Hello.Shawn House Prototype Preview Renders

Hello.Shawn House Pre-Prototype Preview

Here’s what I’ve been working on in the past few months. You might have seen some clues about it posted on my facebook page.

It’s an actual 1:12 dollhouse.

The Hello.Shawn house is named after my annoying lovely baby brother. Okay, he’s not really a baby, being in high school and all, but since I am much older than him, he will always be the baby to me.

Hello.Shawn Main House Prototype Preview Renders

Please excuse the grainy images. I was only able to run quick 10 minute renders. My crappy computer would explode otherwise.

The Hello.Shawn house was designed to come in many sections. More add-ons may be made later as I am a big believer in choice and all that good stuff. Pictured above and below is the “main” house. As you can see, it is very window happy. I am quite fond of windows.

Hello.Shawn Main House Prototype Preview Renders

It has a large kitchen/living area below with a built in fireplace and two rooms above. Stairs are not included in the main house, unfortunately. I could not fit it in without altering the layout I wanted with the front face design I wanted. Detachable stairs may be made for the main house in the future.

You may have noticed that the front door is missing. I’m still designing (and redesigning) the components so it can be a working door and look realistic. The parts will be 3D printed.

There were some changes made after these renders, so the physical prototype will look a smidge different.

Hello.Shawn House Prototype Preview Renders

Now for the H.S add-on.  The whole front of the add-on is supported by a single sheet of the acrylic “glass” windows. The add-on has the stairs and two extra rooms, one for each floor. Other add-on ideas I am kicking around include a one room add-on, great room add-on, garage, and who knows?

Currently, it is specced for 1:12 scale to be laser cut in 3mm plywood or MDF (or both, depends on costs).  I may scale it to 1:24 for a less costly petite version. Maybe.

The main 1:12 house (no add-on) measures approximately 15″ deep and 30″ wide. When I say it out loud, it feels kind of gigantic (especially with the add-on factored in), so there may be changes depending on how the prototypes turn out.

Also, depending on the amount of excess cut off material, the waste parts of the may have some furniture kits included to utilize as much of the material as possible.

Hello.Shawn House Prototype Preview Renders

There were a few houses designed before the Hello.Shawn, but they were shelved because they did not fit the limitations of the laser cutter, were too big, too complex (for a first kit), too expensive (upwards of $500!), or all of the above.

If you can believe it, Hello.Shawn was originally designed as a front opening house with the add-on, but was re-worked in order to make it easier to assemble and about 30%-40% less costly.

Speaking of cost, what’s the price tag?

I have no clue. I have some rough estimates only on the material costs, not the cutting process (which may likely be much more costly than the material itself). This is also assuming that I’ll bother selling it. If I do, it’ll be on a made-to-order basis with a wait time of up to a month or longer.

The multitude of “mights” and “maybes” throughout this post depends on how everything fits together, if I like it, need changes, or even care to sell the H.S as a kit.

Hello.Shawn House Prototype Preview Renders

I would hope for the prototype to be assembled soon. But since I’m on a really tight budget and laser cutting fairly expensive for me, I can only get a few parts fabbed here and there as I get the money to do so. So far, I only have about half the components in my hands while I’m trying to scrounge up the money for the rest.

As for the Hello.Shawn design, influences include Eichler houses, Rohe’s Farnsworth, A. Quincy Jones, Arne Jacobsen, and Aldo van Eyck, off the top of my head. Pretty much any architect that featured floor to ceiling windows (and lots of them) influenced the design. I do like my windows, you know?

Comments? Questions? Critiques? Go!

P.S. In case you’re wondering, yes, the Nyne House is still being worked on. I actually have some progress photos.. if I ever get to editing them!

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19 Responses to Hello.Shawn House Pre-Prototype Preview

  1. Lyssa August 2, 2011 at 12:45 pm #

    Ann, this is great! It’s so open and airy. The design layout works really well, too. I can see all of your furniture pieces looking quite at home here! 🙂

    And as like everything you make: I want one!

    • Ann August 2, 2011 at 5:25 pm #

      Thanks Lyssa! I did design the HSDHKit with some of my pieces in mind. We’ll see how everything turns out though!

  2. beth lemon August 2, 2011 at 4:34 pm #

    I really really love this. I see some acrylic stairs.

    1:16 please? Oh, and collapsible, since you’re taking requests. Ha ha.

    You are amazing and your furniture will look stunning in this.

    • Ann August 2, 2011 at 6:11 pm #

      Thanks Miss LemonCadet! Indeed, the stairs on the addon are acrylic. I actually have all the acrylic pieces on hand. I’m hoping it’s not too busy so I can play with it and post some pictures!

  3. The Shopping Sherpa August 3, 2011 at 5:28 pm #


    But where does the smoke go?

    • Ann August 4, 2011 at 5:06 pm #

      It’s one of those newfangled gas fireplaces! 🙂

  4. Sally Lonn August 16, 2011 at 3:15 pm #

    Love the house. I need to adapt something similar to a houseboat my club is making. Any ideas? I am taking lots of pictures of houseboats around Seattle.

  5. snowfern September 10, 2011 at 7:55 pm #

    omg WANT!!!! in all and any scale (even life sized XD)

    • Ann September 11, 2011 at 3:38 am #

      Lol thanks Cindy =D

  6. PetitPlat September 24, 2011 at 1:06 pm #

    Ooh now this is cool!
    I’ve been meaning to design a dollhouse since ages. But since I’m on mac and I was used to Autocad well :/ I should make it on archicad I guess and just plunge and think about it.

    Anyway! Lovely house and yay for windows! most dollhouses don’t put many windows in, which is kinda sad 🙂

    • Ann October 6, 2011 at 5:12 pm #

      Aww thanks Stephanie.. I think the foamcore house you have now is very well designed.. can’t wait to see what it looks like when you’re finished! You should give Google Sketchup a try.. they do have a mac version and I design it on my mac as well.

  7. amanda February 19, 2012 at 8:06 pm #

    Hi Ann,
    I was just browsing the internet looking at awesome laser cut stuff and wonder if you’ve heard of my site. I provide laser cutting services for designers like yourself and perhaps my rates are better than your current shop, plus I have lots of luxe materials like glitter acrylic and exotic woods. Give us a look & let me know what you think!

    • Ann March 3, 2012 at 1:59 pm #

      Thanks Amanda, I’ll look into it.

  8. Jo Ellen Roberson August 3, 2015 at 1:39 am #

    Hi There- The profile of this dollhouse looks like Lundby’s Smaland. Buy one for $125.00 new and redo the back wall with the window cuts, then restructure the interior. The support walls look like they are almost identical. You could buy an older beat up version from the 70’s for around 20-40 dollars and do the same if you want to save money. It’s on a 1:18 or 1:16 scale which might save you money with production if your plan ever makes it that far.

    • Ann August 3, 2015 at 2:45 pm #

      Thanks for the tip Jo Ellen. I’ll look into it.

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