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#1026 Old 20th Mar 2016 at 1:53 AM
Gosh only 94K, I'm done for! Thanks Judges for your time and effort.

I forgot, one judge needs cookies for getting the Elder scrolls connection to the steps.

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#1027 Old 20th Mar 2016 at 1:56 AM Last edited by d_dgjdhh : 20th Mar 2016 at 5:12 AM.
I'm preparing an Excel sheet for everyone to use to help with calculating your costs of construction for the last round. You'll get to understand it in case you're not sure about how to calculate it. It has inputs in yellow to stand out and explanations on what the numbers mean. Everything else in the sheet will calculate itself.

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Originally Posted by ranabluu
Interesting.....

Indeed.

EDIT: Okay, the Excel sheet is contained in the last town contract. If there's questions or bugs, please let me know, and I'll try to get it fixed as soon as possible.
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#1028 Old 20th Mar 2016 at 4:57 AM Last edited by d_dgjdhh : 23rd Mar 2016 at 2:47 AM.
TOWN CONTRACT #4 - A Tourist Accommodation


Ladies & gentlemen͵
here's Milburn to speak with you all.

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Thank you Mr. Briggs. Also͵ thank you all again for succeeding in these challenges. There were some issues with the paperwork for claiming the funds for that town contract. We hope the funds offered from the previous two contracts were adequate enough to cover the cost of the third one. This time around͵ we've secured the funds for this last contract being offered to your company. This structure is expected to be the attraction of town.

In this last town contract͵ we're asking your company to provide our town with a hotel. We're looking for temporary lodging to attract tourists. Just in case they'd like to see our town first before investing in a business or a home͵ they can get a taste of what it's like to see & interact with locals. This hotel's operation will accommodate guests to stay the night & sleep indoors, in case the weather changes to an unseasonably cold chill.

Click here for the image of the land that can be built upon. You may also download the lot from HERE, or from the attachments area located at the end of this post. Contained on this lot are the approved exterior wall motifs. You can remove the walls from the lot and start from an empty land.

We're asking that your company build an establishment that has at least 4 rooms for rent. Each room must accommodate at least 2 people͵ & must have bedding for at least 2. We're also providing the approved exterior wall motifs for the hotel. The hotel is meant to blend well with the wealthier district of town. We will not accept a camp site as the main attraction for the accommodation. The wealthier residents are also not interested in hearing the snores of several tourists sleeping outdoors overnight. They believe it would introduce "squatters".

Just as Mr. Briggs has informed you all about͵ some companies may not have certain capabilities to install rental doors͵ such as for apartment units͵ & now hotel units. In this contract͵ we do not expect to have hotel doors that function as such. However͵ we ask you to build for each unit an enclosed unit with only 1 door leading in & out from public spaces (e.g. there's only one way to enter & exit the unit from the outside). In the future͵ implementation of a functional hotel door can be possible.

Hotels & lodging are a new venture for this town͵ & as a result͵ new laws & regulations (The By-Laws) have to be made for our quaint town. These are the proposed standards for hotel operations:

1. An enclosed area for privacy (at least a 3-walled structure)
2. A rooftop enclosure (so the weather does not fall upon the heads of guests)
3. Adequate interior floors (so insects from the grass do not enter from below the building)
4. Plumbing for visitors & guests (at least 1 toilet & 1 sink for visitors; 1 toilet & 1 shower͵ tub͵ or sink per guest room)
5. Lighting for pedestrians at night (at least two lamp posts per lot)
6. Access to emergency services at all times (at least 1 phone per room unit)
7. All guest units must have a working smoke alarm
8. All levels of the hotel accessible by guests must be accessible by staircases͵ in case of fire or damage

