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  1. Back when I started building the Duracraft San Franciscan, the one made of MDF, I decided it needed a basement, so a carpenter friend of mine cut one for me based on my specs. It's got window openings and an opening for stairs. I'm not asking any money for it, just the cost of sending it to where it would need to go. I think I can get packing materials for free. I've posted some pics, although they're not the best, but they'll give you an idea of the piece. It's made from 1/2" thick excellent quality wood. I decided to go in a different direction and didn't build the house, but I hate to just throw away the basement because someone might have use for it. So, I'll post it here and see if there are any takers. I planned on making it into a kitchen and laundry room. Two of the photos show the "Ceiling" as the floor. The stair opening is actually on the top of the structure. I have some more recent photos I can email if anyone should contact me. The center wall is not included, but you can see how the room layout would look if you added a wall. The ceiling height is 8.5" and I used the actual floor piece (MDF) from the original kit, so it matches up exactly.  As far as components go, I had used what was shown in the photos. There's a sliding glass door by Miniature House and I used windows from Earth and Tree. If you need components, I can see what I have and we could discuss pricing on those items. But, the basement itself is free of charge to anyone who could use it. Any questions or for more information, send me a message. I'm located in MA so if you're in the area, I can meet you with it as well. Probably a long shot, but hey, you never know! Robin   P.S. If you wanted to make a donation for this item, I'd ask $10 that I could give to a local animal rescue.
  2. Hi All, I am searching for a DuraCraft Marquam Hill Mansion (MR 625) kit or dollhouse. My grandmother had one of these when I was little that I loved playing with, but sadly it was given to someone outside of our family after she passed. I would love to build or restore one with my daughter now that she is old enough to share a love of miniatures with me. However, I am having a really hard time finding this dollhouse anywhere. Anyone have any leads? Thanks!
  3. I am constructing the Duracraft linfield and I’m dry fitting the roof, but it’s just not fitting right. Do they ever? Should I sand and try to figure it out or glue and fill in with wood putty? I have done everything correct with the instructions, so I don’t know what’s best to do. Any suggestions?
  4. I have a hand-me-down Duracraft Victorian VH600 that I would be happy to give to someone who would love and build it.  It is from the 1980s, never opened.  I have no idea of the condition but the box is clean and whole so I'm assuming that everything inside is good. It is very heavy, so I can't mail it, sorry.  I am willing to drive to a southern L.A. Co. or Orange Co. Calif. location if you can't come and get it, and I would be happy to hang on to it for a while if necessary. The box says "21 in. x 47 in. x 40 in." -- ten rooms!  
  5. Garage

    From the album First Dollhouse DC San Franciscan SF557

    A close up of the garage. I have some work to do on the garage door and I may make a laundry area in the back under the window.
  6. Hello,   It seems our landlord fail to mention that our garage turned into a swimming pool when it rained.  I was able to save the wooden pieces of the Shenandoah Log Cabin, but not the instructions.    If anyone has a copy or know where I can get one I would greatly appreciate it.  I will pay for them and shipping
  7. Working on the Dining Room

    From the album First Dollhouse DC San Franciscan SF557

    I'm waiting on supplies for the basement apartment plus I needed a change of scenery so I decided to work on the dining room today. Everything is still in dry fit so it's all a house of cards that could come tumbling down at any moment.  The table isn't finished so the top hasn't been glued down yet.. I've used these random metal minis to weigh it down so it would sit more evenly on my very wonky floor. (It warped during white washing and I'm yet to find a way to fix it... No amount of heavy books has managed it yet. )  The table got a coat of Walnut Brown stain, then several thick washes of antique grey chalk paint, left on for a few seconds then wiped off with an old towel. Contemplating more washes, but wonder if I should just let it be.. I'm known to keep going until I've gone too far.   The chairs were a dark stain and they have had several coats of white primer... Not sure what colour to paint them, I was thinking a swedish grey, but I quite like the white.. The seats will get a taupe or grey or white linen seat depending on the colour I settle on for the wood.
  8. Basement floor - grouted.JPG

