I LOVE this set! it has tons of detail in the house, yard and mini-figures. It was an average build and took me an hour to an hour and a half to build. The play experience is wonderful and i could seriously play with this set for hours. Olivia's parents (Peter and Anna) were a great add on to the set and just makes this set better! I have many Lego and Lego friends sets and this one is probably my favorite. It is a great addition to your Lego town and just overall an amazing set and i would definetley recommend it to everyone! :)
I bought this set for myself, and I really enjoy it. It was a pretty easy build. I, personally, didn't like how the kitchen was set up, and that the front door led into the kitchen. But for me that was the beginning of the fun! I rearranged the kitchen, adding more counter space, a cupboard, and a coffee machine. I also moved the kitchen stuff into the family room, and the family room stuff in to the kitchen, and I'm much happier with the setup. Using windows for walls, I made the parents a bedroom, with Olivia's bed. I put the bed from Mia's Bedroom set in Olivia's room, and it matched the color scheme perfectly. I also reconstructed Olivia's room to put her deck outside the front of her room. I also added a deck for the parents, fixing the roofing problems by removing Olivia's deck. I didn't touch the bathroom, except to add four 2 by one green tiles, as towels. I also removed one of the drawers from this room, adding it to Olivia's room. I also put a few plates under the roof, instantly adding storage!
I put the house and the yard on a green 30/30 plate to stabilize, also adding more yard space. While not all of her yard fits, it works better for play. In the yard I added a patio, doghouse, and Emma's Splash Pool. I guess what I'm saying is that I really like this set, because it adds a lot of possibility for personal improvement.
I would really like to see room sets, sets with just a room that you can add to the house. Specifically a parent's room, another girl's bedroom ( Wouldn't it be fun to use random Lego friend parts and give Olivia a sister?), and blank rooms, without furniture. If Lego were to come out with blank rooms, I would buy two, adding them to my house, placing Emma's Studio in. Also maybe another, to put Emma's Karate class in. It would be fun! And you wouldn't have to worry about too many rooms, because there rooms change in and out so easily, you can just put away the one's you aren't playing with. I would also enjoying see more outfits for the Mom and Dad. But it's not a huge deal.
I would like to clarify that I did not name all of the things I added.
Beautiful piece! This product was made up of mostly small pieces, however I truly enjoyed building this product, and the end result was magnificent. All in all I love this decorative piece on my desk!!
This was actually my first set from the Architecture series but I held off on building it (I built the Farnsworth House first). The detail of this set was magnificent and the building techniques were pretty clever in depicting the White House's character. There was one point where I was assembling a pretty abstract portion of the house and after a few steps I admired the Lego designer's building methods because I would've never thought of that! This actually took about an hour and a half taking my time and I actually made a few mistakes miscounting the correct location of a stud or a brick but those mistakes were easily spotted once the pieces start fighting each other. This was a VERY fun build and awesome display. Highly recommend this set in this price range.
This is a very nice set, I have it displayed on my Bedroom Dresser, and it looks perfect. I am from the states, but live in Germany, so I bought this set before coming to have a small piece of the US in my room! The reason play experience is lowest is because you can't really play with this set at all. I guess you could make a lego minifig invade Washington or something...Also it is very, I repeat VERY fragile. If you pick it up it stays intact, but if it is bumped, evenly lightly, against something, *Snap* the bottom falls off. It is very good for display though.
Rate - 9/10
(I'm going to make another shorter review) I enjoyed the house, I bought it with the Apple Tree House and I did think it was small for the $50 which costs more than the Apple Tree House.
~ Another house
~ Great addition to LEGO collections or LEGO beaches
~ Unique colors with cool pieces
~ Expensive for small set
~ Small, like I said multiple times above
This set I got for my birthday as a present and let me say it is amazing! I love the detail of the set and let me say that the harder build is worth the trouble! There is lots of awesome features such as opening windows, doors, a small grill, etc. This set is just amazing and worth every cent!
