Author Topic: The Official Building/Remodeling Showboat Thread  (Read 538881 times)

Offline Hosfac

  • Sleeper Agent
  • Watcher
  • ******
  • Posts: 2443
  • Han Solo shot first.
Re: The Official Building/Remodeling Showboat Thread
« Reply #775 on: March 20, 2011, 03:23:14 PM »
This is exactly why I always maintain multiple saves of every game (at different times, in case of bugs), and I keep backups of all my saves on a flash drive and update the backups daily.  I've had this happen far too many times.  :(

Offline samoht04

  • Building Contest Coordinator
  • Global Moderator
  • Watcher
  • ******
  • Posts: 9401
Re: The Official Building/Remodeling Showboat Thread
« Reply #776 on: March 20, 2011, 03:31:10 PM »
I made this just now but I don't know, it looks a bit of a heap to me. Even if it is still just a WIP.  :-X

Please read the Forum Rules![/center]



Registered members do not see ads on this Forum. Register here.

Offline Hosfac

  • Sleeper Agent
  • Watcher
  • ******
  • Posts: 2443
  • Han Solo shot first.
Re: The Official Building/Remodeling Showboat Thread
« Reply #777 on: March 20, 2011, 05:04:12 PM »
I think that house has a very interesting look about it.  What really strikes me is the open entrance way.

Shenice93

  • Guest
Re: The Official Building/Remodeling Showboat Thread
« Reply #778 on: March 20, 2011, 05:24:17 PM »
Very interesting place samoht! I'm not quite sold on the railing on the roof. It seems a bit much too me. Other than that it looks amazing.

Offline samoht04

  • Building Contest Coordinator
  • Global Moderator
  • Watcher
  • ******
  • Posts: 9401
Re: The Official Building/Remodeling Showboat Thread
« Reply #779 on: March 20, 2011, 06:06:50 PM »
Yeah I only put it there because there will be a roof deck but probably on the right of the building. There is a large Courtyard in the middle of the House after that Archway as well. The left side is the main house with a few rooms on the right.
Please read the Forum Rules![/center]

Offline Joria

  • Top Secret
  • Watcher
  • ******
  • Posts: 5753
Re: The Official Building/Remodeling Showboat Thread
« Reply #780 on: March 20, 2011, 06:45:06 PM »
@ danefaith:  I want it.  I think I need to create a world that is just your builds.  A completely modern, future seeming town with people who live well and in style in the gorgeous buildings you build.  I think this particular one is my favorite so far, and mostly because of the landscaping.  Not that the entire building isn't awesome, it's just that little garden area with the hot tub struck a chord with me.  I love the loft also, but I think I'd put the stone sculpture back.  Not fond of industrial/metal stuff.

@LoveEvil:  I'd be glad to post some pictures but unfortunately the picture gallery isn't working for me.  It's all in Russian. Carl said he was going to work on fixing it when he got back from his trip.  I tried the F5 thing and that didn't help.  Why they think I'm Russian is beyond me.  It started when I went to see Naga's extra photos from 2.1.  He's in Russian too.  I just redid the dynasty mansion and made Christmas Thyme's room an Alice in Wonderland room.  I'm not totally happy with it but as time goes on I'll refine it a bit.  It's all in shades of yellow which may be part of my problem since I dislike that color.  It rather hurts my eyes to look at it even with those cute things in it.  I didn't recolor anything except the tub and blankets on the bed.

@samoht:  I feel your pain!  I hate it when I lose good files that way.  I do like the looks of your new build.  I don't mind the railings on top but maybe try a lighter style or go with a half wall?
What?  Grannies can't play games?
I speak perfect Nooblik, (and some Simlish)!

----------
With A Twist, an Immortal Dynasty
My No Buy Story
Joria's Creations on the Gallery

Offline danefaith

  • Top Secret
  • Occult
  • ******
  • Posts: 449
Re: The Official Building/Remodeling Showboat Thread
« Reply #781 on: March 21, 2011, 02:46:26 AM »
@ Samoht: *shivers and backs up his files.*  Guh, corrupt files are like horror stories.

@ Joria: I'm glad it did hit a chord!  I really wanted to tackle a more complex landscaping installment this previous works and, you know, actually use flowers for once.  :D

And you might have it soon enough because I'm rolling along.  today I tackled the rest of the second story.




So, one gigantic open floor plan: check.  I tasked it primarily as the den with a bit of hallway in between the stairwell to the first floor and the stairs to the loft.  Added a little fountain installment with chairs peering out the windows.  Obviously made a few changes to this area in between the first and second shot, lol.


It all leads to the den area with grand piano, nice seating and a mini-bar behind the television...


