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1007 Mountain Drive
A modern house, which made it's public debut at Brickworld 2012 where it was nominated for best small building.
About this creation
This project started as a unit in my Lego design summer school class in which I asked the students to design a 21st century modern dwelling that was responsive to the environment around it. My assistant, Quin, helped formulate the initial floor plan last July, and the build sat dormant for a while as we focused more on what the students were building. When classes finished, Quin helped me build the initial rock work, and again, long periods of inactivity.

I would like to credit the ViruaLUG collective for helping me with ideas for the sloping roof (Lee Jones - I believe) and the infinity pool (Chris Phipson), as well as all the other V-LUGers who gave valuable advice as the project progressed. Other influence include the furniture of Brixie63 and the Porsche design of Zeto Vince. The most notable influence however was that of my Lego lesson students who gave input as I build this during our Saturday sessions, and Devon who was building her greenhouse while I was struggling to finish this. She also provided the excellent photo editing you see in this post.

Let's get on with the tour...



This is the "street" side of the house, the side that would be viewable as you approached the residence.



The curved path leads one up to a red wall, signifying a change that is about to occur in the facade.




The dramatic slope of roof and the balcony help create divisions between public and private space.



Outdoor space is very important to this house. I originally filled the rocky landscape with green vegetation, but my advisers suggested that it drew the eye away from the house, which should be the center of attention.





The pool area creates an extension of the first floor, which is cut across on the diagonal, yet open because of the glass wall.



The floor plan of the house is completely open and space is divided only by the pass-through bar. You can see how the curve of the building matches the spiral staircase - form follows function.




Large, functional kitchen made for entertaining.




The second floor is mostly private space, with the exception of the bathroom off the top off the staircase. Notice again how light is able to flow from one end of the space to the other, even through bathroom walls.



Again, very sparse furnishings, which echo the color scheme of the exterior.





One of the goals of this build was to seamlessly integrate lighting. This creation features LED Brick Light by Artifex. The lights are built into the pool, the fireplace (on both levels) and into the SNOT (studs not on top) area between the floors and the roof.



The pool and the fireplace on the first floor. Here you can see the famous floatie, which wasn't added until the last minute, and was a big hit at Brickworld.



The house at night, without the fireplace effects.



The warmth of the fire on the second floor.



This project represents almost a year of work to get everything just right. Many sections had to be rebuilt as new elements were incorporated. This model is an example of the cleanness can can be achieved in Lego building and is certainly very appealing because of that. However, building cleanly, is quite easy with Lego, I am now interested in building a more unfinished and worn-down look at minifigure scale. Look for more of that coming VERY soon.

