Monday, November 30, 2009

Stay-Cation Lots: Mini Mountain, Takemizu, Twikkii + Apple Grove Cabins & Camping

Since I play a Prosperity Challenge, I had the desire to have my sims earn vacation memories. I've never had a sim yet earn all the memories, but a couple of them are close. What I found helpful was to give them a head start by creating some community lots that feature some of the things they could get on vacation. That simplified their time to allow them to do the stuff they can only earn on vacation like learning the different massages, going on disappointing tours, chasing the ninja around, etc.

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This first lot is the Mini Mountain lot where your sims can pretend to be at Three Lakes.

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Watervista Palace

I haven't posted anything in a few months, but I thought I would give it a try today. Part of the reason I haven't posted is the frustration I feel with my dial-up internet. My satellite internet equipment got fried this summer by lightning, which was in a way a blessing. It was overpriced, and we didn't feel it was worth replacing. Dial-up is terrible, but much cheaper. It just makes it difficult to blog anything with pictures, but I'll survive.

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Watervista Palace is a semi-secret lot in Belladonna Cove - the neighborhood that came with the Apartment Life expansion pack. I say it's semi-secret because you can actually see it. It's by itself over by some rocks and has its own little stretch of road. The lot is supposed to be Baba Yaga's hut, a witch of Russian folklore that lived in a hut on chicken legs with no windows or doors. Well, it's of little use to me in it's original state.

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I remodeled this house for a MATY House of Fail/Phail challenge for November 2009. As you can see, it's a residential lighthouse. It has 5 bedrooms - each with its own bathroom plus an additional full bath by the nursery and 2 half baths. The double nursery is on the second floor. There are a lot of doors that can be locked to keep visitors somewhat contained. I have thoroughly playtested it for over a week, and it wasn't too bad to play with all the floors, IMO. With a few exceptions, most of the interesting stuff should happen on the bottom two floors. The cost is $72,195. I have all the EPs, M&G, Celebration, and Family Fun.

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Saturday, May 2, 2009

74 Gondola Way

I built this house for another MATY House of Fail/Phail challenge for March 2009, but never ended up entering it there. This is a remake of Malcolm Landgraab's mansion. I turned it into a home business venue, blocking off access to the inside of the house by locking the doors to all areas except for the pool area and the garage which has been converted to a gym. This house has been playtested.



The original Landgraab mansion.



My Version

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

2 Divided Drive

The actual date is September 1, 2010.  I'm in the process of adding all my lots to my blog, but I want them to be in the order I built them.  I didn't blog all of them here initially, so I'm cheating a bit by changing the post date.

This was lot was uploaded at MTS here.  This is the second split-level house in my Divided Drive series. I really like how this house turned out, and I hope your sims will enjoy living here. To me the price is reasonable for the size of the house.

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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Apple Grove Post Office

The actual date is September 2, 2010, but I am archiving all my lots on my blog at the time I posted them elsewhere. This was originally posted on ModTheSims.

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I built this 1x1 lot for my Prosperity neighborhood in hopes of adding a little realism to Apple Grove. Your sims won't be able to mail letters here or check their post office boxes, but they can buy postcards to display at home, or to give away as gifts. They can also check the wanted posters while they're here. Enjoy!

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

2 Wee Way

The actual date is September 2, 2010, but I am archiving all my lots on my blog at the time I posted them elsewhere. This was originally posted on Mod The Sims.

This is the second house in my Wee Way series. There are 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms. Due to space restrictions, I built it with one tile "stealth" stairs. A copy of the lot has been playtested. The roof recolor did does not package with the house, but is available for download in this post.

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

1 Cheapo Circle - Starter/No CC

Happy Valentine's Day! There are a few paintings with a Valentine's theme, a koi pond, a love tub and a wishing well. For the price, your romantic sims will get a very nice starter home with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. This is actually a copy of the original occupied lot which was playtested. You will need to finish furnishing the 3 bathrooms and 2 upstairs bedrooms as funds allow.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

2 Affordable Avenue - No CC

This is the second in my series of affordable family houses that are under §50,000 with at least 3 decent-sized bedrooms. I thought while I was building these for me, maybe others out there are looking for the same thing.

This particular house would be nice for a growing family of up to 6 sims. It has few decorative items, but it has nice furniture and plenty of room.

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Friday, February 6, 2009

10 Oak Street

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This is the MATY House of Fail/Phail house for February '09. I'm sure you've seen it lurking in Pleasantview, looking tiny and unpleasant. I rebuilt this cottage with the restriction of not moving trees or shrubs, which was a challenge. I plan to use it as a vacation home in the Mountain vacation area.

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Apple Grove Wedding Chapel

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9 Small Street

I forgot I even built this little house, but I came across it recently and decided to finish it. I had already named it to be another in my Small Street series. This lot should comfortably house a family of 4.

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Monday, February 2, 2009

1 Affordable Avenue - No CC

This is the first house in a series I plan to build that are under §50,000 with at least 3 decent-sized bedrooms. I like to play challenges, and I've found that besides starter houses I mostly have large expensive houses in my lot bin. This makes it difficult to find affordable housing that is large enough for my sim families who have outgrown their starter houses but who can't afford luxury houses yet. I thought while I was building these for me, maybe others out there are looking for the same thing.

This particular house would be nice for a growing family of up to 6 sims. When the babies and toddlers grow up, you can easily replace the cribs and toddler toys with beds. While there are few luxuries and a very small yard, this house should be fairly roomy for your sim family.

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1097 West Dreaming Drive

There is a monthly building challenge on MATY in Planet K 20X6 called "EAxis House of Fail." Basically, every month a house that came with the game is chosen for its crappiness, and people rebuild it, keeping the original outside walls. Sometimes there are other rules - this time the path had to remain as well. The idea is to take an ugly and/or unplayable house and turn it into a nice looking, playable home. Make sure you check out the above link on MATY to see what others have done with the "EAxis House of Fail" houses.

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This is the original 1097 West Dreaming Drive.

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And this is what I chose to do with it.

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