Friday, November 16, 2007

A Home for the VanSwyne's 1 (Selecting a home)

I met with the VanSwyne sisters at Norm's Dollhouse. There are three sisters Cecilia, Josephine and Mina. They seemed like nice young ladies. The girls kind of scattered around the store.

Cecilia wanted a home with a second floor porch.

Mina liked all of the multi-floored houses.

After much searching and discussion, the girls settled on the Maplewood.

It would be very unusual if a home for any denizen of the "Tree House" did not require "modification". This one is no exception.

Since Cecilia likes the second floor porch and is planning on spending a lot of time there, we will need to add a door from the second floor hallway to the porch. The railing on the porch will need to be made a little higher (a safety precaution). It might upset the balance of things, if pigs all on a sudden started to become airborne.

Josephine has decided that she would like her own "Mother-in-law" type apartment in the attic. This will require the addition of an outside entrance to this space.

Mina seems to have no "special" requirements. It is still early in the building process, and there maybe things that come up later.

The Maplewood construction will be starting a bit slow. Tarin is still working as a "Web Site" designer on a bridge building project, but will be coming back as soon as he can. Taelyn is still very busy with his Fire Department and Construction business. I'm trying to contact the Phist Bros. Last I heard they were traveling the "Thumb Wrestling Circuit". I'm going to start with the preliminary work and hope I get some help soon.

Before we left "Norms Dollhouse" the VanSwyne girls posed for a picture at their new home. Cecilia (the oldest in in the pink dress), Josephine (the purple dress) and Mina (the youngest in the green dress).

I'll be back with you, when there is some progress to report.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

A Barn of a Different Color

A manila envelope arrived the other day. I contained a picture (drawn with crayon), a printed note and a stack of hundred dollar bills. It was from a little girl at the Tree House.

Kelsey said that she needed a house for her pet Una. Don't ask me what kind of critter an Una is. Her father had given her some money and permission to have a house built. I of course called him to verify. It's always a good idea to check thing out when dealing with the denizens of the Tree House.

The project was a go. Kelsey's father said what ever Kelsey wanted was okay. If the envelope money was not enough, just give him a call.

Here's how it turned out.

Kelsey picked the colors, of course. The "Barn of a Different Color" will be leaving for the Tree House.

I've been in contact with the VanSwyne Sisters about building a residence for them. I'm setting up an appointment to visit Norm' Dollhouse to show them some samples. I'll keep you informed.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Sea View Part 12 (The End ?)

I was on the job site ahead of the Phist Bros. J.R. Katscan and Robo-inspector had worked things out, and the Sea View had passed inspection. The safe had been removed from the tower room, but Ariel was still limiting access to the upper floor.

When Wright came through the kitchen door, I said "Goodmorning Wright, how are you this morning"?

Wright screamed and said, "Oh no! Ariel turned you into a frog! I swear Lefty and me didn't say a word about the attic to anyone!

I started laughing, as I watched my friend the frog hop away. "Ariel did not turn me into a frog. I just thought it would be fun to pull a joke on you. After the bad time you are always giving Taelyn, I felt you deserved it."

Wright of course was not amused. Jokes are always funnier when you are the Joker.

The Sea View will be leaving soon for the Tree House. Before it leaves I thought I would take some pictures of the final product.

I've got a smaller project to work on for a little while, it's a home for a pet. There are also three little girl pigs, that are looking for a "Pixielated Builders" special home.

Thank you very much for keeping Ariel from finding out I told you about the attic.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Sea View Part 11 (Inspection part 2)

Once Robo-inspector came down from the attic, Ariel went over and erased part of his memory. She deleted all information about the "special" use for the attic area. Robo-inspector was still able to report any code violations, but only those that did not interfere with what the attic would be used for.

J. R. Katscan had arrived on site by this time, and was not to happy about being refused access to the attic and storage room. He was even more disturbed by the presence of another inspector. These building inspectors can get real territorial!

Robo-inspector came out to meet with J. R. Katscan. At first J. R. was very standoffish. He finally settled down, and listened to Robo's report. While J. R. was not necessarily happy with the lack of information from Robo, he had little choice. This is a FAE residence, and subjected to FAE rules and regulations.

In actuality, J. R. really has no authority on this job site. I guess that since this house was built in his "territory", he felt that he was in charge.

After some further discussion with Robo-inspector, J. R. turned to me and informed me that, he would issue the Certificate of Occupancy from his department. He assumes that Robo-inspector will be issuing a COP from the FAE building department.

Hurray!!! I"m really happy that this project has come to an end. Things were pretty good when I was working for the "Group", but there has been a lot of tension since Ariel has been in charge. The Phist Bros. and myself will be on site early tomorrow to clean up. Then all that is left is to move the Sea View to the "Tree House". Remember, you have not seen anything in the attic!