Beacon Hill: Foundation, Tower Side

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I glued the basic foundation to the tower side of the house. The pieces are the first floor (that I cut in half), the foundation back (which I cut to fit), and the support piece, which I used as is, though I put it not in the middle but on the side (on the right, where I cut the floor apart).

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When I built the Fairfield, I realized I wanted more support for the foundation, and I feel the same way about this house. I added three pieces in the middle (they are 1.5 inches high and 1/4 inch thick). On the left side, the outside kitchen wall will form another piece of the foundation, and there are foundation pieces for the porch (bottom) that will be added later.

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Here is the first floor and foundation, ready to go. This is looking from the back; the porch is on the far side.

Now I need to start sealing wood, deciding what kind of flooring I want, how I’ll be decorating the rooms, and how to do the electricity.

Thinking about wiring, I realize there are benefits and drawbacks to each system (round wire or copper tape). I will probably use a combination of both–whichever is most easily hidden.

Onward.

 

Beacon Hill–The Beginning

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I’m going to do it. I am going to put together my Beacon Hill.

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I’m going to try to show how I build this, step by step, though I’ll be kit bashing.

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When I took the large sheets out of the kit, many of the smaller pieces fell out of them. I gathered them up and put them into ziplock bags to keep them safe.

Back before I moved, I located the main pieces of the house, which are used in the first couple of steps in the instructions, and taped everything together.

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Here is a shot from the rear, showing the main three floors. An interior wall goes on the bottom floor to separate the staircase hall from the big room on its right.

Here’s a photo from a dollhouse website showing the back view of the house as put together but unfinished.

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I like this one because you can see what the kitchen window on the left is supposed to look like.

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Front in another example (I think this is from the Greenleaf site).

Anyway, as I looked at the house and photos of the finished house, it occurred to me that 1) I don’t have room for another big dollhouse; and 2) This dollhouse could be cut apart to form two very lovely smaller houses.

And so, as I am slightly insane, I whacked the Beacon Hill in half.

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This is what you get: Here is the left side when looking from the front, the one with the bay window on the front and side.

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All I had to do was cut the three floors in half where the two parts of the house naturally come together. The walls are pieced so that the left front, tower front, and right front are separate.

I will have to build another wall to go either in the back or the side, depending on what I decide to do.

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Here is the tower side taped together. This will make a nice San Francisco style row house.

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Rear view of the tower side. Staircase hall is on the right.

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I also realized I had in my stash a garage kit I’d bought a while back when HBS had one of their really great sales. I thought, might be cool to incorporate it somehow.

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The garage fits perfectly on the underside of the bay window side of the house. Whether I’ll use it as an actual garage or a basement or simply the first floor, I haven’t decided.

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If I use it as garage or basement, I’ll build a grand entrance on the side of the house for the front door. I might add a half story on whichever side I pick, with stairs leading up to a front door. (Probably on the right so I can have the bay window that comes with the kit on the left)

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My goal is to keep the footprint of the two houses small. Where I might not have room for one large house, I can tuck two smaller ones into corners.

Plus I have the fun of coming up with two different decorating schemes! I plan for the bay window house with garage to be an elegant place with beautiful furniture and chandeliers.

The tower side will be more homey and cozy, maybe with a shabby chic theme going on. Or vice versa.

It’s a beginning! I’ll try to keep a photo record as I go.

 

 

More projects in finishing stages

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Another half-inch scale house I’ve been playing with is this one. I won it, unfinished, in a raffle at a miniature show a couple years ago. It was originally a rustic shack with a pot-bellied stove and a built-in bed–I believe the house was called “Possum Hut.”

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I wasn’t sure I wanted to continue with the rustic look. The gallery had been on the right wall–I moved it to the back so the ladder to it didn’t take up the entire middle of the room.

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I also decided to put in a few electric lights–you can see the tape wire I started here.

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Inside, I decided to wallpaper. I like the spattered-look floor, so I’m leaving it alone. I couldn’t find any wallpaper I liked in my stash, so I chose some scrapbooking papers, three different ones, to wallpaper the interior. I cut each to fit between the beams, which took some doing.

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The gallery in its new place with new railings. I might redo the bedding, which is original to the house. I purchased the weathered sink on Etsy.

