Thursday, February 21, 2013

Exterior Progress




From this...

... to this...





It needs a few more coats of paint, windows, doors, stonework.... a lot of work!  But the house is taking shape slowly.  The staircase tower will be on the left, and the kitchen and still room will be at the back.  I will make a roombox extension for the kitchen, and think it will take a few years to get to that point!


The last windowto have stonework added is from the study - I am thinking of making it into French windows opening onto the (future) garden.

The roof will have proper crow step gables (currently it is just a piece of foam board!) and chimneys.  And of course a slate roof!  Ideally, I would like real slate, but wonder if it might be a little too heavy.


I used foam board to mock up the porch


Here is a little watercolour I painted to show what I hope Daviot House will eventually look like!  You can see the staircase tower on the left hand side




This is a very inspirational house, Ford House in Lothian.  I love the garden and slightly sagging roof!



Jonquil

21 comments:

  1. I love it Jonquil
    I went to school near the town of Daviot n north east Scotland and recognise the picture above. I love your drawing of what it will look like. You've made massive progress!
    Well done xx

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    1. Now that is a coincidence - my family orginally comes from Daviot!

      I wish I felt like I had made massive progress - I think my work method must be the meast productive in the world - just doing things when I fancy it doesn't make for good project management!

      I'd like to finish the facade so I can stop having to cover the poor thing when we have visitors!

      x

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  2. Really looking good so far, cant wait to see whats next!

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    1. Neither can I.... just don't hold your breathe ;)

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  3. Oh lovely, Jonquil, I love your watercolour painting, are you going to frame it and hang it in your house, I hope so. Love your inspiration house, it is nice to have an idea of the final look that you want for your dollhouse.

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    1. I am definitely going to frame it, though I'm not sure it deserve such treatment... it was my first proper attempt at a miniature watercolour! Maybe I could put it in the back of a very long, dark room .... But it is nice to have a picture of what I visualise the house to be, because the reality is far from it!

      xx

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  4. ¡Hola Jonquil!

    La fachada se ve preciosa, me encantan las reformas que le estás haciendo. Creo que aun partiendo de un kit, se pueden conseguir resultados maravillosos en una casa de muñecas, y tú sin lugar a dudas, eres una buena muestra de ello. Sigue así que estás consiguiendo un trabajo realmente maravilloso. Ah, se me olvidaba, la acuarela es una preciosidad!! Al igual que las novedades que has subido a tu tienda Etsy.

    ¡Un abrazo enorme!

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    1. muchas gracias Pedrete! pero no estoy seguro... tengo muchissimo trabajo a hacer y no tengo mucho tiempo, como siempre!

      besitos

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    2. Yo también tengo mucho trabajo por hacer en mi casa de muñecas. Pero quiero disfrutar del trabajo, no tengo prisas por terminarla. Cuanto antes la termine, antes me podré a hacer otra. ¡Y ya no tengo sitio para más casas! Jajaja!!

      ¡Un besote enorme!

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  5. Hi Jonquil, this looks marvellous and the watercolour is charming too. Keep on keeping on!

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  6. Stunning!
    And yes to the french doors out to the future court yard, I think that is a lovely idea.

    Your water colour is lovely and captures you vision so well it helps us see your plans that you are already well on the way with. In reference to your comment to Simon, I think you are very productive, I recall you referring to your children? They tend to take up a lot of time, I think you are doing exceptionally well.

    Beutiful work.

    ML Fi x

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    1. Thank you Fi!

      Two and a half year old twins....that's my excuse for slow progress, and I'm sticking to it! : D

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  7. Love the water colour and I see that there are some outbuildings too - future projects maybe? It shouldn't be at the end of dark room, though, it's great!
    I like the way your house is developing, it gives you time to change your mind and modify as you go along.

    And you think you're not making enough progress? I started my house in 1992 and still have 2 rooms (of 6) that are entirely without a purpose and not even painted/wallpapered. So in comparison you are making massive progress in a very short space of time. All things are relative!

    Idske

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    1. ha, ha - that's very reassuring! So, I have at least another 15 years to finish the hall and bedroom?

      I like tackling the rooms one at a time - that way they are characterful rather than fomulaic (I think), but I will need at least another two decades to finish it. The advantage of that is that I'll only ever need one house (famous last words!)

      x

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  8. I love where you are going with the house Jonquil! The watercolour and the inspiration house give such a good idea of what it will eventually look like.

    I work in the same way you do, one room at the time. As for work speed (and I think you are doing really well with two toddlers!) it's not a race, is it? It's all about enjoying what you are doing. I bought my first dolls house 10 years ago (almost to the day!) and it is not finished yet. I am close though!

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  9. Amazing! I like your renovation.
    Bye Faby

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  10. Hello, Jonquil! I'm in bed sick! At the end of my two kids, aged 8 and 11 months, I have been infected. You are really very good with small twins. this is very nice post. Your creative process is always interesting. I love the house where you are inspiring, and also the home of the blog is very beautiful. Quell'acquerello you have to hang absolutely!Do not rush. Better a dollshouse that everyone admires, such as Josie, that many and without character.

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  11. Your little water colour is charming! It's good to see your vision for Daviot House. I love the idea of a stair tower!

    I think real slate for dolls houses is cut quite thin, and if you have a bit of extra support in the roof, you could use the slate tiles on the roof of your dolls house.

    An alternative is to use slate effect card. There is a miniaturist who makes model birds etc (can't remember his name, but Irene of Hambleton Hall has used his products before) who sells slate effect card too, though I'm sure it's possible to make some at home.

    regards
    Andy

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  12. Jonquil, your water color painting is charming, together with the picture at the end I can imagine how your house is looking like at the end. My canal house is built 11 years ago and it is till not finished, in fact I have to do all rooms on the inside :D!
    Warm hugs, Ilona

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  13. Preciosa casa y una buena copia del original

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  14. What a lovely house your inspirational property is. I don't think I've seen your whole house and I hadn't heard of Ford House before now. Shame on me as it's not THAT far away! It has all the elements that make a miniature so interesting and I'm pleased you're including the crow stepped gables.

    Unfortunately they were an afterthought as far as The Tenement was concerned so it has to go without.

    I used real slate because The Tenement has a small roof but they've not really added that much weight. The actual pieces of slate are very thin. The guy Andy refers to is Peter Clark http://www.allthingssmall.co.uk/ I've used his "tiles" on Netherton. They come in the form of an A4 card. Tile finish on one side and cutting lines marked on the underside. All very easy to deal with but the edges do need to be touched up with pencil (I found)to hide the cut card. I could send you some if you wanted to get an idea of what they were like in "real life".

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