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|3rd Jun 2011, 11:11 PM||#201|
Thought I might try to get into posting a few pictures in this forum now and then.
My current hood presently has mostly multi-family housing because it isn't in full swing yet. I may have up to three families in the same household - more if they are ex-students/graduates. This is so I can get businesses started and have help with raising the spawn as none of my upper-class sims have earned their fortunes yet.
This house is planned for the mayor, although I still haven't decided on a new title for that position yet and "mayor" just isn't working for me. (Yeah, I ignore and override maxis stuff and make up my own terms a LOT.) I just made a bunch of new custom townies and want to make some playable. The mayor has a kid, so she has to live with another family in order to have help with her kid. So, while I was creating sims, I created another single mother with a kid that will either never get a job or will run a business.
That's the explanation for the size of this lot. Plenty of room for gardening. Space for a sufficient garden is not an option because the mayor is a public servant, and as such, she basically works for the Queen and must provide provisions for the royal family. There's a pond of a nice size, space for a playground for the spawn, and semi-covered stables for the horses. (My 'hood is medieval-ish/fantasy so I don't have cars or garages.) The house has 4+ bedrooms and 4 full baths so the mayor can entertain a lot without every sim jockeying for bladder relief.
So, with that bit of preamble out of the way, on with the pictures.
Front of the house.
Back of the house. The lot is only partially landscaped because I prefer to have my sims earn most of their decor as well as their furnishings. The inside is empty, but I'll leave it up to everyone's imagination how the house is designed on the inside. But I will say that the mayor and her child have their bedrooms on the third floor. The little room on the top floor (fourth floor) is for storage. The first floor has a formal dining room, and within the house there is adequate space for a music/pool table room, and space for exercise equipment.
Another view of the back of the house. Part of the castle walls are visible from some of these photos. The castle is several buildings spread over 4 or 5 lots. Can't have the descendants living outside the castle walls. This house is not within the castle walls.
I can't think of anything else to share about the house. Lately, I have to like the outside of the house as well as the inside. I like this one, but as usual, I look forward to seeing some money coming into the house so I can fix up the outside more.
|6th Jun 2011, 12:17 AM||#202|
Front of House. Pond, corral for horses or other animals, spacious second story balcony, covered veranda in the back, space for gardening, parking, and enjoying beautiful views.
Another View of the Front
First floor has an open floor plan and one full bath. Double door front entry and single door to easily access the covered veranda, barbecue area, and garden.
Second floor has two full restrooms, one bathroom is connected to the master bedroom as a private bath, and one family/music/game room. Perfect for the single sim that loves to entertain and hopes to find the One sim to start a family with. No need to move with the sound of little feet running about because the family room is large enough to convert into a bedroom for several young ones, but there is also plenty of room to expand.
Back of House. Leave the cramped city life behind with this spacious 30x50 home you and your descendants can thrive in and enjoy for many generations. Grow your own produce, plant an orchard, raise livestock. You can have it all.
|6th Jun 2011, 11:09 PM||#203|
I love both of those two houses, cheshirekatt. I wish I could build "medievally" as well; it just doesn't seem to be my forte, I'm afraid. So, I guess I stick to modern. *sigh*
Speaking of which:
Plain and simple Garak. Uh, I mean, plain and simple cottage thing. (Sorry, as an avid Star Trek: Deep Space Nine fan, I cannot say the phrase "plain and simple" without adding the word "Garak." :lol )
Anyway, here you go:
Here's a bit of a closer-up of the actual house part:
This is the home of a neighbor of mine, which is of course modified for Sims purposes. I decided to build it because I needed a house for a new rural farming/fishing household, and I thought the style would fit well, style-wise in the neighborhood. I had originally started to do a makeover of the MacGregor farm from Riverblossom Hills, but it became so unrecognizable that it couldn't really be called a "makeover" so much as "I built an all-new house in the space where the old house was. And I ended up not liking what I did, anyway. Plus, the neighbor who owns this house in real life graciously allowed me to climb up on the roof of his garage to take some pictures of the roofing material which were ultimately used to create textures for the roof that's on this house as well as the "urban" one I posted before as well as 13 other colors of it that I made. So, I figured it was only fair to Sim his house...or...uh, something like that.
