1:12th Tudor Houses 
by Kevin Jackson

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All of my houses incorporate certain elements that I class as standard which include, solid wooden floors and beams, hand sculptured roofs, paving and chimneys, exposed brick work panels to the outside of the chimney, hand made leaded light windows, aged and weathered exterior walls, simulated pegged timber frame joints, fully finished access panels, and all of my houses are numbered, signed and dated on the back.



Features


All of the wood used for the beams, posts, floor boards, bargeboards and brackets etc, is solid timber, as oppose to many other builders who use balsa wood for the beams and plywood for the floors. Balsa wood and plywood are far cheaper and easier to work with, but neither have the character that the grain of real wood gives.All of the wood I use has to be thoroughly brushed with a wire brush, which brings the grain of the timber out, it then has the required edges carefully distressed to give an aged appearance, before receiving a total of at least 3 coats of stain.


The leaded light glass is handmade using a 2 coat system, which results in a finish which has a textured relief to it when touched from the outside, and not the usual flat finish that is achieved when using the commercially bought printed acetate window sheets that most builders use. The windows are very realistic in design having small fanlight windows across the top of them. These are non opening but really add character to the windows



The house walls are constructed using a cavity wall system which has several benefits. Firstly it dramatically increases the thickness of the wall which can be seen when the access panels are removed and also when viewed through the windows which now have a wider sill which allows for accessories to be placed on them. Another benefit is the ability to hide the electrical wiring within the wall so as to be able to fit more wall lights and also remove any unsightly wiring at the back of the house.




The windows come complete with internal ironmongery fitted to them, which again is handmade.



Access to the inside of the houses is via lift off front and side panels, with no awkward hinged roofs. All of the lift off panels are completely finished on the inside, and not left plain and unfinished as most other builders do. Most builders leave them unfinished saying that they don’t need finishing as they are not seen when they are in position on the house. Kevin finishes the panels because they are seen, very closely, when they are being handled, and also to create magical look when the inside of the houses are viewed through an opposing window.



To duplicate how Tudor timber frame houses were originally jointed together, the outside of Kevin’s houses come complete with individually cut, drilled and fixed timber pegs, in the positions where the structural joints would occur. On average this results in between 100 and 130 separate pegs being fitted to every house.