A-Maze-ing Estate

I’ve been working on this build off and on for months!  I was delayed in part by a graphics glitch I was waiting for Maxis to fix and then also a lot of stuff going on in my personal life.  However, I’m thrilled to finally be finished and able to present the A-Maze-ing Estate to you!

This creation was inspired by a Pinterest image that caught my eye:

I used to love drawing mazes on good old graph paper as a child, and I also love adding depth and dimensionality to builds in The Sims 4, so this seemed like a great project for me.  I was somewhat faithful to the design shown on the front of this building, but I have no idea what the rest of it actually looks like.  I assume that they carried the maze theme around to the other sides; it’s what I would have done and in fact did!

I really felt like a sculptor as I went along, carving out a design, section by section.  It was fun!  However, when I got to the back, I felt like it would be overkill to continue the maze all the way around, and that a change was necessary:

Here the focus is more on symmetry with good sized balconies on each level and relaxing outdoor living on the ground floor.

I created a video tour of the A-Maze-ing estate, available here.  It’s a great option to see a sim’s eye view walkthrough of the build and skip all the static images, but if you’d rather not watch it, there are additional images of the build below.

More exterior views:

Left Side

Right Side

Closer views of the backyards:

Left Backyard (looking from the back)

Right Backyard

I think we’ve seen enough of the exterior for now; let’s move on into the interior.  We’ll start with the unit on the left.  I designed this unit for a family that would include a toddler and a child who enjoys sports, science, and plants, as well as parents that want serenity during downtime but love music and throwing parties on their “date nights.”  Starting on the ground floor, The tone is bright, playful, and a little funky:

Entry

Living

One thing I did in the kitchen was to actually use elevated counters as opposed to cabinets for overheads, in order to work around a current bug that tends to darken cabinets.  I like the way it turned out; the only thing you lose is the windowed cabinets that show glassware, etc., but for a modern space, I think the clean look works anyway.

Dining

Look closely at that dining room table – yep, that’s a mini maze I created by elevating some floor lighting pieces beneath the table.  You won’t find another one like it!

Bathroom

Small Patio

Moving on to the 2nd floor, here you’ll find the toddler’s bedroom:

I love all of the new objects for toddlers; they are so colorful and cute!  I also liked the idea of the older brother or sister coming in to do a puppet show for the toddler.  The little tyke also gets to enjoy a good sized balcony of his or her own:

The other bedroom on this level was designed for a sporty child with a green thumb and an interest in science:

This bedroom has access to a balcony overlooking the backyard:

Finally, here is this level’s bathroom:

Moving up to the 3rd floor, you will find what I call the “soft” master suite, done in calming teal and green hues:

I enjoyed using bb.moveobjects to design a bit of an enhanced, space saving closet.  While I like the concept of a walk-in closet, I always find it difficult to incorporate Maxis’ version of them because they are so bulky.  I’d rather design my own most of the time.

The bedroom connects directly to its master bath:

This bedroom has a relaxing front balcony:

And a small side balcony, currently used as a crafting space:

As well as a balcony with hot tub that overlooks the backyard:

Heading up to the 4th floor, it’s time to party!  Here, you can get that nightclub experience right in your own home!

When it’s time to take a break, you can head for the balcony overlooking the backyard for a little bubble time:

Or chill out with a drink and maybe some TV on the front or side balconies:

From this level, your sims can also gain access to a special rooftop area, but I’ll cover that after we head over to tour the second unit.

I went a bit darker in this one but still with several pops of color and fun touches.  Let’s take a look at the ground floor:

Entry

TV Nook

Kitchen

Living

Bathroom

Small Patio

Heading upstairs, the 2nd floor provides a very girly bedroom with some fun touches:

This bedroom also features a backyard balcony:

Still on the same level, there is also a teen bedroom with a vivid design:

The teen room also has its own front and side balconies:

Finally, there is a shared bathroom for the level, which favors the feminine theme:

Moving on up, the third floor contains what I call the “gold” master suite.  I recently got the Vintage Glamour pack and really fell in love with some of the objects in it.  While they aren’t necessarily modern, per se, I find that their lines aren’t anti-modern either.

The suite, of course, has its own opulent full bath:

This master suite has its own balcony (with hot tub) overlooking the backyard:

It also has a front balcony:

And small side balcony:

Heading up to the fourth floor, you’ll find plenty of activities, including a library:

with its own balcony:

Foosball table:

A motion sensor game mat (not pictured), a chess set:

And a gym:

with its own small balcony, currently set up for yoga:

This level also has access to a balcony overlooking the backyard:

Both units in the duplex can access a stairwell to the rooftop from this level:

Both can also access a shared half bath before heading up the stairs:

These small spaces were designed to whet the sims’ appetite for navigating a much larger and more complex rooftop maze!

This was a lot of fun to design, and I liked that the vivid aqua color also made it look like it could be another (huge) swimming pool (a maze pool was an idea I played around with originally but discarded).  There are a couple of spots in the maze where sims can take a little break from wandering to relax and chat:

This almost wraps up the flood of images.  I do want to include overheads, so that you can see the layout and flow of each level a bit better.  We’ll start at the top, since we’re already there:

Rooftop Maze overlooking the two backyard pools

4th Floor:

3rd Floor:

2nd Floor:

Ground Level:

A-Maze-ing Estate costs $664,524, and is situated on a 30×30 lot (I used Harbor Quarter Gym in Windenburg).  It has been thoroughly play tested, and the only issue I’m aware of is that your sims cannot use the “view” action on the fountain on the 3rd floor “gold” room front balcony.  This is because I used bb.moveobjects to decorate the fountain pedestal, as I find it more pleasing to the human eye that way, but if you’d rather your sims be able to view it themselves, simply delete the additional objects.

If you’re interested in taking a look at the A-Maze-ing Estate 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!

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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!