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Re: The Official Building/Remodeling Showboat Thread
« Reply #200 on: August 05, 2010, 09:13:19 AM »
I'm coming to the professionals.  I have been trying to build the house I grew up in and it's a nightmare.  The problem is the "ground" floor.  The level on the floor you walk in the door on is split: two sets of stairs  lead up to a kitchen, dining room, living room area (one leading into the kitchen in the back, the other to the living room from the foyer area).  There are also stairs leading up to the top floor.  Then, the rest of the "ground" floor has a bathroom, a bedroom/office space, a large open "party" area connected to a walled in patio and a garage attached.  Stairs from this side lead to the basement.  There are railings separating the levels; you can see into the bottom level because there are no walls there.

I cannot make one level split this way.  I have tried every testing cheat there is and still end up with four full levels, not a "split" level with a top floor and a basement.  Either that, or the stairs do weird things.  Anybody have a suggestion for me.  I want my sims in the house I grew up in!

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« Reply #201 on: August 05, 2010, 09:22:54 AM »
Samoht - OH! I only just worked that out! hahaha

I don't understand what you're describing storyteller.

I don't see the point in having kitchen dining, and a formal dining. Sims always go to what's closest. So I always put just formal dining, because otherwise they'd never eat there unless the kitchen dining was full.



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Re: The Official Building/Remodeling Showboat Thread
« Reply #202 on: August 05, 2010, 09:54:05 AM »
Glad you downloaded it okay Solstice!  :) I get used to people calling me 'Sam' online mainly because no one really stops to really look at my username. :)

Wow, I started building Pam's Modern Mansion but somehow I ended up with this incomplete place. -



Oh well it only took me about an hour to build and furnish the bottom floor, it will only take me about half an hour to finish it, then I can make the Modern Mansion as it should have been!  :D
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« Reply #203 on: August 05, 2010, 10:10:20 AM »
Actually it looks like it is on the same street as Agnes Crumplebottom's house.  You can barely see the lighthouse in the back.
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« Reply #204 on: August 05, 2010, 11:48:20 AM »
Solstice is right!  ;) The Lighthouse is covered by that tree on the left.
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Re: The Official Building/Remodeling Showboat Thread
« Reply #205 on: August 05, 2010, 01:17:41 PM »
Solstice, that is right on target.  That is exactly right.  I will try what you have suggested...it never occurred to me to have the foundation that way!  This is why you come to the professionals.

As far as having separate dining areas, I tend to play with large Sim families and have parties.  But the desire to build my childhood home is just that.  A desire (or maybe a fantasy would be more accurate).

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« Reply #206 on: August 05, 2010, 08:47:21 PM »
This was an experiment, but it turned out pretty good.  I was at work and for some reason octagon stood out and thought I would come home and try it.  What it doesn't show is a deck going out the back door by the chairs, behind the stairs.  I really did some thinking on this and used the palet.  It was just a thought.







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Re: The Official Building/Remodeling Showboat Thread
« Reply #207 on: August 05, 2010, 09:46:29 PM »
Samoht - OH! I only just worked that out! hahaha

I don't understand what you're describing storyteller.

I don't see the point in having kitchen dining, and a formal dining. Sims always go to what's closest. So I always put just formal dining, because otherwise they'd never eat there unless the kitchen dining was full.

Mine use to do that, now they will walk right past the dining table and go out on the deck to eat and there is room at the first table.  I love building the bar where they can eat and then I will build an informal nook or something past the bar, they go past the bar and eat at the table.  Basically, I have just one table now, because I found, when I have a big family, two will sit here and two will sit there.  Just isn't worth the hassle, lol.  So one dining table for my sims. :)
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Re: The Official Building/Remodeling Showboat Thread
« Reply #208 on: August 05, 2010, 11:31:02 PM »
Saltypaws, I like that octagon house!  Very cool concept.  Was the roof hard to do?

