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I was recently commissioned to build a replica of this personal residence located in Pennsylvania. The owners were moving away, and wanted to take it with them to help remember the great memories they forged in their home. The model is about 12" x 12" x 6" and uses over 7,500 LEGO pieces.



The historic home is a classically-shaped center hall colonial with a few additions that were added over its life. But I think the single defining feature of the house is the fieldstone brick fašade that gives the whole house a texture and a unique blended-color look. Initially I assumed that replicating it would be unrealistic, so I tried prototyping the house using a single LEGO color... but it just didn't look right without the brick pattens.



So I decided to replicated the fieldstone brick fašade, using over 6,000 1x1 and 1x2 plates in four colors (Dark gray, brown, dark tan, and a few flecks of gray.) Another row of big blocky LEGO bricks is built behind the fašade and gives the model its strength. It was a ton of work (2 weeks, instead of 2 days!) but I think it was worth it.



Another tidbit I was particularly happy with was the little white cornice detailing... can you tell what pieces I used to create the subtle little white bumps below the roofline?





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  November 10, 2012
Like this a lot great job.
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  September 9, 2012
OMG sean you are 1 of the best ever lego creators ever . anyway i love the design of the house and how pleased was the family you gave this to? 5/5
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  August 28, 2012
How did you make this and where did you get all these bricks??? AWESOME!!
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  August 27, 2012
You achieved some amazing texture here.
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  August 27, 2012
Great work as always - always an inspiration. -doug
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  August 25, 2012
Amazing wall textures!
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  August 25, 2012
Very nice colour patern.
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  August 25, 2012
Coool! It is more realistic 'cause you used 1 by 1 flats.
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  August 24, 2012
I wish we had a photo of the house!
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  August 24, 2012
Really nice, Sean! The technique for the field stone reads beautifully.
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  August 24, 2012
Very nice job. The blockiness gives it a special feel to it. It's good you didn't make it smooth. This way it looks very stylish and cute!
Sean Kenney
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Thoy Bradley
  August 23, 2012
Love it, enough said :)
Sean Kenney
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Yomayos Sprinx
  August 23, 2012
Nice!
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  August 23, 2012
This is such a beautiful house! The owners must be proud to own such a masterpiece!
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  August 23, 2012
This looks great! The roof might look a tad better if it was sloped, but the brick feel is really well done! Great job =)
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  August 23, 2012
ravishingly beautiful!
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  August 23, 2012
Beautiful build!! the result is truely impressive!
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  August 23, 2012
Excellent work on this, the stonework is especially nice, as is that roof! The backwards headlight bricks on either side of the door are nice decorations. Great work!
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  August 23, 2012
Wow, fantastic textures and details!
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  August 23, 2012
Simply stunning, Sean:)
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  August 23, 2012
Beautiful and refreshingly simple-not many specialized parts. I hope the people like it!
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  August 23, 2012
Lovely texturing on the walls, very similar to my recent Crawford Hall model, though with a touch more brown. The way you handled the problem with the roof's pitch was quite creative. I often encounter that problem, as the generic 45 degree slopes are too steep, and the 33 degree slopes are too shallow. A lovely model!
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  August 23, 2012
very nice indeed looks like an old english cottage well done
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  August 23, 2012
Nice job!
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  August 23, 2012
I wish I lived in that house :P
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  August 23, 2012
I don't know how you do that. It's just incredible. Blogged on BrickEnd: http://brickend.blogspot.com/2012/08/old-stone-house-by-sean-kenney.html
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  August 23, 2012
Very, very cool!
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  August 22, 2012
Awesome job on the stone work. You really captured the aesthetic look that an old stone house would have. If I were the couple purchasing this, I would be proud to display this work of art on my coffee table.
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  August 22, 2012
Very nice and simple. I trust they were happy with it?
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  August 22, 2012
Incredible detail! I love the use of the hinge plates!
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  August 22, 2012
What a lovely creation they have to recall their old home! You build all sorts of things! :)
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  August 22, 2012
Yay, looks great. And I actually sort of like the studs on the roof, they remind me of the old LEGO« sets. :)
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  August 22, 2012
I saw this in your TV appearance, and I'm glad you posted it. Love this particular architectural style, and you captured it perfectly. Nice!
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  August 22, 2012
Quoting Medieval Guy Why didn't you use slopes for the roof? Was it just not the look you wanted?
Slopes would have been too steep... The real home's roof is pitched lower, and a slope of two plates was more accurate than a full brick. (Plus I like the bumps.) :)
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  August 22, 2012
I agree, the brickwork is exceptional. I do have one question though: Why didn't you use slopes for the roof? Was it just not the look you wanted?
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  August 22, 2012
The Brick pattern had to be my favorite part. I love how it looks! -Matthew-
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  August 22, 2012
the most impressive thing, I think, is the szie it appears to be. It must be small, but appears massive. Great job- LOVE the colour scheme!
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  August 22, 2012
What a lovely build, I wish I lived there. Looks real in the thumbnail pic. I really like the studded roof (as apposed to sloped bricks).
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  August 22, 2012
blown away again.
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  August 22, 2012
Nice!
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  August 22, 2012
Exellent, Superb, Beautiful, Amazing...the list goes on, and on! Awesome job!!!
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  August 22, 2012
Excellent work, the brick pattern looks great.
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  August 22, 2012
Lovin' the color scheme. It looks like, well, an old stone house! Great work Mr. Kenney. If I were the owner, it'd be a tough choice between this and the actual house.
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  August 22, 2012
Quoting LK , the Scientist those are flat white hinges, those 2 2x1 plates who are connected to each other at the corner, used as a 2x2 plate in this creation :D
That's right! Good eye! :)
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  August 22, 2012
Wow, just wow!
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  August 22, 2012
great creation! the fieldstone color scheme works really well! oh, and those "bumps"? those are flat white hinges, those 2 2x1 plates who are connected to each other at the corner, used as a 2x2 plate in this creation :D
 
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