Category Archives: Hogepotche Hall

Large first project of four storeys and street scene set in 1616

The scent of pastures new


The big think

Planning a possible new build

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Hogepotche perched on its new table still awaiting the little hidey-holes to house the wiring.  The build took five years or so and is somewhat thrown together, taking advantage of a mix of fantasy, historical whimsy and how buildings of the period look to us now.

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I learned some very basic woodwork skills but no more than a young child would be able to manage.

What I want to do now is going to need less cross fingers woodworking and more of the real stuff that covers cutting items both straight and square; particularly sheets of wood.  I’m thinking of a house of sometime between the wars – a building from around and about the UK.  Say 1930-ish.

Why this style

I always admired the ones I could see around me on my way to school, built in pairs on the level and yet each platform of pairs was stepping up the side of the steep hills that had to be climbed every school-day morning.  Occasionally I went inside an example of one for a party or to play, and an aunt of ours who ‘baby sat’ us from time to time, lived in one with the bay window, storm style porch with terracotta tiles (or was it brick); the whole period thing.

I’d like to be able to tackle the boxy Art Deco houses of the period.  I love the ‘cinema’ style look of them, but am unsure about managing all those curved glass and wrought iron bits.  So I’m going for the more widespread general housing of the time (1930s and 1950s or so).

Despite the Art Deco elements such as fireplaces that these houses ‘housed’, it’s funny how much of the external designs I’m looking at seem to be a pick-and-mix from previous periods:  the tall, almost Elizabethan chimneys on many of them with occasionally some half timbering and overhangs at roof level and below some windows.  Then there’s the odd bay window for the small bedroom at the front, echoing the much larger up and down ones on the facade, looking like the viewing bays of a Georgian seaside resort.

They also nearly all have an ‘orrible number of tiles on them one way and another.

Stage one of shall I shan’t I

Still thinking and pondering, collecting images and building layouts and generally making an electronic scrapbook while also printing out bits to highlight and mentally chew over.  Worrying away at them like a bone.

Key questions and problems

  • Can I manage to simplify whatever I settle on without taking away that which makes it of the period?
  • Have I gained enough rough skills to be able to do what I would like – clean lines seem to escape me and this project needs them.
  • Answer to that is “no” so how dependent on others (S or a DIY store) am I prepared to be?

Where am I with it at this moment?

Sieving and trying to avoid committing myself too far.  This is the third set of fining down of information and I’ve gathered some architectural measurements for rooms, which are very useful, both in imagining the eventual finished size but also in the sieving process itself, figuring out if enough detail can be viewed when outer walls are taken away in doll’s house fashion, or does the accuracy of layout lock away too many hidden corners that you can’t reach by hand or eye – essential when working out which walls need to be removable to view the greatest amount of the goings on.  I’m hoping that just a full front and back house reveal will do the trick.

Filling in time

Can I be making items of the period to go inside this imaginary building whilst the necessary saving of pennies takes place?  I mean, if worst comes to the worst they could still be used in a smaller enterprise, so, as long as I’m mostly using raw materials that I’ve got in stock, what’s to lose?

Whilst still searching around I came across a hybrid version of the 30s style in the Irish Times which already looks like a doll’s house, but I’d best leave it alone for my ideas and go with what I’ve already collected or the search will be never-ending.

Then …

I must stand well back and think about why I’m doing it and what outcome would I like from the proposed input of time and money.

To try it or not to try it?  The only question?

The last puss-cat arrived


A cat exerciser for Hogepotche

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Glad this kitten arrived today. I’d been looking for just such a fellow to peek through the steps and here he is.  I must affix him and his friends in place.

Just the new table additions to finish on this sometime when we can both get our hands to it 😉    There are cubby-holes for electrics to put in place and a half door needs building for each cubby before the whole project can be shifted over.  Soon.

Floppy doll day


Starting afresh

I reckon I must have gone too far recently in trying to expand my eating possibilities whilst my digestives are building up again.  I obviously overreached myself.  Yesterday evening it was diverticular horrors, faintings, and all out explosions which quite took the shine off my day and, as it was my birthday, it certainly made it memorable.

Glorious night too 😉

So it goes.

Up and at ’em

Weak as water as a result so contenting self with planning the sorting and cleaning of the Potting Shed, which is, as far as I’m concerned, always the best type of cleaning don’t you think.

Have also started very slowly to explore one of the things I want to build next.  I’ve not got a lot to share about it at the moment and it may well end up in the re-use pile but am planning on a piece of furniture to fit into a 1940s – 50s themed small space.

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2 mm card drying out after a home mix of many colours, and slubs of pastel chalks ‘dragged’ in when wet while listening to an episode of Samuel Pepys in this anniversary year of the Great Fire of London

Trying out in painted card.  Thrilling isn’t it?   At this moment in time it has all the potential of being a ‘something’ or is maybe just a good way to spend a few hours on a floppy day.  If it does work then might leave it like that or clad/rebuild with wood veneer possibly?  No, not a good idea perhaps, as still very bad at cutting the wood as exactly as would be needed.

In other ‘news’

One piece of furniture that is coming along is the table for the monster H Hall.  Had a small panic about the new table when realised how much higher it is than the tidgy white ex-under the bunk bed table housing Hogepotche at the moment.  It’s the addition of a set of sturdy castors that’s done it.  Close call, but it will still go through a doorway.

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Not too concerned about the patchy look (more obvious whilst it’s still drying) as the whole surface will be covered by house. That is, when we get in a team of strong bodies to help levitate it.


Finished – yes really


All but …

Cat still in the post, piece of wood missing bottom right, edging to chimney breasts external, and transfer to its new table.


I’ve met my deadline!

Please note:  this 1616 house has been completed in 2016 this 5th day of September.

Did a lighting test today prior to moving onto more sturdy table and here’s some photos to prove it.

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Frontage closed

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and open though left porch in place

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Along right side

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and along the left

(The photos above, though bleary due to low light, will blow up.)

Got a couple of postings on Hogepotche not been put up here plus any photos once it’s on this much vaunted table.

What’s next?

The continuum i.e the cleaning

This project feels as though it’s lived everywhere, spreading its litter of joy as it goes.  The Potting Shed (workroom) is where everything needs to go back.  But of course that requires sorting down to the individual shelves, boxes and drawers before any new thoughts can be put into action.

I’ve got “plans”.  Holding on to them like fury and will try not to be sidelined by the discoveries made during sorting and cleaning.  Might just make a start on one of these plans whilst cleaning?  Who knows.  Distraction certainly required from all the more recent archiving of computer files that has to be done too – freeing up computer space.

Summing up Hogepotche

A very useful and health-giving experience.

Observations in passing

  • Electrics:

Dreadful.  Three mains leads, four 3v battery switches, one 9v battery and two battery driven fairy light controls.

What more can I say.  It is what it is.

  • Extensions:

Mixed:  could be worse.  Adding and removing does require a side table to put the pieces on and still view them.  Must do something more towards that.

  • Openings:

Quite pleased with them, though how anyone else can know which is which is problematic.  Bit like the shape sorting bricks of childhood, I suppose.  You know, “do you recognise this shape and which way up it should go”, type of thing.

Could go on but I will say that I still get a heck of a kick out of wandering through the house when its lit up, despite the eccentricities of it all.