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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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Funny thing--but all may be ok for The Abner Raleigh House

Cardboard floor plan with interior walls marked in pencil (so I could erase and adjust, if needed).
I decided to try again with the 28 x 28" plan. I added some scrap lumber for walls, and finally came up with a room that looks reasonable (the fireplace is just an old one I had hanging around). There still is no room for the door to the dining room.

Living room layout

I am still thinking about the width of the house. I may add two inches to the width but keep the depth of the house at 28", so the house becomes 30" across x 28" deep. I think the rooms are deep enough but maybe a little more width is the answer. I have some gorgeous Chinese wallpaper for the living room and I would like it to show up well--also, a good reason for the dining room door to "go".

I am also pretty well committed to a front and back opening main floor (I know I still have to figure the logistics of the porches.)

Flushed with this success, I will now make a cup of tea and rest on my laurels.

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