Dollhouse miniatures

Making a Hip Roof Bump Out in Miniature

More on the Victoria’s Farmhouse dollhouse build:

The kit is arranged for a flat roof on the dining room bump-out on the front of the farmhouse. I kept looking at it like something was wrong. Why a flat roof? It’s not like I can make a little porch or balcony with only windows above.

Plain flat roof on the Victoria’s farmhouse dining room bump-out

Finally, I decided to make a half hip roof. I don’t know if that would be the right term, but this looks like one half of a hip roof, so that’s what I’m calling it. I had absolutely no idea of how to construct a pattern except by eye-balling it. I started with a piece of scrap chip-board for the front. I cut it to about the height, width and angles that I thought would work. Hey, It’s not mathematical, but it’s a start. LOL

Next I cut a side to dry fit. It was a little off as you can see in the picture below. I used masking tape to tape the pieces in place as it looked like it should be. Notice the gaps. I kept those so that, when I laid out my pattern, I could cut appropriately.

Now, when the pattern is laid out, I can connect the gaps and cut final roof pieces.
Keeping taped gaps in place, I can cut new pattern pieces connecting corners.

Next, I dry fit the roof into place. When I was happy with the size, angles and shape, I cut my final roof out of mat-board. I used E-6000 to glue the roof into place.

Roof cut from mat board and glued into place with E-6000
Bump-out roof after shingles. I like the facade of the house so much better now.
bump out roof after shingling

Notice the start on my block foundation in the picture above. The next post will be all about how to make those blocks. I hope that you will join me then.

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