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kattenijin
22nd Jan 2011, 6:44 AM
http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u159/kattenijin/Tiny-House.jpg


It's always easy to design a home when you have all the space in the world, but what to do when you have no room to spare? For each round, you will be able to use any size/type lot you wish; but, there will be a "tile allottment" that you can't go over. There will also be furniture you need to fit into the space, but no actual spending limits.

Rules:

Entries may be Sims 2 or Sims 3
One entry per contestant.
There will be no eliminations.
All forum rules apply.
No budget, so spend as you will! :)
If you have questions, please pm me!
Custom content is allowed.
NO photoshoping, except for creating collage photos.
Be polite!
If you need an extension you must PM at least 12 hours before the round ends.(Rounds end at 11:59:59 PM GMT-5 of the last day of the round.)


Picture requirements for each round:

1)1 Overview of Exterior. (Entire lot, not an aerial.)
2)1 Areial of each floor, not to exceed 3.
3)Up to 4 Photos, which can be collages; featuring interior, exterior and any other special lot features. For a total of up to 8.


Rounds

Applications: Single Life: January 22 to January 29

Round 1: And Baby Makes Three: January 30 to February 5

Round 2: Balet, Soccer Practice, Mini Van; Oh My!: February 6 to February 12

Round 3: The Kids Are Gone!!! *Knock, Knock* : February 13 to February 19

Round 4: All That's Old, Is New Again : Febuary 20 to February 26

Application Requirements:
Using no more than 35 tiles, design a home for a single sim. You may design in any style, on any lot, any number of floors. You must include the following items at a minimum, feel free to add more if you can! You may add outside terraces/decks in keeping with the scale of the home, and any landscaping/amenities you wish.

Toilet
Shower
Sink
Refrigerator
Stove
2 Counters
Double Bed- Accessable from both sides!
Nightstand
Dresser
Desk w/chair
Table w/4 chairs
Bookcase


Scores will be based 45/45 on Beauty and Creativity. There will be an additional 1 point added for the first 5 tiles "under budget" (ie: for the application, if you use only 30 tiles, you will get 5 points, and if you use 32 tiles, you will get 3, etc.) and up to 5 "free points" for each judge to allocate as they wish.


Judges:

Judge 1) baratron
Judge 2) Vampire of Death
Judge 3) appelsapgodin

EJ 1) kaylarox
EJ 2) me


Contestants:

1) lauratje86
2)sandymdh
3)amora selvagen -withdrawn
4)Samethana
5)wgroome -withdrawn
6)wickedblue
7)Sulyuki
8)hotaru801
9)phoenixshikiri -withdrawn
10)picass0blue -withdrawn
11)Cloudburst
12)pandoransark -withdrawn

beeps
22nd Jan 2011, 6:45 AM
Contest Approved
Begins 1.22.11
Ends 2.24.11

Do not post replies and/or contest applications before the contest host has checked in on this thread, or your post will be deleted.

DO NOT WRITE USELESS POSTS like "Hey cool contest, I think I might join." Reserve type posts and useless posts about coming back with an application will be deleted.

kattenijin
22nd Jan 2011, 6:13 PM
Ladies and Gentlemen...start your entries!

Or, ask about being a Judge/EJ.

iibeccax
23rd Jan 2011, 5:59 AM
Il be a judge :') haha if this is still going that is ;D

w_sims
23rd Jan 2011, 5:19 PM
From my calculations (feel free to correct me if I'm wrong) but to have all of these items, including empty tiles to access them without cheats, you need about 42 squares...

Lavaster
23rd Jan 2011, 5:50 PM
I would like to be a judge, if that's okay with you. :)

kattenijin
23rd Jan 2011, 9:24 PM
From my calculations (feel free to correct me if I'm wrong) but to have all of these items, including empty tiles to access them without cheats, you need about 42 squares...

It can be done in the alotted amount; you just need to think outside the box on placement sometimes.

We have 2 judges so far, iiebccax and Lavaster; still need one more judge, and an EJ or two, and hopefuly some entries!

lauratje86
23rd Jan 2011, 9:55 PM
I've playtested this lot, and everything seems accessible, though some of the clutter may make it hard to use some items now. I saw that CC was allowed, so I used a custom 1-tile desk - just couldn't manage to fit a 2-tile one in! I used the full 35 tiles. Boy, this was hard.....

I have edited this because I changed the house. I took way more photos too, so I made a few collages.

Let me know if I need to change anything! :-)

Exterior Overview:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v409/kathryn1986/Sims%202%20Contest%20Pictures/ExternalOverview01.jpg

Aerial View:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v409/kathryn1986/Sims%202%20Contest%20Pictures/AerialView01-1.jpg

Collages:


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v409/kathryn1986/Sims%202%20Contest%20Pictures/OutdoorCollage.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v409/kathryn1986/Sims%202%20Contest%20Pictures/KitchenCollage-1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v409/kathryn1986/Sims%202%20Contest%20Pictures/BedroomCollage-1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v409/kathryn1986/Sims%202%20Contest%20Pictures/ThroughTheWindowsCollage.jpg

**EDIT** I just re-playtested it, and she can get to everything and use everything, despite the clutter. I have added a laptop on the desk and she can use that too.

**EDIT 2** I've changed the pictures, because I changed the house a bit. The basic layout's still the same, but I did some more landscaping outside and changed some of the wall paint. I hope the collages are ok.

@ sandymdh - I made it look easy?! Only because you didn't see how long it took me to squeeze everything in! I must've redone the layout at least a dozen times before I made everything fit.... I love your castle, by the way. I can imagine it wouldn't be quite what one expected if one was told that one had inherited a castle, but I think it's pretty cute! :-D

pandoransark
24th Jan 2011, 1:35 AM
Can we use moveobjects to place stairs and a door against the same tile?

kattenijin
24th Jan 2011, 2:06 AM
You can use any building cheats/methods you wish.

sandymdh
25th Jan 2011, 10:29 AM
Thanks Lauratje86 for making that look so easy when it really isn't :-)

I am very busy making a new world - though a historically themed one so thought I'd kill 2 birds with one stone and build a house I can use in it as well as enter here. It's a Sims 3 one so I do have the luxury of CAS. Amazingly it's actually all routable - I even have a pic of my Sim brushing her teeth to prove a 4 tile bathroom can work!

My sim was a little disappointed when she arrived in France to view the 'castle' she had been left in a distant relative's will but is settling in and appreciates it's shabby but luxurious style.

http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz253/sandymdh/World2011/castlefront.jpg
Front View


http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz253/sandymdh/World2011/floorplan.jpg
Floor Plan



The Kitchen
http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz253/sandymdh/World2011/kitchen2.jpg

http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz253/sandymdh/World2011/kitchen1-1.jpg


The Bedroom
http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz253/sandymdh/World2011/bedroom.jpg

The Bathroom
http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz253/sandymdh/World2011/bathroom.jpg

amora_selvagen
25th Jan 2011, 10:52 AM
My aplication!!!

I am creating a new hood and this house is just perfect for there!
Welcome to Beachview 01 the compact house build in Simyear 001, with two floor is perfect for a single sim.
I did used 35tiles!!!


http://i789.photobucket.com/albums/yy175/Paula_Luna/novabelavista/snapshot_00000007_fa4ae17f.jpg

http://i789.photobucket.com/albums/yy175/Paula_Luna/novabelavista/snapshot_00000007_5a4ae18f.jpg

http://i789.photobucket.com/albums/yy175/Paula_Luna/novabelavista/snapshot_00000007_da4ae1a7.jpg

http://i789.photobucket.com/albums/yy175/Paula_Luna/novabelavista/snapshot_00000007_fa4adf34.jpg

http://i789.photobucket.com/albums/yy175/Paula_Luna/novabelavista/snapshot_00000007_fa4adf45.jpg

Samethana
25th Jan 2011, 7:37 PM
This was really hard, not just the building and decorating, but also taking the pictures.
Anyways, I gave it a shot and this is the result:

Exterior:

http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r91/Samethana/SimStuff/Everything%20they%20ever%20wanted/Exterior.png

The house features a small frontporch, filled with plants, the backyard is full of palmtrees and exotic bushes, and a hammock just for your single sim's pleasure.


Aerial:

http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r91/Samethana/SimStuff/Everything%20they%20ever%20wanted/Aerial.png

As you can see, everything is crammed inside this tiny little house. It's more spacious when the bed is folded in though.

Kitchen:

http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r91/Samethana/SimStuff/Everything%20they%20ever%20wanted/Kitchen.png

The kitchen offers all basic comfort; a refridgerator, sink and stove.

Dining Nook:

http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r91/Samethana/SimStuff/Everything%20they%20ever%20wanted/Dining.png

The dining nook has extra large windows, so your sim can enjoy the vieuw (in my case, the ocean).

Bedroom Area/Study Area:

http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r91/Samethana/SimStuff/Everything%20they%20ever%20wanted/Bed1.png

http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r91/Samethana/SimStuff/Everything%20they%20ever%20wanted/Bed2.png

The bedroom and study area has a double fold-in bed, a dresser, nightstand, bookcase and desk with computer.


Unfortunately, the bathroom is too small to take a picture of it, but there's only a shower and toilet so it's not very interesting.



I'm gonna use this house as a vacation house to one of my very girly sims, hence all the pinky goodness. I've already taken her there to test the lot, and everything works fine.

kattenijin
25th Jan 2011, 10:01 PM
Sorry to do a quick edit-and-run this morning without posting, but I hadn't looked out the window yet, and suddenly realised I heard snow being shoveled. Looked out and saw that I had to go dig the car out as we had gotten more snow overnight, snow that was originally "scheduled" for Wednesday AM, and which we are now also supposed to get Weds PM too, we shall see...

