Re: Calico critters
Well it is really hard to argue with free. I think I would see about finishing the one in the basement first. You might be able to make it really cool. Depending on the size you can always turn a two room doll house into a 3 or 4 room doll house with simple dividers and you can paint or finish it with wall paper or scrapbook paper and paste. That would allow you more money to add the families and furniture for inside.
I don't think there is anything wrong with Kidkraft, the products are supposed to be well made. The only issue with that house might be that it is meant for use with 12inch fashion dolls like Barbie so the size is going to be a bit off for CC families.