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What Have You Done To Your House To Accommodate Your Lego Hobby/Addiction?

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  • SprinkleOtterSprinkleOtter Member Posts: 2,145
    Where does that staircase lead?
    SumoLego
  • SprinkleOtterSprinkleOtter Member Posts: 2,145
    SumoLego said:
    ^ To the 'Fifty Shades of Medium Light Grey' Room...
    Ya' know, now that you mention it, I think you could build a "50 shades of orange" room. How many times have they changed orange, again?
  • gmonkey76gmonkey76 ChicagoMember Posts: 588
    You can say that about any color now that the pellets don't come from the same source, and are colored on site.
    floridabrick
  • SprinkleOtterSprinkleOtter Member Posts: 2,145
    gmonkey76 said:
    You can say that about any color now that the pellets don't come from the same source, and are colored on site.
    I'm talking about official colors.
  • masterX244masterX244 GermanyMember Posts: 345
    ^ This is the problem with cabinets and large sets...
    had the fun with long builds, too.. 10221 had to get relocated after venator build since venator was wider and higher than the SSD and only one spot worked out. after that some Sokoban had to be played on the shelves to find a working solution. (having shelves under roof-slopes doesnt help much)
  • miamibearmiamibear OhioMember Posts: 9
    I was planning to buy some plastic shelving to store my empty boxes in the basement but the more I think about it I'm not sure how to store them. I'm leaning on just keeping the sets (boxes) that cost more the $100. Currently they are open on one end, but I could save a lot of space by opening both ends and flattening the boxes. But if both ends are opened does that make the box less desirable if I ever decide to sell those sets?
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 6,566
    Once you break the seals, that's where you see the decrease in value.  I doubt a serious collector is going to add value because two seals are 'original'.
    BuriedinBricks
  • 12651265 Member Posts: 847
    TikiLuki said:
    Recce said:
    TikiLuki said:
    Sadly, we have no display area in this house...not really any appropriate space to do so. But I did just finish re-doing "the LEGO closet" with shelves that better accommodate everything. Fit in whatever has been purchased over the last 5 years and still have a bit of room for more.
    Very clean and tidy shelving, unlike mine.

    You bought all those MISB classic sets in last 5 years? Must have cost a bomb, or two!
    Oh, no, sorry. I've been collecting for about 35 years. Most of these I had before we moved to this house 5 years ago.

    What I meant was that when we moved in, I was immediately out of space, and by re-organizing with these new shelves, I was able to get in all the stuff I had when we moved here, plus the things I'd purchased in the 5 years since then.

    Had I paid "the last 5 years prices" for those sets, I wouldn't be able to afford a home to keep them in!

    LL924 said:
    My "Lego Room" (basement spare bedroom) includes space for my shotgun collection.  My Lego is well protected!
    Nice shelving....and very clean.  Looks like older sets.....you have updated pics with your newer newer sets?
  • miamibearmiamibear OhioMember Posts: 9
    SumoLego said:
    Once you break the seals, that's where you see the decrease in value.  I doubt a serious collector is going to add value because two seals are 'original'.
    Thank you for the reply, that makes sense, so in your opinion if I were to sell the sets in a few years time would it even matter if I keep the boxes at all? I'm specifically thinking about the modular buildings and the UCS Star Wars sets.
    SumoLego
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 6,566
    Well, I would still keep the boxes.  Particularly for larger sets.  It lends credibilty if your potential buyers want to avoid a Bricklinked set.

    (Yes, I set off a Brickset Hand Grenade about whether you 'own' a set by independently acquiring all of the pieces...)
    SprinkleOttergmonkey76
  • SprinkleOtterSprinkleOtter Member Posts: 2,145
    SumoLego said:
    Well, I would still keep the boxes.  Particularly for larger sets.  It lends credibilty if your potential buyers want to avoid a Bricklinked set.

