Conversion of the fisherman's house and the wooden tower

A new building comes into being

The Seestadt (Lake town) Fisherman's house with its special gable shape just invites to be rebuilt.
In this workshop I will talk about some possibilities and show how to add a tower and a platform to the house.

Step-by-step instruction

Instructions from Thomas (Thommy) Doll

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atom/icons/time 60 min.

You need that

Craft knife
Sandpaper
Acrylic paints
Paintbrush
Biro
Ruler (geo-triangle)
Squared timber
Styrodur
01
Prologue
There are, of course, many ways to transform this building.
I chose the unusual shape of the gable when designing the house to open the door to tinkering...
For example, you can mount a rope wound above the high wall and hang a boat and/or you can put a ladder on the wall and hang nets.
If you are afraid to use a knife on the models, you can e.g. put the small wooden watchtower on a self-made hill and connect both buildings with the palisade bridge (from Thomarillion).
Now glue on a door and the conversion (and also the workshop) is finished. ;-)

But I am a fan of "cutting up" the hard foam models, so "friend carpet knife" is used in this workshop too ;-)
02
Where does the tower go?
I want to integrate the wooden tower in the area of the protruding gable, above the door.
The gable window serves as a cutting mark and I cut into the building horizontally at its lower edge and vertically at the right edge.
ATTENTION!
While the vertical cut, you have to be careful to stay parallel to the roof line on the way through the building.
As you can see (arrow), I didn't pay attention to this at the first attempt, but I still noticed it. You can easily conceal such faulty cuts by painting, hard foam is really very practical here.
03
General note
In most cases, it is advisable to deliberately cut off a little less than you have measured (arrow) in order to then approach the desired result through fine-tuning.
04
Adapt roof
The protruding thatch of the rear gable should be cut off and smoothed so that the tower fits better into the roof.
I mark the spot with a pencil.
05
Support the tower
Since the tower protrudes very much, you should definitely attach a support pillar.
The best thing to use here is a piece of squared timber that has been cut to size.
You can work this with a wire brush to create a kind of wood grain.
NOTE! You could also end the conversion and the workshop at this point. Just glue two sloping support beams under the tower to the pillar and the building would be finished.
06
Possible variants for the balcony
I would like to add a balcony, for which there are of course various procedures.
The most beautiful (but time-consuming) is to construct the balcony myself. Squared timbers and wooden stirrers are suitable for this.
However, you can also use other items and modify them accordingly.
For example, the gallery of the diorama room (by Thomarillion) can be transformed into a balcony with stairs.
07
The workshop version of the balcony
Here in the workshop I would like to show a third and very simple variant.
I cut an appropriately sized piece out of a thin Styrodur plate and fit it to the tower and the roof.
As you can see, I still need the support pillar, of course.
Depending on the softness of the wood, you can (as mentioned above) create a grain with a wire brush or a craft knife.
08
Final touches
The styrofoam balcony should be boarded up before gluing it on.
The joints can easily be pressed into the material with a biro.
You can also use a pointed object to press a little grain into the material.
A few beams under the balcony, a sloping support beam on the pillar and a door as access complete the picture.
09
The primer
Even after priming with dark brown paint, our conversion is already nicely integrated into the overall picture.
10
Painting
The last step is to paint the building.
For the wood I use a lighter brown and beige, for the roof beige and ivory.
As always, I prefer dry brushing as a painting technique. Here I paint from dark to light and the lighter the colour, the drier the brush should be.
The trick is to use a flat brush to get only the raised areas of the surface to be painted. Only the windows and the fittings are a bit fiddly to paint.
11
We did it!
And now here are a few pictures of the finished conversion.

Have fun tinkering and painting, your Thommy from the ZITERDES team wishes you.

PS: You can, of course, further embellish such buildings by adding lanterns, door bells, weather vanes and door knockers, for example, or by installing a winch on the tower and placing barrels, sacks or crates on the balcony. A railing would also look good on the balcony.

Your crafted results

Thommy (then still at Thomarillion) at the craft workshop at the SPIEL in Essen

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