It's no secret that we're fans of tiny things, but architects, we are not. Still, the thought of having a tiny dollhouse just wasn't something we could shake so we set off to create our very own tiny house dollhouse.
To begin this endeavor, it was approached as all projects are with sketches, blue prints, and pouring over endless design books for inspiration. Many versions were drafted and tweaked until we said, F this and just got down to creating the actual model. Off to the dollar store we went to fill up on poster board and pins. Then came the fun part of winging it and seeing what worked and what didn't.
Prototype after prototype was created. Idea after idea was explored. Yet something just wasn't right. We needed hands on experience and more in depth research of what it was like to live in a tiny house. So we booked a trip and had an unforgettable experience.
We rented a tiny home to stay in overnight and had a friend come visit with her kiddos so we could really get the full experience. We measured and tested and noted. Then the next day, we went to an actual tiny home builder and explored more possibilities of tiny living. On the ride back home, Chase was so inspired that he sketched out ideas of what our dream tiny home would be. It included a place to lounge, work, entertain, relax, store books, and a special spot just for Charlie (our dragon) naturally.
Back in the workshop, things flowed pretty smoothly with a more definite game plan and real-life dimensions in hand. Although designing homes is nothing new to us, designing this particular home had it's own set of rules and challenges. Not to mention losing one whole wall of valuable storage space so that the tiny home could actually be played with when on dollhouse scale. After a few tweaks and some input from fellow miniature enthusiasts, it finally all clicked and fell into place.
The prototype is still in a very rough foam core phase, but the vision is clear as day. Next step is to actually have it laser cut on wood and continue with the interior furnishings. For such a tiny home this has been a huge undertaking, but the joy the process has brought us is unmeasurable.
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