The image to the right is my Tennyson.
I started the kit in the middle of May, 1997. The first thing I did was open the box and find the instruction sheet. On the first page of the instructions were the words "Don't Panic". Seeing all the sheets of die-cut plywood for the first time was a bit overwhelming. However, schematics of each piece of plywood were shown in the instructions, and I was easily able to take an inventory of all the pieces to confirm that the kit arrived to me complete.
I have documented the construction of the house. It took me one year to build the house and fill the main rooms with furniture and accessories. The attic is not furnished yet, but I still consider the house to be finished.
I spent most every day working on this dollhouse. I am by no means an expert on dollhouse building, but I can offer some advice, based on my experience.
One of the neat things about building a dollhouse is that one can decorate it any way one likes. One can also kit-bash, which means that parts of the house can be modified or different parts from different kits can be put together. Since this is my first house, I am not making many changes, but there are a few things I am doing differently.
You can also tour the completed house.
My friend Eleanor also built a dollhouse from this kit. She sent me pictures of her house.
Lita took pictures of the Tennyson she built. She 'kitbashed' her Tennyson too.
Send e-mail to me at nyssa at kuoi.asui.uidaho.edu