For Sale: Des Res in N21, a labour of love

on Thursday, 03 January 2013. Posted in N21 Community

Why do miniatures of everyday objects have a universal appeal; miniature railways, model villages, cars etc, as well as doll houses? This highly desired des res has been made by retired Winchmore Hill carpenter Roy Hooper.

 

 

 

Roy based his house a Queen Anne house in Mayfair, (now converted into offices) because he loved the symmetry, the elegance and architectural detail. The house is a true labour of love, built over a number of years in his workshop at the bottom of the garden. Nearly every component is built from scratch, including the ceiling coving, dado rails, wooden floors, and cardboard tiles. Every brick is individually made and hand painted, only the doors, banisters and stair spindles were sourced from a dolls house supplies company, as Roy felt that he couldn't make better.

 

 

Roy made his first dolls house back in the 1970s, for his daughter, based on a house in Highgate where the family were living at the time. Unbeknown to him, his grandfather, (who he never met) used to make dolls houses, as a hobby and also a cousin, perhaps it is something in the genes? He describes the project as like a great big puzzle, where the individual elements have to be firstly designed to scale and 'manufactured' before they are put together. The construction is held together with screws and glue. There are no nails or pins used, and all the paint is water based, except for the small areas which are painted with  Humbrol paints.

 

 

Roy says that his joy is in the making, not the keeping. "The more eccentric the better". Therefore he plans to sell the house, which is currently taking up space in his spare room and begin a new project this year. It is hoped that Roy's house will shortly be on display in a local estate agent, to raise money for a children's charity. Like any other house for sale, offers are invited. More details will be published shortly.

 

If you would like a lasting memento of your home, which would become a family heirloom, Roy takes commissions, he is a true craftsman.

 

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Why do miniatures of everyday objects have a universal appeal; miniature railways, model villages, cars etc, as well as doll houses? This highly desired des res has been made by retired Winchmore Hill carpenter Roy Hooper.

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