This house is two pieces. The roof sits on top of the base in between the front and back trim. You can lift the top portion off which we do occasionally in order to clean out the dirt and leaves. The top portion has a triangle shape piece of wood in the front and back. Two pieces of wood sit on top of those two pieces, meeting in the middle The shingles are stapled on to those two pieces. We stained the house, painted the trim white, and stapled a piece of carpet to the base inside.