The Edgewater

The Edgewater

Find your paradise on the pier with this custom content free, fully furnished ~92k 2 bedroom, 1-1/2 bath home on the lake.  There is cozy living, dining, and sleeping downstairs with the entire upstairs dedicated to entertaining, including outdoor dining, lounging, a jacuzzi and a true infinity edge pool with unique water features.

You may download the furnished version here (or here if the Exchange isn’t working for you).  I am also offering an unfurnished version so that those with fewer expansions/stuff packs/store items can still make use of the home; download it here.  Please be sure to place the lot at 14 The Lake or 18 The Lake in order to preserve the infinity edge effect.  I have discovered some funkiness if you try to place it on the opposite dock lots (apparently due to rotating the lot in order to get it facing correctly – I am still investigating).

For this build, I was inspired by the amazing new Lucky Palms store world itself; the colors are so rich, and the vistas are endless.

Lucky Palms

I gravitated toward the dock area because I’ve always loved homes that are on or near the water.  I wanted to design a house that would be a fit with the pre-existing lots but would provide a little something extra:

Back Exterior

Along with the water features, I’ve been working on figuring out how to create a true infinity edge pool for a while, and I thought if there’s ever a place that calls for it, it’s here!

True Infinity Edge Pool

That’s not an illusion – it’s a true infinity edge, and no mods, hacks, or custom content was used to create it!

As you’ve probably noticed from my past few builds, I am also very into in-game photography at this point.  I like to use it to provide my homes with unique decor.  The first thing I did after installing Lucky Palms was to send my photography sim out and about to capture the incredible scenery.  I decided to base my interior color palette and design around the images I captured.  Here are some images from the downstairs interior:

Living Room

Dining Room

Kitchen

Study Nook

Bathroom

Two of my favorite rooms are the bedrooms.  I decided to flashback a bit to a contest I once entered where I made rooms that were based upon the theme of day vs. night.  In this case, I have one bedroom I call the Sunrise Room:

Sunrise Bedroom

More of Sunrise Room

and the other is (of course) called the Sunset Room:

Sunset Room

More of Sunset Room

For the upstairs, I wanted to focus on making this home the entertainment destination on the docks.  In the interior, amidst photos that highlight the local flora, I set up a pool table and karaoke station (there’s a small 1/2 bathroom too):

Pool Table

Karaoke and Dancing

On the front deck, I added outdoor dining and a well-stocked bar:

Outdoor Dining

Bar

Of course, you’ve already seen the pool and jacuzzi in the back, but let me show you a closer view.  There are also a couple of places to lounge:

Closer View of Jacuzzi/Pool/Water Feature

Relax Here

Or Here

Here is the floorplan for the top level of the home:

Floorplan – Top Level

Here is the floorplan for the lower level:

Floorplan – Bottom Level

Requirements for furnished version:  As I uploaded this version to the Exchange, you can view the detailed list here.

Requirements for unfurnished version:  Expansions (Pets, Late Night, Showtime, Generations, and Ambitions), Stuff Packs (Town Life), Store Items: (Haute Hip Ceiling Light, A-Simetry Portal).

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The Austere

The Austere

Another one of my long-time WIPs is now complete!  I am pleased to present The Austere.  Severely modern, yet softened by water and greenery, this home was built for entertaining, inside and out.  At 293k furnished on a 30×40 lot, it offers 4 bedrooms, 3-1/2 baths, and the usual functional spaces as well as a dance floor, pool table, gyroscope, and bar.  You’ll find amazing areas outside as well, with outdoor dining and lounging, 2 pools, and a jacuzzi.  The home also boasts unique water features and in-game photography as decor.

You may download the furnished version here.  I am also offering an unfurnished version so that those with fewer expansions/stuff packs/store items can still make use of the home; download it here.  The home was originally inspired by this image:

Inspiration Image

I was immediately struck by the clean lines and deceptive simplicity of the architecture.  I knew this would not be an easy design to duplicate in the Sims 3, but I wanted a challenge.  It turned out to be a true labor of love, requiring some painstaking CFE work to get right.  Also, as that image was the only one I had to work from, the entire downstairs and back portion of the home was left up to my imagination.  As I worked with the structure, I decided I really wanted to use water and plants to soften the lines and add visual interest.  I wanted a lot of platforms to impart additional geometry.  Unfortunately, I soon discovered that attempting to add fountains, pools, and platforms after performing CFE does not work out well.  I wound up having to do a complete rebuild from scratch after I was already rather far along!

