Lots of bits done but a little hard to describe.
In the belief that it would make more sense if I work from the end result here is one of the more complete bits I’ve been working on.
The first attic space, the one with the wardrobe and wireless, has a bit chopped off because of the slice of house.
This remaining section I’ve sort of dedicated to memorabilia, such as ration books, helmets and the no longer needed cot.
The riddle goes as follows
Now, one could say that this is what used to be described as a box room but, because I’ve still got an itch to be able to get at some of the hard-wired electrics, I’ve also made it as a slot in room box. I chose this way of doing it rather than creating a removable section in the roof slope to get access.
This attic space lives under the heavily slopped hip on the side of the house, so I started there, building supports for the hip to use
Then other radiating supports were added, including one that should support the hip and the edge of the remaining piece of front slope.
If you stare into the gloom of the attic section on the other side of these beams and look through that doorway you can just about make out the other attic room, which I’ve also started
This view, when the slice of house is removed, shows the shape of the would-be attic space, with electrics running to the space on the far right
where I can still get my hands in to fiddle with a couple of wiring extensions and could add further or replace some.
The slot-in spot
The box has a dangling front edge using ‘L’ shaped moulding so that it can be fairly easily removed from its slot-in space
Parked and awaiting items for storage.
The blank walls, just visible on the right, are the third attic space and you might be able to make out a right-angled decorated section between the room box and the blank space to fill in the gap.
Once I’ve checked again and doubled checked once more, I’m heading towards sticking down the roof slope over it, hoping to get it to match the half of front slope already in place.
Between times, if my never won’t let me glue down that piece of roof yet, I’ve the other attic space, through the doorway, to decorate and dress. Plenty to nibble on.
Today’s visit to the Potting Shed resulted in more messing around with the first attic. No big surprise there until I realised all I had to do to stop being annoyed by the green electric heater was to swap it with the curved one from on top of the wardrobe.
Reflected light 1
Reflected light 2
Bowl and cloth to reduce lamp glare and add to flow of fabric
and I couldn’t leave the lighting alone
Still making doors by a sandwich process with some form of card in the centre and paint and cladding on the faces.
I do like the door knobs to sit opposite each other, but with the door structure being fairly thin, that can be awkward as most pre-made knobs have useful necks on them for inserting in the door surface I presume, but they are too long to put opposite to each other. If I surface mount them they never stay on, not even with a bit of a pin in them. I find it easier to chop it off and fit the knob closer to the surface. I make a small hole through the door and insert a sequin pin in one of the knobs to go through.
Then I chop the pin to suitable length and stick the other knob on the pin that sticks through – just the same as with a real door with spindle. And I glue the whole lot. The card and cladding make for a bit of a rough door, I know but it does a job until I can muster a better finish.
Was moving on
Couldn’t get the mind off what would need doing to boost the first attic space lighting so, as getting nowhere with everything else, I turned attention to that and dragged out an LED light from the stored electrics that are squirreled away. It’s a ceiling light from Heidi Ott but if you invert it you can get something else, possibly.
How safe is an oil lamp do you reckon?
Cut a piece of acetate from a fairly bendy muffin case tub, leaving on a little of the top ridge – just enough cut away so that I could get a bit of a bend going
I forced it to roll up a little (not as rounded as would like) and inserted a piece of lighting gel inside, all to make a bit of the look of a lighted oil lamp.
Given it a booster step on the middle section of the wrecked dressing table, it looks OK when off, though perhaps a bit bright when lit. Something to work from perhaps
It lights that back wall nicely; I’ll see how it goes
Just a little bit of roof
There’s atmosphere and then there’s dark that wants ‘seeing to’. Still thinking about it. Depends on what the other two attic spaces look like when roofed and lit, then I think one over murky area might be OK, otherwise I’ll have to conjure up a further light source. Thinking of possibilities.
But for the moment this is what we’ve got.
It started with prep for adding the roof base for the slice of house.
Before the slope went in I needed to fix the edge of the dratted triangular piece in place.
Capped off, surfaces of foamboard re-inforced and beams in.
Battery ceiling light which came in gold, now painted dark brown and its bulb giving an interesting blue glow.
Stuck an LED wall light in the back of the radio to give an exaggerated glow of what you get from the back of that type of set. Though I don’t like the way the shine off the side of the electric fire on the wardrobe catches the eye.
Not quite a duplicate.
Taken down the shine with a streak or two of grey and angled the mirror behind the radio to bounce off a little of both the blue and the red lights.
Slightly better but will reassess later
Through that doorway on the left of the above pics is the way to the back attic space and here we’re looking back thro it into the dark workroom.
You can just hear the cry of a falling body as they rush from out here into the semi-dark and encounter that trap door – open. As it opens with the flap towards the door it will be more of a trip and swearing job, unless you’re given to somersaults over lowish objects.
As the view backs off there’s the wall, covered in strong uprights as this is the ridge wall. Damp getting in here too on the plastered brick.
This is where we are: the back of the slice of house, with the young children’s bedroom and the dining room below.
And if it looks twisted to you it’s because the ceiling of the bedroom below is in order to square off the outer walls and to firmly dock with the main part of the cake 🙂
It’s a pity that this style of house isn’t given to having roof lights in the loft space, but here it is for the moment – dark.