Thursday, 4 June 2015

Fenton Lodge, so far

I've had two glorious days pottering around Fenton lodge without any distractions. Ah, bliss. The outside is finished, less the furniture and plants that will beautify it. The main, curved roof is designed but not constructed. I think this will be the very last thing to go on since I need to be able to work on the interior, unobstructed.

The last wall to be glued in place needed a window.


The hole was routed out and a frame made with 'u' shaped channel. I added the glass before the frame was glued in place.


I realised, as I was gluing slats to the exterior, that the wiring in the extension needed to run into the main roof. Cutting a channel for the wire to hide in was easier said than done.


That is why I had the Lodge balancing on a chair at an odd angle. I had actually planned where the wires would go, had written on a sketch in large letters DON'T FORGET TO PLAN FOR THE WIRING and then promptly forgot. Oh, the irony.

The floor inside is walnut veneer that has been dampened down with the same black stain used on the outside. It's now a much darker, richer chocolate colour that I think compliments the Mahogany decking.

 
I started with pieces of card taped together to make a template.


Then glued the veneer down with contact adhesive


The extension roof can be removed to gain access to the lighting. The wall you can see inside is the start of the bathroom. Space is limited so I will have to Google some ideas on how to squeeze everything in there.

Before I go, what do you think to these?


They're made from recycled oil drums and are sold through The National Trust Charity  I so want to make these in miniature =0D

Have a fabulous weekend

Pepper =0)


53 comments:

  1. Yay! I have been looking forward to seeing more of the lodge! I love those sculptures! Go for it!

    Also working on this made me realize how much I don't like MDF and how hard it is to cut. Especially with my itty bitty handsaw. :O

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    1. Hi Blake, mdf is about the cheapest material you can use in the UK so you see it a lot. It is a dense material to work with and the dust, ugh *cough* *cough* =0/

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  2. This is going to looks classy with the mahogany wood. And the windows are just perfect! Lucky you to have two days of uninterrupted mini time :-)

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  3. I love the angled shape of this building. It actually gives it an Asian flavor in my mind.

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    1. Ah yes, Grandmommmy. It does have an Asian feel. Just goes to show how many different cultures I get inspiration from =0)

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  4. Es muy bonito, esas puertas correderas y la idea del cableado escondido queda estupendo.
    Un abrazo
    Maite

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  5. It looks fabulous in every way. I love the recycles birds!

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    1. Thanks Cyd. The birds are great aren't they =0)

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  6. Hi Pepper! Truly Wonderful!!!! I love the streamlined look of this lodge. The light that you have allowed inside via the L-Shaped layout is Marvelous! But I know just what you mean about the wiring. Certainly with this hobby, you always have to be thinking several steps ahead don't you? Don't forget that you can always revert to the magnetic LED lamps, if push comes to shove. :))

    elizabeth

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    1. Thank you Elizabeth, I was thinking exactly that. If it's too dark I can always add individual lights to brighten up the space =0)

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  7. Pepper, The lodge looks wonderful! I love the shape of it. The birds are really fun. I look forward to seeing you miniature version.

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    1. Thank you Catherine. With your metalsmithing skills, you would be able to make those birds in no time. Me?, it may take a while =0P

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  8. La estructura está quedando muy bonita. Me encantan esos pájaros.

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    1. Gracias Isabel . Me alegro de que te guste todo =0)

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  9. It is truly looking mid century "modern"! I love the dark wood floor and the birds are just Gorgeous! I can't wait to see what you do with the interior!

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    1. Thank you Betsy. I'm really looking forward to getting some furniture in there =0)

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  10. Pepper! Am looking forward to every step! Do you look at Pinterest.con at all? Tons of ideas!

    Neomi

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    1. Thank you Neomi, I will spend some time on Pinterest to get inspiration =0)

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  11. What an elegant build! :D I love those recycled birds. Such clever uses for trash to treasure.

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    1. I love cleverly recycled items too Brae. Since my post, the birds have some friends - a hedgehog and a very cool steel herron. I'll have a garden full soon =0)

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  12. It's gorgeous, Pepper, I love it!

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  13. Hello Pepper,
    I love the lodge. I very much appreciate that you are making a modern day lodge, not something rustic. It is coming along beautifully! The floors are gorgeous and the windows are fantastic. Why is it we forget things when we make notes of them???
    Big hug,
    Giac

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    1. Thank you Giac. This kit just had to be modern with that lovely curved roof =0) Ha yes, the notes are there to remind us long after we have forgotten - just to taunt us =0D

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  14. Hi Pepper! It's a very beautiful lodge and, just like Mrs. E, I love the streamlined look of this building :D! The mahogany decking and the walnut veneer together makes beautiful, classy floorings, which are looking fantastic in this modern lodge. The grandmommy said it too: it looks a bit Asian.....for me is the same :)! Perhaps it has something to do with the sliding door and the form of the windows...?
    And oh, oh, you've still forgotten to think of the lighting, even after you've written it on the plans ^0^.....!!
    Wishing you a very nice weekend. Hugs, Ilona

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    1. Thank you IIona. I hadn't thought about it until you and Grandmommy mentioned the style. It does have an Asian look. I think you are right about the door and windows =0) Have a lovely weekend too =0)

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  15. Love the contrast of between the different timber carol, i personally think it has an oriental feel about it
    which i love.

