This is another one of Debbie Young's
fabulous 1/4 scale house kits. The Visalian was originally
created back in the 80"s as a 1/12 scale kit. It
was originally inspired by an old farmhouse in Visalia
California, hence the name. Debbie's kit has the same
wonderful and unique architectural details as the larger
version. The footprint of the building is almost a triangle,
making for some very interesting nooks and crannies!
But first, lets explore the outside.
I designed the arbor and picket fence
myself and cut it out on the laser cutter. Each picket
is individually placed onto the fence rails.
The parlor, as well as the vast majority
of furnishings in the house, were made from
Debbie Young's kits.
The piano is really fabulous. The grandfather
clock was from a Betterly kit, and the delicate
end tables were from kits by the Steinkes.
The dining room is one of my favorite rooms
in the house. Before I assembled the house,
I laser etched the wooden base pieces with a
plank flooring design. After staining and sanding,
and several coats of deft, I think it looks
fabulous! The table is completely set for 6.
Wine velveteen fabric covers the chairs. The
hutch is filled with little pieces of "china"
Notice that thru the dining room, on the
back left you can see a bit of the front entry
and the base of the staircase.
I still need to look for accessories for
my kitchen. This is why I always say that a
miniature project is never finished. You can
always fine more little treasures to add. But
I love the wonderful stove, and the great sink
in this set. The work table even has flour bins
Here is the master bedroom. Guess what my
favorite color is??? The furniture is gorgeous,
and oh so "Victorian quarter sawn oak"
style. I love the wallpaper too, and chose the
bedding and accessories to pull out the rose
in the paper. Even the glass light fixture is
rose. The tiny orchid was made by Signe Alvarstein.
Blown glass vase by Villanhanzo.
The nursery is one of the smaller rooms,
but big enough for a crib, wing chair, side
table and wardrobe. More than enough for any
Here is the guest bedroom. Again the furniture
is perfect for the room. Brass bed, dresser,
nightstand and an old steamer trunk. Wonder
what's inside??? The hurricane lamps were made
by Shelly Norris.
The bathroom is an unusual room, because
of its placement at the tip of the triangle
of the house. This means that it has only two
real walls, but I felt that placement of the
tub would visually create that missing third
wall. I don' t know if you can see in the photo,
but I laser carved this flooring in the tiny
little hexagon pattern that was popular in tiled
floors and then finished it a bright shiny white.
In person, it looks very realistic.
This is one of my
favorite photos. It is of the upstairs hallway.
You can see the door that opens up to the second
floor balcony, as well as the stairwell leading
down to the main entrance. If you didn't know
this was a miniature, would you know the difference?
The house has two attic spaces. One became
a little swing room tucked under the eaves.
The second attic is storage for odds and
ends. More of those to come, I'm sure.
I hope you have enjoyed your visit. I have
several more quarter scale buildings in various
stages of unfinished, and will add them to these
pages as they are completed, so check back again!