A Georgian-Style Doghouse
A fetching replica of a Colonial-era brick Georgian is a study in symmetry, right down to the twin chimneys
From the popular magazine feature, ''A Doghouse Like Your House''
House: Georgian, 1700-1780
This scaled-down brick Georgian is a masterpiece of fool-the-eye invention, starting with the bricks. The faux masonry is actually individual pieces of 1/4-inch Lauan plywood, covered with a textured terra-cotta paint.
Sanded caulk fills the gaps between bricks for a real-life mortar look and feel. To replicate the random pattern of bricks on the main house, the miniature ones were painted three different shades, then mixed up in a bucket before being glued on.
The replica gets a coat of exterior porch paint before a layer of adhesive-asphalt roofing is added.
The twin chimneys were notched and glued in place, to avoid exposed nail holes in the roof. The "mortar" is exterior caulk, the kind typically used for repairing cracks in sidewalks, which has a gritty appearance.
Architectural details include creamy white columns (18-inch sections of closet rod), paired chimneys, dentil molding along the eaves, and a hipped-roof portico. What's no illusion is the spot-on reproduction of the classic Georgian symmetry and proportions: the doghouse's gable-end windows, for example, are exactly half the scale of those on the front of the doghouse, just like on the real thing.