|final plan - frontview|
I have no idea if this is very interesting to you, but I liked to have an overview of the different plans of the Oldtique Store that naturally evolved over time. So bare with me or just skip this post ;).
which was the most recent motivation of change in the design. The owner of a miniature webshop informed all her customers she was quitting and would sell of everything with 50% off, clearing her inventory. And when I went to look on her webshop I saw a metal spiral staircase. Already quite inexpensive to begin with (compared to what I'd seen before for miniature metal staircases), but because of the extra 50% off it was a bargain! And I even had a little budget for it AND was in time to order it, I couldn't believe my luck!
I always wanted a metal spiral staircase as many of us do. But for a house, I never even had thought it could be used for the Oldtique Store. Just never crossed my mind. And for reasons of keeping that store simple (haha, as if that exists in miniatures, as we all very well know ;)), I'd always planned it to become a one story building, so wouldn't have made any sense. And metal stairs were not within reach for a long time anyway, not to buy or to make so it didn't matter.
|photo is from the webshop|
sloped roof instead of flat
another reason for a design-change can be a happy 'accident'. As was the case with the sloped roof, instead of the flat one I had always had in my mind. This change anounced itself just because of the box-mockup I'd made last year. And now I'm extra happy I did, and kept it as simple as I had to, by using boxes. Because one made it look like it had a sloped roof. Due to a loose flap that wasn't even part of the mock-up but was attached to one of the boxes I used and kept going towards the store.
it was just there, minding it's own business, wanting nothing to do with no miniature store :D. But unaware of it, it decided the fate of the future roof! To refresh your memory or if you hadn't seen the mock-up before:
|the flap on the left above the brick wall is responsible for the change of plans regarding the roof - but very happy for it!|
I tried to undo or block the idea of changing the design of the roof at first, mostly because that had already been cut to size years ago. But after I had thought about it for a short while (like five seconds or so, haha), I decided it would be so much better and spacier that way! So that would be that :D.
and not long after I'd already thought of a way the mdf for it can still be used and it can (in theory at least) be attached to the rest of the structure. And how that could be done so the construction would be solid.
I have to admit that what I think is possible in theory is known to be way too optimistic most of the time, BUT I'm also known for finding new solutions for every new obstacle and will find a way to work it out. So I'm confident it will be fine. The only thing is I'll have to convince the person who will do it, it will work ;).
a little introduction and the floorplans
long story short: the Oldtique Store started quite a few years ago with not being able to have a house yet. So I would start this great hobby with a roombox! As is pretty common to do and seemed like a nice, good and clear plan. Alrighty then!
I figured the most practical would be to order a standard roombox. So measurements would have been in the region of this (of a roombox I found in an online webshop for reference) and is 38cm wide x 26,5cm deep x 24cm high OR: 15x10.5x9,5 inch:
I wanted an antique-kind-of-store in it. Not very original as a theme maybe, but who cares about that if it's about something you really like? Well, I don't anyway ;D. And I wanted a store with a bit of an airy feel to it. So the first change announced itself automatically: size.
and soon after that I thought it should have a little storage space in the back. Of course there's no real need for, it would be a roombox and roomboxes don't need that kind of extra's. If any, just a suggestion would be fine, like a fake door. But I just really liked it if it would have a real storage space. Didn't have to be much or deep, but just some. And if it had to be a custom build because of the size of the store anyway, it might as well have a few extra centimeters to the back, right? So that was a no-brainer either.
a simple mock-up at that time to see what measurements would 'feel' right.
and this was the floorplan for that, as you can see it's bigger than the standard roombox.
the next floorplan came when I needed to know definite sizes because my boyfriend would have the hardwarestore cut some MDF for it so he could start building it (only never got a change to do the building due to ongoing circumstances).
and I had thought about a few extra things that made sense so this was the time to incorporate them:
- the size, it needed to become a bit bigger, 'cause the previous floorplan was still a bit too small for what I had in mind :D
- make more use of the backspace by adding a kitchenarea, toilet and administrative corner to the storage to make it more realistic (and where would the store-owner have to go to the toilet if I wouldn't right?). For that it would need a little bit of extra depth (about 2 centimeters (4/5 of an inch)) to be able to do that realistically, but with just the absolute necessary.
- adding an alley-kind of thing to the rightside of the store, adding more 'depth' to the structure leading to the side-entrance
- a side-entrance, leading to the storage, kitchenarea etc and the back of the store.
not because of the size, but things I at some point thought of that would improve things:
- turning the ceilingbeams and -slats 90 degrees.
- adding a metal gate at the beginning of the small alley
- a chimney behind the mantle (not sure I use the right word for it, I can't find how you call a wide column behind a fireplace that leads to - and is the base of - the actual chimney)
- a high window on either side of the store
- a window in the 'storage'space, behind what will now become the kitchenarea
- a small window in what will now become the toilet
- windowsills behind the facade and columns to the sides (build-in, square, with paneling)
- I've also thought up some nice ways for the construction to be able to see things better in the back without having to have the back opening/hinged. You'll see in time what I mean, but it gets me quite excited every time I think about it!
the plans stayed like this for a few years. The only things that further changed in that time was the idea of adding steps at the entrance. That automatically meant the whole store would have to rise with that height, which was 4,5 cm's (little short of 2 inches). And meant it needed some thought of how to solve that with all the MDF already cut, but wasn't even too hard. At some point I also changed the plan for the wallpaper to use (by creating a scene using a piece of scrappaper that at that point I saw would be perfect for the Oldtique Store's walls!). And later I also added an alcove in the brickwork to the design, something I've always liked and think will add a bit more interest on that leftside brick wall :
as mentioned before: after the 'box-mock-up' of last year, the flap of the one box that initiated this pretty determining change in the design :D. In addition - but just a small change - I decided to move the iron gate more to the back, see floorplan if you'd like to know why. The rest I was still very happy with.
and below the most recent plan, all because of that sudden and lucky opportunity for a cheap metal spiral staircase!!
- the staircase itself of course
- a landing/loft with balustrade in the back of the store the stair leads to, making the rest of the storespace in the front of that loft/landing very heigh which I really like!
- a higher roof to have a realistic height for the loft
- a skylight with doors. Because of the sloped roof, it needed a section left to the loft because that's where the stairs are and mini-folks would otherwise not be able to stand there. But then I thought it would make sense to make it something with a pulley, where furniturepieces could be hoisted up to that floor. And that's why it will have doors.
- unrelated to all that I thought it might be nice to add one step in the back/storagespace just before the kitchenarea. This has a practical reason to do with the toilet (will be clear whenever I've made that), but I also think it is nice. I like spaces with steps and heightdifferences.
of course these plans all look very clinical and (obviously) don't show any of the character and personality it will have, or that I have in my mind anyway, but at least you get an idea.
and then there's all kinds of ideas I've had pretty much from the start like working awnings, a sidewalk at the front with one or two trees, a lamppost, a trashbin and such.
as this is all about ideas and designstuff, I guess I might as well add some previous and definite designs to the mix ;D. It's not that I didn't like the first design for the facade, I did, but I think the new one fits me and the store better. The new design is also a couple of years old already and I'm still very happy with and proud of it! It combines the mix of modern and nostalgic that I like a lot and represents the store/project well.
the second 3 images are of the bags I will have for the store in two sizes as you might have seen before. The second bag-design (which technically is still the same design of course) is an improvement to the first, but I like the 3rd - contempory - design much better, as I do with the facadetext!
I hope this wasn't too boring, but for me it was very much fun. So there's at least one person very happy with this post, haha :D