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Re: Building Shells - To be Furnished
« Reply #225 on: January 03, 2014, 12:02:15 PM »
Welcome to the forum, AoifeLushon, and thank you for sharing that amazing build with us!

By the way, your post has two links at the bottom.  Are they different in some way, or is there another reason for the two links?
 
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Re: Building Shells - To be Furnished
« Reply #226 on: January 03, 2014, 06:48:57 PM »
Noob error I'm afraid! :) I think I've fixed it now so there should only be one link.

I've had a bit of a day of building, I finished and tested the above one, made a nice little fully furnished Irish holiday home (based on a holiday home I used to visit) and I'm now building a starter home as a bit of a budget challenge. I may share another once I'm happy with it. And maybe at some point I'll get round to playing with the Sims!



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Re: Building Shells - To be Furnished
« Reply #227 on: January 04, 2014, 02:18:30 AM »
So I was starting a new game today and none of the starter houses really fit what I wanted for a long term family investment. I'm happy building big family houses when money isn't an issue but what about when you have a new couple just starting out? Do they really have to move into a little nook in the hopes of being able to afford to move at a later date?

I wanted to start the game with a 2 bedroom house and plenty of room to add furniture and whatever else my family desires when they have a bit of money behind them. I wanted a house that will grow with my Sims, one that they will never grow out of.

So I set myself a challenge - could I build a spacious, expandable and beautiful house that would last through the generations AND come in at under $18,500? Could I make it pretty and affordable using only the base game so any new player could pick it up? Well, I gave it a good shot and here's what I came up with.

Name: The Appetizer
Lot size: 30x40 (In my play testing I had this on a 30x30 but I prefer the larger garden as I'm likely to build a garage/ granny flat at some point in the future.)
Bedrooms: Two
Bathrooms: One
Price: $9,275
Content: Base Game Only


The front of the house showing the minimal landscaping

Layout consists of two large bedrooms, a small bathroom and an open plan kitchen/ study/ lounge/ dining area with a hall wide enough for stairs for future expansion.

The top down view to better show the size of the property

What I love about this house is the possibilities it opens up for expansion. There's plenty of space for stairs if you want to add another floor, space for double doors and decking to the rear, space around the edges that could be utilised for a granny flat, garage, stable, park or pool. If you want a larger porch you could have it wrap around the front. There's enough space in front of the house for a driveway (or two) or you could park down the side of the property.

Price wise I think this is about right for a starter couple or a couple of house-mates. In play testing I was able to buy all the fittings, furniture and furnishings I needed for a start-up couple with my remaining $6825 and even had money leftover for a couple of classes. Admittedly, the furniture wasn't the most comfortable or the prettiest and the plumbing was a little sparse but how's a Sim going to learn handiness if everything works all the time?

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Re: Building Shells - To be Furnished
« Reply #228 on: March 21, 2014, 01:00:02 AM »
This is my first shell... I'm not very confident in my building and any criticisms or hints would be fantastic!  I named it 'Wow, it's white!' because I wanted that bright, modern feel and after staring at it for a bit, realized the white was almost ridiculous which is why the inside has black mixed in and the windows have the dark borders.

Name: Wow, that's white!
Lot Size: 30 X 30
Cost when placed on X lot: About $30,000
Requires expansion/Sims 3 store content: Most of it is base game except for a few windows from IP and ST, as well as some tile from Pets, I think.  If anyone notices that I've something, let me know.

Front of the house


Back of the house


First floor


The "basement".  Here, I used the method that TommyT describes in the guide, using foundations


As you'll notice, it's all very open and I haven't really designated any rooms at all except for the kitchen.  I find I have... issues in this regard and no matter how well I plan, I still seem to run into issues.  I do know the stairs all work and it's all accessible because I tested that out at least.

Again, any comments, critiques, criticisms are welcome and more, are appreciated.

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Re: Building Shells - To be Furnished
« Reply #229 on: March 21, 2014, 02:41:39 AM »
Hello Shewolf13. Welcome to the forum, in case you are new (I haven't seen you around so...)

