The challenge of the tall, narrow upstairs hall, with old, wrinkled wallpaper. Before:
As you can see below, the only thing that remained the same was the flooring and the door on the left (plus stairs coming up into the back).
I decided to continue my LED experiments and put in a “stained glass” ceiling. I mirrored the back wall to give the room more depth.
Since I can’t do something that doesn’t turn complicated, I decided to add…an elevator.
It’s always bothered me that the original plans for this house had a staircase between first and second floors, but no opening for stairs to the third or fourth floors. When my dad and I built this long ago, we were new to dollhouses and didn’t want to alter the plans too much (well, I did a little, eliminating one wall and shifting another slightly, but we didn’t cut additional openings in the floors).
Cutting a hole for stairs once the house is put together is a real pain if you don’t have the right tools (as I discovered remodeling the Blue House). My solution–an elevator!
This elevator will take the imaginary inhabitants to the next floor.
The elevator doesn’t work, and who knows if a real house would have one like this. But who cares? It’s my fantasy house, and I can do what I want.
I designed and built this entirely out of my head. I researched pictures of private elevators, Edwardian period elevators, Art Deco elevators, and more, but I couldn’t find a good one that lent itself to modeling or the space I had. So I made it up.
I found a piece of Minigraphics wallpaper in my stash that was faux painted panels. I knew I’d been saving it for something special. Much cutting and decopage later, it’s now decorating my elevator.