The Brownstone...the beginning

by brae  

Back in January, I took some photos of the kit pieces since there was some buzz about the Golden Gate View dollhouse kit on the Greenleaf forum.  I put it back in the closet, but today I took it back out to take some more detailed measurements.  The front wall is made from notched trim pieces with the inserts for windows and walls assembled separately.

The side walls are detailed with vertical siding lines.  As you can see, it's a relatively straightforward kit as far as basic structure goes.  It seems some Golden Gate View kits were made differently with studs in the walls, but mine is just plywood.

There are two rooms to the original kit, but I plan to add some space.  There's not enough room for a small kitchen/dining area or a bathroom if I add stairs on the inside, which I always do for realism.  My first thought was to add an outcropping on the back left side, as shown in my inspiration photo.

image from Old House Online

The other thing I can do is make it a deeper kit with a side opening, so I'll give it some thought to see which solution I like better.

After studying the instructions, I taped together the front wall trim pieces to get a feel for the kit.

And then the bay window structure.

The blue marked pieces are to be cut away during assembly.

Also, the pieces didn't fit the way the instructions indicated.  The instructions show the side walls fitting behind the front assembly, but the floor boards don't fit properly when you do that.  In order for the kit pieces to fit, you have to have the side walls on the outside edges of the front wall.  Then the floor boards fit precisely and cleanly.  It throws off the design of the front, though.  So, I can either cut new floor boards or mask the outer corners with trim.

The kit box has incorrect measurements in general and based on the above error.  The building in my dry fit is 14" deep from the outer plane of the front bay window to the back of the building, 15 3/8" wide with the side walls attached to the outside of the front wall instead of behind it, 29 1/4" tall at the highest point in front, and 26 3/8" tall on the side walls.

Golden Gate View kit photo

There are inserts to complete the wall structure.  I would think it prudent to use these as spacers when assembling the front wall and bay window to make sure it all fits precisely, but the instructions don't have you do this.  I will likely do it, though and number the pieces as I go along.  The instructions also have you add these inserts later after you've built the structure, but I think it makes more sense to have a flat surface behind them.  So, in essence, I'm pretty much tossing the instructions at this point.  Haaa!

The first floor room is roughly 4 1/2" off the ground.  There is no support for it whatsoever...just glued in place on the front and side walls.  I will be adding beam structure for sure.  The room measures just under 15" across, just over 10 5/8" high and 11 1/4" deep, not including the bay window extension.

The second floor room has the same measurements.  Both nice large rooms

Now before you jump all over the place now that the Browstone is out of the box, please understand I plan to brick this entire building...with egg carton bricks...which take a lot of time to cut and prepare.  :D  So, it will be slow going, but I have the Spring Fling, Creatin' Contest, Studio and Heritage to keep me busy as well.  I will cut bricks in my spare time (ha!) and it will progress...just slowly.

I did some quick measurements of the original kit side walls to determine an approximate number of 1/4" x 3/4" bricks to cut.  The side walls are 11 3/4" x 26 3/8" and there are approximately 27 bricks in a 3" x 3" sample.  If my foggy Saturday math is correct, that's 1,860 bricks to cover the two side walls.  The small addition and the front wall will require more, of course, but I will start with that number in mind.


Comment from: 12Create [Visitor]
I'm trying not to jump up and down but I am excited you are making a start on the Brownstone. Ever since I saw a picture of this house on your site I've loved it. Will look fabulous bricked. I'm thinking of doing some brick using egg cartons on the bottom of my sister's gallery. I'm just not sure about the painting of the bricks.
06/08/13 @ 16:04
Comment from: Lucille [Visitor]
Good luck with the brick cutting! I do not envy you this task!
06/08/13 @ 17:52
Comment from: Blondie [Visitor]
Yay!! But wow, no wonder they went out of business! Lol. You are the perfect person to save this old kit and properly bring it to life. And, I must mention that it looks like your inspiration house has a mustache. Awesome.
06/08/13 @ 19:00
Comment from: Nancy Tyler [Visitor]
I'm so happy you're getting started! You'll be finished with yours long before I get too far on mine, I suspect. It'll be fun learning from you as you work your way through.
06/08/13 @ 19:04
Comment from: April [Visitor]
That is some serious brickwork, by all means take your time :)
06/08/13 @ 20:59
Comment from: Lisa [Visitor]
I can't wait to see how you do the bricks. Please give a blow by blow report and I would love if you tracked the time like you do with carpets.
06/09/13 @ 05:01
Comment from: Eliana [Visitor]
Only the first steps and I can see the appeal in this new project. Have a good work, Brae. Hugs.
06/09/13 @ 05:20
Comment from: Daphne K [Visitor]
(gasps and claps hands in excitement) Yay! Can't wait to see what you have in store for the Golden Gate View kit Brae!
06/09/13 @ 12:13
Comment from: brae [Member]
:>> Glad you are as excited as I am! Hmm...not sure I can track the time since the cutting will be done in spurts when I have the time.
06/11/13 @ 20:18
Comment from: Daphne K [Visitor]
Well, if you need egg cartons for the bricks, let me know. DH and I moved to our first house, and am still unpacking. And apparently discovering things I didn't know I had - like a box of egg cartons. In the meantime, keep the entries coming! :D
06/12/13 @ 04:29
Comment from: Marisa [Visitor]
that is going to take a lot of bricks but I cant wait to see how it turns out Hugs Marisa :)
06/12/13 @ 10:02

Form is loading...