Naomi’s Place

I did a review of Heartlake Cupcake Cafe (41119) for Friends Bricks back in April 2016. At that time, I had a fairly clear vision of what the modular version would look like. It’s only taken 10 months to finally get around to turning the vision into an actual building!

I’ve called this one Naomi’s Place, since Naomi runs the cafe.

I loved the entrance for the Heartlake Cupcake Cafe, especially the stained glass window above the front door and the windows framed using the ornamental arches.  This section of the building was 16 studs wide and was therefore a natural starting point for the conversion to a modular building.  There was the matter of the gaps on the sides of the arches, but I filled those using a technique similar to that used by LEGO in the Winter Village Toy Shop (10199).

I also loved the outdoor seating area and was able to incorporate a similar structure in the rooftop terrace.  My daughter also decided that this was the perfect place for the rotating cake display.  So, while it lost the round windows, it didn’t lose the whole display!

The ground floor and rooftop are furnished with the fittings from the official model.  The first floor remain empty, but this could readily be converted to more seating (maybe move the couch there?) or the bakery / kitchen for the cafe.

You can find more images of Naomi’s Place on flickr and you can download the instructions for the structure here.

Review: Batcave (76052)

When the Batcave (76052) set landed at my doorstep, I must admit I wondered what I was going to do with it.  It doesn’t look like there is much there for someone who is mostly interested in modular buildings and conversions.  Let’s see how it stacks up.

Read the full modular conversion review here!

Under New Management

Palixa and the Bricks’ modified Cafe Corner building has come under new management and they have spared no expense in renovations, not only redoing the facade, but also adding a whole new floor to the hotel.

Budgets were clearly not an issue with this renovation.  Each room has its own ensuite and has been beautifully furnished with bright, modern furnishings.

Even the attic has been converted into an opulent suite.

Modifying the Cafe Corner like this not only looks great, but also allows you to experiment with colour combinations and essentially have one of the originals modular buildings without the expense.  Best of all you don’t need a copy of the original model, as you can download the instructions (BrickSet).

Head over to Flickr to see more of Palixa’s modified Cafe Corner.

Modular Conversion Review: 41101 Heartlake Grand Hotel

Your first thought may be, why a modular conversion, as this building is most of the way there already, right?  Ditch the elevator and make the floors a bit wider and there you have it.  That would be too simple.

And it was.  Read why here

Customised Cafe Corner

Reanard Pangestu, from the Modular LEGO Buildings group over on Facebook, has created his own version of the classic Cafe Corner.  I love the simple colour scheme of this version, the use of the 1×1 round tiles in Pearl Gold on the awnings and the feature tiling in front of the door.

This is a great way to learn about building techniques, while at the same time creating one of the classic modular buildings without breaking the bank.

There are more images of Reanard’s customised Cafe Corner on Facebook and, if you want to have a go yourself, you can find the instructions for the Cafe Corner on BrickSet and the original parts list on Rebrickable.

Changing Brands

Palixa and the Bricks shows why she is one of my favourite builders with her latest modular building, the Microsoft Store.  She has taken what was already a great building and  made it even better by adding her touch to the facade and the interior.  This has included changing the Apple Store to a Microsoft Store, redoing the facade, replacing the single apartment with two outstanding studio apartments and last, but definitely not least, adding a rooftop bar.

This studio apartment is just brilliant in terms of the layout, colour combination and design.

Head over to Flickr to see more images of this awesome building.  Thanks Palixa and the Bricks for the inspiration and showing us what LEGO is all about.

Modular Conversion Review: 71016 Kwik-E-mart

The thing that immediately caught my attention when the high resolution images of the KwiK-E-mart (71016) were first released was the amount of interior detailing and the printed parts.  In this respect, it doesn’t disappoint in real life!

But how does it stack up as modular or a parts pack? Read the full review here!

Modular Conversion Review: 41093 Heartlake Hair Salon

When I see a new set, the first couple of things that I ask myself is how I could convert it to a modular building and whether it would make a good parts pack for an MOC modular building.  To help answer these questions, I’m going to start a new type of review, which I’m calling the modular conversion review.

First cab off the rank is the Heartlake Hair Salon (41093), which was released in January this year.

Read the full modular conversion review!

Bikes galore!

The new  Modular LEGO Buildings group on Facebook is proving to be quite popular and has highlighted a few new builders and MOCs.  One of my favourites so far that hasn’t been featured here is Shen Maosheng’s modular bike shop which uses 3 sets of the LEGO Creator Bike Shop & Cafe (31026).

So many bikes!!!  But there’s loads more to it than those.  My favourite details are the double door entrance on the right, the three different yet cohesive elements to the upper facade, the satellite dishes etc on the roof and the external lights that you can see below.

This beautiful building is Shen’s first modular building.  I’m looking forward to seeing an interior for this build as well as Shen’s future builds, including what becomes of the bricks that belong to the cafe part of the official set!

Shen has indicated the additional images will be posted up on MOCpages.  In the meantime, they are available through the Facebook group.

Sonic Boon

After a while away, we get not just one, but three new modular buildings to feast your eyes on from one of my all time favourite builders Sonicstarlight (Jonathon Grzywacz).

The first is Bricklyn Bike, which sells and repairs skateboards, bikes, scooters and motorcycles.  I love the colour scheme and industrial feel of this building, as well as the cute little bike above the front door.

The next two are the Jewelry Store and  Pizzeria, which are immediately recognisable as being inspired by the LEGO Creator set Bike Shop & Cafe (31026).

Both buildings have apartments upstairs.  I’ve taken the liberty of using the image that shows the buildings with the apartments swapped.  I like this more so as the colours feel more harmonious to me in this combination.

There are lots more images of both the exteriors and fully furnished interiors available in the Flickr albums for the BrickLyn Bike and the Jewelry Store and  Pizzeria.