Open City Living

When Maxis announced that the upcoming expansion pack for The Sims 4 would have a city theme, I was overjoyed.  City worlds are always some of my favorites, and the more modern architecture usually is a good fit for what I like to design.

I’ve had my eye on this building from Pinterest for a while, and decided to create my take on it in the game:

What I love about it:  the height, the openness, and the gorgeous huge glass doors and windows.  I incorporated those elements into my design, but I also wanted to play a bit with an aqua concept, using the new “Great Wall of Bubbles” object from the Dine Out game pack.  I thought it might be a cool twist if I used the Wall of Bubbles as windows instead of actual windows.  The resulting effect is quite fun, I think.  I would enjoy having at least one room with windows like that in my own house!

Here are some additional images of the exterior of the build.  I tried to make the architecture interesting from every angle:

Left Side:

Right Side:

Corner View:

Back:

The residence is 3 stories, and you can see from the exterior shots, that while there isn’t a lot of outdoor room (I chose to work with a 20×15 lot size), there is an outdoor bar area, and a nook that features a peek-a-boo hot tub and a relaxing spot for yoga or other meditations.  Here’s a closer look at these elements.

Bar:

Hot tub/Yoga:

Moving inside, the first level provides open living, dining, and kitchen.  This is what it looks like as you enter:

Here’s a closer look at the areas:

Opposite the kitchen is a small full bathroom:

Heading up to the second level, you’ll find a master bedroom with a balcony that overlooks the interior below.  I was going for a built-in aquarium look with the bed as well as a futuristic wall décor design:

The room also features a desk and dresser:

And, as mentioned, a cute balcony:

There is an attached master bathroom that really carries the aqua theme along:

Heading upstairs once more, you reach the second master bedroom.  I had some fun again designing a unique frame for the bed, and having the glass dance floor (from the Get Together expansion pack) acting as a skylight over the room really enhanced the colors and lighting.

This bedroom also includes a dresser and desk, as well as bookshelves, and it has an attached balcony that overlooks the back of the property.

And that’s it for the interior!  Here are some overhead shots to show you the layout of each level:

Top – Roof On (I tried to make a unique design here):

3rd Level:

2nd Level:

Ground Floor:

That concludes my little tour of Open City Living.  I’m excited about exploring the new expansion pack with this home as my base!  I know that apartments are a big part of the pack, and I’m sure I’ll give them a try as well, but I wanted something upscale that my more affluent sims could get into right away.  Since there are two master bedrooms, the home can easily support a couple of singles or romantic couples.  I hope you’ll give Open City Living a try as well!

Open City Living costs $182,160 and is situated on a 20×15 lot (I used Oak Alcove in Newcrest).  It has been thoroughly play tested, and the only issue I found with it was that sometimes, while preparing a meal, sims will use the sink area as if it were a blank counter.  They are still able to properly prepare/cook the meal, so it’s just a weird thing visually.  I tried switching out the counter sink for a pedestal sink, and sims would then use the open counter properly but wanted to go wash dishes in the bathroom.  I opted to go with the original design at that point.

If you’re interested in taking a look at Open City Living in game,  click here to download the build from the online Gallery.  Or, if you prefer, you can search for it in the game Gallery by its name, or by my hashtag, #bryscreations.  Please be sure to place the home in build mode, so that lighting colors and intensities are preserved.  Enjoy!

Matchmaker

My two big WIPs were hit by new bugs in the last patch and need to wait on fixes, so I decided to create another little starter, this one in a more traditional style of architecture.  I didn’t want to try anything too revolutionary here; just wanted to make something cute.   Here are more images of the home:

Entering the home, you’ll see that it’s a mostly open living space design:

I went with a red, white, and blue theme, not even consciously realizing that I was designing and would be uploading the home around July 4th, but that’s how it worked out.

While I didn’t create my own fireplace design this time, I did try to do something a little special with the backdrop for it:

There’s a small office space to the left:

Here’s a closer look at some of the kitchen area, which provides a pass-through bar:

The home’s key feature is the glassed in dining room, which you’ve gotten glimpses of.  Here’s a closer look:

The sleeping area is small but comfy:

And the bathroom is of course small as well:

Here’s an overhead shot of the property:

And of the living spaces:

And that’s it!  One advantage to designing a starter is that the project gets done more quickly (usually) and takes a lot less effort to show than larger projects. 🙂

Matchmaker costs $19,028 and is situated on a 20×15 lot (I used Oak Alcove in Newcrest).  It has been thoroughly play tested, and I found no issues with it.