In any case, yeah, that's it. Plain little box in red and white with large dormers and a nice breezeway connecting the detached garage to the house. It actually has a fair amount of room inside, especially since it's essentially a 12x12 box with things stuck on it. It has four bedrooms, two baths. None of the bedrooms are huge, granted, but...Hey, there are four of them, and all will accommodate a double bed if you do some squeezing and don't put any other furniture in the room. Stuff in a few bunk beds and this one'll house 8 if they don't mind (really) close quarters.
I'm not at all done with the inside yet. I REALLY need to make/find some kitchen tile. I have tons of bathroom tile and hardly any kitchen-y tile. I need some to coordinate better with my massive granite countertop collection. But, done or not, here are the floor plans:
|7th Jun 2011, 03:15 AM||#204|
I adore that house.(:
Also, I'd never be able to find a use for those brightly colored roofing. What you did made it look splendid.(:
I do like how you ran the color-scheme throughout the house but still giving it some uniqueness in every room.
|8th Jun 2011, 01:25 AM||#205|
iCad, I really like the overall layout of that house. Inspired me to create something similar that is almost done now. I'll probably post it later, but for now, I will post another house I have done.
Front. This is a 3 bedroom home on a modest 4x3 lot. Fish in your private pond from the sunny bank or while resting beneath the shade of a large, well-established tree. Outdoor entertaining will have just a touch of class with a paved patio, easily accessed from the kitchen door. The patio is paved with local stones and the stonework extends to the front of the house and fenced for semi-privacy.
Another view of the front. The first floor features a spacious reception foyer, formal dining, one full bathroom, and cozy family/living room. The second floor features two small bedrooms for the spawn, large master bedroom with fireplace, full bathroom, and a large music/party room.
Roof. Located at the end of a quiet road just outside the castle walls with the ocean view on the other side, privacy is a privilege that you can buy when you buy this house. Priced just under 35,000, it will certainly sell quickly to the family wanting a life of fresh air and self-sufficiency .
I noticed I forgot to take a picture of the house after adding the fireplace, but the master bedroom does have a fireplace.
|8th Jun 2011, 09:41 AM||#206|
|8th Jun 2011, 05:14 PM||#207|
The layout of this house was inspired by iCad's most recent image posts. The exterior and interior obviously look different, but I was thinking of iCad's house, so credit to iCad for the inspiration. This house is set up much like I suppose a boarding house would be, but is also suitable for a family or two to live in. All the bedrooms are large enough for two single beds. Some will even fit a couple double beds without much space leftover for other furniture.
The garage is where the stables are, which lead to the horse corral out in the backyard. The lot has a pond and garden plots, landscaping, combined kitchen/dining, foyer, 3 baths (one downstairs, two upstairs), a covered courtyard, fireplace, and a lot of room to expand, garden, have parties, etc. It is a 30x60 lot.
More pictures of the back here and here .
Courtyard. The courtyard is between the main house on the right and the stables on the left, can be used for outdoor dining, grilling, and hanging out. A door leads to the courtyard from the kitchen. iCad had a walkway connecting the main house to the garage. This house has an open (fenced) walkway to the stables from the living room. The courtyard will be partially fenced in, but I thought it would be easier to get pictures before finishing with the fences and other landscaping that would block too much.
Roof. Yes. I intentionally wanted a dark roof.
See the layout (with text descriptions on the pictures) of the first floor here . Second floor layout here . A view of the pond is here .
Because I use a lot of brown, earthy colors, I tried to lighten the shadows a bit while still keeping the "old" and semi-dark look. Washed out is not a good look. Not easy since I had not added any lighting yet. But I think the pictures are clear enough for you to enjoy.
Edited to add: Saturnfly, I really like all the flowers in the front of your hosue. Makes it very colorful and welcoming.
|9th Jun 2011, 08:28 PM||#208|
Here is the garden from the house of my last post, the one I said I would post (thanks for the kind comments, by the way!)
