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Re: The Official Building/Remodeling Showboat Thread
« Reply #625 on: February 03, 2011, 05:06:37 AM »
Oh wow, I love your new house, Pam! It looks so modern and realistic.

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« Reply #626 on: February 04, 2011, 11:55:41 AM »
ten pictures?  Woo!

So continuing my WIP over here: got the kitchen, dining room, and living room done.







I'm a little unsatisfied with the right side of the living room: could probably put that space to better use.  Any suggestions?

edit: Redid the right side like so: improvement?



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« Reply #627 on: February 04, 2011, 08:22:27 PM »
@Danefaith- The house is looking great! I love how the grey and lime green carry in from the outside. Also, the high ceiling in the living room looks awesome.

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« Reply #628 on: February 05, 2011, 07:23:47 PM »
I have been so bad about posting here, or anywhere for that matter.  Sorry guys.  So spent the day from post 50 on catching up with you all and all I can say is I am just stunned!  Pam, you outdid yourself with that lovely home, and many, many thanks for the increase in photos for us!  Danefaith, you continue to always amaze me and I love the fix for the living room in the lime/grey house.  As for the rest, too many to remember but you are all awesome with great houses.  Guess I'd best get back to work and be busy building again.  You've all put me to shame.
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« Reply #629 on: February 05, 2011, 07:53:11 PM »
I just started a random sim who is goign to start a colony of women who are named after certain things. Her name is Gelée which means Frost in French. She got Agnes to move in and will be renamed soon but I just built them a modest house and it suits all their needs it is around, 9x12 sized and looks quite cottagey.  :) I built it at night and it is night now,w ell morning if you want to be scientificly correct  ;), so I only have a Night Picture but still it has a feel I think.  :)




(The picture in the Top Left was shortly stolen by a Burgular so that is gone and now replaced by a portrait of Gelée. (Who is top right in the modest but fully equiped kitchen). In the future I may give them a place to represent their last name, Nymphe. I already have an Idea, but it will take a lot of work and cheats. :D (P.s Does anyone know if the constrainfloorelevation false cheat works? I think it does but I have drawn a blank as to my memory, maybe statying up till the clock says 00:50 is not a good idea.  ;D )
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« Reply #630 on: February 06, 2011, 03:26:09 AM »
It works, now go get some sleep.  lol  (needs to take her own advice)
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Re: The Official Building/Remodeling Showboat Thread
« Reply #631 on: February 06, 2011, 10:28:31 PM »

Ended up redoing the bathroom in a new color scheme before finishing off the last few rooms.



Next up was the bedroom and the causeway to the attached unit.  The causeway ended up as a private lounge.


And finally, tackled the back yard.



Meaning this is pretty much done!  I'll probably mull through and make minute changes for a while, but I'll probably be submitting it soon.


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« Reply #632 on: February 07, 2011, 12:24:38 AM »
I love how the house came out. The bathroom is a nice change from the colour scheme, yet it maintains the modernness of the rest of the house. The backyard also looks great. I can't wait to download this house. :)

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« Reply #633 on: February 07, 2011, 01:24:19 AM »
I LOVE that bathroom! So creative with the end tables and the tilling around the toilet! And the backyard - wonderful! - especially the shape of the pool and the  position of the reclining chairs. Great job! I think I might actually download it!

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« Reply #634 on: February 07, 2011, 02:18:07 PM »
Is that little lighted thing under the hanging cabinets in the bedroom an aquarium?  Really adds just the right touch.  I love your use of the screens.  The backyard is perfection.  Hmmm, how many more superlatives can I come up with?  I got it!  I love this house!  I think I currently have more of your stuff downloaded and in use in my SV remodel than any other at the moment.  Except for my own, of course.


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« Reply #635 on: February 07, 2011, 05:42:17 PM »
Finished!  I name it Patrician and uploaded it to the exchange.  Hope you enjoy!

*collapses at the finish line* thanks everyone for the critiques, suggestions and support along the way.  It was a rather challenging undertaking but I like to think I put together something pretty sharp.

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« Reply #636 on: February 08, 2011, 01:42:35 AM »
What an awesome house, danefaith! I just went and downloaded it. I'm loving the overall floorplan, and the quirky little details like the lights-as-skirting-board in the bedroom. So cool! I'm definitely going to experiment more with floor and wall tiles in the future, seeing as you've used them in so many different ways. In the meantime, I've been doing some experimenting myself. Simstar's arcade/internet cafe idea got me thinking about what other kinds of buildings I could make, to really flesh out a world. This isn't finished yet, but here's a petrol station I've been working on:





I had to go back and fix it a few times because I kept forgetting Sims drive on the right. Aside from the filling-up area at the front, the lot has a garage for car repair, a picnic area, a toilet block and a convenience store where you can grab a bite to eat (thank you World Adventures for the Food register!). The coolest thing, though, would be this:




It's an honest-to-goodness petrol pump! Totally worth the hour I spent fiddling around with it. It's made out of two lockers, a callbox and a Late Night Sculpture. Let's see Mac Gyver beat that!

