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Old 15-05-2017, 09:58 PM
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Smile Opinions/help with DHE priory.

I would like some opinions on what to do with my Priory dolls house please. I bought the house about a year ago fully build and have been slowly redecorating the basement.
My only complaint so far has been the size of the rooms as I feel the bigger the better! However, there is currently a priory for sale on ebay in which the person has removed the top staircases and added false walls which make the rooms much bigger (photo attached).
So, my questions are: do people think it's worth sacrificing the staircases for the extra room space? Also, most importantly, do you think it would be possible to do this with the house already built?

I've attached a photo of the ebay house and a normal priory layout.
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Old 15-05-2017, 11:29 PM
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I think the rooms look fairly generous as it is, but I understand that your preference may be for larger rooms. Stairs for me are not a deal breaker. I would take them out if I was you. Let's face it, a large grand house like this would not have been one room deep in real life. It is reasonable to assume that the stairs to access the higher floors may have been elsewhere in the house, so don't think you need to have them visible.

If you do remove them, you will need to redecorate the halls. You can remove glued in things (stairs, mouldings, etc) using heat (eg a hairdryer) then prying off. Then you'll probably have to put a piece of wood/MDF into the stair cavity.

If you run into trouble, there are people around here that can give advice.
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Old 16-05-2017, 07:39 AM
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I agree with advise above about removing stairs....if you want to "keep it real" a false wall with open door and just a step or two showing or use a corner and the hint of a staircase (I did this in just for you bridal) will work and free up some space......beautiful house by the way look forward to seeing how you go forward
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Old 16-05-2017, 08:11 AM
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I was initially going to say no, as I have this thing about there not been stairs in houses (which obviously is my peeve, not anyone elses!) but the one on eBay looks really well and it does make a huge difference. I think it's hard, especially with the 'grander' dolls houses, when the interior rooms are a bit too small for the equivalently grand interiors.
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Old 16-05-2017, 09:19 AM
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I personall;y think that dolls-houses without stairtcases look really odd becuse there's no way for the occupants to get to the upper floor*.

Why don't you sacrifice one fo tyhe top staircases and leave the other, that way you can save a bit of staircase space witout sacrifcing access to the top floor.


*But I'm also fussy about chimney's matching on the outside with where the fireplaces appear on the inside, and that doesn't seem to be an issue for a lot of people

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Old 17-05-2017, 01:29 PM
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I personally will never remove the staircases from the dolls house. The rooms are quite big enough especially in the Priory. Removing the staircase would make the dolls house look like a box with smaller box frames on top of each other.
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Old 17-05-2017, 07:37 PM
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Thanks for your help everyone! I have decided to keep the stairs for the time being but it will probably be a long time before I get near the upper floors anyway!
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