The Covid House- Part 1

dollhouse kitchen

I know, I know, that is a horrible name, and it is really not the name for the house (it actually doesn’t have a name), but if it weren’t for the virus and the lockdown, this house may have never gotten off the ground.

dollhouse kitchen
Kitchen

I had started this house in 2018 after I finished building the house for my granddaughter. I wanted to build my own, from scratch. Yeah, I rarely do anything the easy way. I didn’t have a plan, I just knew that I wanted a bunch of BIG rooms because I couldn’t really do much decorating in the smaller rooms that were in my granddaughter’s house.

The first thing I did was to make SURE that the design would allow the house to go through a 32″ door. In order to move my granddaughter’s house from the room I built it in to where it sits now, my dining room- which is the only other room we could get it into, we had to take the front door off the hinges and then it BARELY made it (by 1/4 of an inch). So, even though I wanted this house to be big and roomy, I didn’t want moving it to be an issue. This house is 31″ wide, it is five feet long and I am not exactly sure how tall it will be when finished, but somewhere in the four foot area.

one end of the dollhouse under construction
Under Construction

This is a picture of the right side from the back side. The bottom floor has a potting shed at the far right, beside the fountain, a wine cellar, a home gym, a pool bathroom, and game room. On the outside on the left end is an outdoor fireplace and lap pool.

left end of bottom floor of dollhouse
Outdoor fireplace and lap pool

The second story consists of a den, a two story entry hall, complete with a Chihuly inspired chandelier, the dining room and kitchen. On the third floor there will be the master bedroom, bath and closet, a girl’s room and bath and a nursery. Under the roof on the fourth floor there will be an attic, and a couple of other rooms that I haven’t really decided what I want to do yet.

When I started this house, I really intended just to build the structure. I did want to make the floors, since I love faux finishing and knew there would be marble in the entry. Of course I was going to put the windows and doors in, I never thought I would actually build them myself, but I did. I wanted the doors and windows to have arched windows over them on the second floor and I couldn’t find any that were the dimensions or the look I wanted. That is when I went down the rabbit hole.

I started looking at miniature accounts on Instagram, following miniature groups on Facebook and the the YouTube videos! That is when I realized I could probably make just about anything I wanted for the house. I still had no intention of making the light fixtures, building the kitchen appliances, but once I got started, I couldn’t stop.

dollhouse refrigerator
Dollhouse Refrigerator

A very important part of all of this to me, was that I wanted everything to look as realistic as possible. When someone comments on one of my pictures that they thought my post was a real house, I am thrilled! The stove, dishwasher and refrigerator were a real challenge. Pretty much anything 1:12 scale can be a challenge but these three gave me fits. I made the stove first, and redid the wire shelves inside four times. The stove has lights in both sides and even has a vent hood with a light over it. The dishwasher wasn’t quite as bad, and has a little spinner that actually spins if you twirl it, and a drain, which no one will ever be able to see! the refrigerator was the biggest challenge. If I had not had my Glowforge laser cutter I could have never made it look as realistic. The laser cutter cut all the wood, the clear and white acrylic, so that all the pieces fit perfectly. An immense amount of cussing and throwing things (mostly in the trash) were part of building the fridge, but in the end I really do love it.

Stayed tuned for Part 2 about making light fixtures and furniture, two things I NEVER thought I would do.

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