I have had this project on the back burner for quite a while. My daughter and I received a Duracraft - Marquam Hill Mansion kit from a friend in the Tulsa Miniature Club a couple of years ago. I have had all kinds of ideas for a great Victorian house for a long time. I have also been collecting things here and there - a fireplace, pieces of furniture, wood brackets, wallpaper and even windows and doors.
|Manufacturer's photo on the box|
|Manufacturer's Photos on box|
After studying the plans and a few completed kits online, I began to sketch. The kits advertises 8 rooms, but in my architectural mind.. 8 rooms isn't really a "mansion". and that is counting a small attic space as one of the rooms. I have all kinds of sketches of ideas on how to add on to the kit, but I knew it would be hard to replicate the same materials in the kit with an addition. Not to mention that fact that I would need to be able to construct it in a way so that I could get it in and out of my house if I needed to. I began sketching ways to add another wing or an addition to the original house. I saw another Marquam Hill house kit come up and eBay and I had the idea to combine the two kits and create a house that was nearly twice the size. I got the idea to double the size of the house and make it a true mansion.
There are a couple of things that bother me about the kit. The biggest thing is that there does not seem to be a way to do anything with the top/3rd floor of the tower. In my design, I will make that another room. The other complaint about this kit, is the small single story kitchen that is applied to the side is too small. I noticed that a lot of people make the kitchen larger and some even add a second story to the small kitchen. Most make the second story addition into a bathroom.
|A kit with a kitchen addition on the right|
|A kit under construction with a 2-story kitchen/bath addition on the right|
As always, your comments and ideas are appreciated and if any of you have worked on a Marquam Hill kit, I would love to hear from you.
Here is a preliminary room layout. I have not totally committed to the upstairs room layout. The library may move to the space above the parlor. The actual bedrooms may be a nursery, a master bedroom, and a maids quarters. I am considering a kind of wrap around porch at the kitchen.