    (Yes, I set off a Brickset Hand Grenade about whether you 'own' a set by independently acquiring all of the pieces...)
    You do!
    You don't!
    Do too!
    Do not!
    Yes!
    No!
    Maybe?!
    Not yet!
    SumoLegoBumblepantsSalamalexAllBrickYodaliciousOldfangmonkey76RedbullgivesuwindClutchPower
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 6,566
    ^ Exactly.  Thus, if your future buyer is in the 'No' camp, you can send them a box.
    SprinkleOtter
  • TikiLukiTikiLuki ChicagoMember Posts: 60
    1265 said:
    TikiLuki said:
    Recce said:
    TikiLuki said:
    Sadly, we have no display area in this house...not really any appropriate space to do so. But I did just finish re-doing "the LEGO closet" with shelves that better accommodate everything. Fit in whatever has been purchased over the last 5 years and still have a bit of room for more.
    Very clean and tidy shelving, unlike mine.

    You bought all those MISB classic sets in last 5 years? Must have cost a bomb, or two!
    Oh, no, sorry. I've been collecting for about 35 years. Most of these I had before we moved to this house 5 years ago.

    What I meant was that when we moved in, I was immediately out of space, and by re-organizing with these new shelves, I was able to get in all the stuff I had when we moved here, plus the things I'd purchased in the 5 years since then.

    Had I paid "the last 5 years prices" for those sets, I wouldn't be able to afford a home to keep them in!
    Nice shelving....and very clean.  Looks like older sets.....you have updated pics with your newer newer sets?
    They're all mixed in...I typically face out many of the older ones because I like seeing them :) 

    Next step is to label the shelves and then add the locations of set to my Brickset db
  • RecceRecce 10,171km away from BillundMember Posts: 450
    SumoLego said:
    Well, I would still keep the boxes.  Particularly for larger sets.  It lends credibilty if your potential buyers want to avoid a Bricklinked set.

    (Yes, I set off a Brickset Hand Grenade about whether you 'own' a set by independently acquiring all of the pieces...)
    Personally I don't see any difference, you can still BL the parts, instruction booklet AND empty box thus passing it as an opened official set.

    I view them all the same once opened. A sealed set is worth higher price because it's sealed and brand new, not because it's an "official" set.


    catwranglerSumoLegoYodaliciousMrBrickALot
  • FrequencyFrequency Member Posts: 34
    Almost all my sets are in totes until I have space to put a table up. Have a few castles on display though.
  • MoneyHypeMikeMoneyHypeMike Member Posts: 15
    Not sure this is the appropriate topic, but maybe someone will be able to give me some insight. I tried to use the search function but couldn't find anything.

    To people who keep their LEGO boxes, do they attract bugs? I keep mine in a closet and my mom is complaining that they will attract bugs. They've been sitting there for a year without issue for now.
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 80
    ^ Sounds like mom just wants you to throw them away :)
    But, seriously, as long as it isn't damp in there, they will probably be fine. In damp spaces, paper and cardboard may attract silverfish.
    SumoLego77ncaachamps
  • TikiLukiTikiLuki ChicagoMember Posts: 60
    Not sure this is the appropriate topic, but maybe someone will be able to give me some insight. I tried to use the search function but couldn't find anything.

    To people who keep their LEGO boxes, do they attract bugs? I keep mine in a closet and my mom is complaining that they will attract bugs. They've been sitting there for a year without issue for now.
    Tell your mom that LEGO pizza and giant sausages are not real food and she doesn't need to be concerned with bugs. I've been collecting for almost 40 years and I've never had an issue with bugs.

    And to add to what Astrobricks said above, if your space is damp, you shouldn't be keeping your LEGO boxes there anyway.
    SumoLegostluxAllBrick
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 6,566
    You could put the boxes in a vacuum sealed bag.  But I agree, that sounds like 'parentspeak' for - 'I don't understand why you are saving these dumb boxes.'

    I've said similar things to my kids when 'Because I said so' doesn't apply.
    SprinkleOtterTyresOFlaherty
  • legomentallegomental UkMember Posts: 274
    Not sure this is the appropriate topic, but maybe someone will be able to give me some insight. I tried to use the search function but couldn't find anything.

    To people who keep their LEGO boxes, do they attract bugs? I keep mine in a closet and my mom is complaining that they will attract bugs. They've been sitting there for a year without issue for now.
    Bugs? What sort of bugs? 

