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The flooring in modular buildings is usually created just as you said using large plates linked by attaching narrower plates beneath (two by however long is required like these for instance: http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=4282). It is a very strong design and remains sturdy even with large gaps in the floor for stairwells or skylights.
I hope that is helpful.
What kind of modular is it that you are working on just out of interest?
I'm using LDD and making a library. I saw one on here the other day that inspired me so I decided to give it a shot. I'm trying to not to make it look identical, however some aspects are similar. I like it so far!
I'll be headed to Downtown Disney in Orlando, FL in the next week or so; I'll be able to pick up a bunch of bricks there if I decide to actually build it.
I think my next task is conserving pieces so that this thing is more affordable if ever actually build it.
Thanks for the heads up with the Fire Brigade set. I'll give that a look. I'm headed to a Lego store in a few weeks so I'll see what options I have there. I know they have the setup where you fill up a cup with whatever pieces for a set price. If that seems economically smarter, I might consider that; though, I'm not sure the variety of pieces available at the store.
I'll be sure to post my finished product when it's done. Would you suggest posting it in this thread or a new one?
The PAB wall at Downtown Disney is fantastic but I don't know that you'll find a large percentage of what you need. What you can do is buy FB and then buy the extra parts there, the tan and white pieces for upstairs, translucent pieces for the window, etc.
When I'm home I'll get you a link to my flicker so you can see my interpretation, it's about time I updated it anyhow.