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This page talks about the different lines of dollhouses we carry, their price ranges, the differences in quality, and generally what each different series of kits does and does-not come with. Mott’s can also offer doll house kit ASSEMBLY service. We also build, wire, finish and decorate houses and can customize house kits.
Greenleaf | Walmer Lilliput | Walmer Collector | G.E.L. Houses | Real Good Toys
Bodo Hennig | Lawbre | Corona Concepts | Duracraft |
House That Jack Built/HJB | Celerity | Fantasy Craft | What is MDF? | Which house is right for me?
|Greenleaf/Tyco/Falls Wood Products Dollhouses
I wish they would stop changing their name. No matter how many times they are sold, they will always be known as Greenleaf. Our most affordable brand of dollhouse kits are the houses made by the Greenleaf company. They are all die-cut 1/8" plywood houses with silk-screened windows. Everything in these kits is made from 1/8" thick wood. The windows and doors must be assembled prior to installing them on the house. Most come with shingles already in the kit and smooth exterior walls. Clapboard siding and/or stucco for the exterior is optional and usually not included with the kit. But this can vary from one kit to another so read each description to find out what each kit does or does not come with.
Small budget houses can have their bodies assembled in about an hour, while the largest ones could take you a couple of afternoons. Budget houses are intended to be projects, meaning that the fun is supposed to be in the building. And budget houses have lots of fun.
Kits range in price from around $40 for a 2 room house, to just over $50 for our most popular 4-room starter house (the Arthur) to just under $300 for a huge 10-room victorian mansion. Room additions are not available for these houses and while Mott’s can assemble this brand of houses in the store we generally charge 5 times our normal rate. All of these houses are featured in our ON-LINE CATALOG.
Corona Concepts Houses
This company produces about 10 different models of Budget doll house kits. All made with the 1/8" die-cut plywood. Like the Greenleaf they are not referred to as Budget houses simply because they are very low priced for their size and architecture, but also because of the types of materials and they way they must be assembled. Though they are complete kits, usually with everything needed to complete the house as shown in their pictures including siding and shingles, they are more complicated to put together than better quality kits. They range in price from under $40 to just over $100. All of these houses are featured in our ON-LINE CATALOG.
|Walmer Lilliput Dollhouses
Next in line up the evolutionary scale of dollhouses are the Walmer Lilliput line of dollhouses. This line now includes the Miss Muffet houses. They are all made from a combination of 1/4" and 3/8" plywood and MDF. Generally vertical pieces are made from 1/4" to reduce weight while horizontal floor pieces are made from the thicker 3/8" to prevent sagging. Ceilings are 8˝" high. The main windows are easy to assemble and are put together from 5 pieces (two side pieces or shutters, a top and bottom, and the pre-printed plexi-glass). The doors all work and are all pre-assembled and pre-hung. The small octagon windows are pre-assembled. Shingles are not included in these kits but a bag of shingles will only set you back about $15. Clapboard siding and/or stucco for the exterior is optional and not included with the kit.
As of January, 2000 the Lilliput kits will are available with pre-milled clapboard siding in a new MDF version of the kits. Kits range in price from around $50 for a 2 room house, to just over $100 for our most popular 4-room starter house (the Cherrydale) up to about $160 for a large victorian with a tower and mansard roof.. They are usually either a 4 room house with an attic, or a six room house without an attic. Several come with porches and there are 3 add-on wings to choose from if you want to expand your Lilliput house. Wing additions run $40 to $47 dollars for a 2-story 2-room wing. There are 6 regular models and 3 front-opening models. Stairs and stair-rails come with each model as does interior window and door trim and room dividers, as well as all exterior eve and gingerbread trim. Where applicable, kits come with porch rails, spindles and posts. All of these houses are featured in our ON-LINE CATALOG.
