About the Pierce. I have started building it, but haven't finished. This is my first dollhouse, and so far the instructions seem simple enough. It does give you a sheet that explains that there are different ways to build it depending on if you want to decorate it as you go or not. This does take a lot of time, as almost none of the tab/slot fittings are right. So you have to cut them bigger or shorter ect with an exacto knife. So far I have done the foundation and the stairs and I know that I am in for a lot of improvisation to make everything work in the end. Also, the quality of the wood is not high. However, I have had a lot of fun so far and am sure that my dollhouse will come out great, if not perfect. I plan on adding a lot to it such as brick and hardwood floors. A good value if you look around at other comparable houses. As far as overstock... I was surprised how long it took to get here since they are known for (and I have experienced) their lightning fast shipping. It took 10 days.
I love this. I am not finished, but I am almost there. It has actually been very simple. It took two days after I had bought the dollhouse to receive it. When I got it I went through it that night and made sure I had all the pieces. It's not great wood, but it looks good with a stain on it. As the advice pamphlet said (read and reread this), I painted, wallpapered, and stained everything before I put it together. I have only stained and painted things when I have needed them so that I don't forget what pieces they are. Having a glue gun is very important for this and they're not that much. Labeling also helps, but make sure you write where it is going to get covered. I expect that it will take me a month 1/2 to two months to fully put this thing together. Make sure you buy any hinges, mailboxes, or other little things you want to attach to the house before you fully put it together. The key to this project is thinking it threw several times.
I purchased "The Garfield", and was having so much fun I sent the "Pierce" to my granddaughter for Christmas. They are putting it together and calling me and telling me how they are doing as well as asking me where I am in putting it together. They are 900 miles from me, and I feel like I am right there with them. My son, daughter-inl-aw and grandaughter, are having a family project, while still including me. Thanks again
Be sure to have the time it will take for the desired look you are wanting... It takes a lot of patience and time dedicated for that perfect touch... This is A perfect father daughter bonding expierence and memory that will last for ever... The Idea Gift for your Pre-teen or Teenage Daughter or Granddaughter, they should be old enough to appreciate it and willing to take good care of it on their own. This is meant to be passed down as an heirloom in the family... I believe it will for ours... We love it!"