Greenleaf Pierce

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i picked up this gem from FB Marketplace for $50 yesterday.  Trying to decide if I should build a house from scratch before I try to restore the one I have?  Is there a benefit gained from the experience of the build first? 

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Hi Lorna! "Restore?" Is the house built and needs to be restored or is it still a kit in a box and needs to be built? If the latter, I'd suggest building the kit before doing a scratch house. You'll learn a lot about the mechanics of building by doing a kit. Even if it is built, restoring it will give you insight into how these houses work. I'd do the Pierce first, hold off on the scratch-built until you have more experience.

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16 minutes ago, KathieB said:

Hi Lorna! "Restore?" Is the house built and needs to be restored or is it still a kit in a box and needs to be built? If the latter, I'd suggest building the kit before doing a scratch house. You'll learn a lot about the mechanics of building by doing a kit. Even if it is built, restoring it will give you insight into how these houses work. I'd do the Pierce first, hold off on the scratch-built until you have more experience.

Sorry let me clarify.

The Pierce is a complete unopened box that I bought last night.

Some 30 years ago I inherited my grandmothers doll house which I wish to restore and redo.  

so I wasn't sure if there was significant insight I could glean from building the kit and doing the Pierce first that would be helpful in the restoration and rebuild of my Grandmothers house.

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19 minutes ago, KathieB said:

Hi Lorna! "Restore?" Is the house built and needs to be restored or is it still a kit in a box and needs to be built? If the latter, I'd suggest building the kit before doing a scratch house. You'll learn a lot about the mechanics of building by doing a kit. Even if it is built, restoring it will give you insight into how these houses work. I'd do the Pierce first, hold off on the scratch-built until you have more experience.

and by build from scratch I mean from the kit vs the one sitting in my office that is completed and needs a lot of work.

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Lorna, I would go ahead and carefully build the Pierce first, as that will give you a lot of insight into how to proceed on your rehab.  A lot of members have built the Pierce and blogged about it.

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Thanks for the clarification. I don't believe it makes much difference which one you work on first. Go with the one that is hollering the loudest. Either way, it's one step at a time, and we are here to answer questions and get you through any sticky bits. :) 

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I'd go with Grandma's refurb. You will see returns faster - finish a room, and put some furniture in it to play around...I would refurb over scratch any day - but that is because I dislike building structures and prefer furnishing/decorating.

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First off - fantastic score!!!  You got that for a great price - well done you!  Secondly, 'scratch build' is the term miniaturists use when talking about building something literally from nothing.  Ie I'm building a rabbit burrow and built the whole structure myself from my own plans.

I started the Pierce in I think either 2014 or 2015.  If any of the plans are missing I'm happy to help - I can email them through as pictures just as I have with a few others on the forum.  I still haven't finished the house.  Because it was my first 1:12, I shouldn't have gone for such a big house.  I rushed ahead with confidence and bravado and didn't do too badly - until it came to the outside!  :D  Now I look at the house - still not quite finished, and think of how differently I would do things with these 4-5 years of experience.  Before writing this I was going to suggest doing the Pierce but now I've talked myself round to thinking you should do the restore. :dunno:  :doh:

6 to one, half dozen to the other.  If you do the Pierce it gives you knowledge and understanding of how things fit together and the little things that you don't see underneath a decorated house.  If you do the restore it will more gently lead you into an understanding of what comes after the build!  I agree with Kathie - if one makes you feel heavy and the other makes you feel excited and light - go with that one!  Looking forward to see your progress on both projects!

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Lorna I'm having the same interior debate. Do I put the Pierce I'm disassembling away and do an easier, smaller one to get my feet wet or jump into the Pierce? I have an Arthur and a Madison to choose. I waffle everyday. I decided to wait till it was down to the base before making a final decision. For me it's choosing the decor. I can't decide. I've looked at tons on this forum...and can't decide. I think there is no wrong choice. Someone said whatever makes you feel lighter. Maybe whichever one you can clearly envision more?

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" I agree with Kathie - if one makes you feel heavy and the other makes you feel excited and light "

 

YES! What she/they said!!

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Jess, when you start to hear the houses talk to you it becomes a lot easier; they will tell you what they want and how they want to look.

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