Thank you! I didn't want to "beat up" my chairs, I was very proud of the modeling as it were. The edge I couldn't do much about, the light had to come from the right and made the edge rather dull-looking unfortunately. But hey, no one's perfect! Now for the house, that may be a little ambitious for me right now, but yes, I would totally love to build one!
Yeah, no one wants to beat up new stuff, just like when you have new white sneakers, in the beginning you tend to keep them clean, at least I do . Yeah I know what you mean with the light, that's the way normal maps work. But how about just extruding the space between the boards very slightly?
Ambitious? No way, the stuff you make looks great, may take some time, but you definitely have the skill to pull it off!