Your shell looks nice :) Although I can see some visual glitch in your first picture, at the higher tier of the house, in front of the windows.

Also we would love to know more about your house like price/packs used and so on.

Here is a link to a post with guidelines :) I highly advice to read it.

http://www.carls-sims-3-guide.com/forum/index.php/topic,3614.0.html

(and please edit your post to apply the needed info)

I'm looking forward to see more creations :)

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Re: Building Shells - To be Furnished
« Reply #230 on: March 21, 2014, 03:19:26 AM »
Heh, I've been around a decent while, just haven't done much posting in the building or construction part of the Swap Shop.  Got inspired today to do building.  And yeah, sorry about forgetting the info.  Added it. 

As far as the visual glitch... it really ticked me off and I can't figure out how to get rid of it.  I noticed it while I was building and couldn't get it to go away; I love building but I'm not good at it and this was really all about experimenting with various things, in particular the technique on using a foundation as a basement that TommyT talks about in the guide.  It seemed to go well... except for that visual glitch XD  If anyone knows what that is or how to get rid of it, I would be immensely grateful!

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Re: Building Shells - To be Furnished
« Reply #231 on: March 21, 2014, 04:38:44 AM »
Ahh well, i usually just lurk the forums and use the guides ;) So I don't always notice people coming or going.

And the visual glitch can be removed with the hammer tool (K) key :) I've had it a lot of times myself, but i dont know what causes it, to be honest



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Re: Building Shells - To be Furnished
« Reply #232 on: March 21, 2014, 04:47:56 AM »
I tried that actually and it didn't work.  Very odd...

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Re: Building Shells - To be Furnished
« Reply #233 on: March 22, 2014, 08:01:34 PM »
I tried that actually and it didn't work.  Very odd...

I know this is getting off topic, but I have had that glitch before. It's not an object so it can't be deleted. It disappears if you look at it from the other direction though. It usually just stays on that lot for me, but maybe restarting your game could help. Other than that you could save and move the building to a different lot for pictures, maybe?

Anyway, nice home! I hope to see more of your buildings here ;)

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Re: Building Shells - To be Furnished
« Reply #234 on: March 24, 2014, 02:41:16 PM »
Timeless Country
I've been messing around trying to recreate houses from blueprints and I kind of like how this one looked so thought I would share it here before I tear it down and start another one. :)

Lot size 30 x 30
Price $37,879
Expansions used: University (door), Super Natural (door), Ambitions (window). Everything else is base game, Not that there is that much sense it's a shell. :)

Layout based off of the Timeless Country plans. You can look there to see what each room is suppose to be.

Overview of the house


Second floor


First floor

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Re: Building Shells - To be Furnished
« Reply #235 on: March 24, 2014, 03:49:57 PM »
I like it and downloaded it.  Will put it on a bigger lot so my family can have a pool in the yard.

Will check out the link to see how it was set up.

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« Reply #236 on: March 24, 2014, 04:50:09 PM »
I figured anyone that wanted it would put it on a bigger lot. I'm glad they made it where you can place it somewhere besides just the center of the lot now.
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Re: Building Shells - To be Furnished
« Reply #237 on: March 24, 2014, 05:15:36 PM »
A lovely house,thank you for sharing Grimsoul
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Re: Building Shells - To be Furnished
« Reply #238 on: March 24, 2014, 09:29:15 PM »
Thank you for this house! I can hardly wait to start decorating. ;)

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« Reply #239 on: March 25, 2014, 07:29:50 AM »
I love the looks of this house . You did a fabulous job grimsoul !  :)
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Re: Building Shells - To be Furnished
« Reply #240 on: March 25, 2014, 03:00:02 PM »
Thank you everyone. I hope you have as much fun decorating it as I did building it. :)
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Re: Building Shells - To be Furnished
« Reply #241 on: May 03, 2014, 06:46:24 AM »
Second Empire Mansion

If you've been following the The Official Building/Remodeling Showboat Thread, you might have seen me working on this mansion.