Anyhow, thanks for the new entries! Some of you may want to double check your entries. Still looking for another judge.

w_sims
26th Jan 2011, 10:39 AM
Montana Cabin #5
http://img138.imageshack.us/img138/6965/39740149.jpg
Deep in the heart of the Three Lakes clearing, this charming
pine cabin offers an affordable way to live in the heart of the
woods. Features include a kitchenette with traditional stove
and hand-crafted furniture made from local Three Lakes' pine.
http://img600.imageshack.us/img600/5650/47788577.jpg
http://img818.imageshack.us/img818/2849/55300972.jpg
http://img197.imageshack.us/img197/6260/78648502.jpg
http://img12.imageshack.us/img12/9592/35845437.jpg
http://img338.imageshack.us/img338/5397/76893713.jpg

wickedblue
26th Jan 2011, 4:15 PM
Here is my itty bitty cottage in the woods:

http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/uhave2bkiddingme/woodsy%20cottage/Screenshot-89.jpg

http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/uhave2bkiddingme/woodsy%20cottage/Screenshot-90.jpg

http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/uhave2bkiddingme/woodsy%20cottage/Screenshot-91.jpg

http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/uhave2bkiddingme/woodsy%20cottage/Screenshot-92.jpg

http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/uhave2bkiddingme/woodsy%20cottage/Screenshot-93.jpg

http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/uhave2bkiddingme/woodsy%20cottage/Screenshot-94.jpg

ilovesrk
26th Jan 2011, 5:39 PM
Uhm... you still need a judge, right? Can that judge be me? :P Oh, and is it a problem that I don't play The Sims 3? I'm planning on buying it, but I think that won't happen until after the contest is over, because I haven't played The Sims 2 for two years (4-year-old laptop, father too stingy to buy a new one), so now that I'll finally be able to (my new brand new desktop will be here in a few days), I just don't feel like playing The Sims 3, all I can think about is good old TS2! I can still look at TS3 lots' pictures, rate everything and all, I just won't be able to playtest lots, if that's required. So... can I be a judge? :D

ETA: I looooove small lots and I have lots of free time, if that helps. (:

Sulyuki
26th Jan 2011, 8:58 PM
I had to give this a try, it was really hard, almost impossible. I don't even have any one tile dressers or desks.

http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m199/sulyuki/Hus/Screenshot-131-1.jpg

http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m199/sulyuki/Hus/th_Screenshot-114.jpg (http://s104.photobucket.com/albums/m199/sulyuki/Hus/?action=view&current=Screenshot-114.jpg)

http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m199/sulyuki/Hus/Screenshot-108.jpg

http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m199/sulyuki/Hus/Screenshot-116.jpg

http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m199/sulyuki/Hus/Screenshot-1073.jpg

http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m199/sulyuki/Hus/Screenshot-107.jpg

http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m199/sulyuki/Hus/Screenshot-129.jpg

wickedblue
26th Jan 2011, 10:21 PM
I need some clarification. Are porches and decks not included in the total count? I thought they were and made allowance for that in my build.

kattenijin
26th Jan 2011, 10:53 PM
Porches/decks/gazebos/etc were optional as long as they don't overpower the main structure. Which, in this round, is the 35 tiles. Remember though, you get bonus points for being "under budget".

Updated entries/judges. Anyone want snow? We got plenty this AM and are expecting another 8 to 12 inches overnight, sheesh!

And, look at that! & entries so far. I guess it isn't quite as difficult as you all thought now as it? After all, you DID it!!! Congrats! Hot Chocolate and cranberry/orange scones for everyone!

Gutterfly
27th Jan 2011, 3:44 AM
May I ask for clarification? Do all the listed items have to appear inside the 35 squares of house, or is it permissible to have, say, an outdoor table and chair set (maybe on a porch/verandah) as the table and four chairs? In the sense of what would logically exist. I'm very interested in taking this contest up, but I want to make sure my ideas are OK as there isn't much time left on this round.

kattenijin
27th Jan 2011, 8:03 AM
The required items should be inside the 35 squares.

pandoransark
27th Jan 2011, 5:09 PM
Is there any chance I could get an extension? I'm typing this in a hotel room due to power outage + cold, and don't know when I'll have access to Sims 3 again.

kattenijin
28th Jan 2011, 1:37 AM
Sorry I haven't gotten back sooner, Spent a couple hours shoveling snow, 'cause the grounds crew did such an f-ing poor job. Granted, we are at record-breaking levels of snow, but still... Then I needed a nap, for SIX!!! hours! OI!!

pandoransark Let me know Saturday if you still need that extension, if we haven't gotten at least 10 entries, I'll brobably be extending apps through Round One.

hotaru801
28th Jan 2011, 3:02 AM
This is my entry. Besides the main picture, the others are attached since the page was getting hard for me to load because of all the pictures... Yay slow internet...

I call it The Wave House. 35 tiles on the head.

http://thumbs2.modthesims2.com/img/3/8/5/0/0/6/4/MTS2_hotaru801_1171140_Screenshot-38.jpg

phoenixshikiri
28th Jan 2011, 6:52 AM
This is my entry for the contest. this is my first post on mts :bunny:

http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t224/Shannamikhael2008/35Cube/Screenshot-24.jpg
http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t224/Shannamikhael2008/35Cube/Screenshot-23.jpg
http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t224/Shannamikhael2008/35Cube/Screenshot-22.jpg
http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t224/Shannamikhael2008/35Cube/Screenshot-21.jpg
http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t224/Shannamikhael2008/35Cube/Screenshot-19.jpg
http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t224/Shannamikhael2008/35Cube/Screenshot-18.jpg
http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t224/Shannamikhael2008/35Cube/Screenshot-17.jpg
http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t224/Shannamikhael2008/35Cube/Screenshot-6.jpg
http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t224/Shannamikhael2008/35Cube/Screenshot-4.jpg
http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t224/Shannamikhael2008/35Cube/Screenshot-3.jpg

Gutterfly
28th Jan 2011, 8:32 AM
That was incredibly hard, but it looks like I've managed it...

Kitsch Cottage, secret woodltrail home to the fashion designer Molqui. 34 tiles including a 3 1/2 tile functional bathroom. Landscaped to include both exotic and traditional trees, in line with its renovated feel.

Overview
http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww108/XxPureMourningxX/Screenshot-1193.jpg
This secluded country cottage is found up a winding path in Twinbrook. It maintains its traditional exterior, but has been recently renovated inside.

Aerial
http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww108/XxPureMourningxX/Screenshot-1328.jpg

Kitchen
http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww108/XxPureMourningxX/Screenshot-1221.jpg
Fridge, cooker, two counters, sink, table and four chairs.

Bathroom
http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww108/XxPureMourningxX/Screenshot-1210.jpg
Shower, toilet and washbasin.

Bedroom
http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww108/XxPureMourningxX/Screenshot-1197.jpg
Bed, bedside table, dresser, bookcase, shelving, desk with laptop and chair, and widescreen wallmounted telly (because even the smallest of modern homes have their luxuries).

Routing Examples
http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww108/XxPureMourningxX/fhgh.jpg
Molqui: "Hrmm .. not bad for a 3 1/2 tile bathroom."

http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww108/XxPureMourningxX/Screenshot-1278.jpg
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@sandymdh - I'm absolutely loving the mini castle! Especially the attention to detail it holds.
@hotaru801 - Yours is stunning as well!

ETA: Yay for having enough people! :beer:

hotaru801
28th Jan 2011, 2:06 PM
@hotaru801 - Yours is stunning as well!
D

Thanks and kudos to you for that 3 1/2 tile bathroom. :gjob:
I've done the 4 tile before but I never thought it could be smaller. You gave me some great space saving options. ^_^ Good luck! :D

kattenijin
28th Jan 2011, 3:40 PM
The routing in Sims2 probably precludes this, but in Sims3 you can use as few as 3 tiles for a bath. Very RV.

The exciting bit is that picass0blue's entry makes 10! Yay!! Someone can win a star! That dosen't mean that more entries won't be appreciated, so keep them coming, you still have the better part of two days.

mustluvcatz
29th Jan 2011, 6:16 AM
Any way you'd be willing to extend this just one day, even though you've got 10 entries? I didn't see this thread until now. Since the smallest house I've ever built was 48 tiles, this sounds like something I'd like to try. My computer had to be reformatted and everything reinstalled...at the moment I'm reinstalling all my games. If I rush I could have something done tomorrow (the 29th) but.. Well, if you can't extend it just one day that's alright.

Cloudburst
29th Jan 2011, 11:11 AM
Well that was more difficult than I thought it would be, but I got there in the end. I managed to do this with all the items in 30 tiles, although I'm not sure if the tile with the stairs counts, since its only purpose is to enable you to get on the foundation. If it does then I managed it in 31 tiles :)

All the items are accessible except for two of the chairs, but that's only because there's clutter behind them; without it they function perfectly. :D

Edit: Almost forgot to mention, the dormer thing in the roof is purley for decoration and there's no usable flooring up there (and no way of getting up even if there was).

Front View

http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t94/cloudburst666/front-5.jpg

Floor Plan

http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t94/cloudburst666/floor.jpg

Bedroom

http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t94/cloudburst666/interior.jpg

Kitchen
http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t94/cloudburst666/interior2.jpg

pandoransark
29th Jan 2011, 4:43 PM
Power's back!

Overview
http://i774.photobucket.com/albums/yy27/skaplan1989/1-1.jpg

Situated along the coast of kiwi_tea's Niua Simoa (http://www.modthesims.info/download.php?t=389287) , this tiny modern home for one or two takes up 33 tiles and is completely playtested.


Aerial View
http://i774.photobucket.com/albums/yy27/skaplan1989/1-2.jpg

The floorplan includes a "cutout" in the center of the house, preserving a prexisting palm tree.

"Bedroom"
http://i774.photobucket.com/albums/yy27/skaplan1989/1-3.jpg

The windows around the bed allow for an amazing view. There is room for a small dresser and an endtable behind the bed.

Office Nook
http://i774.photobucket.com/albums/yy27/skaplan1989/1-4.jpg

The left half of the desk is used as a display area for Chinese urn.

Bathroom
http://i774.photobucket.com/albums/yy27/skaplan1989/1-5.jpg

The bathroom features local stone and a full size bathtub.

Kitchen/Dining Area
http://i774.photobucket.com/albums/yy27/skaplan1989/1-6.jpg

The kitchen/dining area is separated from the "bedroom" by a stylish bookcase.

kattenijin
29th Jan 2011, 8:29 PM
Sorry to have not been around this AM, got roped into some unexpected babysitting. Now, I'm worn out! Anyhow, I've decdided that entries will close on time, which at present is in about 8 1/2 hours. Sorry to anyone who wants to enter but can't make it. I'll be posting round one later tonight, and have notified the judges about getting their scores in.

lauratje86
30th Jan 2011, 2:20 AM
Looks like there are some awesome entries, have fun with the judging judge people! :-)

I wait with bated breath for Round 1! :-D (well, actually I'll be waiting asleep for Round 1, as it's almost 2:30am here, but I'd be very excited about it if I was going to be awake! :-P

kattenijin
30th Jan 2011, 3:06 AM
http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u159/kattenijin/baby_makes_three.jpg

So, your lovely, cosy, tiny home was everything you ever wanted. Then you met that special someone, and things got a little tight, but you were "in lurve" and made do. Then one day...!!! Suddenly, tiny was NOT an option, however having a baby is expensive and there wasn't a lot of money left over, so...