In the end, I have spent months on this house – building, rebuilding, ruminating, and tweaking.  Every time I thought I was done, I’d give it a few days and come up with a new idea or a better way of doing something.  However, I think all of the extra time and contemplation has really paid off with a build that is innovative, and (I hope) visually stunning.  I have also fully playtested the property.  There are two caveats regarding functionality: the big screen TV and fish tank in the backyard should be considered decor.  Sims can turn the TV on and off, but they can’t change channels or actively watch it.  Apparently, sims need to be able to path to a TV in order to watch it/change channels.  It seems silly to me, given that they should be using a remote control, but there’s nothing I can do about it, and I love the way it looks up there.  It’s a similar situation for the fish tank; sims can’t stock it with fish because they can’t reach it.  However, it is pre-stocked when you purchase it, so it doesn’t seem like a big issue.

Below are some photos that highlight some of my favorite features in The Austere, but rather than posting every single picture here, I’d like to refer you to my slideshow where the images are a bit larger, and you can cycle through them as quickly or slowly as you please.

I really love some of the night time effects I achieved, so let me show you those:

Upstairs Pool at Night

Jacuzzi at Night

Fish Tank at Night

Of course, there are plenty of great areas to see, day or night:

Backyard with View of Big Screen TV

A Quiet, Romantic Spot

Downstairs Pool with custom water feature and view of Upstairs Pool

Foyer

Open Ceilings in Living Area

Sleek, modern dining

Great modern kitchen as well

Downstairs Water Feature

One of the Bedrooms

There really is so much more to see, so again, please have a look at my slideshow.

Requirements for furnished version:  As I uploaded this version to the Exchange, you can view the detailed list here.

Requirements for unfurnished version:  Expansions ( World Adventures, Ambitions, Late Night, Generations, Showtime), Stuff Packs (Town Life, High End Loft), Store Items: (Cyber Creeping Vine,  plants from the free Toyota Prius PackPotted Bamboo Glory, and  Shrub of Tranquility).

Progress Update

These days, I’ve got lots of irons in the fire.  I’ve uploaded my CC free builds to the Exchange, and I’m pleased to report that they’re doing well.  In fact, my Executive Retreat got featured!  That’s when a forum moderator called a “simguru” chooses to highlight your work.  I’d never been featured before; it’s amazing how much more attention your upload gets.  The Executive Retreat is now up to 4000+ downloads and nearly 100 recommendations!  I’ve got a new thread on the forums to showcase my builds and WIPs.  You’ll get most of the same information here, but I am likely to post it more immediately on the thread.

As far as my actual building progress goes, I’m currently finalizing my Austere build.

Front Exterior

Technically, it’s already finished, but since I began staging it for pictures, I keep making little tweaks here and there.  Its completion really is imminent, but I got diverted by the release of Lucky Palms, the new store world.

Lucky Palms

I’ve never been inclined to buy a store world before, but it’s just gorgeous, and once I saw the build objects that were included, I had to have it.  The key objects were the new clearstory windows.

I’ve been longing for EA to create Alpine style windows since the release of the game, and these new windows are the closest thing to it.  I’m disappointed that they don’t come in more sizes/angles, but it’s a good start and enough to enable me to attempt to revise my Forest Retreat home so that it will be CC free.  I always loved that build, but I used a ton of CC in it and couldn’t really continue to recommend it.  Now, I’ll be able to show it off again!  I’m also working on a new build for Lucky Palms.  I’m in love with the dock area where the lots are placed directly over the water.

Lucky Palms Docks

I’m a designing a home that fits with the other EA pre-built homes there but offers some unique features that will make it a standout.  The highlight will be the pool with a true infinity edge and accompanying water feature.

Front Exterior

Back Exterior

View from Pool

Once all of those projects are done, I hope to work on a casino and what I’m calling a “mystery” project.  I’m trying something that I haven’t seen done before (maybe it has been, but I haven’t seen it!).

If all that weren’t enough, I was so inspired by Lucky Palms that I decided to host another home building contest.  Lucky Palms has a lot of interesting pre-built lots, but most of them only accomodate a small family.  I couldn’t find much on the Exchange that would fill this gap and fit with the desert theme, so a contest seemed like the perfect way to get more options.  I enjoy hosting these contests anyway, so any excuse will do!  If you’re interested in participating or just want to watch the action, check out the contest thread.