This mansion has 6 floors (including the accessible roof) and can accommodate an extremely large amount of bedrooms.  The walkout basement and sub-basement have been left for your own imaginations.  Very little interior decoration has been done but the house is structurally ready.  There's still a lot of work for you to do in wall coverings and doors; not to mention fixtures and furnishings.  I'll be using a fair amount of CC to decorate my own so I stopped with the build at this point so that I could put it up here.

Lot size: 64 x 64
Cost Furnished: 199,871
Cost Unfurnished: 184,071
Items Used
You will need the following store sets/Worlds:
Midnight Hollow - Plant
Roaring Heights - Glass Block Window
Stones Throw Greenhouse - Glass Roof
The Now & Then Century Manor - multiple items
You will need the following expansions:
Supernatural (doors)
Generations (spiral stairs)
Showtime (terrain paint)
Late Night (Elevator)

I think everything else is base game.

Exterior shots:





Interior shots:

This is the first or ground floor.  Starting in the left corner and going left to right, you have a laundry room (with small toilet room), dining room, entry, study, master bath.  At the left again is the kitchen/morning room, stairwell, powder room and master bedroom.  At the back is the main living room.


This is the second floor and it has room for four bedrooms all with en-suite bath.


This is the third floor which is primarily covered with the glass ceiling.  There's access to spiral stairs going up to the roof itself.  I'll likely decorate the 'attic' bits for looks.

I haven't provided shots of the walkout basement or the sub-basement as they are just big open spaces at the moment.  You could actually remove the sub-basement if you don't want it.  I would remove the windows in the pool first, and then remove the basement.  I have plans for mine though. ;)

I did very little landscaping.  The trees on the property would depend on what world you place it in.  So I thought it best to leave those out and let you decide on those yourself.

I am by no means finished with mine and will start the much longer process of decorating it.  I'll be posting those screen shots in the thread mentioned above.  First I have to make a final decision on what world I'm going to put it in.  :)

I hope you enjoy.


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Re: Building Shells - To be Furnished
« Reply #242 on: May 03, 2014, 12:47:51 PM »
Dellena, that lot looks AMAZING. I LOVE how it looks :) It sort of reminds me of "old mansion turned hotel" kinda building :)

Awesome nonetheless :D

I'm definitely going to download this :)


Edit : Yay first to download too ;)

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Re: Building Shells - To be Furnished
« Reply #243 on: May 03, 2014, 02:45:30 PM »
Wow Dellena  ;D how I wish I had your talent for building ,the house is amazing I've bookmarked this one!
Thank you so much for sharing

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« Reply #244 on: May 04, 2014, 05:31:35 AM »
This is amazing.  I also went over to the Showboat thread to see how you planned and built it - and like it far more than its original inspiration.  The sweeping stairs are gorgeous and I love the raised flowerbed idea.

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« Reply #245 on: May 04, 2014, 05:38:40 AM »
Thanks, everyone, for the comments. :)  I decided to put my own in Isla Paradiso.  There's a 64 x 64 lot there that has a lovely view of the water.  This would be one of the oldest, historical, homes on the island.  And now to start on my own interior work.

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Re: Building Shells - To be Furnished
« Reply #246 on: May 04, 2014, 08:02:42 AM »
Dellena-  Your house is gorgeous!  I plan on downloading when I add all my EP's and SP's back into the game.

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Re: Building Shells - To be Furnished
« Reply #247 on: May 04, 2014, 10:39:02 AM »
Thanks, everyone, for the comments. :)  I decided to put my own in Isla Paradiso.  There's a 64 x 64 lot there that has a lovely view of the water.  This would be one of the oldest, historical, homes on the island.  And now to start on my own interior work.

I have downloaded and am enjoying trying to decorate to the era of the house. It's a beautiful house, thank you! I set the house in Roaring Heights.

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« Reply #248 on: May 04, 2014, 11:13:37 AM »
I found some images online of interiors of houses like that.  It gave me some ideas as well. :)

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Re: Building Shells - To be Furnished
« Reply #249 on: May 05, 2014, 02:47:08 AM »
It looks great! I'll definitely have to keep it in mind for shells for any rich families of mine!