Using no more than 50 tiles, design a home for 2 sims and a baby. You may design in any style, on any lot, any number of floors. You may design an entirely new home, or add on to your previous lot.

You must include all the items from the aplication round plus the following items at a minimum, feel free to add more if you can! You may add outside terraces/decks in keeping with the scale of the home, and any landscaping/amenities you wish, again keeping in scale.

Crib
Changing Table*
High Chair
Two skill toys
Potty Chair

(Don't babys need a lot of stuff?!! lol!)

*Sims 3 players may use a cc changing table, or a two-tile dresser, as there are no changing tables in the game.

Rules, photos and scoring are the same as in the aplication round.

Please PM me with any questions.

kattenijin
30th Jan 2011, 4:02 AM
I was trying to stay up untill midnight to close the round on time, but I'm too tired from this morning, even after a nap! My nieces and nephews wore me out. So, applications are officially closed. Round one info has been posted, so have at it.

Lavaster
30th Jan 2011, 6:13 AM
Ooh, this round will be a hard one but fun! Remember, everyone, YOU CAN MAKE SECOND LEVELS!

w_sims
30th Jan 2011, 10:07 AM
I have two questions before I start concocting ideas for this round....

Can we use 1 tile cribs and dressing tables, such as these (http://www.modthesims.info/d/285507)? I'm guessing the answer is no, which is fine, but I thought I'd ask anyway!
Do we have to follow the story that the Sim from our application round has now had a baby? I only ask as I made a log-cabin for my application, and I'd love to perhaps a very different style for this round, which probably wouldn't fit in with your story...

Thanks in advance for your answer, I am looking forward to what I'm sure is going to be a really great round!

kattenijin
30th Jan 2011, 10:28 AM
I have two questions before I start concocting ideas for this round....

Can we use 1 tile cribs and dressing tables, such as these (http://www.modthesims.info/d/285507)? I'm guessing the answer is no, which is fine, but I thought I'd ask anyway!
Do we have to follow the story that the Sim from our application round has now had a baby? I only ask as I made a log-cabin for my application, and I'd love to perhaps a very different style for this round, which probably wouldn't fit in with your story...

Thanks in advance for your answer, I am looking forward to what I'm sure is going to be a really great round!

CC is perfectly ok, and you can do a totally new lot.

Using no more than 50 tiles, design a home for 2 sims and a baby. You may design in any style, on any lot, any number of floors. You may design an entirely new home, or add on to your previous lot.

OT: Was so darn tired at 11pm. Now wide awake at 5am WTF??!!!

sandymdh
30th Jan 2011, 12:40 PM
Another question. Second levels are possible but especially with Sims 3 the stairs do take up 6 tiles for example for 1 level straight stairs and split stairs aren't much better with the connecting tiles required. It gives the Sims 2 folks an advantage with their spiral staircases. Anyway do ALL these tiles need to be counted even if they are only for structural purposes?

kattenijin
30th Jan 2011, 3:58 PM
To me, spiral stairs have 6 tiles of "wasted space" where you can't place objects and straight-run stairs only have 3 tiles. As to "void" spaces, spaces that are part of the structure but not accesible/used, I'm leaving that up to the judges to decide. I've given them my opinions, but it is their call. If you were to use walls to make a collum that holds up a car-park roof or porch roof, I wouldn't count those. Spaces under interior stairs that are created by building cheats and are a main part of the building, in my opinion should be counted.

hotaru801
30th Jan 2011, 4:31 PM
To me, spiral stairs have 6 tiles of "wasted space" where you can't place objects and straight-run stairs only have 3 tiles. As to "void" spaces, spaces that are part of the structure but not accesible/used, I'm leaving that up to the judges to decide. I've given them my opinions, but it is their call. If you were to use walls to make a collum that holds up a car-park roof or porch roof, I wouldn't count those. Spaces under interior stairs that are created by building cheats and are a main part of the building, in my opinion should be counted.

So does that mean that spaces inside the structure where stairs are used don't count toward the total tile count? Like in my split level for the app round, minus one tile because of the stair to the upper level?

sandymdh
30th Jan 2011, 4:53 PM
I think I'll just count it all except porches to be safe. I'm really struggling with this round - 15 more tiles seemed like so much but with stairs, 2 tile landing and all the baby stuff it's still very difficult. I think I'll have to scrap my first attempt and start afresh (54 tiles and can't get any smaller). Perhaps extra points for those with 2 floors this round as that is definitely harder to fit in.

kattenijin
30th Jan 2011, 5:05 PM
So does that mean that spaces inside the structure where stairs are used don't count toward the total tile count? Like in my split level for the app round, minus one tile because of the stair to the upper level?

I think I'll just count it all except porches to be safe. I'm really struggling with this round - 15 more tiles seemed like so much but with stairs, 2 tile landing and all the baby stuff it's still very difficult. I think I'll have to scrap my first attempt and start afresh (54 tiles and can't get any smaller). Perhaps extra points for those with 2 floors this round as that is definitely harder to fit in.

No, those spaces count because they are being "used" by the stair (and whatever objects placed below the stairs if possible). To me, it appeared that sandymdh felt that Sims 2 players had an advantage in useable space over Sims 3 players because of the spiral staircase footprint, which I believe is false.

The second part of the question was what spaces were counted. All used spaces are counted, regardless of how they are used. "Void" spaces that are part of the structure yet not used are left to judge's discretion.

YOU DO NOT NOT NOT NEED TO USE STAIRS IN THIS OR ANY OTHER ROUND!!!

THE USE OF MULTIPLE LEVELS IS AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION!!!

Lavaster's post about second levels is in no way a requirement.

Samethana
30th Jan 2011, 8:49 PM
May we use those animated ladders instead of regular stairs?

kattenijin
30th Jan 2011, 10:14 PM
May we use those animated ladders instead of regular stairs?

Ummm... I'm gonna have to say no to this one, because there is no equivalent in Sims 3. Considering how the stairs (don't) work in Sims 3 I don't think the equivalent will even be possible. It's the one thing I want in the game more than anything else, is more ways to build/have stairs without cfe cheats.

Samethana
30th Jan 2011, 10:26 PM
Ok, than it's going to be plan B :)

Sulyuki
30th Jan 2011, 10:58 PM
With one tile dressers, desks, cribs and changing tables I seem to be at a bit of a disadvantage for not using CC. Can I just replace the changing table/dresser for a toy box instead? Or use a one tile table as a desk? I guess not since these are required, I just had to ask. Of course if the one tile cribs and changing tables are only available for TS2 they probably need the extra free tiles, TS2 Sims need a lot more room to move around.

Would it be ok to use the fire pole instead of stairs if I add a second floor?

CinderEmma
30th Jan 2011, 11:05 PM
Wow, awesome contest :)
I'm a bit late, lol, but I'm watching avidly for the results! Good luck everybody!

kattenijin
31st Jan 2011, 1:25 AM
With one tile dressers, desks, cribs and changing tables I seem to be at a bit of a disadvantage for not using CC. Can I just replace the changing table/dresser for a toy box instead? Or use a one tile table as a desk? I guess not since these are required, I just had to ask. Of course if the one tile cribs and changing tables are only available for TS2 they probably need the extra free tiles, TS2 Sims need a lot more room to move around.

Would it be ok to use the fire pole instead of stairs if I add a second floor?

O.O the fire pole! I forgot about that! Umm.. Ok. The firepole and the Sims 2 ladders may both be used. Just an fyi, I do create a home myself to test the number of squares, so I do know it is possible to fit the items I give you, even if the places they end up are a tad unexpected. I'll admit, the ones for these first two rounds have both been one lelvel, I'm impressed at those of you doing multiple levels. (I also think you are a tad insane... :P )

Gutterfly
31st Jan 2011, 3:50 AM
"The Shingles" (49 tiles)
This renovated Beach Hut lot includes a spacious open-plan bedroom/living room/kitchen, gorgeous dune-inspired bathroom (with a bath and shower), and space for one more in the adjoined second bedroom. Designed with a young family in mind, there's plenty of room to play on the beach, and open access to the parent bedroom with curtains to draw for privacy, not to mention ample space to expand, although the home was designed to be compact, inkeeping with the ramshackle getaway theme.

Landscape & Exterior
http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww108/XxPureMourningxX/Screenshot-2226.jpg

Aerial
http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww108/XxPureMourningxX/Screenshot-2256.jpg

Baby's Room
http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww108/XxPureMourningxX/Screenshot-2235.jpg

http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww108/XxPureMourningxX/Screenshot-2260.jpg

Bathroom
http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww108/XxPureMourningxX/Screenshot-2246.jpg

Open Plan
http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww108/XxPureMourningxX/Screenshot-2230.jpg

http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww108/XxPureMourningxX/Screenshot-2186.jpg

ETA: hotaru801, yours is amazing!!

sandymdh
31st Jan 2011, 7:49 AM
Anyone who uses the firepole/ladder -would love to see the pics of getting baby up them too :-)

Gutterfly
31st Jan 2011, 9:05 AM
^ That's what I was thinking :P Wouldn't have worked for my housing plan at least!

hotaru801
31st Jan 2011, 1:05 PM
Anyone who uses the firepole/ladder -would love to see the pics of getting baby up them too :-) One can go up the fire pole? O_o Our sims are strippers! :jest:

Samethana
31st Jan 2011, 1:36 PM
Well, since I thought I couldn't use a ladder I went ahead and created a new one with just a groundfloor.

Overview:
http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r91/Samethana/SimStuff/Everything%20they%20ever%20wanted/201.png

Aerial:
http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r91/Samethana/SimStuff/Everything%20they%20ever%20wanted/202.png

Kitchen/dining:
http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r91/Samethana/SimStuff/Everything%20they%20ever%20wanted/203.png

http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r91/Samethana/SimStuff/Everything%20they%20ever%20wanted/204.png

Livingroom/bedroom/study/nursery:
http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r91/Samethana/SimStuff/Everything%20they%20ever%20wanted/205.png

http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r91/Samethana/SimStuff/Everything%20they%20ever%20wanted/206.png


Again, I've playtested it and everything is accessable (sp?), the bathroom is still too small to take a decent picture of it, but it has a shower, toilet and potty.

