Building edifices out of LEGO bricks isn’t quite a piece of cake – it takes time and thought to come up with the best choices for the floors, walls, and – of course – the roof! There’s definitely no one roof fits all, but fortunately, there are dozens of great options when it comes to topping off your LEGO house! So let’s explore a few ideas!
(As usual, clicking on the pictures will take you to my photostream where you can see more angles of the same creation!)
Probably the simplest, most straightforward technique for a LEGO roof is using slope bricks. After all, that’s what the slope pieces were designed for, and they do the job well.
But they can get a little boring after using them a few times!
On the other hand, they definitely don’t have to be boring! Spruce them up a little by using a variety of 3-stud-long-slopes and 2-slopes, add some height variation, maybe throw in a few extra colors – whatever best fits the tone of your creation!
As you’ll notice with the previous and subsequent example, slope bricks can work particularly well in a oriental setting!
Another fairly easy method for roofs is using tiles and plates. These are easy to attach with either clip pieces or ball joints, and admit of plenty of variety too.
In this next example, I used hinge bricks to attach a slightly more textured roof. Note the added thickness on the side. That helps eliminate cracks between the A of the wall and the roof.
This next creation combines the tiles and plates technique with a few slopes to achieve a four sided half-roof around the building, while just tiles and plates are used for the top. A word to the wise: roofs with corners are quite tricky! Be sure to master simple A roofs first!
For a variation on the red theme, check this out – staggered tiles, giving a shingles effect.
This is also a corner roof, and it’s finished off by a flat roof (which are hands down the easiest kind…)
Another really handy variant of the tile and plates technique uses staggered tiles to achieve a jagged edge.
This is extremely simple and doesn’t even require clips or ball joints to attach the two sides, since the tiles slot easily into each other and aren’t likely to fall apart, especially if they’re wedged in between the As of the walls.
I’ve used this many times and found it quite handy!
The inverse of the tiles and plates technique is a plates and tiles technique. With this style, most of the roof is studs, but how much texture gets included is up to you. This works well in bright colors for medieval period thatched roofs.
Introducing a second color can help stretch your parts farther and break up some of the monotony of a single-toned roof.
Another important set of techniques for roofs are the SNOT (Studs-Not-On-Top) techniques. These are very clean and smooth, so they work well for modern houses.
Log bricks make for an excellent variation on the SNOT theme! They can be easily attached at the top with headlight bricks for a great angled roof .
Although it is difficult to totally eliminate gaps between the roof and wall with this technique, careful attention to the slope of the roof can come close to building a perfect triangle, as in the example below.
Hands down, the easiest roofs to build are flat roofs. These work perfectly in buildings set in hot southern climates.
Flat roofs can also do well in a modern or industrialized setting. A great way to cover lots of territory is using minifigure plates, since most long-time LEGO builders have plenty of those on hand!
Lastly, of course, there are always those times when you just need something unique. Maybe something exotic, like leaves over a hut:
Or maybe an odd shape, like the conical top of a round tower:
Or maybe you have a lot of patience and yellow hands! If so, here’s the perfect technique for you!
Whatever kind of building you’re working on, there are LEGO options out there for you! I hope these examples have got your creative juices going. Comments or questions? Don’t hesitate to leave a note below!
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