The evolving Brownstone

by brae  

Now that the kit is out of the box, I've had some time to consider the original kit measurements and what I ultimately would like to do with the build.  I do love the kit photo, but I won't be building that one exactly.


Golden Gate View kit photo

The first thing I considered was the beautiful 1:14 scale Audi TT automobile I have from the Newport build.  It has been sitting on the bookshelf awhile now, waiting and waiting since the Newport belongs to someone else.

Not to mention the one bicycle I have left over since the other two live at Baxter Pointe Villa.

I don't see any other build in my future where the garage could be revisited so easily.  There is already roughly 4.5" of dead space under the first floor, so adding another 5" or so to the height wouldn't be an issue.  Additional stairs would also need to be constructed, but it's not out of the norm to see this sort of profile.  The garage door can either be flush with the house (third photo) or projected toward the front.  I'm more inclined toward the flush front garage since, in mini, a projected one might take over the house.


image from Clopay

In order to accommodate the Audi, or a larger 1:12 scale auto if I acquire one, in a flush front garage, I would need to add a little depth to the kit as well.

This is where I need to determine if I will also make the house a little wider to allow the additional kitchen and bathroom or if I will make it a lot deeper like a real life row house.  Here's a quarter scale example of a deeper row house with a side opening.

My original inspiration is similar to a row house in shape in the front, but it has an outcropping on the back left side.  If I add to the side, it would remain an open back dollhouse.


image from Old House Online

I won't be adding a roof like this one, either.  Here's an interesting row house with a wonderful rooftop garden (click the lower left photo to see additional views) - this was from The House that Jack Built.  Blondie located a photo of the barebones house in an old miniature magazine, but we've not been able to find out much about that house.  I don't know if I would go as far with the rooftop garden decorating, but it would be fun to have a little something up there.  It, too, is a side opening house.

I like the detailing on Majestic Mansions side openings.  They have a slight finished area on the front and back edges of the open side.  This completes the corners nicely, especially when viewed from the front.  So, my plan is to make a foam core mockup with a side opening to see which way I like it best.  :D

I'm also thinking of changing from a red brick build to a tan stone build.  I've always loved the way Cynthia made her Beacon Hill, and I think that sort of stone would work nicely on the Brownstone.

There's also the Franklin Mint Christmas Memories house.  I would have Bittersweet Chocolate and Warm White trim to accent the tan stone.  This would also mean considerably less egg carton cutting...still a lot, just in larger pieces.

13 comments

Comment from: 12Create [Visitor]
I think most of us would expect you to adapt the kit in some way to fit with your ideas - that is what is so enjoyable about watching your projects progress - the way you make them your own. You seem to have a lot of decisions to make and I look forward to seeing how you adapt this kit.
06/14/13 @ 18:41
Comment from: Blondie [Visitor]
So many options! I can't wait to see whatcha do!
06/14/13 @ 18:55
Comment from: Lyssa [Visitor]
I love the stone idea and the garage addition. I think it would be fun to see you do a deeper house with a side opening. You could still add the kitchen and the bathroom this way and even stairs. We have several houses like that here, in Gainesville, and they are way cool. And in the end, their layouts seem to make more sense, too. I also think it would be fun if you had a removable side wall. :)
06/14/13 @ 19:04
Comment from: April [Visitor]
Hooray for return of the garage. That was always one of my favorite parts of Newport build. The big stones on Cynthia's BH are beautiful, they will work great on your brownstone. This is going to be so much fun to watch and to build!
06/14/13 @ 19:05
Comment from: Lucille [Visitor]
I prefer the big bricks like Cynthia's house. It would also save you tons of work. Cutting so many bricks is a nightmare! But, all depends on your vision for this house. Bricks can be very nice. Again, the trick is in getting the right colour of grout. I find that grout can make or kill the appearance of a house.
06/14/13 @ 19:21
Comment from: Keli [Visitor]
I've always had it in my head that you'd do a brown stone brownstone, seemed weird to read about you talking a red brick brownstone.
06/15/13 @ 02:56
Comment from: Cynthia [Visitor]
The large stones, brown color and flat roof would be in keeping with an Italianate brownstone.
06/15/13 @ 07:26
Comment from: Betsy Rogers [Visitor]
Oh Decisions... DECISIONS!! You have shown an intriguing assortment of Beautiful projects to be the inspiration for your House! I can't wait to see what you decide to do... it is so much fun... and Educational ... to watch you transform the Ordinary Kit into an Extraordinary Vision!!! :)
06/15/13 @ 10:44
Comment from: Debora [Visitor]
Garage, side opening, and stone facade all sound great. I think the structure is very flexible and lends itself to back or side opening, besides, I've always loved the row houses done that way. :) Whatever you do decide, I'm excited to watch you build it!
06/16/13 @ 09:49
Comment from: elizabeth s [Visitor]
Hi Brae! Well this is going to be a really interesting journey, watching how you make an already lovely kit even More beautiful and exciting and with your individual signature style and substance! I am really anticipating the step by step transformations with great interest! You are really Consistent at regular posting and I thank you for that brae! I don't know How you manage to keep the momentum going though? If I am NOT inspired, I can't /don"t work and projects sit way too long on the shelf. I am always grateful for your muti-faceted and ever intriguing builds, which often inspire me into getting the lead out and to get moving myself! elizabeth
06/16/13 @ 10:42
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thanks so much! :D I am looking forward to this build, too! :yes:
06/16/13 @ 14:15
Comment from: Marie [Visitor]
Je suis impatiente de voir ce nouveau projet qui promet comme à chaque fois d'être génial ! c'est toujours un plaisir de suivre l'avancée des travaux, je suis en admiration devant vos créations, j'adore tous ces petits détails dont vous avez le secret et les finitions toujours parfaites. Bonne journée, Marie
06/17/13 @ 03:08
Comment from: Cynthia [Visitor]  
Hey, Brae - thanks for your mention of my Beacon Hill stonework! I'm a big fan of your work and look forward to seeing your townhouse evolve. I'll go back to your past posts to see what I've missed in my absence! :)
06/29/13 @ 17:32


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