...with some reeeally nice mood lighting.  ;D



Oh, sweet irony, deliver me from coincidence.

Please feel free to utilize any of my builds in any of your stories and so forth.



Registered members do not see ads on this Forum. Register here.

Offline RubyLovesSims

  • Watcher
  • ******
  • Posts: 1233
  • Edith Appleby
Re: The Official Building/Remodeling Showboat Thread
« Reply #782 on: March 21, 2011, 03:01:35 AM »
That looks great, danefaith. The pink den really pops!
Introducing... The Tunics
Sadly, no longer. Please see the link.

New! The {Appleby} Legacy

Offline Ausette

  • Watcher
  • ******
  • Posts: 1793
Re: The Official Building/Remodeling Showboat Thread
« Reply #783 on: March 21, 2011, 03:33:42 AM »
Thomas, I'm so sorry about your save file  :(. I feel your pain; my computer crashes constantly and occasionally wipes a whole save out of my game. Don't worry though; it seems like a big loss at the time, but I find that I actually do a better job on the second time round when I'm rebuilding. I'm sure you'll bounce back OK, good luck.  :)

I like what I see, danefaith. A man who can use pink and make it work is a man who has talent in my book  :D. The softer colours in the living area wouldn't have occurred to me, but it all goes so nicely with the woods and metals and it makes the space look even bigger. I love how open the whole place is, what a view!

Offline Pam

  • Community Manager
  • Administrator
  • Watcher
  • ******
  • Posts: 15236
Re: The Official Building/Remodeling Showboat Thread
« Reply #784 on: March 21, 2011, 04:41:53 AM »
@samoht04:

Did you try to recover your backup within the game?
Read and heed the Forum Rules, please!

Support the site when you purchase online!
Dreamweaver Immortal Dynasty
Dreamweaver 4 x 4 Dynasty
Pam's Sims 4 World Blog

"Half of my posts are correcting people. The other 49% is moving threads."

Offline pallyndrome

  • Watcher
  • ******
  • Posts: 2590
  • The Goanna
    • Hannah Goanna
Re: The Official Building/Remodeling Showboat Thread
« Reply #785 on: March 21, 2011, 05:02:45 AM »
danefaith - wow. I love your use of colour. That subtle pink is gorgeous.

samoht - a lot of windows! Doesn't look too bad though. I like your interesting overall shape.

Offline Alexandria_

  • Watcher
  • ******
  • Posts: 2298
Re: The Official Building/Remodeling Showboat Thread
« Reply #786 on: March 21, 2011, 08:55:23 AM »
May I ask what WIP stands for?
It's probably something really simple, but I've never seen the term.

Here's my dynasty house that I just finished rebuilding. I'm yet to furnish it, but this is the outside all done. I've never really tried to build a proper house before. It's usually just one big square. So this is my first attempt at a nice-looking house (at least I hope it's nice-looking :D).




Edit: I recoloured the house and fixed up a few things. Here is a picture of it. I'm open for advice :)


And here's a picture of the outdoor area. It's fairly simple, but the reason I rebuilt the house was because it had too many items in it.


FleurDeLune

  • Guest
Re: The Official Building/Remodeling Showboat Thread
« Reply #787 on: March 21, 2011, 09:01:58 AM »
May I ask what WIP stands for?
It's probably something really simple, but I've never seen the term.

WIP = Work In Progress   :)


Offline samoht04

  • Building Contest Coordinator
  • Global Moderator
  • Watcher
  • ******
  • Posts: 9401
Re: The Official Building/Remodeling Showboat Thread
« Reply #789 on: March 21, 2011, 12:37:33 PM »
@samoht04:

Did you try to recover your backup within the game?

I have just done a reinstall and stupidly didn't copy any of the back ups and so they went with the rest of the files. I know that was stupid.  :(
Please read the Forum Rules![/center]

Offline Joria

  • Top Secret
  • Watcher
  • ******
  • Posts: 5753
Re: The Official Building/Remodeling Showboat Thread
« Reply #790 on: March 22, 2011, 01:40:44 PM »
@danefaith:   You used my favorite colors!!!!   Now I love it even more.  Man, I can just see my Simself sitting all comfy gazing out at the scenery with a refreshing beverage close to hand.  Sigh.  It's really, really lovely.

@ Alexandria:  I love your house!  Can't wait to see the whole thing once it is completed inside.  You are going to do a bit more landscaping out front, right?

What?  Grannies can't play games?
I speak perfect Nooblik, (and some Simlish)!

