You may like the basic design of one of our standard dollshouses but see it as a starting point for adaptation to suit your exact needs. These changes may be simple and be covered by some, or all, of the existing Collectors' Upgrades, for example: additional room panelling; window seats; additional ceiling mouldings and additional and/or individually switched electric lighting. However, you may like to specify more complex changes, like increasing ceiling heights, merging or dividing rooms or adding further opening panels.
A few adaptations of standard houses:
Kensington House with contemporary basement.
This Kensington House combined the best of old and new by keeping all the period features on the main floors whilst creating an airy open-plan contemporary kitchen.
Kensington House, with its period exterior,
adapted to include an open-plan basement.
Kensington House with contemporary open-plan basement.
A 'designer' style kitchen with inglenook arch for range cooker, island unit
with granite style worktop, sink and breakfast bar.
An open-plan kitchen with logburner.
A 'designer' style kitchen with island unit and breakfast bar.
The kitchen is lit with recessed spotlights.
Gainsborough House with the ground floor as a shop.
Built as a shop selling teas and remedies and set in early Edwardian times, this adaptation of a Gainsborough House features a wonderfully large trading floor with individually laid tiles and a shop front with bowed windows, an area and pavement with railings and a lit overthrow similar to the bespoke draper's shop.
Gainsborough House with shop.
Trading floor with lots of shelves, dummy cupboards and individually laid
Clockmaker's Shop with contemporary interior
Built as a antique shop with contemporary living accommodation above this adaptation of a Clockmaker's Shop featured a panelled shop floor with recessed spotlights, open-plan living room and two bedrooms, one with en suite.
Antique shop front.
Interior of antique shop.
Panelled shop interior with recessed spotlights.
Feature fireplace wall in open-plan living room.
Stairs in open-plan living room.
Coffee House with additional side windows
This standard Coffee House featured a weathered ashlar effect exterior and two sets of additional windows on the side making it seem beautifully light and airy.
Front showing weathered ashlar effect exterior.
Angled view showing two sets of additional windows.
Two sets of addtional windows in the side.
Parlour with additional side windows & Collectors' Upgrade William Kent
Bedroom with additional side windows.
Kensington with side portico
Based around a standard Kensington House this commission included many Collectors' Upgrades but also the addition of a large covered portico with wine cellar beneath.
Front quarter view showing side Portico and with
french doors to Dining Room and wine cellar beneath.
Looking through the french doors towards the entrance hall.
Looking down on the portico and balcony.
French polished doors in Regency doorcases with additional shelved alcoves .
Additional shelved alcoves and window seats.
Kensington with Mansard and a contemporary interior
The exterior of this Kensington House with Mansard remains as standard but the basement, first, second and Mansard floors have been altered to accommodate contemporary living.
A contemporary 'designer' style kitchen with inglenook arch for range
cooker, island unit with sink and breakfast bar. The kitchen is lit with
The scullery has been replaced with a utility room with recessed spotlights.
A small cloakroom has been added in the basement.
The small second floor bedroom or boudoir used as a bathroom with
rolltop bath. Collectors' Upgrade tongue and groove panelling and
individually laid floor tiles
An en suite bathroom in the Mansard.
The fireplace has been 'blocked up' and this nursery is wallpapered in
What to do next
Part of draft CAD drawing of a bespoke hotel facade for a US customer.
Part of draft CAD drawing of a bespoke manor house.
If it is possible for you to visit us, this is by far the best way to define what you really want. There are often some completed houses from which you can get ideas and discuss options over a cup of coffee. If you live too far away to visit, it is not a problem. We have successfully developed the specifications and CAD drawings for bespoke builds and adaptations having never even met the overseas customer face-to-face!
When you are ready to proceed with the purchase, we will draw up a specification that describes all the options and modifications that were discussed and send you this with a quotation. During the build we can email you with weekly progress pictures so that you can see your house coming together. Some customers also like to visit as their house takes shape: it certainly adds to the excitement of commissioning your very own house.