Sunday, September 27, 2015

Meeting the Pepperwood Farm

I can't tell you the first time I saw the plans for the Pepperwood Farm, but it was the day I started daydreaming about this house.

It's a plan book house, and not available as a kit or anything. I didn't have any way to cut huge pieces of 1/2" plywood (HALF INCH! More about that later), and I never dreamed I'd have one.

David and I have worked on a couple of them at the store, each in worse shape than the last. It just made me want one of these houses even more. To do it up right and make it awesome like I thought it could be.

And then... one found me.


One thing about these houses is you tend to see them a) started, but not finished and b) very, very poorly constructed. I don't know if plan houses just turn out to be harder than people think, but most are really not very good.


But this one... oh wow did they do a great job putting this together.  The shell is the foundation for the whole rest of the house, so it's important that it's good and it's good materials.


And they did great by this house. The plan book calls for 1/2" plywood, so it is HEAVY and this is a monster house, but it's put together very well, and it is solid.

So, what was it about the Pepperwood Farm that made me daydream about you, you might wonder. Well, I'll tell you. It is a rather unusual house.


The Pepperwood Farm is a completely enclosed house. It's hinged on both sides and the top.


Which means it's closer to a real house than most dollhouses (since either the back or front is always open on those houses. And unlike your standard front opener, there are windows in all four walls).


I imagine it's less drafty for the dolls that live in it as well.


This house has some awesome modifications to it, two of which you can see in this picture. They cut a back door (necessary, but not called for in the plan book) and on the left, that's supposed to just be sloping roof and instead they made a deck! Right off the master bedroom. Very cool.


So I guess the attraction of this house was, I always figured that if I had a sudden shrinking accident (you never know. It could happen.) THIS is the house I would want to live in. Enclosed, and safe, like a real house.


And another modification they made, not called for in the plan book, was stairs to the 3rd floor. This is a "thing" for me. I can't have a house that doesn't have stairs to all the floors (if that aforementioned shrinking accident happens, how will I get to the attic?). So it's like this one was made for me.

I certainly love it as if it was.

I have big plans for this house. I know exactly the pixies who will be moving in, and what their story is (and if you're interested in that kind of thing, the doll/pixie stories are over on http://www.mirandawandering.com ) But before they can move in, there is a lot of work to do.

I can't wait to get started.

Welcome to the Wylde Kingdom, my dream Pepperwood Farm House. I love you already. :) 

- Wendy


5 comments:

  1. Hello Wendy,
    I am happy it found you. It is a beautiful house and I like the partitions. I completely agree about the stairs. They simply MUST be there.
    Big hug,
    Giac

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  2. Hi Wendy! This will be MOST INTERESTING BECAUSE....
    I use to own this house. It was a gift from a fellow miniaturist which had been sided and shingled but that was it! It sat in my basement for a couple of years before I decided that it was just too much house to handle so I, in turn, gave it away to another miniaturist friend and I've never heard of it again. It was a Very Popular house "back in the day" and like most things, if you wait long enough what goes around comes around.
    For me, it will be like being catching up with a long lost friend, to see what you make of this REAL DOLL'S HOUSE; and I am Eagerly looking forward to it! :D

    elizabeth

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  3. Hi Wendy,
    Great find! I'm completely charmed by it just from these photos and I can't wait to see what you come up with. I love that it opens from both sides. Wonderful!
    Farrah

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  4. WOW! Lucky you to find such a Treasure!!! Well built, Big, and Ready for Decorating!!! This house is of a type I have never seen... with four enclosed walls and several opening sides! It looks as though it could really be a fun house to "play with" when it is done too!
    I think it is a perfect addition to the Wilde Kingdom!

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  5. How exciting! I can't wait to see your progress on it!

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