REGULATIONS FOR THIS PARTICULAR LOT
The cost of the property must be at least §50͵000. This is the minimum investment asked for by the town to operate a lodging establishment. If the total cost of the property is below §50͵000͵ your company will be billed the remaining amount until the minimum amount is reached. You will also be taxed at a property value of §50͵000.
Your establishment must have a counter area to act as the concierge area to "check-in" guests. It must be at least 3-tiles straight. If you are using a 1-tile concierge desk͵ please insert a counter on each side of it͵ at minimum͵ to fulfill this requirement.
You may not build higher than five levels of space͵ including any walk space on the roof top accessible by ordinary layman Sims. This is a restriction imposed for now͵ as hotel regulations are still in discussions. Urban developers feel that too high of a building will cause a stir with residents. So no hi-rise towers allowed for now.
You may not build a camp site. Wealthier residents nearby may not accept the look of the site͵ & property values will drop. Your company may be fined heavily to demolish the property. A camp site will be defined as anything outside with a or multiple tents͵ or a lodging establishment whose main operation is to charge guests to occupy the outside on a regular basis for their sleep/overnight stay. We strongly recommend not placing more than twice the number of outdoor reclining/lounge chairs or hammocks per bed available at the accommodation (e.g. no higher than a ratio of 2 recliners/hammocks per 1 bed in the hotel to ensure compliance).
We're projecting a build time of no more than 15 days from today. The start & end dates are listed below. We are accepting only one design from each company. We're providing your company some money to finish this last contract. Late submissions will be subject to a penalty as stated below. This is our town's final contract, & so build up the most funds in your company's coffers to be declared the winner of this competition. Good luck to everyone involved!
________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

START DATE / END DATE
March 20͵ 2016 12:00am EST to April 4͵ 2016 12:00am EST. There will be a 1 hour grace period from after the end time before penalties are administered. Please see this post for time zone reference & countdown timer.
SPECIAL NOTICE(S)
AMENDMENT (03/22/2016): You may submit a MAXIMUM of 16 images for your property's entry.
Do not ask for more͵ as this should be more than sufficient to showcase your property. Other
conditions about image posting as seen on the first page of this thread still apply.


MONEY GIVEN TO YOUR CONSTRUCTION COMPANY
§375͵000͵ with option to borrow town treasury funds in §1͵000 increments at 10% interest to pay back at the end of this contract.
HOW TO CALCULATE COST OF CONSTRUCTION
The land is given to your company free of charge. The cost to your company will be the total property cost͵ subtracted from the cost of land. The land is valued at §4͵800. Your cost of construction will be recorded as an Expense item on Line "D" of the financial statements.
At the end of construction͵ your company will be subject to the Construction Tax as was seen in the Town Application. In this contract͵ your company must pay this tax before the director's score your property. If your coffers after construction is less than the taxes payable͵ your company must borrow funds to pay off the tax. Then after scoring͵ your company must pay back the Loan with interest.
NEW !!! ----- NEED HELP TO CALCULATE YOUR COSTS ?
CLICK HERE to download our Excel sheet to help you with calculating your costs for construction͵ taxes͵ & more for this last contract! Type information in the yellow cells to activate the simulated calculations.
VALUE PER POINT SCORED FROM OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
§5͵000 per point scored out of a possible 50 points. Each judge will score your project based on whether your company follows the proposed regulation for the property͵ whether your company follows the theme requested & whether your lot looks interesting. The simple average of all judges' scores will determine how many simoleons your company will receive towards your company's coffers.
BONUS AWARDS
If your company can use only base-game content͵ as determined by our board of directors͵ the city will award §25͵000 to your coffers. Use of actual concierge desks & hotel rental doors from the Bon Voyage expansion pack will not be counted against this bonus.
If your company can achieve a total property value below §250͵000͵ the city will also award §25͵000 to your company's coffers. Proof that the value of your property achieves below §250͵000 will require an additional image from the game's information about the lot in neighborhood view.
If your company spent the most on constructing the property͵ the city will refund you 15% of the expenses to your coffers.
If your company spent the second most on constructing the property͵ the city will refund you 10% of the expenses to your coffers.
If your company spent the third most on constructing the property͵ the city will refund you 5% of the expenses to your coffers. These three refund offers will be counted in the Bonuses on "Line J" of the financial statements. If you borrowed funds from the town͵ these refund offers will count after construction is complete & after the directors score your property. You will be subject to taxes payable at the full price of the property.
PENALTIES
If your company does not use any combination of the approved exterior wall motifs for the lodging establishment for at least 2/3 of the exterior walls shown͵ your company will be charged §25͵000 for restructuring of the walls.
If your company fails to follow the proposed regulation set forth in the by-laws͵ your company will be charged §25͵000. Although it is not law yet͵ it would be better safe to overcompensate than sorry to have a property that isn't up to code when legislation does pass. Please insure that ALL of the items in the proposed by-laws are seen in your images without doubt. Even if one item is missing from a room͵ that missing item will trigger this penalty.
If your company constructs a camp site͵ you will be charged §25͵000. The wealthy residents absolutely do not wish to be "disturbed" by the unsightliness of those tents & the idea of poor citizens coming to "squat" at the accommodation. This charged amount will go for demolition fees that the town will use to remove your property.
LATE SUBMISSION
If your company is late in submitting your design͵ your company will be charged §2͵000 per day that passes to a maximum of §10͵000 for 5 late days. You may still submit your design choice for this town contract. Because this is the last town contract͵ there will be no future round to proceed to.
DISQUALIFICATION
You cannot use hacks produced outside your game to artificially depreciate the costs of the items provided in the game. Only new items from the Maxis catalog are approved for use. Anyone caught cheating in this regard (or claiming that these items are "used" & therefore deserve their low cost value) will be disqualified from the contest.
Additionally͵ no Sims can be on the lot for risk of depreciating (or appreciating) the value of the property after 24 hours in-game.
Attached files:
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#1029 Old 20th Mar 2016 at 5:04 AM
Wooo! The final round and it looks like it is in fact a hotel! (koodos to whomever called it first, I swear it was Petro, but I'm not 100%, so I apologize if I'm wrong)

