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Building a Dynasty House
« on: July 28, 2011, 04:36:51 PM »
So this is like my 5th attempt for a Dynasty, and so for it's good I got Anges to move in and am using her money wisely. I've been starting at the computer screen for 30 minutes because I have no idea how to build a dyasty home, how big or how it should look. Anyone want's to share their inspiration? Any tips would be appreaciatte it. I am desperate  :-\

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« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2011, 04:42:18 PM »
I believe starting with a small cottage that will eventually evolve into a mansion is the best option. If you have roommates other than Agnes or are going to (and don't plan to expand until a third generation is born or so) have, I suggest making "extra" rooms whilst keeping the initial shape of the build. Try not to spend all the money, and invest wisely. ;)
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« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2011, 04:49:08 PM »
That should work and I still need to keep space for the garden and the museum.

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« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2011, 04:51:02 PM »
That should work and I still need to keep space for the garden and the museum.

Don't worry about space. As experience has proved, a 60x60 lot is more than enough to satisfy all the needs. But not the darn 40x30 one in Bridgeport...
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« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2011, 04:52:33 PM »
I tried the 40x30 in Brigdeport, ya that wasn't working.

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« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2011, 04:54:07 PM »
I tried the 40x30 in Brigdeport, ya that wasn't working.

But remember that you have Matthew Hamming and Lola Belle there. ;) Of course you also have Thornton Wolff and Agnes Crumplebottom in SV, but who can resist the urge of catching that blue-eyed and thin-mouthed fella called Chris...
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« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2011, 05:02:43 PM »
But not the darn 40x30 one in Bridgeport...
I think there is an empty lot a little bigger, not sure how big exactly
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« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2011, 05:04:47 PM »
Anges and her beautiful car...  ;D
is there any fireplace that's fireproof? I could get the fireproof homstead thing, but I just want to know.

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« Reply #8 on: July 28, 2011, 05:12:14 PM »
about your last question I can't help, but for the general Idea here is somthing that Katluvr told me *it's a secret* *wisper*
  - bathroom:   small - 3x3    large - 5x5
       - powder room:   3x2
       - bedroom:  small - 6x6   large (includes sitting area for adults or play area for children) - 10x10
       - dining room:  6x8
       - kitchen:  small - 4x4   large (eat in) - 8x8
       - living room/study:  8x8 to 10x10
       - laundry room:  4x4
       - gym:  6x8 (can go bigger if you are placing more than 1 of each machine)
       - studio:  10x10 (bigger if you have more than 1 of each item - e.g., easel, inventing bench,
                     sculpting station, chemistry set)
       - nectar cellar:  10x10 minimum (bigger if you have multiple nectar machines, also, I like to add a
                              nectar bar/lounge area, so my nectar cellars can get quite big)
it really helped me figure out some basics when building
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« Reply #9 on: July 28, 2011, 05:27:28 PM »
Start off with a cottage or small home, also, get your museum ready.
Make sure that you still have alot of money left to decorate.

Make enough rooms to prepare you for another generation. Also, make sure you have skill items, ect.

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« Reply #10 on: July 28, 2011, 05:37:31 PM »
Also I think carl's guide on building is quite good you should check it
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« Reply #11 on: July 28, 2011, 05:40:51 PM »
about your last question I can't help, but for the general Idea here is somthing that Katluvr told me *it's a secret* *wisper*
  - bathroom:   small - 3x3    large - 5x5
       - powder room:   3x2
       - bedroom:  small - 6x6   large (includes sitting area for adults or play area for children) - 10x10
       - dining room:  6x8
       - kitchen:  small - 4x4   large (eat in) - 8x8
       - living room/study:  8x8 to 10x10
       - laundry room:  4x4
       - gym:  6x8 (can go bigger if you are placing more than 1 of each machine)
       - studio:  10x10 (bigger if you have more than 1 of each item - e.g., easel, inventing bench,
                     sculpting station, chemistry set)
       - nectar cellar:  10x10 minimum (bigger if you have multiple nectar machines, also, I like to add a
                              nectar bar/lounge area, so my nectar cellars can get quite big)
it really helped me figure out some basics when building
Start off with a cottage or small home, also, get your museum ready.
Make sure that you still have alot of money left to decorate.

Make enough rooms to prepare you for another generation. Also, make sure you have skill items, ect.
Very Helpful! Thanks!

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« Reply #12 on: July 28, 2011, 06:08:51 PM »
Room by room, that is how I first started off, then I wiped clean and built a mansion. My usual style.  :) This Chapter from my Dynasty shows you how I spent Agne's  Money, the first three pictures are the same room. I couldn't find any overhead pictures.

