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Saturday, January 2, 2010

New Plans!



I worked on the plans for Merriman Park the last couple of days. I made YET MORE CHANGES to the plan, most significantly, I decided to do "blind arches" over the ground floor windows --mainly because I couldn't find stock, arch-topped windows that I liked. Oh, well... using the same window throughout will give a sense of continuity to the plan. (That's what I'm telling myself, anyway)! But the window tops are trimmed differently enough --blind arch, triangular pediment and half-round pediment-- which gives the house a certain flair, don't you think so?

I have also been picking out all my mouldings, ceilings, wall treatments and most exciting --FIREPLACES! I have no less than six fireplaces to choose, and I am having a difficult time picking favorites. The best ones I've found (thus far) are from Braxton Payne and Sue Cook.

Also... I experimented with my sample window, which came without mullions, (though they provided the material to make your own). I want my windows to be "nine-over-nine," so it took quite a while to whittle those tiny sticks of wood (more like toothpicks, really) into the little grids that eventually will pop into the window frames. Don't worry, I haven't glued them in yet... I'll wait til I've painted everything. Did I mention there are SEVENTEEN windows? What am I getting myself into?

The first sketch is for the hexagonal drawing room located on the piano nobile. This was another departure from my original plan --I wanted to have an octagonal room, but I'm afraid the floor space is simply too limited. I decided to do the walls in framed, wallpapered or silk-upholstered panels (most likely, a stripe). There will be two matching pier tables flanking the door on the back wall. I plan on hanging portraits (with picture lights) over the pier tables. Still not sure about colors! I want the whole house to have a coordinated palette so it looks pleasing when viewed as a whole. (And we've ALL SEEN dollhouses where every single room is a contrasting, clashing color)! I find myself torn between lighter Georgian and Regency colors and the more bright Empire palette.

5 comments:

Cassandra said...[Reply]

As I am reading this in the order in which you wrote I wonder which palette you chose.

I'm currently working on a house very nearly the same size and this is inspiring me to get going a bit faster on it. One spends as much time on a miniature home as a large one I begin to think.

Giac said...[Reply]

Hi John,
I apologize for leaving so many comments, but I was going over your blog again over lunch hour and I just wanted to compliment you on your technical drawings...very well done!
Giac

Giac said...[Reply]

Hi John,
I apologize for leaving so many comments, but I was going over your blog again over my lunch hour and I just wanted to compliment you on your technical drawings...very well done! Your elevations and plans give a really good idea what the finished piece will look like.
Giac

John said...[Reply]

No apology necessary, Giac --it's great to see that someone is reading this!

Gianna Gifford said...[Reply]

Hi John,

I just discovered your blog and I'm reading it in order. I'm gearing up to do a Georgian dollhouse of my own and so excited to read about your experiences. Your drawings are gorgeous!