If you’re interested in taking a look at Matchmaker in game,  click here to download the build from the online Gallery.  Or, if you prefer, you can search for it in the game Gallery by its name, or by my hashtag, #bryscreations.  Please be sure to place the home in build mode, so that lighting colors and intensities are preserved.  Enjoy!

Poppers

In a first for me, I created this little modern starter in just a day!  I was struck by inspiration in the morning and was done by the evening.  I normally work so slowly that this was quite a new experience.  I wanted to play a bit with geometry and a 3D look, and I haven’t done a starter in a while.  A minimalist design always works well in a starter!

You’ve seen the front of the build.  Here is a shot of the back:

Moving inside, it’s an open design with kitchen/dining living to the left:

Bathroom around the corner:

And sleeping/office down the hall:

With the way I designed the pop-ins/outs, the window functions as a piece of art on its own, so I was able to save some decorative costs there.

Here is an overhead shot of the interior layout:

Not much more to say about this quick hitter.  It was fun to build and to have everything flow well over such a short time (for me).

Poppers costs $18, 536 and is situated on a 20×15 lot (I used Oak Alcove in Newcrest).  It has been thoroughly play tested, and I found no issues with it.

If you’re interested in taking a look at Poppers in game,  click here to download the build from the online Gallery.  Or, if you prefer, you can search for it in the game Gallery by its name, or by my hashtag, #bryscreations.  Please be sure to place the home in build mode, so that lighting colors and intensities are preserved.  Thanks for looking!

PeKing Star

I’ve been very excited for EA’s next game pack for The Sims 4, Dine Out, which was released on 6/7/16.  I wanted to create a modern Asian restaurant, somewhat inspired by the architectural style of P.F. Chang’s.  PeKing Star is the result.  In this build, I focused a great deal on trying to do something interesting with the roof instead of just having the gaping holes that we typically see when using half walls to create the illusion of structural elevation:

I also tried my hand at creating decorative arched bridges, which turned out to be very challenging but fun to do:

I can’t wait for the day when Maxis gives us functional arched/hanging bridges and/or the ability to create them ourselves.  I definitely spent a lot of time pouring over the details on this one.  Here are additional exterior shots.

Front:

Back:

Side:

Playtesting the interior was a ton of fun, and fortunately, I didn’t have to change much in order to make it functional.  As you enter, here is the hosting station, where you can greet your customers:

And a waiting area.  I found in playtesting that sims seem to just stand around until they are taken to their seats.  It’s too bad they won’t actually go sit while they wait, but I can imagine that it would have taken additional programming.

I set up 12 tables plus a bar.  I wanted to have a good amount of dining space available but without feeling cluttered and with appropriate dividers/privacy for at least some of the tables.  Here are various shots of the interior:

Here’s the waiter’s station with art by Leander Belgraves (not CC, but a painting my sim created of it):

And here is the chef’s station as seen from a customer’s viewpoint, followed by shots of the kitchen interior:

The bathrooms are relatively small; I tried to make them cute, but it’s not really worth showing.  You can see the design in the overhead layout shots.

Property:

Interior:

PeKing Star costs $245,295 and is situated on a 40×30 lot (I used Municipal Muses in Willowcreek).  It has been thoroughly play tested, and I found no issues with it.

If you’re interested in taking a look at PeKing Star in game,  click here to download the build from the online Gallery.  Or, if you prefer, you can search for it in the game Gallery by its name, or by my hashtag, #bryscreations.  Please be sure to place the home in build mode, so that lighting colors and intensities are preserved.  I hope you have fun dining in and/or managing it!

Purple Rain

I have been very struck by the recent deaths of various artists and musicians I’ve loved.  In particular, the passing of David Bowie and Prince hit me hard.  I was in the middle of another WIP, but as various Prince songs were going through my mind, I was struck by inspiration and decided to create a tribute build to him.  Purple Rain is the result.

