James May's Lego Brick House

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Welcome to My Crib: James May's Two-Storey Lego Home Beats Other Like-Sized Ones into the Dust
    As fans of Lego know, you can build almost anything out of Lego bricks and re-assemble it whenever you like into something else entirely.  As a child, it always bugged me...could you ever really have enough Lego bricks to build an actual house?  I'd always start furiously building up my imagined palace of plastic, and then demurely realize that I didn't actually have enough Lego bricks.  As James May said, "Your imagination is always bigger than your stockpile when your a kid."  But what if, what if you could have all the Lego you could ever want?  And this, of course, is exactly what Top Gear presenter James May set out to discover.

     For his television series James May's Toy Stories, presented on BBC Two, James May began construction of a Lego house on a wine estate in Surrey, England.  Over 1,200 volunteers were used for the project, which took about a month and a half to build.  The house was completed on the 17th of September, 2009, after which May spent a day and night in the house for the show.  The two storey house was made with over 3.3 million Lego bricks, in which everything, and I mean everything, is made out of Lego.  The Lego home even features a fully workable bathroom, complete with sink, shower, and loo.

Welcome to My Crib: James May's Two-Storey Lego Home Beats Other Like-Sized Ones into the Dust - Image Source

After spending a day in his new Lego house, May invited over several leading home experts, some of which questioned the utility of the home and priced it at £50,000, undervaluing the time and materials put into it.  One of the three, however, was astounded by what he saw as a true work of art, and valued the home at more than £500,000.

James May in the multi-coloured Lego hallway, with skylights in the ceiling - Image Source

Even the stairs and ceiling are made of, you guessed it, Lego.  The home was built with hollow blocks, each made with 272 standard 8-studded Lego bricks.

The fully workable sink, against a Lego backdrop made in the shape of the Union Jack - Image Source

From this photo, you can see that the home has a very modern feel as well, and I certainly wouldn't mind having some of its furnishings - like the yoked Lego carpet out in the hall.

James May with the Lego bed, with Lego pillows, sheets, and even Lego slippers (What could be more comfortable!) - Image Source

Having spent one night in the house, May said, "I slept in it on Friday and had the best night's sleep for a long time. The bed was a bit hard but I slept like a brick."

© 2011 Gregory Markov


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