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    1. Thank you Tony. I did try to include contrasting but sympathetic materials for this build. Glad you like it =0)

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  16. So I'm not the only one who sometimes gets the impression the best way to forget something is to put it on a list with the headline "Important! Don't forget!" *LOL* (Btw I'm also a pro in writing a shopping list and forgetting to take it with me to the supermarket). You've made fantastic progress on Fenton Lodge - the wood colours match perfectly and everything looks so inviting. I'm really curious to see how the interior will be.

    Greetings
    Birgit

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    1. Haha, I do exactly the same. THe only way I remember a shopping list is to write it on the back of my hand with a pen =0P

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  17. I love love love the lodge so far.....and I know I will love it when finished.... :) You will surely find a way to fit the lighting in the tight space....no doubts about that. I mean....between you and me: is there something that you can't do and in a clean, neat way? Noooo!!! You would like to have a go at those beautiful metal birds? Go for it Pepper!! I'm sure they will be wonderful and we'll made!!...... as everything you do! :)

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    1. Thank you Simona. I always try to be as neat as possible with everything I make but believe me, there are lots of trials first before I get it right =0)

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  18. The lodge is coming along wonderfully! I cannot function without lists, but then I lose the lists....or look right past something and notice later..... Anyhow love those birds very cool---

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    1. Ha, I guess we use 100% of our brains for creativity and there's nothing left for memory =0P

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  19. Hi Pepper! I love the way this is coming together...and I REALLY love the dark wood on the sides, and the contrast with the deep walnut floor color. Very nice!

    I am now formally putting off lighting...it scares me to death, precisely because of what you describe. :0) I'll put it off till I don't... who knows how long that will be.

    Have a great week!

    Doug

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    1. Thank you Doug, I'm glad you like it. You can always add individual lights to your project later. Your Steampunk project is fab so lighting will be a breeze for you =0)

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  20. Pepper, I must live in it, just for a little while. I will place it on a ledge in a rainforest and sip tea in th big window whilst looking upon nature do it thing...

    Amazing styling on this build, the modern look is perfect the colors are rich and dark....sigh*

    I must...live in it....

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    1. Ps... Yes I would love to see you do the decoratve recycled birds in mini ;)

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    2. Hi Jane, you know you will always have a room at the Lodge if you fancy a stay =0)

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  21. Привет Pepper! Прекрасная работа! Вы делаете так аккуратно и красиво! В вашем домике будет много света. Мне нравится этот стиль.
    Вы очень талантливы. Я думаю, что вы сделаете прекрасную миниатюру этих птиц!.
    Татьяна

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    1. Спасибо вам столько Татьяна. Это очень любезно с вашей стороны =0)X

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  22. It looks a bit Japanese, I love Japan, I love Fenton Lodge! When can I move in? :D You must get/make a water feature for the decking :D I can't help myself, I just want to join in on all of your projects, you're so lucky I don't live around the corner from you, but it can be arranged...just kidding! :D Knock, knock.

    Love the birds! Go for it, worthy for miniaturizing!

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    1. Hahaha, you make me laugh so much. Water feature...yes I think that would look fab. I was thinking stone planters but a water feature is much better. I wish you did live around the corner from me instead of the creepy guy with the green teeth...only kidding my neighbours are pretty cool but if you want me to get one to move for you I know some people =0P

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  23. Really loving the roof on the extension! (Even more so the fact that it's removable... so cool!) I had a laugh at your forgotten wiring note, good thing you found a work around. I think you might have a lot of guests coming by... I'm tagging along with Jane for a stay ;)

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    1. Hi Kristine, the removable roof was completely by accident. I made the roof, fit the top bit in, took it out again and thought 'Hey, access to the electrics- what a good idea' =0P

      I better buy some extra bedding. Looks like I'm going to have a house full =0)

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  24. I so love it! I love the wood floors against the black - I can look at it for hours and just admire it! I can't wait to see it decorated! And 2 days off to just play with minis! Such fun!

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    1. Thank you Penelope, I'm really glad you like it =0)

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  25. This looks fabulous - I love the style - would love to live in similar myself. Can't wait to see more :)

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  26. Leuk Pepper dat je op mijn blog langs kwam .
    Ik had je blog al bij mijn lijst, whow wat prachtig !
    Dit moderne open huis geweldig!!
    Fijne dag groetjes karin

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    1. Dank je wel Karin . Ik ben echt blij dat ik vond uw blog . Het is zeer inspirerend =0)

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