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Nearly finished

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Nearly finished
Few more bits and pieces to add then it's onto the new 'house'.
Posted on March 20, 2013 Full Size|

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9 Comments

Joan Mc
3:52 AM on March 20, 2014 
DianeP says...
What a lovely house, you have done a fantasic job :).

Thanks Diane.
DianeP
11:53 AM on March 19, 2014 
What a lovely house, you have done a fantasic job :).
Brooksey
6:39 AM on March 31, 2013 
The reply button doesn't work when Emoticons are added to a comment so I've copied Joan's last one:

"Hi Julie, I started in the kitchen with the house as it might have been at the start of the 1900's. Then I thought I'd try some rooms with a more modern theme. It ended up being a bit of both. I've added a door to the kitchen under the stairs with the idea that it leads to a room at the back with a fridge, freezer, washing machine, storage, etc housed there. I'd like to add a basement underneath or an extension to the back. It's not going to happen but I can dream :-) "

As I've already said, below, I think that this works perfectly as a 21st century occupation of an older house. My real-life kitchen was fitted by a firm which specialises in 19th century-style country kitchens with an unfitted look (I couldn't have that in mine because it's way too small but all the fitted units made for me have 19th century designs for the cupboard and drawer fronts).

Personally, I'd leave the extensions to the imagination. Basements work on the likes of Victorian town houses because they had them in real life, especially in London and other cities, but cottages rarely have them. Chris's doubling of her Tri-ang 45 by putting one on top of the other works visually for me because the proportions of the extended house are those of 18th and 19th century weavers cottages in Lancashire and Yorkshire. Add-ons to any cottage such as outshuts or outriggers aren't unknown, by any means, but I think it would spoil the proportions of this house if you actually extend it. If you think it should have a second bedroom, add another false door upstairs to suggest access to one in an outrigger, as you've done already to suggest a utility room off the kitchen, and I've done to provide access to a fictitious staircase and back door in Brenville. Zoe did this to great effect to suggest further bedrooms in her beautiful Edwardian house, too.
Joan Mc
5:16 AM on March 31, 2013 
Hi Julie, I started in the kitchen with the house as it might have been at the start of the 1900's. Then I thought I'd try some rooms with a more modern theme. It ended up being a bit of both. I've added a door to the kitchen under the stairs with the idea that it leads to a room at the back with a fridge, freezer, washing machine, storage, etc housed there. I'd like to add a basement underneath or an extension to the back. It's not going to happen but I can dream :)
Brooksey
4:22 AM on March 31, 2013 
Back to have another look through the whole album, following the posting of the two latest pics. The entire house has a modern, contemporary feel for me, even with the "country" kitchen (after all, there are enough firms around creating this look today). Have you set it in any particular period, Joan? It's amazing what can be achieved with these little GeeBees and how different they can look!
Brooksey
12:52 PM on March 22, 2013 
It looks absolutely lovely, Joan. Creating the extra room was definitely a good move.
Patty W
5:33 PM on March 20, 2013 
dividing the upstairs space is a really good idea, it works well. I love the curtains, they are so pretty.
Joan Mc
4:55 PM on March 20, 2013 
lallyp says...
I have just bought one of these!

Hi lallyp, I hope you have as much fun with your house as I had with this one. The only problem was at the top of the stairs. I couldn't decide if I should have a safety rail type balcony or make a partition wall and door. The wall and door won.
lallyp
4:32 PM on March 20, 2013 
I have just bought one of these!

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