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  1. Garage

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    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.
  2. Possible Front Stairs option

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    So I took Emily's (Fov) advice and tried out a mock-up of a different front stair configuration than I had originally intended. I added a little extension to the front of the porch to allow the first flight to descend at a right angle to the house (I will need to figure out some kind of railing for this.. I don't want my little people swan diving to the driveway when coming home from a night on the town ). The landing at the bottom of the first flight would be the same level as the front garden and their would be a retaining wall under it as indicated (this house is on an imaginary hillside  ). The lower flight of stairs would end beside the driveway and they would be enclosed on the front side at least, maybe the backside also, but I kind of like the understair area as storage. There is a little alcove under the porch for access to the basement apartment. It still needs some tweaking, but I like it! Thanks for the inspiration Emily!
  3. Working on the Dining Room

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    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.
  4. Basement floor - grouted.JPG

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    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?      
  5. Front Stairs - another view.JPG

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    Today I did a little maths and figured out the size of the cantilever off the porch for the redesigned front stairs. I've glued my three flights of stairs together and mocked them up here. I still have some tweaking to do, but I like how they are turning out. I think I will have the top flight as painted wood with railings to suit the porch railing (which I will be changing). The second and third flight of stairs will either be completely bricked in a brown tone brick or have bricked risers and and "concrete" slab treads. You can't really tell here but there is a decent window well under the porch and first floor bay window, so that the little basement dwellers aren't completely underground. Can't wait to get this foam encased in something! It's shedding like crazy. I've vacuumed 4 times today!  
  6. Hi All, I'm having trouble choosing a car for the San Franciscan's Garage.. I've been trolling around on ebay and other sites all morning.. wasting time searching. So I'm hoping you can help me choose. As you may or may not know the back story on the San Franciscan is that a young couple live there.. they inherited it from her spinster Aunty. So with that in mind, I've been looking at the kind of cars I think a spinster Aunty might have stashed away under a dust cover in the Garage. I feel a pull to this Morris Minor as my Dad's Secretary in the 1970's had this exact car (even the same colour) and I have vivid memories of her driving into the yard of my Dad's office when I was very young. She was a spinster who lived with her mother, as you did if you were a spinster back then. Her name was Deirdre and she was tall and slim with Mrs Doubtfire hair and glasses. She wore tweed below the knee pleated skirts with matching jackets, thick hose and utilitarian lace up shoes. She was an old school Secretary. She took dictation using shorthand and typed so fast it was like rapid fire on that old manual typewriter. I loved her, she was no-nonsense and stern but also kind and very nice to me. When I saw this car I immediately thought of her... maybe she will be my inspiration for my imaginary San Franciscan Spinster Aunt.     My next choice is this BMW Isetta.. because.. well.. it's just so cool! I feel like the San Franciscan needs a cool retro car and this little Euro number fits the bill entirely. Plus it's petite, meaning it's good for parking in busy San Francisco.  My only concern is that it will be overwhelmed in the garage which has quite a high ceiling height. It also comes in this great retro pale green My husband is voting for this Porsche (of course he is  ), however I fear my back story would have to change to my young couple working in the tech industry.. or perhaps the savvy spinster Aunt was an early investor in Apple. Fortunately, I think this car might be too long for the garage. I haven't been able to find the dimensions of this model but this vintage model (which I quite like) is 14 inches long and the garage is only 13.5.   Of course I could always get a Combi which I think is very San Francisco.. but again, slightly too long.. maybe I could park it in the driveway. or a maybe a Beetle...  Or a Mini.. a retro Morris one not the new BMW version. These come in endless colour combinations so there's a lot of scope there to fit into my overall scheme. Though I do like this green one. Or should the spinster Aunt have had a secret wild side and kept a corvette or mustang under covers in the garage all these years.   So what do you think? Which car should I go for.  
  7. Working on the Front Stairs.JPG

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    Today I did a little maths and figured out the size of the cantilever needed off the porch for the redesigned front stairs. I glued together my three flights of stairs and mocked them up here. I moved the second flight of stairs back in line with the top flight as suggested by @Debsrand56. You may also notice that I've managed to tone down the pink stonework... That is if you aren't distracted by the hellacious bloodbath on my foam!  (Well, not really, but as you can see I've also been working on a tree and the colour of my air dry clay is.. erm.. unfortunate... Not to worry crime scene clean up will be achieved with gesso.  )
  8. From the album First Dollhouse DC San Franciscan SF557

    Took a good stab at laying the stone for the San Franciscan's basement yesterday. I'm using some Andi Mini stone I had in my stash.. do I love it for this project?... mmm.. jury is out.. but the price was right and it saved a lot of time on making egg carton stones.. I'm not in love with the colour of these stones, they are a bit pink for my liking... I'm wondering if I can do a paint wash over them to tone them down? Thoughts? This is the left side or "low" side. That's one big stone wall.  
  9. From the album First Dollhouse DC San Franciscan SF557