    I've got boxes which have sat in a closet for 30 years and have no bugs. I think you'll be fine unless your house has a special infestation 
  • MrKettleMrKettle WindsorMember Posts: 48
    Gjedwards said:
    Hi everyone, I've never done this before so I don't know if this will work but I have added a video of our family 'Lego Loft' to YouTube so please have a look. Thanks
    That looks really cool and quite similar to my collection actually. I plan on doing something similar in my loft once I get it sorted. Can I ask where you got the tables from as you seem to have a lot and if they are plastic do you find them sturdy enough to withstand knocks and bumps?
    Gjedwards
  • GjedwardsGjedwards UKMember Posts: 15
    edited February 25
    Thanks @MrKettle, they are Lack tables from Ikea. I think they are great because they are only £5 each(in white and black, more expensive in other colours) and you can buy a few at a time and then as your collection builds you can expand/buy more at little cost. They are wood with a veneer, they are pretty sturdy, and don't scratch too easily. I plan to cover then in lego baseplates anyway so everything will be hidden. They are quite small on height buy ideal for my kids, nieces and nephews and I just sit down when I am building or playing with it all. If there is anything else I can help you with please ask
  • legomentallegomental UkMember Posts: 274
    Erm did you know this comes up at the end of that video? !!!!

  • legomentallegomental UkMember Posts: 274
    How many afols  are now frantically clicking on that link! ?

    I hope I'm not going to get shot for posting a pornography image. It's sort of covered honestly 
    FollowsCloselyGjedwards
  • MaffyDMaffyD HuddersfieldMember Posts: 1,313
    SumoLego said:
    I've said similar things to my kids when 'Because I said so' doesn't apply.
    I've found it nearly always applies :-)
  • MoneyHypeMikeMoneyHypeMike Member Posts: 15
    Thanks for the answers!
  • GjedwardsGjedwards UKMember Posts: 15
    How many afols  are now frantically clicking on that link! ?

    I hope I'm not going to get shot for posting a pornography image. It's sort of covered honestly 
    Ha Ha @legomental , thanks, it must be a YouTube thing, I got a Kevin Keegan interview when I just looked on it
  • ecmo47ecmo47 North CarolinaMember Posts: 1,655
    Not sure this is the appropriate topic, but maybe someone will be able to give me some insight. I tried to use the search function but couldn't find anything.

    To people who keep their LEGO boxes, do they attract bugs? I keep mine in a closet and my mom is complaining that they will attract bugs. They've been sitting there for a year without issue for now.
    Like Astrobrick said, boxes can attached roaches and silverfish because the cardboard and glues are tasty food for them. I doubt a few boxes in the closet are much of a worry but large collections in an area that is not climate-controller (attic) could be a problem.

    http://www.orkin.com/other/silverfish/

  • legomentallegomental UkMember Posts: 274
    TikiLuki said:
    Yes, and @legomental you're kinda busted in a way because YouTube will show follow-up videos based on viewing history :P
    Brilliant! I'd just been looking at paint spraying prior to this as just got a new wagon which needs spraying (it's ex TNT!) Not sure that's quite the sort of spraying I was aftereally though! Right colour, wrong model!


    P.s I decided against trying to spray it myself.  I worked out I could spend more time playing with lego and the paint costs were massive for something which could potentially be a disaster 
    BumblepantsGjedwardsSumoLegoPumpkin_3CK577ncaachamps
  • SprinkleOtterSprinkleOtter Member Posts: 2,145
    TikiLuki said:
    Yes, and @legomental you're kinda busted in a way because YouTube will show follow-up videos based on viewing history :P
    Brilliant! I'd just been looking at paint spraying prior to this as just got a new wagon which needs spraying (it's ex TNT!) Not sure that's quite the sort of spraying I was aftereally though! Right colour, wrong model!


