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Lessons Learned on Interior Lego Design
What Worked
  • Take a tape measure, measure off 9" increments, and write down the stud numbers. This way, i can take the measurement of a room directly in studcounts (and round up or down as needed), rather than having to convert every measurement.
  • For my purpose (a mockup for planning upcoming changes), the most important thing was the feeling of space within a room. So, to heck with other measurements, measure the room space first, and move the rooms around till they fit, then add in walls between.
  • Sorting out legos - not perfectly, mind, just getting the bulk of them out of the way so you can see the rest. Here's how I've sorted it so far, in order of decreasing volume
    • bricks 2x2, 2x4, 2x6 ...
    • bricks 2x1 (man, we had a lot of these)
    • bricks 1x1, 1x3, 1x4 ...
    • flats 2xN and up (they take up lots of visual space)
    • smaller flats
    • minifig pieces

    I still have a pretty big tub left over. I did not sort by color - once I have the shape down, finding the color is easy.

Still Pending
  • Buying bricks on Ebay
  • Using smooth flats for floors after the cabinets are in place, so the furniture don't stick.
  • Sorting out slants, bionicle, technics, and other derivatives from the collection
  • storing 4 ebay orders of white bricks. (yipes!)
  • Some kind of other flooring support model. Heck, I might just do joists :) Will have to see what kinds of pieces I get.

What did not work
  • Measuring wall lengths and converting them to studlengths. Too much rounding error, everything starts getting inconsistent.

  • Measuring absolute lengths from a single point to try to reduce error. It ended up consistent, but the room spacing was off due to rounding errors still. (7x11 vs 6x10 makes a big difference in the bathroom size).
  • Measuring the outside of the house then filling in. Just like absolute lengths above.
  • Building furniture upside down so it wouldn't stick the floor. It just looks wierd. Instead will try to smooth the floor.
  • 32x32 baseplates are great for a starter, but with multifloor models, will need to build something else with flats or otherwise. How else will I connect the staircases? :)