Update: HERE is the VERY soon - The Dark Knight Rises



Comments

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  September 13, 2014
Woww! I really like how you did the path and the stairs! Stellar pool and great lawn chair thingies.... I think some minifigs would really enhance the build though... Just a thought if you ever re-do this build or build something like this. AMAZING build though!
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  June 1, 2014
Amazing!
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  March 11, 2014
This got to be one of my favorite creations! All the details from stones to furniture are amazing incorporations of SNOT techniques, well done!
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  February 19, 2014
Absolutely incredible!!! You may have just skewed my Excellent rating for everything else. Fantastic work. I love the look, the pool, the kitchen, the curved walls, the roof, the lighting... everything!!! It's fantastic!
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  November 24, 2013
great lighting on this MOC, great furniture, great exterior lines on the house. Reward-worthy!
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  November 22, 2013
WOW! So cool , really love the detail and nice job on the lighting and the pool.
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  July 6, 2013
Wow! Very realistic! I like the pool and the car! You should put some close-up pics of the Porsche! (At least that's what I think the car is)
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  April 28, 2013
Amazing! So real looking! :D
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  April 22, 2013
Hello Dave, I posted the pictures of 1008 Mountain Drive, I tried to get as close to your original as I could, the landscaping is much different however. Thanks again for letting me try and duplicate your build.
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  March 22, 2013
This is an architectural masterpiece and a great built including all the details.
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  March 17, 2013
Absoubtly Fautless I Really Like The Swimming Pool When It Light's Up And Also The Drive Made Out Off 1X1
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  March 14, 2013
what?!? no TV?
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  March 5, 2013
Quoting Boise Bro Hello Dave, would you mind if I was to try and copy this structure with a different landscaping and post pictures giving you credit for the build. Thanks
Sounds great! Make sure to send me a link when you're done!
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  March 5, 2013
Hello Dave, would you mind if I was to try and copy this structure with a different landscaping and post pictures giving you credit for the build. Thanks
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  February 28, 2013
one word, Incredible, love it
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  February 24, 2013
Can't decide if I like the house or the 911 more.... ;)
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  November 2, 2012
That is the best house that I have seen on Mocpages! Excellent work and keep it up!
  October 17, 2012
Hi there.. Is there anyway I could get the instruction for this MOC? I want to have it because I want it to be my dream house. Please? :)))
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  August 22, 2012
Fantastic in all aspects, easily one of the very best modern houses I have seen so far.
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  August 13, 2012
This is an amazing example of architectural modeling in LEGO. The accent wall, furnishings, and fixtures all provide a level of detail very rarely seen. Then the angles, curves, and slopes of the walls themselves - stunning. I can't believe I've not seen this before today.
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  August 13, 2012
This is an amazing example of architectural modeling in LEGO. The accent wall, furnishings, and fixtures all provide a level of detail very rarely seen. Then the angles, curves, and slopes of the walls themselves - stunning. I can't believe I've not seen this before today.
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  August 8, 2012
Now, don't get me wrong, I really like this and it still has a 5/5 rating from me, but I personally don't like those red walls. Tan may have been a better option, or just more white. That's just my opinion though; you still did a remarkable job on this!
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  August 3, 2012
Not quite that far South, Dave. I live in Dayton, about an hour North of where you were. I guess I'm actually, more accurately, in Southwestern Ohio. I love that school, though. One of the few historical sites left to us humble Ohioans.
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  August 2, 2012
Over the counter wine glass rack!!! You're dating yourself Dave...Seriously, this is an excellent build. Great use of space and proportion. The pool is particularly creative. The boys and I love the use of the solar panels! And they are a bit jealous of the lights. Keep up the good work.
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  July 26, 2012
Best house ever!
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  July 24, 2012
Good job. I especially like the lighting in the pool and the landscaping.
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  July 20, 2012
Sorry for being late. Well, detective, there are countless parts, bits and areas that I enjoyed while exploring picture after picture and since they are countless, I'll not count or name them here. Be sure that you blew me away with this masterpiece. I remember you were talking about this quite a while ago (probably even a year) and I was afraid that you might had abandoned this project.
