MocOlympics Round 3. I was paired up with Blake Baer and given the category "There's No Place Like Home."
I had no idea what to build for this category. Check that: I had a million ideas, and none of them "popped." Then...
A week ago, Saturday morning, my life changed. My wife and I took the kids to the park, and then my wife wandered down to the nearby model homes. When she came back, her first words to me were, "If this works out, it's totally from God." She went on to tell me that, if we qualify, we can buy a house in the neighborhood.
As an elementary school teacher, with a stay-at-home wife, buying a new house was never an option for us. We've been looking at foreclosures and "bargains" for years, with no success. But, thanks to God's provision, my wife's persistence, and a city program, we are now in the process of buying a brand-new home!
We've already taken pictures sitting on the foundation.
At some point, maybe in November, I'll get to go inspect the frame. Here I am with a mildly-disgruntled construction worker. Hardhat zone: Got it.
I'll probably have to know what to look for on the frame. I'm guessing anything that doesn't look like a frame is bad. Alrighty, it looks like a frame!
The unfinished frame. Let's get going, guys!
Hopefully, we'll get the keys in December!
There's no place like...our new home!
Like I said, we've already taken pictures on the foundation. The idea is to take pictures as we go, and make a book out of it.
The foundation. I added the meter box and random pipe after we drove by a day or two after the picture and saw those had been added.
There's lots of action on a construction site, from litter generation to nailing stuff.
A little more action is going down here.
Since the house isn't built yet, I used the promotion materials and my observations from walking around the neighborhood for inspiration.
My wife really liked this tree. It'll grow into a magnificent tree that the grandkids can climb. That's going to be my tree someday! (I've never owned a tree before!)
Garbage cans! An air conditioner! I'll probably have to fix that someday. Woo-hoo!
The backyard won't be landscaped when we move in. My son is going to love all the dirt. We won't. I'm looking forward to yardwork. Yes, yardwork! I've never had to weed, prune, mow, trim, or plant in my own yard before!
It will have a 40-year roof. I'll be old by the time it needs replacing!
One more look at the front of the house. Though I'm excited, it needs to be said: I'm grateful for how the Lord has taken care of my family through the years. We've had some excellent rental opportuntities in our ten years of marriage, and each step of the way has come with that special feeling, There's No Place Like Home. This new opportunity is just one more way we're experiencing that feeling.
Great house, I love all the scenes of the minifigs "building" it. I think I am going to steal your trash can idea, I just built a house myself and your design is way better then mine. Does the house have an interior (the LEGO version), if so I would love to see it. Epic job, I love how you made a story out of it.
the house is superb, but, the story accompanying it really tops the cake! all the steps of construction in a very realistic fashion, makes this piece extra cool! congrats on this, good luck with your family, and motd!
Wow!! Really great multi stage moc. I want to say grats on you getting your first home! I can't tell you how many times I've seen the framework of houses and in the garage there being stuff like you depicted lol that's good stuff! All your detail work is spot on, that curve in the lawn in phenomenal. Congratulations again. ~cheers
Dude I gotta tell ya, owning a house is both the most exciting and scary time of your life. Wifey and I got our first home just before our daughter was born. In these short 5 years we've had to replace all the floors, the roof and remediate both the basement and attic crawlspaces... I won't shock you with the tens of thousands of dollars we've shelled out for this but I will say, that even with ALL the (bleep) that goes on, there's NOTHING like saying "It's MINE!" Oh, and I'd never weeded or mowed or anything like that before either... you get over that REAL quick ;). Best of luck my friend and god bless! OH... and welcome to round 4! haha ~ Chris.
Excellent stuff Wes! This was the hardest competition I've ever been in to date. I could go on saying how I didn't build well, and I was out of my element, but to put it frankly, you just out-built me. High respects for you and your family. May God bless your family as you move into a new house, and may you do well in the upcoming rounds. I'll be following your career very closely. Very closely indeed :)
Wes, there are very few builders that can go toe to toe with Blake and his mad skills - but not only does this MOC hold it's own, it wins the round. You've got my vote. LOVE the concept of the construction, and then the finished home. Clean build with some terrific detail and texture. But, it was the unique curvature you put on the sloping front grade that really put it over the top for me - well done. Congrats, my friend. You're moving on. See ya next round, and again...fantastic work!
That is one sweet home you´re going to have!
I can´t wait to finally have an own house together with my wife as well. It just must feel so different. Great idea to build of, of course, and a beautiful execution of tons of nice details. Great stuff!
Wow! I don't know whose creation I like better! Blakes is really creative and weird but yours is about a real life situation.....sigh.....I'm glad Im not one of your judges! Great entry though and good luck ;)
Your enthusiasm and joy over this new opportunity for your family is supremely apparent; I can practically see the glow that must be surrounding you! Congratulations on your impending nightma...um, I mean DREAM of home ownership. =P Fantastic build, win or lose. Good luck with Mark!~H
What a gorgeous house! I agree with Dave and Blake, you should definitely keep this constructed and give it a nice home on display in your new home. Good luck on both the final vote and your family's next step into home ownership. May you have many happy memories there.
Echoing what Dave said, I would keep this together if I were you. Especially once you get into your gorgeous new home. I've found that whenever God reveals hImself through a situation, it is always cool to have something to remember that time by. This is gonna get really nerve racking, waiting for Mark's tie-breaker. No matter the result, this has been a supreme honor to face off against a builder of your calliber and character. Congrats on your new house mate. (LEGO and real)
Very good entry, good luck. I really love that house.
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October 16, 2011
Brilliant idea Wes! And the build is just fantastic. You've got quite a knack for Town work. I really like the SNOT windows and the roof is just gorgeous. Great work and congratulations on impending home ownership!
Wow! I think I've looked through the majority of the MO builds for this round, but the duel between you and Blake is the closest match I've seen so far. You both have spectacular builds, but the connection of yours to reality and the astonishing accuracy of this when compared to the photos may give it the bit it needs to edge past Blake. Either way though, you're up against a tough opponent, and you can both be satisfied in the knowledge that you have both produced masterpieces. Good luck!
Beautiful! I love the angles on the roof, and the gentle slope of the front lawn the best, although there are a heap of other lovely details too. Congrats on the new house too btw, i hope yr move goes well. :)
Great build and great story! Congrats on the new house! You really went the extra mile with the phases of the construction, too, excellent idea. But I'm going to have to go with Blake on this one. It's all up to Mark!
Well mate, there she is. ABSolutely stunning my friend. The best detail is that tree in my eyes. I really like your angle on it as well. The sentimentality is a great touch. Best of luck to you and the judges!