Also, good luck to you all on your entries! I know this will be the toughest round for me to judge, since every round has increased in difficulty while judging, so I know it will also be extremely tough for you all! I have my highest expectations set still, so make sure to impress me & the rest of the judges as best as you can!

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#1030 Old 20th Mar 2016 at 5:33 AM
Thank the heavens we get money! I was very worried there for a while, lol.
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#1031 Old 20th Mar 2016 at 5:43 AM
Thank you, judges - and finally the hotel
I am a bit confused at the moment by my scores (no problem, though and I am not complaining). I guess I will have to think carefully about the next one. However, I did get my money back plus a few more simoleons, so I am happy about that!
Going to wait until the staff members are sober, though, before planning anything
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#1032 Old 20th Mar 2016 at 5:53 AM
I already decided the style I wanted before checking out the exterior... probably not the wisest choice to decide first and look later. I think there are some acceptable wall covers there. Can't really tell until I load up that lot though.

I put my 47K into that sheet and came up with 422,000 is that correct? I just want to be told a figure I can build to, not do any maths. Did I have such little money because I spent too much last round? I really don't know what I am doing finance wise. I'm just building.

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#1033 Old 20th Mar 2016 at 6:08 AM
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Originally Posted by Justpetro
Thank you, judges - and finally the hotel
I am a bit confused at the moment by my scores (no problem, though and I am not complaining). I guess I will have to think carefully about the next one. However, I did get my money back plus a few more simoleons, so I am happy about that!
Going to wait until the staff members are sober, though, before planning anything

What extra money are you talking about?

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Originally Posted by joandsarah77
I already decided the style I wanted before checking out the exterior... probably not the wisest choice to decide first and look later. I think there are some acceptable wall covers there. Can't really tell until I load up that lot though.

I put my 47K into that sheet and came up with 422,000 is that correct? I just want to be told a figure I can build to, not do any maths. Did I have such little money because I spent too much last round? I really don't know what I am doing finance wise. I'm just building.

No, it's the 94K that you put into the first yellow cell.

This is why I made this sheet. All you have to do is read what the questions are asking on the Excel sheet, and fill in the numbers in the yellow cells. Then after entering in the info, the green cell below will give you an estimate of what you might have at the end of the competition.

