I want to rebuild my grandparents' house... in miniature
April 26, 2014 8:02 AM Subscribe
I have a deeply nostalgic love for my grandparents' former home, a generic but beloved split level they lived in from the 1950s to mid 2000s. As an artist and crafter with an obsessive love for details, I have long noodled with the idea of making an incredibly accurate recreation of the house in miniature... but I struggle with where to start. Architectural models, dollhouses? What is the best route forward?
posted by allisonrae to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (9 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
My background is painting, illustration, some technical drawing, and a great deal of graphic design. I feel confident that I can recreate things like wallpaper, miniature paintings, bedspreads, etc. and to an extent, furniture. I have spent time on model train and dollhouse supply sites and have purchased some books on miniatures and model-making. I feel somewhat confident with wood-carving and polymer clay modeling. What I'm really stuck with is the actual structure of the house. All I have at this point is a floor plan drawn out from memory, and aided by photos.
Architectural models? It looks like they are generally constructed with foam core, but is that sturdy enough for a long-term project that may (eventually) include electrical wiring, siding, roofing, etc.? As for the dollhouse route, I can't seem to find a book that serves as a primer for actually building the structure... just lots of books on furnishing and decorating old Victorian looking houses.
So there seems to be a LOT of info and different communities (miniatures, dollhouses, trains, architecture) related to what I'm trying to do. I'm just struggling with how to educate myself in the most relevant, productive manner and not go down the wrong rabbit hole. I'm a stay at home mom with a toddler, forthcoming baby, and three older stepsons... so free time is at a premium!