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« Reply #637 on: February 08, 2011, 01:58:25 AM »
That is an amazing petrol station, Ausette!
I love the petrol pump, so cool how you've used the sculpture, it looks great! ;D
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Re: The Official Building/Remodeling Showboat Thread
« Reply #638 on: February 08, 2011, 10:28:05 AM »
Thanks for the comments, guys.  My little Patrician is all grown up.  ;D

Anyway, let's move on here, eh?

Ausette:

I'm very fond of the idea you've got here.  The use of frieze, right down to the strip of red is just so true to life.  And I had to double take on that gas pump.  Holy wow.

I think there are some good chances here for you to play with wallpaper variation here.  How about instead of using full corrugated metal on the building, painting the corners in the wall texture you're using in the veranda?  Also consider using differing walls to frame the front entrance.

I'm looking forward to the finished product.  I already know where I might put it, lol.


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« Reply #639 on: February 08, 2011, 12:45:21 PM »
Oh my gosh, Ausette! Your gas station is amazing. What a cool idea!
Love the pumps. Too bad you can't designate is as one objects for easy moving.
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« Reply #640 on: February 08, 2011, 05:23:48 PM »
Fabulous Ausette!  Me, I would just have used the filling station you can buy or used the old fashioned gas pump.  You made it a true work of art.

Well, you guys have been doing the fabulous stuff.  Me, I just did the kinda boring same old.  My personal challenge this time around was to use only vanilla, keep the basic shape, and yet make the house special despite it's rather boring shape.  I took the old stand by, Shotgun Style, and remodeled it.  It is totally vanilla but I'm thinking it's gourmet vanilla.  Here it is.

As you can see, I kept the basic box shape but changed the color and texture of the exterior and the roof.  I added new landscaping and a lot of yard and garden features, still keeping to the basic game only items.  You can't see it well but there is a park bench seat under the shade of the poplar trees to the left of the picture.


Basic floor plan remained the same but I added width and depth to the house so could add two bathrooms and another bedroom and made all the rooms larger.  It now has a nice patio/pool area complete with grill and lounge chairs and even pool rules.  The lounge area/dining area are open to one another.  I liked putting in the fireplace with a cozy grouping and made the tv viewing area a bit less important yet comfy.  Looking at it with fresh eyes I think I should move the carpet under the dining table to the tv area and move the dining table over toward the kitchen a tiny bit to make it less cluttered and enclosed feeling.  I could even use a smaller dining table but since it was a house that could accommodate several Sims I gave them a big table and extra chairs off to the side, currently being placed by the chess table.  Guess I could add two more chairs.


Main area.  Doesn't feel as crowded from floor level.


My least favorite room.  I was really torn between making this a nursery/kid's room or just a generic room that teens could inhabit or guests.  I'm not happy with the result and don't really like the color scheme either.



I rather like this bedroom, although I usually go for different bed/furniture styles.  It was really a challenge for me to stick to vanilla since I've been blessed with every EP/SP and tons of freebies and store items.  Which is why I did it.  I wanted to show that even with vanilla and a boring house style you could have something comfortable and attractive.  You'll notice the bathroom has a lot of empty space.  That is so whoever downloads the house can add washers and dryers if they obtain them or maybe put in more luxurious appointments.


This is my favorite bedroom.  Probably because of the soft, teal blue coloring.  I have a rather limited mental color palette, I like soft blues and other pastels, though not yellow or purple shades, and I love black, white, red and grey in combinations.  Not fond of browns and oranges or green.  So my mental palette is really limited.  I personally prefer to work with white and then add a color or two, so sticking with greens was an added challenge here.


It's currently up in my studio and sent off to Carl for our Swap Shop.  Let me know what you think and some advice for changes would be welcome.
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« Reply #641 on: February 08, 2011, 05:39:24 PM »
Let me know what you think and some advice for changes would be welcome.

I think it's a really nice house but I've noticed one thing that I had too (don't worry, it isn't a bad one even if it sounds like that). You seem to like placing everything next to a wall and in the end most of the stuff are kind of in a square where the free space is in the middle. I was doing the very same thing and always was annoyed how boring it looks! Never even thought about experimenting with angles, maybe half walls and etc.

My point is that if you don't like the room, try experimenting with the stuff, for example single beds don't have to be available from all 3 sides so that your sim could use it. Ever considered trying to put two beds side by side in some interesting way?

Well, that's only my thoughts :) Anyway, that's quite a lovely house, I really liked the walls in the main area.

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« Reply #642 on: February 08, 2011, 06:31:44 PM »
Really good advice!  I wanted to separate the dining area from the living area but can't use half walls because they aren't base game and the fences available just didn't look right.  So I wound up with something more like a barracks.  I think angling the dining table would help a lot.  No clue why I didn't think of it!
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« Reply #643 on: February 08, 2011, 09:24:02 PM »
Another great remodel Joria! I really like the colours in the living room. I can't believe it's the same house!

