How awesome is this? Seattle architect has 250,000 Lego man cave
SEATTLE -- From the outside of Jeff Pelletier's lime- and raspberry-colored home on Seattle's Capitol Hill, passers by can imagine a playful, light-hearted family. But if they saw the basement, jaws would drop, and imaginations would soar.
Pelletier converted his old barren basement into a Lego lover's version of a man cave. It has more than 150 bins for Lego pieces, a bar, and it's a media room too where Everything is Awesome when he plays the Lego Movie.
Pelletier bought his Capitol Hill home in 2006. It was empty except for one tiny red Lego brick he found in the attic. He said that was a sign that it was where they needed to build their lives, and his Lego room.
So he dug down 2 feet into the basement to give the room 9-foot ceilings. Pelletier said everyone who sees it initially wonders if he has an obsessive-compulsive disorder. But Pelletier said the room filled with drawers helps him organize his huge collection of Lego pieces.
Pieces are arranged in bins by color, food, Lego leaves, heads, torsos, Lego lattice work, satellite dishes, legs, gold bricks, red bricks, and lime.
Pelletier picked up his Lego hobby when he was a toddler and guesses he probably spent $25,000 buying Lego bricks and kits over the years.
"It's a little horrifying to think about how much Lego I do have," he said. "It's around a quarter million pieces."
He's built a Lego library, bars, ships, houses he's lived in, and a custom high-rise creation inspired by all the cranes and construction in Seattle.
His obsession with the toy probably played a part in his career choice. "Since I was 2-years-old, I always wanted to be an architect, I think a lot of that was because of Lego," Pelletier said.
Video of the architect's Lego room has gone viral the past few days. A slew of blogs and sites have prompted emails and phone calls from around the world from people telling them he's inspired them to build Lego rooms... or at least not take their lives too seriously.
Pelletier and his husband have sons who are 2 1/2 and 7-months-old and wonder if they will one day become Lego maniacs too.
When guests bring over children, the room is a magnet for joy. "When kids walk down the staircase, eyes open wide they get so excited, and their parents see the bar and they're excited as well," he said.