One of my first projects for 2020 is Lanhardt House. This is a commission. The house is several of my past cottages all mashed together.
I use tempered hardboard to make the shell of the house. This material has a couple of benefits over other woods and boards. First, it's always straight - no warping. Second it's lighter than other materials. It's important for me since I ship all these houses. And third, something I learned from a customer, they are more allergy friendly than other treated materials.
The house is designed from scratch and cutout of tempered hardboard using a scroll saw.
This house is 22 3/8" wide x 14 3/4"deep x 18 /14" tall(for now).
I start the house inside lower level. First the wood floor(Popsicle sticks) gets glued in. The plaster goes on the walls and ceiling. Then everything is painted. I use acrylics. The floor color is a water based gel wood stain.
Other materials are added like the birch strips that go on some walls and ceilings.
The downstairs rooms are 8 3/8"tall.
I finish off the downstairs interior with chandeliers and aging. I use stamp inks andapint to make everything perfectly cottage.
I added the stairs.
And I made a little fireplace to tuck behind the stairs.
The entry has picture molding. It adds so much elegance.
The above picture is a little nook with it's own chandelier. It will be perfect for a table and chairs or a sink.
There is a tin ceiling here. Perfect for a kitchen. Also there is a nice long wall here to add a stove.
Lots of chandeliers. But it needs to be very romantic!
Next, the wood floor went in upstairs. And then the hardest part of this house- the roof. Cutting the angles correctly is a bit of a puzzle.