A couple of months ago, I hosted a building contest on the Sims 3 forums (my first!). I had so many wonderful entries, that it was tough to choose a winner. I scored the entries across a number of categories, including architecture, interior design, landscaping, lighting, functionality, and forums presentation. I also awarded bonus points for things like innovation, cool water features, attention to detail, excellence in decor, etc. All homes are CC free.
I’ve been meaning to blog about some of my favorites, so I thought I’d give you a run-down of the top 10:
10. Mocca Breeze by stevesuzz
This home had some really interesting and unique architectural features. I was especially taken with the interesting angles in the front and with the structure of the pool area.
9. The Rosewood by romagi1
This home has a charming exterior and some very nice interior design moments as well. I especially like what the creator did with the rugs and the color palettes chosen throughout the home. The creator found a very clever way to sign her name to the lot too – if you download it, see if you can find it!
Rugs in Living Room
Color Scheme in Girl’s Bedroom
8. Villa Alcala by walkingstick
Talk about architecture – this was my clear winner in that category! Even though I didn’t have the correct arch and doors, you can still see what a masterpiece this home is. I loved the backyard as well, just as charming, and the surpirse little interior courtyard.
7. The Hearthstone by Sandraelle
The front landscaping really adds to this home’s curb appeal, which is already strong with its great architecture. I especially liked the backyard pool with its unique shape.
6. Single Story Family Home by cwaddell
This home is landscaped very nicely. Yes, one bougainvilla tree popped up in the front, but the creator fixed that after the contest. The backyard is just lovely. Rooms in the interior were spacious and nicely decorated.
5. New Cottage by robotentity
This home has great curb appeal, clean lines, and some very impressive moments in the interior design. I especially loved the use of blinds in the master bedroom.
4. Single Story Home by JVENN
I was really impressed by the exterior of this home. Some good architecture, nice landscaping, beautiful spots in the backyard with plenty of open space for ones own use as well. The interiors were good, but I just didn’t find them as compelling.
Another Back Exterior
3. Lil Bit O Country by MeaganJo
This home was well designed, inside and out. I loved the almost Victorian touch on the exterior wall covering, and the backyard had a great pond, kids area, vegetable garden, and more. The interior design was strong as well. Take a look at this lovely open concept kitchen/dining area. This entry scored especially high on functionality – there were no issues with unusable objects, routing failures, etc.
2. Concrete and Glass House by basiedog
This is an amazing modern build. The architecture was very good and added lots of interest. I loved basiedog’s idea to bring the outside in; it gave the house so many great moments. There were lots of little areas to discover: indoor gardens, multiple kids playgrounds, lots of lounging spots. Well, just take a look at the pictures, and you’ll see why this property was neck in neck with the contest winner, only falling short by 1 point!
Interior Shot – notice the architecture
1. One Store House by Agnezawars
While this home was not the top scorer in any specific category, it did score very highly in all of them, and it netted the most bonus points for water features, innovation in interior design, and excellent attention to detail. The standout features to me were the creator’s use of in-game photography and her creation of custom aquariums, both of which inspired me to implement those features in my own future builds.
In Game Art
I received 25 entries for the contest, so there are more great homes that didn’t quite make the top 10 but are worth a look as well. If you’re in the market, you can always check the original forum thread here.