Inspired by 4840 The Burrow and 10217 Diagon Alley.
About this creation
I'll start by saying that I am not a fan of Harry Potter in the least, but once I saw the pictures for Diagon Alley I just knew I had to have it. While picking it up, I also got The Burrow on a whim, partially because I thought the building itself was interesting, but mostly because I was desperate for medium dark flesh pieces at the time. I was originally just going to turn Ollivander's into a modular, but I also liked some of the details on Borgin and Burke's so I made two that are both a mix of each (I have another plan for Gringott's Bank, which I am working on now). Wanting to top Lego, I decided to add a third building to the mix with all the leftover Burrow parts I had after making my theater.
So without further ado, here they are. After doing so many signs and lettering with my last creation, I wanted these to be text free. With the barber pole, socks sign, and pig on an ax, I think it is clear which is a barber, laundromat, and butcher.
The backs have more detail than I am used to doing on my creations. The butcher has a chicken coop (with the brick built chicken from the MMV taking residence), the laundromat has a tree with one of the many owls I now have taking roost, and the barber has a private garden with a skeleton acting as a scarecrow.
I'll briefly go through each one by one - let's start with the barber. This one is based largely on Ollivander's, with a few tweaks to make it work as a 16 wide.
Inside is a bench for customers to wait for a chair, two stations for a haircut, shelves with shampoos and conditioners, and a large hairdryer. Not visible under the stairs is a sink with a hose to wash hair.
Upstairs is an apartment with a sofa, flat screen TV, and a place to sit and eat based on Saarenin's iconc Tulip table and chairs. The second apartment level has a dresser, platform bed, and exercise bike.
Moving now to the laundromat. I though Borgin and Burke's was a little to dark to do a full modular in that palette, so only the ground floor is dark bley and black. The upper floors are based on the ground floor of Ollivander's.
The laundromat has the usually rows of washers and dryers as well as a basket and change machine. Under the stairs is the owner willing to sell detergent to those without.
The apartment above has a fireplace with a painting over the mantel and a kitchen, while upstairs is a bedroom with a balcony.
Finally, the butcher. I tried to keep a lot of the elements from the Burrow so that it was instantly recognizable as coming from the set, as seen with the covered entry into the apartment and the various bay windows. The pig found a new life as a sign out front.
The butcher has some fish packed in ice, a counter with a variety of meats and cheeses (as well as a scale on top), and the counter behind has a deli slicer. Under the stairs is a refrigerator.
Upstairs the apartment is based largely on the interiors of the original, from the orange counters and corner sink to the green clock and medium blue and orange striped bed.
Like the official modulars, you can remover the middle floors from these and they still work.
The barber and laundromat are the same size, so you can mix and match floors between them. The butcher can be mixed with the townhouse of Market Street, although it doesn't look great.
Last but not least, here are the buildings mixed in with the official 16 stud wides...
... and here are all seven of my creations together.