A wee built of building

I got the captain's bed and divider shelves built and primed.  Then I found The World's Most Extraordinary Homes on Netflix; it was the end of my work day.

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The edge squares aren't exact squares, I know what I did wrong, but don't think, by the time the shelves are filled, that anyone will notice, so, for now, I'm not going to remake them.  Although, I would like the shelving unit one or two squares taller, so.....


personal news and new build update

First, some personal news:  My employer has been acquired by another company, my department (accounting) is redundant and will be eliminated after a transition period.  My employment will end on the last day of October.  If I work through that date I will get a small severance and outsourcing services.

This is not a surprise, the sale has been underway for a year, I was expecting termination.  The not knowing for sure, or when, has been stressful.  I am relieved now to have direction, even if the direction is difficult.

Now that you are informed my next statement will be sensible.  I would like to complete this year's contest kit solely from my stash, and not spend money on supplies unless they are absolutely necessary (I'm low on white paint). 

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Yesterday I started construction while I pondered finishes.  I disassembled, cut down, then reassembled the bathroom window to be narrower, made a triangle vent for the front gable, a bathroom door, and the bathroom walls and ceiling.

Paints from my stash have been selected to match the KELI buttons, that was easy.  I pulled out a few flooring options for the bathroom, but am stuck on fabric choices.  I need to select sofa upholstery, throw pillows, an area rug or two, and bedding.  Ugh.  I need to go through my stash again.

I am still contemplating flooring for the main area, and kitchen cabinet finishes.  Once I have the fabrics selected I'll know whether to go light or dark with those.


Facade modification progress

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 I must say, I am pleased with myself, the construction went off without a hitch.

The width of the wood trim on the triangle window is exactly the same as the other windows but looks thicker due to its shape and size.  I will most likely trim it down.

I am unsure yet if I will use, on the uppermost gable, the vent that came with the kit, if I will eliminate it, or if I will make a triangular one.  I am leaning toward making a triangular version.

I opted to not make the gable magnetically removable, since the hole isn't big enough to fit my hand in.

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A close up of my scratch built window...

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From the side.....the new peak was supposed to be equidistant from the other two, but did not end up that way.  Oh well.

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From the inside...

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 Susan's gratuitous cat picture...

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Side note:  Ester does not like a zurbert.

I am going to be out of town part of next week on business.  I'll see you all, so to speak, when I get back.


Facade modification

While I do like, overall, the front facade of this year's kit, I find the roof acreage overpowering. 

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My thought, in the weeks leading up to its arrival, was that I would pull the right front wall forward. 

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Now that I have examined the construction I know that in order to move the front wall I would have to cut all new roof pieces and lengthen the roof support beam.  Ugh. 

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I decided it wasn't worth the monkeying around, so would leave the facade as is.  The problem kept tumbling around in my noggin until I arrived at a simple, reasonable, solution.

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I'll add a dormer. I only have to modify one roof piece to do that, and another window will let more light in the loft.

I quickly mocked up a foam-core dormer.  Hmm... Will the ready-made dormer from HBS work?  I checked the dimensions online, thought it was a bit too large, but maybe....

Sheila to the rescue, she has that ready-made dormer and was happy to test it for me.

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I was right, it's too large, I'll have to construct my own.  I just have to decide on the size.  My first mock-up was too big, this may be too small, but it's better.  I bet somewhere in between will be just right.

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Oh!  What if I make it removable, for loft access?  Hmm....