Inspired by an actual house in Plovdiv, intended as part of a Renaissance-themed city setup.
About this creation
Hi folks, we haven't been adding any new MOCs lately, so I /that is, Bobby/ thought I'd post a project of mine from a few months back.
Here you can see the inspiration for this project, our idea was to build an old town street running along such houses. The whole theme is inspired by the Old Town in Plovdiv which is pretty much left intact as it was during the Renaissance era. Ideally, I wanted to use the "castle" baseplate for that (due to the cobblestone sloped path which I believe would make a perfect match for this). However, we currently lack a sufficient amount of roof tiles and a few specific bricks to complete this project, so the whole thing is put on hold - hence the digitalised version.
This is, quite obviously, the front of the house. The amount of extra decoration has been kept to a minimum on purpose, looking at the above photo you could see why that is so. It is my belief that such houses create an awesome effect when put side by side and it is not necessary for each and every separate one of them to be embelished with any further architectural touches other than the original ones (i.e. each upper floor overlapping the previous one)
A quick look at the house's decoration. I opted for the "open back wall" design at this stage so that I could concentrate on the facade instead of constructing a whole (modular) building. Seeing the outcome and trying to imagine how it would look with a couple more similar houses put together along a street, now I feel that I might actually construct the finished houses (when I do) with the "open back wall" design as well... Most of all since that would save a lot of space and give the whole "street" a more cozy albeit perhaps slightly unfinished look.
As for the decoration itself - there's a fireplace in the kitchen /dining room on the first floor (don't mind the fact that I'd forgotten all about the chimney shaft) and a bed + wardrobe in the second floor bedroom. Due to a lack of sufficient space with this design I left out the stairs but I would also like to add that once I get to building the actual house(s).
When you comment on the furniture, please do bear in mind that these houses are supposed to represent 17th century residences, which seldom have too much decoration.
I'd be very happy if I could get some comments about this house & the whole project... What do you think that I should change? Should I go for a modular setup as opposed to this "semi-open" design? Any tips on how to fit in some more realistic furniture and decoration (I'm actually new to more intricate interior decoration on LEGO... guess when Asya, the other half of this * Otters account, joins in on this one, we'll get a few more nice touches to the interior)
Hey guys:) Thatīs a beautiful structure, especially the overhanging part of the house is interesting. Thanks for the nice review on the old town layout! When I look at it, I get a little nostalgic - I always loved Lego and spent entire vacations on building, completing and re-building layouts like the one you commented on. Now Iīm working on single models more, because my wife and me live in a small apartment right now and also because I need to finish my studies by writing a huge thesis... So Iīm glad if I can finish single models for the time being. I hope that one day itīll more easily be possible again to do entire layouts - now I could only do it at my parentsī. But thatīs an hour away and I donīt live there anymore - so: rather unpractical. Maybe when weīll have a bigger appartment/house. Anyways, nice to hear from you again! Best regards, Steffen
The door I had in mind wasn't available in the Digital Designer, so I decided to just skip it instead of using a door which would look out of place. Don't worry, once I start piecing this one together, it should look better ;)
Sounds great! amazing work so far, I really hope to see this nice thing in real bricks, it would be so nice! keep building... BTW thanks a lot for the nice comment, feedback from great builders is always highly appreciated, can't wait for your routemaster >>> peace.. Fofo :)