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  July 17, 2012
Quoting Tim C Hello again, Dave. I must admit that I don't spend a lot of time looking at these modern architectural pieces, but I have visited this one several times now, and I would like to feature it in the future in the My Current Favorites portion of my page. Would I have your permission for that?
Tim, Absolutely. I'm glad that all the work I put into this is appreciated! What part of Southern Ohio are you located in? I went to Miami for undergrad.
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  July 17, 2012
Hello again, Dave. I must admit that I don't spend a lot of time looking at these modern architectural pieces, but I have visited this one several times now, and I would like to feature it in the future in the My Current Favorites portion of my page. Would I have your permission for that?
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  July 16, 2012
O.o
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  July 16, 2012
Beautiful!
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  July 16, 2012
Mouth open the whole way down.
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  July 16, 2012
Brilliant. Simply stunning. The detail and overall look is incredibly beautiful. I love it! The pool is great, the furnishings lovely and the car and those trees are brilliant! Amazing job in total. --Blast--
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  July 15, 2012
Dave, you didn't miss a beat man. Well done!
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  July 15, 2012
This is nuts! It's crazy how everything flows so naturally.
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  July 15, 2012
Very good
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  July 13, 2012
Amazing! The best is the swimming pool with the lights!
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  July 13, 2012
Great!
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  July 13, 2012
Great house, nice architecture.
  July 13, 2012
Holly molly, this is amazing!
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  July 12, 2012
Wow awesome! Thats very realistic, and i love all the detail. Great use for the LED lights, especially with the pool.
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  July 12, 2012
I'm moving in!
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  July 11, 2012
Nice detailing! Awesome job here!
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  July 11, 2012
Beautiful work here Dave, looks spot on. :)
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  July 10, 2012
Wow. really great job! It's really quite a good job with all details and I agree that it does have a clean, straight look to it. Amazing work.
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  July 10, 2012
Quoting Hans Dendauw NPD Masterful. Congratulations on the much deserved trophy.~H
Thanks, but it didn't win. The Inn at the End of the World from the Eurobricks Pirates display took the prize with it's power functions waterfall.
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  July 10, 2012
Masterful. Congratulations on the much deserved trophy.~H
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  July 10, 2012
Beautiful work! It took you a year to build but it looks absolutely fantastic! Congrats!
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  July 9, 2012
Absolutely perfect. Built with love and care, and a good eye for proportion. I badly want to live there.
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  July 9, 2012
WOW! Amazing! Ive never seen such a unique way of using LEGO Bricks!
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  July 9, 2012
My girlfriend just asked me:"You want to buy this one?... -I said no word- But...wait... (she came closer) this is one made of Lego?!?" She remained speechless looking at the pics... So was I. I think there is no better comment for your creation. Mr Kaleta, this is truely beautiful. Like the others said: a piece of art. Thanks for your kind comment about my last ""creation""...
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  July 9, 2012
Absolutely outstanding work here Dave. I wish I had half of your talent. It's an honor to see this, and it's not even my fav. theme. Superb!
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  July 8, 2012
Never seen anything like this! It looks real!
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  July 8, 2012
What's the plural for Porche? hahaha
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  July 8, 2012
You know this reminds me of a Charlie Sheen movie from the 80's when he was playing a car thief that stole lots of Porches... Cool build!
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  July 7, 2012
ravishingly beautiful!
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  July 7, 2012
Very well done, lots of interesting architecture and furniture!
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  July 7, 2012
This is absolutely the most fantastic LEGO house I've ever seen! It's so inspiring!
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  July 7, 2012
Fantastic build. The details are stunning. Love the curved wall and the 'wing' roof design.
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  July 7, 2012
superb use of our beloved bricks
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  July 7, 2012
excellent
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  July 7, 2012
Very inspiring! So many great little details in the MOC, I keep finding more as pore over the pics! Wish I was in Kindergarten again :)
Dave Kaleta
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White Knight
  July 6, 2012
A gorgeous model, I feel I could dive straight into that pool, beautifully lit inside and out, immaculate and so realistic !>.....amazing, well done
