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2004 - $40 - http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=4886-1
2007 - $70 - http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=4954-1
2007 - $50 - http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=4956-1
2008 - $35 - http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=4996-1
2009 - $60 - http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=6754-1
2010 - $45 - http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=5891-1
2011 - $30 - http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=5766-1
2011 - $70 - http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=5771-1
If you're thinking about something larger or more detailed, you'll probably have to go custom. Custom is always more fun when you design it yourself (you can make a model of your own house, or your dream house or something), but that has the potential to get pretty big. "Real" houses are larger than LEGO's sets, so you'll have a tendency to build something larger.
If money is even entering into your head as a possible concern, I would advise you not to buy someone's designs online. If they have a phenomenal-looking design, it'll be phenomenally expensive to buy the required parts. And if they have a mediocre design, you can design something just as good yourself. The only way you'll want to buy someone else's design is if they're also selling you the pieces (and usually, that's more expensive per piece than a LEGO set).
Your best bet is to start with the pieces you already have at home to offset the price. See what you've got, and see how you can integrate that into a design. What colors do you have the most of? What color windows and roof elements do you have?
If you buy 100% of the pieces you need for a custom house from online sellers, expect the cost of your house to go up by a lot. I would guess that if you tried to make one of the above sets using pieces purchased online individually, you'd probably spend somewhere between once and twice the cost of the set purchased retail.
Unless you happen to live near a Lego retail store, they have those "pick a brick" and you should be able to grab handful of each color to custom build a house you want. The "pick a brick" should be roughly .10 cents per a brick if I remember correctly. Give or take few more cents.
Toobad the Lego retail store is 4 hours away from here. (I can't just up and go on a trip to grab those bricks I want. I need good excuse to go visit Mall of America.)
I'm in processing of getting the bricks and some smaller parts to build a better Log Cabin. I bought and built the http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=5766-1 Overall the price for this is sensible. $29.99 you can't go wrong with that price. I had fun building it. Only thing is I'm not too pleased with certain things with this set. So I'm currently designing a slightly better and bigger log cabin than this one with a different idea in mind with Lego Digital Design program. It'll be more of MOC style.
By building a custom house will take time. If you don't have time now. My suggestion is either the #5766 Log Cabin or the #5771 Hillside House.
The best plans are the ones lego produces.
The cheapest way of buying bricks is as part of a lego set.
Hillside house is way overpriced IMO, and Log Cabin is not really a house.
I'd recommend Apple tree house as it's on sale most places, plus it has a lot of roof tiles to play with. If you want a bigger house, buy 2 of them and make something up based on that, it'll give you a good selection of bricks and cost next to nothing compared to other methods.
(a joke for the UK readers i think).
Well, he did use child labour to build it with!
Actually his lego house was very close to where I live, apparently the council made them remove it in the end because they didnt have planning permission, and they cut it up with chainsaws cos May hadn't built it in a modular way like Lego had recommended, so they couldnt dismantle it to take it elsewhere.
I agree with most the comments, I think they are accurate for building a house with some design to them.... but then I saw a picture of a lego house that was literally a giant box.
Something like that doesn't even need plans. I guess at this point I just need blocks in bulk, in one color. If I'm not near a lego store where's a good place to buy in bulk?
The best place to get bulk for retail is Pick-A-Brick at LEGO Brand Retail stores. It's probably the cheapest on a per-piece basis, and gets you good quality brick. The problem is that it doesn't give you a lot of variety. There are only a scant few options in matching colors, usually primary ones.
The next best is probably BrickLink. You can get cheap prices, but it depends on what seller you get. You may get someone who's excellent, but you might get unlucky and get someone that's slow to deliver, or has poor standards when describing their pieces. Generally works out pretty well though, especially if you specifically look for "new" elements.
After that, I'm not sure if it's Pick-A-Brick online or Pick-A-Brick at Legoland parks. Each are pricey (PAB at the Legoland parks is done by weight, not volume, and PAB online is by the element, with some generally higher prices that BrickLink), but they've got decent selection, and come directly from the company, so you're just about guaranteed to get high-quality stuff.
It was made of LEGO, sure, but it looked more like a large liquorice allsort than a large scale LEGO house.
I remember when watching the TV show, there was an hoity-toity designer responsible for it and she designed it like the cardigan she was wearing or something. I doubt she was even a LEGO fan.
I'm not at all surprised that preserving and moving it didn't justify the cost. I wouldn't want it in my garden either. If I had that many bricks, I'd try to make something that looked much better.
A shame, considering the effort and cost that went into it.
Technically, there IS a store in Enfield, too, but it's only open to LEGO employees, not the general public :(
We went there this week and crammed in over 300 legos into a cup. The house project is under way!
This nice design was somewhat similar to a Cotswold Cottage style, and it's a great way to use up all the red/yellow/blue bricks that you'd get in sets but never used... and instead of 9 old 10x20 thick baseplates... 2 new 32x32 green baseplates work fine.
Also, it looks nice with the old flat LEGO trees from the 1960s.
Here's my model, and a catalog image of the "mock-up" box that does not exist in the Billund Vault. This would have been the largest LEGO house model of the 20th century. The 3rd image was of the much smaller (only 4 10x20 thick baseplates) actually produced 717 set (as a modern flat roofed house).
Of course, this doesn't fit with most modern builders... because you need to stick your minifigs nearby... thus turning them into giants next to this smaller scale (but still huge) house.... ;-)
These house are close to what I had in mind. I got the bricks now I need to find some windows.
I was selling it for $3.00 in Bricklink, and it would be free shipping if it were EMAILed versus sending a printed copy.
Also I have over 1000 white classic windows/doors in my collection, and I could get you a decent price on the all 24-29 items (depending on which model version you want to build). Below is an image from the original green 1960 Continental European Glued Retailer Model Catalog, item #0769, and my 2 alternative building designs (utilizing more windows).
The 15 page document also shows some historic building images from a USA TV commercial of this house, as well as Idea Book images of it from the 1960s.
My fascination with this model and 717 set in general is that I was a young child in the 1960s, and I wanted this model set very much. My aunt spent 2 years trying to find this model... which she was going to buy me for Christmas or my birthday. 40 years later I found out from the Billund Archives and LEGO Collections... that they have no record of this model as a 717 set... and no box of this type in the Billund LEGO Set Vault.
So it took me 40 years to find out that the set I wanted so badly as a child was only used in USA/Canada LEGO catalogs (found in 1961-62 USA catalogs, and 1962-65 Canadian LEGO catalogs).... TLG... the child LEGO dream crusher...
(Huw and Ian... I hope I'm not breaking any forum rules)... but Jakbcat... you can email me at; [email protected], if you are interested in getting the instructions/history and the windows/doors... (all of the doors/window are less than 50 cents each). Then your son could build it from the instructions I made... plus it's a fascinating read with lots of historic images.
Right now it seems like the grays and tan parts are still to be found at PAB and those are good for homes..