And here is an aerial picture to show how the lot fits in the street:
I've never been so happy with the result of building on a narrow 3x1 lot like that.
|9th Jun 2011, 10:23 PM||#209|
Cheshirekat: I'm so glad my house could spark some ideas for you. Although, your house is WAY more complex than mine. I do like to mess with breezeways and interior courtyards, though. It's nice to have something a little different.
Saturnfly: That's an adorable little house. I love all the flowers!
Nissun, I'm insanely jealous of both your skillz and your game's graphics. Can I ask, what sky are you using? It's lovely, almost like aurorae, and I like to take pics of my lots with pretty skies like that. I also loved the other buildings you posted. The style is very unique and, again, having a cohesive style like that for a neighborhood is very cool. Can't keep it up, myself; I tend to get bored. Plus, I don't have the CC for it, anyway. But I LOVE seeing that sort of thing in other people's creations.
Anyway, I just put this up for download on my LJ, since it doesn't have flat edges, which probably wouldn't go over well on MTS. (And for good reason!) But since pics are easily available, here you go:
This is a "lakefront" house, the kind I occasionally like to build. I flatten the lot so that the back of it drops off steeply and then butt it right up against neighborhood water so that, when you're playing the lot you get lovely "lake views."
If you want to see more, you can do so here:http://icads-sims.livejournal.com/1746.html The pics are too large in file size to directly post here, and I don't feel like resizing 'em. You can also download the lot there, if you're brave.
|9th Jun 2011, 10:57 PM||#210|
Hahaha, thanks iCad. But really, my game's graphics? I'll let you know that right now I'm looking into upgrading my computer, because it's seriously outdated for gaming. The graphics are actually really poor, so the pictures must be deceiving somehow!
The sky is a recolor of this mod: http://www.modthesims.info/download.php?t=187229 that has stronger, more fantastic colors. I couldn't remember where I got it, but I found it here (it's the first item on the list): http://wcif-sims.livejournal.com/275753.html
|9th Jun 2011, 11:19 PM||#211|
Hey, I play on an 8-year-old laptop that was high-end when I bought it and all special-like and whoop-de-doo because it had a dedicated 128MB video card instead of an integrated chip. But now, pretty much EVERYONE'S graphics are better than mine!
Awesome! Thank you! *runs off to download, hoping that it won't look like poo in my sad, sad little game *
|10th Jun 2011, 01:16 PM||#212|
I decided to try that sky mod as well. I am waiting for my game to load up now.
Nissun. I like how your palm trees look in the garden. The ones I have in my game with the white bark look like they have cloth for leaves, so I don't use them much anymore. Yours look more like real palm trees. Maybe I should look at downloading different ones and get rid of the ones I have. However, I will probably wait until I am done doing lot makeovers in my hood as I am sure that a few of those palm trees were used in the lots I haven't visited for a while.
Anyone else find that the more cc you download for building and landscaping, the more picky you get? To the point that you almost have to keep inventory in your head all the time for stuff that has lost favor in your eyes?
Which reminds me of something else I recently downloaded that I am extremely happy with. CuriousB (bagfran.livejournal.com) converted some trees into neighborhood deco that I put into my game just before finishing the last lot I posted. I am still amazed what a difference they make in my pictures not having blurry blobs for the backgrounds when I am in neighborhood view. Supposedly, they are a bit high poly, so I did not put too many in. But after seeing the results from a few different lots, I may try to put in a few more. But now I also want to remove the pink tree (maxis blobs) I still have in my game with another colorful (pink or purple) tree for neighborhood deco.
|12th Jun 2011, 02:18 PM||#213|
Well, this is my first post in these forums. I've been building in Sims 2 for over three years, and sharing my lots at TSR (though I don't quite accept the pay system). On one of my mysterious Internet tours, I stumbled upon this thread and saw many great creations.
