After looking through some ideas, I gathered some references and started working on a brick-house in Maya. I've created it as a a set, similar to how Alan did it. I have created the basic house, and I'm working on texturing it. Below is what I have so far:
I have the brick texture looking quite good, along with the stone-window parts. I'm going to work on texturing the door and windows, then I'll ad some detail, such as a drainpipe, door-kocker and perhaps an outside light. I'm hoping to use this model in my project scene, but if not, then at least I've learned a few things from it.