Purple Rain is a modern, vibrant luxury home for a single or couple.  It features open living/dining/kitchen on the first floor, spa and bathroom on the second floor, and a master bedroom with attached bathroom on the third floor.  In addition, there is a swimming pool, and a dance floor where your sim can dance in the “rain.”  I’ve created another unique fireplace design, and I personalized the build with photos and paintings created by my sims in the game.  There are even pictures of the man himself (thanks to orangestripedcat who created the awesome Prince sim I used).

Here are additional shots of the exterior.  Left side:

Right side:

Back:

And a couple shots taken from a more top down view so that you can see the roof design:

Here’s a closer look at the star fountain I designed:

I also had fun using bar objects to create this unique water feature:

And I took advantage of a bug that drops objects below ground level outdoors to make a unique little outdoor dining spot:

Here’s a shot of the small pool area in the back:

And here you can see my sim dancing a bit on the master balcony in the “rain” while his sim girlfriend looks on:

Time to head inside.  On the first level, you’ll see the kitchen and bar to the right:

A quick note before I show more of the interior:  these shots were taken at night, and the lighting is very bright, especially for the whites.  This is deliberate, but during the day, things are much more muted if you prefer it toned down.

Straight ahead from the entrance is the dining area.  Note the glass floor:

And to the left is the living room with my custom fireplace design as well as a special musical area dedicated to Prince:

Moving upstairs, the second level provides a spa area with balcony hot tub surrounded by modern waterfalls:

There is also a full bathroom:

Heading up to the third and final floor, you’ll find a roomy master bedroom that provides work and hobby space as well as a uniquely designed bed.  The big feature of the room is the dramatic fish tank that I embellished:

The master bathroom provides a dramatic tub with waterfall but also a shower for those looking for faster clean-up:

That wraps it up for the interior.  Here are some overhead shots of the property in order to clarify the layout:

Roof up:

3rd Floor:

2nd Floor:

1st Floor:

Purple Rain costs $186,957 and is situated on a 20×20 lot (I used Old Quarter Inn in Windenburg).  It has been thoroughly play tested, and I found no issues with it.  I do want to note that if you place it on the Old Quarter Inn lot, you should first change the lot’s type to Residential and then bulldoze it.  Changing the lot’s type is a preventative measure as lots sometimes get marked “generic” if not specifically changed.  The bulldozing helps prevent an issue with flooring being removed on the lot; if you don’t bulldoze it, some patches of grass will show up where I originally placed flooring (I didn’t know this lot was bugged until I was pretty much done building).  Of course, you can easily cover these back up with floor tile.

If you’re interested in taking a look at Purple Rain in game,  click here to download the build from the online Gallery.  Or, if you prefer, you can search for it in the game Gallery by its name, or by my hashtag, #bryscreations.  Please be sure to place the home in build mode, so that lighting colors and intensities are preserved.  Enjoy!

Heartbreak Hotel

I envisioned this build as an alternative to the likely parade of sweetheart houses that will be floating around the Sims 4 Gallery on Valentine’s Day this year.  I have nothing against the holiday, and I’m sure many of those builds will be great.  However, I enjoy a bit of irony and going against the flow, so if you’ve got a lonely or broken-hearted sim, they might get a kick out of moving into this unique home.

Despite the initial appearance, this build is not just for show.  It provides a fully playable 3 level duplex.  Each unit includes living/kitchen/dining, study/gym, and beds/baths, as well as balconies and private backyards with pools.  There is a good deal of personalized art, and I had fun designing my own modern fireplaces (as I often do).  Even with the traumatic theme, there are still romantic touches.  Maybe someday the sims will bridge this broken heart!

Before we take a look at the interior, I’d like to show a bit more of the outdoor spaces.  Back exterior:

Shared entry:

Backyards with pools (yes, each is a half heart), dining, and yoga/sunbathing:

2nd level balcony layout:

3rd level balcony layout:

Moving on to the interior, I’ll start with the unit on the left.  As you enter, you’ll spot a kitchen and dining nook:

To your right is a living area with my take on a modern curved fireplace:

There is also a bookshelf:

Heading on upstairs, I’ve set up the second floor as a work and play space with a small, full bathroom.  The space could easily be reworked to provide a second bedroom if desired, but for now it’s got a home office:

Card table and treadmill:

Bathroom:

Proceeding upstairs to the third and final level, the bedroom is set up with separate twin beds as part of the theme, but they of course could be changed out for a full bed should your sim’s prospects improve.

