Wednesday, August 09, 2017

The property tour

Bright and early this morning, I met my trusty assistant to check out the new property.

We liked the cool modern look of the entrance,
Front view of the modern Lori Loft to Love dolls' house, showing the front door and corner windows.
and Wendy was keen to check out the inside.
A doll opening the front door of the modern Lori Loft to Love dolls' house.
The full-length two-storey corner window met with her approval,
A doll looking through the corner window of the modern Lori Loft to Love dolls' house.
as did the light-coloured wooden flooring throughout the ground floor area. Perfect for either a shop or a gallery, she thought.
The wood-printed floor of the modern Lori Loft to Love dolls' house.
But the stairs were a problem, with the first step right up against the front wall (which also created dead space by the windows: not too much of an issue for us, as it can be used as a display space).
A doll at the bottom of the stairs of the modern Lori Loft to Love dolls' house.
 More worryingly, the stairs don't meet code, with no railings and therefore very dangerous if someone trips. A real problem for us, as we saw the mezzanine space as the perfect spot for the office. We won't even mention the danger of falling from the second set up to the roof!
A doll teetering at the top of the stairs of the modern Lori Loft to Love dolls' house.
Similarly, the mezzanine edge is far too low to be safe.
A doll looking over the mezanine railing of the modern Lori Loft to Love dolls' house.
Wendy was quite perplexed at the design of the windows on the mezzanine, pointing out that she couldn't see out from a standing position, but that it would probably be OK when sitting at a desk.(She didn't even mention the hazard of the opening from the roof..)
A doll looking through the mezzanine windows of the modern Lori Loft to Love dolls' house.
Similarly the windows under the mezzanine were quite high as well: not an issue for us as we're planning to fill them with either glass bricks or frosted glass to control the amount of light. 
A doll looking through the kitchen windows of the modern Lori Loft to Love dolls' house.
Finally, Wendy (carefully) made her way up to the roof terrace. But she refused to climb onto it as the lack of barriers and the nearness of the edge to the top of the stairs made her feel quite unsafe going any further.
A doll looking through the hole at the top of the stairs to the roof garden of the modern Lori Loft to Love dolls' house.
After returning to the safety of the ground floor she asked me what I thought.

I mentioned that what I found most perplexing about the building was that the designers managed to create the paper for the outside and the floor to scale, but chose a very out-of scale and fake-looking wood grain for the inside walls, when they could have quite as easily used something much more suitable.
Close up view of the wooden print on the walls of the modern Lori Loft to Love dolls' house.
I also told her that I thought the rounded corners on the unglazed windows are going to be a challenge for us,
Close up view of the window edges of the modern Lori Loft to Love dolls' house.
and wished that the front edges had been better finished.
Front edges of the modern Lori Loft to Love dolls' house, showing the raw MDF edges.
But, on the whole, Wendy and I decided that we are both very satisfied and can't wait to get started on our new project!
A doll standing in the kitchen of a Lori Loft to Love dolls' house.
(As an aside, I note that the house is mainly held together with screws. If you have a Lori Loft to Love, I'd love to hear if you've been brave enough to unscrew it and if you have any tips: I'm thinking that recovering or painting the inside would be much easier if the pieces were flat, but have a fear that once I unscrew it I'll never get it back together again...)

4 comments :

Jodi Hippler said...

Are you able to switch out the stairs? Move the ground level set over to the wall? This way, you may be able to create a landing at the second stair and turn the first step 90 degrees. This would make them less awkward getting on, and give you more head room in the space. I'll keep thinking on the rest...

The Shopping Sherpa said...

Great thoughts: thanks Jodi!

Elizabeth S said...

Poor Wendy trying to walk up those treacherous steps in heels and without a handrail! ? It's a good thing she was going slow because a tumble in any direction would have been tragic. But despite the obvious dangers, this property DOES indeed have "Potential", and I am looking forward to seeing what you'll do with it.

Mad For Mod said...

So far, the only thing I have unscrewed on mine is the yellow light fixture. I do plan at some point to replace the "railing" on the loft and maybe put brick on the walls to give it an industrial look. The layout does make furniture arranging a little challenging.