Whether you’re exploring the idea of becoming a proud dollhouse owner or you want to build one for a small girl in your life, you’ll find that there are plenty of kits available to help you get started. You do not have to build a dollhouse from the plans up to have an incredible creation. Even when tools are used, you’ll still be able to personalize the end design by putting your artistic touch into the colors, trim and furnishings.
Dollhouse kits come in a couple of types and plenty of styles. As you explore the world of miniatures, you’re likely to discover the only thing that limits options is your imagination.
Types Of Dollhouses
There are two main types of dollhouse kits available to choose from. Both are appropriate for beginners in this hobby. They are:
Those designed for children – Dollhouses that are specially made for children will be sturdier and more durable by design. Some are made from wood and wood products, but others might be hard plastic molds. They may not include as many bells and whistles as house kits designed for older girls or adults, but they can be rather spectacular to look at and especially play with. The latter is the whole reason to get this type of design.
Those designed for adults – Dollhouse kits that are meant for adult enthusiasts are designed with lots of detail in mind. They might have functional electrical systems, beautiful detail work and other features that make them stand out as distinct.
Styles Of Dollhouses
The styles of dollhouses available will stun. Just about any housing construction is available in small kit form. Some of the more traditional methods include:
Victorian – These multistory homes of yesteryear come alive in some kind when a dollhouse kit is put together. Features that make Victorian styling stand out with little girls and collectors include front porches, picture windows, great roofing styles and lots of gingerbread.
Tudor – Just like the large versions, small Tudor designs also have their fair share of gingerbread. Dollhouses of this style will include wooden beam designs on the outside of a home, decorative shingle roofing, leaded-glass style windows and more. Tudor styles can range from small “cottages” too expensive manors.
Saltboxes – These barn-style homes were once very popular designs. With their unusual roofing structure that makes them look like old-fashion saltboxes, these houses can be found in the kit form.
Colonial – Two-story colonial designs have been popular in America since its inception. Simplistic, but stunning, this style of housing is readily available in kit form.
Lighthouses – Collectors with a passion for things nautical will find tower kits are also available for easy assembly. They, of course, include interior space for living.
Building a dollhouse from the ground up can be a rather intimidating prospect. When a more simplistic way to build is desired, kits can make all the difference. Once constructed, wood-based kits can be customized with a number of finishing touches, including stain, paint, shingles and more, which means even a kit can be unique in the long run.