Custom LEGO instructions by TheBrickLab

by admin on January 5, 2017

in Building Techniques

I have been looking at enhancing the interior of some of the LEGO Modular Buildings, and was looking for some inspiration. One of the resources I ran across was a YouTube channel with step-by-step instructions for some simple but very nicely designed models, so I thought to share it with you. The channel is called TheBrickLab. With over 150 instructional videos posted in the last three years, there are plenty of ideas to chose from. 🙂


Most of TheBrickLab’s models are small enhancements to the exterior and interior of LEGO City and LEGO Modular buildings, Some examples are a water cooler, fruit drink dispenser, soda vending machine, coffee maker, popcorn machine, refrigerator, industrial stand mixer, office desk and chair, bedroom set, living room set, antique clock, piano, wood stove, pizza oven, tool cabinet, bird house, flower bed, fire pit, restaurant interior, bakery interior, ice cream parlor interior, bar interior, bank interior, bookstore interior, library interior, arcade games, and more. In the video-player below I have included some samples, so you see how they look.

As you can see, there is a part-list for each of the models, then come the step-by-step instructions, so you can build along. And of course if you need more time to build, you can pause the video to catch up. There are also instructions for some medium size models like various handcars, wagons, delivery trucks, LEGO City style cars, and more. Below I have included some sample videos for medium size models.

There are also instructions for large models – mostly LEGO City style buildings. Most of them have an open back, just like LEGO City sets, but they are more detailed and realistic, so with some modification they could also fit in with the LEGO Modular Buildings. And there are also instructions for structures that are designed in the same style as the LEGO Modular Buildings. These instructions are broken into several sessions, so you will find a part 1, part 2, and part 3 of the videos. Models include a train station, bank, ice cream parlor, deli, bookstore and pizza restaurant. Below I have included all three parts of the instructions for the pizza restaurant.

I particularly like the smaller models as they are very useful for enhancing the LEGO Modular Buildings. You might want to put a soda machine or water cooler in a corner of one of the offices, change the LEGO Modular Pet Shop into an ice cream parlor, or add more furnishing to an apartment. Once you find a model that you like, you can follow the instructional video, or just use the model as a springboard for your own creation. If you would like to see all the videos, you can find them all at TheBrickBab YouTube channel, and of course you can also subscribe.


What do you think? How do you like these tutorials? Are you inspired to build any of the models and add them to your LEGO City or LEGO Modular Buildings? How would you add them to your LEGO City? Feel free to share in the comment section below! 😉

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PrashBricks January 5, 2017 at 11:52 AM

Yeah, thats nice, I am going to do same with my YouTube channel. It is called: PrashBricks


admin January 5, 2017 at 2:02 PM

You are welcome to link to your tutorials once you have them available. 🙂


PrashBricks January 6, 2017 at 10:22 AM

Thank you, I already have one available by the way.


admin January 6, 2017 at 11:04 AM

Link? 🙂


PrashBricks January 7, 2017 at 1:13 PM

Ok, Here’s a link:, I will be uploading another one tomorrow or the day after tomorow.


admin January 7, 2017 at 1:22 PM

I like the orange and white van. 🙂


PrashBricks January 9, 2017 at 5:28 AM

I liked that one the most to, I kept at as a van for my sigfig.


PrashBricks January 9, 2017 at 1:52 PM

Sorry, it didn’t become today, I might upload it somewhere this week, if it’s finished I will put a link, and there will be a poll, so please vote then!


James January 5, 2017 at 3:01 PM

These are great, but I’m not a big fan of the video format. I could follow these instructions much more easily if they were in PDF format. Perhaps there is better opportunity for the author to get financial reimbursement for page views using YouTube? If so, I certainly appreciate and understand that, but it’s still not a great medium for following building instructions.

All that said, I will definitely be building his hopper train car!


admin January 5, 2017 at 3:41 PM

I agree that for the larger models PDF would be much better. For the smaller creations however I didn’t have any problems following the videos. Perhaps link to a PDF version in the video-description would give people best of both worlds. I think it would be worth suggesting it.


Lego Kim January 6, 2017 at 1:41 AM

These are really cool. I just added more modulars to my collection so these will be great additions. Not sure if you remember me, I”m using a different email address and haven”t commented for a while or updated my blog. I was the one that tried to call their blog lifelibertylego but scrapped that name when I learned of fair use. I”he been following along but I”m bad at being social online.


Lego Kim January 6, 2017 at 1:45 AM

I love the collection of Lego zcity undercover cars. So many good vehicle and things in that game


admin January 6, 2017 at 11:04 AM

LEGO City Undercover is actually coming back, so we will likely get some official vehicles too. 🙂


admin January 6, 2017 at 11:03 AM

Yes, I remember! Long time no see! Yeah, blogging takes quite a bit of time. I like chatting with other LEGO fans, and there is no LEGO club in my town, so blogging is a good outlet for me. But it is definitely not for everyone. Have a wonderful 2017, and stop by whenever you like. 🙂


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