Established maker:

We built our first dolls house in 1992 and have enjoyed an enviable reputation for quality ever since.

Our Foundation range are available to buy online, in-store or by phone and our Heirloom collection available in-store or by phone, but not online. All made in the UK and exclusive to DHCW  
Please click the Houses button (left of this screen) to see more


Bespoke builds:

We also offer bespoke builds, this service includes alterations to any of our houses.
An example of this is Trent View that has recently been ordered as a shop. 
Bespoke orders are only available as built houses or shops (not available in kit form) However we can leave details such as windows, doors and mouldings loose for the customer to simply fit once they have decorated.
 
Due to the various options available to complement, alter and customise each Heirloom house into a bespoke build. It is not practical to simply click “Buy Now” it is essential we have a talk about your requirements and build a package around you.

Feel free to have a look at the standard kits and ask any questions you may have before placing an order.
Or come and see the houses in our showroom at Sawley Marina, for a better idea of the excellent quality we know you would be proud to own.
 

If you are visiting our showroom to see a particular design, please contact us first to see if it is available to view.
updated August 2016


How to choose a dolls house:

Children's toy or Collectors pride and joy 

Are you buying a dolls house for yourself as a collector or for a child as a toy?
If its for a child then you must buy sensibly, there are so many regulations now on toy safety standards.

If its for yourself then buy a house with reasonable sized rooms and ceiling height or you will be disappointed with the lack of space for furniture.

Plywood or MDF

Some will prefer a plywood house because it's wooden and looks nice, nothing wrong with that! The only disadvantage with plywood is it sometimes has a tendency to twist and splinter.
MDF on the other hand is a stable material that won't twist or splinter but perhaps doesn't look as nice in its raw state. However once either one have been painted and decorated, who's to know what its made of.

Of course it's not just about the carcase (main body of the house) it's worth considering the rest of the kit. Do you like the style, amount of detail, size of rooms etc.

Plastic or Wooden Windows

Are you looking for wooden windows? Not many makers will supply their houses this way, most are plastic.
If wooden windows is your preference then its worth asking before clicking "buy now" 
Wooden windows will be more expensive, but the option should at least be available from a good maker.

Which era do you like ?

Georgian and Victorian are the most popular, Victorian probably tipping the scales.
If you intend following a certain period religiously then a bit of research will be helpful. For instance you have chosen Georgian and want to buy some lights, you might like gas lamps or Tiffany shades, oh dear, its Georgian! only candles allowed, hanging chandeliers, single or double wall candles and table standing candles. Plenty to choose from but no fancy decorative lamp shades.

Modern and Tudor are also available but furniture etc is not so readily available.

Budget

Spend as much as possible on the house as this is the main part of your new hobby. A cheap house is likely to either be of poor quality or lack detail compared to a more expensive one. You don't want to spend money on wallpaper and lights only to have the house fall apart, wallpaper can't be reused once it's been glued in place. 

Conclusion

Consider all of the above before starting this fascinating hobby. Don't rush and buy on a whim, think it through carefully, size, style and quality.

Why can't I buy an Heirloom house online? 

When spending a sum of money that would be classed as a considered purchase. We believe it best to see the product in person. We like to be sure that our customers receive the best advice before making a decision on what will be the main product and starting point of this fascinating hobby.
Time after time we hear visitors to our shop/showroom say, “I wish we came here first”
They've bought a house with a quick click from other online retailers, and received a kit that did not turn out to be what they expected.

If you do call into our shop/showroom, you will not be under any pressure to make a purchase, have a look, ask any questions you may have, then go home, think about what you have seen.
Any of our houses can be purchased over the phone or in-store, when you’re ready.

Please ask for delivery details and availability before making a long journey to avoid disappointment.