After dry fitting Fenton Lodge and getting a feel for the space, the first thing I've done is list what the bare necessities are to make it into the home that I imagine it could be and what is desirable should I find room for it.
Need DesiredBathroom Dining area
Bed Communal room inside
Kitchen Communal room outside
To squeeze both the 'Need' and 'Desired' elements into the deisgn I am moving the main building back on it's base to give it a more usable outside area, and adding an extension on one side to supplement the lost living space. It might seem odd cutting anything off a kit, especially when I'm trying to fit as much into it as possible, but sometimes kits require a re-jiggle. Because the kit is taller to the front, I've opted to cut from the back and lose the windows. To compensate for the loss of light from those windows, the extension will be mostly glass. I may add more windows later - I'm trying to keep the design as loose as possible and not make any decisions I will later regret.
I will apologise in advance for the crappy photos. My house is in uproar with Spring cleaning and decorating at the moment.
Nothing exciting about the base. It's glued and I'll decorate it once I decide wether it is a seaside or forest lodge
Cutting both walls and moving the whole building back on the base leaves me 200mm depth at the front which I think is a decent enough space for some decking. The extension will comfortably hold a dining area. I've re-cut some of the pieces from the kit to fit in with the alterations.
The extension is made from a 20mm strip of 1/4" MDF. It all looks rather dull doesn't it? I can't wait to get some colour and texture in there. I've cut the curved beams flush because they looked odd protruding over the extension. The roof is going to take some figuring out.
I've been cutting some wooden floorboards for the Mill over the last week. I needed something neutral, something that doesn't compete with the walnut stairs or brickwork, so I chose Ash veneer so you see the grain without the strong colour. I thought I'd show you how I cut boards. I know I've seen this technique before somewhere but I can't recall where.
You take a piece of scrap sheet wood and on it, you glue a strip of wood (on the right of the picture) Then find two pieces of wood the width you need your floorboards. In this instance, I've used two pieces 12mm wide. You glue them in a way that the allow the veneer to sit inbetween, but close enough that the metal rule sits against them to make the cut. I used a retractable knife to slice the veneer. This way was so much faster than I've done previously and the floorboard strips are consistent in size. Thank you to whomever thought of it, you saved me a days work.
I hope to post something brighter next time
Have a great weekend