It All Starts Here

Sometimes our ideas flow from an existing kit to bash, a house style to scratch (aka custom) build, or from an interesting doll who needs a place to live. Our settings are always modern-day (ca. 2001 when we started this hobby). We try to create things that will make people smile and feel good.

We think that if we had to build the same house twice, we literally could not do it! Fortunately, we have very unique little people who have definite opinions and so far, no one has wanted a house “like so-and-so” has.

We work as a family unit: my wonderful husband, my beautiful sister, and I. We don't always agree as to the direction of the build, but I think that we end up with a better dollhouse because of all our grumblings -- and we do have a lot of fun!

The Purpose of this Blog

We needed a place for all we wanted to say about the background of the build and the nuts and bolts of the design and build process. Thus this blog.

All our dolls' homes have families living in them and a story is built around their personalities and lifestyles. This story is an integral part of our building process. We would like to share these stories -- actually, the little people insist upon it!

Many of our houses are located in Fredericksburg, Virginia because that is my sister's favorite place.

Also, we have started a Rouges' Gallery with photos of our little people and information about the dolls.

If you would like to start with the dollhouse that "started it all", it is the Original Rowbottom Manse; if you would like to see the scratch-built Georgian that our first build gave us the confidence (or fool-hardiness) to do, it is Sunnybrook Farm.

Let the stories begin!

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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Behind the Build: Sunnybrook -ungoing saga#2.5

Original post: Saturday, August 9, 2008

=-=-=- Ungoing saga #2.5 -May 1, 2011-=-=-=

I refuse to give this post a "full" number considering how little we have accomplished since the last post! -- Not for lack of trying, mind you, just life doing its thing.

Also, if you are wondering why I keep the "original post" date at the beginning, it is to remind me how remiss I have been with this house!

OK, enough of whinning.

We are almost finished with the mouldings on the back of the house. All the trim is finalized and we are waiting for the final stuff to arrive. This is what we have accomplished:

This shows are the trim we are using. Large Classic trim (UM10) coupled with standard crown moulding between the second and third floors; standard baseboard coupled with standard crown moulding between the first and second floors; and standard baseboard between the first and ground floors.

This is a closeup of the major trim.

And just because ... another view of the rear showing the finished trims and, hopefully, about to be finished areas (crown moulding on fascia board under main section roof and the trim between the fascia board and the third floor windows under the main section roof).

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