the game.   Sorry for all the weird shadows in the pic. 

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I very much like the window, and it seems to have an interesting angle on that far corner?  I'm not sure if that's actually the case, or it's a trick of the camera angle.  It could be lots of fun decorating from scratch.  Given your previous work, I'm sure it will be beautiful.

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10 hours ago, Debsrand56 said:

I very much like the window, and it seems to have an interesting angle on that far corner?  I'm not sure if that's actually the case, or it's a trick of the camera angle.  It could be lots of fun decorating from scratch.  Given your previous work, I'm sure it will be beautiful.

Thanks Deb. Not a 100% sure on the window, I’ll have to see how it looks with everything else.  The kitchen will have an angled roof. 

**after reading my post this morning I realized that I came off kinda whiny.  I’m not complaining, still very much excited about this build.  Its just throwing me off my game a bit.  Positive vibes!

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When I want ideas I hunt for old copies of Architectural Digest (thrift stores and libraries) for ideas of things to copy in 1:12.

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