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

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One, two, three …

Alex54 went through three revisions from his original idea for a corner building with a rounded corner tower, to the final building.  If my experience is anything to go by, I suspect it was probably closer to thirty iterations!  Irrespective, the end result is beautiful.

Alex54 makes great use of the new fence pieces in Sand Green for the upper windows.  I also like how he has done the dome on the corner turret, the shopfront windows and the patterned pavement.

Head over to Eurobricks to see and read the journey from the original idea to this final version.

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.

Grand Prix Auto Services

snaillad (Andrew Tate) has taken us back to the 1930s and 40s with his latest art deco creation, the Grand Prix Auto Services.

Built largely sideways, the Grand Prix Auto Services is packed with details.  My favourite ones are the black and brown trim at the bottom of the building and the bowsers.

Thanks for the inspiration Andrew!

Fishy Masterpiece

cimddwc never fails to impress, as is evident in his latest masterpiece, the FishMaster, a fully furnished modular building housing a fishmonger on the ground floor and an apartment upstairs.

I love the combination of Light Salmon (Scala wall panels) with the light Bluish Grey and White.  A very pretty combination, which, if it weren’t for the fact that the colour names include a fish, would seem at odds with the nature of the business that occupies the ground floor!

The gorgeous front facade for the first and second floor are created using clever SNOT techniques, as well as an interesting combination of pieces.

Head over tho Flickr for more images of this beautiful building!  And check out his other buildings while your there to see why cimddwc is one of my favourite builders!

The Ocean Restaurant

The Ocean Restaurant by Snaillad (Andrew) is an art deco masterpiece.  I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves, as my words won’t do it justice.

There are a few more images of this beautiful building on Flickr.  Make sure you check out Snaillad’s other buildings while you’re there for even more inspiration.

Double Delicious

Whether you are after a sweet treat or something more salty, you can’t go past peedeejay’s Bakery and Fishmonger.  Inspired by the Pet Shop, peedeejay has built not just one, but two gorgeous 16-stud wide modulars.  Both buildings are fully furnished with a shop downstairs and one-bedroom apartments upstairs.

My favourite of these is the one on the left, I think partly because the lower level reminds me of my favourite sweets – all sorts – while the upper facade is a great mix of colour and textures.

The rears of the buildings also have plenty of details to catch the eye, such as the cute bay window and the terrace on the upper floor.

Head over to EuroBricks or peedeejay’s gallery for more images of these gorgeous buildings.

New York Townhouse

The New York Townhouse by Nightfall (Stefan) has captured the essence of townhouse living in the Big Apple.  I love the crispness of the colour scheme, and the way the contrasting green of the roof actually ties in with the green leaves on the tree.  There’s also some clever parts usage in the balconies on the first floor.

While the front of the building is very much New York, the back of the building feels more like a holiday villa.  That probably makes it the perfect house to come home to after working all day in the city!

Nightfall’s New York Townhouse is also beautifully furnished, with some lovely modern furniture.  Check it out here!

 

Wine Shoppe

The Wine Shoppe by ‘talos’ has everything you need to quench your thirst!  My favourite parts of this cast iron inspired facade are the middle floor windows and how the Bright Light Orange in the window canopy offsets the otherwise muted white and grey tones of the building.

This building also has an interesting back, with a stepped effect created by the three levels and an outdoor terrace on the top floor.

Head over to Eurobricks to see more images of the fully furnished Wine Shoppe.