----------
With A Twist, an Immortal Dynasty
My No Buy Story
Joria's Creations on the Gallery

Offline DeNile

  • Immortal
  • *****
  • Posts: 563
Re: The Official Building/Remodeling Showboat Thread
« Reply #791 on: March 22, 2011, 04:20:26 PM »
So I took a deep breath and decided to share one of my latest WIP's on here. I'm not a fantastic builder, I prefer to keep things simple, but I'd like your thoughts on this one.









So this is the front, and the front yard, of what I'm working on at the moment. The inside has been built, but I'm completely redoing it. This is my first shot at some serious landscaping and I'm still working on it. Thoughts?

EDIT: As a thought, I'd love to recolor the windows, but have no idea what color they should go.
The Pendragon Randomacy. My new, and hopefully long-term, story for Carl's forum. Following Anita Pendragon: The Runaway.

Offline Joria

  • Top Secret
  • Watcher
  • ******
  • Posts: 5753
Re: The Official Building/Remodeling Showboat Thread
« Reply #792 on: March 22, 2011, 04:50:36 PM »
OMG!  This is exactly like the house I grew up in!  No kidding.  Except we had a willow tree in front.  Of course, I love it.  Wow.  Did that bring back memories.

Ok, to be more explicit.  I find the house charming and the landscaping is lovely.  For the windows if you could do some with shutters I think that would kind of pop it up a bit.  It's rather cottagey/Cape Cod looking and the shutters would be really nice and keep with the charming appearance.  I'm a sucker for picket fences by the way and it really enhances the whole look of this build.  Try putting some bark dust around the shrubs/trees and flowers.  The planting lining the path to the house needs more color and flowers.  I suggest purple pansies and white daisies or something white and rounded.  Keep the pink flowers as well.  Using the low to the ground flowers will be pretty and not make the path feel closed in.  You can put taller plants in other areas.  Or you could go with roses or banana leaf.  All in all it's well done.


On a different note.  I had mentioned I was redoing my dynasty house and needed help.  I don't want to double post the pictures so if anyone wants to take a look and give me some advice go here:
 http://www.carls-sims-3-forum.com/index.php/topic,1959.450.html
What?  Grannies can't play games?
I speak perfect Nooblik, (and some Simlish)!

----------
With A Twist, an Immortal Dynasty
My No Buy Story
Joria's Creations on the Gallery

Offline Hosfac

  • Sleeper Agent
  • Watcher
  • ******
  • Posts: 2443
  • Han Solo shot first.
Re: The Official Building/Remodeling Showboat Thread
« Reply #793 on: March 22, 2011, 05:01:47 PM »
Simplicity can be beautiful all on it's own, and that house is quite charming, DeNile. 

Personally, I would stick with the brick on the garage, but I'd change the wall covering on the living area to clapboard so it matches the upstairs.  You could even use one of the siding styles with an edge-border where the brick meets the siding to add a bit of definition, although without doing it I'm not totally sure how it would look.

I think the landscaping looks really nice for a WIP, although it seems a little...puffy (I guess) by the tree outside the fence.  I would suggest possibly getting rid of the big bushes behind it, and possibly going with some shorter ground cover type flowers.  You could also use the move objects cheat to bunch the shorter flowers up to make it look like a bed, and accent the ground below it with one or more of the floral terrain paints to make it look fuller and add depth to it.

I would also suggest using the individual roof elevation adjuster to even out the roof on the second floor.  All you need to do is click the button next to the "Remove All Roofs" button, and you can "drag" individual sections like you do wall decorations.

And if you were looking for a new color for the windows, it's hard to go wrong with white.  ;)

Offline DeNile

  • Immortal
  • *****
  • Posts: 563
Re: The Official Building/Remodeling Showboat Thread
« Reply #794 on: March 22, 2011, 05:05:40 PM »
@Joria, thanks for the advice on the landscaping! It really helped, now I'm just trying to figure out what you meant by shutters. Are they on their own or are they windows themselves??

@Hosfac, actually, I based this house on the neighborhood I live in, where second story additions are common, they're usually siding instead of the first story brick, but thanks for the advice. Puffy? Hmm, I'll see what I can do about that... I'd even out the pitch on the second floor, but when I do I get gaps or a funny pitch line of the second floor. :P
The Pendragon Randomacy. My new, and hopefully long-term, story for Carl's forum. Following Anita Pendragon: The Runaway.