  July 6, 2012
I whole heartedly disagree that there are no white roofs. Living in Arizona, I can assure you they are everywhere! They became popular in the 70's and a lot of the homes in the Phoenix and surrounding areas are chock full of homes like that. Just sayin'. :P
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  July 6, 2012
This is a terrific model! It's so neat and cleanly designed. The pool in particular is a favorite of mine; it's easily the best LEGO pool design that I have ever seen. Everything else, from the interior to the vegetation is, top notch! P. S. @Chris I used to landscape around modern houses...and a few of them actually had white roofs ;)
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  July 6, 2012
Stunning job, Dave, and it was great to see it in person. These pictures, though, highlight some of the details that we couldn't see at Brickworld. You're the first person I've seen to use the 1x1 round tiles with the 2x2 round tiles to create cobblestone, and I'm sure you won't be the last. But that swimming pool sure takes the prize for best technique in the model. I also appreciate the break from minifigure scale. It allows you explore some of the shapes in different ways. I'll stop rambling now. Nice work all around!
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  July 6, 2012
Quoting Mark Kelso A bit late in commenting here, but I wanted to wait until I could take the time to give this the attention it deserves. Just LOVE this one, Dave. Beautiful design work, and the detailing is killer. Your works are always nice, but this one is particularly stunning to me. Great job!
Mark, as I've had to do some of the same scaling back as you (though not nearly on the same level), your comment really means a lot to me. It's nice to know that this community supports the work of others, even if they are absent from time to time. ~Dave
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  July 6, 2012
Well done Mr. Kaleta! It was really cool to see this at Brickworld. The pics also give great insight on the awesome interior which couldn't be seen as well while on display. Great work!
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  July 6, 2012
Quoting Ben King (Do you prefer Dave or Mr. Kaleta?)
Ben, Thanks for the kind words, they mean a lot. Unless you're in kindergarten (specifically, my classroom) Dave will do just fine. ~Dave
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  July 6, 2012
It was awesome to see this in real life, Dave! (Do you prefer Dave or Mr. Kaleta?) Anyways, fabulous job on this. Not only is the design of the house wonderful, but its amazing how you managed to make it look so realistic. The angles of the house are very smooth and fit perfectly with the straight walls. The stone chimney as well as the red wall compliment the white walls nicely. Not are only are you a great builder, but a great designer as well. Keep it up!
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  July 6, 2012
Quoting Artifex Creation Wow, incredible details on architecture, landscaping, interior & photography. Simply amazing!
Thank you for the lights! I need to make use of them more often when projects turn out like this!
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  July 6, 2012
Wow, incredible details on architecture, landscaping, interior & photography. Simply amazing!
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  July 6, 2012
Quoting Chris Melby Here is a critique, no houses ever have pure white roofs.
Chris, you're probably right that no house has a pure white roof. One of the things I was considering in this build was that there would be incredible solar-gain due to all the glass. My solution was to limit some of that gain with cantilevered overhangs and a white roof (a real technology http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/30/science/earth/30degrees.html ) You're right though, I probably could have thought this through more thoroughly.
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  July 6, 2012
Simply gorgeous. I love the modern look you were able to achieve on both the exterior and the interior. The water on the pool looks fantastic and I love how you illuminated everything, right down to fireplace mode. What really stands out to me on this MOC is the stone path outside. Adds a certain unmistakable realism to your work. Well done.
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  July 6, 2012
Beautiful! I want to live in that house!
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  July 6, 2012
A bit late in commenting here, but I wanted to wait until I could take the time to give this the attention it deserves. Just LOVE this one, Dave. Beautiful design work, and the detailing is killer. Your works are always nice, but this one is particularly stunning to me. Great job!
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  July 6, 2012
I really love this building. It has a very modern look and yet reminds me of one of those swanky designs you'd see in the 70's where people were thinking wide open spaces and porn mustaches.
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  July 6, 2012
Very cool build Dave!
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  July 6, 2012
I have seen this creation before, maybe on FlickR or something, I remember not. Anyways, now that I also see the lighting, I am amazed. But that fire light seems a bit too red... There is a more apropriate LEGO light piece for that -http://www.bricklink.com/search.asp?colorID=85&itemID=80552
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  July 6, 2012
best Lego house ever, first house in Lego, ive seen, that i actualy wanted to live in, the pool effect is brilliant, and with the duck upon, then you really get the feeling of theres water down there, brilliant and beautiful
