For People who Build their Own. . .
Dollhouse Kits are for people who want to build their own structures yet do not want to deal with cutting it all out themselves. They want a bit of help in the construction end of things.
As well some people have the hobby of getting a new kit when the old one has been constructed and is now on display. They simply love building these kinds of dollhouses.
So basically what do dollhouse kits offer us anyway?
A Couple of Scale Sizes to Consider
Dollhouse kits can come in a range of scale sizes. The most popular scale sizes being 1/2" and 1". Such as 1/2" equals one foot, or 1" equals one foot.
With 1" or 1:12 scale the advantage is that you can actually see clearly what you are looking at. Where with smaller scales you end up needing a bit more patience and the ability to work with very small parts.
In the working with small parts some of us either have no patience or our hands just refuse to operate properly under those conditions.
Some people are very skilled in the art of working in such close dimensions and they are to be admired. They truly do intricate work.
Two Top Dollhouse Kits are:
Arriving unfinished and unassembled this structure contains 7 rooms that should be constructed by an adult. It is not something a child can easily complete. Except under adult supervision. Obviously it is not for a child under age 3.
A collector would do well with this one. It does come with enough to do to keep any collector/hobbyist interested and busy.
Made in Vermont, USA it has step-by-step instructions with detailed drawings. A laser cut stencil is supplied for detail.
Also includes movable room dividers, raised panel shutters and doors, flower boxes, a detailed staircase, molded railings and porch posts.
Sale Price at the time of this writing: $159.99
The Garfield Dollhouse Kit is a wonderful beginner house for new collectors. Although from most sources it does imply that it is intricate as well as adventuresome.
So it is not one to be gotten and thought to be done overnight. This is a kit to be treasured and enjoyed as you build. If you like to have a kit to get caught up in and relax, then this kit could be for you. So explore the benefits and check it out.
The set includes:
Sale Price at the time of this writing: $228.31
As you purchase and enjoy your dollhouse kits, here are some additional sites for help in the construction:
Don't forget to investigate the last several month E-Zine Issues that look into different topics related to dolls house creation. Check those issues out here.
Design Tip #9
Relax and Build Time
Go into your own design phase at your own speed. Take your time developing this skill.
"Now that the exterior of the house has been finalized we can begin laying out rooms on the interior. Rooms are defined by the walls that enclose them. They are then assigned a Room Type that assigns common room attributes." Quote from Home Designer User's Guide
This is an inspirational book of how-to decorate any dollhouse kits. Using the ideas to boost your own creative bend will definitely save you money.
As well the techniques illustrated will help you do your own thing at every turn while constructing your dollhouse kits if you so desire.
The book has ideas in these major categories: interior walls, floors and carpets, exterior walls and roofs. Under each of these sections you will also find a number of more detailed sub-sections. For instance, under interior walls we find: antiquing, blocking designs, decoupage, hand-painted walls, faux marbling, stenciling and varnishing, to name a few.
In the "Brick facades" section we quote:
"Bricks of one type or another have been in use for thousands of years, so whatever period you choose, brickwork will no doubt be in keeping. Bricks are also used worldwide, except in regions where there is no native clay or brick earth."
"Tips of the Trade - When using printed paper brick facades, add a little food coloring or powder paint to the wallpaper paste in a similar color to your paper. This will help you to see any spots you have missed."
Each topic contains a bit of history and very well pictured steps you can take to accomplish each technique that is covered. Also with "tip of the trade" to help you achieve the most professional results. It is definitely a book for the creative collector to own and put to good use.
And as we happen to own a copy of this book and enjoy the information provided we highly recommend its purchase.
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Acquiring skills has never been easier. However you will never know unless you give it a try. You too CAN create the dollhouse structures you have always dreamed of.
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Barbie Pink 3-Story Dream Townhouse
The rave reviews are in. Over 200 people gave this particular Barbie Mansion their famous FaceBook "like". Plus 156 gave it their official *Five* Star rating.
Barbie Pink 3-Story
Dream Townhouse Features
"Barbie's Dream Townhouse is decorated throughout in classic Barbie pink, with lifelike intricate details, lights, and sounds. With over 55 pieces and accessories, the house has five fully furnished, deluxe rooms with chandeliers, tiki lights, a fireplace, and a refrigerator that all light up. Sounds include Barbie "humming" in the shower, the kitchen timer, the doorbell, the fireplace crackling, or the toilet flushing." Quote from Amazon.
One Review States: Worth the money... "I purchased this to give to my daughter for her birthday. The house is huge. It was quite simple to assemble. The hardest part and what took the longest was the elevator. I had a hard time getting this little plastic piece to snap into the top to make the elevator go up and down. I think I worked on the elevator for at least a half hour. That was almost as long as it took me to assemble the rest of the house and apply the stickers. It is sturdy and will hold up to hours of playing I am sure. The lights over the hot tub came with batteries. I will still need to buy some AA to make the rest of the lights and sound work. This is quite similar to the Barbie dream house I remember a friend of mine having in the 70's. I think it's a good value for the money and quite fun. I wish I had gotten to play with this growing up. I look forward to playing with it and my daugther."
Barbie Dream Townhouse
Sorry this is not one of the many dollhouse kits on the market today.
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