Cloudburst
31st Jan 2011, 3:54 PM
Managed this one in 45 tiles, and everything is accessible. :)
Can't wait for the next round now :D

Front View:

http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t94/cloudburst666/front-6.jpg

Floor Plan:

http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t94/cloudburst666/floor-1.jpg

Bedroom View:

http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t94/cloudburst666/bedroom-6.jpg

Kitchen:

http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t94/cloudburst666/kitchen-7.jpg

Nursery:

http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t94/cloudburst666/nusery.jpg

w_sims
31st Jan 2011, 4:49 PM
Blue Glass Bungalow

http://img3.imageshack.us/img3/3710/39543353.jpg

Just because you're a parent doesn't mean you should
compromise style! This trendy, affordable home is perfect
for a young family. There's enough space for your child to
crawl and play, but it retains the sleek, sophisticated
feel of a young couple's home, complete with study
nook, fully fitted kitchen and a four seat dining area.

http://img171.imageshack.us/img171/655/26672089.jpg

http://img15.imageshack.us/img15/7290/36348435.jpg

http://img62.imageshack.us/img62/4057/55131236.jpg

http://img690.imageshack.us/img690/8938/98345281.jpg

http://img843.imageshack.us/img843/207/60620652.jpg

wickedblue
31st Jan 2011, 5:34 PM
All of your houses look so great!

So, you're comfy and cozy in your sweet but tiny cottage when you meet the love of your life and in the blink of an eye, you find you are now pregnant. Your love surprises you with a new house but it's a little....disappointing. Still, you love him too much to hurt his feelings when he's so proud of himself, so you hang some curtains and try to make a home. :D

http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/uhave2bkiddingme/round2/Screenshot-97.jpg

http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/uhave2bkiddingme/round2/Screenshot-104.jpg

http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/uhave2bkiddingme/round2/Screenshot-98.jpg

http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/uhave2bkiddingme/round2/Screenshot-105.jpg

http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/uhave2bkiddingme/round2/Screenshot-101.jpg


At least there's plenty of yard and even a little pond.
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/uhave2bkiddingme/round2/Screenshot-103.jpg

I used 50 tiles on the dot. Funny, I thought this round was going to be easier because after 35, 50 seemed like A LOT.
Not so much. :p

hotaru801
31st Jan 2011, 5:53 PM
OMG I am so excited... I wish there were more contest like this here... Biting my nails in anticipation for the next round. ^_^ So far everyone has made some beautiful lots. Good luck to all of you guys!

amora_selvagen
31st Jan 2011, 9:32 PM
Hopüe i still can make mine tonight!

kattenijin
31st Jan 2011, 11:40 PM
Just waiting for scores from one judge, I'll post them as soon as I get them.

iibeccax
1st Feb 2011, 12:39 AM
i want to drop out as a judge :( sorry school is overloading me at the moment :(

kattenijin
1st Feb 2011, 5:10 AM
So, as you can see, I'm now desperately searching for a judge. Any takers?

Gutterfly
1st Feb 2011, 4:00 PM
^ Did I imagine that you posted at one point to say we're now allowed up to 54 tiles because it's harder than you thought? Is it now 50 again and I have to scrap this? And that's unfortunate about the judge ... I originally came into this thread thinking of judging but you had three. Good luck finding someone :)

ETA: Yay for singing_Noel!

singing_Noel
1st Feb 2011, 4:07 PM
I'll judge. ^ ^

kattenijin
1st Feb 2011, 5:06 PM
^ Did I imagine that you posted at one point to say we're now allowed up to 54 tiles because it's harder than you thought? Is it now 50 again and I have to scrap this? And that's unfortunate about the judge ... I originally came into this thread thinking of judging but you had three. Good luck finding someone :)

ETA: Yay for singing_Noel!

'Twas totally your i'm-a-gin-askin'. (imagination)

I'll judge. ^ ^

Thank you very much! I'll pm you about scoreing/etc ASAP.

Gutterfly
1st Feb 2011, 5:29 PM
O.O
Ahh OK...
As long as we have until the 5th I should be fine :) This is the only tight week for me so that's a blow.

singing_Noel
1st Feb 2011, 7:25 PM
My app round scores are done. I'm sending them now!

Good luck everybody! You all did amazing!

^ ^

LadyAwesome
1st Feb 2011, 9:36 PM
I have overly enjoyed looking through these applicants lol do you need another judge????

kattenijin
1st Feb 2011, 9:40 PM
Yay! Scores!
Comments from all three judges have been mingled, and edited for redundancy, verbosity, and grammar.


Lauratje86
I adore the wrap around porch, and the landscaping is gorgeous. I would like to see more color on the walls. The white is pretty, but too safe. I love the lake. Putting a bookcase in the kitchen was a pretty smart idea, especially because it doesn't look out of place like I though a bookcase would look in a kitchen.

Total 1: 82
Total 2: 60
Total 3: 69
Average: 70.33

sandymdh
The castle theme is so unique, and the landscaping is superb. The furnishings really do a good job of continuing the feel throughout the house, letting everything just flow. You appear to have more tiles than you should, but you left those areas "void." I like the four-tile bathroom and the tiny entrance hall as well, they helped make everything fit. Also, the back of the castle is interesting; it looks as if part of the building had fallen down.

Total 1: 95
Total 2: 85
Total 3: 89
Average: 89.66

amora_selvagen
I really love this house, and I really didn't want to take off so many points but I had to because it is "over budget". I like the style, you furnished it well, but nothing about it really popped. Loved the modern kitchen and style! Also loved how you put in a driveway for cars. However, your house seems too big and you went over the tile limit. The furniture is great - the kitchen looks like something from a magazine advertisement. It looks like she used 35 tiles on EACH floor, how could a two-story house possibly have only 35 tiles?

Total 1: 81
Total 2: 60
Total 3: 59
Average: 66.66

Samethana
I adore this house! So cozy and cute! You did an amazing job of furnishing the inside, and I love how quaint it looks on the outside, maybe a little too quaint. I love the exterior! It gives a warm 'welcome home' feeling and interior's space is used wisely. This lot's furniture is swee, if a bit too pink. The living room/bedroom/kitchen looks a bit "empty" when you look at it from the top. She's a genius if she managed to build a 35-tile lot and still make it look empty.
Maybe some of the extra space could have been added to the bathroom?

Total 1: 93
Total 2: 80
Total 3: 66
Average: 79.66

wgroome
Yay, a cabin! I like this house, it seems like it would make a really great vacation home. I love the simplistic quaintness, but it may be a little too simple and quaint. Some fun colors and decor would have been nice to see. The Montana Cabin #5 fits right in among Maxis lots, but it doesn't have a "Maxisy" feeling - that's the perfect balance to me. The space was also well-used: the lot doesn't look too full or empty. I think the builder could have moved the bed to the left and made a dressing room.

Total 1: 91
Total 2: 73
Total 3: 73
Average: 79

wickedblue
Everything is really well done, the inside, the outside, the landscaping. I would have liked to see more creativity in the architecture, but you did do this house under budget. Doesn't this look like a house in a fairy tale? Except for the technology, of course.

Total 1: 97
Total 2: 78
Total 3: 73
Average: 82.66

Sulyuki
I really like wrap around porches. This house is gorgeously lanscaped, and built. I would have liked to see just as much creativity inside the house as outside. Great house and very nice landscaping, nice and clean job! I noticed that the porch is overpowering the house and it would seem that you went over the tile limit. This one is particularly pretty. I wouldn't mind living in it! Uhm... dejŕ vu? Isn't something about this house kind of similar to something I've already seen?

Total 1: 93
Total 2: 55
Total 3: 69
Average: 72.33

hotaru801
Wow! This house is awesome! I love your idea of a far eastern-style house! The lot looks so spacious, when it's actually kind of small. It's so relaxing! What a gorgeous and exotic building! This Japanese style is simply awesome.

Total 1: 95
Total 2: 75
Total 3: 90
Average: 86.66

phoenixshikiri
I really like the furnishings in this house, so pretty and classy. The structure and the exterior of this home leaves something to be desired. You were also over on your tiles, so I had to deduct some extra creativity points. The interior color scheme really took a hit on your beauty score. However, the exterior looked beautiful. Next time, try not to make everything inside the same color/texture; mix it up. Try to stay within the allotted tile limit next time. There is no privacy in this house with no walls for the bathroom. The bedroom could have been private too.

Total 1: 88
Total 2: 55
Total 3: 82
Average: 75

picass0blue
When I saw the outside I totally didn't expect it to look like it does on the inside. I love how you furnished it! I would have liked it more if it was as fun outside as it is inside. I love it how the house looks different on the outside and on the inside. It's kind of surprising.

Total 1: 91.5
Total 2: 67.5
Total 3: 84.5
Average: 81.16

Cloudburst
This house is spectacular! The landscaping, the architecture, the decor, everything flows so perfectly. Big round of applause for you! The dormer was a nice addition, despite being decorative only. It looks so inviting and peaceful. It looks like one of those places where even time seems to "relax": years feel like days and days feel like years. It's such a calm and quiet-looking house.

Total 1: 100
Total 2: 99
Total 3: 90
Average: 96.33

pandorasnark
This house is so unique! I would have liked to see more landscaping, but in a way the emptiness kinda adds to this house's funkiness. I liked it, but everything seemed to have the same pattern/texture. Those windows are really romantic. I love the palm tree placement.

Total 1: 93
Total 2: 75
Total 3: 79
Average: 82.33

The top three scores for this round are:

#3: hotaru801 86.66
#2: Sandymdh 89.66
#1: Cloudburst 96.33

Congradulations to you all!

http://thumbs2.modthesims2.com/img/3/8/5/0/0/6/4/MTS2_hotaru801_1171140_Screenshot-38.jpg

http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz253/sandymdh/World2011/castlefront.jpg

http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t94/cloudburst666/front-5.jpg

And, slightly OT:
I'm really struggling with this round - 15 more tiles seemed like so much.
Wait 'till round two. You have almost three times as much as this round. It dosen't get easier, MUAHAHAHA!!!! ;)

hotaru801
1st Feb 2011, 10:29 PM
Hum... these scores have made me want to redo my entry for round one... I'll probably update it later tonight... *Nods*

sandymdh
2nd Feb 2011, 8:10 PM
I was feeling pretty underwhelmed with my entry this week and suddenly had an idea last night. As time's not up yet I have deleted the original post and here is my 2nd round entry. As a bonus I even got to find a use for some of the Barnacle Bay items I forgot I even had!
As you can see it's a recycled canal boat. Once it used to transport goods between towns but it hasn't left the area in decades. Instead it's being used as an unusual home. Hope you like it :-)

http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz253/sandymdh/World2011/boatfront.jpg
Front View

http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz253/sandymdh/World2011/boatplan.jpg
Overhead

http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz253/sandymdh/World2011/boatint1.jpg
Interior
http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz253/sandymdh/World2011/bedroomarea.jpg
Bedroom Area
http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz253/sandymdh/World2011/nursery.jpg
Nursery
http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz253/sandymdh/World2011/boat2.jpg
Misc

lauratje86
2nd Feb 2011, 9:41 PM
Thanks for the scores/comments judges! :-)

I do have a question, though. It seems from looking at the round just judged that there was no (specified) penalty for using more than the allotted tiles. Will this be the same for all the rounds?