    From the album First Dollhouse DC San Franciscan SF557

    Gave the brick flooring a wash of white paint to tone down the red and give it a bit of an aged appearance. Then grouted. Used spackle this time @Its_a_sm_world_after_all Jodi.  Soooo much better.. but it's very white... should I give all of this a black wash to grimy it up a bit? Or leave it all white and pretty?      
  9. Chelsea front bashed

    From the album Laurel/Chelsea Bash

    This is how I bashed the front of the Chelsea.
  10. two Craigslist finds....fingers crossed

    After having to take time off from minis due to work (and life) I am anxious to start back.  I was on Craig's List looking for a swimming pool slide, when I came across two dollhouses.  The first is only about five miles from me, it's a San Franciscan (I'm pretty sure, not 100% sure of model) for $100.  The other I believe is a Newport, comes with furniture, and is $225.  I am attaching seriously considering buying both houses.  I have the room, and I prefer rehabbing to building.  My 40th birthday is Monday, so I may have found my gifts (to myself)  If anyone can confirm/correct my model names (neither owner was sure of the model), or if the picture shows some kind of glaring problem I've missed, please let me know!
  11. Basement Studio Apartment

    From the album First Dollhouse DC San Franciscan SF557

    This is the basement apartment main room. Originally I was going to have the kitchenette at the front beside the front door and under the window, but it didn't leave me enough room for a sofa bed or murphy bed up by the bathroom. So I've had to switch it around. The kitchenette will now be a galley style at the rear near the bathroom and the living/sleeping area will be up front. I will most likely build some kind of modular corner sofa bed arrangement as I don't know where exactly to put a murphy bed. In the kitchen area, there will be a small sink, counter top stove a small under counter oven & a mini fridge. There will be one small overhead cupboard at the rear and shelving units up to the basement window. Next to the bathroom door there will likely be a small counter with a chair & some storage as a meals/study multi function space. 
  12. Basement Bathroom Mockup

    From the album First Dollhouse DC San Franciscan SF557

    This is the basement bathroom floor plan. It's a small room so has a pretty basic design There will be walk in shower in the back. Basin with Cabinet mirror & Toilet. I may make a little custom shelf unit for between the basin and the loo.  The door will change to a Classics Narrow door (on order) to free up some wall space for accessories such as towel racks etc. Furniture is just place holding, I still need to make some choices for this room.
  13. Basement living area

    From the album First Dollhouse DC San Franciscan SF557

    In the living area there will be a modular corner sofa bed arrangement of some sort (to be built). On the wall between the kitchenette and living area will be a tall thin storage cupboard. A small round coffee table and a storage unit on the diagonal wall for a TV and books, will round out the furniture for this room.
  14. San Franciscan Basement top view

    From the album First Dollhouse DC San Franciscan SF557

    Top view of the entire floor plan for the San Franciscan basement. I finally got all my window and door holes cut. I will need to make some adjustments to the garage door opening as it's a bit large. Once the exterior stone goes on it should solve some of the issues.
  15. Hi there,  In 1995-96 I bought a dollhouse kit while going though a major episode of my life. It really helped me get through.  I am trying to figure out the name of the house, because it has clearly been discontinued. It was destroyed some time ago, and it had a lot of personal value. I am unsure as to whether it was Dura Craft or Greenleaf. It very much resembled the Beacon Hill, but it was slightly different. In addition to being quite large with a mansard roof and working windows, it also had strips of hardwood to lay for the downstairs. For the bottom trim for the "basement/foundation," there was a strip to adhere that gave it the look of real brick. Can anyone point me in the right direction: 1990s kit catalogs, photos, etc., that might give me an idea as to where to find out what that house was called (and perhaps even replace it)? I've searched and searched the internet over and over, and have come up empty handed.   Thanks!  
  16. Basement progress

