Model maker Dmitry Pokrovsky (aka wooduliketoo) lives and works in Khortitsa—an island in Zaporizhia, Ukraine. As a child, he was fascinated by buildings and urban space, and after years of moving from one unsatisfactory job to the next, he decided to focus on what he loves best: making miniature houses by hand.
With the aim to “brighten someone’s day,” Pokrovsky’s work started a little over a year ago when he decided to make a miniature house for his mother’s birthday. After weeks of drafting and redrafting, he ended up with five slightly different models to choose from. He decided to sell his drafts through Etsy, and to his surprise, they all sold! Today, Pokrovsky continues to make his impressive model houses inspired by the world’s architecture.
Each handmade house starts as a sketch on paper and is then laser-cut from plywood, assembled by hand, and finally hand-painted in vibrant colored acrylic. In the end, he’s produced a growing collection of charming buildings that look like they’re straight out of a Wes Anderson film.
Pokrovsky’s work includes Brooklyn townhouses, an American country house, Bavarian abodes, and even a 1960s Soviet Union apartment building. Each house features charming details such as window shutters and balconies. They’re not only decorative, but functional too: the roofs of each modal can be removed which transforms them into storage boxes or a nightlight with the use of an LED candle.
You can find Pokrovsky’s little houses on his Etsy shop.