Bungalow Dollhouse: Exterior Construction

27 Feb 2021


Today I've got a long overdue follow up to my original bungalow construction post.  We're looking at the exterior; roofing, siding, shingles, foundation, and landscaping.  All of which was all done prior to my fall scene. 


The photo above was taken right after I removed the snow from my winter scene (post to follow) and so things are still being put back into place.  I'm getting ready for a spring/summer display (and painstakingly removing the leftover snowflakes!)  So let's rewind a bit and look at how things came to be.


I wanted the bungalow to have a traditional look but didn't want stained wood shingles that came with the kit.   I found these fantastic asphalt shingles at the Little Dollhouse Company.  Best part?  They are self-adhesive asphalt shingles!  No glue needed! I highly recommend them, they were much quicker to apply and look really good.  The only thing I would do next time is use a roller or something to really get them to flatten to the roof, they lifted up in a few spots which is odd because the adhesive is super strong and sticks to everything.  I think I could have pressed down more during the application to avoid this.

I also filled in the upper window gap.  When I made my own windows I changed the size so for the top window that meant I had a gap to close.  I cut a thin piece of veneer (it was actually a floorboard from my deck project) and glued it in place.  It sticks out the tiniest bit but you really can't tell!



For the foundation, I debated between a regular brick and a rough brick.  In the end I preferred the Model Builder Supply's "1:24 scale dressed stone" which looks like 1:12 rough brick.  I painted it white before attaching it to the foundation with tacky glue.  I also used white wood filler to hide any seams.

This was the regular brick first:

And this is the dressed stone I went with:






The walkway was based on the paver stones from my patio project.  I used pieces of balsa wood, cut and painted them before adding spackle to fill in the gaps.



For the soil part, I cut out a piece of foam board in the shape I wanted.  I then shaved and rounded off the edge before painting it black.  To finish it off I used a model train terrain soil mix from the Hobby Store.  I also tried tea for a mulch look but didn't like it with my plants as much, I thought it kind of overwhelmed everything.  But it's a great option for another scene. 






The lawn took some trial and error as well. Originally I used an HO scale autumn grass mat (darkest powder like green) before switching to a long hair like grass.  Here is a photo of the colours I bought.  The autumn long grass is the first (its medium green with specks of brown) I found it on Amazon, then the HO scale autumn (darkest green) and lastly the bright spring/summer green I got at the Little Dollhouse Company.  It really made a difference having the right tone to match the plants.


I think in the future I could make the line between the soil and the grass a bit messier.  But I wanted it to be really easy to switch out the grass come spring/summer.


Thanks for stopping by!  I know I'm a bit quieter here than before, I've personally found social media to be a more convenient and practical way to keep up with sharing miniatures.  I'll always be popping in here because a single image there can't capture a project the way a blogpost can.  I started putting together my winter scene post and after that I'm going to dive into my new dollhouse build.  So to all my mini friends here on blog land I miss you and I hope you are doing well!

Comments

  1. I love those shingles! Can't remember if I heard you talk about them before or no. But I'll definitely have to check them out. They look great.

    Hanging plants... I love the look of them, so cheerful and it will give your porch some pizzazz when its not decorated for a season or holiday. Hanging plants also usually mean hooks/plant holders of some sort though. Maybe make your own to match the window trim?

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    1. Thank you Sheila! It's my first time using self-adheasive shingles and I don't think I'd ever go back! As for the hanging plants, yes! I think they'll be the perfect addition. I'm hoping to get a bunch of extra plants for the garden too. I got some hanging clay bowl/baskets but they're kind of small so I might have to make my own like you said :)

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  2. It's nice to see you back, Kristine! I love this house and it is such a wonderful backdrop for all the seasonal settings you are creating! That roofing is beautiful, and I love the little rafter tails, too! Such a great detail! Can't wait for your next post!

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  3. El tejado tiene buen aspecto. Me encanta el contraste de colores del jardín

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    1. Thank you! I can't wait to finish the garden for spring!

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  4. Me encantan esas tejas, no las conocía, gracias por el dato! El aspecto del tejado es perfecto y los ladrillos en blanco en la parte de abajo, funcionan muy bien! Tus plantas crean un armonioso conjunto, precioso!!
    Besos.

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  5. I totally understand the trade off between social media and blog posts. I’m glad you are sharing your how-to here, though, because you have such great ideas. Thanks for that. It will be fun to go through the seasons with your bungalow. Also, the shingles look wonderful.

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    1. Thank you Sherrill! Yes I find I can keep up more on social media but this really is the best spot to show off all the details for sure! I can't wait to finish the spring scene.

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  6. Wonderful work and thank you for all the explanations.
    Geneviève

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    1. Thank you Genevieve! I always like being able to find out where people find things so I try and do it for others too!

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  7. Lovely work what a pretty project and so patient, switching around seasonally

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    1. Thank you! It gets me excited about the project each time for sure! I feel like this house is enjoying a longer display time because of it.

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  8. Switching the seasonal décor in a miniature house is loads of fun and gives creativity a place to play. A lovely post to read! Cheers, Alayne

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    1. Thank you Alayne! Yes I'm enjoying it! It's tough to switch some parts out but I think it's worth it. I love seeing the house change!

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  9. It's a wonderful house! I really like the shingles, a quick way to do the roof. It is a pity they are not found here.

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