Review: 31035 Beach Hut

The Beach Hut (31035) was the smallest of the three buildings (or four, if you count the Detective’s Office) released in the Creator range this year.  At less than 300 parts, you’d be forgiven for assuming that it doesn’t go very far as a modular.  Let’s see.

This review is a modular conversion review, which means it is done from the perspective of how it can be converted to a modular building and how far the set will take you as a parts pack for a modular building.

A big thank you to TLG’s Community Support team for providing the set for this review!

The box art on the front and the back follows the traditional design of the Creator theme, showing the three options for the building and highlighting the key play features:

   

Inside the box are three un-numbered parts bags, a couple of 8×16 Green plates and three instructions booklets (one for each building).  And not a sticker sheet to be found.

Here are the parts from the bags:

I couldn’t see any parts that looked new or unique in colour.  The parts that did catch my eye were the:

  • Round plates with holes
  • White inverted arches
  • Dark Blue roof tiles, although there are no corners or doubles
  • Reddish Brown tiles, of which there are quite a few

I also noticed that there weren’t a great number of bricks, but a relatively high proportion of door and window frames.

Here is the set, built according to the instructions for the main version of the model:

It’s a small, but cute building, with some neat details.  I quite like the deck and jetty, the round windows and the bird.  I’m still deciding whether it is a type of seagull or meant to be a sea eagle.

There is a cavity under the roof on each side of the building, but you need tiny little hands to be able to do anything meaningful with the space!

This brings us to the modular conversion part of the review.  The first thing I did was grab a few technic bricks with holes, two 8×16 Light Bluish Grey plates, Light Bluish Grey bricks, Yellow bricks, White plates and White tiles because it was obvious that I wasn’t going to get very far with just the parts that were included in the set.

I quite liked the water part and had the idea to create a modular building that backed onto the beach.  You could then have a row of these houses (beach bungalows?) that had a footpath out the front and beach (or maybe a lake) at the back.  I remember a holiday somewhere in Europe when I was little where there were steps into the ocean, so it’s not entirely outside the realm of possibilities.

This is where I ended up:

I really liked the back part of the original building, including the large window next to the glass door, and the decking leading to the beach and water.  The beach and water section was already 16 studs wide, so the main thing I needed to do there was change it so that the blue plates were was flush with the edge of the baseplate (i.e. fixed the corner wedge).

The configuration of the windows at the back is the same as per the second alternative build from the official set (the one shown on the bottom right on the back of the box).  I added in an extra row of Light Bluish grey bricks and floor plates, which also changed the position of the row of White plates between the Light Bluish Grey and Yellow bricks.  This now lines up with the top of the bottom pane on the large window.  Not a biggie, but it bugged me that it didn’t line up in the official build.

My first version of the middle floor didn’t have the contrasting Light Bluish Grey bricks or row of White plates.  The reason for this is that I wanted the balcony to have Yellow highlights, like the top floor, but the overall building just ended up looking like a big Yellow box!

I didn’t furnish the interior, but there is plenty of space to put in a kitchen and lounge on the ground floor and a bedroom on the first floor.

You can also see from this shot that I put a turntable under the outdoor chair.  It just seemed wrong having it fixed in one direction.

There is a large, opening window in the roof that allows for plenty of light as well as access to the roof space for some serious playing (or hiding of skeletons, if required).  I borrowed the design for the window in the roof from the 2008 Creator Beach House (4996).

I called it the Beach Shack to differentiate it from the Beach Hut.  This made sense in the original modular version, which did not have a middle floor.  However, with the addition of the first floor, it is probably more than just a “shack”!

Overall verdict?  The unfurnished Beach Shack has ~550 parts, with more than half of those being parts that were not in the original set.  Having two of these sets would get you a long way in terms of the windows and the roof tiles required to building the modular.  At the price you can get this set, though, it is worth picking up a few for the roof tiles, inverted arches, windows, doors and Reddish Brown tiles!

Thanks for reading!  I hope you enjoyed the review.

You can download the instructions for the Beach Shack here and see the parts list on Rebrickable (soon!).

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8 thoughts on “Review: 31035 Beach Hut

  1. Pingback: Modular Conversion Review: Beach Hut (31035) | modularsbykristel

  2. Very cool! I took part in the early VIP Black Friday sale yesterday on Lego.com, and considered buying 2 of these sets to try something similar. Instead I bought another Santa House Christmas set. Now I’m kicking myself after seeing this review and downloading your plans! Ha, that’s life! Thanks again for the awesome instruction downloads and the review, this was a great read!!!

      • So I just finished my build of the beach hut modular plans you provided… Very cool stuff!!!… Had picked up a couple of these sets while they were on sale at Amazon and then pieced out with parts from my own collection… It will look great next to my dock area in the town I’m building… THANKS!!!

  3. Thanks a lot for this detailed review, and for this very nice proposition of modular based on it. I start looking at the instructions and the parrts list and I’ve noticed that one of them : Wall Element 1X6X5, would be very difficult to find for people who do not have a kwik-E-Mart in spare part. It’s not a big deal, in fact, it will be easy to replace it with standard bricks like 1×2, 1×3… etc. but I’wondering if you have proposed this design with this kind of rare part just to make it easier to build, or to match with the style you prefer ?

    • I used one set plus parts from my own collection. I haven’t checked piece for piece, but you would need more than two sets to build the modular version.

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