    Took a good stab at laying the stone for the San Franciscan's basement yesterday. I'm using some Andi Mini stone I had in my stash.. do I love it for this project?... mmm.. jury is out.. but the price was right and it saved a lot of time on making egg carton stones.. I'm not in love with the colour of these stones, they are a bit pink for my liking... I'm wondering if I can do a paint wash over them to tone them down? Thoughts? This is the right side or "hill" side.. There will be a chimney between the windows hence the cut out in the foam... Obviously I didn't really need to stone there but I forgot while I was working and I had enough product so I kept going.  
  10. I bought a San Franciscan 550 this past weekend from Craig's List.  The house is fairly sound, and is only missing interior stair railings (as far missing/broken components)  The tower roof is not original (or so I've been told) but the low roof doesn't bother me.  Here's my question.  Someone, at some point in the past, glued lace to the windows of the house (as you can see from the picture, the person took care to use the same pattern in each window)  While I don't hate the look, I'd rather have something else.  Whoever glued this lace in must have used some spectacular glue, because this lace is all stuck tight.  Any suggestions to remove the lace (without having to take apart the house) would be greatly appreciated.   PS If anyone has any ideas for the roof (aside from building a "witch hat" tower roof) I'd like to hear those too!
  11. San Franciscan Entry Stairs

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    Working on the Landscaping Board today... I know it seems like a job for the end but I need to at least lay out the plan and mock it up because the hillside will determine where "stone"goes on the outside of the basement. Additionally the new front stairs are an integral part of the landscaped hill and therefore careful height planning is needed to incorporate the stairs later. I've decided on three flights with two turns, thanks to the greenleafers who weighed in last post and suggested three. As you can see it's a fairly rough mock-up but you get the idea. I've built the second flight of stairs into the "hillside" because I felt this was more realistic for a hillside set of stairs rather than having them cantilever off the retaining wall. A bonus is I won't have to have railings on this flight & it also allows me to butt the third flight up against the wall creating the need for only one short stair railing at this level. The other bonus is it allows me to extend the hillside at the front of the board to allow more front yard even though I will likely shape this front portion of the foam into a gentle slope with a smaller retaining wall to soften the look. Looking at this picture now.... I might also move the second flight of stairs backwards a bit, to line up the lip of the top step with the back of the top flights last step... I think it looks a bit strange at the moment and it will also give me a bit of space between the driveway and the front path for greenery.
  12. San Franciscan Front Stairs Mock-Up

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    Working on the Landscaping Board today... Still very much in mock up mode... As you can see I've just used random pieces of foam to simulate the lower landing. I may even put another set of three stairs on the other side of this landing facing back towards the apartment door. That way the little occupants have a choice of stairs whether going to the garage or the front gate. The foam will all be covered in water putty or some such product (again thanks to the Greenleafers who made suggestions.) to simulate a painted cement retaining wall. It'll probably have some cracks in it with plants popping out,.. or maybe a garden bed at the top (of the shortened) wall with hanging plants spilling over.. or vines.. I don't know yet but something to soften the effect.  It will need to be something that is not caustic to foam.. found out the hard way today that spray adhesive melts foam...
  13. IMG_2170.JPG

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    Wooden Wall... Will be painted white and most likely continue all the way to the attic.
  14. Basement Studio Apartment

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    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. 
  15. Basement Bathroom Mockup

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    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.
  16. Basement living area

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    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.
  17. San Franciscan Basement top view

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    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.
  18. Fireplace close up

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    Close up of the fireplace. Nice and sooty.  It's not as dark in RL, but I couldn't capture it with my phone camera.. :/ Once I grout, I'll grubby that up too. There is a small Fret/Fire Basket set DH105 and matching coals that I would like to get to set in the hearth.  
  19. Dry Fit of Dining room

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    This is the latest dryfit of the dining room. The floors have been installed on their template & will be painted & distressed I think. The fireplace interior brick has been painted awaiting grout. I need to figure out how to simulate a marble hearth (just a stand in piece of mat board with lines at the moment  ) The windows are giving me trouble. It seems the pieces that have the window tracks in them have had a piece broken off them over the years and so are no longer wide enough to fit the bays. I've currently got them shimmed with paddle pop sticks, but need to come up with a more permanent solution.
  20. Chimney Breast

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    I currently have the stair wall as a feature wall of painted horizontal tongue and groove but I'm thinking of doing the entire room like this with the exception of the chimney breast which would be white card painted like plaster.  I feel if I do the whole room in painted tongue and groove then the floor needs to stay some sort of wood colour for a point of difference but I'm not sure what colour. I'm really partial to my distressed painted floor idea so not sure what to do.
  21. Basement progress

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    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?
  22. From the album First Dollhouse DC San Franciscan SF557

    Finished up the floor for the dining room today. Still need to decide how to finish it. I'm leaning towards painting it white and then sanding back for a distressed worn look, but I might try a limewash colour first.  I have finally decided on adding the kitchen door to the front of the dividing wall and not the back. I think for furniture placement the back worked better but at the end of the day I just like the look of the door at the front. The stairs will get some fretwork from Earth and Tree. I'm trying to jazz them up a little because the HW narrow stairs are not my favourite due to their ridiculous scale but they were the only ones that fit if I wanted to add interior doors. 
  23. Basement side wall has windows!

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    I've added basement window to the "room" side of the basement to give a little additional light. The chimney will go between these windows.
  24. From the album First Dollhouse DC San Franciscan SF557

    Have switched out the Dura-Craft stairs for Houseworks narrow stairs to allow internal doors to be installed. Have also flipped them forward facing instead of to the back as the kit called for.
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    The infamous working bays in dry fit.