Thanks for the feedback on the petrol station guys. You're totally right about the wallpaper danefaith, I didn't really like all the metal either. Eventually I came up with this:





The station itself blocks the view of the shop a bit but you can still get the idea. As well as recolouring the walls, I added a second storey to the shop and fiddled with the roofs until they looked more like seperate buildings. As well as that, I put a big red sign on the top of the station, redid the interior of the store in a warmer brown tone and threw in some more decoration here and there. It was at this point where I realised I forgot to add a Simbot Charging Station, so that went in the upper storey:



The petrol station itself may not be functional, but this Simbot station is! Just stand your Simbot on the stripey platform and get your friend to activate the hidden electricity trap for you. Also makes a great practical joke for non-Simbot enemies. ;)



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« Reply #644 on: February 09, 2011, 11:00:01 AM »
I'm just eating into the little details.  The red and blue wires connecting the charging panels to the activation panels and the striped wire where they conjoin.  Nice!

Great job adding functionality to an otherwise aesthetic piece as well.  Have you considered a junk pile in the garage?  It'd effectively give the lot the function of a junkyard, without marring the town's appearance as junkyards always seem to do.

I was wondering, could I get some closer shots of the shop first floor?  Be interesting to see what's going on there.


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« Reply #645 on: February 10, 2011, 11:19:22 AM »
Ausette, don't forget all the great garage type items in buy mode from Fast Lane and store items if you have them.  A stack of tires plus all the tool stuff would be great.  How would you design a lift for lifting cars up for fixing underneath?  I wish they had one of those things a mechanic can lay down on and roll around under cars with, and jack stands would be nice.  Maybe EA will come up with more garage stuff.

I've been telling you how I'm remodeling SV for my own playing needs.  (Just wish I could use it for challenges!)  The other day I was sitting looking at the screen, accidentally hit the up button and got a view of the neighborhood I've been focussing on.  Here's how it looks so far.....



The blue house is a work in progress.  It used to be that hideous dump the Alvi's lived in.  I moved them into a different house somewhere else in town.  The laundromat is also a work in progress.  You can see the aspen trees I've planted.  I'm planning on two apartments above the laundromat and have divided the area behind and beside the building into two backyard type facilities.  The part where the aspen trees are is a small child's play area with access only from inside the laundromat.  This way a family can do the wash while the kiddies play safely out back.  There is a high fence blocking this area off from the renters section.  That section has a pool and some flowers plus a barbecue.  It's small so couldn't put much in there.  I've put the elevators in already but am having difficulty in splitting the apartments rooms up so may post some shots of the unfinished inside to get advice from you guys.

The building in the upper, left hand corner is also being worked on.  Another headache for some reason but I think I pretty much have it figured out.  I completely reworked the interior as well as made it a three bedroom home instead of a one bedroom home.

The Sekemoto house hasn't been started yet.  I'm thinking it needs to be a very modern looking house so I'll definitely be asking your guys for ideas!

Really though, isn't it starting to look like a general small town on the verge of becoming a city or something?  I could find a neighborhood like this pretty much anywhere in the US.  Reminds me of where I grew up, (which has become very depressed and ugly looking now.  So sad.)
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Re: The Official Building/Remodeling Showboat Thread
« Reply #646 on: February 10, 2011, 11:59:54 AM »


Best I could manage of a car lift.

Foundation -> frieze -> platform, then removed the foundation and freeze.


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« Reply #647 on: February 11, 2011, 07:37:13 PM »
Works for me, Danefaith.  Is it possible to remove some of the middle out so the car is just resting on it's wheels with the bottom open for the mechanic to work?  Probably not because of having to use the car park thing.
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« Reply #648 on: February 11, 2011, 11:05:15 PM »
Sweet car lift! I'll definitely fiddle around with that. As Joria suggested, perhaps part of the platform could be cut out or substitued for some "Fie Fie Foe Fencing" mesh. Joria, I don't actually have Fast Lane myself, but Ambitions has plenty of garage/fire station-themed stuff I used instead, including tyre piles, tools and traffic cones. There's also the free Fiesta set from the store which has some cool road signs. As for the rest of the building, here's that closer look at the store danefaith requested:



As fun as it was cluttering up the shelves, I'm not really happy with the colour scheme yet. I'd love some suggestions; I've already switched it around four times!

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« Reply #649 on: February 11, 2011, 11:29:03 PM »
Maybe make the bookshelves red?  Otherwise I think the color scheme is fine.  Those stores tend to be on the vanilla side anyway.  That bookshelf sort of looks like a snack dispenser.  I miss those items you could get in Sims 2.  I love the way the magazines look!
Have I told you I NEED this for my SV remodel?  lol
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