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Suburban Family House
My Entry for Matija Grgurick's Architecture contest, the topic being "Family House".
About this creation
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Hello all!
I really had a great time doing this creation and I hope everyone else did as well. Architecture is one of my many interests so I was really pleased with the topic of choice. As always I'll be yammering on and pointing out little details that I think are notable. Thanks and enjoy!





I chose to do a flat roof because I, like Frank Lloyd Right, like the idea of horizontal surfaces blending in with the landscape.



Another similarity between us is our use of cantilevered projections. I chose to add some for multiple reasons. 1 being that with a confined space the best way to build besides up is out, while restraining the base. Cantilevers also give a suspended feeling of weightlessness.



This picture is a good example of the cantilever. While in LEGO building models is really easy because of their way they spread the weight of gravity through the studs, in real life, due to the lack of "studs", the weight has the cantilever has to be weighted down inside the building itself.




The sand box contains a partly eroded castle.






The wheel for the garden hose took me a fairly long time to figure out. The basketball hoop was also a scrap job.



The roof has a "smart house" garden up top, solar panel and a satellite dish. While it makes the roof look much more crowded than it had to be, it also throws a sense of realism into the mix.



The angled portion of the wall is really unique because of the slant and because of the windows running down the face.


The patio is based around the sliding doors and the walls. Both of which I am very proud of.



The frame around the window draws your eyes to the windows.



The cantilevering design on the right really caught my eye when I made it. It was just an idea until I set it on the wall and then it became reality.



Aerial pics are always good because they allow you to orient and arrange the pictures around the scene.



I was kind of stuck with a dilemma on the inside. I often prefer to use complete tiling inside but it is all so plain and flat, limiting playability. However I decided to use standard plates as carpet. This adds playability, interior design, and variation.



HD TV! The cabinet underneath contains the DVD player and DVDs.



The main door is actually fairly tall. It kind of complicated the roofing design but it turned out alright.



This picture is rather busy isn't it? Well we'll start at the left and move toward the right. A spiraling staircase that winds towards the bungalow in the "attic" The cabinet is a bit of table scrap. I am in the middle of reorganizing my collection and I came upon some of the more underused pieces, and I found some uses for them. The microwave is the product of that doodling.








The downstairs is more of a rec-room as you can see from the ping pong table, computer and books.













This shot is my pride and joy of the MOC, the washer and drier.



And finally I'll leave you with a shot of the bathroom.

Well there it is. I hope you enjoyed it. Best of luck to the other contestants and Happy New Year all!


