Ivy Hollow - siding, gable windows and roof planning

by brae  

Here's a refresher on the postcard from 1917 showing a post office with RFD horse wagons picking up the mail. I want to keep most of the details of the original with a few changes.


image used with permission

I bought some half-scale Alessio Miniatures windows for the gables from Manchester Dollhouse and Wood Works. They are square instead of rectangular, but they fit my smaller, shorter structure well.

They fit perfectly with the 1/4" thick walls, but I will need to adjust the depth with the siding in place.

The acrylic insert lifts out for easier finishing.

When HBS had their April Fool's sale, I bought a pack of siding. It was way more than I needed for this building, but it's a material I know I will use in the future and it was a great deal at 40% off. My boyfriend surprised me with a second pack, too! :D

I like to apply siding while the walls can be pressed flat for the best results, but if you do that, you have to take the corner joins into account. I've left excess on the overlapping edges - not to cover completely but enough to aid in construction later. The corners will be covered with trim. I use Elmer's wood glue supplemented with dots of super glue gel to apply siding, taping the joins and edges, then pressing flat under magazines and books for at least 24 hours. Makes for a nice, flat wall.

For the window openings, I usually just cover the whole wall. I've tried piecing before, and it doesn't end up saving you much in the long run for all the hassle. To get a cleaner cut, I hold the board up to the light to trace the outline.

I then make a scored cut along those marks with a fresh blade.

I finish cutting the window opening out from the back side.

This keeps the siding from splintering. The window trims cover any minor blemishes.

As you recall, I've flipped the building construction to better fit the horse. In the original, there's a bump out in the gable over the angled door. I made a base for this from scrap wood. I'll determine the final depth I need, add a surface board and then apply siding. I left enough space to apply siding to the part adjacent to the gable window.

I still need to cut my new roof boards, so that will be in the next post, but I am thinking about the finish I want for the roof. It's hard to tell what material was used to cover the roof in the original. Maybe corrugated metal based on the uneven edges in some spots? Flat metal with bad edges? Certainly doesn't look like shingles, but it's also not very shiny. So, rusted roof? Well, that won't work for my newish post office. I'll likely go with a faux metal roof like the one I did for Walnut Bay Light. Not red, but dark blue grey. I'll also space the raised strips closer together.

9 comments

Comment from: Barbara [Visitor]
What an enormous amount of work you've done! And that surprise second pack of siding? Your fellow sounds like a keeper..
07/10/19 @ 04:59
Comment from: marilyn [Visitor]  
I could feel your fear as you cut out the space for the window. That original roof looks like some sort of 'sheeting' like ply maybe covered in some heavily painted tarp or sailcloth. The ragged edges could just be a bit of rot in the wood. Seems too smooth for any metal roof???? Very odd - on second scrutiny and magnification it remains curious - I am convinced the houses are roofed in the same way - maybe do some googling of 1917 houses in that area. Lovely work as always.
07/10/19 @ 14:09
Comment from: Jodi [Visitor]
I'm glad you shared the postcard again to see how the roof over the door was handled. I looked for the postcard the other day but could not find the post! It looks as though all of the roofs in the postcard photo are the same. I wonder if you can find out what material was commonly used in the area at the time. Since it's PA, steel might even have been used! It's going to be neat to see how you make the awnings, too!
07/10/19 @ 14:34
Comment from: Deb [Visitor]
Maybe it's a tar paper roof?
07/10/19 @ 16:07
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you all for the guesses and help! :>> It likely is a metal roof, but I will definitely do some more research. :yes:
07/11/19 @ 03:21
Comment from: elizabeth s [Visitor]
Your method for cutting out the window from the pre-sided wall was a nail biter for me, but you pulled it off Beautifully, Brae! I love the look of the building thus far and the Attention to detail which you are giving it. This is my first time seeing your inspiration postcard and it appears that your build is going to be a Very Close Match Up! :)
07/11/19 @ 04:22
Comment from: Gayle Taylor [Visitor]
After clicking on the picture to increase the size, I then changed my setting to 150%. It definitely looks like a tin roof to me. You're doing a fantastic job and I'm looking forward to seeing the finished building.
07/11/19 @ 13:05
Comment from: Samantha [Visitor]
Oh I love it when the siding and windows go on and in. It really is starting to take shape. :) Nice tip on the light behind the window opening for tracing. I think the roof on the post office is definitely corrugated iron. The rippled edge along the bottom and the rounded edge on the gable give it away. Where I live, every pre war house has a "corro" roof. :D Unless you were very rich and could afford a tiled one. :D
07/13/19 @ 00:32
Comment from: Kamelia [Visitor]
That's a lot of work you've done! :)
07/13/19 @ 12:17


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