The kit is going to require some significant modifications to achieve a similar layout to the Pickett Hill house. It is never going to be exactly the same, but I would like it to be similar. The first step is to go through the kit to check what I've got. I'm off to a good start: I'm not missing any plywood sheets, and only a couple of them are slightly warped.
The next step is to start carefully punching out the sections of the house that I think I am going to use, and doing a dry run with masking tape while I start thinking through the modifications. I'm trying not to punch out any slots or windows/doorways until I really have to, as many of these will not be used or will be altered in shape.
I'm making a list of what I am going to be changing, as I think of things while I am doing the dry run. For example,
- my house is not going to have a tower, but I do need a wall where the tower front wall is. I think I am going to have to cut a new front wall that runs the full width of the hallway, with a new centred door aperture for my Grandtline front door. I will need to cut down the right tower wall to be level with the roofline.
- The left wall needs to run the full width of the left wall. So I will cut off the left bay completely, and cut a new doublewidth left wall. This will change the roofline of this gable, so I may need to cut new roof pieces.
- I am not going to use the Fairfield chimney, so I am not punching out any of the holes through which it passes. I will need to make a new dividing wall between the bedrooms since the chimney/hearth wall won't be dividing these.
- I will replace the right front bay with a Houseworks H5008 Victorian bay window, and the rear windows with Houseworks French Doors opening into a (separately purchased) conservatory.