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« Reply #13 on: July 28, 2011, 11:27:31 PM »
I just finished building! You could say I was all afternoon on 3 rooms. By the way, I skipped to the last page of your Dynasty. Samoth, the mansion is great. I don't have words to describe how beautiful that house looks! I am stunned. You have special building skills!

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« Reply #14 on: July 29, 2011, 03:50:21 AM »
Thanks Vampire!  :)
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« Reply #15 on: July 30, 2011, 10:10:52 PM »
@Vampire:

If you haven't already, take a look at my Immortal Dynasty thread.  If you don't want to take the time to read it, maybe just scan through the pictures.  I tried to detail my house in the story as I built it from a simple one room house to a 5 or 6 level monstrosity.  The link is in my signature below.
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« Reply #16 on: July 30, 2011, 11:33:07 PM »
The tour starts on Page 18.

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« Reply #17 on: July 31, 2011, 12:02:04 AM »
Thanks Pam, I have read your Dynasty, which I love and was what inspired me to do mine, but I looked at the house anyways because it's lovely. You can;t get tired of looking at a house like that!

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« Reply #18 on: July 31, 2011, 12:12:19 AM »
The tour starts on Page 18.

Ha!  Thanks for that.  There are pictures of the house before that, though, when it was small and unremarkable.  Those pictures might be helpful, too.

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« Reply #19 on: July 31, 2011, 12:49:50 AM »
Wow! Out of sheer curiosity, I  just checked out the tour on page 18 to see how different dynasty houses look compared to "ordinary" houses, and Pam, that house is absolutely amazing!

I love it's zany charm and looking back to earlier chapters, I can really see how it's evolved. You have a lot of store stuff it seems, and you sure were pretty eager to use it all! Hahaha. (Now I wonder why I haven't seen anything by this exceptionally talented builder on the swap shop, hmm? ;))

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« Reply #20 on: July 31, 2011, 12:52:26 AM »
Ha!  Thanks for that.

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« Reply #21 on: August 01, 2011, 11:20:45 AM »
I always find it remarkable when someone can start off with a one room shack and have it actually evolve into a house that's livable.  I've never been able to do that.  It always turns into "Frankenhouse."  Then I get scared of it, transform into a mob of angry villagers, and end up killing it with fire (figuratively speaking, of course).
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« Reply #22 on: August 01, 2011, 11:39:29 AM »
I've never done a dynasty but I have done some multi-generational families.  I always love starting with a small house than can be built onto. One of my favorite authors, Norah Lofts, did several books on houses like that. If you ever get the chance read her trilogy of the Old Vine house. I think it's "The House At Old Vine,The Town House and The House At Sunset.  It will really spark your imagination.

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« Reply #23 on: August 05, 2011, 01:14:13 AM »
How I do it is probably the worst way possible, but I just have my sims live outdoors, and as they get money I spend it to slowly build the house. I have an idea from the start of what I want it to look like, including all the rooms for every generation all planned ahead, and then I build on it when I can. The problem with this is that it can be unfinished for a long time.

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« Reply #24 on: August 05, 2011, 01:43:20 AM »
Wow! Out of sheer curiosity, I  just checked out the tour on page 18 to see how different dynasty houses look compared to "ordinary" houses, and Pam, that house is absolutely amazing!

I love it's zany charm and looking back to earlier chapters, I can really see how it's evolved. You have a lot of store stuff it seems, and you sure were pretty eager to use it all! Hahaha. (Now I wonder why I haven't seen anything by this exceptionally talented builder on the swap shop, hmm? ;))

Thanks so much!  I have a long standing disagreement with the members here regarding my ability (or lack of) to build houses.  I say that I don't have any creativity and that I'm not a good builder, then they point to my Dynasty house and say I'm wrong.  Haha!  But really, I can't just start with an empty lot and design a great house.  My mind just draws a blank. 

I have to admit that my Dynasty house is pretty fantastic, but it was built little by little over a long period of time.  You probably saw the first version where it's just one big room for Carina and Christopher.  I just added to it as the need arose.  I do have a lot of stuff from the Store and some was purchased specifically for use in that house.  A lot of the room colors have a rhythm to them (aside from the obvious living areas that go with each Immortal).  For example, Cinnamon's room was red and her daughter is Scarlet.  Scarlet's room was pink and her daughter is Bubblegum.  They were hints as to what the name of the next generation would be.  I didn't do that all the way through, but that's an example of where my mind was at the time.  Of course, each bedroom absolutely had to be a different theme, too.

I submitted a small house to our first building contest that wasn't too bad.  I've lost the file in my current installation, but I might be able to retrieve it from the Exchange and put it in the Swap Shop.  It's a starter house for around $16,000.
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