as dotty as a dotty thingy
Thursday/Friday – Not so glorious ignorance
Must stop making it up as I go along and read the instructional articles that I should have consulted pre Hogepotche. That was more a pouring out of life and age, as t’were. But this time I need to use my head a whole lot more. One can only hope that it’s never too late to learn.
Friday – Frozen and fascinated
Books and internet plus going through the doll’s house magazines I occasionally bought. So far mostly used them as eye candy and mind stimulation but now’s the time to dig deeper for words of wisdom.
Sitting in the ‘Potting Shed’ where I could spread out and sort freely, popping those clothes pegs on sets of pages as book marks – not put heating on yet so almost needed boots!
Later in warmth
Started drawing up floor plans from info gathered from builders/architect plans on the web, so I must have been making some sort of decisions when I wasn’t looking.
Need the floor plans with side pathways, front garden etc as soon as possible, not just for all materials but to gauge the size of the base. With luck we may have the wood lying about somewhere just waiting to be used.
How will it go
I should set a date for the left-hand house. Let’s say it stopped more or less in or around 1955. (Then possibly allow the odd item or fabric from later as a bit of a clash?)
1:12 drawn with 5 mm squares – 2 squares = 1″
Imagined width of building 18.5′ and depth of a single semi 28.5′ without bay
(approx 8.70 m x 5.65 m)
I know how I want to change the frontage and the plan on paper seems to work more or less to those ideas but I won’t be comfortable about it until I can produce a scale diagram of the facade.
Kitchens and bathrooms were very small in the houses that I can recall and this is confirmed by the floor plans of original 30s houses I found online and whose layout I’m roughly following. Because of the size restrictions I’m imposing I began playing with the furniture layout in the kitchen to see how things might fit but as I got carried away down memory lane, adding shelves and cupboards here and there, I didn’t keep in mind the back wall has to be removable! (Hence the patch over top left ground floor as I had to redraw it, and spilled water top right on same page is an elbow in the wrong place.)
It would be possible to add depth to a removable back wall and put a sink in its little floor space but am holding off on that until all else fails, so the sink will be on the left-hand wall instead.
Saturday – Reading with care
Trying to pick up where left off with information articles. Must find what seems relevant for reference when I get stuck. This will happen because I’ll have failed to read and retain enough info before I start and so, when the problem arises, I will need to have the know-how to hand in order to tow myself out of it!
Sunday – Home entertainment
For our evening entertainment we worked together and found the pair of semis online and ‘walked about’ the area bit as it were. We also looked it up in historical maps. It seems that the area was built piecemeal from around the late 20s, with these two probably appearing in 1930/31 though can’t be sure as they don’t appear until the 1936 map. It’s also possible that some (not necessarily all) of these semis were built as flats, with the side door being numbered differently to the front. It is of course also possible that some, if not all have been subsequently converted either to flats or from flats to two-storey homes.
With more images of the buildings I’m going to have a go at drawing the frontage. S has advised re ceiling heights (he’s a part-time surveyor and gets to see these things) and he also knows the likely pitch of the roof so it should be possible for me to take a swing at it I think.
In the meantime I’ve hacked and generally cut about with a photo editor and tried out some window layouts.
- Don’t require the width of the bottom left window to be 3 sets of panes wide – prefer 1 or 2
- The size of the hip roof pyramid seem small balanced against the width of the house to its left. Don’t want a bigger pyramid but would like to reduce the house width on the left instead
- Taken a panel out of window next to front door in both images so now 2 sets of panes not 3
- Played with the first floor window yoyo-ing it back and forth over front door
- Moved the house side wall over about equivalent of a metre
First image: I like window directly over door, it has a balance but it crowds the upper bay and what’s that whopping great space to the left of it supposed to be? Do I add another window there to balance?
Second image: replaced the upper window where it was but still removed one length of window below. Looks more balanced and is the simpler of the two ideas
Third image: ‘horrible but interesting – messy and probably owes more to current views on having lots of windows besides which that extra window is there only as a space filler. Doesn’t work at all. This is a very small bedroom – single bed and chest of drawers, possibly what used to be known as a single wardrobe and enough floor space left for a rug and one person to stand up only. It probably couldn’t ‘carry’ two windows.
Will go with the second image for the attempt at drawing up.
Counting bricks – how tall?
Now comes the exciting bit – best get the paper out and remove all liquids from the vicinity.