Last month, Hobby Builders Supply offered these at an obscene discount:
As I mentioned previously, a few of my friends bought these, too, and we all gathered together this past weekend to put them together.
If you want one of these cuties (HBS no longer sells them
but they are still available elsewhere), be aware that it comes in two
versions: one with a component kit (which includes 3 windows, a door and
a ladder) and one without. The one with the component kit has siding
milled into the MDF, while the other kit has smooth walls.
This is a Houseworks kit so it's not only solidly-made, it was easy to assemble. We were at it for quite a long time but if you exclude the amount of time we spent gabbing and goofing around (not to mention the very leisurely lunch break), I'd say we got them put together in about 2 hours (which includes time spent taping the pieces together and waiting for the glue to dry before proceeding to the next step). I dry-fit the windows and doors but will not glue them into place until they are painted and finished (for some odd reason, the windows don't come with glass, although the door does). I also didn't assemble the roof, figuring that the loft would be next to impossible to decorate with it on. To make things even easier, the floor/ceiling slides out and does not need to be glued in place.
My friends don't know what they're doing with their cottages yet, but mine is going to be a shabby chic beach cottage. I have already picked up several sheets of scrapbook paper (do people still shell out for actual dollhouse wallpaper anymore?) and picked up a really pretty paint sample to use for the exterior. Behold Valspar's "Secluded Garden":
It's not quite as dark as it appears in the pic, but it is a super-pretty soft teal. I'll be painting the doors and (shuttered) windows white. I don't know what I'm going to paint the porch, though. Gray? Taupe? I don't want to do white, but I want a contrast with the green.