To me, one of the most distinctive features of the Beacon Hill is the French door in the middle of the tower. It’s elegant and I think one of the reasons many of us buy it.
It’s also one of the easiest parts to construct! Yay!!
The jumble of pieces that will be the French door.
The pieces cut out. There will be lots of stacking. On the left are the three sashes from the left and right windows and the door itself. On the right are the trim pieces how they’ll be stacked.
The parts painted in my color scheme. The sashes of the left and right windows will be mostly covered with trim. I do paint both sides, though, in case anything shows.
The first step is to sandwich the plastic windows between the sashes. There is a front and back sash for each window.
The trim will be stacked one on top of the other. The thinner one is on top.
The trim glued together.
More trim goes on top–this is called the side window trim (or something like that).
The trim goes over the opening. The half-circle trim also was glued on in this step (you could glue the half-circle piece on before you glue everything to the opening).
Because the door is a separate piece, you have some options with it, a feature I like.
You could hinge it or glue it so it’s open (and looks hinged).
I went ahead and glued it shut, but I used only dots of glue so if I change my mind I can take it out without much problem.
There we have it! The house is looking better all the time.
Next, the front door.