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Old 01-02-2015, 01:15 PM
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Here are two pics - one showing the cottage so far, and one showing where I yanked out the offending bannisters. The stairs are supplied as open plan and the risers attach to the bit I left in place with the treads resting on top.
I see what you mean about the banisters, if they looked like the "railings" edging the platform.

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Old 01-02-2015, 01:33 PM
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I see what you mean about the banisters, if they looked like the "railings" edging the platform.

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They did! Truly awful. I'll braid the "rope" and make the poles tomorrow. I've had to give up for today because very poorly dog needs her mum, and if I sit and stitch she can be beside me on the sofa.

I'm kinda of doing the cottage as a mini replica of the one my husband lived in for many years; I keep asking him exactlywhat he had as stairs etc. I don't think he's fed up with me ......yet....
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Old 01-02-2015, 01:41 PM
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Looking good! Have you seen my album of the crofters cottage I am (still) building from scratch? May give you some ideas for stairs etc....

That is really lovely! The stairs are beautiful and when I do the next house I may well be asking you for rather a lot of help!!

For this house though, which is a mini of Bob's old house, he said it had central stairs, and a room either side with a bedroom in the attic. He did have an extension providing a bathroom so I'll have an open faux door showing a bit of bathroom. I wanted to put a kitchen window in but he said his croft house didn't have one, so I decided against.
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Just to add to life's joys, there are no door frames or window frames included in the kit. And the front windows are arched. I have travelled extensively in the Highlands and I can't remember ever seeing a crofter's cottage with arched windows. So I'm going to infill with block balsa and add internal and external window frames. I've also made a faux kitchen window (I decided I couldn't stand to wash dishes staring at a wall!), a faux back door, and will be adding a downstairs loo and a separate storage cupboard under the stairs (where else do you keep the hoover?). I've done the door and frames to the loo, but haven't cut the wood for the cupboard under the stairs.

Then I hated the loft windows, so have slightly altered them. But I'll need frames for them. Oh, and I have measured (but not cut) some mdf to add a second room upstairs so that I end up with a two up, two down cottage with bathroom downstairs.

I'll take some pics tomorrow when all the glue is dry - the doors are plank and bridge and I cut & stuck lolly sticks to make them look realistic. They'll need handles but I haven't made any yet.


Then thinking about the pot bellied stove, I was absolutely brain dead so I emailed Jane Harrop and asked if she had any ideas. Luckily she was really lovely, didn't mind my emailing and suggested two tiny plant pots and take it from there. It will work I and know what I want to try and do. Just have to remember I can't do it all in a day!!
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It sounds like your ideas for it are really coming along, despite the windows needing alterations.

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Your plans sound great. I am really looking forward to see your progress.
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It's the little things about the kit that irritate me. The front door they supply is made of mdf, and is scored to imitate planking. But there is no bridging on it. How the hell did they think planks hold together in real life? No bridging and the planks may stick together temporarily but one fine day they'd just collapse, and the kind of people who could only afford that sort of door couldn't be affording fancy carpentry that would form locking joints in the planks.

Ah well.

I didn't do as much as I had planned to the house because one of our dogs was dreadfully ill for six weeks. Very sadly she didn't make it, so now I have rather a lot more time on my hands to fill up and will be playing catchup with my house.
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Old 17-02-2015, 09:52 AM
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So sorry about your dog!!!!

I sympathise with the irritating mismatch of details in the kit, those sorts of things niggle at me too. Some kits (and completed houses) just don't appeal to me because of the details that don't work.

I've looked at a lot of Robert Stubbs houses, for example, and can't see why they command such a high price since the inside and the outside of them seldom match up (in OBVIOUS ways like the fireplace being in a position the may *look* attractive in the room, but doesn't match up with the chimney positions on the outside of the house or with fireplaces in other rooms/floors etc. Chimney-stacks often sprout from the roof with no sign of a chimney-stack connecting to them below/inside) so it's like they've been designed as an attractive outside, and an attractive inside but no attempt is made to tie one in with the other to form a whole property.

But then I don't like dolls houses with no stairs or functioning internal doors (how would the occupants get from room to room or floor to floor!), or with layouts that mean you have to go through one "private area" to get to another (such as where the bathroom can only be reached by going through one of the bedrooms or the other way around - I would hate the thought of having to go through someone else's bedroom to use the loo at night, so why should my dollshouse family have to put up with it.... or be trapped in their bedroom while they wait for someone else to finish using the bathroom before they can get through).

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Thanks Teddy - we will miss her dreadfully, and our poor remaining dog is so lonely and needs us very much right now, so some of the time I thought I'd have is being spent taking him out or playing with him.

I am just like you - if I wouldn't want my house to have this or that, then I don't see why my people should put up with it either and yes - the house has to work. I couldn't have one with mis-placed fires/chimneys - that would just irritate me too much. Windows must have frames, likewise doors, and working chimneys must have chimney pots!

Just a fusspot really....
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I am just like you - if I wouldn't want my house to have this or that, then I don't see why my people should put up with it either and yes - the house has to work. I couldn't have one with mis-placed fires/chimneys - that would just irritate me too much. Windows must have frames, likewise doors, and working chimneys must have chimney pots!

Just a fusspot really....
I am sorry about your beloved dog. You must miss her. You are not a fusspot at all. I quite agree about things in miniature working as they would in real life. It irritates me that the kits rarely have chimney breasts inside the rooms to match the chimney on the outside. The Stratford Bakery which I am currently building has neither chimneys or chimney breasts. Fortunately hubby has a workshop full of bits of wood he can't bear to part with so he helps out in the chimney department. Having said all that sometimes you have to compromise and leave a little to the imagination. I hope you sort your windows out.

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