MOC inspired by Marianne Cusato's award-winning Katrina Cottage design.
About this creation
Here is a link to the original "little yellow house" designed by Marianne Cusato. It is simple and charming. I love the light yellow color, and managed to scrounge enough light yellow LEGO bricks to keep it that way! My own version has been expanded and "Wisconsin-ized" by the addition of a full basement, cathedral ceiling, loft, fireplace, and non-metal roof. I have tried to preserve the classic lines of the original while adding more living space and other creature comforts.
This is a work in progress rather than a finished MOC. I apologize for jumping the gun in that way but my MOCs keep getting more and more ambitious, and this one looks like it's going to be a year in the making. That's too long to wait to post and get some feedback!
Like my Victorians, the scale of this building was determined by the windows. I experimented until I got the gapless, working, double-hung windows I wanted, and the rest followed from there.
The building itself is pretty much complete (just waiting for some slopes for the roof), and the floors are laid. I still have furniture to make and most of the landscaping yet to do. This past weekend, I pretty much completed the kitchen and bath. I wasn't sure I was going to be able to fit everything in, but it came together and I am pretty pleased with it, and that's when I got anxious to post :-)
I was trying to capture the feel of some carpeting in my grandmother's house.
My Victorians ended up close to Belville scale, so that I was able to use the Belville prefab bathtubs and sinks where I wanted and designing my own showers, stove, refrigerators, toilets, etc. to match. For this building, I was able to re-purpose the refrigerator from my last Victorian, but at this scale it is now a compact or mini-frig rather than a full-sized refrigerator and freezer. Because of the size difference, I will be building everything else from scratch.
The plus side of building at this scale is that there is room for more detail, like the shelf in the oven.
Waiting on tiles to complete the shower stall and still debating the over-the-sink mirror treatment.
After some experimentation I was able to come up with a design for a larger toilet that I like as well as my smaller ones. I tried to come up with a LEGO shower curtain, but nothing seemed workable, at least nothing compatible with the rounded, claw-footed tub. So, I slipped outside the box and used a zip-lock baggie. Perfect! So OK, it's not LEGO, but we all use baggies so much in buying, selling, and storing LEGO that I think they deserve honorary status as LEGO :-)
I will post again when I'm further along. In the meantime, I'd love to hear what you think of it so far!
Wait, you mean to say that "a full basement, cathedral ceiling, loft, fireplace, and non-metal roof" are a unique Wisconsin thing? I guess as a Wisconsinite I've never really thought about it! Anyway, fantastic job! The windows especially look great
Congrats on MOTD I'm glad this site does this or I might never seen this magnifiecent creation . The house doesn't even look built of Lego! I love that stairs and the carpet in the livingroom . I also love the tiled kitchen floor . The bathroom is amazing . This truly is a work of art!
Stunning. Absolutely stunning. Everything is so highly detailed, the kitchen, the bathroom, the landscaping, everything. A very beautiful house indeed. Hope to see more of your creations in the future. And by the way, love the name you've given to the cottage.
Amazing. Just amazing. Very beautiful and lovely detailing. Interior is stunning. Exterior a wonder too. How big is this? It looks like maybe 3' or 4' tall. At any rate, really perfect and very inspiring! Congratulations!!! I can't wait to see the final, particularly with all the landscaping!!! How much longer do you think?
Is there a living soul on this planet that can do those victorian houses better than you? I personally think you have no competition. I don't even want to comment on all the lovely details because everything has already been said about it. I only wish a lot more of these from you. They are a real eye catcher and a true inspiration!
I love the amount of detail you can create in this scale, you've really nailed that.
My favourite of which has to be the tile patterns on the floors, they look so... real. And the furniture is just excellent! I always look forward to checking out all the cool details when I see a new creation from you in my inbox, I'm really a fan of yours!
I'm most impressed by the tiling. The toilet is interesting, though I'm not sure the cover is shaped liked that. ;-) Hope you find a different technique, but it's still nice the way it is. Great job! 4.75/5
I like it
December 29, 2010
I love seeing your creations! Such amazing exterior AND interior details... Absolutely wonderful work, keep it up, can't wait to see it live somewhere!
Incredible! All the details, like that floor in the Kitchen--Wow! Did you think about using the perforated plastic bags from Lego packaging? You know, the crunchy kind? That might look like a shower curtain...Excellent work!
Oh Rae, this model is awesome. You did an excellent job in capturing the Katrina cottage look and I love the addition of the basement. I also love the furnishing on the inside. You're a true inspiration!!! I can't wait to see the finished model.
Lots of things to like here! Especially I would like a closer look at the technique of your double hung windows. Also, I really like the open studs out texture of the bathroom shower/tub! The scale is interessting; Size always matters! ;-)