Monday, 31 August 2015

Kitchen building begins...

I've been really looking forward to starting this kitchen using kitchen unit kits from Elf Miniatures.I began building up the kits earlier this year before I started on the house so now that it's built I can begin.
First I started putting the kits in place to see how things were going to fit.

I've decided to make the island bigger.

I shuffled things around a lot.

Then I got parts of the plinths fitted onto the base units.

Next came all the painting and fixing the doors on.

Which brought me to this stage - so I had to have a play to see how it looked. There was still much more painting to do yet..

This photos shows the final finish on the base units, with the 
plinths in place and the display cabinet made up. The dishwasher has also been added with all it's little knobs and handles stuck on....

Here we have the column oven completed. Again I had to stick all the little knobs, handles, clock and aliminium strips on which was very fiddly but the end result is very convincing.

So that is the base units, work top, oven, dishwasher and display cupboard finished (apart from adding the handles). The worktop will need waxing if I decide to keep them as wood. Nothing is stuck in place as yet..

I made the breakfast bar a little bigger

And this is how it's looking at the moment. All the wall units are blu - tacked in position so that I can see where to position the extractor when I get the kit made up.Finally the sensor hob will need sticking into place.  

The next thing will be the lighting. I plan to have under cupboard lighting and a light over the breakfast bar.
Lots more thinking and planning.....

Monday, 24 August 2015

Floor laying and fireplace fitting.

All miniature work involves much forward planning and visionary ideas or it's really easy to overlook things and then realise too late that you should have done this before that which then results in undoing things and that  is so very frustrating and messy.
With all this in mind I knew I needed to get the flooring laid downstairs before I could undertake the next phase which was building the kitchen, utility and downstairs cloakroom.

So the kitchen, lounge and utility now has flooring.

The fireplace and skirting board is done.

The dining area is complete with carpet, skirting and french doors.
I took this photo with our real garden as the back drop!


And the downstairs cloakroom which is located just by the outside door and adjacent to the utility.
Both the cloakroom and utility need finishing and accessorising before I can add the internal walls to this area. It will all become clearer later.

Inside planning....

Back to the inside.
Here are some photos with the ideas I have for the inside of this house.
I love 3d dollshouses but of course the space they take up in reality is immense and my tiny  bungalow doesn't have the room! So this is my attempt at creating an interpretation of a 3 dimensional living space within a small area.
Now that the house is together I'm better able to see where I'm going with it. The little extension is going to work well....

The walls are all cut and held in place with a side door leading into the utility. The other room at the far side is the dining area leading off the lounge.

This will be the view into the utility and dining areas from the open plan lounge. I will need to fill in the original wall grooves. Coffee stirrers will do that job! 

The open plan lounge and kitchen area looking through to the utility and dining area.

French doors will be on the back wall of the dining area.

This is a view of the whole house. You can see the large area above the lounge and kitchen with the attic floor above. All good big spaces. You will have noticed that I have omitted the stairs which gives me even more room to play with.
The following photos show my rough cardboard plans.

My ideas are still quite fluid but I am hoping on this middle floor to include a family bathroom, a tiny study or box room (these two rooms will only be visible through the open doors) a small bedroom and a landing with a false door on the back wall. 

The family bathroom will be on the left, with a false door on the back wall (back bedroom), the landing turning to the right to suggest stairs,
a box room/study in the middle and a bedroom on the right.

I'm hoping this will work out but there is still lots more measuring and planning to do. My idea was that it would just give a whole new dimension to this house in terms of realism. 
It will mean though that the bathroom and study will have to be decorated, lights installed and accessorised before the walls are in place and the doors fitted
but if it all goes according to plan, the attic floor above will then become the master suite!


Whilst it was pouring outside I thought I would do some gardening of the miniature variety which was much more pleasant and less tiring than  the full scale variety. I didn't get wet either! I did get sticky though. Very, very sticky!

All planted up and paving slabs laid. 

Did you spot the garden lights?

It's a shame that they don't work but aren't they cute? 

A few garden pots, a light and a number sign to finish it all off.

I used mdf painted tile strips for the porch roof.
Notice the brick pillar to the left instead of the wooden baluster that came with the kit.


Some outside work.

It's always a dilemma knowing where to concentrate your efforts when you begin a new project. Do you get it all looking good on the outside first and hold back on starting the inside....? Or do you dive straight in and get cracking on the interior? It's like you want to do two things at once!
Well I decided to do two things at once - I started on the facade of the building whilst at the same time planning and designing the inside.  It was nice to have different things to do.

My inspiration for doing the stone and brickwork on the porch area comes from the houses around where I live.
I used Richard Stacey real stone for this.

Then came the brickwork using Richard Stacey Versi Slips.

All grouted in. 

My little cat Mia giving her seal of approval! 


Monday, 17 August 2015

I've made a start on this my latest house!

This is my version of the Springwood Cottage kit made by Dollshouse Emporium.
It will be set in the present day. Modern but not ultra modern, more classic modern if you know what I mean....with some alterations, modifications and additions!

First the shell of the house had to be taped together so I could begin the real planning. In my head I have had ideas spinning around for ages on how I want it to look. Now whether they will come to fruition is another matter!
The photo below shows the basic house.

The ground floor will be open plan. The stairs will have to go I think and there will be an extension on the back, making a bigger lounge/dining room and extra space for the kitchen......

A large piece of mdf is marked out ready for cutting - thank goodness for hubby who helped with this!

After lots of looking and thinking, measuring, marking out and sawing I began the painting so I could get the house stuck together. 

I began this job outside because it was such a lovely day.....

But had to abandon that as the bugs wanted to join in the fun landing on my lovely paintwork!
Next came the exciting bit of gluing it altogether....

Here it is all put together and painted.

Doorway leading into utility and downstairs cloakroom and dining area to the right.

That's the progress so far!