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What Have You Done To Your House To Accommodate Your Lego Hobby/Addiction?

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  • LordmoralLordmoral Puerto RicoMember Posts: 704
    My Imperial Forces are looking for an expansion into that cabinet, they are missing a Gozanti Class Ship as well a Zeta Class Shuttle but that is a matter for another day:
    KungFuKennyCymbelineOnebricktoomanyomniumFizyxmsandersKLOKRIECHERSnizzlebutts
  • panchox1panchox1 The Outer RimMember Posts: 455
    @kungfukenny, what type of storage bins to you use?
  • PaperballparkPaperballpark UK / KLMember Posts: 3,720
    tom1994 said:
    I’ve just started renting a 15 sq ft storage unit to keep all my sets and boxes until I have a bigger house! No one warns you about how much space this hobby needs :O 
    Surely you mean 15sq metres? 15sq ft is barely anything!
    KungFuKennygmonkey76
  • datsunrobbiedatsunrobbie West Haven , CTMember Posts: 1,569
    @panchox1 Aldi sells very similar Workforce brand drawers for a third (or less) of the price of the Akro-Mils drawers. I have both, and the biggest difference I noticed is the Aldi drawers don't have a tab at the back of the drawer to keep them from pulling out. 
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 3,112
    The Akro-Mils ones used to be available at Menards for $20, but sadly I don’t see them on their web site any more. It looks like they may have replaced them with the “Tuff Store” brand: 
    https://www.menards.com/main/tools/tool-storage/socket-organizers-small-parts-bins/tuff-store-reg-pro-series-27-drawer-small-parts-storage-cabinet/ts1327p/p-1521440819717.htm
    KungFuKennyJackad7
  • BillyBricks84BillyBricks84 United StatesMember Posts: 355
    The Akro-Mils ones used to be available at Menards for $20, but sadly I don’t see them on their web site any more. It looks like they may have replaced them with the “Tuff Store” brand: 
    https://www.menards.com/main/tools/tool-storage/socket-organizers-small-parts-bins/tuff-store-reg-pro-series-27-drawer-small-parts-storage-cabinet/ts1327p/p-1521440819717.htm
    I noticed this today, too. Not that I have room for any more of these, but it was nice to know where I could conveniently get them for a good price. 
    KungFuKennyJackad7
  • Jackad7Jackad7 Wisconsin Member Posts: 524
    Heading into 2020 I had 2 objectives for my MOC building area...I first added another column of storage bins so I could finally sort excess bricks from PAB purchases etc.  I also am able to sort my Duplo pieces now...

    I also installed a desk perpendicular to the main one so that my TFOL son and I can build simultaneously...

    As always, it’s good to have some friends nearby to supervise the building...
    All in all I’m pretty pleased to have the upgrades finished - now to choose what to build next!
    Just curious what method do you use to sort your pieces? For example does every single part/color combo have it's own drawer? Trying to part out my stuff so I can actually find what I need but very overwhelmed.
    KLOKRIECHER
  • KungFuKennyKungFuKenny Deep in the Heart of TexasMember Posts: 1,213
    Jackad7 said:
    Just curious what method do you use to sort your pieces? For example does every single part/color combo have it's own drawer? Trying to part out my stuff so I can actually find what I need but very overwhelmed.
    When I first started years ago my sorting reflected the smaller size of my parts collection... for example all the 1x1 plates would be mixed in one bin, then the 1x2s, etc.  As the part count has gone up I have found it helpful to separate by part type and then by color.  I try to plan so that there will be bigger drawers for parts like black 1x2 plates, which I commonly stock up on at the PAB wall.  

    It really depends on your space/storage limitations— as I have been able to add storage, I have been able to make my organization more granular/specific.  For example, I have separate bins for minifigure heads, torsos, legs, hands, weapons, food items, etc...