    P.s I decided against trying to spray it myself.  I worked out I could spend more time playing with lego and the paint costs were massive for something which could potentially be a disaster 
    Uh huh. Suuuuure. We believe you. ;)
    legomentalMaffyDSumoLegoRainstorm26Pumpkin_3CK5kbenjesLEGO_Dad77ClutchPower
  • adtolilyadtolily USAMember Posts: 2

    There are some nuances to this area. Steel framing can cost three to 15 percent more than wood studs, based on Steel Framing Alliance calculations, but metal drywall studs offer cost advantages in other areas that can offset this metal stud partition prices difference. Warranty callbacks are minimized because steel does not shrink, split or warp. As a result, there are no nail pops or drywall cracks to fix after the structure is completed. Consistent quality means that scrap is drastically reduced (two percent for steel versus 20 percent for wood), which also reduces costs for hauling off and disposing of discarded material. You also may enjoy significant discounts on risk insurance for steel framed structures.

    kbenjes
  • AstrobricksAstrobricks Minnesota, USMember Posts: 80
    adtolily said:

    There are some nuances to this area. Steel framing can cost three to 15 percent more than wood studs, based on Steel Framing Alliance calculations, but metal drywall studs offer cost advantages in other areas that can offset this metal stud partition prices difference. Warranty callbacks are minimized because steel does not shrink, split or warp. As a result, there are no nail pops or drywall cracks to fix after the structure is completed. Consistent quality means that scrap is drastically reduced (two percent for steel versus 20 percent for wood), which also reduces costs for hauling off and disposing of discarded material. You also may enjoy significant discounts on risk insurance for steel framed structures.

    Ummmm, k?
  • dutchlegofan50dutchlegofan50 Zwolle, NetherlandsMember Posts: 85
    From your pictures it's hard to see the dimensions of your room. Can you post a picture taken from the door when you enter the room?
    I'm having a sloped roof myself in my Lego room so maybe I can help :-)
  • TheFewTheFew EnglandMember Posts: 338
    From your pictures it's hard to see the dimensions of your room. Can you post a picture taken from the door when you enter the room?
    I'm having a sloped roof myself in my Lego room so maybe I can help :-)
    I just took a picture, but it is not worth posting, as it does not really add anything on the above the room is just a awkward shape to photograph :-)

    The room is essentially a rectangle of 4.25m long by 3.45m wide. However the entrance way juts into the room, and cuts out a rectangle of 1.75 long by 1 meter wide.

    So one side the usable wall is 4.25m minus the window, on the other it is about 2.50m, but as you get towards the slope the headroom drops off :-)
  • MaffyDMaffyD HuddersfieldMember Posts: 1,313
    First thing, get rid of that ensuite - could put a dozen sets in that space! And the sloping roof could be used to display spaceships upside down or something? Or aircraft? Depends on your collection. Could have a train track running around the back.
    TheFew
  • piratemania7piratemania7 New EnglandMember Posts: 1,619
    Installing some "black out" shades in the LEGO room this weekend; there are two windows and the sunlight needs to be blocked!
    77ncaachamps
  • TheFewTheFew EnglandMember Posts: 338
    Installing some "black out" shades in the LEGO room this weekend; there are two windows and the sunlight needs to be blocked!
    Presumably only direct sunlight is a problem?
  • piratemania7piratemania7 New EnglandMember Posts: 1,619
    TheFew said:
    Installing some "black out" shades in the LEGO room this weekend; there are two windows and the sunlight needs to be blocked!
    Presumably only direct sunlight is a problem?
    I guess??  I honestly do not know.  Any advise there would be appreciated; I am doing it just to be sure that I minimize all possible light coming in.





    Plus it gives me something to do when the family is busy doing other things and I just need some "me" time.
  • datsunrobbiedatsunrobbie West Haven , CTMember Posts: 603
    I'm running a very unscientific test on the direct sunlight question. I've had #60004 Fire Station and #60047 Police Station set up in a bay window since mid-November of 2016. No signs of damage so far.
  • TheFewTheFew EnglandMember Posts: 338
    edited March 17
    My approach is just to try to keep direct sunshine off of my models, but I also would like advice.
  • BillyBricks84BillyBricks84 United StatesMember Posts: 154
    I'm running a very unscientific test on the direct sunlight question. I've had #60004 Fire Station and #60047 Police Station set up in a bay window since mid-November of 2016. No signs of damage so far.
     Do you have any of the same color parts to compare them to? I know you said it's unscientific, but it does make me wonder.

    I would think someone has already done this before...? Maybe with a few pieces instead of a set, though. 
  • datsunrobbiedatsunrobbie West Haven , CTMember Posts: 603
    I have bunches of parts for comparison to the sets sitting in the window, so far I'm not seeing any changes in colors - but it has only been 4 months of daily exposure.
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