Back to the StoneBriar cottage

Jumping around mini projects keeps me fresh. I do these for fun, after all, not profit (the opposite of profit), so I just do what strikes my fancy.

I decided to get back to this house–finished the exterior about a year ago. My first challenge is to restore the wiring my cat ate (not chewed on, ate.)

I found the ends of the severed wires, made sure the bulbs still worked, and spliced on extensions.

I brought the wires down out of the bottom of the house, but the house sits on a plaque (included in the kit), with nowhere to put junctions or a battery pack. So I built a frame:

These are wood strips I think 3/8″ x 1/8″. Glued them together and the house and its base on top.

Wires waiting to be added to battery pack.

I use the coin battery with switch from Evans Designs, which are wonderful for small scale houses. https://evandesigns.com They carry tiny LED bulbs of various sizes plus the battery packs with switches, all very handy!

I hooked everything up, and to my delight, the lights now work.

I will organize the wires and hide them with molding.

According to the kit, this house is based on a library in a small town in New England. I decided to make it a library myself, though I know this means me making a ton of books!

But I think it will work. The main rooms downstairs will be the library, and upstairs will be a reading room. We’ll pretend the restrooms are behind the upstairs partition wall in the stairwell.

I’ve started sorting through my kits stash to come up with furniture, shelves, and so forth, and of course, books! I’ll post more when I get started.

 

 

1 thought on “Back to the StoneBriar cottage

  1. Fortunately my old cat leaves things alone. At around 17, he eats and sleeps and hangs out on the patio. He was a feral baby when we found him and while he understands the house rules he’s pretty aloof. The house is adorable and I’m glad to see a little more detail in the wiring using the battery lights. I make all of my own lamps and hide the battery pack in a cabinet or dresser. I love the idea a building a library. I still visit your Fairfield often to figure out how to renovate mine. Sometimes I wish I had bought a new one in a kit, but I never had the intentions of working with half scale. Love this little house. It has lots of charm and it will fun to see what you do with it

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