Tuesday, January 14, 2020

The Lanhardt House Custom Dollhouse

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.
 The plaster goes on where it needs to be.
The upstairs is 8 1/8" tall.
Thanks for coming over!
hugs,

14 comments:

  1. it looks awesome, is that beadboard on the bottom? I cant wait to see the finished cottage.

    Hugs
    Marisa

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    1. Hi Marisa! Yes it's beadboard. You know the one! Scrapbook section, cardboard.

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  2. Wonderful, amazing talent! THE BEST!
    Karen

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  3. Wow this is so cool! I love the size. I always like to decorate my rooms so more the better Hahahahah.
    Looking forward to see the finished house!

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  4. I will follow the building and decorating of this new house with pleasure.
    Geneviève

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  5. Can't wait to see it all finished!! Is the scale 1:12?

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  6. This is going to be gorgeous!
    What thickness of tempered hardboard do you use? Since I live in a humid climate and have trouble with even thicker birch plywood warping, I want to try this.

    Thanks!
    Marilyn

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    1. Hi Marilyn! It's 1/8" thick. They are 2 x 4 sheets. Here is the link: https://www.homedepot.com/p/1-8-in-x-2-ft-x-4-ft-Tempered-Hardboard-Actual-0-115-in-x-23-75-in-x-47-75-in-109112/202585358?keyword=9048914998&semanticToken=203t0000111_20200117122416643447_n8ps+203t0000111+%3E++cnn%3A%7B11%3A0%7D+cnr%3A%7B7%3A0%7D+cnd%3A%7B4%3A0%7D+cne%3A%7B8%3A0%7D+cnb%3A%7B0%3A0%7D+cns%3A%7B5%3A0%7D+cnx%3A%7B3%3A0%7D+st%3A%7B9048914998%7D%3Ast+oos%3A%7B0%3A1%7D+dln%3A%7B569578%7D+tgr%3A%7BNo+stage+info%7D+qu%3A%7B9048914998%7D%3Aqu


      Caroline

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  7. Thank you so much for your generosity with sharing your wonderful talent with us. I found your posts about three months back and thought your houses were beautiful and wished that I could make something that “looked just like that.” Then, as I read more, I started to realize that I might be able to do this myself. I’ve been studying and planning for several months now, and am almost ready to build. I want to review electrics again. I was surprised to learn that I my favorite style is actually mid-century modern comfortable furniture in saturated colors with a background of European white stucco house (which actually is similar to yours). You have taught me a lot, and I want to thank you! I hope you have a wonderful year!

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    1. Oh Kathy! That is such a nice comment! I am so happy to hear that I made this less daunting. My advice is always just go for it. Any mistakes can be fixed(after you go eat a snack!) LOL! And I do still make plenty of mistakes- especially with my roof angles. But if you don't like something you just paint over it or cut a new piece out. No big deal! I hope you will have the most terrific time with your new adventure.
      big hugs,
      Caroline

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  8. You have done a great job - I'm excited to watch your progress!

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  9. Leuk om stap voor stap te zien hoe je het huis maakt.

    Groeten Xandra

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