So after I laid some floors last weekend, I also worked on two extra special projects: building a dumbwaiter & a hidden room behind a fireplace.
The dumbwaiter is going to run from the kitchen, to the 2nd & 3rd storeys. It is large enough for a person (well, a 1/12 size person) to get in. I had to make a tray myself out of balsa wood (easy to cut), which I glue gunned together. Then I added wiring to the corners. I can’t create an actually pulley system until I start working on the next floor.
The hidden room is behind the fireplace in the entry hall (which is placed in a corner against a thin wall). I’ve cut out a square in the wall over where I’m going to mount a painting in which I can cut out the eyes for spying. This may take a few tries, being so tiny. Access will be from the beside the library fireplace: I’m using wainscot to cover the access & will probably use some kind of spring hinge on the inside to keep it closed.