Lots of detail
The bed is a little small and squishes the Minifigure
I like it very much. The design of the original building is a kind of Nordic design, which I like and this set reflects original design in the great level. It has the greatest value for money comparing to other products from the series. The concept of series "Architecture" is great and I think that LEGO should fallow this way. I don't want to write too much now but what I would like to recommend LEGO's designers is to model on this set in your next sets in term of reflecting original building.
This is the first Lego Architecture set I built and it was a quick one. During the process you get A LOT of those 1x1 tiles and keeping them aligned was crucial. The main feature I like about this set is that the windows actually let you see the chairs and tables inside and everything looks pristine. For the money though, I think I preferred the White House set because it had a lot more character to it and was about $10 less than this set but if you like the windows like I did then you still can't go wrong with this one.
I'm a college graduate who grew up collecting/playing with Lego, and I saw this set in the clearance aisle of my local big box store. I usually go for Castle or LOTR sets these days, but this treehouse took me back to my childhood Belville days and I couldn't resist scooping it up (apparently I have 6-12 year old tastes). ;)
Things I love:
-The animals each have a "home"-- kitty has a bed, and the bird has a house. Just too cute, and satisfying somehow.
-New flower elements- way cooler than the ones I had as a kid!
-Unlike Belville, these are roughly the same size as the other Lego themes. I remember as a kid kinda resenting the implication that girls couldn't build small, detailed models-- the Belville sets included huge wall elements and oversized characters, and were generally unsatisfying builds that didn't mix well with my other Legos. I like what Lego has done with the Friends line. Some people say they're "too small"--I prefer them the same size as other themes.
-You can swap hair elements with traditional minifigs! It's a little thing, but I love the new hair elements and it's fun that you can use the styles you already have on the Friends as well (or put Friends hair on your Castle princess).
-Tons of fun details! The little milk carton is adorable, I love the telescope, and the flowers/ladybugs/butterflies are fun to decorate with.
-Good construction. Unlike the tree in the Medieval Market Village, this one doesn't constantly fall apart (don't get me wrong, I love my MMV).
Things I don't love:
-Lego's a bit more stingy with the minidolls than they are with traditional minifigs. The Friends sets in the $20-$35 price range come with only one or two figures, while other themes will have 3-4 figures in this range. The animals in this set kind of help make up for that, but still, I wanted more than one figure.
...so of course I had to buy more Friends sets.
In conclusion, I don't know that I would have bought this at full price, but on clearance it was a heck of a deal and I love it. I now have the urge to buy ALL the Friends sets. This could be bad. But it will definitely be fun!
This is a perfect first set. It has fun pieces, like cats, a ladder, and a bench. It's not well supported on the left of the tree house when you look at the front of it, so kind of be careful on that part. Though it has 191 pieces, I don't think twenty dollars was appropriate.More like fifteen dollars would be nice.
i picked this set up for my 5 year old daughter yesterday.she came back into the living room(we set up our spare bedroom to display and build our legos,the living room was getting crowded.)and said "look dad,done."..i was like "man,that was only a half hour.im gonna go broke if you keep building these this fast!"..its true because when shes done building a set,she starts talking about this other set she saw and wants now.she gets it from me i guess:)anyway,i didnt build it so ill let her review it...ok,this tree house is awesome!there are flowers all over the tree tops,a cat bed for Olivia's kitty,and a really cool birdhouse with a birdy!The ladder is cool,it lets Olivia climb up to her treehouse and play with her kitty and water her flowers.i like this lego the best because of all the flowers and pretty colors.it reminds me of summer.build me a tree house dad...ok parents,i think its all about the colors with these friends sets.my daughter loves these sets,she wont take any help on them and the cool thing is,she doesnt need any.im very proud of my little one.awesome.she has her eye on a few more friends sets but we still have a few chima and superhero sets to collect.she loves them though so those others might have to wait a little bit.thats cool too because i get to see her build these by herself.one cool thing,i told her that the "other" blok building company has barbie sets,she looked at me and said "they arent legos dad,they just arent the same..."..i think she got that from a Family guy episode..too funny.love that baby.:)