Yayyy manual labor! OMG, I must love my niece 'cause this is some work! This assembly is something to pass the time but I only have a few days 'til her b'day. I think I'm gonna have her put it together with me, I think she'll appreciate it more & take all the credit when it's done. If you want a new hobby & have plenty of time on your hands this is the way to go.You're gonna need: A steady well lit work area, hot glue gun & glue sticks, extra sand paper, lead pencil and eraser, emery board, wood filer, stiff bristled brush, masking tape, paint brush+paint >if you don't want it to look like a big wooden box. I'm gonna use Christmas wrap for the wall paper. If you don't get a glue gun It will take longer to put together with regular wood/Elmer's glue and your gonna need clamps. It's a great starter house as a new hobby for you and/or a child. But too many small, fragile pieces and splinters can make anyone quite frustrated. The project requires a steady hand and plenty of patience. *I would recommend this product to someone with plenty free time, friends, family, and old people...ha ha.