We have recently completed a redesign of the Advent House Structure and made it even easier and faster to assemble. Follow the steps below for easy assembly and a strong structure.
These following steps show you how to assemble the new Structure.
CUT OUT PARTS:
Most of these parts should pop out of their blocks fairly easy. However, for those that are being a little stubborn, turn the block face-down and cut as far through the tabs as possible. Since this is plywood, there may be some places where the laser has not cut all the way through. Take your time to finish cutting through those areas with an exacto knife. Lastly, clean up the location of each of the tabs with the knife or light sandpaper, just to be sure the parts assemble with ease.
START WITH THE FLOOR:
ASSEMBLE THE BACK WALL:
The Back Door gets assembled with the handles on the outside.
These braces are used to enhance the rigidity of the structure. You may choose to dry-fit many of these braces just to be sure they are all in the correct place.
Repeat with the walls for the other side.
With the walls assembled and placed on the floor assembly, we can now add the soffits. You MUST do these in the correct order and we advise you to NOT glue these until you are sure of the assembly process.
Assuming everything went together as expected, you can now start adding glue to the roof system. Feel free to add all the glue you want at this point. Add to all connections and anywhere one part touches another on the inside. If you choose to add glue from the exterior was wall (for example, the tabs come up through the flat roof), do so carefully since that area will be visible on the completed house. Of course, you'll be able to sand and putty and sand and texture and paint those areas, but still. Be careful with the glue from the exterior.
Since this is YOUR model and you can customize anyway you like, I'll provide a general overview of how to finish the exteriors of the structure. Of course, you'll be able to modify it in anyway you like. But for those who are trying to closely match the original Advent House, Follow along below:
- Wood Putty: Sandable/paintable
- Grey Stone Texture: We like this one (click here) because it's already the color of concrete for the concrete bases. At least 2 cans
- Dark Green Paint: We use this one (click here) because we like the color and the coverage. We prefer a more satin finish so the roof isn't too shiny. At least 2 cans
- Black Paint: We use this one: (click here). At least 2 cans
- White Paint: We use this one: (click here). At least 2 cans
- Blue Painters Tape: (click here). Any brand will do, this isn't for clean edges or corners, it's for mass covering. You'll want several of rolls. Be sure to get the wider stuff (1.88 inches or even wider)
- Optionally: Instead of using a lot of blue painters tape, you can use scrap paper (or packing paper / brown craft paper) to help cover spaces.
- First, sand/putty/sand all joints and connections to the level of detail you want. This is only required on the exterior, but putty and sand anywhere you want. If you are going with one of our brick options, you don't need to worry about the walls because they'll be covered. But be sure to spend time on the bases, and the roof/soffits.
- Once the putty is dried and sanded and clean, use tape to cover all the walls and the underside of the soffits.
- ** NOTE: The very front edge of the flat roof is going to have the fencing beams applied, so you don't want texture or paint on that front edge. You can either try to tape it off, or, right after texture/paint, simply scrape that area before it dries.
- Use the texture spray on all of the uncovered areas (bases, roof faces, flat roof). We add extra texture to the bases since we won't be adding any more color and we want to cover the brown wood color. The roof pieces will get additional paint later, so you are only adding the texture for some texture. Apply as much as you like.
- Remove tape from taped area immediately (so as not to pull off dried texture later)
- Allow the texture to FULLY dry.
- Tape off the bases, all the walls and the faces of the roof, leaving the soffits and the flat roof top uncovered. Use the black paint to cover these areas. Do multiple coats as needed. Remove painters tape. ** NOTE: You can also paint the back and the back door at this time if you like. Tape accordingly. Try not to get black paint inside the structure (we'll want that white) Allow the black paint to FULLY dry.
- Tape off everything except for the roof faces. Use the dark green paint to paint the roof faces. Again - be sure to not get too much paint on the very front edge of the flat roof piece where the fencing will be applied later. Remove tape and allow to FULLY dry.
- Last step: You may want to make the interior as WHITE as possible (to help reflect light). If so, you'll want to tape off the painted/finished areas as needed, then use the white paint on the interior. This can be a bit of a challenge, so be sure to wear safety gear (especially your eyes and breathing) This step is optional, but we find the extra light reflection is good for the overall finished look.
After you have assembled all of the other parts of the model, you can then begin final assembly and put it all together!