For the most part, I have caught you all up on the "past" progress on the Steampunk Chateau. I will add more posts here and there as I begin new decorative or building efforts...some of those will dip into past decisions and choices. But for the next two or three posts, I'll give you some ideas of my future plans for the house.
I realized that in my earlier posts I hadn't really given anyone a good sense of where I was going with this thing...other than the project would have a Steampunk theme.
|A full view of the second floor hallway insert|
I had a number of reasons for making this choice...and it will be interesting to see if that choice pays off. I am actually quite excited about the prospects.
|Closeup of the hallway during initial planning stages - lots of blue tape!|
From a practicality stand point, this decision was fueled by the fact that I needed an easy way to connect the modules of the third floor, without cutting up the available space.
My choice on the 2nd floor center module, which is to be a main hallway, was to use much of that floor space to create a dramatic feature. This left me with no real practical way to connect the rooms without making the floor space in that module essentially unusable for any furnishings..which I did not want to do.
|Center module with mostly open space to create drama - but it limits space available!|
|The automatic drama of hidden space|
I am going to be doing this throughout the house...you have already seen that my Grand Staircase does not go all the way to the back, but rather crosses the room and obscures part of the Entry.
Here again is a similar choice. When the entire house is complete, I wanted there to be several levels of interest....the initial view...a secondary, somewhat more detailed view, and then those closeup and peekaboo views...that is, to me, what makes a miniature house truly interesting.
|A lovely paper door that I may use as the inspiration for my doors in the hallway|
|An interesting view through the side window during construction|
The hallway insert you have been seeing so far is another of those "mockup" installations...The final version will be of wood, because it must be taken out and inserted in order to take apart and move the final house, and will need to be of extremely sturdy construction as a result.