Category Archives: First Floor

Being first floor up or, if you live outside UK, add on one

Open and shut case


I’ve spent most of the recent mini-ing time on roof-ful brooding.

Still mithering on

Going round and around in circles trying to keep things simple but give access to light controls and the loft rooms.

  • Top of the list would have been to have my brain checked:  too late for that
  • Most favourable and practical would be an all-in-one, simple roof that is totally removable:  not gone for simple roof so that’s out
  • Next would have been to split it in two halves both of which would be removable and have them meeting at the ridge:  that messes up the ridge and wasn’t sure I could work that out

Working with what’s there

Best way out is to ignore it while it cooks away in the old brain box and do something else so I fiddle with the carpet across the great hall table.  The hanging edge needed weighting in some way as it wouldn’t lie flat.

And now the roof so far

The second bedroom

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It’s up there over the meat room

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Ashwood Designs has made various lamps that are used around the building. Some have bulbs, some have candles only. This bedroom has a fairy light available that needed housing and it just so happened that the last Ashwood lamp I had was a candle one that had rattled around in storage here and needed its base putting back.

In the last photo you can see the boxing in on lower left two-thirds, hiding the robust fairy light wiring that lights the rooms down below and the door at the left is the mock one for the alleyway torch controls. I don’t much like rooms with lots of doors in them (or open wardrobes for that matter) but the two mock doors are to ‘dead’ areas in the loft.

Solution to part of the roof problem

Another ‘something else’ activity

Finally got round to dressing the room properly more or less.

A bit of lots and none at all, but suspect my brain is now going to be incommunicado until such time as this roof is finally fixed.

See you then 😉



Peep show


Points of view

The thing that has always fascinated me about dolls houses and miniatures is the opportunity to view different perspectives, peep around corners and through doorways and generally get down and observe from the small scale level.  Just what is hidden in there?  Perhaps I’m a miniature peeping Thomasina in the making but viewing closed rooms through windows does appeal I must admit.

Progress on the last thing to be built

This is all coming on and there’ll be a report when I’ve accumulated enough completed items.  Mostly the working is about a bit of this and then that, whilst each dries:  the usual.

In the meantime I’ve been peeping.


Answering a query re size of gallery photos

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Gallery view with “View full size” link on lower right

To get a peep at a larger version of an image go to gallery view by clicking on any photo in the block and shimmy down to click on “View full size” link on lower right (as shown above).  It will open in a fresh window – most will give you a magnifying glass mouse icon which should enlarge at least a little further too 🙂

Two hard working young boys need a place to sleep


The second loft sleeping space is for Robert Smyth general house labourer aged 10 years (at present dealing with logs and a large dog in the great hall) and Kit Punt aged 11 years, also general labourer around the Hall but at the moment is in the porch about to knock the hat off a quarrelsome beggar using the handle of his besom broom.

A storage chest

As usual am building bits around and about at the same time whilst the items dry and they all involve this loft space. Their bit of it is also a general storage area for spare items.  It needs the odd chest to store some of the older, small equipment out of the storerooms down below and a corner to push in a spare palliasse or two.

Going for cheap, cheerful and speedy

The chest doesn’t need to open, it just needs to sit there taking up space and look mildly interesting, so I’ve gone for a really cheapskate construction from a cardboard box.  (I bought a bundle of boxes quite some time ago with thoughts of dressing them as really very small mini scenes but haven’t so far got round to it.)


  • take one cardboard box of roughly suitable size in at least one of its dimensions in this case it’s the width (approximately 3”)
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(top left) The box with its lid is far too big but its width is OK without (top right) .
(second row)) The depth needs reducing so chopped it more or less in half from back to front
(bottom photo) and then used a piece of the excess inserted to add another face to the construction and strengthen the shape

  • clad in whatever is lying around that might be suitable – peel off back 1:12 wood flooring is what I’ve got
  • add hinges, catches, strapping if wish – using some more painted paper as iron bits and florist’s wire to indicate some sort of catch

It’s built with one face open (that is it doesn’t have six sides).  It could be useful to have an open face for concealing something such as wiring but so far I don’t think there’s anything more to be hidden up in this area but you never know, so five sided it remains.


Not very finished at the edges where the cladding corner edges meet but I think I can live with it and the lid still looks ‘hairy’ in a comparison with the smooth wood, but so it goes.

Other coloured card today

There is also a doorway at one end (non-opening) to hint at loft space beyond for more items to be kept – presumably someone in the household is sure these things will come in handy someday.

Been shopping again


Dressing Tilda’s room

Couldn’t resist the opportunity of buying more Duncan White pottery from Pedlar’s Tray when I realised Tilda could do with a ewer and bowl.  They’ve just arrived and are now in the room, finishing off the bits and pieces for it.  At least I think so.  Might add an odd clog or two if and when I get round to making them.

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Stepping back – careful not to fall down the gap

Well it’s roof time for this particular section but I think I’ll hold off on it till it’s roof time all round to make sure I don’t go too adrift with the meeting of the two slopes etc.

Jobs are back to the brick laying variety now the floating doorway is in place more or less.  Nearly there, nearly there 😉