Saturday, 29 December 2012

A New Little Stair Case for a Tired Old House

The Scandinavian house has been put to the side over the Christmas break, and for the moment I have been playing around with the new eBay house. I started by removing some wood to make holes for the stair case and a door upstairs and downstairs. 

I bought a pre-milled stair case kit for the house, but decided to use different balustrading (of much better quality than the kit provided).

This took quite a long time and was quite tedious! 

The result was pleasing though. 

I think the stair case has improved the over all look of the house a lot. It seems to have transformed it from a child's toy into a collector's miniature already. 

Tomorrow I will go out hunting for some nice wall paper and do a little more research on American Victorian style as I want the house to look authentic.

Saturday, 8 December 2012

A Little Distraction

Notwithstanding that I should be continuing with my scandinavian house, I couldn't help but get a little bit stuck into the new little old house I picked up on eBay last week. 


The porch has seen better days, so I am planing some nice ornate spindles to replace them. 

The chimney is quite well made, if perhaps a little rough. 

The interior is probably a little bit dated. Mid-nineties pastels pervade..

So we decided it was time for an update. 

Looking a little bit rough right now, but give it some time and it will look like new. I am also planning a staircase, which will improve the overall look. 

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

A Little Diamond in the Rough

I have just acquired this little gem on eBay and am very happy! Houses of this caliber very rarely come up for sale in Australia, and so I was very pleased to find it. 

I am fairly sure it must be an American house because of the Victorian mansard style, but it is not a kit built house. I think perhaps it was made from a pre-purchased plan because the proportions seem too well balanced to have been made without guidance. Any ideas?

Now the question becomes to what extent should I renovate? Should I re-do the interior entirely and put in some lighting and perhaps a staircase? Should I instead try to keep it original.  This will have to be considered carefully, particularly after some research as to where exactly it comes from. 

Either way it is a very sweet house and I will keep you posted on renovations.