I cut a piece of 1/4 inch plywood to size (about 15 7/8" deep and 47 1/2" long), and cut out the stairwell. It's not glued on yet, of course (I still have a lot of finishing to do) but it gives the general idea.
The rooms look so different closed in! Here's the kitchen:
I have a slight problem with the first floor -- the grain of the plywood runs the opposite way (widthwise) to the ground floor (lenthwise), which means that I'll either have to:
- score the first floor floorboards with the grain as usual, and have them running parallel to the ground floor's beams (visible in the kitchen)
- score the first floor floorboards with the grain, and change the beams in the kitchen to run lengthwise. This will make the floorboards in the dining room and parlour look a little odd :)
- try to score the first floor floorboards against the grain
- use commercially-made scale floorboards
And what should I do for light fixtures in the kitchen? If I'm going to have a ceiling fixture I need to plan for it, because the space above the kitchen is going to be totally closed in. Maybe one of Ray Storey's Tudor lanterns?