A dollhouse is a toy home, made in miniature. For about the last century, dollhouses have usually been the primary interest for little girls but their collection and crafting wooden dollhouse kits have also become a hobby for many adults. As a little girl growing up, I was fascinated by dollhouses. When I got my first glimpse of Colleen Moore's Fairy Castle in Chicago, I think I stood there for hours just admiring all the little details and imagining that I lived in that castle. I am an adult now, but I still remember the day I saw that castle and still love to look at it online over and over. I can't wait to take my daughters to see it when they get a little older.
Today's dollhouses trace back about four hundred years to the baby house display cases of Europe which showcased mostly the interior of the house. Smaller doll houses with more realistic exteriors appeared in Europe in the 18th century. Early dollhouses were all handmade, but following the Industrial Revolution and World War II, they were mass produced and became more standardized and affordable.
In my research, I have found that wooden dollhouse kits are available in so many different forms. From ready-made and decorated houses to kits to custom built houses made to the customer's design. Some designs are simple and some are very elaborate. In the United States, most houses have an open back and a fancy front facade, while British houses are more likely to have a hinged front that opens to reveal the rooms.
When purchasing a wooden dollhouse kit, remember these simple things:
* The most common standard for adult collectors is 1:12 scale, also called 1" or one inch scale (where 1 foot is represented by 1 inch.)The largest common size for dollhouses is Play scale or 1:6 which is proportionate for Barbie, Ken and other dolls that are 11-12 inches tall, so choose accordingly.
* Dollhouse can range anywhere from $50 to $500 depending on the quality and design. It will be up to you to decide which kind you like or would like to start with. Keep in mind, they can become pretty expensive to furnish also.
* There are many different types of dollhouse such as cottage and Tudor but the most popular type is Victorian which can get pretty elaborate. If you’re looking for simple, a nice little Tudor should do.
* Remember, dollhouses are not just limited to houses; you can also have bakeries, stores, post offices etc. So let you imagination go wild.
But most of all take your time and have fun. Dollhouse Kits for Collectors can bring so much enjoyment and provide a wonderful heirloom to pass on.