02 May 2011
Come inside the fascination world of Gerry Welch's fabulous fantasy building, complete with a small garden railway winding its way around the building. ...
Gerry Welch is best known for his Tudor houses, but occasionally he gets the opportunity to work on a house of his own design. There was one thing he wanted to try and this was a fantasy/Tudor building with the emphasis on fantasy. Some of the ideas for the project were a sunken or secret garden with a glass floor above with lots of interesting lighting, fantasy wall coverings, an 'S' tower with winding stairs leading up to strange shops, and again above this a small village. Also, if possible a small garden railway winding its way around the building.
At first here are photos of two of the rooms almost finished, the garden and sky rooms. Also a sneak preview of the little fantasy train.
The garden had to be highly visible and not hidden away. It is seen through a large opening on the ground floor level and has a perfect little bonsai tree (sadly deceased) just the right scale for the garden and now brought back to life with little green litchen from a model railway shop. The waterfall is mostly plaster mix with a few slates pushed in. The lighting was as subtle as possible with coloured lights around the trunk.
The Sky Room
The room above the garden is called the sky room, and compared to the garden is fairly simple in design. The glass floor is an 8 inch circle cut out by a local picture framing shop, and the realistic cloudy sky back scene came from the model railway shop. The circular railings around the glass floor has been cut down from dolls house miniature railings.
More fascinating details about this building will be coming shortly.
This article was first published in Dolls House & Miniature Scene magazine no 202. If you'd like a copy of the magazine, you can buy it on line, or better still, why not take out a subscription so you never miss an issue.