A Georgian dolls' house

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Joseph J. Hill solves a weighty problem when making an early Georgian period dolls’ house.

When Joseph J. Hill was commissioned to make this Georgian dolls' house only if you picked it up would you guess at its secret. Using a combination of balsa and plywood panels, the dolls' house is both extremely strong but also lightweight.

Joseph explained to The Dolls' House magazine that initially his client had requested a series of individual open-fronted roomboxes styled to the 'Jane Austen era'. But with different sized rooms the stacked boxes just didn't constitute a credible house. Re-thinking the proposal Joseph came up with the idea of creating a number of rooms inside a lightweight shell, and a lift off front to reveal the interior.

The design of the dolls' house and the 55 detailed drawings necessary to execute it, took around five months to compete, with another seven to finish the project. This included making opening windows, the casements, a new and highly detailed ceiling rose (with 19 separate castings), and two new fireplaces.

As with all of his miniature houses Joseph paid particular attention to the wiring system, which in this case uses a remote control system. The house has a hollow rear wall with a removable panel where all the wires terminate at the remote control board, then travel out to the transformer input connector. The infrared receiver has been mounted in the base at the front of the dolls' house.

Although building this style of dolls' house required Joseph to take a new approach to the construction process, he did admit that it was enjoyable. More importantly the completed dolls' house was in line with his aim to make a quality dolls' house to last a lifetime.


Joseph J. Hill, 29 Collett Way, Priorslee, Telford, Shropshire, TF2 9SL

Tel: 01952 200903 email: josephjhill@tiscali.co.uk


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