Stilt Houses: how to live 30 feet in the air!

Stilt Houses: how to live 30 feet in the air!

Partially inspired by the films of the masterful animation filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki – I’m not actually referring to a particular film but rather its unique style and atmospheres – my latest creation features two weird guys living 30 feet in the air in minimal but cozy stilt houses.
The starting point for this work was the tent on the right stilt house, a very strange and forgotten element from a mid-2000s Indiana Jones set.
At first I was thinking of a single pile dwelling then I added the second on the left joined by a crumbling bridge. And gradually I inserted various details and elements, some of which are really bizarre like the bearskinrug on the roof of the house on the left.
Unavoidable the off-road vehicle ready to deal with mud and rough terrain and complete with all the necessary tools to fix it yourself in case. It is based on my previous Chevrolet Blazer spotted in the Sheriff Hopper’s Cabin diorama built in 2019.
There are many other details and strange pieces, have fun finding them and if you have any questions write them below in the comments!

Snowy Magic Bus: behind the scenes of the building process

Snowy Magic Bus: behind the scenes of the building process

Let’s take a look at some unreleased WIP snapshots of my latest creation straight from Alaska: the Magic Bus in the snow from Sean Penn 2007 “Into the Wild” movie. Follow the Snowy Magic Bus diorama step by step building stages, scroll through the images and find out the secrets of one of my beloved creations:
1) Building the base using plates and wedges;
2) Placing the bus, testing sizes and proportions;
3) Snowy pines complete the base;
4) Adding slopes and tiles on the roof as snow effect;
5) Ready for the photo shoot;
6) A sketch as starting point;
7) The real Bus in the Alaskan snow.
Enjoy!

Into the Wild and the Magic Bus under the snow

Into the Wild and the Magic Bus under the snow

A few months ago I built the most iconic scene from the movie “Into the Wild”, directed by Sean Penn in 2007, with the Magic Bus standing in plain sight in the wild Alaskan woods. It was early spring.
With the cold season coming it was taken for granted I’d be tempted to build the snow capped Bus as it appears in some scenes of the movie.
The sand green/white Bus stands now on a big snowy base built with many weird parts to create the snow-covered foliage effect. White pines are placed behind it.
Chris McCandless’s story is well known and sadly it didn’t end well.
And the Bus itself, seen as a danger, has been recently airlifted from the Alaskan wild to a secure site after two hikers have died and at least 15 have had to be rescued while trying to reach the bus in the remote Alaskan wilderness.
Abandoned on the Stampede Trail near Denali National Park, the bus had become a pilgrimage site. It was revered by travelers around the world who had read the book or seen the movie. But it had also become a hazard, luring hikers into forbidding territory.

Click here to take a look at my first version of the “Into the Wild” diorama with more info about the story of Chris.

The A-Frame Cabin is The Brothers Bricks cover photo for November 2020!

The A-Frame Cabin is The Brothers Bricks cover photo for November 2020!

The A-Frame Cabin has been chosen by The Brothers Brick as the November photo cover for all Brothers Brick social media. A huge pleasure and honor for me, thanks once again TBB team!
The same happens 5 years ago when my Scooter Garage was chosen as the TBB cover photo for August 2015 and few months ago when the yellow General Store was the Cover Photo for June 2020. Two times in the same year, unbelievable but mind blowing!

“One of my favorite annual activities is heading to the mountain where my fam stays at an A-Frame in the snow, so this A-Frame build from, Norton74, immediately brings thoughts of winter and fun. Where it gets good, and one of my favorite things about Norton74’s builds, is looking at all the details scattered throughout. These details tell the story of this cabin and really bring the build to life, further reminding me of our A-Frame vacay. Take a look at that log pile and saw, cookie rounds for log ends is a smooth move. Seriously, look at those logs. Other notable features that bring me to the mountain include the jagged roof, the abundance of wildlife, and the little doodads scattered here and there. 
Now I need to see the inside of this cabin….is it February yet?

(TBB Cover Photo for November 2020: A Cozy Cabin Awaits  The Brothers Brick – November 7, 2020)

A-Frame Cabin: behind the scenes of the building process

A-Frame Cabin: behind the scenes of the building process

Follow the A-Frame Cabin “step by step” building stages, scroll through the images and find out the techniques and the new part usage of one of my most popular creations. Below the building process stages:
1) A sketch as starting point;
2) Building the facade;
3) The facade is ready to be assembled to the base;
4) Base details;
5) Base + facade;
6) Adding the V-roof;
7) A bunch of details to complete the diorama;
8) The main characters of the scene;
9) Photo shoot;
10) Amazing drawing from my little son Pablo.

A-Frame Cabin

A-Frame Cabin

An architectural icon from 1950 to about 1975, the A-frame is one of my favourite rural homes ever, a triangle-design built for lounging on outdoor decks and staring at nature.
I built this cabin inspired, in part, by Harlan Hubbard‘s book Payne Hollow, about living a simpler life in a hand-built home. The author is considered by many a modern-day Thoreau.

“Two brothers, Dan and Ethan, burned out on modern working believed that stripping away modern comforts and living more simply in nature would lead to a more spiritually an creatively fulfilling life. They looked for a cabin in the woods and finally found out this old wooden A-Frame Cabin. They fixed up it and now they live there happily.”

It’s not my first cabin in the woods but it was very funny building the A-structure and trying to add many weird details. I also played with the light to let the scene as deep as possible.

“We are mid-way through October, and autumn, as well as spooky season, is in full effect, Andrea Lattanzio’s cozy LEGO A-Frame home located amongst some beautiful fall-colored conifers is the perfect build to capture the moment we are in. The key to the main architectural build here is definitely in the tiling – we’ve got plenty of tiling on the roof, tiling for the deck, and more tiling to cover the house’s base structure. Printed tiles also help render the lumber packed away in the left, maybe for firewood. I love Lattanzio’s use of tree limb elements arranged in such a way to create pointed evergreen trees – different colors are also utilized for that autumn color-changing aesthetic. Perhaps the most interesting example of parts used in this work would be the hammer minifigure utensil which is applied in multiples to compose the foundation of the home. Many small details in this build are eye-catching, including the broken stairs leading up to this shack-like a-frame dwelling. Even if some home-improvement is needed on this little getaway house, it still looks like a great place to escape to on an autumn weekend.“

(A-Frame Bringing the Autumn A-Game  The Brothers Brick – October 18, 2020)