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Illyria's Glass Castle Lair

by Mazzle Posted 17th Jul 2009 at 6:20 PM
11 Comments / replies (Who?) - 11 Feedback Posts
This lot epitomizes the old adage, "Those who live in glass houses should build castle walls."

I've never designed a lot before, but this one evolved from my current evil legacy challenge. I'm in my third generation now, and I thought it turned out pretty interesting, so I thought I'd share it.

To be honest, this house evolved purely out a few story constraints. At first, it was supposed to just an evil lair, so I thought I'd build some castle walls (see credits.) And then I built a small house inside. I found that playing in the house to be a bit annoying, because to properly view it, I had to go to the ground floor view and could no longer see the actual castle turrets. I also HATE multi-level houses, since I always have to search the floors to try to see what sims are doing. So, I tried to make one of those floating house, with just a single large floor on the top level. In that way, I could see everything that was going on and the castle turrets at the same time. Finally, I realized I could still use the ground below, so I added a farm, pond, swimming pool, and wedding area. I also added some physical supports, so that it doesn't look like a silly floating house.

Functionally, it works pretty well. I can see everything at once with minimal movement, which was my main goal. And it has room for every possible thing I could want. It's also pretty symmetrical, which makes my OCD happy.

Features:
  • Six bedrooms, five full baths
    1. Master bedroom with full bath
    2. Founder ghost bedroom with full bath. (I keep the founder's ghost locked in there with a large supply of apples.)
    3. Two bedrooms, each with a full-size beds
    4. One bedroom with two single beds
    5. One nursery/bedroom with a single bed and two cribs
    6. Three additional full baths, for a total of 5 in the house
  • Large living area with modern kitchen, stereo/dance area, foosball table, TV watching area and chess set
  • Study with two desks, two laptops and bookshelves
  • Children's play room
  • Indoor Gym
  • Painters Alcove with bed
  • Large outdoor deck with BBQ, telescope, painting easel (on top floor connected to main living room)
  • Large party deck (on the edge, attached to castle walls)
  • Massive outdoor area made available by having top floor supported by four modern-looking posts. Basically, you get double the space since the entire 6x6 lot is available for outdoor use as well as indoor use.
    • Fully-enclosed garden/farm
    • Wedding area with seating
    • Garden path
    • Fishing pond
    • Swimming pool
    • Outdoor restroom facility
    • Two parking spaces

Feedback and suggestions are welcome.

Lot Size: 6x6
Lot Price: $243,656 /$623,958

Additional Credits:
The foundations for the outside castle walls were based by tracing the ones in GiLanG's "Crystal Castle" and then rebuilt. (I did this to stay somewhat true to the Legacy Challenge rules.)

The color scheme and furniture choices were inspired by makaylalee1's "The Cubicle".

Number of bedrooms: 5 or more
Custom Content Included: Build and Buy Mode Content
Furnishings: Fully Furnished
Special Flags: Not Applicable

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Sims 3
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
Illyria's Glass Lair.zip | The actual house

Size: 6.91 MB · Downloads: 3,603 · 17th Jul 2009
6.91 MB 3,603 17th Jul 2009
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11 Comments / Replies (Who?) - 10 Feedback Posts
Test Subject
#2 Old 18th Jul 2009 at 3:37 AM
Thanks, you did a great job!
Lab Assistant
#3 Old 18th Jul 2009 at 6:27 AM
This makes me OCD Happy too :D

Tornado Drills: more effective than Ex-Lax.
Test Subject
#4 Old 18th Jul 2009 at 4:18 PM
looks really cool! nicely done :D
Test Subject
#5 Old 19th Jul 2009 at 12:16 AM
The cost may be exorbitant, but what can I say--it's beautiful and it actually incorporates some very cool design and function ideas, like having the outdoors beneath the living space. I love it!
Test Subject
#6 Old 20th Jul 2009 at 1:21 AM
However the HELL you got the stairs to work is beyond me. I took them out for some party and I think I almost threw the computer out the window trying to get them back in. Currently relocating and re-fixing the house. Goddammit.
I like it. I just hate the stairs.
Lab Assistant
Original Poster
#7 Old 20th Jul 2009 at 3:07 PM
Yeah, Koro, it's not a good idea to delete stairs from downloaded houses. The stairs are always the most wonky part of the sims. Sometimes to get them set up in the way you want them, you have build them normally and then delete things. If you delete them later, you may not be able to put them back in without rebuilding tons of stuff.

If you don't want people to use the stairs temporarily, you're better off just blocking it off with objects.
Test Subject
#8 Old 22nd Jul 2009 at 9:20 AM
EPIC, my evil sim has killed off 3 rich spouses and looking for a evil new place to move into.
Test Subject
#9 Old 29th Jul 2009 at 10:45 AM
oooo castley
Test Subject
#10 Old 22nd Aug 2009 at 10:50 AM
Great! Just what my evil Sim needs in her bid for neighbourhood domination.

I'm not evil, I'm just good looking
Test Subject
#11 Old 16th Oct 2009 at 1:54 AM
i havent downloaded (played) yet due to bad video card! but from the pictures and comments i cant wait to play it!!!!!
Test Subject
#12 Old 24th Jan 2010 at 11:59 PM Last edited by malishar : 19th Feb 2010 at 10:30 AM.
I love this house to death... I'm trying to create a second garden area but can't clone the fencing used. And none of the fencing match it. I presume it's custom content, but can't seem to find it anywhere. Any help?

Edit: Nevermind, just a case of "Patch ate my content" again. All is well now.