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Re: The Official Building/Remodeling Showboat Thread
« Reply #650 on: February 13, 2011, 09:48:57 PM »
This is another challenge house.  Cinnamon Dreamweaver played the Grandmaster challenge.  I built her a small functional house, then expanded it when the challenge was finished.  It's sort of a 70s look with the floor and walls done in Cinnamon's signature color, but she's bought new furniture that breaks up that look.  I built her a loft bedroom that I rather like.  The exterior is nothing special.  I'm not great at exteriors.














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« Reply #651 on: February 13, 2011, 11:09:18 PM »
I like the look of the bedroom in the loft!

I saw in a post awhile back that you said it was okay to start posting 10 pictures in this thread now but the very first post still says 5.  I want to show off my house but don't want to break any picture posting rules.  Thanks.



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« Reply #652 on: February 14, 2011, 07:52:25 AM »
Congrats Pam for making me want to play the game now when I can't at the moment... I've got loads of data to check for my term paper.

Anyway, I just LOVE the bedroom! :o I had the similar idea long time ago but somehow I haven't managed to remember it while building some house.

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« Reply #653 on: February 15, 2011, 12:40:55 AM »
I love that house, Pam! It's very Cinnamon Dreamweaver-ish. ;D

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« Reply #654 on: February 15, 2011, 01:58:01 AM »
I saw in a post awhile back that you said it was okay to start posting 10 pictures in this thread now but the very first post still says 5.  I want to show off my house but don't want to break any picture posting rules.  Thanks.

Thanks, Filly.  I changed the first post.  10 pictures is the new limit.
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« Reply #655 on: February 15, 2011, 01:16:25 PM »
Ausette: What I think needs to be done is the shelves need to be lined up into aisles, like you would find in a convenience store or pit store, instead of lined up along the wall.



It took moveobjects on and a bit of maneuvering with alt, but this feels more convenience store like.  I maneuvered the fences to the right as keep that line of movement seperate from the aisles - (i was lazy and didn't color it, definitely keep the color you're using now!)

Also, while they clutter is excellent make sure there are a couple of functional items in there as well!  That way it serves in game purpose on top of looking realistic.

Hope that helps - and isn't too intrusive.  you're doing an excellent job.


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« Reply #656 on: February 15, 2011, 03:16:01 PM »
@ Pam:  Love it!  The loft bedroom is the bomb.  I would have opted for more of an olive green color to keep with the 70's Cinnamon look but that's just me.  I also like the way the furniture gives it a look of "I'm stuck in the 70's but this is my way out", kind of thing.  It fits perfectly but gives a hint of her moving along and changing a bit.  In transition.  And there is nothing wrong with your exterior.
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« Reply #657 on: February 15, 2011, 11:12:43 PM »
@ Pam:  Love it!  The loft bedroom is the bomb.  I would have opted for more of an olive green color to keep with the 70's Cinnamon look but that's just me.  I also like the way the furniture gives it a look of "I'm stuck in the 70's but this is my way out", kind of thing.  It fits perfectly but gives a hint of her moving along and changing a bit.  In transition.  And there is nothing wrong with your exterior.

The green started out as sort of an avocado green in the kitchen, from the 70s.  At one point, she had the orange, avocado green and harvest gold.  The green in the bedroom is supposed to be the same, but I probably don't have the right avocado shade.  I'm glad you got my theme with this!  I wasn't sure I was explaining it right.  ;D
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« Reply #658 on: February 16, 2011, 01:14:59 AM »
Thanks for the tips dane, I just spend a while playing around with aisles and car lifts until I got something I liked. Now I just need to package it up for submission to the Swap Shop. I think the Alto Oil Fuel Station is officially finished!  :D

That's such a sweet little house, Pam. It's always fun to build a home especially for a favourite Sim, and I love the use of the green and cinnamon colours. Nice bathroom too, by the way. A quick suggestion for the exterior because you said you didn't like it: maybe you could add a pair of two-storey columns just in front of the entrance and extend the roof over them? It'd shelter the front door and perhaps add a bit more depth to the roof overall.

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« Reply #659 on: February 16, 2011, 02:39:54 AM »
Hi, Pam, lovely house.  Very suiting of the theme.  I like the lanterns.  Are those from Outdoor Living?  I need me some Outdoor Living...

Just a note on something I observed.  Noticed you had some phantom dados and baseboards on the second floor, where the first floor wall ascends to the second.   You might wanna section that part off from the single floor wall textures.


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« Reply #660 on: February 16, 2011, 03:43:43 AM »
That's such a sweet little house, Pam. It's always fun to build a home especially for a favourite Sim, and I love the use of the green and cinnamon colours. Nice bathroom too, by the way. A quick suggestion for the exterior because you said you didn't like it: maybe you could add a pair of two-storey columns just in front of the entrance and extend the roof over them? It'd shelter the front door and perhaps add a bit more depth to the roof overall.

Thanks.  That's an interesting idea.  I'll see if I can do it next time I open that file.

Hi, Pam, lovely house.  Very suiting of the theme.  I like the lanterns.  Are those from Outdoor Living?  I need me some Outdoor Living...