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  July 6, 2012
Whoa...This is so extremely cool I am speechless. Awesome job!
  July 6, 2012
Amazing house. I love the pool and driveway...well done.
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  July 6, 2012
Quoting Leda Kat =^..^= For a kindergarten teacher you sure have a knack for designing houses. Simply delicious house. A year well spent.
Ha! Well as you know (and I probably should have mentioned) I spent the first 2.5 years of college studying architecture before I became an educator. In fact, the whole reason I got into architecture was that growing up, people saw my Lego builds and told me that I should be an architect! This is probably the closest I'll ever get to designing a house.
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  July 6, 2012
For a kindergarten teacher you sure have a knack for designing houses. Simply delicious house. A year well spent.
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  July 6, 2012
Sheer awesomeness. The pool is fantastic.
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  July 6, 2012
The best house design on MOCpages, bar none. Lovely in every way, and incredibly well thought-out. 5 stars : )
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  July 6, 2012
Brilliant! I love all the details, and of course the lights are great too. 5/5
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  July 6, 2012
this is an amazing house, the lawn chairs and table for example are excellent. The lights are great, just an amazing MOC all around! 5/5
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  July 6, 2012
So happy I got to see this in person at BW but I gotta tell ya, the pics are AWESOME! Never got to see the light up stuff while there and that is a real eye catcher! Just great stuff man... great stuff. ~ Chris.
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  July 6, 2012
Amazing modern house, you should definitely make more.
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  July 6, 2012
Great job getting that modern feel into this.
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  July 6, 2012
I think that the only reason this has so few comments is because it had to of been added like a minute ago. this thing is awesome, more detail in this than in all of my creations combined!!! cant wait for more creations like this
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  July 6, 2012
Wow, amazing work! The level of detail is incredible. Also, you mentioned how the floatie got a lot of attention, is it not funny how that happens? At BrickMagic we had a monkey in our display that got more attention than anything else :P
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  July 6, 2012
Awesome! The light-up effects are a really nice touch. ;)
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  July 6, 2012
Quoting JS Can Dave, I can't remember if you were eligible for AFOL of the Year, but I am kicking myself for not nominating you. You and all the contributors have inspired us once again.
Haha, thanks, but there are many more active AFOLs out there... when I'm done with grad school though, look out, because I have another MASSIVE project in mind!
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  July 6, 2012
The ultimate eco bachelor pad (complete with a 911). Dave, I can't remember if you were eligible for AFOL of the Year, but I am kicking myself for not nominating you. You and all the contributors have inspired us once again.
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  July 6, 2012
An architectural masterpiece!
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  July 6, 2012
Lovely house. The idea for the 'tiles' at the bottom of the pool is wonderful. I also like those touches of red. (I once saw a red leather English design sofa at the room I stayed in at the famous "Madonna Inn". I have looked for one like it but can't find one as stylish!) This house/setting also reminds me of some of the houses you can find tucked away up in the Hollywood Hills! Just lovely! :)
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  July 6, 2012
Quoting George G. And I was just wondering, did you ever post that Cafe/Restaurant Building that you were creating when you came down to London?
I need to get to the interior of that and build some furnishings. Now that I've learned some new techniques from this project, I think I'm ready to go back and finish that one off!
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  July 6, 2012
Amazing.
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  July 6, 2012
Absolutley fantastic Dave! I love all the curves and smooth interior! Just brilliant :) And I was just wondering, did you ever post that Cafe/Restaurant Building that you were creating when you came down to London?
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  July 6, 2012
Just magnificent.
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  July 6, 2012
If I could miniaturize myself I'd love to take a walking tour of 1007 Mountain Drive! Hey maybe I could spend a week there? Are you taking reservations?
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  July 6, 2012
That is an amazing house! The landscaping is perfect, from the gravel to the cobblestone pathway. The swimming pool is also excellent, and the house looks very modern! An amazing MOC!
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  July 6, 2012
Beautiful! The casual elegance depicted here is flawless, from the landscaping to the building to the pool you nailed everything. The light functions really add to the appeal, and I especially like the pool lights. Great work!
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  July 6, 2012
Pretty slick, Dude! Looks great!
 
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