Nissun, great buildings! I'm also a fan of 1984 and created many buildings for Orwellian themed neighborhood. My neighborhoods used to be filled with monumental skyscrapers before my old computer crashed. Recently, I remodeled Pleasantview, and included a bit older picture of it.
cheshirekat, iCad and Saturnfly, you have very nicely designed and coloured lots too!
I decided to share pictures of my latest building: Castleville cathedral with an underground catacomb maze
Here is a link to my TSR profile for those who are interested: http://www.thesimsresource.com/members/juhhmi
|15th Jun 2011, 11:48 AM||#214|
Join Date: Jun 2006
I've been in a bit of a lag lately with building, but I got inspired again and this is one of the things I've been working on
|15th Jun 2011, 01:14 PM||#215|
Great modern house, Hencing! For the nice roof and column, did you first make larger roof pieces and then removed some walls?
Edit: I started a new project: SkyGarden. I was partly inspired by a skyscraper in Simcity 4 (I wish I could play it with Windows 7 ), but ended up with something reminding a hospital.
Edit2: Interiors are quite empty, and I probably won't upload this. The main tower has only a very tall atrium with stairs and the smaller one has elevators.
|18th Jun 2011, 09:23 AM||#216|
juhhmi -- That's incredible! Must have taken you hours.
Here's a little blue house I made for my legacy 'hood:
|18th Jun 2011, 10:48 AM||#217|
Thank you, Saturnfly! And yes, it took quite many hours (one reason why I didn't even bother to decorate the skyscraper's interiors...).
You have a cute and nicely detailed house there!
|20th Jun 2011, 02:14 AM||#218|
|23rd Jun 2011, 03:52 AM||#219|
Join Date: Dec 2005
I like your houses, wag1. I especially like the second one. That's a cool angle from the carport.
I'm not much of a house builder, but this is my favorite one I've ever made.
from the back and in daylight
|24th Jun 2011, 01:39 AM||#220|
Join Date: Jun 2011
you all have excellent lots built here! i'm inspired to build, but too lazy to go sit at my other computer : )
|24th Jun 2011, 04:41 AM||#221|
Where did you get the flowers from? I absolutely love them. Reminds me of my own grandmothers house actually *tears up* You really set a cozy, nostalgic mood with the decor.
All of these houses are amazing and are making me miss my game a ton. Hopefully my new computer will be complete in a month or so.*sigh*
|1st Jul 2011, 08:12 PM||#222|
Okey-dokes. So, I got Bon Voyage. And, I'm on the road, spending some time at a beach community, which has been awesome since where I live is landlocked. So, it's only natural that I try my hand at some beach lots, yes?
I dunno what happened with this one. It was supposed to be a little one-bedroom cottage kind of thing, the kind of place I'd like to retire to and be a professional beach bum. But then I got it in my head that I wanted "under the house" parking, which became difficult to make because of the unevenness of the lot I used plus the fact that I didn't want to make an actual "garage" with a door precisely 8 tiles back from the front of the lot, etc. In short, I made it difficult on myself and CFE became involved and...yeah. And then it became this three-bedroom thing with a big recreational space downstairs and more stairs than you can shake a palm frond at. I don't know what's up with that. But I like what I came up with, anyway. I even play-tested it a little bit with the Ramaswamis (I only ever use the Maxis families to play-test. ), and it turned out to be a fun house to play, so I'll probably be using it, assuming that it can be placed anywhere other than where I built it. Anyway, here you go.
As usual, landscaping = not my forte.
The floor plans, with decorating/furnishing for 5 or 6:
And here's a view of the living room, just 'cuz:
|6th Jul 2011, 04:23 PM||#223|
Nice lots again, everyone!
iCad, I especially like the floorplan and interior colours of your house!
I made this Rainforest Research Centre for a contest at TSR:
|6th Jul 2011, 07:24 PM||#224|
Oh my god, that is the most awesome thing. I've always wanted something like that in my game, but my god, never came close to how awesome yours is. (though to be honest, if I put all those trees in my game, the computer would probably die)
|6th Jul 2011, 08:24 PM||#225|
My gosh, I love love love everyone's houses.(: