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« Reply #275 on: August 16, 2010, 06:30:31 PM »
I like how it's starting out, with the bare necessities: a time machine and an easel!

SV has at least a couple houses built on pillars. Or you could find inspiration here:

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« Reply #276 on: August 16, 2010, 06:56:30 PM »
...but all the time I've been in Twinbrook I've lived on the other side of town without taking much notice at those houses! :o
This is what we call a "sheltered childhood."  :D

Thanks, hope theirs and mine'll offer some inspiration.  I absolutely fell in love with the likeness of old shacks renovated in a contemporary fashion.

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« Reply #277 on: August 16, 2010, 07:07:17 PM »
I like how it's starting out, with the bare necessities: a time machine and an easel!
Thanks LlamaMama. I don't think any sim can survive without the basic survival stuff. ;D
Sure, I am yet to give her a bed (she sleeps at the neighbours' house), but I am nice enough to have provided her with a telescope as well!

I'm also agreeing with danefaith: What is that house? It looks really cool, but where is it from?
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« Reply #278 on: August 16, 2010, 07:21:54 PM »
That is fascinating Swede.  One night I tried to do that and didn't get too far before getting stuck.  Are you using foundation to build the pillars?

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Re: The Official Building/Remodeling Showboat Thread
« Reply #279 on: August 16, 2010, 07:50:35 PM »
Well, I got tired of my family of seven living in an overgrown box in Twinbrook, so I decided to try to build a house that WASN'T an overgrown box.  Easier said than done for me.  But here is my first attempt.  I know the color scheme isn't fabulous, but I'm looking for feedback as far as layout is concerned.  Be gentle, it's my first time!  (lol)




The front area (foyer, living room, dining room/kitchen and bathroom)...



The back of the house (three bedrooms, study, bathroom)

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« Reply #280 on: August 16, 2010, 08:01:36 PM »
That is fascinating Swede.  One night I tried to do that and didn't get too far before getting stuck.  Are you using foundation to build the pillars?
Yeah, you first raise the ground and make a flat plateau and lay a foundation on that. Then you can erase the foundation bits so that it forms small pillars to this earth plateau (between each pillar you can have 4 empty squares. Then you sporadically lower the terrain here and there to approximately the same level and angle as the slope, then you use the smoothing tool to form everything to a nice slope.

I also discovered that it may be bright to keep a bit of the earth plateau left (you can see on my pictures that the foundation row furthest back still lies normally on ground) because then if you want to expand your platform you can use the equal-levelling tool to recreate the earth plateau with and then place out a new foundation where you see fit and start the process over again. If you destroy the whole earth plateau you can never place a new foundation on the exact right level as everything else again.

Also, a glitch may occur where some squares of flooring on your platform may be missing. In that case, use the cheat "constrainFloorElevation false" and you can place the floor tiles, but don't alter the earth level again without using the cheat "constrainFloorElevation true" first, because your platform may get destroyed otherwise.

Hope this makes sense! :)

@Storyteller: I think it looks good actually. You can easily see that you've toyed around with the house shape to make it less box-like, but it works well with the house overall. It gives it a bit of character if you know what I mean.
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Re: The Official Building/Remodeling Showboat Thread
« Reply #281 on: August 16, 2010, 09:26:43 PM »
I'm also agreeing with danefaith: What is that house? It looks really cool, but where is it from?

My grandfather was an inventor, back in the mid-20th century. He patented all kinds of inventions and machinery, and eventually revolutionized the steel industry. This is an old photo of an idea he was playing around with in his twenties. It wasn't very popular so not much ever came of it, though. I googled "cantilevered house" and that picture came up.

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Re: The Official Building/Remodeling Showboat Thread
« Reply #282 on: August 16, 2010, 09:52:39 PM »
If you destroy the whole earth plateau you can never place a new foundation on the exact right level as everything else again.

This isn't quite true. If you start the new bit of foundation right next to an existing pillar, the new foundation will be the same height. So all you need to do is drag out some new foundation where you want to extend, then delete most of it to create pillars.





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« Reply #283 on: August 16, 2010, 11:35:12 PM »
This is really fascinating. Contest possibilities abound!
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« Reply #284 on: August 17, 2010, 08:33:42 AM »
Ah, you mean it like that! OK, it was just me who was being stupid.
I was just thinking if you'd have to repeat the process with the earth plateau, you'd need earth at the right height, but you don't need that apparently.
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« Reply #285 on: August 17, 2010, 08:46:56 AM »
I found it out by accident. I was playing around trying something and I had all these bits of land raised up in various spots so that when I added more foundation, it would be the right height. Then I did something and missed where I was meant to put down some foundation only to find I'd joined it to the rest and it was the right height.

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« Reply #286 on: August 17, 2010, 01:43:05 PM »
Solstice I will download from wherever you chose to put it as long as it meets this forums standards, and I'm sure it will.  Thank you very much.  I really have not ever seen such a beautiful courtyard before as the one you made.  At least not in Sims.