Duracraft Country Dream Collection
Released in spring of 1998. There are 6 houses in this new line and are made from 3/8" MDF board throughout the entire house. Plus, they come with pre-milled clapboard siding. These two features save you time and money and make the assembly of the house much faster. The body of these houses can generally be assembled in 1-2 hours. Windows, doors and stairs still must be assembled from multiple parts as with the rest of the Duracraft line.
Note that most of the Country Dreams collection have opening windows, so they are a little more involved than those in the Lilliput kits. Some customers upgrade these houses by installing pre-made windows and doors from our online catalog.
They start at around $70 and go to over $200. These houses are featured in our ON-LINE CATALOG.
Real Good Toys Dollhouses
There are literally hundreds of different houses available from this company from its 6 different lines. That is because most houses can be customized. All of the Real Good Toys houses are pictured in a special color catalog which is available on our mail order page. All of these houses are featured in our ON-LINE CATALOG.
|New Concept - Rear Open
The New Concept houses are just that, a new way of thinking when it comes to dollhouses. These are the houses that others try to copy and to which most houses are compared to. All of the New Concept houses are made exclusively from 3/8" cabinet grade plywood or 3/8" MDF, with 1/4" roof pieces. All come with pre-milled clapboard siding, pre-assembled working pre-hung doors and pre-assembled non-working windows (if you buy it from Motts, we can give you a FREE upgrade to working windows if you want. Just mention it at the time of your order. Please note that specials and offers can not be combined with one another).
All trim pieces have been cut-to-fit and miter cuts have all been made. No sanding or cutting, just paint, stain and glue. They all come with 9˝" ceiling height on 1st and 2nd floors, pre-assembled stairs, stair rails, porch rails, porch spindles and porch posts, corner trims and more. Shingles ARE included with all New Concept houses. Floor plans are adjustable, you can make rooms larger or smaller, or add or
delete rooms, it is up to you.
New Concept - Front Opening
The New Concept Front-Opening houses are identical to the rear-open houses All New Concept Front-Opening house come with 3/8" plywood or MDF and have pre-milled siding. All cuts, including window and door cut-outs have all been made into the siding at the factory, you just have to glue it on. Wing additions are available but porches are limited because the front of the house must swing open. Front-opening houses are closed on all sides and have hinged fronts.
The Simplicity line of houses are very similar to the New Concept houses. They come with 3/8" cabinet grade plywood or MDF with pre-milled clapboard siding. Everything has been pre-cut to fit. Shingles are included. Windows and doors are pre-assembled but the windows in this house do not come with plexiglass as with other houses. All exterior walls have been grooved for interior floors and walls. Floor plan is non-adjustable. Easy assembly, center divider inter-locks with 3 floor pieces.
There are 3 optional porches, a Country porch, a Georgian Mansion porch, and a Victorian Gazebo wrap-around porch. You can add one or two wing additions depending on which porch you do or do not choose. Porches range in price from $65 to $118 and wing additions are $89 for a 2-story 2-room wing. The basic Simplicity pre-milled house is $231. There is also a front opening model available. All of these houses are featured in our ON-LINE CATALOG.
The Historical Collection are from Real Good Toys. These houses are similar in construction to their New Concept Line made with 3/8" MDF which is pre-milled with the clapboard siding. Kits come complete with shingles and trim. Stairs and rails are also included as are all porch accessories. Windows and doors must are of course assembled. These houses also assemble as easily as the New Concept. Prices range from $170 to $990 for the kits. All of these houses are featured in our ON-LINE CATALOG.
The Batrie series houses come from a company purchased by Real Good Toys many years ago. These houses are now made with 3/8" plywood or MDF which is pre-milled with the clapboard siding. They are also available with a brick exterior. Kits come complete with shingles and trim. Stairs and rails are also included as are all porch accessories. Windows and doors must be assembled but can be replaced with nice pre-assembled windows and doors available in our catalog without having to change the pre-cut window and door openings in the walls of the houses. These houses also assemble very easily and the interior floor plans are somewhat variable. Note that their construction differs from other houses in that they are built in levels. Each level is sandwiched between single-piece floors. Because of the way the wall sections lock into corner brackets, we recommend painting of these pieces prior to assembly.