    If you check out Tom Alphin’s label system you will begin to see what you are up against.  He is up to 20 pages of labels currently, and many of those categories will be printed several times to accommodate multiple colors!

    https://brickarchitect.com/files/LEGO_BRICK_LABELS-CONTACT_SHEET.pdf
    Switchfoot55OldfanJackad7mak0137
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 3,112
    @Jackad7 Check out this thread for some extensive discussion of sorting a collection: 
    https://forum.brickset.com/discussion/26629/how-detailed-do-you-get-when-sorting
    datsunrobbieKungFuKennyJackad7LittleLorimak0137
  • GrannyLEGOGrannyLEGO FloridaMember Posts: 155

    All in all I’m pretty pleased to have the upgrades finished - now to choose what to build next!
    Next? I am already drooling all over your set up! I'm just getting started and at my age I will never catch up!

    KLOKRIECHER
  • Jackad7Jackad7 Wisconsin Member Posts: 524
    @Jackad7 Check out this thread for some extensive discussion of sorting a collection: 
    https://forum.brickset.com/discussion/26629/how-detailed-do-you-get-when-sorting
    Ah thanks! I figured there was a thread somewhere just wasnt having luck finding it on my phone.
    Astrobricks
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 18,864

    As always, it’s good to have some friends nearby to supervise the building...

    Two clocks with different times, even just a minute apart, would really annoy me.
    panchox1KLOKRIECHER
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 3,112
    A person with two clocks never knows what time it is.
    KungFuKenny
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 1,798
    The two clocks could be just one second (or less) apart, and the photo was taken in the interval between the two reaching 2:27.
    msanders
  • GrannyLEGOGrannyLEGO FloridaMember Posts: 155
    The two clocks could be just one second (or less) apart, and the photo was taken in the interval between the two reaching 2:27.

    Ahhh, a rationalist! Personally I gave up having my clocks agree exactly long ago as it seemed to be an exercise in futility
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 1,798
    Me too. I just try to have them within a minute.
  • legoleppylegoleppy MarylandMember Posts: 75
    autolycus said:
    @KungFuKenny yeah, the Efferman stand or one of the acrylic stands from Wicked Bricks or iDisplayIt are my most likely short-term options. I’m pretty sure I can fit one of those on an existing cabinet, once some other sets are taken apart.

    real shame the Sammanhang isn’t a foot longer! That would be excellent at $80! I’ll see what 2x of that looks like. Might be awfully big for a coffee table.

    Some of the custom options run >$1k, which is both reasonable and crazy at the same time!
    That’s what I did. Also have the UCS Y wing with it. It’s big but fits my space and I really like it.  And a great display as you walk into my basement  I’ll have more photos in March when my custom bookshelf wall is built  
    KungFuKennydspigelstluxMynattKLOKRIECHER
  • autolycusautolycus US-SEMember Posts: 410
    Unfortunately, @legoleppy, the Sammanhang table isn’t available anymore. Otherwise I think that would have been the answer for me!
  • DeefuzzDeefuzz Member Posts: 4
    Heading into 2020 I had 2 objectives for my MOC building area...I first added another column of storage bins so I could finally sort excess bricks from PAB purchases etc.  I also am able to sort my Duplo pieces now...

    I also installed a desk perpendicular to the main one so that my TFOL son and I can build simultaneously...

    As always, it’s good to have some friends nearby to supervise the building...
    All in all I’m pretty pleased to have the upgrades finished - now to choose what to build next!
    This is pretty incredible and absolutely the dream right there

