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Shell Villa

by Mootilda Posted 17th Nov 2011 at 8:58 PM - Updated 25th Nov 2011 at 8:20 PM by Mootilda : Note about pets
 
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#2 Old 17th Nov 2011 at 9:12 PM
Thanks for again showcasing what can be done with creativity and some damn good tools. Hee hee, cute shell house! Want.
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#3 Old 17th Nov 2011 at 9:48 PM
Wow!!!!!
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#4 Old 17th Nov 2011 at 10:28 PM
I know of the original house and this is amazingly alike. I never knew you could do that with a roof - gotta get building! :D
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#5 Old 17th Nov 2011 at 11:16 PM
I love how clean your adapation is, especially given how "curvy" the original design is! Very well done. Can't wait to see where your design hunger and imagination take you next!
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#6 Old 17th Nov 2011 at 11:48 PM
Wow ! Very impressive realisation !
Theorist
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#7 Old 18th Nov 2011 at 12:13 AM
Very cool, Mootilda!
*shrugs*
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#8 Old 18th Nov 2011 at 6:46 AM
WOW! Well done, Mootilda!
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#9 Old 18th Nov 2011 at 7:05 AM
Wow, Brilliant! Thanks Mootilda!
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#10 Old 18th Nov 2011 at 10:42 AM
AMAZING! I never thought something like this would be possible. So inspiring!!
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#11 Old 18th Nov 2011 at 3:35 PM
mootilda, you do the impossible! I love the gradual two step stairs up to the house and the curves are pure artistry.
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#12 Old 18th Nov 2011 at 8:21 PM
Okay, I know it´s allready been said and might be starting to get boring but it´s really true: amazing, fantastic!! WOW!!! Freaking awesome!!!!
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#13 Old 19th Nov 2011 at 2:51 AM
Wonderful house! It is masterpiece in my eyes! You are the .
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#14 Old 19th Nov 2011 at 4:49 AM
this is a really neat idea and house! good job! :D
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#15 Old 19th Nov 2011 at 9:51 AM
Really amazing design, thanks!

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#16 Old 21st Nov 2011 at 1:54 AM
very unique house! Thank You
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#17 Old 21st Nov 2011 at 12:24 PM
Very impressive. Love it!
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#18 Old 23rd Nov 2011 at 5:55 AM
Highly impressive! This house is one-of-a-kind and spectacular looking.
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#19 Old 25th Nov 2011 at 7:04 AM
Thank you so much! I am very eager to move my Organization XIII Sims & their cats into this lovely house soon!
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#20 Old 25th Nov 2011 at 5:10 PM Last edited by Mootilda : 25th Nov 2011 at 8:32 PM.
You should be aware that some animals can't navigate 2-click stairs. I don't play with Pets, so I can't give you details. However, you may want to test with a temporary neighborhood first.

One option would be to add 8-click modular stairs, which pets should be able to navigate. If you move a few plants and a light fixture, you can easily place some stairs behind the terrace at the left side of the lot:
The new stairs are fairly inconspicuous from the front:
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#21 Old 29th Nov 2011 at 5:56 PM
This is AMAZING! I've seen the Shell Villa before, in my internet wanderings of alternative housing and architecture, and I fell in love with it. I'd totally live there!

IRL, I'm very passionate about "dome" homes, for their energy efficiency, and resistance to just about any natural disaster. http://www.monolithic.com/topics/featured Since getting into domes, I've often wished I could have dome homes in my game. This comes pretty close, I think! The Shell Villa is more akin to a dome than to conventional construction, for sure.

Anyway, thank you for this!
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#22 Old 29th Nov 2011 at 7:08 PM
I had never seen the Shell Villa before. As soon as I saw it, I was driven to recreate it in the Sims. One might even say that I was obsessed. I was very lucky to find a site with the floor plans and elevations; many sites just show a couple of pictures and it's hard to get a feel for the house from that.

Domes are interesting (thanks for the link!), but completely impractical in the Sims. There's no way to create curved walls, make them weather-proof, or to add doors and windows.

Could you use the Sphere 360 Build Set upper pieces to create a dome? I haven't fooled around with the set, but it looks promising.
http://www.modthesims.info/d/449382
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#23 Old 29th Nov 2011 at 7:45 PM Last edited by Darby : 29th Nov 2011 at 7:59 PM.
I hope you enjoy looking over those domes! They're not all beautiful, some being too cave-like for my taste, but others are quite stunning and light-filled. The incredible energy-efficiency of domes is something more people need to be looking at, as well as the disaster-resistance. I live in "tornado alley", and when I see a whole town (Joplin Missouri this last summer) of conventional construction leveled by a tornado, it frustrates me no end, knowing all those same homes/offices/schools would still be standing if they were domes. A lot of money would have been saved, and most importantly, many fewer lives would have been lost, if any at all.

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Could you use the Sphere 360 Build Set upper pieces to create a dome? I haven't fooled around with the set, but it looks promising.
http://www.modthesims.info/d/449382


That does look promising - and very cool! I know the roundness is an illusion, but it looks really good, and more versatile than one might think, at first glance. Some of the examples she has of how the elements can be combined for different effects remind me quite a bit of some of the domes on the Monolithic site!

I'm not much of a builder, but I'll be experimenting with that set! Thanks for putting me on to it!

ETA: Little Nemo's pics in post #33 confirms that "domes" are quite possible with this set!!!
http://www.modthesims.info/download...5#startcomments
I'm excited... :D
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#24 Old 4th Dec 2011 at 3:07 AM
Hi! This download looks amazing! But I have know idea how to download it. when I push download it will say " have you read downloading for dummies?" i've read it like 12 times but still it won't let me. Can you please help me??!!!! I would REALLY like to download this becuz it is sooooooo awesome!
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#25 Old 4th Dec 2011 at 3:11 AM
wait, i mite have just got it!!!! i really hope i did!!!!!!
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