- Posted August 9, 2014 by
Colombo Sri Lanka
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The Grandeur of the Beacon Hill DH
Recently I went into one more splurge and ordered the Beacon Hill Doll House from the famous Doll House Co., which is the Greenleaf who specializes in miniature doll houses.
From a long time I had been eying the Beacon Hill for its sheer beauty and grandeur of its awesome architecture and Victorian style - it was a doll house kit which came in sheets and every single piece had to be carefully punctured out, sand papered and then glued and tabbed together. Once the doll house was assembled it was 32 " x 18" x 41" in height. There were 37 sheets of plywood in the box, the day it arrived I had to travel about 20 kilometers to the main post office in Colombo to collect same.... it weighed 49 pounds and I had to enlist the postal peon to carry it upto the 3 Wheeler.
Once home it took me one whole day to check all the 37 pieces !!! and so the construction work on it began on the 9th of July, 2014 - and ended today on the 9th of August, 2014... it was very difficult building it as I could not understand the instructions... and used it only as reference and when I got really stuck with it, I could not do this alone, if you or me have not ever built anything and have no knowledge of building houses, one has to get help from a carpenter or a person with building knowledge.
However it was very exciting to see the shell of the house come up day by day.... you are supposed to wall paper and paint it before you start assembly, but this was difficult as I did not know which wall was which... so I opted to keep it without wall papering or paint work and kept it for the last.... (which was I found very difficult to paint and wall paper., after completion of the buiilding, but still did manage to get through that as well.
The plywood sheets or some of them were brittle and easily broke, however I am pleased to note that we did not break anything at all except that I almost broke one thing in it but mended it soon enough.
I had always wanted a doll house when I was a kid but unfortunately, Sri Lanka did not have them as Sri Lanka is not a collector of dh unlike in America or Britain... so I realised my long lost dream at last.
I ordered most of the furniture items from ebay some from auction sales and some from shops on ebay, in time to furnish it, as soon as I finished building it, and the accessories came quite in time I must say.
I love the Beacon Hill it looks so grand - there is still little little things to be done... but I am glad that I was able to finish it in one month... and now I can attend to the decor at leisure.
The Beacon Hill is now ready for occupation - I still need a dinning room table and two chairs.... and little do-dads for same....
I am happy that I can tick one item off from my bucket list!!! ;D
Now I am waiting for the light fittings to come, along with a few other things, and then the Beacon Hill will be truly complete.... well as complete as much as possible.....