New Orleans Shotgun House
This Greek Revival style house was
the first half inch scale house I built in a workshop taught by Keith and
Margaret Long at
the Gulf South Miniature & Dollhouse Event.
Keith's unusual method of building
miniature houses is to build them almost
as in life-size, using joists, rafters, studs, headers and sills.
Walls, ceilings and floors are thin wood,
making Keith's houses extremely lightweight.
You learn a lot about construction too!
This house has a living room, bedroom
I added a fully landscaped yard.
The setting is modern, as if the owners had renovated an old house.
I was very influenced that year by a visit to the Algiers section of New
Orleans across the river.
BTW, a "shotgun" house
is so-called because in theory you could fire a gun in the front
door and the bullets would go right out the back door. However, this is
not always true. The doors are usually all lined up and there are no hallways.
Closer view of the front porch
The living room contains a Hallmark rocking horse
with the year I made the house on it.
The bedroom is furnished mainly with furniture I made and
There is also a wicker lounge by Sondra Knight.
Typical small shotgun kitchen at the back of the house,
requiring going through the bedroom to get there. I made the cabinets and
table and chair set.
The refrigerator is a magnet.
The backyard has a nice patio, some banana trees and room
the owner to do some gardening.