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SteveG 19-02-2015 11:43 PM

The house that Steve built
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Hello again everybody,

Thanks again for the warm welcome. As many of you expressed an interest in seeing me progress with the refurbishment of my daughterís Classical house and basement, I thought that Iíd start a thread to document what I get up to. Iíll also use this thread to ask the silly questions that I will have as I go along. Finally, this thread will also give me the additional spur that I need to "get on with it". I am a terrible procrastinator and so, if I donít update this thread periodically, please feel free to chivvy me along!

(Admins Ė If Iíve posted this on the wrong board, please accept my apologies and feel free to move the thread to somewhere more appropriate.)

Having had a good think about how Iím going to tackle this project, and being concerned that I may just have taken on a bit too much given my work commitments, I have decided not to do any work on the basement now, but to leave that for a later, and hopefully quieter, time.

In true ďHomes Under the HammerĒ style, Iím going to start here with the before photos and a summary of the houseís condition.

Externally, the biggest issue is the yellowing of the door and the window and door frames. Essentially, all of the unpainted plastic bits are affected to some degree. Itís been in a smoke-free house all of this time and so Iím assuming that this yellowing is just the effect of time. Iím confident that these can be rescued by painting them. The clear plastic in the windows also appears to be yellowed as well and so this has got to be replaced. Most of the frames are falling off and the paintwork all needs freshening up.

Internally, all of the rooms need work. In particular, the right hand room on the second floor appears to be suffering from mould. I am hoping that this is merely on the wallpaper and hasnít infected the back wall of the house. (Coincidentally, I think that this room must have been the dollsí bathroom. Clearly the little people didnít properly ventilate the room when they were taking their baths!)

So thatís where I am starting from. First job is to strip away the old decoration and roofing paper in order to see what the damage is. Wish me luck!

All the very best,


SteveG 19-02-2015 11:45 PM

More photos
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SteveG 19-02-2015 11:49 PM

More photos - 2nd floor
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More photos. This time of the second floor rooms.

Rebmicallef 20-02-2015 05:50 AM

Hi Steve welcome back. Good luck with the new project and the renovations. I am looking forward to see your progress which I am sure you will do a successful job.

Rosebud 20-02-2015 08:17 AM

Hi Steve. You have a big job on your hands but it will give you great satisfaction when it's done. Any mouldy parts can be cleaned with white vinegar, to kill the mould, and the vinegar smell won't last long. Good luck with it.

missupsanddowns 20-02-2015 11:00 AM

Good luck with it Steve. Just keep at it and it will be worth it in the end. Look forward to seeing your progress. :)

SteveG 23-02-2015 12:01 PM


Originally Posted by Rosebud (Post 351731)
Any mouldy parts can be cleaned with white vinegar, to kill the mould, and the vinegar smell won't last long.

Thanks for the tip Rosebud and thank you everybody for the encouragement.

Kareny57 23-02-2015 01:46 PM

Hi Steve, The Classical is a favourite of mine as it was the first dolls house kit I bought! I am sure you will do a splendid job of this. I have found the yellowing of white plastic a problem too over the years on some of my houses and have yet to find a solution ~ any suggestions or tips anyone?................Anyway I look forward to seeing what you do with this lovely house! :)

SteveG 27-02-2015 01:51 PM

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Hello again everybody. Thank you for all of the encouragement and hereís the latest update.

The roof paper has been removed and all of the interior has now been stripped out. I am relieved to say that the mould that I found in one of the rooms was just on the paper and hadnít infected the wall itself. Phew!

What Iím really pleased about is that the old copper tape wiring was looking as good as new after more than 20 years. It was protected from the wallpaper and paste by ordinary masking tape. It was a shame to pull it up, but it really isnít up to the job that I am planning.

The problem that I now have is how to remove the adhesive residues that remain. Some of the old carpets were of the self-adhesive variety and they have left some of the floors with an unpleasant stickiness. I donít know what the stair carpets were stuck down with, but the stairs are covered in yellow crystalline ďstuffĒ. Getting that off is going to be a challenge as I canít get my fat hands fully into the stair well. I shall try some isopropyl alcohol to get rid of the stickiness, and I think that the stairs are going to need a combination of scrapers and sand paper to get them ready for repainting.

I have a question for fellow Classical owners. The rear roof of mine has a slot cut out of it. The pictures will give you a better idea of what Iím talking about. I can see pencil marks on this roof panel which suggests to me that I marked it and cut it out. The problem is that I canít remember doing this at all. (Whatís more, the hole is so neat and well done that I very much doubt that I could have done it anyway!)

So my question is do other Classical houses have this hole in the roof? If they do, whatís it for?

Thatís it for now.

All the very best,


Rebmicallef 27-02-2015 02:00 PM

Hi Steve that is quite a challeng. But I think you have been very successful.l Have you tried alchol or surgical spirit to remove the sticky stuff? There are wet ones with an amount of alchol that might do the job. As for the stairs I have removed the old glue by scraping and sanding it down.

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