I’m still adding baseboards and things to the Westville, but the house is essentially done, so I wanted to do my “thoughts on” post.
1) I think this is a good first Greenleaf house. The main pieces are simple, though they take a bit of wrestling to fit together precisely. As always, I had warpage, and the delicate filgree on some of my pieces crumbled to dust when I punched them out of the sheets.
2) The staircase was the least complicated of the Greenleaf houses I’ve done. There’s not much more to it than the steps and stringer. No complicated landings, and the railing is a single continuous piece.
Post featuring the Westville staircase.
3) The Westville is roomy for such a small house. Four main rooms plus an extensive attic:
The two largest rooms are deep (14 inches). I thought of putting a wall crosswise in either of them to make a small room at the front (e.g., a bathroom in the upper room) maybe viewed through open double doors. I won’t for this house (it’s an antique shop), but it’s an idea.
4) The bay windows are simple too–two walls that butt together to form a triangular bay.
5) Also you can see in the photo above, I reinforced the base with extra wood strips. As with all Greenleaf houses, I don’t find the foundation pieces sturdy enough for my liking.
6) The porch I found a little tricky because the instructions weren’t that clear, but once I had all the pieces laid out, it was fairly easy.
My post on the porch
7) The shutters were simply two sandwiched layers–the trickiest part is that there are so many! One thing this house has an abundance of, is windows! 11 of them.
My post on the shutters.
8) I went a little nuts on the exterior, wanting to try a stucco and stonework look.
I’m not sure I entirely like the result, but it was a good learning experience. I can also picture this house sided and painted in pastel colors, maybe used as a dress shop or flower shop.
9) In conclusion, I’m glad I put together the house. It has a small footprint but a lot of room. It could be a full regular house (with kitchen / living / dining, bedroom / bathroom, attic), and it lends itself well to other interpretations: A shop, a guest house, studio, library, old farmhouse, so many things.
This is the simplest of the Greenleaf houses I’ve done. It would be a great learning house before tackling some of the others (like the Beacon Hill!).
The biggest problem I had was, as with all their houses, the wood that is very thin and easily disintegrates or warps. Part of that is the climate I live in (very dry), and part of that is probably shipping (boxes get too hot or cold). The good thing is that once it’s glued together and finished, the warpage is hidden, plus I was able to compensate for the trim that crumbled away.
As I continue finishing the interior and landscaping, I’ll post more pics. I plan to make this an antique shop, where I can put all the things I’ve made or collected that don’t yet have homes. Stay tuned!
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