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Half A Doll's House
A classic doll's house done in the Georgian style. Fit for a family of Maxifigs...
About this creation


Lego's Modular sets and the building style they inspire are great things. Small and incredibly detailed... I fancied doing the exact opposite...

This follows the late 18th / early 19th Century Georgian style of architecture, with it's relative plainness and emphasis on proportion. The decorative exuberance of the Victorians would come later.



I'd have done the back half as well but for some reason I ran out of red bricks... well, this is 55 bricks tall, 64 studs wide and 30 deep with 4 stud thick outer walls... Still, it does include working lights and sliding brick-built sash windows.

Someone's coming home...



'Come on in! I'll give you the tour..'



'I bet my brother's watching TV. He usually is...'



'Hey! It's always the same thing on the box, and I can't find the remote..'
'You could always do something...'



'He's right - it is always the same thing on TV...'



'Our dining room.. I'd get you something to eat, but the kitchen's in the back half of the house, which apparently doesn't exist...'



'Dunno how I got here, what with the stairs being in the back of the house... Why's the bathroom light on ?'




'Must you always disturb me when I'm taking a bath Geoffrey ?' *



'Oops!'



'Hey, sweetie! Is your kid brother behaving himself ?'



'I hope so - he'd better not be wrecking that nice doll's house you made for me!'



'Let's see what he's up to in the playroom..'



'What are doing fella ? Hang on, what's that on the bottom shelf ? Doesn't that belong to Leda ?'
'Yeah, dad, but have you seen the cost of shipping to New Zealand!'



'And have you been playing your war games in your sister's dolls house again ?'
'No dad. I made a little one to put in it with my Lego...'



'Wow. He's being nice. I didn't see it coming...'



And there we are. Here's a view of the whole rear of the house, including the dolls house, in a dolls house, in a dolls house.... in the house. It's a Russian dolls house, then...



Let's talk about tax. When houses in this style were built, there was a window tax in force in the UK (it was finally repealed in 1851). Existing houses had many windows bricked in as a result, and contemporary houses would have few, but large, windows and the occasional fake... I can't believe this kind of thing fooled many people.



I went to the trouble of building a toilet, complete with aptly named 'log' piece in the bowl. I won't show you, it's enough for you to know that it's there...



A bit of detailing around the front door...



Usually, I build with what I've got (don't feel too bad, that is a lot..), but for the slate roof I finally succumbed to Bricklink... 470 new black tiles!



I really enjoyed making this. Thanks for watching!



* With thanks to A_FLYING_BANANA for that one!




