Customizing a Victoria’s Farmhouse, part 1

The Victoria’s Farmhouse is a great house to build, and a great house to move into.  It has big rooms, an interesting interior shape, and access from the side for the front room.  I am working on one now in my spare time, and I’ll document the steps I follow for personalizing the inside.

Test the spaces with furniture:

I don’t need every piece I imagine for the inside… I hope this will be a work in progress for a long time to come.  But I do need to place some of the large items to block out the spaces.

         

This gives me an idea of where I want the interior walls, and helps me to know that my floorplan will work.  Even paper cutouts of the things I want the rooms to hold will help envision how to organize the space, where to put extra windows or doors, and how to run the wiring.

Make a floorplan

1065 floorplan     1065 floorplan

My floorplan lets me get prepared for the work I am intending to do. 
I will cut two new windows and modify the two windows that will be changed first.  Next, I’ll do some of the wiring, put in the dividers, and then finish the wiring.  I’ll put notes on the floorplan so I won’t forget, a swatch of the wallpaper, the rug or flooring, anything that helps me keep track of where I am going (when I get busy, this build could go onto the shelf for long enough that I will forget the choices I have made).

Move a window

I am going to move the 2nd floor window so I can leave a hint of a hall for the stairs, and make a bedroom in the right-front room.Move a dollhouse window - test the parts 

I have a blind divider to see how far I need to move the window.  If I can keep it to one inch, the shutters will cover any irregularity I leave on the outside.

 

 move a dollhouse window - carving the wallMove a window - cut the wall

 

 

Carving the wall taking little ribbons of material away… lots of small, gentle cuts is safer and easier than taking big chunks.    

 

move a dollhouse window - paint the wallmove a dollhouse window, fill the irregularities 

I fit a piece of wall material, lining up the clapboard as closely as I could, and glued it in.  An emery board is a great ‘leveler’ for flattening fill on a wall.  Now a couple of coats of paint and we’re good to go.

I’ll finish cutting and moving the other windows using this same technique, then it’s on to the wiring.

 I have work to do

Gary  

Next: Customizing a Victoria’s Farmhouse, part 2

9 Responses to “Customizing a Victoria’s Farmhouse, part 1”

  1. Dorothy Farrell Says:

    Thank you so very much for all the help and suggestions that you have given and give. Sure helps to keep this hobby going. You are a Godsent.

  2. Don Larson Says:

    While working on building my granddaughters Vicky’s Farmhouse, I came up with a unique way to glue those free-standing walls without using tape to hold them. I had a few Attic Partition triangles left over from a few JM401 builds and also a few packing blocks, you know, the one’s with the X marked on them from JM401. So, I glued the X block onto the 8 3/4 length of the attic partition. Make sure you do not glue this X block at the bottom where the 8 3/4 meets the 6 1/8 side, you need room for the glue to go without also gluing this jig to the wall you are attempting to glue into position. I also glued a 1 inch trim strip to each side of the 6 1/8 side, which gave this jig stability. Now I put this contraption against the wall I want glued and clamp it to the X block with one of those little plastic clamps you get at home depot, menards ,etc. Clothes pins would probably do the same thing. This works like a charm and you use absolutely no masking tape.

  3. gary_r Says:

    Thanks Don, I always save leftover triangles to use for squaring up dividers and holding things straight. But I love my masking tape… I use a ton of it and it’s my “go to” third hand, clamp, and test-assembly adhesive.

  4. Donna Says:

    I would like to add a two story addition on the side of Victoria’s Farmhouse. Has this been done before? How far would the addition set back from the front and how far back from the side opening panel? I am considering the junior colonial addition. Also, How easy would it be to fix the side opening panel in place and create a front opening panel so I could use larger additions? I love this dollhouse, but I want even more rooms!

  5. Ruth Says:

    did you ever add the two rooms andbhow did it woork out? I wanted to do the same thing and am looking for some tips.

  6. joci Says:

    this project is worth the wait but is there a easier way of putting this together? I tried nailing the base to the small wood blocks, but it cracked the wood. I would recommend predrilling the holes for the nail, put some of the wood glue on the side, and put the nail in. Let the glue dry before trying to pick it up! Not a good sight to see!

  7. Kate Says:

    I just finished this build and I am pleased to see this post offering a room set-up. I did it in a beautiful blue & white. Being able to see pictures and write up’s by others is very inspiring to us who spend the long hours alone while we build our houses & especially this Victorian Farmhouse. Thank you so much!

  8. dennis martin Says:

    Help I really need a better way of installing the tape wire eye lets I have tried everything i can not get them in HELP

  9. gary_r Says:

    The EL-66 makes installing eyelets easy and quick. Here is a video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYPqrxW8D8g