What you can do is play around with the pricing of your property in one of the yellow cells, and it gives you different results. So if you feel your building is expensive, check a lower amount, and see if it's more beneficial. And continue playing around with it until you get a amount in the green cell that looks nice.
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#1034 Old 20th Mar 2016 at 6:34 AM
Yes sorry, I meant I put my 94K into it, not 47K. When I put the exact amount of 94,946 into the yellow I get $469,964 in the blue. I can't build and think about money, I have to concentrate on my building style and decor and only if I go way over budget do I rethink things, I just can't build that way. So if that's what I have in coffers that is kind of this distant figure I can build to. Not saying I will just i know I can't go above that. Or are you saying I have that totally wrong and I have no where near 469K?

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#1035 Old 20th Mar 2016 at 6:47 AM
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Originally Posted by joandsarah77
Yes sorry, I meant I put my 94K into it, not 47K. When I put the exact amount of 94,946 into the yellow I get $469,964 in the blue. I can't build and think about money, I have to concentrate on my building style and decor and only if I go way over budget do I rethink things, I just can't build that way. So if that's what I have in coffers that is kind of this distant figure I can build to. Not saying I will just i know I can't go above that. Or are you saying I have that totally wrong and I have no where near 469K?

So you have $469,964 in your coffers, yes. However, you will have to pay taxes too, and so your actual coffer will decrease rapidly as you build higher.

See what happens if you put $469,964 as the price of your property. The following will occur:

You will have to borrow money...
(B) Loan Borrowed: $139,000

...and pay taxes...
(E) Taxes: $143,481

...in order to complete your property and submit it, leaving you with...
(F) SUB-TOTAL: $319

...in your coffers before the scoring occurs. You'll also have a huge loan to pay back...
(L) Loan Repayments: ($152,900)

...with interest.

--------------------------------------------

So, for your situation only, Jo, based on this sheet, the most you can build before you have to borrow money is:
$367,219.

That will leave you with no more money in your coffers before the scoring commences. So I would advise building MUCH less than that, perhaps in the low $200k or high $100K property price.
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#1036 Old 20th Mar 2016 at 6:51 AM
Okay, I will put down $367,219 and hope I don't go above that. I hope the piece of land isn't too small since my resort is low and long rather than tall.

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#1037 Old 20th Mar 2016 at 7:13 AM
@D - I have extra money compared to the previous round - 150K compared to 138K - in my end budget, which means I am a lot better off for this round. That was perhaps not clearly expressed but it was still very early in the morning here!
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#1038 Old 20th Mar 2016 at 10:33 AM
I'm maybe being a bit thick here, but I thought I'd better check: We don't have to use all 45 of those exterior wall motifs, do we?

My understanding is that at least two thirds of the exterior walls must be build with any selection from those motifs, and that it doesn't matter whether only one motif is used for the whole of that two thirds, or all 45, or any number in between. That would not be hard for me as our company's favourite exterior wall coverings are included. But, if we have to use all 45 somewhere in the building, it will be hard to keep any sort of unity of design! ...And hard for the judges to determine if all 45 have indeed been used!

Our company and I are entering new territory with this contract, as I have never built anything remotely like this before. We have tended to specialise in low-cost housing, and retail and community developments. Indeed that apartment block was the first time we had gone above 2 storeys.

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#1039 Old 20th Mar 2016 at 10:41 AM
You don't have to use ALL the wall motifs do you, you can pick and choose which to use?

Also I know it's 15 days we have, but an old knee injury has flared up and can hardly bend it, so no way I can sit at the computerat the moment, if my entry isn't in within the 15 days I will graciously withdraw, not sure how long it's gonna take to come right this time, it's the most painful it's ever been!

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#1040 Old 20th Mar 2016 at 11:18 AM
Ouch, Tiffany - I am sorry to hear that! I really, really hope the knee gets well soon. And I don't even want to think about not being able to see your hotel right now

Andrew - I am building my first hotel as well - and - hehe - never gone higher than 2 stories before this either!