    From the album First Dollhouse DC San Franciscan SF557

    Making progress on the basement. I've cut the hole for the garage door which is in dryfit and has a coat of primer. I don't know where to put the basement door. I've chosen this french door style because there most likely won't be a window on the front wall and I would like to have the door do double duty for some light. I can't put the door directly under the other doors as the garage door took up more room than expected and means it's impossible to line the bottom door up with the others due to the internal struts/runners that make the garage door work. The choices are: 1. Centre it in what's left of the wall, or 2. Try and get it as close as possible to the garage door, maybe even sharing trim? Thoughts?
  17. New to mini crafting

    Although I have dabbled in creating miniature items most of my life, I only recently got into dollhouses. My sister gave a DuraCraft Ashley still in the box a couple of years ago and i blindly proceeded to begin construction. After about a month of trying to find permanent space to work, I ended up revamping my garage into a workshop, and then began collecting little things to create furnishings...then i discovered Pinterest!! I have so many boards and pins there, I go by jeanzblue, don't have any of my stuff, just things i like. So the more i look at other's work and bashing I have finally decided to "theme" bash the Ashley as a sorceress cottage. I also do silly little things in my garden to attract tbe Faerie folk, I truly believe that "if you build it they will come" ;-) This is where most of my mini crafting has been done until now. Recently I spent som time at my sister's and she is very heavy into quilting now, so she gave me 40 years worth of miniatures! Furniture kits, already put together pieces, critters, food and a DuraCraft San Franciscan 550 still in the box!!! I am so excited! This new project will become a wizard's castle, i have already begun cuttingup egg cartons; stones for the cottage walls and bricks for the castle! I also collect dragons and wizards and other things Faerie, and to go with the cottage and castle I have plansfor a dragon cavern. I get bored with one project at a time, so I also carve and build and create other crafty stuff. I am 62 years young and I now see myself building my miniature fantasy world for the rest of my life...
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    From the album First Dollhouse DC San Franciscan SF557

    There will be black coach lights on both porches
  19. Good morning, fellow miniaturists. I purchased a Duracraft Heritage off of eBay and sadly, it was missing the siding and the first main and base floor support pieces (and lots of other stuff, but I can purchase bricks and those types of things elsewhere). I'm in Arlington, WA (north of Seattle) and wondering if anyone has a Duracraft Heritage kit that has these pieces - I'd like to trace the missing pieces and cut out of wood or buy your kit if it has all the pieces if you are in Washington State/greater Seattle area. Sheet No. HR-1 (3) Base Floor Supports Sheet No. HR-2 Pieces N & M Base Floor Pieces Sheet No. HR-3 Base Floor Back and Base Floor Surplice Not being an expert at building or math, I'm not very familiar with trying to figure out the size of these pieces based on what I do have so any help is greatly appreciated! Thank you for looking and Happy Holidays! Christie
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  21. Hello All,   I am new to the site.  I was cleaning out my woodshop and found a boxed Duracraft Farmhouse 505 that I partially assembled back about 1994. I was going to donate it to the local thrift shop, but in searching the web for the missing instructions, I found your blogs and thought perhaps someone would like to have it? As I remember it from 1994, I just got too busy to complete it and I don't have any family interested.  I can not ascertain that all the parts are still included, but it all fits into the same box and is very heavy.  I live in North Georgia.   Thank you for the time.
  22. I'm currently working on my first build, a duracraft farmhouse fh505.  I am having some issue and could use a bit of help. I've posted about the issues I'm having in the duracraft forum. Any suggestions and/or advice would be greatly appreciated.
  23. Before She came home - Front

    From the album The Queen

    Here she is, photo taken when she was still in her old residence, but once I knew I was getting her!
  24. Heritage_1-15.pdf Heritage_16-21.pdf
  25. Attic windows

    From the album Whitebrush Manor - DC VM800

    I installed two this weekend, one in each gable.