Eye Candy from Show and Other People's Work
As most everyone knows, my houses were on display/for sale at Tom Bishop's Chicago International Show last April (2011). The feedback, even from other vendors while I was rolling the damaged houses to the display tables was amazing. I was expecting the worst, but people were still impressed with them even though the Victorian was slouched over hanging off what was left of the porch and the Tudor looked like it had been hit by a mini tornado.
The other big house vendor was "JL Homes", a local guy. He had a good weekend, selling one large house and a small store. I don't have any photos of the store, but I did get photos of the house. I was especially impressed with the foyer / staircase. Wish I had that much space for the Tudor's entryway, but I didn't want to exceed 6' for the house's total length.
I also noticed that his houses weren't "ready to move" houses- finished products that just need to be carried or rolled on a table or cart. The base was multiple parts that assemble with an almost seamless finish. I guess houses aren't moved everyday, so it may be a feature I could use on a future project. When I build mine I don't want problems like trying to fit the house through a door way or other issue (like complex setups) to irritate the future owner.
Here's what my houses looked like on arrival and after getting a huge amount of help repairing them from Brae, a master house builder who's far more skilled than I.