Welcome to the Cotswold Cottage! This is a half-inch scale version of plans I found long ago in The Scale Cabinetmaker (Vol 10 issue 4, Vol 11, issues 1 and 2).
The original design was for a 1″ scale house that was fully enclosed, contents viewed through windows, or house could be pulled into two pieces (living/bedroom and kitchen/bath).
As you’ll see, I modified it to have an open back, plus I widened the kitchen/bathroom a bit, making it jut out on the right beyond the back door.
The construction is with studs and hollow walls, much like a real house. Each wall is made of illustration board which has been sandwiched around a grid of beams. The house is lightweight, but sturdy. The stud and beam construction let me easily modify the design as I liked, and taught me a lot about dollhouse building.
Overview of right side and back (patio).
The front door of the cottage is on the left side of the house. The hollow-wall design let me put round wiring inside the walls–the wiring comes out to junction boxes inside this “lean-to”; lead wire goes through a hole in the base to a transformer.
My “story” for this house is of a retired couple who spotted it while driving around the countryside. It needed lots of TLC, so they purchased and renovated the cottage. Though it’s a “Cotswold Cottage,” it is based on “kits” that were sold by places like Sears in the 1930s to Americans to build themselves. It’s a cozy, four-room house, just right for a couple who likes to garden.
The back patio with a glimpse of the kitchen door.
Backing away to show that this house sits on a turntable, on top of what is supposed to be a living room side table I bought especially to display the cottage. The table has a handy storage drawer for mini supplies.
You can see the bedroom through the big window upstairs.
The open back. To see the inside, click on one of the links on the the “Half-inch Houses / Cotswold Cottage” menu.