My next one will be in in a day or two, I'm still finishing it off :-D It's so hard!

hotaru801
2nd Feb 2011, 11:55 PM
So I have redone my entry for round 1... And I came in at 44 tiles. Yay! I think this might be the first time I actually had fun using cas... I wanted it to be bright and fun... And I managed to get everything to be accessible. Woot woot!

I call it Da Go Pa House...

http://thumbs2.modthesims2.com/img/3/8/5/0/0/6/4/MTS2_hotaru801_1172706_Screenshot-5.jpg

kattenijin
3rd Feb 2011, 1:03 AM
It seems from looking at the round just judged that there was no (specified) penalty for using more than the allotted tiles. Will this be the same for all the rounds?

While there was no specific penalty, the requirements specifically stated to use no more than 35 tiles. Not following direction generally incurs a penalty. By the same token, there was a bonus for being under the tile budget, at a hefty 1 point per tile for the first 5 tiles.

Each round will have a tile allotment requirement, hence the title "Everything they ever wanted, only smaller." :P

Out of the 12 contestants, 2 went over and recieved lower scores, 2 technically were over by 1 tile each, but didn't get penalized because the space wasn't useable, 4 recieved bonus points, and the rest were right at 35.

lauratje86
3rd Feb 2011, 1:30 AM
While there was no specific penalty, the requirements specifically stated to use no more than 35 tiles. Not following direction generally incurs a penalty. By the same token, there was a bonus for being under the tile budget, at a hefty 1 point per tile for the first 5 tiles.

Each round will have a tile allotment requirement, hence the title "Everything they ever wanted, only smaller." :P

Out of the 12 contestants, 2 went over and recieved lower scores, 2 technically were over by 1 tile each, but didn't get penalized because the space wasn't useable, 4 recieved bonus points, and the rest were right at 35.

Okidoki. I was just wondering, as though some of the judges comments mentioned that an entry had used too many tiles, it wasn't specified whether they'd been penalised for this.

I just had another idea for my entry for this round, so I have a couple more questions, this time about void space. Am I right in thinking that space counts as void space if it is inaccessible yet enclosed by four walls - so part of the building's structure but not actually used by sims/containing any objects etc? For example dormers, pillars made using walls etc. Also, outdoor space never counts towards the allotted tiles, right? If it has none of the required objects on/in it, anyway? Is it allowed to make "outdoor" space that does contain some of the required objects as long as it counts as part of the 50 tiles??

kattenijin
3rd Feb 2011, 3:14 AM
Am I right in thinking that space counts as void space if it is inaccessible yet enclosed by four walls - so part of the building's structure but not actually used by sims/containing any objects etc? For example dormers, pillars made using walls etc.

Basically, yes. It must be totally inaccesable, and unused/unfurnished. The exemption to this is unused space under stairs, because it is being "used" by the stairs themselvs. Tiles under stairs DO count.

EDIT: If someone were to have a fireplace, and enclose the chimney, that space would be counted, as it is being "used" by the chimney; also, an equlivalent space being used asthe chimney, even though no chimney pieces were in it.

Also, outdoor space never counts towards the allotted tiles, right? If it has none of the required objects on/in it, anyway? Is it allowed to make "outdoor" space that does contain some of the required objects as long as it counts as part of the 50 tiles??

No, the required objects must be within the 50 tiles. You may have additional or duplicate items outside though. With the caveat that any outdoor space must be in keeping with the scale of the indoor space.

You may add outside terraces/decks in keeping with the scale of the home, and any landscaping/amenities you wish.

Basically, the last two words of the contest title are the most important ones: Just Smaller!

lauratje86
3rd Feb 2011, 3:38 AM
No, the required objects must be within the 50 tiles. You may have additional or duplicate items outside though. With the caveat that any outdoor space must be in keeping with the scale of the indoor space.

So, does that mean that it is not ok to have an (entirely enclosed by fencing, and on the first floor) outdoor balcony which is included in the tile count and contains some of the required furniture?

Sorry for all the questions - I just managed to get to my game to load so I want to build asap!

**EDIT** I mean the UK "first floor", I have a sneaking suspicion that Americans would call it the second floor. Not the floor that is on the ground, one up from that.

kattenijin
3rd Feb 2011, 11:27 AM
Yes, it is not ok; and that would be the American second floor.

Sulyuki
3rd Feb 2011, 7:46 PM
It would have been nice to have the option to use a table as a desk which I do sometimes. But I can do this without any CC shortcuts anyway, in less than 50 tiles. It's 49 tiles if you count the empty tiles above the stairs, 46 if you don't. I was wrong about the TS2 Sims needing more room to move around. They've allways complained before in too small places, but I've tested it and they can use everything.

http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m199/sulyuki/Hus/Framsida.jpg

Edit: I just replaced two pictures. I really like some of the other round 1 entries.

lauratje86
4th Feb 2011, 12:30 AM
Here we go. I make it 48 tiles, but please count them yourselves - my brain is not entirely with it at the moment..... Sorry if the pictures aren't brilliant quality graphicswise, my laptop is dying :-(

I have named it 'The Eco House' - not hugely original, I know, but never mind! It comes complete with its own veggie patch, orchard, windmill to produce electricity, and eco-system roof - excellent to encourage birds and bugs into the garden! :-) And on the inside it's, well, pretty colourful :-) But practical too, of course!

Loving everyone's Round 1 houses so far :-D

External View:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v409/kathryn1986/Sims%202%20Contest%20Pictures/Overview01.jpg

Aerial Overview:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v409/kathryn1986/Sims%202%20Contest%20Pictures/Aerial01.jpg

Outdoors:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v409/kathryn1986/Sims%202%20Contest%20Pictures/OutdoorCollage-1.jpg

Bedroom:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v409/kathryn1986/Sims%202%20Contest%20Pictures/BedroomCollage-2.jpg

Kitchen & Dining Area:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v409/kathryn1986/Sims%202%20Contest%20Pictures/KitchenCollage-2.jpg

Study Area & View From Shower-room:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v409/kathryn1986/Sims%202%20Contest%20Pictures/MiscCollage.jpg

kattenijin
4th Feb 2011, 2:39 AM
We are only waiting for entries from amora_selvagen and pandoransark. If they post soon, I'll post Round 2 early. Fair warning to anyone who may wish to re-do their entry.

Gutterfly
4th Feb 2011, 7:24 PM
^ Thanks for the warning. I've been 110% swamped by college work but promise to post my revised entry in the next couple of hours. Just wanted to make sure I don't end up judged on the first attempt when I've nearly finished the real one. :)

ETA: Oh damn HOW can this happen? I have unconsciously made another 54 tile house. :( Well I'll have one up later on today, but I really need to sleep. I'm really sorry; I suffer from maths dyslexia.

kattenijin
5th Feb 2011, 9:16 AM
I wouldn't worry too much, it looks like I'll be closing the round at the original time; which is about 20 hours from now. We are still missing three entries, not two as I previously thought (not including do-overs).

ETA: As nobody has PMed/requested an extension before the time limit, if one is needed it will not be granted.

kattenijin
6th Feb 2011, 5:49 AM
http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u159/kattenijin/minivan.jpg

A promotion, job change, another baby, another promotion; birthdays, aniversaries, recitals, games; where did the time go? You kept planning to move or renovate, somehow there was always something more important. Then... you guessed it! ANOTHER child! This time it has to happen, there just isn't space.

Using no more than 138 tiles, design a home for 2 adults, a teen, a child, and a baby. You may design in any style, on any lot, any number of levels. You may design an entirely new home, or add on to your previous lot. The following rooms should be included as seperate rooms: a study/office/library type room with fireplace, master bedroom, teen bedroom, 2 bathrooms, a half bath. The child bedroom and nursery may be seperate or one space. Kitchen, dining, living may also be combined or seperate. (You may also combine any 2 of the 3 spaces.) You may add any other rooms you have space for.

You must include all the following items, decor and lighting are left up to you. (You may also add any additional furniture you have room for.)You may add and furnish outside terraces/decks in keeping with the scale of the home, and any landscaping/amenities you wish, again keeping in scale.

3 tile sofa, 2 tile loveseat, 2 chairs (may be replaced with 1 lounge chair), 2 end tables, 2 or 3 tile dineing table with 6 or 8 chairs, no less than 2 tile "sideboard", stove, fridge, 3 to 5 counters, 4 sinks, 2 tubs, 1 shower, 3 toilets, crib, 2 single beds, 1 double bed, 4 nightstands, 3 dressers, changing table, desk, chair, 3 bookcases, 2 chairs, chess table.

2 toddler skill objects, potty, high chair, toybox, easel, weightbench or treadmill, telescope. The telescope should be placed outside and will NOT count to tiles used.


Rules and photos remain the same as in the previous rounds. There will be a bounus of 1 point for each set of 3 tiles under budget, up to 5 points (15 tiles). Full sets of 3 only!

Please PM me with any questions.

kattenijin
6th Feb 2011, 5:52 AM
Round one entries are closed. Good luck to everyone.

If you did not post an entry for this round, you may still post entries in the following rounds, you will just have a score of zero for this one. The same will hold true for all subsequent rounds.

w_sims
6th Feb 2011, 9:52 AM
What do you mean exactly by "sideboard"... How is it different from a counter?

kattenijin
6th Feb 2011, 1:49 PM
sideboard (ˈsaɪdˌbɔːd)
— n
a piece of furniture intended to stand at the side of a dining room, with drawers, cupboards, and shelves to hold silver, china, linen, etc.


counter (koun-ter)
— n
a surface for the preparation of food in a kitchen, especially on a low cabinet.

