I fixed this basic structure onto a baseboard before adding the roof which is plastic card slate from the Wills range of model railway accessories. The ridge tile is simply a length of bamboo skewer. I also used skewers to make the supporting columns for the veranda roof:
Another view to give you an idea of the completed work so far:
I spray painted the whole thing in white undercoat to blend together the different textures and colours of the various materials that I had used. I sprayed about three coats to get a nice even finish, once that was done I painted the roof and the veranda roof in a terracotta colour and I added strips of plastic on the gable ends and across the front and back of the building to add interest:
When I had been looking at Spanish colonial buildings, and particularly those in Cuba, I noticed that there was a great liking for ornate railings on balconies and verandas. To represent this feature I bought a foot or so of lace ribbon from a haberdashery shop; I soaked it in pva glue and hung it up to dry. Once the glue had set overnight I was left with a rigid sheet:
The sheet of lace was then easily cut to size, painted and then glued into place. The effect was exactly what I had been after!
Another view of the finished building clearly showing the "lace" railings round the veranda and the window ledges that I had already added:
A final front view of the plantation owner's house ready for him to move in and ready for the Cuban forces to assault and burn down!