Sunday, 12 June 2016

Work on the facade

Hi Everyone

I hope you are all keeping well. Apologies for not posting in a while, all my spare time has been taken up with gardening - with all the lovely weather we've recently had everything has grown up almost over night!

In between mowing the lawn and weeding I have been reading lots of gardening books for inspiration, and over the course of time I slowly started thinking how I could incorporate a garden into the mini house. The answer… a roof terrace! Well, not so much a terrace but outdoor area. I'll cut a hole in the roof and create what ail effectively be an outdoor room. Fountains and box hedging will ensue but that will all take time.

In the mean time I have been working on the front of the house. The picture below shows the front opening panel all fitted on but without the windowpanes. It gives a good idea of how it looks, before I added railings to the first floor window above the door.


 I then looked at the front door area and wanted to have something a little more interesting that what was there.  The wall area looks a bit flat so I put some card with an alcove shape cut out against the wall to see how it looked. Ignore the green painted wood - this was holding the pavement down while the glue dried. There will be a hedge and a couple of planters that I was going to use on my old shop project (that didn't happen in the end).




It looks OK once painted up, it just takes the edge off that flat featureless wall. I've added a low wall and its starting to take shape.


I will put a window grill above the door when I find something that will work. I didn't like the one that came with the door, it was too heavy looking and not refined enough.

My biggest challenge will be ageing and weathering the building. it makes such a difference if you are brave enough. I have only done it a couple of times, most recently on the French house I built, Belle Pierre. I will be reading through some of your blogs for inspiration.

Have a great week All…

Simon

27 comments:

  1. It is such a lovely house. I want to move in it. good luck with the aging. That would not be something I would be any good at at all I am afraid.

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    1. Hi Catherine. I'll send you some keys lol
      Thanks for the luck, I think I'm going to,need it...
      Si

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  2. Simply BRILLIANT, Simon! How utterly CLEVER to install a recess at the entrance and what an enormous difference it makes to the "dead" wall space!!!! :D I Love the hedges and the ironwork and the brickwork and all of the extra WONDERFUL details you have included on the exterior. I am GREEN with envy at you Amazing skills!
    But only in a good way of course. ;P

    elizabeth

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    1. Hey Elizabeth! Hope you are well. I was going to put a link to your blog in this post because I think you are so talented when it comes to weathering, but I couldn't work it out on the Mac!
      Have a great week
      Si

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  3. oh my...that house is spectacular!

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    1. Thank you! I'm pleased you like it
      Si

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  4. Magnificent. This is sure one stunner of a house. The detail you have added made it look even more gorgeous - fingers crossed for your further work on it, I hope you'll update again soon:-)

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    1. Thanks, Rosa, that's very kind of you. I've got my fingers crossed...
      Hugs
      Si

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  5. bonjour Simon,
    j'aime bien les modifications: le balcon, le muret à gauche de la porte, l'entrée. Je suis très curieux de voir le jardin en terrasse. Personnellement j'aime bien la façade comme elle est: blanche et propre, je sais, cela fait peut être moins réaliste mais j'aime ce côté sobre, lisse.

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    1. Hey Jean-Claude, thanks as always. I love the weathering you d on your houses so I'll be going through it for some tips.
      Si

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  6. Ohhh, I want to liiive there. The entrance, oh, the supraporta... this IS stile.
    So will it be a new restaurated one or a house with a secret and patina? Haha, me, I would live in a Spooky house, a bit wicked and a not-very-sophisticated patina all over... forgotten rooms... Haha, be glad, I DON´T live there ;))
    Duke Simon, This will be an exceptionary artwork of yours, I can´t wait for more.
    Happy greetings, and... dont´t forget the gardening :) Méa

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    1. Hey Mea, thanks for your lovely comment as always. I'm a bit nervous about the weathering but it's all good fun
      I love the idea of a forgotten room, a bit like that apartment that was abandoned in Paris before the war and then rediscovered. Thanks, you've give me an idea...
      Si

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  7. What a wonderful idea Si,

    It looks already great !

    Some ideas for the weathering :)

    Rub pastel chalk through a sieve, or pulverize with a wire brush. Pastel chalk can be -after pulverizing- easily mix with one another, so that you get the color tone you want to have.
    Then you distribute the powder on the facade with a very short, but soft brush and you can blur it slightly.
    "Errors" you can paint over easily.

    You can also take dark and light wax. Nuance the dark wax with bright wax.

    Or simply work with acrylic. The color can be run with water as in a Aquarel. This has the advantage that you can easily represent different stages of weathering. Easily to paint over again, if you don't like it.

    So the "risque" is not too big :)

    Have a wonderful new week !

    Hugs from Pipi

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    1. Hey Pipi
      Hope you are well.
      Thanks for the tips re weathering. I'll give it a go when I'm feeling braver lol
      Like you say, I can always paint over it if it doesn't work out.
      Hugs
      Si

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  8. The entry of the house is perfect.

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  9. Hello, Simon - The house facade looks very grand. I love all those windows and the window railing above the door. I think your idea for a rooftop garden is a lovely one; it'll be interesting to see how you design it!
    Marjorie

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    1. Thanks, Marjorie. I'm glad you like the roof garden idea, hopefully it will turn out ok.

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  10. Hello Si
    I just LOVE the entrance to your house. The recessed wall, greenery and the low walls all make the entrance so private but very classy! I'm loving this house!
    All the best
    Vivian

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    1. Hey Vivian
      Lovely to hear from you, I hope you are well? Thanks for your lovely message and support, you are always so encouraging.
      Speak soon
      Si

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  11. Hi Simon! I Love what you have done to the entry wall and "courtyard"! It makes it look Sooo Elegant and refined! Just the perfect touch for that bare wall! And I know what you mean about wanting a little bit of garden for the house... I seem to want that for ALL my houses! But I have yet to make even one! LOL! I will be watching to see this roof "terrace" develop! Your house facade is very refined and elegant even without the finished windows, so I understand wanting the door to look graceful too! I hope you find the right grill for the window! And yes, gardens must take time in "garden season"... which means blogland is sometimes very quiet! I am always glad to see you post again!

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    1. Dearest Betsy
      Thanks as always, you're a star. I hope you are keeping well? I'm excited about the mini garden, I shall be looking for more inspiration from your blog...
      Have a great week
      Si

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  12. Hi Simon!
    Wow, it looks great! Especially the railings, what a huge difference to an already beautiful front.
    Against the light facade the pavement, hedge and railings really stand out.
    I know the aging will be a piece of cake for you. A good tip is to make copies on the printer of the pictures you took of the outside and just try out whatever you would like. Am sure you will astounish yourself as well as us.
    Have a great week too and a big hug,
    Gee

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  13. I'm loving this build and your little green space - it's a great addition. Taking close up photos of walls may help (it looks odd to anyone watching) but could give an idea of the colours/shadings required or else you just dive in. Either way you'll do it and it will look fab.

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  14. Hi Si. Everything look great! Try out some weathering on a scrap, or the side you won't view so much. I am sure either way it will be amazing. Have a great weekend.

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  15. Hi Simon, I love the idea of a roof terrace. The railings at the window look stunning and that is a beautiful doorway, the pavement, wall and hedging look great.

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  16. Simon I love it! you've given me some wonderful idea's

    Hugs
    Marisa :)

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