If you want to use two counters to create your sideboard, that would work too. I put the word in quotes so that you could be creative on what you used.

w_sims
6th Feb 2011, 1:59 PM
I do know the difference between the actual nouns (LOL) I just wasn't sure what you meant by sideboard as they're not actually in the game and you put it in quotes! :)

Right, now I can get planning! :)

Sulyuki
6th Feb 2011, 7:02 PM
It says crib twice on the list of required items. It should only be one, right?

Can we delete the chimney?

kattenijin
6th Feb 2011, 7:52 PM
It says crib twice on the list of required items. It should only be one, right?

Can we delete the chimney?

0.o Yes, only one crib! Fixed! I don't know, can you delete the chimney? You may if you can.

(Can vs May second biggest pet peve EVER!!! )
(# 1 is Their vs They're vs There. 16 years of required English classes in this country, and everyone STILL F---s it up!)

I just wasn't sure what you meant by sideboard as they're not actually in the game and you put it in quotes!

Thae fact that they don't exist in-game is pretty much why I put it in quotes.

lauratje86
6th Feb 2011, 7:53 PM
Huh. Remember when you said that this round was going to be really hard even though you got "loads" of tiles. I see your point! Looking forward to it though, time for me to start planning! :-D

Samethana
6th Feb 2011, 10:37 PM
I'm having soo much fun with this contest! :) I really hated the fitness machine though, took me 4 do-overs before I got it in.
I tried to make more pictures this time, but I guess it's obvious that I'm no master of photography, I still have a long way to go.
I also tried to use different colors and styles for the interior decorating, my houses are usually very monochromatic.

So, let's see:

Exterior of the lot:
http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r91/Samethana/SimStuff/Everything%20they%20ever%20wanted/Rnd3_Exterior.png

Overview downstairs:
http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r91/Samethana/SimStuff/Everything%20they%20ever%20wanted/Rnd3_Overview1.png

Overview upstairs:
http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r91/Samethana/SimStuff/Everything%20they%20ever%20wanted/Rnd3_Overview2.png

Library & Livingroom:
http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r91/Samethana/SimStuff/Everything%20they%20ever%20wanted/Rnd3_Interior1.png

Kitchen, Powder Room & Upstairs Hallway:
http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r91/Samethana/SimStuff/Everything%20they%20ever%20wanted/Rnd3_Interior2.png

Teen (artist) Bedroom & Master Bedroom:
http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r91/Samethana/SimStuff/Everything%20they%20ever%20wanted/Rnd3_Interior3.png

Master Bathroom, Kiddie Batroom and Kidsroom/Nursery:
http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r91/Samethana/SimStuff/Everything%20they%20ever%20wanted/Rnd3_Interior4.png

More of the exterior:
http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r91/Samethana/SimStuff/Everything%20they%20ever%20wanted/Rnd3_Exterior1.png


All of the required items are inside the house, except for the telescope as per instructions. The furniture outside was not required and only added for decorative purposes.
The tilecount is 138 (I seem to use up every last single tile every round), and everything is accessable.
Just in case it's not very visvible: the sideboard is on the upstairs hallway, one of the required endtables is under the stairs (and the cardboard box is a toychest).

hotaru801
6th Feb 2011, 10:42 PM
Instead of a dresser can we use the one tile clothing rack in sims 3 to create the visual effect of a walk in closet and it count as a wardrobe?

kattenijin
7th Feb 2011, 2:24 PM
If it functions as a dresser, yes.

hotaru801
8th Feb 2011, 8:20 PM
So a sideboard is a china cabinet right? And can we substitute a 2 tiled island for it instead?

kattenijin
8th Feb 2011, 10:01 PM
So a sideboard is a china cabinet right? And can we substitute a 2 tiled island for it instead?Yep! Nope, it must function as a sideboard. You may use the buffet table, if you have the room.

hotaru801
9th Feb 2011, 4:27 PM
Before I post my entry for round two, are we allowed a few more pictures since in this one we have to have separate rooms?

kattenijin
9th Feb 2011, 5:17 PM
You may have collages.

w_sims
9th Feb 2011, 5:53 PM
Can we use a bar as our "sideboard"? They are two tiles and, in real life at least, serve the same kind of purpose (a flat surface!)

EDIT: My game hates me. It decided to play up after I spent ages decorating my house for Round 2. Unfortunately I had to restart my machine and lost it all, and I don't reckon I'm going to have enough time before the deadline to complete the round, and since I've already done it once I'm not feeling that enthused about doing it again... Sorry, but I'm going to drop out. Thank you for running a great contest, kattenijin, and I am more than happy to sign up to be an emergency judge if you need one! :)

Cloudburst
9th Feb 2011, 7:26 PM
wgroome : You can still do the other rounds if you don't do this one. You don't have to drop out completely. :)

kattenijin
9th Feb 2011, 7:31 PM
Can we use a bar as our "sideboard"? They are two tiles and, in real life at least, serve the same kind of purpose (a flat surface!)

EDIT: My game hates me. It decided to play up after I spent ages decorating my house for Round 2. Unfortunately I had to restart my machine and lost it all, and I don't reckon I'm going to have enough time before the deadline to complete the round, and since I've already done it once I'm not feeling that enthused about doing it again... Sorry, but I'm going to drop out. Thank you for running a great contest, kattenijin, and I am more than happy to sign up to be an emergency judge if you need one! :)

I'm sorry to hear that. Remember, there are still 3 1/2 days left before the round ends, if you want to change your mind again. ;) Plus, as I don't do eliminations, you can skip a round; of course, the penalty being a 0 for the round.

I'd enjoy having you as a Judge/EJ on another contest, but having someone switch from contestant to judge in the same contest is outside the forum rules, I'm fairly sure.

I'll probably need another EJ, as I'm still waiting to get Round 1 scores back from one of the judges.

Too much soup lately, across pretty much every Sims' site I belong to, I wonder what's in the water?

w_sims
9th Feb 2011, 8:10 PM
... having someone switch from contestant to judge in the same contest is outside the forum rules, I'm fairly sure.


I don't think that it is. As long as I'm not judging myself I don't think there's an issue, really, is there?

hotaru801
10th Feb 2011, 12:59 AM
If we have an attached garage and it doesn't house any of the necessary items does it count toward our tiles?

lauratje86
10th Feb 2011, 1:22 AM
I'd enjoy having you as a Judge/EJ on another contest, but having someone switch from contestant to judge in the same contest is outside the forum rules, I'm fairly sure.

I'll probably need another EJ, as I'm still waiting to get Round 1 scores back from one of the judges.

It doesn't mention it specifically in the Contest Rules (Beeps' official post), so maybe it wouldn't be a problem? I don't expect wgroome would be particularly biased towards one or more contestants just because they've been a contestant themselves. If anything, maybe they'd give higher scores across the board as they know how hard this contest is! :-D (or maybe they'd be harsh judges with really high standards because they've tried it themselves and expect more from everybody than non-former-contestant judges - boo!)

Either way, it would be nice to get Round 1 scores back before Round 2 ends (I am completely aware that it's not your fault that that's proving problematic, kattenijin!) and maybe having wgroome as an EJ would make that possible??

wickedblue
10th Feb 2011, 6:21 AM
I was just wondering if 1 3-tile bookcase is an acceptable substitute for 3 bookcases?

kattenijin
10th Feb 2011, 2:20 PM
I was just wondering if 1 3-tile bookcase is an acceptable substitute for 3 bookcases?

That would be ok.

I've PMd BP and I'm just waiting on her response.

singing_Noel
10th Feb 2011, 4:20 PM
You could end up having to judge it yourself kattenijin, which I know you would rather avoid, but I don't believe it's allowed for a previously judged contestant to judge. Unless bP would be willing to make an exception.

hotaru801
10th Feb 2011, 4:39 PM
This is my entry for Round 2.
I call it the "Wanna Be Pueblo-nese House".
123 tiles exactly. No extra halves or nothing (I am quite proud of this feat :giggler: )
I used all the objects required and everything is accessible and ready to use. (Which took a long time to achieve)
Made on a 15x15 lot so there really isn't much room for anything else.

Thank god for moveobjects and if there are any questions... I'm on here all the time anyway...

:!: I would also like to note that the two aerial shots are different. One is situated from the back the other from the front. If you look at them both you can see all the objects. Because the way the walls are some of the objects were blocked depending on the pic...

http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o297/starrilighthotaru/Screenshot-2-Copy.jpg

http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o297/starrilighthotaru/Screenshot-13-Copy.jpg

sandymdh
10th Feb 2011, 5:27 PM
Whew I'm finally done. This has been a real labour of love. I count it as 130 tiles exactly. As you can see it's a converted church in my world's downtown area. The church became rundown and when the bridges were built to join the two towns either side of the river the priest relocated to the small cathedral on the other side. The old church was sold off for next to nothing and renovated into a 3 bedroom (+ tiny nursery) family home. My family have tried by ways of clutter and colour to make the cold stone building feel like a warm & cosy home.

http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz253/sandymdh/World2011/chfront.jpg
Front View

http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz253/sandymdh/World2011/chground.jpg
http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz253/sandymdh/World2011/chupper.jpg

http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz253/sandymdh/World2011/chliving.jpg

http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz253/sandymdh/World2011/chsleep.jpg

http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz253/sandymdh/World2011/chbath.jpg

http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz253/sandymdh/World2011/excoll.jpg

I just wanted to add that the potty, an old record player/stereo and toybox are all under the stairs as you can't see them on the pics.

Gutterfly
10th Feb 2011, 9:38 PM
@sandymdh - That is lovely!

I won't even be able to start on mine until either tomorrow or Saturday. Sorry, but I'm having to prioritise coursework. I should be able to meet the deadline though :)

kattenijin
11th Feb 2011, 5:52 AM
*looks at empty in-box* *glares*

Since I don't want to keep you all waiting any longer, I've steped in as an EJ. Hopefully I can get someone else for the other rounds. I HATE when the host is a judge. *sigh*

On a happier note:

Scores!
Comments from all three judges have been mingled, and edited for redundancy, verbosity, and grammar.


Lauratje86
I really love this house, it's a total 180 from your previous entry. Give yourself a pat on the back for that. I would have liked to see the decor flow better with the theme of the house itself. Inovative design! I would have liked to see the area under the home used more, and possibly stairs to the roof.

