ElgaKoster Posted April 16, 2014 Share Posted April 16, 2014 So where do you start when you want to copy a real historical house in miniature that is privately owned. For me it started with a lot of research both on the actual house and general building techniques of the era which happens to be the late 1700's in South Africa. Quite a few big houses were build at the time as the colonists started to prosper with some older buildings being renovated with big new sash windows and majestic door entrances. Fortunately for me because the building style known as Cape Dutch is unique to South Africa, quite a few books has been written on the subject, some even including floor plans and drawings of architectural details.It was still quite a task deciding which parts of the house I was going to build, I would have loved to copy the house as it is...but then it would fill a whole room and I don't have the luxury of so much free space and I guess most of us don't. In the end I decided to do the front part of the house with all the main rooms, the house will have an entrance hall, parlor, dining room, bedroom and kitchen on the ground floor. In the 1700's the loft was mostly use for storage of food and old furniture, I might be tempted to make some rooms here.Something I found invaluable in deciding on the sizes of the rooms was to make a card board mock up of the house, it quickly showed me that I needed to keep the room sizes exactly to scale with the real house if I wanted the miniature to have the same sense of space.The next step was to decide on how I was going to construct the walls, the houses at this time had very thick walls and I wanted to keep that feature, so I decided on a hollow core structure to keep the weight down as much as possible. This house will keep me busy for quite a few years as I only started it recently, so far I have build the entrance hall and am now busy with a big doorway with four folding doors called a screen door that I guess was opened up completely when they had a party to accommodate all the guests.This is a work in progress that I will post about from time to time, I would love to hear from other builders how they approach building a house from scratch. Here are photos of the real house and how my entrance hall looks so far with the door opening for the screen door on the back wall. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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