On with the Beacon Hill!
As I’ve talked about, I set the left side of the Beacon Hill on top of the Houseworks garage.
I decided to proceed finishing this house from the bottom up, which means finishing the garage first.
Touched up outside paint, finished inside paint, and painted the floor.
Houseworks has a garage door to fit this kit, so I painted and installed it. Tip: Do not paint the rollers or the roller tracks if you want the door to work (it rolls up and down). I used this same door kit in the Mechanics Garage I did a few years ago.
Outside finished and trimmed.
I didn’t construct the garage exactly to the specifications of the kit, because I needed a flat roof, and the kit has peaked sides. I could have simply cut the peaks off the sides, but in the absence of a good power saw I decided to use other pieces of the kit to create the side walls.
This leaves me with a hole in the upper left side, because that piece of wood was supposed to be a floor with a hole for a ladder or staircase. Now it’s a window!
I went back to my own “Windows Tutorial” (link below) and did a custom-made window. First lined opening with 3/8 strip wood.
Making the two window frames from 1/4″ strip wood.
Frames ready for plastic or micro-glass in between. I imagine most people’s windows will be neater than mine.
The finished window with outside trim and sill (I haven’t trimmed the inside yet).
The Windows Tutorial post shows in detail how I put together custom windows. This method will let you make any window for any size of opening. Very convenient when you have an odd-sized opening or want to make different styles of windows without relying on what’s commercially available.
Now we have the garage! I need to do more trimming on the bottom.
While looking at this house head on, I made the decision not to do the entrance stairs up the side. I like how it looks, I can pretend there’s a way up from the garage, and it will be easier for me to display in a tight space, which was why I cut the Beacon Hill apart in the first place.
I will most likely put the left bay window in where it’s supposed to go.
My decision is not set in stone–I might change my mind again. But I like the simple appearance of the house as is.
If I do put in the bay window, I’ll prep all the parts.
Next thing for me, though, is the Chicago International Show! I am going this year for the first time! Signed up for workshops and everything. Let’s hope I don’t spend too much money. 🙂 I have $ set aside and a budget. Really.
Hopefully I’ll be able to take some photos of exhibits of cool minis. Which I of course will share!