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I have attached the modified walls and wallpapered the rest of the corridor. I'm still working on the staircase trims, the final color will be the dark mahogany you see in the picture, I am thinking about doing the same for the doors.
The living room and dinning room will be combined together in the same room, with this mod the room is now big enough to acomodate a seating area + a 6 seat table and chairs. I've primed the walls of this room in a dark color because they will be covered by wood pannels, not wallpaper.
I've decided to try spackle, first time working with this material so I am winging it a bit. I am planning on using cast decorations on the ceilling and was afraid they would be too heavy on the template, so I decided to try to smooth the surface and glue them directly (electricity will run under the floor templates). Having some problems with the plywood, the lines you see are from the wood surface. I think I will have to apply a thicker layer for this to work, just not sure how that's going to work with the plaster on top... never tried to glue anything into spackle. I will probably also need to glue the wall from upstairs before I finish the ceiling, I've acidentaly covered up too much of the tabs lol.
I'm trying to pick up the pace on the construction of the Beacon Hill, it's been slow so far but I finally began gluing the house together and can now move on to the design choices for my interiors. I had to order new doors for the house since the ones from my kit were damaged (bad plywood surface), got pre-built ones to save costs (wood + hinges) but in turn I had to modify the openings for them to fit (if you ever plan on building this house: test the doors before you glue the walls in!). I've also modified the walls in this area: changed the position of the 'kitchen' door, drilled in new tabs on the floor and changed the shape of the walls, so this corridor and the 'living room' (right) with have a rectangle shape.
Now I need to finish the stairs, wallpaper this room and finish the ceiling portion between the stairs and front door before I glue the front tower wall in. This means I have to do a lot of design choices now that I won't be able to change later. Thanks to advice from other builders I have cut the tabs on the stairs so now they are sliding in and out really well, they are still in dry fit at the moment: I'm in the process of testing wood stains, not sure if I'll stick to dark walnut or finish with a mahogany coat? I was a bit undecided if I should use red or turquoise wallpaper here, with this one perhaps dark wallnut will look better? For the floors, I'm thinking parquet in either cherry or light mahogany as main color. I'm also considering adding wainscot to the walls and a decorative pediment over the doors.
Started in Jan 2015 and finished in November 2015
I never did get around to posting the pictures of my finished Beacon Hill. I saw yesterday where someone had searched the gallery since their next build was going to be this, and noticed not many finished Beacon Hill's. That prompted me to finally post my pictures. This is the first doll house I ever built, and I learned so much from building this house. I still would like to do some more landscaping on it. I am now just learning to make flowers and plants, so maybe in the future I will post an updated picture of the landscaping.
Need advice on doors...
So I was planning on dressing up the 'doors' that came with the Beacon Hill kit and pretty them up a bit, but I'm feeling a bit disheartened to find that most of them are not in a good shape... they came with some pretty big imperfections (holes) on the 'bad side' of the plywood cutouts.... and I don't think I'll be able to cover these up
I want my doors to have a wood finish so the plan was to stain them, but some of these 'holes'/'scratches' are not only deep into the plywood but also look darker around the edges (as you can see from pic above, looks like a burn mark) and I can't think of a way to disguise them without covering up the surface entirely. I'm trying to think what I can do about this and the most logical solution seams to be to just cut new ones out of wood. So I went to check on prices of the wood boards, plus hinges and the trims I'll need to dress up the doors, and it all started to add up... to the point I have to wonder if it would be cheaper to just buy pre-assembled doors and use those instead (even if I have to pry them out of the casings and hinge them). The Beacon Hill doorways seam to be a bit narrower than most "standard" dollhouse doors so I suppose I'll probably have to modify the openings to fit them? I doubt I could 'cut' the pre-fab door to fit and not look 'weird'.
What should I do? My house is still in 'dry' fit so it wouldn't be a problem to widen the openings, but I am not sure if that's a wise decision considering the space around some doors isn't a lot (specifically, the second floor bedroom 'wardrobe' door). Have you had this problem before and what did you do to 'fix' the door and have a smooth surface? Should I just scrap them and make new ones from scratch?
Greenleaf Shingle Strip Sheets
I am nearing completion of my Beacon Hill and have run out of shingles since I decided to shingle the bays. My Beacon is a vintage kit from 1991 with the thicker shingles. I purchased some spare Greenleaf shingles from a Beacon kit off of Ebay recently, but they were from a more modern kit and were much thinner than mine. I only have the back tower roof left to do and estimate it will take about 100 shingles (including for cuts). Would anyone have spare any shingle strip sheets from an early 1990's GL kit that they would part with?