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« Reply #209 on: August 05, 2010, 11:37:27 PM »
I just kept using "auto roof" until I found one that I liked.
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Re: The Official Building/Remodeling Showboat Thread
« Reply #210 on: August 06, 2010, 08:07:03 AM »
Well I just finished a Modern Home, it is large with several bedrooms and Cots, two garden areas, open lawn area and one major thing it is Very Colourful! It looks like a mini city to me so I named it accordingly!  ;)

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« Reply #211 on: August 06, 2010, 08:44:22 AM »
Wow!  That's amazing.  Thank you, Samoht!  I won't be lacking for large modern houses now with this and the one from TommyT.  :D

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« Reply #212 on: August 06, 2010, 09:18:24 AM »
Do you like the colours or did I go a bit to far?  :)
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« Reply #213 on: August 06, 2010, 02:56:04 PM »
All of your houses are so good! Samoht your one is amazing! :) I started building a house yesterday, a small, simple modern house. I thought it was okay but I'm really struggling with the interior. I always find that if I try and make it look interesting, colour and flooring wise, it always just clashes and it looks bad. I then have to resort to making it look extremely plain and nearly the same all over. It's even harder for me in an open plan house, which is what I was making. It looks terrible. I might post some pictures, to get some advice because I'm really disappointed with it.

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« Reply #214 on: August 06, 2010, 03:42:28 PM »
Do you like the colours or did I go a bit to far?  :)

I think it's amazing! I can imagine how much fun the kids would have playing on top of all the levels and units! I think you'll have a generation of freerunners!
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« Reply #215 on: August 06, 2010, 04:28:31 PM »
Teatoo, what I find with open plan interiors is that if you tend to use the same design wallpaper on all 4 corners, it will tend to look too bland (if the design is plain) or too crowded (if the design is patterned).

Here's a few tips:

1) Designate maybe a couple walls that will have a pattern/design, make the rest of the remaining walls plain (or use a plain wall that allows you to have some kind of small bordering at the top where you can then take the pattern from the patterned wall and dump it on the bordering). Then either mix and match the colours, ie. either take a colour from the patterned wall and dump it on the plain wall, or the other way round, choose a colour for your plain wall and then dump it on the patterned wall and see how the colours turn out. That way, even if the walls are different, you still get some kind of continuity in your interior.

2) Keep your crowns/kick mouldings/skirting boards/dado rails the same all throughout the open plan area or otherwise two different ones meeting each other on a wall might turn out looking odd or may even clash against each other. There are wall sets that you can modify in order to have different types of wall design, but all have the same crowning/skirting board design, etc. This will aid continuity in your design and help unify the floorplan.

3) Open plan kitchen and living room can sometimes be a nightmare with your wallpapers. If any two rooms are sharing the same wall, but you want to clearly designate the divide, use the same methods as above with the wall design, but at the seam where the patterned and the plain wall divides, put a high bookshelf (the ones that nearly reach the ceiling), or maybe a high glass door, or a high archway to hide the seam/change in the wallpaper. That way, the rooms can still share the same open plan wall but don't look the same.

4) Use the large rugs on your floor (or use a different type of flooring to create a rug effect on the floor) to again help you designate the "rooms" in an open plan area. Or maybe for the living room, arrange the sofas and arm chairs so that they are sectioning off the living room from the rest of the open space. Also, use counters or breakfast bars, or juice bars again to help you section off either the kitchen or some kind of eating area. The screen dividers will also help you achieve sectioning off of certain areas.

5) By using the above ideas, you can almost certainly get away with using the same design and type of flooring for the whole open plan space. This would then help you unify all the separate designated areas or so called "rooms" in your house.

@samoht - I love the rainbow-tastic idea ;)
Woah, thanks, that was really, really useful. ^_^ I've definitely learn't a lot from that. I'll try to apply that to my house, I've got a few ideas now. :)

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Re: The Official Building/Remodeling Showboat Thread
« Reply #216 on: August 07, 2010, 12:18:05 AM »
Do you like the colours or did I go a bit to far?  :)

It's brighter and bolder than I was expecting, but it has a certain appeal with the way it's designed.  If it weren't for the blocks look of the whole thing, the bright colors might not have worked.  But I think it's quite clever.
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« Reply #217 on: August 07, 2010, 12:49:36 PM »
Yeah, it goes very well with the modern style of the house.

