Following a chain of thought
Yes, I know, I’m working around the left side doing chimneys and balustrade but I can’t stop the little hamsters in the treadmills of my mind working can I?
A sudden light bulb
The original design ‘plan’ for the frontage roof slope(s) had more variety than the three in a row gable ends I’ve been sort of working on. I say ‘sort of’ because I keep turning away and doing something different because of discomfort with the whole idea of the three gables. There are many buildings of around this period and after with three gables or more but the frontage as built so far is busy in its ornamentation and detailing and I wanted to give an opening out feeling to the roof-line here that didn’t seem to come with a row of gables.
I’d had this fancy that the central section of roof might be a forward traveling slope with a bit of a box-shaped dormer at the front edge.
Then the top of this flat-roofed dormer could carry a balustrade which would repeat along the sides (hence the left side balustrade at present under construction). The shape of the central roof slope itself would be trapezoidal, wider at the top and narrower at the bottom as it travels down the valley of the left and right gable.
Having lost count of the number of times I’ve tried to get my brain to wrap around how to go about the shape I fancied and all its allied beams; how the individual room ceiling heights would work out where they each would meet their front-facing window; how the beams would work at left and right of centre etc, I was getting nowhere and I’d chickened out going for the worrying compromise.
But like all such silly ideas it haunted me a little and now I’m thinking “what the heck?” let’s have a go.
The light bulb (or do I mean duh) moment
- Do all the structural beams really matter?
- Is this a doll’s house 1:12 model or isn’t it?
- Why not work at it backwards and build the thing and add what woodwork seems necessary to represent the beams that might be visible and see what happens?
Bad plan of attic frontage
Been doing …
At present I’ve yanked out some of the middle gable beams and added the missing side wall to that room, have prepped the height but not the width of the dormer and am half way through making a mini window for this upper section; have added some of the gable to the right side double bedroom, ready for its roof slope and am pondering whether I will, eventually, be able to make a removable frontage to the attic in a ‘oner’ or will it have to be two or three sections.
I’ll let you know if I’ve really lost the plot this time or whether there’s going to be a way through after all