James May's Lego Brick House
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