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Regina man’s lifelong Lego passion sparking interest of home builders

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Whoever said Legos are for kids hasn’t met Regina resident Sharif Alshurafa, who has taken his lifelong skill to another level — building replicas of real homes using Lego blocks.

Alshurafa grew up with a passion for building much like his father, who was an architect.

Regina resident Sharif Alshurafa builds replica homes out of Lego blocks. Credit / Sharif Alshurafa

When I was a little kid, I used his blueprints to build Lego houses,” Alshurafa said.

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“I started building the foundation, the floor plan of the house and then I started building up all the way to the second floor. That’s how it all started.”

From the inside to the outside, Alshurafa builds everything you would find in a typical home, including furniture and back yards.

Sharif Alshurafa builds all the furniture for his Lego-made replica homes. Credit / Sharif Alshurafa

“Usually, (each home) takes about a month or two depending on the size of the building, how many storeys, if they need a back yard or not,” Alshurafa said.

“The interior, of course, usually takes the longest… (but) I love interior design.”

His work has been recognized locally by not only other residents, but developers.

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“North Ridge Development has given me the chance to build two projects for them and are displaying them at their show homes,” Alshurafa said.

“I built a house for a lady in Moose Jaw and another house in Regina who are my neighbours.”

Alshurafa said organization plays a major role when it comes to building and makes sure he isn’t scrambling to look for specific pieces in the midst of a project.

“I’ve built assorting cabinets using coffee cups, foam boards and wood in order to sort all types of Lego systems, colors and sizes,” Alshurafa said.

Sharif Alshurafa said a replica home made out of Lego blocks can take anywhere from one to two months. Credit / Sharif Alshurafa

“It becomes easier for me when I start building. I don’t waste time sorting or finding pieces.”

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More of Alshurafa’s work can be found on his Facebook page.

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