The big push forward on Heritage completion, part 2

by brae  

Continued from yesterday's long list of accomplished tasks.  :D

I added the final trim for the front gable between the eave and the house.  I find that the more trim I add, the more realistic the house seems.  (Note to April: if you plan on adding finishing trim like this, do it before adding the fancy gable gingerbread...trying to get my fingers in this space was interesting.)  Yes, I am aware I need a wasp's nest or hanging bat here.  :D

I added the final trim for the front dormer on the outer edges and at the inner eave.  I had to use tweezers to glue the inner trim in place.  All that's left for the dormer is the roof ridge finishing.

I finished all but one of the remaining attic wall board pieces and installed them.  Had to use the mirror again to work.

I glued in the beams and rafters in the two side gables and cut rough rafter lengths for the adjacent walls that will be trimmed to the correct length during final installation.  I trimmed around the chimney, and I love the way it looks.  :D

I installed the main long beam made from the triangular strip wood used in the forward gable.  Because the angle of the roof changes with the added back dormer, the triangular beam spans only between the two new roof side addition walls.  The unpainted portion will be covered by the new roof back piece.   It is secured mostly by tension with a spot of glue and tape in the middle.

I glued on the flat roof and while that was drying, I cut the shingles for the new back roof using a paper template.  I had to work from the top down so the shingles would align correctly over the open back and along each side section.

I taped the completed template onto the house to see if the layout works well.  The back roof isn't as long top to bottom as the other roof pieces, so the shingle pattern had to be adjusted slightly as well.  I omitted the bottom diamond section but kept the top one.  The chimney notch will be adjusted when I shingle the final roof piece, but I've left those pieces long for now.

My to-do list was longer, but I ran out of steam.  :D

The big push forward on Heritage completion, part 1

by brae  

I wouldn't say I've been slacking on my two current builds, but I felt it was time to spend a weekend truly dedicated to making as much progress as possible.  The Undersized Urbanite contest ends on May 4, so The Artist's Studio needs to be completed by then.  I also have a killer idea for the new HBS Creatin' Contest for 2013 that ends in December of this year, but we have yet to see the new 2013 Greenleaf Spring Fling kit.

To that end, I have to get the Heritage finished.  It will be my first non-contest completed build, and to me, that's a huge milestone for a miniaturist.  We all flit from idea to idea and often houses that don't have contest deadlines end up 95% built.  I am getting so close to having the structure itself completed for the Heritage.  After that, the things that remain will be decorating the bedroom and attic spaces and finishing up the landscaping.

So, I push!  :D

I painted and installed the ceiling trim in the bedroom.  It's a simple, flat strip wood trim, but it really brings it all together.  It hides the slight gaps as well as the tabs and slots in the front and outer walls.

I cut and installed the wallpaper on the roof addition in the bathroom.   I added one small strip of trim on the outer wall to disguise the tab and slot that had been showing in that area.  I also added ceiling trim along the front wall to hide the slight gap there.  I will add more trim around the outer wall here, but the height of the bathroom door makes it impossible to add the same trim to the inner wall.

I added the remaining side roof piece and its roof addition wall.  I used the same pin technique used for the opposite side to help counteract any warping in the attic floor.  I added some Tyvek reinforcements to the attic interior and over the roof ridge.  The roof ridge finishing will cover this patch.

I shingled the back roof piece, first by making a template and then shingling directly onto the house before painting the new shingles to match.  Moss will come later.


I cut and installed the final amount of bedroom wallpaper (I still need to add more flat ceiling trim around this corner to complete the room).  There was a slight gap between the roof board and the gable wall, so I also added a thin strip of trim along the angled wall that you can't see unless you put your head inside the room.  :D

I cut the new back roof piece from 1/8" thick plywood using my foam template as a guide and then primed both sides with black acrylic paint.  I finished the top of the flat roof with sandpaper and painted it black, too.  Both final roof pieces remain unattached at this point.

I cut paper templates for the attic roof boards and shingles for the new back roof piece.

Next, I have a whole bunch of trim to add to the house, and most of it needed to have white paint crackled over black.  Figuring it would be easiest to paint first and then add touchups to any clipped ends, I painted all of the long strips of wood whole.  Those are drying right now...and it has been a long day of mini work.  Productive, though.  :D

Continued in part 2...