Prices range from $180 to $598 for the kits with pre-milled clapboard, or $254 to $818 for the bricked kits. Wing additions are also now available for $78 to $118 for a 2-story 2-room wing . All of these houses are featured in our ON-LINE CATALOG.
These houses are made with 3/8" MDF which is pre-milled with the clapboard siding. Stairs and rails are also included as are all porch accessories, shutters and shingles. Windows and doors must be assembled but can be replaced by higher quality windows and doors available on our site. Very simple to build and also very affordable. These houses are featured in our ON-LINE CATALOG.
|What is MDF?
In 1995 the Real Good Toys company began producing doll houses using a new product called Medium Density Fiberboard, MDF. You have probably noticed that many of the Real Good Toys houses are now available in both regular plywood and also in MDF. MDF is a process where wood fibers are taken from younger, faster growing trees, turned into wood pulp, and mixed with hardening resins. MDF is showing up more and more in home improvement centers across the country largely due to environmental concerns as it helps to save our forests. The completed product is a compact, durable wood product that is just as durable as regular plywood. It also finishes beautifully with ordinary paint. The only draw-back is that it is more difficult to cut than plywood unless you have power tools. Unless you are planning major modifications to the structure of the house, then MDF is a great alternative. Also, please note that MDF is nothing like particle board or press-board. MDF is a high quality material. Many dollhouse manufacturers now use it.
The G.E.L. company is combines quality with price. Houses are all made from 3/8" plywood with 1/4" pieces for the roof but you can expect to see the manufacturer switch to MDF later in 2000. There are three basic house bodies, a Saltbox style model "D", a Farmhouse style model "A", and a Victorian style model "H". There are literally dozens of different possible combinations for each model. That is because the G.E.L. houses can be customized. There are a variety of porches, towers, dormers, and wing additions for each basic model. You pick the basic house that you like, then pick any porches, towers, dormers or wings that you want to add.
There are several basic models to choose from or you can mix-and-match a custom house. Prices vary from around $150 for a basic model to over $500 for a model with porches and extra wings. All G.E.L. houses have full 10" ceiling heights, pre-milled clapboard siding (the clapboard siding is manufactured right in to the exterior surfaces of all the outside walls, no gluing on siding). They all come with working pre-assembled windows and doors. All trims come with the houses but shingles are extra.
Porches range in price from $22 to $170. Wing additions are about $70 for a 2-story 2-room wing. Model "H" and "A" house kits also come with a VHS video cassette of instructions showing an actual model being assembled. Alll of these houses are featured in our ON-LINE CATALOG.
Celerity manufacturers a line of about 20 house bodies. They are made from beautiful 3/8" Baltic Birch plywood. More than just a house shell, these smooth-plywood house bodies include things like trim and steps. They do NOT come with windows, doors, clapboard siding, shingles, stairs, posts, rails or other decorations. Celerity no longer sells window & door packs but we can put a pack together for you and make suggestions on siding and other trims at the time of your purchase. They range in price from around $100 to just over $1,000. Their houses are featured in our ON-LINE CATALOG.
Bodo Hennig Houses
This German company produces about 4 different models. They are made from top quality wood and can be assembled in about 30 minutes. They are un-painted except for the roofs which are pre-painted. They are perfect for young children because they don't have little breakable parts. Yet they are beautiful are also purchased for the adult collector. They range in price from around $150 to $500 . Alll of these houses are now featured in our ON-LINE CATALOG.
