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Katrina Cottage-inspired Wisconsin Home
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!



Comments

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  November 23, 2013
This is super massive and detailed, great job and besides you deserve it.
SoftaRae .
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Dr. Monster
  August 27, 2013
Wow! This is scary good. The interior pics are outstanding! The stove with its detailed interior really caught my eye.
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  August 27, 2013
WHAT THE CRAP!!!!!
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  August 27, 2013
Amazingly detailed, well deserved MOTD
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  August 27, 2013
where are the kitchen tiles from?
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  August 27, 2013
This is one of the best mocs I have ever seen! The detail astounds me! Nice work!
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  August 27, 2013
Absolutely amazing. So impressive. Incredible MOC
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  August 27, 2013
Gorgeous.
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  August 27, 2013
I'm speechless, this is really amazing! I can't wait to see what you do with it next! ~Eve~
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  August 27, 2013
Congrats on MotD!
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  August 27, 2013
Congrats on MOTD... it gave me the opportunity to view it! It's lovely! :)
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  August 27, 2013
Woah. Just- just- I- It's- just- Wow.
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  August 27, 2013
this scale is a fascination to me, it looks so real! I ll have to try it sometimes, fabulous house! even for a wip, congrats on motd!
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  August 27, 2013
SO MUCH DETAIL!
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  August 27, 2013
Congrats on MOTD! Great to see this again!
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  August 27, 2013
WOW! Stunning work!
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  August 27, 2013
I am looking for a new place. What would you change for rent a month? :)
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  August 27, 2013
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
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  August 27, 2013
THAT'S AWESOME. If i was you i would not ever want to take that apart. I rate 5
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  August 27, 2013
Great work!
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  August 27, 2013
Excellent house! This is my favorite by far.
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  August 27, 2013
I'll say it again - this doesn't even look like Lego!
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  August 27, 2013
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!
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  August 27, 2013
That dosent even look lego! It is perfect!
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  August 27, 2013
This house is just super awesome ! The interior is so nice !
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  August 27, 2013
This is just beautiful.
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  August 27, 2013
Awesome interior!
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  August 27, 2013
So great! So realistic! Excellent job!!!
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  August 27, 2013
So good it's evil
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  August 27, 2013
Beautiful inside and out. A fitting MOTD.
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  August 27, 2013
BIG!
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  August 27, 2013
Amazing model!
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  August 27, 2013
Congratz on MOTD. Very deserving!
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  August 27, 2013
very nice!:D
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  August 27, 2013
Absolutely incredible! Congrats on MOTD!
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  March 4, 2012
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.
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  September 21, 2011
Very charming...has a late '40's feel. :)
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  February 16, 2011
Always love your designs. The details really bring the photos to life. Keep it up!
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  January 16, 2011
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?
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  January 5, 2011
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!
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  January 4, 2011
Wow, Incredible very well done.
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  January 4, 2011
Can't say more than WOW!! :D Absolute excellent work. So realistic. Just the way I like it!
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  January 3, 2011
Your houses are my favorite...
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  January 2, 2011
nice that must of took a while to build
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  January 2, 2011
Fantastic work.
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  January 2, 2011
truly awesome and soo full of details....wow
SoftaRae .
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Damon P
  January 1, 2011
There is so much detail it looks like an actual house. Great job. I like the tile.
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  January 1, 2011
Most impressive! The interior detail is amazing.
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  January 1, 2011
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!
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  December 31, 2010
This thing is LEGIT!!!!!
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  December 31, 2010
A wonderful masterpiece. Fantastic work on the interior.
SoftaRae .
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Omega Pie
  December 30, 2010
The design is flawless. It feels like I'm LEGO sized. Now I want a house like that!
 I made it 
  December 30, 2010
And you've made *my* day! How exciting. I'm so glad you like it, and I *love* your design! I hope you'll watch for the finished version to be posted. And I'll check out the NEH for LEGO potential :-)
Quoting Marianne Cusato Wow!! This is perhaps the most fantastic version of the Katrina Cottage yet!! Thank you for making my day! (P.S. - Can you do my New Economy Home next?)
 I like it 
  December 30, 2010
Wow!! This is perhaps the most fantastic version of the Katrina Cottage yet!! Thank you for making my day! (P.S. - Can you do my New Economy Home next?)
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  December 30, 2010
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
SoftaRae .
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Gordan Grguric
  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!
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  December 29, 2010
What beautiful details! The tiling! The furniture! The mere size of it! Oh, so beautiful, words will never describe it!
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  December 29, 2010
Fabulous piece of work. Some of the images even look like real pictures at first glance.
SoftaRae .
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lego lord
  December 28, 2010
Very nice job, it looks very intricate.
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  December 28, 2010
simply amazing! I love the tiled floor by both stairs! You kitchen is simply perfect! But then again, being a chef, I love kitchens!
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  December 28, 2010
The use of the Extreme Team flags for towels is appropriate, as this is extreme! Can't wait to see the basement.~H
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  December 28, 2010
Whoa! That is outstanding. For a second, I thought I was looking at images of your own home, not a lego model.
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  December 28, 2010
What a gorgeous creation!
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  December 28, 2010
wow thats incredible
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  December 28, 2010
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!
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  December 28, 2010
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.
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  December 28, 2010
Its incredible your a genius got to be the best MOC I have ever seen on MOC Pages of a house the detail is out of this world especially the floor designs and the fixtures.
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  December 28, 2010
Absolutely stunning! Such a beautiful piece of work!
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  December 28, 2010
Nice work in progress! I can't wait to see the completed version, this is awesome already.
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  December 28, 2010
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! ;-)
  December 28, 2010
Stunning. Especially love the front entrance tile-work, the stove, and those double-hung windows!
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  December 28, 2010
That is massive!
  December 28, 2010
You are amazing and an inspiration! I've always wanted Lego to create a Victorian house. You are the master! Just curious, what would one of your masterpieces sell for, if you were to ever sell one?
 
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