Can you still recognize the original?
I continued adding tabs and retrofitting the parts of the kit with new pieces of wood, filling in unnecessary slots, as well. All to make the new plan fit together as smoothly as possible, even adding bracing under the floor for added stability. This will be nice when I get to the final fitting and gluing stage - the floor sits on it's own so the slots in the walls aren't the only support. Ever had a wall come crashing down while trying to glue? Me too, but no more!
I worked a lot on the stairs, the stairwell, and the doorway openings on either end - both rounded at the top to keep with the cottage-y theme. The display shelf is placed strategically across from the upper stairwell windows so you can get a peek. It was very tricky to get all of the angles right, so a good deal of finish trim work will be necessary.
Peek~A~Boo stairs - I can still see you!
This is how the inside looks with the new additions. I got the base for the living room window seat/sofa started - three perfect basket cubbies!
The interior floor plan is a little too open concept for an old cottage, so my next step is designing/building/installing some interior walls. I think I have the first floor figured out. The boxes and furnishings are stand ins, of course!
|Looking from the front of the house|
|Looking in from the back of the house|
The upper level is going to be much more complicated, given the limited floor
space and the sharp angle of the roof.
I'd like to use the furniture that came with the kit and see what I can do with it. I'll get the captain's bed taped together to determine size and placement, then figure out wall and arrangement for the bathroom. It probably won't be ideal, but I'll do my best!
Maybe a completely dormer-ed back roof? Hmmm...
Hope your week is off to an inspired and creative start!