I purchased this doll house to build and donate to charity with 10 -14 year olds that I work with. This product has horrible assembly directions that are often unclear and has been completely unsuitable for the age range of the children I work with. This project has proven so difficult that I have had to build it after work hours with the assistance of another adult and still, a lot of guess work is involved. The pieces are splintery, too easily pop out of their labeled sheets, and don't fit together very securely without the use of a generous amount of hot glue. I feel that unless you have an inordinate amount of time to dedicate towards building this house it ought to be avoided. Yet still, Overstock had the best price on the product and is an incredible site for purchasing anything. I highly recommend Overstock.com though not this particular product.
I have two dollhouses I am working on; one from The Other Brand, and the Magnolia. While I love the style of this house, which to me is the quintissential dollhouse-looking house, this will have to be one of those houses that look beautiful from a 10+ foot distance.
This is the first and last Greenleaf house I will ever build. I am barely halfway through the house, and I have been working on it almost every night for close to 6 weeks. Like other posters mentioned, there are two types of 'wood' used in the house, the material flakes off if you do not gingerly and ssssssslllllllooooooowwwwwwwwlllllyyyyy pop it from the pre-cut boards, you will need an xacto knife-type thing to keep the tabs from ripping off, and glue to glue sheets of plywood/balsa together before you even start to prime-paint EVERY SINGLE PIECE just to keep it from warping. Because of the almost rubbery feel of the 'wood', I opted not to use the glue gun (which the instructions storngly encouraged, simply because it sets almost instantaneously), but weldabonded and taped the daylights out of everything.
You will need wood fill putty, preferably in giant economy-sized tubs to fill in every single never-ending missing piece/cracked portion, schmushed in wood. This alone will probably double the weight of the house. And sandpaper. Lots of sandpaper.
Yes, the house is lovely when done, and yes it is inexpensive, but the extra time just prepping the pieces, wood fill, sandpaper, paint, etc, and the result still being something that looks flimsy just takes all teh fun out of it.
How accurate was the sizing? okay
Please tell us about the quality of the product. shoddy, even for a bargain budget item
Was the product free of any manufacturer defects? Not. At All
The Magnolia kit was the one I selected as the first dollhouse I ever attempted.
I found the kit to be almost ideal for a first-timer. The materials quality was good, with perhaps a few flaws. I found the fit to be good.
I found myself fabricating a few pieces (from left-over sections of the cut-outs) that I felt were good add-ons if not "necessary" -- for example, some reinforcement strips for the open edges of the second floor, to strengthen and improve appearance).
I found the detail to be good and the finished result very satisfying. My only compllaint might be that the instructions are sometimes a bit difficult to follow, take careful reading.
I had fun doing it, and best of all, my grand-daughter LOVES it !!
I would recommend it, especially for beginners. In fact, I'm soon ordering another one to built for a raffle fundraiser.
I find it interesting that those reviewers who are trhilled with this product haven't yet started to put it together. This was my first dollhouse experience and I will admit that I was not as patient or thorough as I could have been, but the experience was a very frustrating one for me. Half of the sheets of pieces seemed to be made from a different type of wood as the other half, and one of these wood types was brittle, did not punch out well, split or simply crumbled in my hand! As a result, many of the pieces from this second type of wood are poorly shaped or thinner than they are supposed to be (as layers keep splitting off). The written directions could be a little unclear at times, had a few typos in them (a big no-no in my book) and actually skipped a couple of steps where I was never told to do something and had to decide for myself when to add a feature. I would love to try making another dollhouse sometime, but I would not love to use this brand again.
I sent this to a dear friend who is just getting back into miniature dollhouse making. She was ecstatic when she opened the kit. She said it was very good quality materials and will make a beautiful finished house. And for my end, the price could not be matched anywhere!! Two happy people with one item!
Waited to complete the review until the dollhouse was almost complete.Have been working on it for close to two months.Like others have stated the plans were not good and if one is not familuar with hobby building it might be hard for some to figure out how some of the parts go togeather.It was fun to build....has turned out pretty darn nice...my wife loves it.I built it just for something to do,but may give it to my adult grand-daughter for her future children.The parts in this kit did fit togeather very well in 95 % of the parts.I'm thinking of ordering another kit of an even bigger model and hope when i get it,it will be at least as good a kit or better than this one i have now.
They are a lot of work to put togeather.....but fun to work on.....
How accurate was the sizing? ok
Please tell us about the quality of the product. most of the wood pretty good
Was the product free of any manufacturer defects? a few pieces of not good quality wood....but made the parts work
I am VERY happy that there are 2 of us, my husband and I, doing this together. One of us reads and the other finds the pieces and puts it together. I am using Wood Glue because a glue gun I didn't want to do but there are times I think the glue gun would have been nice. The instructions need to be rewritten by someone that is a technical writer. There should be illustrations as well. The house itself is great but WOW are the directions time consuming. Best of luck if you can't understand instructions very well, or get frustrated easily.
How accurate was the sizing? Very Good
Please tell us about the quality of the product. It is as it stated, the pieces were all stamped
Was the product free of any manufacturer defects? yes
Hi mulleydune, We do not recommend a Barbie for this house because Barbie's height is approximately 11.5 inches and the interior height is approximately 12 inches. I hope this helps. Thanks for shopping with us.overstockcustomercare1 on Nov 20, 2013
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