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I have built my own kid-friendly dollhouses in the past out of old wood. I finally decided to graduate to my first kit.
I recently bought a Hofco Federal Victorian House Kit for $150. It included bedroom furniture, bathroom furniture, Christmas decorations, a complete lighting kit, etc. The kit itself is complete and in great shape - which is impressive for its age.
When I opened the kit, I was so impressed by its details. The doors, the windows, everything. There was a marble fireplace buried deep in the box. Clearly, this is way too nice for me. I needed something I wouldn’t feel bad messing up!
So here we are. I was wondering what advice you would give a first timer who is way in over their head. I plan on building this with my mother and she already insists we throw out the instructions.
And lastly, Victorian era decor or modern decor?
Hi, I'm an old codger with a mini problem.
I've inherited - rather my granddaughter has inherited for me to assemble - a Hofco Americana 242 in mostly box state. However, there are no assembly instructions. Does anyone know where they or a good copy exists that could be made available to me? First time builder, and not sure where all the parts go, nor really the best process to follow to assemble.
Thanks for any help.
After working on it off and on for two years, including a move from NYC to Florida, illness, a family death et al, it is basically complete! Have put it up for sale but if it doesn't sell right away I think I will rework the 2nd floor porch railings with the Real Good Toys porch railings or something along those lines.
I find the uploading process here frustrating, so if you don't mind heading over to my blog, here's the link. Would love to know what you think! I visioned it as a Key West house, music-oriented, and wanted to have the color come from the furniture and artwork so have intentionally left the walls white. Flooring is all removable template. Feel so relieved to finally have this done!
and happy holidays to everyone from sunny Miami Beach!
This rare dollhouse which I have painted and decorated is my pride and joy. I purchased it as an unpainted shell from the original owner in NJ about 2 years ago. As you all know, Hofco made very high-end dollhouses in the 1980s which are very sought-after now (you can search for Hofco dollhouses on Ebay to see the kind of prices they fetch - a google search turns up an auction one year ago for the same make/model that went for over $2000). Made of cabinet-grade wood, this is a sturdy house but with delicate features. The 2-story porch is one of the widest dollhouse porches in the business. All of the windows are Hofco windows, and all of the doors with the exception of the swinging door to the kitchen which is a houseworks door. All furniture is included, and I will throw in the Ikea rolling cart base free of charge. Must pick up - Miami Beach Normandy Isle, Florida location - elevator building. Created in a smoke-free apartment. You will need at least two people to get it to your vehicle, and note dimensions: approximately 4 ft x 3 ft x 2 ft (dollhouse). Rolling cart is 58" long x 35" high x 15'" wide.
Ground floor: 3 rooms: Living Room/Dining Room/Kitchen 1st Floor: 3 bedrooms and hallway with French doors that leads out to porch. Top Floor: 2 rooms.
I've painted the interior white, and left it that way for future owners to decorate as they wish. The floors are templates that are removable in case you'd like different flooring or want to electrify the dollhouse. Will include touch-up paint.
You can see many more pictures of the dollhouse on my blog:
Just the furniture alone is approximately $900 so this is a deal. Priced to sell as I need to make room for other projects. Will consider serious best offers.