VICTORIAN ERA

Views 1 Like Comments Comment
Like if this guide is helpful
GRAND HALL
Link to an eBay page Remove
Add up to 3 more photos
Link to an eBay page
GRAND HALL
BRIEF HISTORY OF  THIS HOUSE below
Link to an eBay page Remove
Add up to 3 more photos
Link to an eBay page
BRIEF HISTORY OF THIS HOUSE below
THE STUDIES
Link to an eBay page Remove
Add up to 3 more photos
Link to an eBay page
THE STUDIES
VICTORIAN KITCHEN
Link to an eBay page Remove
Add up to 3 more photos
Link to an eBay page
VICTORIAN KITCHEN

this house is american and started in the 1980s
 This is the "Thornhill" house from Houseworks.  It is the most prestigious house they make and the largest at 14 rooms.  The overall dimensions are 47 1/2" wide by 27" deep by 38" high.   

I started building the house more than 20 years ago from the base Houseworks  1/12th scale kit.  This is chunky 10mm Plywood  not MDF, so it is very durable and heavy.   I could not afford to buy the complete components kit  that was available but instead I bought the windows ( all working), doors and staircase as I went along.    I added the Wagon Wheel window in the front pediment and the 2 dormers as it seemed only right to have a light source for the 3 top floor rooms.  As I also wanted fireplaces I put  chimneys on the roof.  I electrified the house with a hardwire system as I had not got on very well with copper tape in a previous house.   This is controlled by two banks of fused Houseworks switch boards at the back of the house.   Every room has wires chased into the walls to provide socket points for occasional lights.     Every room, except the two small attic rooms, has overhead light fittings in keeping with the status of the room and there are wall lights in the living room and the study and a picture light in the dining room.  In addition the two fireplaces and the kitchen range have glow lights in them. There is copper guttering and down pipes to the front and sides and the roof is shingled.    The period of the house is late Victorian/ Arts and Crafts.  This enabled me to put furniture from earlier periods right up to about 1908 and the decor that I have chosen I hope also reflects this variet


A walk through:     Enter through the front door which has a Brass letter flap and Gold Plated Door Handle and Knocker, On either side are ornamental "glazed" panels with dark crimson Pure Silk curtains on Brass Poles.  The floor is Oak and the staircase is carpeted and has Brass stair rods.   A large ornate mirror on the left is flanked by a pair of double candle sconces.  Above the doorways are ornamental plates and old family photographs adorn the walls up the stairs.       

 

Solid double doors on the left lead into the Dining Room.   This room has a beautiful coffered ceiling ( I know how Michelangelo must have felt!) and a parquet floor made from small blocks of Mahogany laid in a Herringbone design.  The Wallpaper is William Morris "Compton" 1896 and the curtains are Pure Silk and Antique Lace. 

 

A door leads into the Kitchen which has a "Flagstone" floor, a Belfast sink with a single tap and a Victorian "Phoenix" Range.   There is a kitchen clock and a suspended airing rack.   I have left 2 dressers in situ as they were glued in.  There is a set of 6 Servants Bells  a hanging Ham and 2 large Blue & White Platters.  Another door leads to the rear hall which has been wallpapered and floored.

 

The door opposite leads to the main Living Room which has a Walnut floor and a decorative ceiling.   The walls are also decorated with "plaster" mouldings and there is a "Marble" fireplace and hearth.  The four windows have Pure Silk and Antique Lace curtains.  "Glazed" double doors lead back into the front Hall.

 

Upstairs the landing is Oak floored and wallpapered. "Glazed" double doors lead into an anteroom  which I called the Withdrawing Room.  It has a patterned wood floor, a decorative ceiling and an ornate gilt mirror.  Solid double doors lead into the main Bedroom which has an Oak floor and is wallpapered.  There are Pure silk and Antique Lace curtains on the front windows.

 

A door leads to the back room which was destined to become a bathroom but has not been finished.   A door leads from it back to the landing and across to Bedroom 2.   The wallpaper is William Morris "Strawberry Thief" and there are pure Silk curtains on all the windows.  

 

Another door off the landing leads to the Study which is panelled in Mahogany, has an Oak floor and "Marble" fireplace.

 

On the Attic level are 3 rooms which I had only vaguely designated as Nursery, Play/School Room and Nanny's Room. hope you enjoy my guide to the
THORNHILL
Have something to share, create your own guide... Write a guide
Explore more guides