Just a note on something I observed.  Noticed you had some phantom dados and baseboards on the second floor, where the first floor wall ascends to the second.   You might wanna section that part off from the single floor wall textures.

Yes, the lanterns are from Outdoor Living.  As for the second part, I'm sure that's excellent advice, but I have no idea what it means!  ;D
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Re: The Official Building/Remodeling Showboat Thread
« Reply #661 on: February 16, 2011, 11:26:37 AM »


This wall section is using a baseboard and dado, but a baseboard and dado needs to originate from the floor.  I assume it goes this way the entire way around.



So what would be beneficial is to use flat walls where the staircase begins and the loft ends, so that you don't have baseboards floating in the middle of a two story wall.  The wall texture "barn wall with pilaster' in the panelling section is an excellent means of doing this but there are others.

Excuse the laziness, I grabbed the first wall paper from the bin instead of applying your color palette, lol.


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« Reply #662 on: February 16, 2011, 02:59:10 PM »
Danefaith you are so good at this kind of thing.  I'm in awe.  By the way, were you the one who created the Bell Tavern?  I used it in my SV remodel but I changed the interior a bit to make it more like the taverns several different family members owned in the past.  More bar, (switched the wall it was on), more tv by each side of the bar, more seating and more games plus some arcade games in the little room to the side.
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« Reply #663 on: February 16, 2011, 03:58:45 PM »
Lol yes I made Bell Tavern.  I'm glad it suited your needs, I think I got like 3 downloads on that thing, my first commercial build.  Frankly, I built it before I had even taken a Sim to the pre-made bars.  ;D


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Re: The Official Building/Remodeling Showboat Thread
« Reply #664 on: February 16, 2011, 09:33:30 PM »
Arg.  Posted in wrong thread, hopefully got this right now.  This is Redwood Place, home to my Lexington Legacy (generation 22 and counting!).  Its two levels with an unfinished basement.  Four bedrooms and six bathrooms I can play 8 Sims in this house pretty comfortably.  I'm currently working on a mansion for them and when I move them in I was thinking of donating this to the Swap Shop.  Built this with just the Base Game in mind but there are a LOT of store items and some promtional items from T-Mobile and Dr. Pepper.  Thanks for looking!






























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« Reply #665 on: February 16, 2011, 10:25:36 PM »
Filly - you have me totally shocked. That house is by far one of the most (if not the most) fabulous houses I have ever seen. Your creativity and sense of style astounds me! You think so out of the box - it's fantastic! Just WOW

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« Reply #666 on: February 16, 2011, 11:53:16 PM »
Filly - That.Is.So.AWESOME! I love it!
Please add it to the Swap Shop.
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Re: The Official Building/Remodeling Showboat Thread
« Reply #667 on: February 17, 2011, 12:12:13 AM »
Filly: A few of those shots really jump out at me, and I'm very fond of the exterior shape.  Well lit as well.


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Re: The Official Building/Remodeling Showboat Thread
« Reply #668 on: February 17, 2011, 12:21:18 AM »



Hey guys, here's my most recent build.  Just the skeleton for now... Having mixed feelings about it atm.

So my selling points are the architectural cube and the wide windows, but beyond that I'm not sure.  The windows on the first floor below the cube are a big concern at present, and as much as I'd like to put windows in the cube, its difficult since its pretty much built out of friezes.

Any ideas on what direction I should take it?  


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« Reply #669 on: February 17, 2011, 12:44:59 AM »
Filly, that is literally one of the most stunning houses I've ever seen!  Some gorgeous interior design concepts.

A few quick questions:



I love the glass walls around the dining area (upper left hand corner).  Are those pillars on the edges of the walls?  Did you have to use "moveObjects on" to place them there?



Do you remember where the bathtub in the lower left hand corner came from?

And finally, the screen shots look like they were actually taken from inside the house.  How did you do that?

Edit:  I also see two, maybe three things which appear to be fireplaces, but I don't see any chimneys anywhere.  How did you do that?  I'm guessing at least one is decorative (the one with the Eiffel Tower statue in it), but I scoured the store and couldn't find anything even remotely similar, real or otherwise.  But either way, where did they come from?

Hey guys, here's my most recent build.  Just the skeleton for now... Having mixed feelings about it atm.

Actually, I think that's a nice looking building so far.  

What concerns would there be for redesigning the cube so you could put windows in there?  I'm not totally familiar with friezes just yet, but as I understand (and correct me if I'm wrong) they're foundations placed on upper floors, right?  How would partially reconstructing it with a section of regular walls affect the design?

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Re: The Official Building/Remodeling Showboat Thread
« Reply #670 on: February 17, 2011, 01:02:05 AM »
Hey Hos, I can answer two of those questions.  The bath tub is the ultimate bath tub.  It's a store item.

As for screen shots, when in live mode, zoom in to a room as close as you can, and then hit the tab key.  It puts you into "sim view" and you can get pretty ace shots that way.



