Which way to ‘jump’


Scratch build can be a painful business, causing frustration and general crossness.  It’s also huge fun, she said whilst waving her sticky fingers over the keyboard.

Puttying windows with string

And I thought egg box brick walls took time!

It would seem that windows are becoming the be-all-and-end-all of the of the exercise.  Somewhere along the line I’m just hoping that a house is going to appear to go with them.

Falling from a height

So far so good

I’m pretty concerned about the strength and stability of these bay windows.  They’re fairly strong but could be subject to squashing because of the single curve not to mention the glazing popping out.

The proposed building has two room spaces across and is two rooms deep and therefore needs to be viewable from front and rear.  I think the front wall opening is going to be dodgy because of the bay, but a back wall remove should be OK.

I’ve been worrying away at the frontage problem and how to get around it (at length) written it, abbreviated it, (twice) and, you’ll be relieved to know thrown most of it out

Go for a limited explosion of house structure

Explain yourself

theinfill dolls house blog Hogepotche Hall –Hodgepodge Hall - a Medieval, Tudor, Jacobean dolls house blog - reshaping an Deco house - rough ground floor plan

Rough plan of ground floor with ridgeline and front small bedroom indicated

a) How would it be if along with all or part of the front wall the whole floor of the sitting room were to come away along with some of the walls over the two storeys – a chunk of house coming away like a two storey room box cake slice? It messes up the roofline but just the once.  The chimneys are nowhere near any of the dividing lines, so they shouldn’t interfere.

theinfill dolls house blog Hogepotche Hall –Hodgepodge Hall - a Medieval, Tudor, Jacobean dolls house blog - reshaping an Deco house - rough ground floor plan

Looking at the front section only – porch, hallway, stairs and sitting room

b) Imagine, if the sitting room breaks away entirely (above images) with the party-wall to the imaginary ‘next door house’, plus the dining room party-wall, and the recessed porch area.  It should reveal the internals of the sitting room, the dining room and along the hallway in one go (in theory).  But above all it will give the bay support almost all around

theinfill dolls house blog Hogepotche Hall –Hodgepodge Hall - a Medieval, Tudor, Jacobean dolls house blog - reshaping an Deco house - rough ground floor plan

Sitting room comes away with three walls and a porch revealing how much?
Apologies here, the hallway should be showing the party-wall with the sitting room along with the sitting room door but it seems to have been lost in translation as it were

i) Planning in 2D so not sure if this works over two storeys

ii) Probably the whole front wall needs to come away with the sitting room to reveal the small front bedroom and show a view down the upper landing to the stair head through that bedroom door?

c) Theoretically this should leave only the kitchen and upstairs bathroom at the rear needing its own small back wall removed to give clear access including the pantry

Though a clunky solution it might work and protect the bays.

Well worth working through:


  • stable units – though will need to make sure the remaining part of the front wall is strong enough to hang around off the sitting room block
  • all bay elements would be supported and not have to be handled entirely separately
  • possible that majority of the structure will be visible when sitting room block removed
  • the run of the stairs would be maintained
  • only small area of wall needs to be moveable at the back


  • roof join – the sitting room is deeper back to front than the roof ridge line
  • floor levels between hallways and sitting room and main bedroom and landing could fail to fit – need for more rugs(?)
  • the remaining front wall section needs support
  • many things not thought of will still jump out

What’s to do once windows ‘put to bed’

It’s going to  need a mini prototype of this house in rough to see what is visible, what is floating about and what gets the go-ahead from this idea for the room reveals.

Will do that when next can.  Still ‘arguing’ with the glazing and health having a wobble so will be back asap.




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