Tap Creek

The Chicago & North Western Tap Creek Branch


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Brick Houses — Variations

First, I used different types and brands of brick wall material. To have several types of brick at hand is however not necessary. Varying the houses in the ways described below produces houses that differ dramatically, even if they all use the same wall material. The latter might actually be prototypically more correct .

· The size of each house. This includes such as varying the physical dimensions (height, width and depth), but also such as the number of floors and number of windows on each floor. You can also vary the height from the street level up to the first floor, as well as the height of each floor.

· Add or omit small attic windows on the front wall.

· Add or omit window shutters. If you choose to add shutters remember to allow enough room for them between the windows. Build the shutters from 0.010" sheet styrene. Cut pieces the height of a window and the width of half a window. To add some texture glue horizontal 0.010" x 0.040" strips at the bottom and top of each shutter, and perhaps at the middle as well. Glue the shutters to the wall.

· The presence and appearance of any front and back wall trim and ornamentation can be varied between houses. Originally the horizontal "trim" above the windows and doors probably served the sole purpose of supporting the bricks above the openings. However, it seems as if the architects jumped at this opportunity to add individual character to each house. You can do the same by gluing pieces of styrene above the windows and doors, and along the top of the front wall. Use any size and type strip you see fit: plain strip, angle, channel etc.

· You might include a basement, with street level windows and a below street level door. Do this by extending the front wall, with basement windows and door, below the street level. Of course, this will require some extra ingenuity when you place the house on your layout since you will need to include the basement access well in some way.

· The staircase section of the house need not extend backward as long as the rest of the house. Instead you can end that section at about two thirds of the general depth. See drawings #1 and  #2 in the Brick House project description for how to cut the rear wall and one of the side walls in this case.

· The height of the front wall in relation to the roof can be varied. Either let the wall extend above the roof level, as for the side walls, or let it be lower. In the latter case let the roof overhang the wall, as is the case on the rear side.

· The shape of the side wall tops can be different. You can either have a plain horizontal wall top, or let the wall top descend along the sloping roof in a staircase fashion. See drawing #2.

· The inside parts of the walls that extend above the roof can either be lined with sheet metal, or expose the brick wall. You imitate this by gluing pieces of styrene or pieces of brick wall to the inside of the wall tops.

· Modify your windows and doors by for instance removing the vertical posts from some of the windows, or cutting rectangular openings for glazing in some doors.

· Then you can of course give each individual house its unique look by the addition of details. For instance the number of chimneys and their placement can be varied, as well as the look of the front steps.