Progress Update

In addition to the three WIPs I started sometime back, I’ve added a fourth!  After I got my building contest started, I decided to try my own hand at a single-story again.  I was inspired by this image:

I thought it had a very zen look, and so I’m going for a sort of modern Asian style.  Here’s what I’ve got so far on the exterior:

I’m still working on some of the colors, and I’m not sure if I’ll be sticking with the green roof as-is.  EA makes it challenging with their lack of small shrubbery.  I may try raising the roof level a bit higher with CFE to see if I can get a less bulky look.  I’m currently working on furnishing the inside, creating a backyard play area, and finishing the landscaping.  Ideally, I’d like to finish the house by the time my contest concludes, but realitstically, it may not be possible.

I haven’t forgotten my other WIPs; I have made progress on them.  Here’s an update.  First, the home I call Fairfax:

I got hung up for quite a while on how to construct the back of the house.  I was originally trying to do a mirror image of the front, but that made the backyard so narrow, there was very little I could do with it, and I really had my heart set on a formal pool (the one I’m creating was inspired by Hearst Castle).  I also had large areas on the two front sides of the home to fill and decided to build a couple of mazes with small water features to do so.  Now, I think I’m mostly ready to finish up outside and firm up the layout inside.  It’s quite large, so I imagine furnishing it will take me a good deal of time.

Next, the home I’m now calling The Lindenwood:

This one is by and large done on the outside.  I’m trying to have fun with the layout and style on the inside, going for a retro feel with themed bedrooms.  However, figuring out the color scheme I want has really slowed me down.

And finally, my favorite, The Austere:

It’s my favorite for a couple of reasons: 1) I’ve really tried to be innovative with the architecture and especially with the water and plant features both inside and outside the home and 2) I had to rebuild it from scratch due to problems with how I initially constructed it (if you rebuild something from scratch, you have to love it!).  As you can see, I’m further along with it, working on interior layouts and colors.  The interior shots should give you an idea of where I’m going but won’t likely be final.  I have lots of little things left to do on the exterior as well, such as moving the trash can a bit more out of sight, etc.  How do you like that 2nd story giant TV in the backyard?  I’m in love with how it looks, but unfortunately, while sims can turn it on, they can’t change the channel or watch it.  So I either leave it as “decor” or figure something else out that will be functional.  I just don’t think it will have the same effect if I move it to the lower level…  It’s issues like these that cause these builds to drag on and on!

My Contest

I should have mentioned sooner that I’m currently hosting a building contest on the Sims 3 forums.  The winner will receive the BahHaus or equivalent item(s)/set(s) up to 1350 points!  In order to enter, contestants must build a single-story home for me.  Simple, right?  Well, I do have a few rules and preferences that are stated in the contest thread.  If you’re interested, you can check it out here, but hurry – the contest closes on May 15th!