Just a brief post to show you a major design detail in making a putz house. This is the first house I am making this year for the Habitat for Humanity fundraiser which happens in October. It takes me quite awhile to get these houses done. I want this one to be very special and generate a lot of money at the auction.
As I mentioned in the last post, it is based on a real house known as the Wilkins House in my hometown of Greenville, South Carolina. I don’t intend to do a true reproduction of the house partly because it would be seriously difficult and would become tedious. This is my hobby and it is supposed to be fun. I just like to make the houses.
But that doesn’t mean I don’t put a lot of thought into making a house. This one will probably take the entire month of January. Imagine if I tried to do a reproduction!! I’d only get one house done every 2-3 months.
Here are a couple of other views of the real Wilkins House. This one is from the Greenville Journal.
|Old Photo of the Wilkins House from GreenvilleHistory.org. It’s kind of fuzzy photo, but here I just want to show the front facade that helps me decide what proportions to use.|
|These are the second and third prototypes I’ve made for this house. The first one I threw away because it was too big.|
Ok, so what are the decisions I am making here? I’m trying to convey the IDEA of this house within the size constraints of a putz house. I don’t want it to be so big that someone has to do major rearranging to display the house. In my opinion that limits the width of the house to 5 inches or less. The 5 inch width was the first prototype that was discarded because it just didn’t look right. The prototype on the right is 4 inches wide, but I didn’t think it gave me enough space to include many details and it looks too tall, too slim. The left handed prototype looks better to me. It measures 4.5 inches across the front and 2.5 inches on the sides. I think I can fit the double windows on each side of the front tower as well as the quoins – the delightful stones on the edges of the walls.
I also increased the depth of the front tower to help give me space for those quoins as well. I know by comparing the houses that the proportions aren’t the same, but I think with paint and the architectural details, people will be able to tell right off what house this is based on. And most importantly, I think this will make a very attractive little cardboard house on its own, even if someone has never seen the Wilkins House.
I don’t think I told you that I intend to make 2 houses from this pattern – one for Christmas and one for Halloween. The Christmas house will have the brick color painted with a cranberry Christmasy red while the Halloween one will be painted with a more orangey red. That way I am using this time-consuming pattern twice and both houses will auctioned off for Habitat. I just think it will be fun to have the putz decorated for two of my favorite seasons.
That’s it for now. Maybe tomorrow I will actually cut out the cardboard for the base structure. Then many more decisions about adding details.
Thank you for stopping by. Stay warm.
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