Category: "The Glencroft"

The Glencroft

by brae  

No, I haven't even opened the box, but I thought I would share my initial inspirations with you.  These will have time to finalize over the next year while I continue working on the Heritage and the Newport.  :D

I plan to flip the kit in the opposite direction.  Here is a real life house with just the sort of look I am after.  Even though the Tudor aspects of the original kit appeal to me, I just love this more modern take on it.  I especially like the way the door arch is replicated with a side a garden is likely in store as well.

As you can already see, I can never just build a kit out of the box...except for Baslow Ranch, which was the only one.  Here's the kit photo again for comparison.  I won't be changing the overall structure of the windows or adding the dormer to match the original...just flipping the whole thing.  :D

For the interior, I am thinking Craftsman style with neutral colors and beautiful woodwork.

from Parks Estate, Dallas

Elements of stone and warm stained glass.

from Parks Estate, Dallas

Beautiful patterns and color, too.

from Arts & Crafts Homes

Even interesting wood finishes

from Arts & Crafts Homes

I already have a number of furniture kits that will work for the build.  These are kits by Kari Bloom at Miniton Miniatures.  I bought two of the chairs to make the library table a dining table.  I also bought two of the end tables to make a set.  I had originally planned to use these for my scratch built Alpine Chalet, but that project is so far off in the future that it didn't make sense to save them when the Glencroft lends itself so well to the Arts & Crafts style.

Now, back to our regularly scheduled program...  ;D

Kitchen wall, flooring and more books

by brae  

I've been busily sewing a dress for an upcoming holiday party, so mini work has been sparse this week.  I did install one of the last two outer walls - the one on the side of the kitchen.  I used a trick I learned on the Greenleaf forum of putting a couple drops of super glue (I used the gel kind) to hold pieces in place while the regular glue dries.  Ingenious!  The wall had a bit of a warp to it, and the super glue held it better than masking tape.

I also began working on the dining area flooring.  Here is what it looked like out of the package.

Lyssa wanted raised floorboards in my old house, so I cut the paper between a few of the pieces.  This should allow for enough give for the wood to warp and lift.

I used Minwax Plantation Walnut stain on the walnut floor, and it worked well for a start.

I then added a few dark washes of black and brown acrylic paint.  Now we're getting somewhere - all those years of grime.  ;]

I sprayed the floor with matte sealer and once dry I sanded the hell out of it.  I brushed on a thin coat of satin varnish, which I wiped away before it dried.  I'll mess with the finish more when I install it, but it is at least the basic color I was looking for.  The table is a House of Miniatures kit - assembled but not yet finished.  I am awaiting the chairs I hope will work with it.

The darker floor works better with the checkered floor.

I finished up another batch of books for the house, sixteen more for the collection.

I even included some coffee table books on lacemaking, birds and the Great Barrier Reef.  :D

And, in other news, there is now another kit in the house!  :O  I used part of my Greenleaf winnings for the Glencroft.  I assured Jasper this one won't be started while the Heritage is under construction.  I just couldn't pass up the 25% off sale since I'd like to build the Glencroft next.

I have some fab ideas for it, but you'll just have to wait and see.  Maybe around this time next year?