I just finished hosting a desert home building contest on the Sims 3 forums (check it out here). This contest was in honor of the new Lucky Palms store world.
EA provided a lot of interesting homes for the world but very few were large enough to accommodate a family. Thus, I wanted to see what my fellow builders could come up with to fill in the gap.
I had many extremely high quality entries in this competition, and I’m eager to showcase the top 10! I scored the builds 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, wow moments, etc. All homes are custom content free.
Cabalina Mansion has curb appeal to spare. I was really impressed by the architecture, and the landscaping works well too.
Desert Respite has an attractive exterior design..
I really like Desert Panorama’s modern archictecture and natural landscaping as it rises from the hillside.
Solar Simicycle is such a fun build – it’s definitely a home to get noticed. I’m not normally a fan of so much busy brickwork, but I think it works in this case.
Blythe Modern has a clean, modern look with quite a dramatic backyard. I especially love the jacuzzi within the pool, something I hadn’t seen before.
Cashmere is another modern I really like. It’s got good, interesting architecture, and the landscaping works nicely.
Nomad’s oasis Desert Home is something different, and I really like it. The structures are simple, but the balance among the three gives it real dimension. The interesting shape of the pool and the landscaping further enhances the build.
Our third place winner is a great take on an adobe – the structure and fencing really work, and the water features in the front are lovely.
Our second place winner has splendid architecture and landscaping. It’s amazing to me how well it fits the desert theme without using Lucky Palms objects or plants!
I think one of the strongest words that comes to mind when I view this home is authentic – so much care was obviously put into the details here.
I just can’t say enough good things about this build, our grand prize winner; it has it all! The architecture is the first thing you notice, and it’s breathtaking. If I had anything negative to say at all about this build it would be that the landscaping is a bit overdone – but it was intended to be lush, and it achieves that.
The interiors are opulent and really well done – no detail was overlooked, and each room is beautiful.
But my absolute favorite rooms are the two master baths; I love the technique that was used to make them appear to have platform tubs. These bathrooms are the most romantic and charming I’ve ever seen in the game!
I received 31 entries for the contest, so there are many wonderful homes that didn’t quite make the top 10 but are well worth a look. If you’re in the market for a great Lucky Palms home, you can always check the original forum thread here.