Friday, September 6, 2013


Hi  Everyone, This is my newest Chalet House  I just finished and was inspired by Giac who has been following my blog.  We were talking back and forth with emails and got talking about my camping trips to Idaho and he mentioned a little Chalet House by a lake he used to go to as a kid.  Just from Giac talking about the Chalet House he went to as a kid, my Mind instantly pictured this little house.  So I had to build what my mind imagined from his story.  I'm sorry Giac but I didn't do wall to wall carpeting.  I hope you Like!!!
My hardest thing when I build these houses it that I don't want them to be to big and I have an image in my mind I want to create, so the interior rooms are an after thought so I can have the house looking the way I picture it.  Which means most furniture wont fit into the houses unless I customize it, or build it myself.

I had a lot of fun doing the landscaping around the front of the house and ended up crumbling lots of yellow and orange foam all over to make it look like leaves in the fall time.  I was so tempted to do a winter scene with lots of snow but changed my mind since the snow would cover a lot of the roof detail.

My Smallest Kitchen I've made yet.  It is only 5 inches deep by 6 inches wide.  I spent 2 hours alone just staring at the small unfinished room to see how to make it look like a kitchen.  I do remember my hands shaking so bad I could barely glue the towel bar on by the stove since it was so small.

5 inches x 6 inches kitchen, lots of time cutting wood to make cabinets fit in the kitchen.
I really like the living room.  My favorite piece I found was the little Monkey sitting on the couch.  I also enjoyed making the mini newspapers and wreaths on the door.  The Couch is another story.  It was all busted apart and originally had yellow material that was stained, so I added some new legs with scrap wood and painted the whole thing brown to make a half decent couch.

I also ended up making some more miniature post cards an mail laying around the living room.

My little office area which is only about 3 inches wide was touch to decide what to make out of the room, but I felt a small office would be perfect. 

One of my favorite things to make in this room was the miniature magazine form the chair.

I have ran out of furniture so i ended up building the bed out of left over wood and scraps.  See below some of the steps in making the bed.  I was thinking the bed might sort of look French inspired, not sure.  Just had fun building it for no cost. 

The office area as I stare at it trying to figure out what to do with the small space. 

This was the small 5 inch by 6 inch space that I spent many hours trying to figure out how to build a kitchen in it.

I am really enjoying making my Thatched Roofs out of Bath Towels.  In this picture I had finished hot gluing the cut up towel on the roof and then Elmer's Glued it, and then waiting 15 hours for it to dry.  I used a Fork again to brush the towel when it was covered in glue to give it a thatch look.
I completely forgot to take pictures of making the shutters and painting the doors and windows to age them. 

Just finished painting the paper bricks grey and wiping off with a towel. 

Just finished covering the house in paper clay and making bricks all over the house.  Now just had to wait 12 hours to dry since we have lots of humidity in the house from the swamp cooler. 

Sitting watching movies while adding the paper clay to the in small sections while carving the bricks into the clay.

I decided that the thing balsa wood would be ok to use since I would cover it with the paper clay when I made the bricks which would then make the walls really strong and tough. 

I started this house just gluing balsa wood in shapes and adding pieces here and there to create the house I envisioned in my mind. 

The completed bed out of left over scraps of wood and junk.
 I found a lions head and some metal scrapbooking pieces and some metal rods that I glued onto the wood frame I made to make the bed have some character.
I painted it a dark maroon, then added crackle paint then let dry then I painted it white so the maroon would highlight the cracks even more. 

Just a few pictures from our camping trip to Idaho at Dismal Swamp searching for  Smokey Quartz Crystals. 
Loading up the Truck and Trailer to head back home for the 700 mile drive back to Colorado.  I was very Hot and dusty and over 50% of the forest that I love had burned to the ground last year.  So I had to come home and steam clean the new travel trailer from all the black soot that covered the floors. 
Just a dorky picture of me four wheeling for a 20 mile ride around the mountain with 14 family members.  I was one of the last people on the four wheeling caravan which meant I ate a lot of dust on the road, I think I am still blowing dirt out of my lungs.  But I do love see the family and camping, Thank God I have a nice shower in the Travel Trailer.  I'm the City Boy out of all my family members who they don't mind roughing it. 

Me standing by the Snake River bridge in my home town TwinFalls Idaho, this is where Evel Kinevel made his attempt to jump the huge canyon.


  1. I LOVE your Chalet House! It looks so warm and cozy. The details are amazing and I really like the lion bed.
    Your camping trip looks like it was a lot of fun.
    Thanks for sharing all of your wonderful pictures!

  2. This little house is Really Sweet!!! I like knowing the dimensions of the rooms... it gives me hope for the kitchen in my smaller house... I have a little more room than you so I should be able to make it work! I am trying the "towel" thatch roof on another project of mine... but I tried to soak it in the glue mix and squeeze out the extra water.... then the texture wasn't very flat... and I didn't think of "combing" it until too late... So it is a learning project for me!
    As usual, I think all the details you have added are Perfect!!! You have made a very warm and inviting little chalet!

  3. Das Haus ist so wunderschön!!! Und die Einrichtung macht es so heimelich. Die Möbel fügen sich fantastisch ein. Ganz zauberhaft.

  4. Hi Stan! I think this house is adorable and you have more than met the challenge of how to maximize a minimal amount of space! Your little kitchen is big on style and functionality and your home made bed is really wonderful! A job well done!


  5. Hi Stan! Your house looks adorable and it was an amazing work you've done: to work in such small places with this most fabulous effect, well done!
    The roof looks great, good idea to use a fork as a "comb" ;)!
    Thanks for sharing your holiday pictures and the story of all the dust you've bitten in ;)!

  6. Realmente una preciosidad,tanto por dentro como por fuera!!!

  7. You are just great at building houses! This is so beautiful! I think my favourite room is the kitchen, and the landscaping. It was very nice to be able to follow the progress in pictures, its almost unbelievable how those pieces of wood turned out to a lovely house! You are both good with "the big picture" and the details! To sum it up, Great work =)

  8. Hallo Stan,
    wat een mooi huis geweldig gemaakt heel knap.
    groetjes Marja

  9. Hello Stan,
    Bravo my friend! Another masterpiece. I wish the chalet from youth would of looked like this one! The nightmare might of been less intense!
    The chalet is wonderful. the exterior finishes are great and look so realistic. the roof technique is a fantastic idea.
    As for the interiors, wonderful. small is not the first thought that comes into my mind, charming and warm is. it feels so welcoming and cozy. A perfect place to spend a fall or winter weekend...if one likes the country.
    I love the range and detail on the kitchen cabinets. the bed came out beautiful as well. there is always so much to in your work and infinite detail to enjoy! I love it!
    A cottage in the woods is still one of the ways I envision hell, but I must say your is enchanting!
    Big hug,
    P.S. that blue is a fantastic color on you!

  10. Stan
    I think I like this one most of all, I think Evel has broken more bones than any other daredevil. he's always doing stunts and breaking bones anyway I do love that bed it looks so cute!

    Marisa :)

  11. Hello Stan,
    This is my third time coming back to enjoy your is wonderful!
    big hug,

  12. This is absolutely incredible Stan, a masterpiece of imagination and construction skills. There are so many details it's impossible to take it all in in one visit so I'll be back for more enjoyment that's for sure. Love the kitchen by the way, and the couch, but that's just to mention a couple of things.

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