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How to build a dollhouse   (Ft & inch version)
Author: Les Kenny; Editor: Maree Anderson


Note: this is the standard (ft and inch) version.   For the metric version click here


How it started

"Granddad, could you please make me a dollhouse for my birthday?"
That's where it all started.
I had made dollhouses before for my kids, but that was some thirty years ago.
I recalled the pleasure that my daughters got out of their dollhouses, and remembered some of the key construction points that made their dollhouses so special.

I would implement those same measures into my grandkids doll's house as I did into my kids' dollhouses way back when.

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My dollhouses of yesteryear had easy access, and the minimum number of rooms for a liveable house.
Fewer rooms meant that less furniture had to be made to furnish the house, which meant the kids were less likely to lose interest before completely furnishing the dollhouse.
I also remember the enjoyment the kids got out of making their own furniture from cardboard, blocks of wood, or anything else they could get their hands on.
Possibly a larger house with numerous rooms could have curbed that enthusiasm.

So, I would make a house with four rooms and a hall. That would allow for the basics: a bedroom, kitchen/dining, bathroom/toilet, living room, and a hall with a spiral staircase.
I would make the house narrow, with full opening front doors and a lift-off roof, making it easy to furnish and play with.