God Bless,
~Blake




Comments

  August 24, 2013
how do you got up the spiral stair case when the kitchen cabinets are In the way?
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  March 25, 2012
Nice, Isn't the toilet bowl a Scout Trooper helmet turned around?
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  February 24, 2012
amazing!!!!! (I love contemperary style)
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  October 15, 2011
Wow! Such a great design. Love the modern feel about it. The cantilevered bits are excellent!
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  August 16, 2011
Wow, that guy's got one big-butt stereo speaker system!
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  July 24, 2011
That is an awesome Lego house! =(^.^)=
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  June 25, 2011
i cant believe how good at lego you are. whats your secret?i love it.
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  February 25, 2011
I NEED to know how you do those 45 degree walls!
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  February 22, 2011
superb house, revolutionary design, your interiors are perfect, and then some, inspirational work! i agree that there is a lot of elements in this moc, but, it confers it a realism and richness that comes with it! excellent work!
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  February 16, 2011
is that a printer or a paper shredder by the computer? great work.
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  January 8, 2011
Incredible house, details like the toilet role (Ingenious!) really make this amazing!
  January 7, 2011
Very nice house but I'm sorry to say that you acould be disqualified because you used a crook from brickforge and in the competition it is lego ONLY :)
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  January 7, 2011
I noticed the toilet paper first time round, but it was the inclusion of a laundry that impressed me. The washing machine and trough look great.
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  January 5, 2011
I give it a 10. You are one of the best builders i have ever seen. When do you get the time to do this? Are you Homeschooled? I am.
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  January 5, 2011
Wow there is so much detail in the whole house and every thing comes together really well. The staircase really got my attention,nicework 5/5
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  January 5, 2011
Quoting Ambush Predator Fantastic work! Oddly enough, my favorite little detail is the roll of toilet paper.
Finally! Somebody noticed the toilet paper! That is my favorite detail in this as well. I didn't say anything because I wanted you to find it. Kudos to you.
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  January 5, 2011
Fantastic work! Oddly enough, my favorite little detail is the roll of toilet paper.
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  January 3, 2011
Speechless. Actually, I'll give you this: 0_0
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  January 3, 2011
Ha good details, lovin that ping pong table!
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  January 3, 2011
Ha good details, lovin that ping pong table!
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  January 3, 2011
Great stuff! Especially that ping pong table! Nice!
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  January 3, 2011
Nice! I have to agree with what someone else said about the clutter though. I feel like, if this was cleaned up slightly, and maybe tiled in a few places it would be awesome. Great one though still.
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  January 3, 2011
Great work! So many nice details inside this beautifully designed house. I love the SNOT windows and the rock walls.
Blake Baer
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Dominick S
  January 1, 2011
No one could possibly beat this! Totally amazing. I love the washer and drier as well. I doubt that if everyone at the LG put there heads together they wouldn't be able to outdo this.
Blake Baer
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Damon P
  January 1, 2011
COMPLETELY amazing! This is a winner for shore! I don't know anyone who could beat this! You are the best family house builder i could ever imagine! This is the best house too! Great job! 5 smileys
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  January 1, 2011
Excellent job! The outside is great and i love the interior.
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  January 1, 2011
Dang! You realy worked on the detail!
Blake Baer
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Lego Creator
  December 31, 2010
One word...WOW!!! CAn you give me advice on my new moc? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/244435
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  December 31, 2010
I just LOVE well-built Lego houses, with a pleasing exterior and a detailed, realistic interior, and your house matches all those. I love all of your appliances and especially the Ping-Pong table. This is a winner all around in my book!
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  December 31, 2010
Wow! This is truly amazing!
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  December 31, 2010
The outside is great but I really like the details in the interior, the appliances like the washer and dryer, the fridge and the microwave, everything is very well-done! Amazing work
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  December 31, 2010
Great house! My favorite features are the ping-pong table, washer and dryer, and I like how you have realistic electrical components on the outside of the house, something I haven't seen in most of the entries. Great work!!
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  December 31, 2010
I believe we have a winner! Great job!
Blake Baer
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sandor quelle
  December 30, 2010
I am absolutely speechless I cant name all of the good things here there are to many!
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  December 30, 2010
wow this is great I love it ps where did you get the key board piece?
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  December 30, 2010
Awesome work Blake! There is definitely some great details in this one! Good luck and a happy new year!
  December 30, 2010
I was literally about to build something just like that! Yours however is much more detailed. Where did you get the extra long key board?
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  December 30, 2010
Very nice! All the detail and playability, makes it such a wonderful creation!
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  December 30, 2010
Thank you all for you comments and encouragement.
Quoting Mr. Xenomurphy So this is why we haven´t heared from you in quite some time.
Haha yes it is. Between this and reorganization I have been bloody busy!
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  December 30, 2010
This is a fascinating build! All the little details, from the basketball hoop to the wires. Interesting techniques. This really caught my eye. My only complaint is the spiral staircase being dangerously close to the kitchen counter. Good luck in the contest!
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  December 30, 2010
A very nice house with lots of great details, I'll be back and see them again. Happy new year.
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  December 30, 2010
So this is why we haven´t heared from you in quite some time. It was definitely worth it; we have here a lot of intersting ideas and techniques. Good luck from me, too.
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  December 30, 2010
It's fantastic. The details inside are amazing. I'm a fan of LEGO furniture and you have here some great ideas for them!
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  December 30, 2010
Really realistic and cool!
  December 30, 2010
Is that what your house looks like
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  December 30, 2010
Quoting W. Mark ...I dislike a few aspects of it, such as the overall clutter of the build, but that's seriously outweighed by the things I do like.
I agree completely! That is one of the things I do NOT like about this MOC. In my quest to make it looked lived in and familyish it turned into busy.
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  December 30, 2010
Great house. Full of details and action - my favourite being the toilet roll! Good luck in the competition.
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  December 30, 2010
This is a great build, Blake. I dislike a few aspects of it, such as the overall clutter of the build, but that's seriously outweighed by the things I do like. My favorite single detail would have to be the dark bley framing around the windows... that's a truly brilliant touch.
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  December 30, 2010
I don't know what to say.... There are so many things that caught my eye, I can't mention them all. Good Job!
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  December 30, 2010
Beautiful!
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  December 30, 2010
This is absolutely wonderful! The details in the interior are especially nice.
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  December 30, 2010
Wow, Blake! This is excellent! So many details, and you nailed the 'homey' feel, which is the most important part! Amazing work, Man!
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  December 30, 2010
brilliant nice detail
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  December 30, 2010
sooo beautifull,my own dream house :)
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  December 30, 2010
I like this, a lot! Beautiful.
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  December 30, 2010
All the comforts of home. Very nice, the details are quite good and that sandbox, brilliant.
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  December 30, 2010
very nice build...a lot of details are interesting....the bathroom, the scale...
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  December 30, 2010
Thank you all!
Quoting T. Young very nice design. nice colors and shapes. and where did you get the keyboard for the computer in the rec-room? it looks like a decal but i am not sure.
That is actually a rarer piece, having only appeared in 1 set. http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItemIn.asp?P=2431px15&in=S
Quoting Hans DendauwNPD Beautiful piece of architecture with some excellent details throughout. Best of luck with the contest.~H
Thanks Han! I am going to need all the "luck" I can get.
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  December 30, 2010
Beautiful piece of architecture with some excellent details throughout. Best of luck with the contest.~H
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  December 30, 2010
very nice design. nice colors and shapes. and where did you get the keyboard for the computer in the rec-room? it looks like a decal but i am not sure.
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  December 30, 2010
Wow! You're awesome at building houses! It's so full of detail!
  December 30, 2010
amazing work! so many simple technics to make the different appliences! i like how much playability and detail there is! 5/5
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  December 30, 2010
What awesome attention to detail! Great job!
 
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