Total 1: 92
Total 2: 87
Total 3: 82
Average: 87

sandymdh
Awsome idea! I think you may be slightly "over budget" though. More color would have been nice. A boat house! I love the steps leading up to the entrance. I would have liked to see some decor as unique as the house itself.

Total 1: 90
Total 2: 93
Total 3: 81
Average: 88

Samethana
Very spacious. I love the mis-matched chairs in the kitchen. More color variation! I really love this house, quaint, sweet, simple. It could be a little too simple; I like how you furnished the kitchen, but everything else just seems a bit too safe.

Total 1: 79
Total 2: 85
Total 3: 75
Average: 79.66

wgroome
You really have a knack for making tiny houses. I love the simplicity, the modern undertones, and the blue theme. I would have loved to see a little more creativity with the decor however. All the blue has me blue too. I think you could have received bonus points by removing a few tiles, and not have lost any of the character.

Total 1: 93
Total 2: 87
Total 3: 85
Average: 88.33

wickedblue
I like that you added more furniture than the basics. I love how it isn't at ground level, very nice touch. The exterior is great, and so is the interior, very cozy and something I can truly see a child being happily raised in despite it's size. If not for the landscaping, its probably the house I'd drive by without looking at.

Total 1: 95
Total 2: 78
Total 3: 60
Average: 77.66

Sulyuki
It feels unfinished for some reason. Love the sandbox! I love the architecture on this house, and how you managed to make it two stories. When I got a look at the interior, I see where doing so didn't quite pay off. I love the house, but it could have used some more creativity when it came to the decor.

Total 1: 73
Total 2: 83
Total 3: 78
Average: 78

hotaru801
Its a little too busy, sometimes less really is more! Spectacular, just spectacular. I would have given you more points if I could have. The shape, the decor, the landscaping, it's all so amazing! You deserve a cookie.

Total 1: 100
Total 2: 92
Total 3: 85
Average: 92.33

picass0blue
I really love the exterior, and the fact that it's a beach house. Sadly I would have liked to see just as much creativity inside as I did outside. I'm glad to see you were under budget, but it seems a bit too crowded and thrown together. It really needs landscaping, it feels totally unfinished. Cute idea though.

Total 1: 78
Total 2: 71
Total 3: 72
Average: 73.66

Cloudburst
Good job yet again! I am absolutely head over heels for this house! The only problem I have against it is the interior, there are a few things that remind me too much of your first entry. You need to add color, and stop playing safe. I do like the whimsical roof-line though.

Total 1: 80
Total 2: 98
Total 3: 95
Average: 91


The top three scores for this round are:

#3: wgroome 88.33
#2: Cloudburst 91.00
#1: hotaru801 92.33

Again, congradulations to you all!

wickedblue
11th Feb 2011, 3:28 PM
A little farmhouse for this round:

http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/uhave2bkiddingme/round%203/TS3EP032011-02-1105-35-19-41.jpg

http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/uhave2bkiddingme/round%203/TS3EP032011-02-1105-56-32-58.jpg

http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/uhave2bkiddingme/round%203/yard.jpg

http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/uhave2bkiddingme/round%203/Living.jpg

http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/uhave2bkiddingme/round%203/Bedrooms.jpg

http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/uhave2bkiddingme/round%203/MasterBed.jpg

I used all 138 tiles and all required objects are there, though I couldn't get photographs of quite a bit. I hope they are apparent in the overhead view. :)

lauratje86
12th Feb 2011, 7:12 AM
Everyone has made such lovely houses! :-)

Anyway, here's my attempt at Round 2. Coming in at 128 tiles (yay!), welcome to Rhodes House. The house has a general red & black theme (had you noticed that?! :-D), but the teenager and the child were allowed to pick their own colour schemes for their bedrooms. With a baby boy on the way, the child will soon have to share with his baby brother.....

All the required objects are in the house (except for the telescope, which is outside as we were told), and it's been fully playtested. The least obvious object is probably the second living chair - it's the square black thing next to the easel in the "study". I didn't have enough collage space to take more pictures, so I hope that the aerial view shows everything clearly :-)

External View:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v409/kathryn1986/Sims%202%20Contest%20Pictures/External01_CroppedWithBorder.jpg

Aerial View:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v409/kathryn1986/Sims%202%20Contest%20Pictures/Aerial01_CroppedWithBorder-1.jpg

Collages:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v409/kathryn1986/Sims%202%20Contest%20Pictures/External_Collage.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v409/kathryn1986/Sims%202%20Contest%20Pictures/Living_Collage.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v409/kathryn1986/Sims%202%20Contest%20Pictures/BathingKitchen_Collage.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v409/kathryn1986/Sims%202%20Contest%20Pictures/Sleeping_Collage.jpg

Cloudburst
12th Feb 2011, 12:23 PM
Here's my entry then :)
I couldn't get many decent shots of the interior, but I hope everything is visible in the overview shots. I used 123 tiles of accessible area for this, and unless I've missed something, as far as I know everything is accessible.

http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t94/cloudburst666/front-8.jpg

http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t94/cloudburst666/floor1-6.jpg

http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t94/cloudburst666/floor2-5.jpg

http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t94/cloudburst666/kitchen-8.jpg

(The dressers in the bedrooms are 'built into' the beds, hence they look a bit weird but they're fully usable)

Sulyuki
12th Feb 2011, 8:26 PM
Can I have more time, please? I've tried so hard to make it, but I'm too slow.

kattenijin
12th Feb 2011, 10:43 PM
Can I have more time, please? I've tried so hard to make it, but I'm too slow.

I can give you untill 12pm GMT-5 (noon) on Febuary 13. If anyone would like to make changes to thier entry they may do so by that time and not recieve a penalty.

picass0blue, if you need more time, you may use the extension too.

I'll be posting round 3 at the normal time though.

EDIT: Anyone interested in being a judge for the final 2 rounds?

Gutterfly
13th Feb 2011, 3:13 AM
^ Oh thank heavens, I was about to ask! But GMT -5 is like 8am here or something I believe? (I'm terrible with numbers.) If I absolutely can't have a further extension I will just have to go without posting in this round. In fact if I don't post would I be able to judge for one round? I'm thinking if the answer's no I would just switch to judging because I have NO free time but am committed to this competition...

Sulyuki
13th Feb 2011, 3:13 AM
Thank you for the extention, I was almost done, but it still took for ever to finish it. It's 123 tiles, not counting the empty tiles above the stairs. I do have all the required items, but I'm not sure if they all show in the pictures. The fridge is under the stairs, they couldn't use it where it was before so I moved it. I've tested and they can use everything. I used a two tile coffee table as the sideboard.
http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m199/sulyuki/Hus/Framsida-1.jpg

Cloudburst
13th Feb 2011, 9:50 AM
not counting the empty tiles above the stairs
Wait, do tiles above stairs not count?? I thought they did.. :wtf: Or was that just tiles under the stairs?

kattenijin
13th Feb 2011, 4:04 PM
Wait, do tiles above stairs not count?? I thought they did.. :wtf: Or was that just tiles under the stairs?

Both count, for interior stairs. The "issue" with stair tiles, is that someone thought that Sims 2 players had a space advantage, because the spiral stairs "wasted" less tiles; when in fact, they actually "waste" more. (At least, in my opinion.)

Now, I apologise for not getting Round 3 posted on time, I got totally sucked-in to Dragonage last night (Yes, Virginia, I play non-Sims games, lol!), and was too tired to type in the post. It will be up shortly.

EDIT: MTS will be down, I need to postpone my post.

EDIT 2: Round two is closed BTW!

kattenijin
13th Feb 2011, 8:09 PM
Ok, looks like MTS is back up :)

http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u159/kattenijin/empty_nest.jpg

At last! Your over-stuffed living situation has been looking up for a while, your eldest is married and in an apartment of their own; the middle child, while still single, also in their own place; and the "baby" of the family is finally in their first year of college! You've been slowly taking over their spaces for your own clutter, its time to turn those empty rooms into something for you to enjoy!

Then the phone rings, and rings, and rings! (What?! You thought you actually had SPACE this round?!) Your eldest's company just down-sized and laid him/her off, and that great apartment just went condo, so they need a "temporary" place to stay; by the way, "We're pregnant!" (Will that crib never go away?!). Your mother just got thrown out of the third assisted living comunity in a row for "wild behavior"; and your mother-in-law, who moved abroad when she retired (and whom you haven't seen in 5 years), just announced she'll be arriving for a six-month stay. Did I happen to mention just how well these two women get along? Just like oil and fire!

Using no more than 185 tiles, design a home for 7 sims and a baby. You may design in any style, on any lot, any number of floors. You may design an entirely new home, or add on to your previous lot. You may add outside terraces/decks in keeping with the scale of the home, and any landscaping/amenities you wish, again keeping in scale.

Please include all the furniture from the previous round, plus whatever additional pieces you think you need. There are no specific room requirements, but please keep in mind the personalities and relationships.

Rules, photos and scoreing are the same as in the aplication round. Tile bonus will be 1 point for each of 5 tiles saved.

Please PM me with any questions.

lauratje86
14th Feb 2011, 1:43 AM
Please include all the furniture from the previous round, plus whatever additional pieces you think you need. There are no specific room requirements, but please keep in mind the personalities and relationships.

Are me allowed to replace items of furniture with bigger items of furniture? Mainly, can we/I replace the two single beds from the previous round with double beds - I'd like to be able to give the mother and the mother-in-law double beds rather than single ones if I have space. Just makes more sense to me that adults would have double beds, even if they were single. I'm single, and I have a double bed! :-D

kattenijin
14th Feb 2011, 2:40 AM
Are me allowed to replace items of furniture with bigger items of furniture? Mainly, can we/I replace the two single beds from the previous round with double beds - I'd like to be able to give the mother and the mother-in-law double beds rather than single ones if I have space. Just makes more sense to me that adults would have double beds, even if they were single. I'm single, and I have a double bed! :-D

I'm fairly positive there is a use for at least one of the single beds, with out it being assigned to either great-grand mother to be. The double beds for them would count as some of your additional pieces. The other single bed...I'm sure you can come up with something. :)

lauratje86
14th Feb 2011, 3:23 AM
I'm fairly positive there is a use for at least one of the single beds, with out it being assigned to either great-grand mother to be. The double beds for them would count as some of your additional pieces. The other single bed...I'm sure you can come up with something. :)

Aha, just reread the round outline thingy, and yes, that's one single bed sorted. Shall see what I come up with for the other one! :-)

Thanks for the quick reply!

