Monday, 5 December 2016

Some inside progress!

At last I've moved indoors but not until after I had done lots of staring and thinking before doing so! I really had to do this to be sure of my work plans so that I get everything done in the right order as I go along. Building, decorating and lighting a 3d building is abit of a mind boggling affair! To work it all out I sat down and wrote a plan of action - where to route the wires for the lighting and which piece of wall can I stuck in and when?  Can I lay this flooring now, at which point will I need to glaze that window and add curtains....? etc etc.
Well the first thing I decided to do was to make the channels for the lighting wires to go through to the back of the building....I knew I had to do this before any walls could be stuck in place or flooring laid. The chimney breasts were glued into position at this stage too so that I could get the wires lined up for the fires....

So far so good - the channels for the wires from the shop lights downstairs and for both fires on the first floor

My channels are a little wonky as I used the Dremel but they will still do the job.

The shop light coming up into the sitting room and the wire coming into the back of the fireplace ready to connect to the kitchen range and the sitting room fire.

Here you can see the wires laid in and covered with masking tape

And both the fire lights working! Hooray!

Next I needed to get the hallway and landing wallpapered so that I could glue in the two back walls. I also fixed the wall lights into place before sliding and gluing the wall between the landing and the other two rooms on the first floor. It maybe a challenge putting in the cornice and skirting as this area is quite deep. Wish me luck! I will be able to remove the window to glaze it and add curtains.


This is the first floor landing. I'm so pleased with how it's looking so far....

The stairs leading to the attic floor and the doors to the kitchen and sitting room not glued in place yet.

This next picture shows the downstairs entrance hall with the stairs and wall now glued into position and the doorway leading into the shop area.
It took me ages to fix the brass stair rods and I have another set to do yet!
Skirting boards, cornice, door knobs and light switches to add....

Having done all this I had to have a little play and see how my shelving would fit into the shop. I bought a few at the York Fair as I was undecided in how I was going to arrange them. I toyed with the idea of blocking off the
trade entrance door entirely, which would have added more shelf space but I feel I would lose some of the 3d aspect doing that which is what I really love about this building.  I'm thinking this arrangement in the following photos is how I'm going to go.... As you can see there will be a little back lobby area near the tradesman's entrance door and I plan to put another door leading into my Orangery on that back wall next to it. I think this will add extra interest. All I need to do now is decide on the finish for those shelves! Stained or painted...? I suppose to be in keeping with the Edwardian era they would probably have been in oak but I'm afraid that will make it look terribly dark in here....I'm wondering about a distressed cream or pale green colour....? Mmmmm....? (The light fitting on these pictures is only temporary.)

So you are up to date with where I am up to for now...thankyou for looking in! 


  1. What a CHARMING building and such lovely work you have done on it, Kath! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the depth of field that the trade door at the back brings to the showroom! And it looks like the shelving on both walls is going to provide plenty of display for lots of your mini merchandise.
    But, I know just what you mean in trying to take each step in order, which can present quite the challenge, yet you seem to have mastered it. :))
    I am really looking forward to seeing what you will do next as I continue to watch your progress on this build.


  2. Thankyou so much Elizabeth and I apologise for the late reply. I'm still learning things about Blogger and didn't have notifications switched on! Yes this building is quite a challenge but I'm getting there I think....At this moment I am decorating the shop area. Thankyou again, Kath.