As for the thing I was fooling around with:  I'm doing a lot of "renovation/restoration" in Twinbrook.  It is really quite depressing.  So sad that they had to make an artificial lake and wound up drowning so much of the land and turning them into what looks like bayou or salt flats.  Soooo, my "committee", (of one unless you guys want to start fixing up Twinbrook and we can all share our ideas, contest anyone?), is going around, reclaiming land and cleaning up houses, (without adding any extra value/cost to them), and laying down lots on sites that were once things like railroad tracks.  When I saw the cup space could be built on I just HAD to fool with it.  I started off with the raised foundation idea and can see it would be fairly easy to build something cool on that.  When I tried the elevation change I could see I could do a lot with that as well.  My next thought was, "I wonder if I could place a downloaded house on this artificial plateau".  Well, you can but it sinks down into the ground if it is a small house.  Haven't tried a big one.  I like fooling around with the terrain tool and I bet the sunken house could actually wind up being rather cool.  Just eat away some of the terrain after it's sunk, but leave a good bit raised. 

Has anyone tried terracing land?  I'd like to know if Sims could climb up and down a terraced, pyramid, without stairs or would they have to have stairs to reach the top?  Could be fun.  Once I'm done with my  daVinci challenge and house contest I'll have to play with that idea. 
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« Reply #287 on: August 17, 2010, 06:47:41 PM »
Please look at the rules again on page 1.  Only 5 screenshots per post, please.
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« Reply #288 on: August 17, 2010, 08:10:08 PM »
Sorry.
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« Reply #289 on: August 17, 2010, 09:59:47 PM »
@LlamaMama:  You didn't have to remove all the pictures.  Just limit it to 5.  I'm going to remove your original post because now it has nothing in it at all.  Please feel free to repost your house with fewer pictures.
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« Reply #290 on: August 17, 2010, 11:17:46 PM »
No thanks. It took me long enough to get up the courage to post in this thread in the first place, and then something like 4 hours to capture, edit, organize, and put together with comments. I was obviously mistaken in believing that 2 regular + half a dozen thumbnails would be okay.
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« Reply #291 on: August 18, 2010, 09:21:07 AM »
Come on LlamaMama! Please show it again.
I can't force you to it, but I thought your remodelling of that house was good! You don't have to come up with perfect comments or pictures; I think people around here would just be happy to get some good ideas. We will certainly not mock you for your work. :)
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« Reply #292 on: August 19, 2010, 02:05:43 AM »
@Samoht: Your recent modern designs have really stuck with me, so I've decided to scratch my Amy Bull itch by installing her into your Clean Canvas house in SV. I'll make her a long-lived painter, and put her through many personality changes (but not wardrobe changes!) so I can see how her painting style varies. I would have liked to put her into your CoulourTastic house, but she's got lots of painting to do so I made her a loner, and it would just be too big for her!

Thanks everyone for all your inspiration and generous sharing!
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« Reply #293 on: August 21, 2010, 06:53:26 PM »
@Samoht: Your recent modern designs have really stuck with me, so I've decided to scratch my Amy Bull itch by installing her into your Clean Canvas house in SV. I'll make her a long-lived painter, and put her through many personality changes (but not wardrobe changes!) so I can see how her painting style varies. I would have liked to put her into your CoulourTastic house, but she's got lots of painting to do so I made her a loner, and it would just be too big for her!

Thanks LlamaMama, I find those houses fun to build so I might make a range of them!  ;)
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« Reply #294 on: August 28, 2010, 02:05:53 AM »
Ok Joria, yes it will be fine (I've discussed my upload process with Aria & Pam behind the scenes prior). I'm sorry it's taking a while, I've been busy this week, but I hope to get the house started at some point this week.

Do you have any other requests for your house before I get stuck in (asides light colours, lavender flowers and a courtyard) ?

I leave it all to your creative genius.  It will be marvelous, I'm sure.  Sorry it's taken me awhile to post.  Been busy with contests and revamping Twinbrook.  It's coming along nicely.
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« Reply #295 on: August 28, 2010, 07:11:30 AM »
Just in case anyone doesn't know yet: There is a Building Requests Thread where I will keep the Requests organized.  ;)
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« Reply #296 on: August 29, 2010, 03:47:47 AM »
Well, I started building for the August Building Contest, and then I just built, and built and built and I couldn't stop adding things that I thought would look good.  Needless to say I went WAY over budget.  But I like it, I think it turned out pretty good.  I don't have time before the contest to do another one, so I thought I'd just share it here. :)  No wonder there aren't so many entries this month, man that was a tough assignment!  Sorry about that, guys!

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The floorplan:



And the part of the house I like the most, the great room:



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« Reply #297 on: August 29, 2010, 04:17:39 AM »
Nice house AriaGirl.  I had to laugh when I read your post.  I had every intention on submitting a house for the contest.  I built five houses and just couldn't seem to stop, I fianally gave up.  At least I have a neighborhood with some pretty decent houses.  No need to be sorry, we just have good taste. lol.
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« Reply #298 on: August 29, 2010, 04:39:23 AM »
Just finished the sort of draft of my Dynasty house..then I ran outta money.

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« Reply #299 on: August 29, 2010, 07:47:01 AM »
Lol, now that was a good excuse PieLord!  :D

Well look on the bright side Aria at least it was a challenge and not too easy!  ;D
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