Lego isn't just for kids; it's fun for the fathers as well. My son Erik and I built lots of villas, mansions, villages and squares throughout the years. Here's an impression.
Unfortunately, the lego factories management doesn't seem to realise that the power of Lego is not rebuilding an exact copy of a Harry Potter castle, but in designing yourself things with preferrably a large collecion of generic bricks and parts. The toyshops hardly sell these generic things anymore. So how do you get useful parts then? Here are some hits.
Villa, 2006An enormous villa
Side with garden
Village centre, 2006A cosy village centre with church, cafe and disco, several houses and a fountain. Church and fountain are created by big sister Renée.
Modern villa, 2005Beautiful modern villa with special entrance, a charactieristical roof and two roof gardens.
Oud-Dutch fašades, 2004A streef of classic Dutch fašades, including, of course, the step fašade.
Railway station, 2004The station was designed for the Erik's wooden railway. So it's not the lego train - we don't have that.
Square with gate, 2004Another square. And finally the gate brick from the creator set proved to be useful.
Entrance and back house
Large symmetrical villa, 2004Mark the beautiful window in the front.
SkategroundThis was entirely built by Erik and his big sister Renée. Inspired on the popular cartoon series Rocket Power.
Skytower, 2004At our visit to Canada, Erik was impressed by the CN-tower in Toronto. Here is a sqaure version.
Dead end street, 2004
Tradidional Dutch farmModel of a traditional 'head-tail-body' farm. This type of farms can be found in the northeast of the country.
Small square, 2003As my son got more useful Lego bricks the possibilities grew. Just before we built this, we'd shopped for doors, windows and roof tiles at lego.com.
Village square, 2003Mark he blue house is built over another one.
Villa with tower, 2003
Please don't look at the smiley mouths on the yellow bricks. They put them in Lego creator sets.
Village street, 2003Our first village. The yellow house is built partly over the blue one.
Villa with two blue towers, 2003By that time we dind't have many doors and windows.
Debbie flat, 2003By that time, big sister Debbie lived with her boyfriend in a flat in the Hague. On the flat was a big neon light singn 'BCC', after the electronics store that was on the first floor. I joked that there should have been 'Debbie' on that sign instead of 'BCC'. That inspired us to build a small model of the 'Debbie flat'.