There is also an attached master bathroom:

Heading across to the second unit, there are a lot of similarities but still enough differences in color palette and décor, that I think it’s worth showing you.

Kitchen:

Living room with another modern fireplace design:

Another shot of the living room with a view of the dining nook and hanging flat screen TV:

Second floor office/play area:

Bathroom:

3rd Floor Bedroom and Master Bath:

Here are top down views of the property and layout:

Heartbreak Hotel costs $162,432 and is situated on a 20×20 lot (I used Mid-Nowhere in Windenburg).  It has been thoroughly play tested, and I found no issues with it.  However, because I elevated some items from the basement for interior design purposes, sims are able to route straight through them (the coffee table in the right hand unit, for example).  If routing through an object bothers you, you can always delete it and replace it with an object of your preference.

If you’re interested in taking a look at Heartbreak Hotel in game,  click here to download the build from the online Gallery.  Or, if you prefer, you can search for it in the game Gallery by its name, or by my hashtag, #bryscreations.  Please be sure to place the home in build mode, so that lighting colors and intensities are preserved.  Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you’ll enjoy this fun, alternative Valentine’s Day build!

Stilted

I was in the midst of two fairly complex and large WIPs and wanted to do something small and quick (as quick as I can manage anyway).  I was struck by this shot of a modern design that I spied on Pinterest:

I loved the simple lines, open balcony, and that stark white.  I didn’t want to go quite that micro though, and I did want to add some pops of color.  The rest of it just proceeded to develop and shift a bit as I worked.  I think the result is a home that any bachelor(ette) sim would be proud to call their pad!  Not enough to this build to warrant a video, so I didn’t create one, but here are some additional images of the exterior.  Front:

Back with Entrance:

A closer look at the pond beneath Stilted:

And the waterfall emerging from a mysterious cave:

I had a bit of fun with a planter design near the entrance:

And I enjoyed creating my own modern welcome mat:

The interior isn’t large, but it’s largely open with plenty of windows, and of course the Get Together dance floor used as a skylight (as well as a … floorlight?).  The photos you’ll see were all taken by my sim photographer in game and are unique.

Images of the living room:

Dining:

Closer look at the dining area at evening time:

I like the way the colors pop even more as it gets dark outside.

Kitchen Nook:

Bedroom:

Bathroom:

Here are some overhead shots to show you the layout of the property and rooms.

Property:

Upper Level:

Living Room:

Kitchen/Dining/Bed:

Bathroom:

Lower Level:

And I can’t resist a few night shots, as I did do some work with the lighting.

A closer look at what I did at the entrance.  It looked so boring to me, so I introduced an indoor/outdoor fish tank with a planter above it.  I think it fits well with the open theme.

Stilted provides 1 bedroom and 1 bath and costs an affordable $40,321.  It is situated on a 20×15 lot (I used Nookstone in Oasis Springs).  It has been thoroughly play tested, and I found no issues with it.

If you’re interested in taking a look at Stilted in game,  click here to download the build from the online Gallery.  Or, if you prefer, you can search for it in the game Gallery by its name, or by my hashtag, #bryscreations.  Please be sure to place the home in build mode, so that lighting colors and intensities are preserved.  Hope you enjoy it!

Update regarding my previous builds:

As I mentioned in my last post, the 12/4/15 patch introduced a few bugs that have unfortunately caused problems with some of my older works.  I have revised some of them:  Colonial Coalescence, Green’s Blue Victorian, and Chokkaku.  It turned out that Vivid Art Gallery’s issues were mostly corrected with a repair of the game.  The tops of 3 cabinets are still visible through the floor on the third level, but it doesn’t affect gameplay and would be an easy fix for downloaders, so I am letting that one go.  With regard to the rest, I am still waiting on/hoping for a Maxis patch to fix their issues…