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Beacon Hill - Dollhouse Noob
Starting a new single thread so I don’t fill up the whole forum with my questions!)
OK, so I ran into an issue and need some advice on whether I need to disassemble and fix it or just continue on.
After I put together the 2nd assembly in the instructions (the first walls that go up) I went to attach it to the foundation and there were a couple of tabs that just barely went in the slots because part of the 2nd assembly was off when I glued it together. (I’m going to try and attach pics)
I originallly thought I would just fill that area with wood filler but now I’m worried that the rest of the build is going to be off. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks!
Just a very small update on the Beacon Hill, unfortunately my restoration work has been taking most of my time and left very little oportunity to work on my hobbies, but I do hope to catch up later this year. The construction pieces are mostly sorted and prepared, but I'd rather work on the assembly when I have time to regularly check on it. In the meantime I've worked on this set of chairs and table for the dinning room, bought them separately in raw wood but I think the design ended up matching quite well. Here's a little furniture test for the Beacon Hill parlour area, I'm happy the modifications gave me all this extra room to play around with furniture but still I wish I had a bit extra space haha.
The sideboard and cabinet are from the Bespaq Armorial set, I have some assorted pieces I use as "displays" for my collection of miniature porcelain and glass inside my large cabinets. These two suit the room nicely I think, and unlike other pieces I've tried the sideboard actually fits inside the bay window. I haven't changed the decorations inside the cabinet which is full of Reutter miniatures, I'll rearange everything after the house is finished. The decorations on the table were displayed with a diferent set, I've picked the green dishes and a matching carpet because I'm thinking of decorating this room with a "green" theme. You may recognize the silver pieces, they are from artists Peter Acquisto and Dmitry Shevchenko, I've noticed Dmitry recently posted on this forum and I must say I've been a fan of his work for some time. I specially love his cuttlery sets, so detailed and delicate, and the 5 arm candelabra is probably one of my favorite pieces from his collection. Recently I've bought these green mini wax candles from clare bell which go really nice with the candelabra, I'll definitely get more for other candle holders they smell so nice too! The sofa set is a work from the talented Jill Diane I had in my mini art collection. I wasn't planning on using them in a dollhouse setting, but I really like the green fabric and delicate decorations so I'm feeling a bit tempted to move them here, it adds to the "french" vibe of this house hehe. Not sure about the paintings, I might need a mirror for the fireplace but I want to add a bit of decor on the pannels. I will also need green curtains for the windows, either short ones or falling all the way to the floor.
I hope you enjoy this mini preview, I really miss working on my Beacon Hill. Sadly large houses take almost as much time as real size furniture, and I've had plenty of that to work on latelly *sigh*. I should have picked a smaller project at this time, but I will eventually get back to work in this house.
Hope you all had wonderful holidays, I'll try to catch up with the updates I've missed and wish you an excellent new year full of mini wonders
Torn between the Lily & the Beacon Hill : - (
So I've been spending the past 6 months working on my first doll house - the half scaled Fairfield. As the rest of you half scalers know not everything comes in half scale and therefore it's difficult to source what you need. There are also little parts that once glued it's difficult to get into the rooms to decorate. So it's been a challenge but I've throughly enjoyed it. It's forced me to think out of the box and do my research! As my time with my Fairfield is drawing to a close (hopefully - by Christmas fingers crossed if i get organised and motivated) I've started thinking ahead to my next project - a full 1" scale house! I've narrowed my choices down to the Lily or Beacon Hill.
The Beacon Hill is of course a crowd favourite and a very traditional doll house! The front is stunning but the inside, but for me, is a little restrictive. Has anyone completed this house with modifications to the rooms? I see a lot of people add on a little conservatory but has anyone added on anything more substantial? The little kitchen is going to drive me bonkers, so I'm going to have to figure out the best way to make it bigger. Ive thought about buying 2 kits and bashing them together by placing an additional 3 room tower section (the part with the bay window if you are looking in front the front) on the right hand side next to the small kitchen. The other issue is the layout - being very vertical. And after dealing with the Fairfield - which is a very similar layout to a real house the Beacon Hill looks a little 2D from the back. Although it's probably easier to display because of the smaller foot print. What is great about the Fairfield though is the rooms are really easy to get into and decorate.
The Lily is of course similar design to the Fairfield in it's "3D layout". I've done a few searches on the forum and read the posts - only can find a handful of examples. I've toyed with the idea of adding an additional level between the 2nd floor and the roof level for some extra rooms. The wrap around balcony reminds me of a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast with the bottom level a kitchen, dinning, lounge and the upper levels bedrooms and bathrooms with perhaps a library/music room : -) I'm thinking black iron railings, shutter windows and bricks for the outside. The big draw back with this one is getting into those small spaces (like the fairfield) so a lot of the work needs to be done before gluing. Can I do this to myself again? LOL Has anyone completed this house? Have people added different windows and doors? Would love to hear and see what you've done with it!
Thoughts and suggestions would be most welcome! : - )