As for the walls - i seriously doubt that we will be able to use all 45 those exterior walls, even if we want to!
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#1041 Old 20th Mar 2016 at 11:28 AM
That is a very small lot for a resort. Well my rather grand idea has already been scaled down, but I'm still going to attempt a smaller version of what I am picturing and hope it doesn't look like a great big pimple on a mole..

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#1042 Old 20th Mar 2016 at 11:34 AM
Thanks for the scores and comments, judges!
(This time I agree 100% with all the critics, to be honest I would have expected a lower score.)

The next round seems complex, and I'm not sure I will have time to work on it due familiar issues. I will try for sure, I'm not giving up yet, but I don't think I can make much out of it.
Looking forward seeing everyone else's hotels though!
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#1043 Old 20th Mar 2016 at 12:37 PM
I have to decide where to start - or at least I have to get an idea. The light bulb just isn't switching on. Perhaps I should go and visit some real hotels in town (and their juice bars) first
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#1044 Old 20th Mar 2016 at 10:01 PM
SQUEE!!! Scores - thank you judges!
It seems I pulled myself up 3 places - YAY! I'm starting to get the hang of how this contest works, I think, but now it's almost over *le sigh*

@Tiff - I hope your knee gets well enough to let you work at your PC real quick like! Ouch! Feel better <3

Ahhhh, the hotel. Yes. Well, I suppose, we all knew it was coming...

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#1045 Old 20th Mar 2016 at 10:09 PM
I know exactly what I want to do. Now if I can do what I want without cc...that remains to be seen Well, I'm sure I can, but it may not be exactly what I want.
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#1046 Old 20th Mar 2016 at 10:57 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Justpetro
@D - I have extra money compared to the previous round - 150K compared to 138K - in my end budget, which means I am a lot better off for this round. That was perhaps not clearly expressed but it was still very early in the morning here!
Ah, I see, yes. You made a profit and avoided construction costs above the director's scores and cumulative financing costs.

Quote:
Originally Posted by AndrewGloria
I'm maybe being a bit thick here, but I thought I'd better check: We don't have to use all 45 of those exterior wall motifs, do we?

My understanding is that at least two thirds of the exterior walls must be build with any selection from those motifs, and that it doesn't matter whether only one motif is used for the whole of that two thirds, or all 45, or any number in between(...)
Correct, you do not have to use all the motifs, they are just the approved ones you can use. You can use any or all the motifs as long as it represents 2/3 of the exterior walls or more. Also (I'll have to inform the directors too), I'll do the counting of the wall motifs, they won't do the counting.

Quote:
Originally Posted by ekrubynaffit
(...)Also I know it's 15 days we have, but an old knee injury has flared up and can hardly bend it, so no way I can sit at the computerat the moment, if my entry isn't in within the 15 days I will graciously withdraw, not sure how long it's gonna take to come right this time, it's the most painful it's ever been!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Amura
(...)I'm not sure I will have time to work on it due familiar issues. I will try for sure, I'm not giving up yet, but I don't think I can make much out of it.(...)

Sure thing, tending to an injury or RL issues are miles more important than this, so get well soon to both of you. Only if you're able to, submit a design.
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#1047 Old 21st Mar 2016 at 7:32 AM
Oh man, just saw that spreadsheet, sorry but when I see boxes needing numbers to calculate I seriously panic and the numbers seem to jump around with no understanding of them at all! I think if I keep my build to 375,000 or less Ill be safe!! Going to give building a go, have my leg propped up on a stool, might get about half an hour in before it aches!

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#1048 Old 21st Mar 2016 at 8:20 AM
You're like me Tiff, I don't look at numbers or boxes just what I am building. I have my idea in my head and I am running with it, money I will worry about latter!

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#1049 Old 21st Mar 2016 at 10:24 AM
Idea!!!!

I am trying to use the max amount of money that I can in this round I think the gamble in the previous round paid off - I have more money now than I had before the shop - and D's accountant found her calculator
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#1050 Old 21st Mar 2016 at 2:05 PM
I don't get it. The whole budget thing and companies making more money and how I ended up in last place with so little is a mystery to me. So this time we want to spend heaps? I'm sure I can do that.

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