Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Hi everyone,  I just finished my latest little brick home. A couple of weeks ago I was on my way home from my doctor appointment and I passed by a little brick house in down town Denver, that I thought would be cool to try and build.  So I came right home and schetched it up and started to build it.  I am really thnking about making a few more of these.  It sort of felt like I now own that little brick home I passed.  It did take me about 2 weeks of building it with only a couple of hours to work on it every night after I got home from work.  I still need to teach myself house to paint the brick more realistically, but I feel it turned out nicely.  I hopee you all like.  I dont have much time to post with having two full time jobs but I wanted to post some pictures for you.  Have a Wonderful Week and Month!  I can wait to think up a new home to create.

I decided to add some miniature Christmas lights at the last minute before I took the house to my office at work.  Im OUT OF ROOM to store the houses at home, so my office at work is my display area for a few homes. 

After I drew up what I wanted on some plywood, I then cut it out with a jig saw and then nailed it together with my nail gun.

I kept messing up my measurements and not alot of straight lines, But I know that I will eventually cover up any defects and mistakes in my cutting.  Never give up even if it started to look ugly.  Just cover it with paper or scrubs, trees, moss, anything.

I hid all the electrical in the top left attic area.  The whole roof comes off the home easily to access the electrical. 

This was my favorite part.  Every night after work I would add more and more Paper and start to cut the bricks into shape, enjoying watching TV as I did so.

Here you can see how I have cut up a Black Towel into strips and then Hot Glued them in place to make my thatched looking roof.  Then once I had the whole roof covered, I brushed on alot of MojPods. I then let it dry and then dry brushed some light grey on it. 

Another picture of my gluing on the towel to make my thatched roof look.

Here is a picture of when I just completed the house and am now ready to start the interior. 

The kitchen took my one night since I had to make the cabinets to fit since I did such a narrow opening. I had to cut the stove almost in half to make it work for scale in this area.  I felt that since the house should be around 80 years old I wanted some what of an older kitchen look almost like a grandmothers kitchen. 

I know that I am not a cabinet maker, but I used alot of scrap wood and peices of furniture I destroyed and cut up to make the cabinets.

Now I know there is no bedroom or bathroom in this little house, but use your imagination, that the house has been cut in half for you to see inside and the bathroom and bedroom are in the other section of the home.


  1. Hello Stan,
    I can't imagine how long it would take me to take in every detail of your work. You acheive a level of realism that just astounds me. The house is beautiful and you would swear it's a real one, not miniature. Terrific work!
    Big hug,

  2. Hi Stan,

    I just love your new house! I think you did a terrific job making and coloring the brick. The shape of the house is so charming. It has a very cozy feeling inside and out.

  3. Stan, you say a couple of weeks ago? Wow! It takes me a couple of years already to finish a house, :((( I love yours a lot. I love brick house! It looks so easy when look at the pictures, but I know you put a lot of efforts and patience in it and it was a real fun to build and decorate this house. You've done a fantastic job on it! Congratulations! Mini hugs, Natalia

  4. Great project. Your use of paper clay is awesome. I have not heard of using towels for a thatched roof either, but it looks great as well. Keep up the good work Gregg.

  5. This little house is just wonderful!! So much character!! Very reminiscent of older homes built here in Australia in the late 1930's and early 40's. What a fantastic project and a great job. Congratulations!! Carrie

  6. The brickwork and roof are amazing!
    I also love the stove, wherever did you find it?
    Great job,

  7. I love all the details you put into your builds. The brick, roof, everything looks great.

  8. Hi,

    The house looks great, a nice little project. I think the brick work looks real enough, I'd be happy with it if I'd done it myself. The rooms inside are lovely too, it feels very homely with the plants outside and the cosy rooms inside!


  9. Hoi Stan,
    ik heb het een beetje van je afgekeken.
    en ben begonnen met een boerderij dank zij jou.
    en je huis is weer beeldschoon ik vind het zo knap helemaal te gek.
    groetjes Marja

  10. it's beautiful! I'm so happy you were able to post photos of it! I really like the inside it reminds me of Grandma's house too it's so cute!

    take care and post an update once in a while


  11. I don't know How you do it. You are the fastest builder, I have ever seen and what is more amazing is the quality of the builds and the details of the finished works and the attention to the details that make each one a little home! There is always motion and things going on inside which make it so interesting to look at and look at some more! I love it, I only wish that it would seep though the screen and get me moving, too. The towel/roof is fantastic! It looks like what it is supposed to be and is an ingenious solution as it must be so much easier to conform to the shape of the roof line. Clever!


  12. Congratulations what a charming little house. Love the entry and the many details inside.
    Can hardly believe how fast it came together. I wonder what will happen next?
    Regards Janine