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A view of a whimsical small town built from Kiva's GardenTowns patterns

 

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Our Garden Towns brochure and products were built on a Macintosh computer using Deneba's Canvas

 

Introduction

Kiva Design's GardenTowns products are a family of documents containing patterns and instructions for constructing a wide variety of 1/24th scale model buildings and accessories. This scale matches the popular Large Scale Garden Railways.

Although the buildings are compatible with Garden Railways, they may also be used in flower gardens or as a backdrop toy for a child. Build a town complete with roads,shrubs, lights, ponds or whatever you like.

There's a range of buildings offered. Each GardenTowns product describes either just one building - such as the church, the railway station or the barn - or a family of buildings, such as flat-roofed houses, small town buildings or houses with 60-degree roofs.

All our designs are available as downloadable documents which you can print from your computer as many times as you want . The documents are in Adobe Acrobat "pdf" format, and so they can be printed by just about any computer on just about any printer.

Tools and Skills Required

The buildings are fairly simple structures, requiring just basic woodworking skills and tools, although some buildings will require you to miter some components (for example, the roofs of the 60 degree Roof Houses)

The buildings may be constructed from anything convenient, but the instructions assume you'll want to use quarter-inch ply for the structures and 1/8th inch thick wood for doors and windows.

Finishing and Detailing

Our plans leave the final details to you. You can simply paint the models, or you can take advantage of the many items on the market, such as scaled wood shingles, sidings, stones, bricks, etc. which can be used if you wish. See our few experimental ideas you may want to try from the Hints and Tips section. Better still, cook up your own ideas and share them if you wish. Whatever you do, your buildings will be unique.

You might consider subscribing to the magazine "Garden Railways" - it provides many useful pieces of information on the hobby.

Doors and Windows

You have a choice for doors and windows. You can build them yourself, using your own ideas. Or you can buy commercial products. Or you can use our plans and suggestions; if you choose to do this, you'll find you can re-use the patterns indefinitely. You'll see we offer a special deal - you can get the Kiva doors and windows at a reduced price when you buy them together with another product.

Freebies

We offer some free plans - look at the Garden Towns Brochure for details.