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One of my favourite views

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One of my favourite views
I must have something going about top loading dolls houses but I do like a ground plan (though in this case it's the first floor) Bits still lying around in the small bedroom left as want to put up a coupld of RAF posters/pics for her and do the curtains and pelmet. Large bedroom (right) more or less done with. As you can see there's a large area of empty carpet which does make me itch to add a little something like a shopping bag but the most noticable thing is that, when the house is joined together the door to this room cannot possibly close. And while we're at it the wardrobe door will never open. Restricted life these little folk lead ... At the back left should be a bathroom one of these days and back right is the boys' bedroom which has been tentatively started
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theinfill.wordpress.com
9:53 AM on November 27, 2017 
Brooksey says...
It's now one of my favourite views, too, Do!

I'm seem to remember my mother having to shove the bed over to the door before she could open the big wardrobe in their bedroom in the 1924-built house my father still lives in. The room was arranged very like this one. (It still is, in fact, except that the 1950s wooden suite was replaced by a white one, with fitted wardrobes on what is the the left hand wall in this view, in the late 1980s. The bed is so close to the hearth that you have to turn sideways and shuffle to walk beside it on that side. It's impossible to make the bed without pushing it nearer the door. The bedroom door did close, though. What's stopping this one?

My insistence on having a bedside cabinet on that side of the bed is doing the dirty deed
Brooksey
7:32 AM on November 27, 2017 
It's now one of my favourite views, too, Do!

I'm seem to remember my mother having to shove the bed over to the door before she could open the big wardrobe in their bedroom in the 1924-built house my father still lives in. The room was arranged very like this one. (It still is, in fact, except that the 1950s wooden suite was replaced by a white one, with fitted wardrobes on what is the the left hand wall in this view, in the late 1980s. The bed is so close to the hearth that you have to turn sideways and shuffle to walk beside it on that side. It's impossible to make the bed without pushing it nearer the door. The bedroom door did close, though. What's stopping this one?
theinfill.wordpress.com
11:19 AM on November 24, 2017 
Zoe H says...
The terraced house I lived in as a child had a similar layout (though bay windows were something housewives only dreamed of). The room you have earmarked as a bathroom was smaller and contained only a toilet (with no wash basin!!) as the bathroom (no toilet) was next door to the kitchen (it was a pit village). I had the little bedroom as my two brothers shared the second largest one. For a while I had a double bed in it and there wasn?t room for anything else other than a toy box and selves down one side. I think my clothes must have been kept in my parent?s room, I can?t remember, but I can remember when I got a single bed; it was shortly before Christmas when Santa brought me a matching wardrobe, chest of drawers and dressing table. I don?t think I left my room for the entire Christmas holiday as I arranged and rearranged everything in the room. Sorry, been off down memory lane...

Wonderfal wander down the lane of memory. I have this image of you sitting and thinking and rearranging all Christmas ... The house this is roughly based on had a separate toilet (no hand basin) and washbasin and bath next to it but I've taken the liberty of knocking them into one for ease of viewing. Now am left with the puzzle of how much fourth wall to put in so can house all that plumbing and procelain
Zoe H
10:50 AM on November 24, 2017 
The terraced house I lived in as a child had a similar layout (though bay windows were something housewives only dreamed of). The room you have earmarked as a bathroom was smaller and contained only a toilet (with no wash basin!!) as the bathroom (no toilet) was next door to the kitchen (it was a pit village). I had the little bedroom as my two brothers shared the second largest one. For a while I had a double bed in it and there wasn?t room for anything else other than a toy box and selves down one side. I think my clothes must have been kept in my parent?s room, I can?t remember, but I can remember when I got a single bed; it was shortly before Christmas when Santa brought me a matching wardrobe, chest of drawers and dressing table. I don?t think I left my room for the entire Christmas holiday as I arranged and rearranged everything in the room. Sorry, been off down memory lane...
Val Hill
9:47 AM on November 24, 2017 
We lived in a semi. My sister had the second large bedroom, being older than me, I had the small one over the hallway. It was so small that if a bed was put in longways there was no room for a wardrobe (as the doors wouldn't open!) so my dad made a short bed to fit across the room.
Edel
7:11 AM on November 24, 2017 
What a fab archetypal semi-d layout this is! We were privileged to grow up in a slightly more spacious version of this, but most of my friends' homes had a similarly cramped layout (though the room and wardrobe doors DID open, lol)

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