Santa brought a doll house kit last Xmas and I was recruited to build it. I opened the box in March and just last week finished the outside of the house enough that I moved it up into my daughter’s room. It came out better than I thought it would – but the number of hours to build it was about 3 times what I thought it would be.
The company that produced the kit has a forum where one user details this kit as a 50 hr job. I’d estimate my time at well over 100 hrs. I’d put in a couple 4-5hr sessions a week, then a few hours most Saturday mornings.
My advice to future doll house builders is to look at this as a hobby, not a goal. I very much wanted the project to be done so I could spend the time on the thousands of other hobbies I have and didn’t allow myself the time to really enjoy the craft of creating a miniature house. The end result will hopefully be an heirloom my kids pass on to their kids, and my daughter is already spending a lot of time playing with and decorating the interior.
There are a few more pictures of the building process in this facebook album.