It might be a bit tacky otherwise in another house (like victorian styles), but you fit the only exception to that precisely. :)
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« Reply #218 on: August 08, 2010, 03:25:41 AM »
I finally got to level 3 visa on my recent sim's game, and I bought one of the larger models in the city. Boy, what a train wreck...gray and bleak brown, cruddy, unthemed furniture, and a few decorations. I knew I had to change that.

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This is the entire building, after I recolored the outside of the building to something more...pretty. I went with gold and red. and fenced in the walkways, while also adding a easel and a telescope to the upper entrance. I added a few trees to the court yard, and some zen gardens, as well as two guardian statues on either side of the entrance porch.

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As you can see, the kitchen and second bathroom were dark and dingy, looking like years of grime covered the ancient stone tiles. I turned the bathroom into a lounge bath room, adding a amazing tub, bamboo flooring, and a boom box for soothing music. I also added a freaking DOOR, that EA forgot to put in...Then, I added a small study, with some displays and a laptop for working on vacation, and redid the kitchen and dining area, adding lanterns and candles everywhere, for lighting.

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The bedrooms didn't look at all like the usually cozy bedrooms EA creates. They looked more like they were just scraped together haphazardly. The beds themselves were awful, and didn't fit my needs- The owner's son and his significant other, and their teenage daughter, who prefers being alone. I did up the bedrooms in their favorite colors, Yellow and Lavender, and made sure each had a dresser, lighting, rugs, and a comfy chair. I also did some different tiling in the stair's hall, and added a few lanterns for lighting.

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This was a extremely odd room , and I hated the look of this entire section. I did the bathroom up in a more black and white theme, made a main bedroom for the couple, and converted the extra space into a study lounge. I did add more displays for items and more lighting and decoration. I also added in my favorite music player that I downloaded in a 'Steampunk' set, the phonograph. I felt it added a more 'Victorian orient' room feel. And, yes, the bedroom has a display case for some example of potter I added later.

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This room had a lot of potential, but obviously was not very attractive. I've moved around some things, since the picture, but otherwise it looks the same. The room has a reading area, a TV and video game area, and a chess area. I also added the large bookshelf so the family can store their books, and later a bamboo object and display for a favorite relic.

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« Reply #219 on: August 08, 2010, 05:42:22 AM »
Nice job!  I would like to buy a house in each country and redo it.  I had not traveled at all until this week, but WA is very cool.  I love your colors, especially the red.

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« Reply #220 on: August 08, 2010, 07:49:49 AM »
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« Reply #221 on: August 08, 2010, 08:21:13 PM »
I know how to post pictures, I just messed up the tags. I'm not sure how to fix 'em either.

Thanks, Justwright.  ;) I like using colors akin to the country, and in China it seems to be red, black, gold and jade. If I get to france, I'd like to do colored rooms, like a red room, blue room, white room, pink room...The flag colors and different valentines day colors.
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« Reply #222 on: August 10, 2010, 01:09:20 AM »



Well here's my latest work, started out as sort of a rowhouse and then blossomed with a few angles and extensions.  The room placement might strike you as a little weird, kitchen in the way back, the bathroom in the home extension (makes you wonder, where was it before?), but I can't help but like the quirkiness.


Starts with a nice, spacious foyer into the hall, passing the bedroom and bath to the kitchen, while the bedroom features a few striking angles to seperate the sitting area from the bed itself.


The kitchen is sectioned with columns and a bar style serving station.


The bathroom includes an antechamber and doored toilet and bath for those privacy freaks.

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I've actually added a bit of heather following the screenshots, but prior to the uploaded.  Thinking of going back and breaking up some of the lawn area with varying terrain paints, and painting the columns in the kitchen to stone.

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« Reply #223 on: August 10, 2010, 01:56:59 AM »
Very pretty!  I might have to snag that one.

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« Reply #224 on: August 10, 2010, 05:59:31 AM »
I'm snagging it right now.  Have a perfect lot to place it on.  Thanks for sharing!
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