    SumoLegodavetheoxygenman
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 13,048
    ...I also installed a desk perpendicular to the main one so that my TFOL son and I can build simultaneously...
    Hmmm... I can only get my son to play Smash Bros. and Zelda.  But we do collect minifigures, so that's something.
    ericbDjblythe05KungFuKenny
  • legoleppylegoleppy MarylandMember Posts: 75
    autolycus said:
    Unfortunately, @legoleppy, the Sammanhang table isn’t available anymore. Otherwise I think that would have been the answer for me!
    Yeah the guy at ikea said that I got the last two in the East coast and that was at the end of last year. Check out local carpenters. That’s who I’m using for a custom glass display wall. Expensive but it will be well worth it 
    autolycus
  • Steve_J_OMSteve_J_OM Cork, IrelandMember Posts: 950
    Has anyone here had an outdoor home office installed in their garden, which doubled up as a LEGO room? I've just started to work remotely and I'm looking at maybe having to get such a unit. I'm hoping I could get something big enough that could double up and house a modest collection (maybe 6x3 meters or thereabouts). Although I'm not sure how easy I feel about having that much value kept outside the house. 
  • Djblythe05Djblythe05 NorthantsMember Posts: 47
    You can get some good looking ones that seem to be very secure at places like https://dunsterhouse.co.uk/garden-offices
    I looked into such things before we managed to get a little extra money out of the bank for our extension. Just need to wait for it all to get started now, then I can try figure out how to fit everything I want and need into the extension we’ve planned. 
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 3,112
    TIL garden offices are a thing 🤔
    ericbjuno_2023
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 1,798
    The idea of heating a small, separate building during a Minnesota winter... 
    Astrobricksgmonkey76ericbJackad7Steve_J_OMTkattSighSumoLego
  • autolycusautolycus US-SEMember Posts: 410
    I think there’d be a LOT of firewood involved.
    Jackad7SumoLego
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 13,048
    edited April 7
    mh3490 said:
    New pictures of the lego room
    What's the plan for the gap between the PC and GE?  My completionist/OCDist must know!

    And I see the Funkos.  You thought we wouldn't notice, but we did.
    BumblepantsstluxAstrobricksKungFuKennybrickventuresMr_Cross
  • PaperballparkPaperballpark UK / KLMember Posts: 3,720
    Heading into 2020 I had 2 objectives for my MOC building area...I first added another column of storage bins so I could finally sort excess bricks from PAB purchases etc.  I also am able to sort my Duplo pieces now...

    I also installed a desk perpendicular to the main one so that my TFOL son and I can build simultaneously...

    As always, it’s good to have some friends nearby to supervise the building...
    All in all I’m pretty pleased to have the upgrades finished - now to choose what to build next!
    I really wish we could buy those drawer units in the UK. There's nothing really like them here. 
    SumoLegoKungFuKennylegomentalcatwrangler
  • datsunrobbiedatsunrobbie West Haven , CTMember Posts: 1,569
    @Paperballpark
    Keep an eye out at Aldi, I've seen these drawers come and go here in the US. 

    https://www.aldi.co.uk/workzone-33-accessory-drawers/p/097270265539001

  • KungFuKennyKungFuKenny Deep in the Heart of TexasMember Posts: 1,213
    Heading into 2020 I had 2 objectives for my MOC building area...I first added another column of storage bins so I could finally sort excess bricks from PAB purchases etc.  I also am able to sort my Duplo pieces now...

    I also installed a desk perpendicular to the main one so that my TFOL son and I can build simultaneously...

    As always, it’s good to have some friends nearby to supervise the building...
    All in all I’m pretty pleased to have the upgrades finished - now to choose what to build next!
    I really wish we could buy those drawer units in the UK. There's nothing really like them here. 
    Maybe something like this?
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Organiser-Organizer-Jewellery-Transparent-Compartments/dp/B07TZ4WCWN/ref=sr_1_23?dchild=1&keywords=plastic+storage+cabinet+drawers&qid=1586293227&sr=8-23
    KLOKRIECHERJackad7VioletGiraffe
  • PaperballparkPaperballpark UK / KLMember Posts: 3,720
    @Paperballpark
    Keep an eye out at Aldi, I've seen these drawers come and go here in the US. 

    https://www.aldi.co.uk/workzone-33-accessory-drawers/p/097270265539001

    Thanks, yeah I got two of those a couple of months ago. They're not too bad, although very they have a very cheap feel to them. My main problem with them is that the drawers hold about as much as the small drawers on the picture I quoted. I need more of the larger drawers! I can only get combined units here in the UK - 24 small drawers and 6 larger drawers.
  • PaperballparkPaperballpark UK / KLMember Posts: 3,720
    Heading into 2020 I had 2 objectives for my MOC building area...I first added another column of storage bins so I could finally sort excess bricks from PAB purchases etc.  I also am able to sort my Duplo pieces now...

