Not in the Potting Shed
Tidying up my mind
(Mrs Darling in “Peter Pan”)
It’s cleaning time.
Yes, I’m still hiding out from those chimneys (the ladder thing is the problem), but am working away on this and that in the meantime. Hoping that the whole structure will be more or less complete before Christmas. With that in mind I thought I’d further avoid the chimney thing by reviewing how I came to build this house in the first place.
No, don’t panic, I don’t think I’m going to go on at length, but I do find it help to step back and looking again at what I’m playing at. The ramble is going to be short on photos, although it does offer the opportunity to wander through some possibly useful links.
- Lots of research amongst own deco belongings, web searching and the ever enjoyable buying in of books to help before start
- A long search for a photo of a facade that made my fingers itch with the urge to try to build it
- Deciding on a layout, and reshaping that a few times
- Generally bathing in nostalgia for the 50s (well, some aspects of it)
Why build from a blank
Other than to avoid the original cost of a ready cut house kit, I still don’t know why I choose to build from scratch. Goodness only knows I spend more than enough by the time the item is finished.
I suppose it’s mostly to do with the contrast between the personality of the structure that develops and grows as you go along rather than trying (and undoubtedly failing) to make an adequate fist at something that has a more or less pre-determined outcome.
I don’t think I could work on a kit house that’s any bigger than a room box or two without wanting to hack it about and add here and there. Too much of a butterfly mind, too many ‘what ifs’. Scratch build offers the huge possibility for variation or flights of fancy.
The desk work
As part of reviewing the build of Nostalgia Close, I’ve started a little cleaning up of the website. Bit early for spring cleaning (well very early really) but, when the energy allows I much prefer a good rootle around in the autumn. Perhaps it’s the whole hibernation thing, getting everything ready for a good rest-up.
I’m dreadful for not throwing things away, but a little rationalisation in the sub-menus wouldn’t go amiss, though adding insult to injury, I have finally started to add sub-menus for the first time to the general Art Deco Build heading (which has now been changed to 1930-50 Semi so you no longer have to search blindly for a particular room. I’ve worked through the two-year project and I do hope it’s now easier to use.
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Scratch-build and ready cut kits
While tidying around, I came across some of the links to plans, kits and photos collected when researching the 30s – 50s, including some earlier period houses:
Some current plans available from Hobbies – General page for books and designs, where you can find a 1930s styling Size 650 D x 960 W x 800mm High 15 room house and an Edwardian house, four roomed whose plans can be bought separately, wood pack available and a separate fittings pack. Also there is an 18″ high mini greenhouse for full-sized seedlings which I must say I find appealing
I collected an American site with various house photos I rather liked
Most relevant to what I was supposed to be researching at the time is Homes through the decades (a large but extremely interesting pdf file from the National House Building Council) and a site with an article on why a 1940s house is a 1930s house – and
The Imperial War Museums 1940s house and the tours of rooms on YouTube – kitchen
What was actually used
The house I used as the springboard for this build. I thought I had first viewed it on Flickr, but I’m probably wrong. Here it’s on a Pinterest page with lots of very interesting Deco housing.