Comments

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  January 31, 2014
Great Lego creationism!
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  June 23, 2012
This is an EXCELLENT moc, I love the dollhouse in the dollhouse :)
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  April 10, 2012
I love the m-figs too now, you have a way to make them shine, and they re now so unique, it s refreshing to see pieces with them, as for the house, it simply makes me wish you had more bricks to go to the lenghts you d really like to acheive, still, it has it s charms, with the lights and numerous details, great work nick!
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  February 18, 2012
Nice doll house
Nick Barrett
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White Knight
  January 13, 2012
what a fabulous scale !>....a dolls house within a dolls house !....well done
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  January 6, 2012
Awesome!! I love the details!!! Maybe the outside is a little simple, but the interior is just brilliant!! 5/5 :-)
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  December 29, 2011
amazing! architecture is not a strong point for me probably because I do not have thousands of bricks.
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  December 24, 2011
Nice. Funny with the house in the house in the house...
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  December 23, 2011
Impressive! The scale is amazing, and all the details like the tower bridge and hidden window are fantastic. I'm surprised the sides aren't covered with studs, great work!
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  December 22, 2011
This is splendid! The frontage is very realistic, the backage is ummm....missing lol Those sash windows are fantastic, just like the real thing. I love the guided tour with your humour and the details in the kiddies/AFOLs room are my favourites. I'd like to build a garden for this :-). Also 470 black tiles = very worthy purchase, nice shiny roof, I'll probably need double that for my JPS transporter :-(
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  December 22, 2011
Awww...I love the doll house that's inside a doll house! :)
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  December 22, 2011
I love these! It reminds me of my kindergarten days. This is definitely a nostalgia mover. Bravo!
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  December 22, 2011
It's wonderfull! And a great tour of the house. I'm beginning to like this maxifigs more and more (as opposed to being a kid, where I couldn't stand them as they were 'oldfashioned'. Most of all, the sliding windows got all my attention.
Nick Barrett
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Sam "The legoman" Knavel
  December 21, 2011
Wow so cool, I love that smaller dollhouse (yes, I have a thing with dollhouses my mom says) But a dollhouse within a doll house, Yo dawg, I herd u liek dollhouses, so we put a dollhouse within a dollhouse, so u can be amazed while yo be amazed dawg! Great work! :D
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  December 21, 2011
Beautiful! And I love that you made the smaller versions, was not expecting that! Very clever...
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  December 21, 2011
Great work! would like to see the inside of the doll house, doll house to see if there is a red and black 1-round joined together inside...ha ha!
  December 21, 2011
Sweet and nice!! I love the design and the smart creation of rooms. The kid'room is totally cute!! Awesome job, Nick!!
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  December 21, 2011
This is well done, with lots of cool details... Unusual to see you build a house. A bit like if I was building planes! By the way, thanks for adding me in your favs, I'm really honoured! =)
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  December 21, 2011
Quoting Tom Simon Can I get credit for calling the Russian dolls thing. I DID see it coming with your trucks. Starting from Nick scale and on down.This is lovely work through and through. I'd call it stately instead of plain. Now, with regards to your tastefulness in your various bathroom scenes, it does bring up the question if you belong among us. We'll form a jury on that one later. Now get back to work on your next killer car project. ;^}
It's true - he did! The bathroom's the best room in the house; so many things you can do in there ;-)
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  December 21, 2011
Can I get credit for calling the Russian dolls thing. I DID see it coming with your trucks. Starting from Nick scale and on down.This is lovely work through and through. I'd call it stately instead of plain. Now, with regards to your tastefulness in your various bathroom scenes, it does bring up the question if you belong among us. We'll form a jury on that one later. Now get back to work on your next killer car project. ;^}
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  December 21, 2011
That's a nice house! And there are so many details inside, I like the smaller version also.
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  December 21, 2011
Very nice build my friend, you put some fine details in the house... I love that TV!! The pic with the bath is hilarious :)))
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  December 21, 2011
WOW! awsomne design!
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  December 21, 2011
Quoting Lola TruckDriver Hmm, posh place, what with those C. R. Mackintosh chairs. I guess Thonet ones would prove a challenge... May I suggest Rietveld for the living room?
... when I do the Schroeder House ;-)
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  December 21, 2011
WOW! I must say this leaves me quite speechless. I only say: absolutely awesome!
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  December 21, 2011
Hmm, posh place, what with those C. R. Mackintosh chairs. I guess Thonet ones would prove a challenge... May I suggest Rietveld for the living room?
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  December 21, 2011
Looks great, Chief!
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  December 21, 2011
Awesome! And in MaxiFig scale!
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  December 21, 2011
Love those windows and the Georgian design which we have EVEN here in the US in states like Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, & Pennsylvania... some of which are historic! :)
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  December 21, 2011
the doll house in a doll house is a nice touch - great work overall on this project.
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  December 21, 2011
WOW! This is amazing! It's so huge!
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  December 21, 2011
Wow Nick! Seeing a model in this scale really makes me want LEGO to produce these figures once again. All of the details in this are superb - the Tower Bridge, the Unimog, superb! And if your house in real life is large and red then you would have a house in a house in a house in a house ;)
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  December 21, 2011
Awsome house!.so detailed,So many bricks!Its Just wonderful!
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  December 21, 2011
Nick it's wonderful. And a welcome break from building cars I bet. You have captured the period and proportions perfectly. Don't mention window tax - the government might be listening ;). Love the door, the windows, the fake window... I could go on and on. Nice micro transporter too. Prefect moc. Say hi to A_flying_banana for me. :)
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  December 21, 2011
Now you don't need to go buy an expensive doll house that's as big as this..
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  December 21, 2011
A lot of bricks... in a nice moc!
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  December 21, 2011
What a lovely MOC!! Hang a wreath on the door and it'd make a great Christmas centerpiece too. Love the little Unimog, Ecurie Ecosse transporter and dolls house, with another dolls house inside it, which presumably... ow - that gives me a headache. Anyway, fabulous stuff. 10/10
 
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