HERE'S WHAT I'M STARTING WITH:
The kit to be bashed: Greenleaf's "The Harrison" (stock photo)
Obviously I'm not going to assemble the kit as designed. There's going to lots of trial and error.
A WORD ABOUT SCALE:
I decided first to find little people to inhabit my dollhouse, and then to choose the miniature scale to match them. I found some lovely little art deco, Erté style resin figures. They were attached to trinket boxes, but a highly skilled friend with great tools cut them off their boxes for me. They are beautiful, but stylized and very slender, so they don't quite fit any one scale. They are 1/16 or 1/18 in height, but only 1/24 in width. Making a good-looking dollhouse is going to require balancing the two different scales so that everything looks the right size for them. And then there's the kit I'm using as my starting point, the Harrison. It's 1/12. I like the idea of roomy rooms and higher ceilings, but the windows and doors still have to look the right size. Hmmm....
What's life, or a hobby, without a bit of a challenge?