House That Jack Built/HJB Assembled Houses
This company produces about 40 different models including Victorians, Rustic Log Cabins, English Tudors, General Store, Colonial Salt-Box, Georgian/Greek-Revival, Chalet, and several other unique styles. These houses have full 10" ceiling heights and are made from quality 3 and 5 ply 3/8" plywood that is mill-cut. They also all have pre-milled clapboard siding. Shingles are not included. The house come with steps, stairs, trim, porch posts, railing, windows and doors. Interior room dividers are not moveable. Most of these houses can be shipped via UPS, the rest must be truck-shipped. All items such as windows, doors and stairs come glued in for shipping. They range in price from around $150 to $500 with one model just over $3,600. Alll of these houses are featured in our ON-LINE CATALOG.
Lawbre Brand Houses
These are the Cadillac of the dollhouse world. Though they only make about a nine different models, these are some of the finest houses you will find that are commercially manufactured. The company went out of business for a few months in March 2001, but returned to operation by the end of 2001. These houses have full 10" ceiling heights and are made from quality 3 and 5 ply 3/8" plywood that is mill-cut.
The company does NOT make kits, so house shells must be purchased already assembled. They arrive in wooden crates by delivery truck. Component finishing packs containing all of the pre-made windows, doors, shingles, rails, porch posts, trim, brackets, siding and much more are sold separately. They range in price from under $1,000 to just over $5,000. There is a crating charge of $110 on each Lawbre house. Shipping can be, generally $100 to $300 and is not included in the price. Lawbre houses come Freight Collect meaning you write a check to the trucking company when they deliver it.
Orders usually take 4-8 weeks to process plus shipping time and must be pre-paid. They can NOT be shipped by UPS or US Mail, they must be shipped by freight service such as Ground Freight Truck or FedEx Air Freight.
If you are looking for Spanish style houses and Villas, or for Contemporary house designs then look no further. Fantasy Craft has quite a few designs plus dozens of room boxes. All of their houses and room boxes are available in kit or assembled form. The Fantasy Craft company sold out to the Dee's Delights company in 1997. In 2001 a few of these kits became available again. They are listed on our web site and in our print catalog, but expect to wait 2-4 weeks for delivery.
There are several houses in this line but the three most popular are the Montclair, the Nob Hill and the Foxhall Manor. These houses are built largely of 3/8" plywood with some 1/4" roof pieces to reduce weight. These houses have full 10" ceiling heights, pre-assembled windows and doors, upgraded trim, stairs and rails. They also come with either a 1/2" or 3/4" foundation. They have upgraded components and some have curved staircases. They are Collector Quality and come with smooth plywood walls, clapboard siding and shingles are sold separately. Expect to see these models available in pre-milled MDF when the manufacturer starts making them again hopefully sometime in 2000. They range in price from under $370 to just over $700 depending on options. Some of these houses are now featured in our ON-LINE CATALOG.
This company produces about 10 different models of Budget doll house kits. Like the Greenleaf they are not referred to as Budget houses simply because they are very low priced for their size and architecture, but also because of the types of materials and they way they must be assembled. Though they are complete kits, usually with everything needed to complete the house as shown in their pictures including siding and shingles, they are more complicated to put together than more expensive kits. Larger models include press-wood used in some parts of the house for walls and/or floors. Also, in some models, instead of solid wall pieces, you are given strips of wood that you must first glue together before you can tilt them up into place to assemble the frame of your house. And though several of the models come with working windows, they are NOT pre-assembled windows. You must put them together and each window and door can have as many as 10-15 individual parts. Smaller models are made from 1/8" die-cut mahogany plywood. They range in price from under $40 to just over $200. These houses are no longer available from the manufacturer.
Again, we can Assemble any of the houses we sell and we can also finish them inside and out if you wish. Please check our Assembly Rates page for pricing. Also, please note that ALL houses and house kits are guaranteed directly by their manufacturers. If you ever receive a kit that is missing pieces or has factory defective parts, simply contact the manufacturer directly and the replacement parts will be sent to you direct from the factory. Their contact information will be inside the kit.
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