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The distressed half-inch scale table/chairs and hutch I bought at a NAME show–it was made by Ron and April Gill’s daughter, Michelle (I think I’m remembering all this correctly).

I will add one or two more pieces of furniture and accessories, a rag rug or two, but this tiny house is done enough to put up on my shelf on display. I like how it’s turning out!

What I’ve Been Working On

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Now that I’m finally settled into my new house, I’ve been able to get back to projects. I am nearly finished with the inside of the Real Good Toys Half-Inch Scale Bungalow. Scroll down for photos!

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As you can see, I moved the staircase to the middle of the house, made this one big room, and put in a fireplace.

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Needs pictures and other touches, but you get the idea.

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Upstairs, I made the left side of the house one big room instead of cutting it up. I wanted more room for furniture. The staircase comes out in the middle of it, but why not?

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I’m pleased with the way the scrapbook paper came out as a mural. Amazed too! It wasn’t easy.

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I played with the interior a little bit, removing a wall on the second floor and moving the staircase on the first floor.

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I have more finishing touches to make (pictures, rugs, towels, plants, porch furniture), but it’s come a long way from blank pieces in a box!

 

Moving update

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I have my dollhouse room in my new house almost the way I want it. There’s a big closet with lots of storage for my supplies, and room to work on and display the houses.

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Note that one of my cats has already decided where he needs to be.

I also am getting my miniatures “mojo” back. I’ll go for stretches not interested in projects at all, or wondering why I have so many minis.🙂 Then creativity hits me again, and I’m back to work.

I have the RGT half-inch scale bungalow here on my worktable to furnish and decorate the inside. Almost done with that–have finishing touches to add.

Next I have a very small half-inch scale cottage I’m trying to fix up (it’s sitting on the white step stool in the first photo). And then I might actually finally pull out the Beacon Hill and start it up! (maybe)

Basel Museum Continued–More Photos!

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Highlights from the Basel mini museum’s “Street of Shops.” Detail is amazing! Click pics for larger versions.

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I will have still more pics in the later posts!

Basel’s Miniature Museum (Spielzeug Welten Museum)

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For years, I’ve been seeing the ad for the miniature museum in Basel, Switzerland in the Miniature Collector. On my trip to Europe, I was able to stay in Basel for a couple of days (ok, so I planned that!!). Of course I went right to this wonderful museum! It’s amazing! From antiques to a wonderful, wonderful “street of shops” display (on the “special exhibits” floor–I almost missed it!), this museum has something for everyone.

This post features pics mostly of the antiques section, which was the first couple of floors. I’ll do a second post highlighting the street of shops, which was just awesome!

Highly recommend the Spielzueg-Welt Museum if you are anywhere near Basel. Note, there are two Spielzeug museums in Basel. This one is Spielzeug Welten at #1 Steinenvorstadt (the street name), which is on the corner of a lovely shopping and eating district (so there are plenty of places to have lunch). Trams number 8, 11, and 6 stop in Barrfusserplatz, which is about a one-minute walk from the museum. The trams are incredibly easy to ride and navigate.

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Loved these antique toy fire engines.

 

 

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The faces on these dolls are so real.

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A dolls’ tea service depicting the story of Cinderella, 1889.

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The building that houses the museum is lovely itself. This is the main staircase. (There’s an elevator, don’t worry).

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They have a massive collection of antique dollhouses. Here are a few highlights.

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Other unusual scale structures fill the building as well.

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This diorama is a stage of an opera–the figures can be moved around.

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This carriage is beautifully done.

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I loved the doll and her sedan chair.

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Monks enjoying their brewery.

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This room and the one below are cardboard foldaway room boxes.

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My husband posted this on his Facebook page with the caption “What bears really do in the woods.”.

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Loved the detail in this machine shop.

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The full shop.

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Another wood shop.

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There is an entire display cabinet of these beautiful and unusual 1″ scale artisan miniatures.

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Note that the chair can be pushed into the desk and everything shut with the key.

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The top of a mouse hole (field mice, obviously).

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The interior of the mouse hole.

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The whole (hole) thing.

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Very large Swiss dollhouse. I told my husband, “See, there are dollhouses out there bigger than mine!” Note the inlay in the floors.

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The beginning of the “street of shops” with incredible character dolls. The detail and the lifelike dolls make the scene.

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More to come in another post.

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