The kit comes with a large opening cut out on the front wall which is meant to be sliding barn doors to bring livestock through. Hopefully, I won't have any livestock living in it when it becomes the model for our retirement home! We are planning to install 2 (bashed to make them taller) Houseworks Garage Doors and an entry door to the front, and therein lies the quandary... How to cut out for the garage and entry doors, and use that material to fill in the pre-cut barn door, all the while matching the milled siding. I am not so confident in our ability to make it look right, so, I emailed Real Good Toys.
Jennifer was wonderful! She told me exactly what information she needed from me in order to assist me with getting the right replacement part, custom cut for our needs! We were able to order a new front piece, grooved and milled exactly like the original, minus the door opening! And all of this for only $35! This was Real Good News! Our new front wall should ship out this week!
In the meantime, to keep me busy on something, I purchased an old Realife Miniatures kitchen kit on ebay. It is literally from 1975, hence the Harvest Gold appliance color. It came in the original factory shrink wrap, but upon inspecting the package contents, the stain, sealer and glue they provided was all dried up. The wood is also a bit dry and brittle, but careful removal from the pattern sheets seems to be working out pretty well. There is also a sort of fermented glue aroma that takes a little getting used to.