S/W Crafts Country Estate

by brae  

I just love an old white farmhouse, which I know must surprise you.  :D  Awhile back, I fell in love with a kit that fellow miniaturist Heather found on craigslist.  It was called Lakeside Manor by S/W Crafts.

Sometime later, I stumbled across an eBay listing for another S/W Crafts house that was very similar.  Instead of a full front porch with a balcony, the Country Estate kit has dual entrances and two side porches.  The price was high, so I wasn't able to acquire the kit at that time.

I saw a completed one on my local craigslist, but I'm not a fan of rehabs.  I prefer to start from scratch.  But, the listing made me want the house even more.  The person had built it with white siding and deep stained wood trim -- gorgeous!

Recently, the seller lowered the price on the eBay kit, and we were able to make a deal!  Hooray!  Another vintage kit has been added to my list of future builds!  I'm going to have to live past 100, methinks.  :D

So, here is the head-on view.  The instructions state that this is model #910.

I love the dual entrances.

One is the formal entrance and one leads to the kitchen.

My childhood home had a similar entrance and side porch.

The interior has a good layout, though it will need to have working doors.  :D

However, the material for the walls is not that great.  It's called "solid wood material" in the instructions which is a pressed board milled into siding.

Even though it might be sacrilegious to not use the original pieces for the build, I don't think I could achieve a decent finish with the existing material without a lot more work than necessary.

Making new boards with better materials would be easier and open up some great possibilities for finishes, too.  Like so....

from Wikipedia: Farmhouse in Scheemda, the Netherlands

This build will likely be "farmhouse vintage"...similar to the Haunted Heritage but with a better exterior maintenance plan and a less fancy interior.  :]

I'll be setting up the work room shortly and hope to get back in the full swing of miniatures soon.  The Brownstone parts and accessories are on the table awaiting my attention.


Comment from: April [Visitor]
So glad you found this kit :D It's going to be great to see it come to life!
12/12/14 @ 17:49
Comment from: Lyssa [Visitor]
Fantastic!!! This is going to be another awesome build!!!!
12/12/14 @ 17:59
Comment from: Barbara [Visitor]
Just lovely! Can't wait to see what you'll do with this.. I am so hoping that you'll give us a glimpse of your work room one of these days.
12/12/14 @ 23:24
Comment from: Pepper [Visitor]
Wow, you'll never be short of buildings to work on. You could have all of your projects done in ten years, as long as you don't plan to eat or sleep =0P
12/13/14 @ 02:21
Comment from: Laura [Visitor]  
What another beautiful house. Looking forward to watching your progress on this one :)
12/13/14 @ 03:46
Comment from: Pat [Visitor]
This will be gorgeous. I am glad we can build it "with you" and see the results.
12/13/14 @ 06:19
Comment from: Doug [Visitor]
Hi there Brae, Love the new kit. I see "ghosts" of the Haunted Heritage in this one. That is a good thing! I really love the double porches. Excited to see what you will do with it! Doug
12/13/14 @ 06:26
Comment from: Lucille [Visitor]
Hi Brae! I love the double porches and I am very excited to read that it will have a less fancy interior that the Heritage. I want to add that it's so nice to have you back!
12/13/14 @ 10:05
Comment from: Debora [Visitor]
I'm looking forward to seeing this build! And I love your inspiration pic :D
12/13/14 @ 10:46
Comment from: Tee Bylo [Visitor]  
What a fabulous addition to your 'Small' property empire and hooray for eBay! The 'Honeychurch Victorian Corner Shop' was one of my first projects and I parted with it after receiving one of those offers that are difficult to refuse and I quickly regretted it's departure. Ha! As a new kit was beyond my budget, I was beyond thrilled when I was able to buy another one through eBay at a fabulous price and with lots of wonderful extras! I look forward to following your creative journey with this miniature country estate... Best wishes, Tee
12/14/14 @ 08:26
Comment from: Bill [Visitor]
Hi, Brae, It's probably no surprise to you that I like the vintage farmhouse, after all, it is the look that we aimed for in our full-sized house. I really want to see you build the Jasper Inlet Light, but, in my opinion, this one gives it serious competition! Thanks for sharing this, Bill
12/15/14 @ 12:07
Comment from: Robin [Visitor]
Hi Brae. Laughed at your living past 100 comment. I have been measuring out my life in dollhouse years. Haha. I just passed up on a kit that I've never seen before and am kicking myself to being sensible. One can always sell, but you can't always buy again. ;-) My only consolation is that not getting that one left me an open slot for another. Haha. We also moved earlier this year and I'm finally getting a workspace set up. My last place was too tiny. So it feels so wonderful to start being hands-on again. I'm getting the rust off my gears. Hehe. Enjoy your planning for the new houses, both mini and RL. And, don't forget, if you need any components, get in touch with me. I've got a secret stash of closet doors and other odds and ends. ;-)
12/28/14 @ 12:19
Comment from: Robin [Visitor]
I forgot to mention in my last comment, that I have an ad for that particular house in an old catalog. I just looked it up. The retail price was $140. It describes the structure material as "flakeboard." I think that means it's made from frosted flakes by the look of it. Hehehe.
12/28/14 @ 12:30

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