July 15, 2014 (Bluebird and BPF)

As part of the design process, I decided to do a cardboard mock-up for Project Bluebird.

Partly because I needed to get a feel for 1:48, but mostly because the proportions of this house are so odd (completely unrealistic), I had to find a way to turn them into a livable space.

The exterior isn’t a big problem.

1:48 Cardboard Mock Up

But the interior? Oy, the interior. The bottom of the windows (the ginormous windows) hits the 9′ mark on the wall. The door is ridiculously tall.

But, I made a lot of progress and I’m pretty satisfied with where it’s headed.

1:48 Cardboard Mock Up

The furniture in the above picture is what is known in the dollhouse world as “BPF” (Brown Plastic Furniture). It’s really junky and kind of horrible.

But, it’s also cheap. And bashable. Here are some “bashing” tips from Wanna in El Paso (be sure to hit the “next” button at the bottom of the page for more examples of bashed BPF).

On the “cheap” part, the best price I found (including shipping) was from The Quarter Source.

I don’t plan to use BPF for all of the furniture in the house (e.g., I know for certain I’ll be building the bed from scratch), but it was great for checking available space and getting oriented to 1:48.

And I’ll certainly be using it for the bathroom (“yay” to not having to sculpt a tub).

While building this mock up was a bit time consuming, it was worth it. I made a multitude of design changes (and better to do that in scrap cardboard than “final product” building materials), got a better feel for 1:48 and figured out that I had space for both a bathroom and a kitchen (always a plus).

Project Hours: 52 (about half research and half design/build)

9 comments for “July 15, 2014 (Bluebird and BPF)

  1. Carolyn
    July 16, 2014 at 8:28 am

    Spoken like a true architect! Love the “bashing” tips great looking and in a fraction of the time. Now my brain is starting to itch – I just know I should know where I have seen that house before. Operation Bluebird is taking off!

  2. Jivvy
    July 16, 2014 at 10:30 am

    I would love it if you know where the house is from! It’s so obscure, I’m afraid it’s going to be a stumper for everyone, lol.

    • Carolyn
      July 18, 2014 at 10:38 pm

      I could be completely off base and I do not want to spoil it for anyone else so let me say it reminds me of a “house” made of a nut “wood” an exchange student might have constructed. And it will be here before you know it – fresh nutmeg anyone? Clear as mud?

      • Jivvy
        July 18, 2014 at 11:31 pm

        No, I’m afraid that doesn’t sound like it at all. The original is not wood (or gingerbread, in case anyone goes in that direction), 🙂

      • Carolyn
        July 19, 2014 at 10:55 am

        I guess I was being way too obtuse with my answer so let me be more specific. The house I am thinking of is made of coconut fiber or cardboard and is collected by lovers of the gingerbread season.

  3. July 16, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    This mock up is fantastic i think, I have had that 1/4 scale furniture just waiting for the house i never made for it..it is uniquely bashable also, nothing a good bit of paint cant fix!

    Waitin on more!

  4. Jivvy
    July 19, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Oh no, it’s probable that I’m the one being too obtuse. lol

    Here’s why I’m being so secretive. If When I finish this house, my plan is to give it away. But it’s going to be tricky for the ultimate recipient of the house.


    Nobody reads blog post comments, right? So I’ll just whisper it here and no one will notice. It’s just me and you, here, right? *wink wink*

    This house is the house of a memorabilia collector. Memorabilia from books, comic books, movies, tv shows, etc. The house will not only be filled with memorabilia, but the house itself is “memorabilia.”

    The recipient of the finished house will be the person who can name the source for the greatest number of bits of memorabilia. I’ll give tips and hints along the way… there may even be bonus questions. In the end, if there’s a tie, there will be a random pick of the those who are tied.

    So, the house is a house found in some bit of fiction of which the owner is a fan. And it’s a bit of illustrated fiction… there are pictures of this house online.

    Good luck finding them, though.


  5. Carolyn
    July 19, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    I promise your secret is safe with me 😉

    Ok then so check out the house that was haunting me as yours at: http://cardboardchristmas.com/papateds/Hom2007.html under September and you will see why my brain was so itchy.

    Could it be the inspiration for your mystery memorabilia buff’s bit of fiction creators house?

    • Jivvy
      July 19, 2014 at 1:06 pm

      Oh, nice — I can easily see why your brain was so itchy. 🙂

      I think, but am not sure, that the bit of fiction pre-dates glitter/coconut houses. I don’t know when glitter/coconut houses first came on the scene, but I think the 1930s/1940s? Maybe even 1920s? If any one of those dates is accurate, the bit of fiction is definitely earlier.

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