As for my cube: the essential problem is as so: it's six "units" of frieze tall.  A frieze is 1/3 the size of a wall, so the essential pitfall is that I can add a window, it just won't be centered, unless I add or subtract a frieze.  But if I do that, it ceases to be cubic.

It's probably just sweating the nitty gritty details, lol, but that's what I do. I'll toy around with it a little more, see what I can do.  If anything, I'll just have to come up with a good use for a windowless room, and there are definitely options there.


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« Reply #671 on: February 17, 2011, 01:07:04 AM »
Awesome!  Thanks for those answers.  ;)
It's probably just sweating the nitty gritty details, lol, but that's what I do.

Lol, so I see I'm not alone in this respect.

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« Reply #672 on: February 17, 2011, 01:15:47 AM »
No prob.  Have fun with sim view.  Its like Sim photography, only less stressful.  ;D  Happy building.


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« Reply #673 on: February 17, 2011, 04:10:05 AM »
Filly, what an awesome build! I see you're lucky enough to have oodles of store content, and gosh are you using it well. Love the use of the Painting skill to decorate and all the other tricky little touches. Your screenshots are also really cool, and the whole project must have taken ages. Very cool. [/gush] :D

danefaith, I love the building and it would make an excellent celebrity mansion, but I have to say this: the cube has me stumped. The best thing I can think of for decorating the cube's exterior would be some nice symmetrical lights, seeing as you can move them freely up and down walls and put them on friezes with moveobjects on. As for the windows underneath it, I actually kind of like them. I guess another option would be to place two of the 3-wide glass windows directly underneath the cube, or to place just two of the narrow windows at the very inside edges like stilts, but I get the feeling that both of those would leave too much white space (and trying to imagine other options is making my head hurt). There's also landscaping to distract from/hide the results if none of that works for you. Cubes aside, I'm lovin' the side windows. The whole building is just a study on the many applications of the frieze.  ;)

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Re: The Official Building/Remodeling Showboat Thread
« Reply #674 on: February 17, 2011, 10:26:21 AM »
pallyndrone - very humbling, thank you!  This is actually the first house that I've ever shared with anyone.  You should have seen my houses before this, most were boxes (I still think this counts as one) and everything was the same color.  Boring.  I spent hours and hours Googling images of Sims houses or real life architecture to get some ideas.  I also checked out a lot of the popular blogs and downloaded some houses for research.  I have a lot more ideas, just can't do them yet until I install some more expansion packs down the road, as I am making my legacy family place through all the lifetime wishes before I'll install the next one.  As for the color and styles, I decided that each room had to be a different color and the furniture had to be a different material from each other.  I picked a focus piece (not sure if correct term?) and built a room around it.  A lot of times the inspiration came from a painting or a pattern.  Pam's hex code guide has been a savior!  I'm not a fast builder, I spend hours sometimes just staring at my screen just trying to figure out where to place the walls.  You'd be surprised how long this house actually took to build, one or two hours a day for a couple weeks.

Choccolatee - as soon as I figure out how to kick my Sims out without them selling everything I will upload it to the exchange and email Carl.  I didn't think to save a copy of the house itself before I moved my Sims in.  I mentioned I was going to wait until I had built my Sims their mansion and moved them out but at the rate that I build that could be a month!  Let me play around with a backup save file and see if I can do that today.

Danefaith - I think I learned how to take interior shots from here, I love the tab feature.  As for the lighting, I was only playing with the base game, but it was always currently patched.  I used the area lights in the buydebug section which I think came with the WA patch because I always hated how many lights I had to add to a room just to get it beautifully lit.  I learned that trick from SimEve and her Sushi Chef House from the official site.

Hosfac - moveobjects on is your friend!  :)  I was surprised how much I could actually use it without affecting the playability of items.  I did use that code to place the pillars to give the openings a little more of a dramatic look.  Not originally my idea, I think it was from one of peacemaker ic's houses, again from the official forum, that I first saw it.  I think danefaith answered the question about the tub, but it was a store item called the Ultimate Bath Tub.  Also, the fireplaces are fully functional, again I just used moveobjects on to take out the back of the chimney because you can't recolor them and the red brick looked out of place on the outside of the house.  Only the one I used in the dining room and the beige bedroom was from the store, called Jubillee.  The other ones is the same fireplace just recolored or retextured minus the annoying red brick chimney part, that I am pretty sure came with the base game.  I will have to double check.

Ausette - I am a little guilty of owning a lot of store items.  I can't help it, I love clutter!  Unfortunately I don't think the same items in my house will transfer through to another person's game unless they own them, right?  Maybe the next house I build I will try and use only the base game items.  I feel fortunate that I discovered these games when I was an adult (now 28) with a good job instead of when I was a teenager and my family lived more frugally.  I also bought a lot of the points cards when the base game came out when Best Buy was selling $10 cards for $5.  I tell my hubby there could be worse addictions than the Sims!

Oops another for Danefaith - how did you get the cube to extend over the roof?  I've seen a lot of houses with features like that but I can't figure out how it was done.  I've tried using half walls but you can't place ceiling tiles on them.  And I loved the bright green in the picture you used.  Going to have to figure out how to use it in my next house.