    I also installed a desk perpendicular to the main one so that my TFOL son and I can build simultaneously...

    As always, it’s good to have some friends nearby to supervise the building...
    All in all I’m pretty pleased to have the upgrades finished - now to choose what to build next!
    I really wish we could buy those drawer units in the UK. There's nothing really like them here. 
    Maybe something like this?
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Organiser-Organizer-Jewellery-Transparent-Compartments/dp/B07TZ4WCWN/ref=sr_1_23?dchild=1&keywords=plastic+storage+cabinet+drawers&qid=1586293227&sr=8-23
    That would be ideal, but it's very expensive - £34! The combined units I mentioned above are only £13
    KungFuKenny
  • mh3490mh3490 NW Indiana Member Posts: 325
    @SumoLego I knew you would be playing I spy with my pics lol and the plan is for the book store to go there and yes I only buy the Pokémon pops as that was one of my favorite shows as a kid 
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 13,048
    mh3490 said:
    @SumoLego I knew you would be playing I spy with my pics lol and the plan is for the book store to go there and yes I only buy the Pokémon pops as that was one of my favorite shows as a kid 
    Oooo... I don't 'spy', I study the photos that folks post.

    I am interested to know what is going in those Minifigures cases?  (They're empty on the shelf below the Cinderella Castle.)  And is the Creator Mini Cooper just a bit off-camera?

    Apocalypseburg needs to be liberated from the box.... 
    gmonkey76
  • MaffyDMaffyD West YorkshireMember Posts: 2,777
    ^ I almost want to share a photo of my office space with Sumo to find out how his brain copes with studying my study! :-)
    560Heliportcatwrangler
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 13,048
    I have a big head.  It is full of space to do lots of analysis.  And I gots lots of time on my hands.

    By the way - stupid weather is too cold to paint my basement.  Snowing in April!  C'mon!!!!
    560Heliportcatwrangler
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 1,798
    It was snowing here also, about a half hour ago. Now the sky is half blue, half clouds.
    AstrobricksSumoLego
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 3,112
    edited April 9
    And now it’s snowing again.


    And now it’s sunny.


    And now it’s snowing again.

    And at one point it was both at once.
    :-/
    BumblepantscatwranglerSumoLegoMynatt
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 1,798
    A good day for LEGO!
  • autolycusautolycus US-SEMember Posts: 410
    Snow?! It's 77 here, and we've already hit 90 this year! (nope, not in Florida or the desert either, just ATL).
    560Heliport
  • GrannyLEGOGrannyLEGO FloridaMember Posts: 155
    autolycus said:
    Snow?! It's 77 here, and we've already hit 90 this year! (nope, not in Florida or the desert either, just ATL).
    It was 80 at 9 AM here in St Augustine FL ... this afternoon it got in the 90's
    560Heliport
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 13,048
    Random thought - if I were starting a delivery company, I would name it 'Corona Carriers'.
    560HeliportBumblepantsgmonkey76
  • PaperballparkPaperballpark UK / KLMember Posts: 3,720
    Motto: "We deliver more than you ask for!"
    SumoLego560HeliportGothamConstructionCoOldfangmonkey76
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 1,798
    @autolycus I spent the summer of 1987 at Fort Benning, Georgia... I'll take snow, thank you very much.
    SumoLegoautolycusAstrobricks
  • mh3490mh3490 NW Indiana Member Posts: 325
    @SumoLego they are practicing social distancing and yes the mini is up there 
    SumoLego
  • BumblepantsBumblepants DFWMember Posts: 6,458
    Hey @SumoLego show us your carpets and stuff while you remodel the basement. We are bored and need entertainment
    560HeliportKungFuKennyCymbelinegmonkey76
  • KungFuKennyKungFuKenny Deep in the Heart of TexasMember Posts: 1,213
    edited April 10
    Hey @SumoLego show us your carpets and stuff while you remodel the basement. We are bored and need entertainment
    A live stream of @sumolego painting his basement would be must see TV!
    Cymbeline560HeliportBumblepantsbrickventuresgmonkey76
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