Offline Hosfac

  • Sleeper Agent
  • Watcher
  • ******
  • Posts: 2443
  • Han Solo shot first.
Re: The Official Building/Remodeling Showboat Thread
« Reply #795 on: March 22, 2011, 05:14:14 PM »
@Hosfac, actually, I based this house on the neighborhood I live in, where second story additions are common, they're usually siding instead of the first story brick, but thanks for the advice. Puffy? Hmm, I'll see what I can do about that... I'd even out the pitch on the second floor, but when I do I get gaps or a funny pitch line of the second floor. :P

Ok, I didn't realize you were going with a particular theme in mind.  ;)  And yeah, I get the gaps sometimes too and suspected that might be why you hadn't done it.  Occasionally when I get gaps, I can get them to go away by adjusting the entire height of the roof a little bit.  A lot of times, however...it doesn't work lol.

Offline DeNile

  • Immortal
  • *****
  • Posts: 563
Re: The Official Building/Remodeling Showboat Thread
« Reply #796 on: March 22, 2011, 05:17:03 PM »
So, after a bit more work with the landscaping and toning down the 'puffiness', this is what I have. I still need to do something about those windows, but I want to figure out these flowers first.





Firstly, I got rid of the big bushes by the tree and used two smaller ones and some ground flowers for effect. I also used the light dirt paint to get some realism. Secondly, I extended the path border over to the second path leading to the driveway and added flowers there. I also changed the flower scheme a bit and, while I feel it's sparse, it's a nice improvement. I also added a smaller tree on the other side of the driveway near the bush for some extra foliage, and added some flowers and rocks there. There's also a bush up in the garage fencing that's new, but I'm not sure how I feel about it. I just wanted something else in that empty space.

EDIT: Hmm, looking at the first tree I still think it's too much. I need to tone that down a bit more. Thoughts?
The Pendragon Randomacy. My new, and hopefully long-term, story for Carl's forum. Following Anita Pendragon: The Runaway.

Offline danefaith

  • Top Secret
  • Occult
  • ******
  • Posts: 449
Re: The Official Building/Remodeling Showboat Thread
« Reply #797 on: March 22, 2011, 06:09:10 PM »
Pull the larger bushes closer to the tree.  They're extending the perimeter of the landscaping installment too far beyond the tree, which is what I feel is causing this sense of, well, "poof."  Pulling them in closer might assist.

As for your window, try slighter taller windows above the garage, like ventana suave, and I would echo Joria's suggestion of shutters.  The two windows on both sides of the front entrance I think could be two square large windows: like Sir Cunningham window.

For window alignment, I follow a few guidelines for traditionals.   Line your second story windows up with your first story windows and exterior doors, and don't put windows right next to corners.  Try to be symmetric when plausible.


Oh, sweet irony, deliver me from coincidence.

Please feel free to utilize any of my builds in any of your stories and so forth.

Offline danefaith

  • Top Secret
  • Occult
  • ******
  • Posts: 449
Re: The Official Building/Remodeling Showboat Thread
« Reply #798 on: March 22, 2011, 07:56:10 PM »
Pressing on, I tackled the first floor!


The foyer in a nice modern asian with the prevailing wine and pink colors.


Attached to the foyer is a bathroom and tool room where the trash cans are.


Continuing through the open floor plan you see the dining area.  I connected a bunch of tables to create a ring shape with a tiny slit.  Underneath the table are floor lights, so light shines up through!


Of course the kitchen.


On the other side of the grand foyer is a closet, the elevator and snooker room.


There was a mischievious 2x2 slot that didn't incorporate into the space of any of the adjacent rooms, and instead of leaving it as blank space, I turned it into a functional sort of closet: basically a tastefully cluttered 2x2 with the world adventures treasure chest in it, so that it actually serves as storage space.

Now I could declare myself done, but I felt adventurous and built a basement to install a few occupational rooms.

I like to ask myself: If I were the resident of the house, what would be my lifetime wish?  I answered that question with Descendant of Da Vinci by adding a laboratory and sculpting studio.



As much as you've enjoyed this one Joria, I hope the griity industrial ammenities down here don't stave your interest too much, hehe!

The laboratory features the ever popular simbot recharging station and an emergency shower.  Fad-tastic!  ;D

And... PHEW!  Now I'm done!  Your final words are appreciated.  I'm going to do a final round of touch ups before calling it finito.


Oh, sweet irony, deliver me from coincidence.

Please feel free to utilize any of my builds in any of your stories and so forth.

Offline Micler

  • Occult
  • ****
  • Posts: 305
Re: The Official Building/Remodeling Showboat Thread
« Reply #799 on: March 22, 2011, 08:29:33 PM »
@Danefaith- Your new house is amazing! I really like the way you stashed away the trash cans and how you built the storage room. The backyard also looks great. Simbot recharging stations really do seem to be the latest fad, but they are practical. Could you show a closer shot of the kitchen?

@DeNile- That house is very charming. I love the look of the brick and siding. Be sure to post pictures of the interior once you're done. :)

 

anything