Monday, 15 April 2013

Honeydukes Planning Continues.......The Spiral Staircase Has Landed!!

Ok, I know I haven't even finalised the plans yet, nor bought the MDF or even confirmed that the joiner will cut it for me but......I have a spiral staircase!! The last time I wanted a spiral, for Flourish & Blotts, I built a metal kit. This experience was definitely not good for my health.
 So when I saw the work of Vic Gonnelli I contacted him to see if his wonderful wooden staircase could be sent to the UK. Well as you can see it arrived on Saturday and it is perfect in every way.
 The cost even with postage has worked out less than the metal kit version amazingly as I would have had to purchase extra stairs for the kit in order to get the height required for Honeydukes.
 Of course I didn't tell Vic the whole truth, that I would be spraying it a very definite shade of pink!! Most importantly I will not take the risk of super gluing my fingers together....again!!
With the arrival of the staircase I had to have a little play with my cardboard model, despite the fact that I still haven't fully worked out the plans.
 This was how I had originally planned the ground floor but there is not any room for Bertie Botts and I feel Honeydukes has to have this cabinet somewhere.
 I have also found some 4 inch postal tubes that will be the basis for my very tall windows.
 Here I have taken out the double unit, replaced it with a single and the blank unit could be Bertie's display but this seemed to limit my sweetie shelves. All the units are from Ebay, already painted in cream which will be an ideal undercoat.
This option place the staircase tighter to the corner and side window very much like in the photographs I have seen of the the shop. This means I can have a double unit as well as Bertie's display. Plus I have room on the shop floor to add another display table for all the delicious jars and bowls full of sweeties.
Now I really should finalise the building plans and get to that joiner. Or I could just keep the cardboard one and play with that a while longer!!

28 comments:

  1. I Absoloutely love this Janice.. Wish I could fit a spiral staircase in mine :/
    The staircase is just wonderful and sprayed pink.. Wow.. It will look fantastic with all the jars going up it!
    I agree, the shelving looks the best on the last photo with the stairs tucked into the corner more :)
    Cannot wait to see it come to life Janice!

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    1. Definitely stairs in the corner even if it will be a bit close to the side window. I am busy sourcing jars at the moment. KDF will be a Honeydukes special I think.

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  2. Es una escalera preciosa!!!! quedará perfecta en tu proyecto!!!
    Besos.

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  3. Congratulations on the beautiful spiral staircase.

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    1. Thank you Jenny he does beautiful work, it was a great find.

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  4. Hello Janice,
    The staircase is a great find. It looks just ebautiful. I am so excited about this project.
    Big hug,
    Giac

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    1. It will be lovely to work with so much colour Giac after all the witchy dinginess of the Alley. I really must visit the joiner.....or I could just have a play at making sweets and lollipops!!

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  5. es una escalera maravillosa, me a dado una idea genial para terminar una que tengo en el armario olvidada.
    un abrazo

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  6. Hi Janice! What a terrific stairway you have and 'PINKING' it will make it a definite focal point in the store! It was wise to keep that info to yourself until after the product arrived. heehee I think that you and I are visual space planners. I also need to see the pieces inside the area considered before I get down to business. Your cardboard mock-up is a great way to work out the bugs prior to cutting valuable wood and/ or wasting valuable time. Well done, and Have fun!

    elizabeth

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    1. Thank you Eilizabeth. Jo Medvics gave me the idea of a cardboard dummy run as this is my first building attempt. Still trying to completely finalise the plans but am having a lot of fun thinking about the interior!!

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  7. Felicidades por esa compra tan perfecta, una escalera maravillosa:)

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  8. wow, that's a very nice staircase!
    Hannah

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    1. It is Hannah, beautifully crafted. I am very lucky to be able to include it in my project.

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  9. The staircase looks wonderful! I can vouch for others being a complete pain! I got from from Ebay and never ever again however much of a bargain it is, it was a total nitemare lol!!

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    1. I know Paula, my one looks gorgeous but it was three days of pain to get it all stuck together and they are not at all cheap. I like this one much better all I have had to do is get it out of the box and stand back and admire!! Ha! Ha!

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  10. This will be a great shop! You will have a lot of space to display the sweets and there is also some space left for happy customers :D
    I´m looking forward to see the spiral staircase finished in pink :-)))))
    Hugs, Sandra

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    1. Hi Sandra,
      I hope to have lots of space for the customers and their pets of course! The staircase is to die for!

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  11. The spiral stairs are great and will really add character and atmosphere to the project. I like that you are laying out the room in carboard before you commit to the actual building - very smart! great post. Keep up the good work.

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    1. Thanks Troy, I remember playing with cardboard houses like this when I was a kid so it has been fun. Still finalising the plans before seeing the joiner, I need to make sure it does all fit in place!

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  12. It's a beautiful project. I like the staircase.
    Bye, Faby

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    1. It is gorgeous Faby, I am very lucky.

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  13. Wow Janice, this is very impressive. The spiral staircase looks great in the corner. I wish I was this creative, I just have the patience of a 3 year old. I can't wait to see pictures of the finished project. :)

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    1. Hi Lauren, I am truly learning patience with this hobby!! I gave myself five years to finish my take on Diagon Alley and I have nearly reached the half way mark in years but I am definitely not half way through the work!!

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  14. Finding that staircase maker was definitely your lucky day, it's fabulous.

    And clever you making a cardboard mock up of your rooms to check that everything fits properly, I'm inclined to bumble on and hope for the best ;)

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    1. Hi Norma, I usually bumble through too but am being a little more organised with Honeydukes as this will be my first building made from scratch.

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  15. Thank you all for your kind words. It was an honor to be a part of this wonderful project--Vic Gonnelli

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