Grandma's attic stuff, part 1

by brae  

I already have a smattering of things for the attic, but two new minis from barblip just arrived today.  :D

First, a little fuzzy lamb pull toy.

This thing is too stinkin' cute!

Second, a primitive snowman statue.  He fits right in with the Christmas box from M Carmen.

Major progress planned for the weekend, so I'll see you then!  Cheers!

Wood stove

by brae  

The Artist's Studio is small but it needs a method of heating.  I thought about simple radiators, but where's the fun in that?  :D  Here's my paper mockup of the wood stove for the living area.  The bathroom will have a simple radiator.

When I first started looking at wood stoves online, I liked the ones with decorative doors the best.  I bought a Grandt Line O scale diamond pattern window (3743) to serve as the door.  It comes in three parts, and I used two of the three to make the door.  I also bought a small resin fire from Mainly Minis.

I made a quick paper mockup to test the overall stove size to fit the door and fire.  I have the wood dowel from the original HBS Loft kit to serve as the stove pipe, but I rolled up a piece of paper for the mockup.  I pinned on wood beads for the legs.

I think it's a little short overall, so I plan to add a base for wood storage like this one from Charnwood.

I like a the basic elements of the Charnwood stove, so I made this sketch for mine.  I believe mat board will be the best material for the final stove.  Kris at 1 Inch Minis does amazing things with mat board, and I've enjoyed working with it using her tutorials. 

I had originally thought about bricking all the way up the wall in addition to the base under the stove, but then I saw this photo from showing a partial brick wall.  Love it!

The stove rounds out the rest of the furnishings for the living area....nice and cozy!  :D

I also made a photocopy of the blue medallion rug I've been stitching to see if it will work in the space.  I took two copies of the finished half and taped them together.  I think there should be enough room for it here.  No way would I put a white base rug in front of a wood stove or in a painting studio in real life, but in's all good!

The Artist's Studio - lighting plan

by brae  

With the new Dremel Trio in my possession, I can now cut wiring channels more precisely and quickly than by hand.  I doubt I've seen the last of my handcut channels, mainly because plans change once a build starts.  However, I am trying to put in the main channels I'll need before assembly.

I plan to have two sconces by the daybed.  As noted before, I rewired these Lundby lamps with non-replaceable bulbs.

For reference, here is what the replaceable candle socket looked like when I tried it.  The bulb sticks out from the bottom and the socket would be difficult to affix to the inside.

Since I'll be using non-replaceable bulbs, I need a backup plan in case I ever need to rewire these lamps.  I'll rout out an area on the outside of this wall to curl excess wires as needed and will not cover this area with siding.  I will disguise the bare patch with a wall fountain.  :D

There will be a table lamp on the whimsical cabinet by minisx2.  I have this rescued sunflower lamp I made for The Newport that might be a fun addition to the room.

There will be either a floor lamp or table lamp for the easel area.  This one is from The Dolls House Emporium.  Painting and easel by Lyssa.

This one is from Dolls House Suppliers.  You'll notice that even though it is a floor lamp, I've still placed it on the table where it serves as an easel work light.  It will need a new finish, though.  :]

I bought the floor lamp before Monique wrote to tell me that she had found the other lamp I had been seeking.  Once that one arrives, I'll try it out, too.  Whichever lamp I choose, it will need a wiring channel.

lovely photo by Monique

For the bathroom, I bought a pair of modern vanity lights from The Dolls House Emporium.  Their channels will merge into one on the living room side so they can operate as a set.  The mirror is vintage Lundby, though I replaced the reflective glass with Darice mirror sheet.  The mirror and pedestal sink are placeholders and won't be in the final layout.

There will be another Lundby wall sconce with non-replaceable bulb above the front door.  This channel is also on the outside, and I will add another fun feature to cover that hole.

There will be at least one light on the outside, namely this modern coach lamp from Dolls House Suppliers by the front door.  I might switch it to the other side of the door, though.  Any other landscaping lights can be added later since the entire base is builders foam and channels can be cut easily at any time.

To finish off the build, there will be NovaLyte recessed can lights in the ceiling.  They illuminate the whole build so well and complement the softer tones of the non-LED lamps.

Time to drill holes and make channels!  :D

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