**EDIT** Incidentally, I'd been hoping that we'd be back down to building a smaller house for this round, so I did groan when I saw it, but I'm getting rather enthousiastic about it now! I may have mentioned it before, but I'm really really enjoying this contest. Can't you make it a 10 round one?! :-P

kattenijin
14th Feb 2011, 3:38 AM
If I remember correctly (I'm too lazy right now to double check) I can run up to 3 variations of the same theme, so maybe on down the line...

You will enjoy round 4 then. :)

hotaru801
14th Feb 2011, 4:31 AM
I'm worried this sounds like we may perhaps need a back story... Do we need a back story? Or that it is gonna tie into the last round and I am gonna be pissed because I decided not to put in object X...

wickedblue
14th Feb 2011, 4:43 AM
Am I reading something wrong? I see 7 total - including baby but then you say build for 7 plus baby.

I read: couple, couple+baby, mother, mother-in-law. Did I miss someone?

hotaru801
14th Feb 2011, 4:55 AM
Am I reading something wrong? I see 7 total - including baby but then you say build for 7 plus baby.

I read: couple, couple+baby, mother, mother-in-law. Did I miss someone?
I figured college kid still needed a room for the times they get kicked out of the dorm... Christmas break and summer...

Edit: I'm sorry if I ruined the hint moment... But I could always be wrong... Who knows... *Confused look* Happy day before Half Off Candy Day!

More Edits: Since this round doesn't have specified rooms, is it possible for sims 3 users the put the extra dresser (which takes place of the changing table) anywhere? Or does it need to be in a certain distance from the crib?

kattenijin
14th Feb 2011, 2:29 PM
No back story. You missed someone. Form follows function!

:P

sandymdh
14th Feb 2011, 3:42 PM
Another question for you. If stacking stairs do the non-existant tiles where the upper stairs hang just over air (above the lower stairs) count?

kattenijin
14th Feb 2011, 4:54 PM
Yes. Those tiles are being used by the stairs. The only tiles that do not count are "void tiles. Examples: collumns made by 4 walls with a void in the center, the upper floor of a two story room.


If I'm coming across as b*t*hy, I'm sorry, it's not personal. It just seems that EVERY round someone asks about the stairs.

Samethana
14th Feb 2011, 8:02 PM
I just wanted to ask about the stairs... nah

I just wanted to know exactly for how many sims we're supposed to furnish. I understand English pretty well but it's not my native language so I guess there's something about this just floating over my head since I also only see 7 sims in the description (8 if you count the college kid coming home sometimes).

kattenijin
14th Feb 2011, 9:22 PM
7 sims and a baby.

wickedblue
15th Feb 2011, 12:44 AM
Ok, I'm with ya now. Thanks for the answers. :)

This round is hella challenging but I love it.

baratron
15th Feb 2011, 8:23 AM
I've been watching this thread without posting... am I allowed to be a judge if I haven't ever participated in a Contest? If so, I'll happily get involved ;).

Also I really want to ask where certain people got all the lovely custom content :lovestruc .

hotaru801
16th Feb 2011, 5:09 AM
This is my old barn... No fancy names this time, it's just a barn.

It is a 4 bed(+nursery) 3 bath home.
I believe all the personalities and needs are accounted for. :-)

http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o297/starrilighthotaru/Screenshot-2.jpg

http://i123.photobucket.com/albums/o297/starrilighthotaru/Screenshot.jpg

Measurements:
Main Area
9x9
Side Wing
7x4
Upstairs
9x5

To equal a grand total of 154 tiles. And every item has been tested, accounted for and can be used.

Extra notes:
~There is an end table under the stairs next to the fireplace (which can be poked).
~The two toddler skill toys are in the same corner. (The one shot that shows them both got blurry when I resized it. They cross over where the seating position should be but they are functional one at a time.)
~Though you can't see it in the aerial, the dining room does have 6 chairs and this can be seen in the interior shots.
~The telescope can't be seen in any of the shot (I just realized this) And I can't get any pictures right now so... I'll take what I get with that one.
~In the travelling grandma's room there is a night stand next to her bed, it is kinda dark though...

kattenijin
17th Feb 2011, 2:29 PM
So, I've heard back from one judge, that they don't have the time to judge anymore, and I haven't heard at all from the other. I'm already filling in myself as an EJ. I've already tried to get people I know to judge, and no dice on that. I desperately need TWO judges! People who have posted entries in this competition may not replace the judges.

sandymdh
17th Feb 2011, 5:25 PM
This has taken me an age - probably because it reflects my personality as much as theirs. So, I decided that rather than save points by using less tiles I wuld use my full quota and make something everybody in the house would like - particularly Mum & Dad who want some privacy and time to themselves.
They bought an old Victorian house and used the upper 2 floors as a family home with 2 bedrooms for them and returning college kid. What should have been a third bedroom upstairs is a cute study.
Hidden below the house (you can't see from the front) are 3 self-contained units, one each for Grandma Wild and Grandma Sane with a bedroom area, kitchenette and bathroom. The two 'bedsits' are separated by the couple with the newborn baby to prevent arguments.They have the same but with separate kitchen and nursery. All 3 units have their own yard and outdoor seating so everybody has their own space. Grandma Wild is at the back with no part of the house above her so she can't disturb anyone above.

So here's the front of the house;
http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz253/sandymdh/World2011/vicfront.jpg

http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz253/sandymdh/World2011/vicbase.jpg
Basement
Here you can see the 3 units, each has it's own cooking, bathing and sleeping area, the Grandmas also have seating and all 3 have a bookcase and outdoors eating area. No excuses to be loitering upstairs when the parents want some peace.

http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz253/sandymdh/World2011/vicground.jpg
Ground Floor

http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz253/sandymdh/World2011/vicfirst.jpg
First Floor

http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz253/sandymdh/World2011/vicexterior.jpg
Exterior Images


http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz253/sandymdh/World2011/vic2.jpg
Living Room

http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz253/sandymdh/World2011/vic1.jpg

http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz253/sandymdh/World2011/vicbeds.jpg
Guess which bedroom belongs to who - I think the alcohol and stereo give away the wildest member of the family! Having used all the tiles there are loads of extras, 2 extra toilets, 2 extra showers, 2 extra dressers, an extra sofa, 3 extra living chairs, a guitar, several stereos and a tv. Also 2 extra nightstands, 2 extra bookshelves and 2 extra sinks.

Wishing you luck with finding new judges :-)

lauratje86
17th Feb 2011, 5:54 PM
So, I've heard back from one judge, that they don't have the time to judge anymore, and I haven't heard at all from the other. I'm already filling in myself as an EJ. I've already tried to get people I know to judge, and no dice on that. I desperately need TWO judges! People who have posted entries in this competition may not replace the judges.

That sucks! Have you tried asking baratron (the person who posted post #136 asking if they could be a judge)? I don't think they entered it as a contestant at any point.

kattenijin
17th Feb 2011, 6:01 PM
I've pm'ed baratron, and haven't recieved an answer. It's lucky that I keep my hair as short as I do, otherwise I would have pulled a good chunk of it out by now.

Vampire_of_Death
18th Feb 2011, 5:41 AM
I'd be happy to judge!

appelsapgodin
18th Feb 2011, 11:55 AM
I can help you out as an emergency judge too. I've been lurking in this tread since the contest started, and I love all the tiny houses. Wouldn't mind it if some of these come up for download.

kattenijin
18th Feb 2011, 3:03 PM
A very big thank you to Vampire of Death and appelsapgodin for vouluntering to step in as judges. I've pm'ed both of them, and hopefully, I'll be able to post round 2 scores soon. I'm going to let contestants change their round three entries based on round 2 scores, but would like to see those changes posted by Monday at the latest. I'm going to post round 4 on Sunday, to try to keep on schedule.

wickedblue
18th Feb 2011, 3:25 PM
Oh, thank you for the extension. I'm not even close and was getting worried. I had it nearly completed when I realized that I forgot a room and had to basically restart. :giggler:

kattenijin
18th Feb 2011, 6:04 PM
Oh, thank you for the extension. I'm not even close and was getting worried. I had it nearly completed when I realized that I forgot a room and had to basically restart. :giggler:

It isn't an extension on the round, it's the ability to make changes to the entry after finally getting some feed-back. I'm really sorry about all the souping of the judges.

baratron
18th Feb 2011, 6:57 PM
That sucks! Have you tried asking baratron (the person who posted post #136 asking if they could be a judge)? I don't think they entered it as a contestant at any point.
I haven't entered the contest! I would have, if I'd seen it earlier. But Round 1 was pretty much over by the time I did, so I just added "Love" tags to some of the houses :jest:.

Anyway, yes, we're in contact now. I just didn't see the PM yesterday. *kicks MTS for not having a more obvious "You have a new Message" system*

appelsapgodin
18th Feb 2011, 7:58 PM
*Is reading all entries again and makes notes to judge.*

kattenijin
18th Feb 2011, 11:14 PM
In an effort to try to make things more fair, seeing as how late we are getting round two scores, what I'm thinking of doing is extending round 3 entries/changes untill 12 noon GMT-5 on Tuesday, and hopefully getting round three scores by 12 midnight GMT-5 also on Tuesday. This will give only 4 days for round 4 to end on time though. Round 4 will be the easiest of the rounds; without giving too much away, lets just say that at a minimum, you have all already compleated at least 50% of it (probably more even). Is everyone ok with this scenario? The only other real option would be to extend untill Monday, and have 5 days for round 4. Round 4 is the last round by the way!

appelsapgodin
18th Feb 2011, 11:25 PM
I just send in my scores for round 2. This was a hard round to choose fairly IMHO since you all have such different entries. Good luck to you all!

baratron
18th Feb 2011, 11:48 PM
I've finished my scoring, and I'm just getting someone who has a brain to check the arithmetic ;).

kattenijin
19th Feb 2011, 2:48 AM
I'm just waiting to hear from Vampire of Death. If I don't hear anything by morning, I'll EJ again, and post scores by 12 Noon GMT-5.

Vampire_of_Death
19th Feb 2011, 11:18 AM
And my scores are in. Best of luck everyone!

lauratje86
19th Feb 2011, 12:06 PM
Yay, judges! :-D I don't mind which extension option you choose, kattenijin. But then, I finished my house several days ago and am just putting the collages together now. I may make changes though, as there are some slight similarities in some of the decor between Rounds 2 & 3, so if the judges all hate it I may change it a bit! :-D But yay, I'm excited about getting the Round 2 results :-)

**EDIT** Actually, because the site's been down for maintenance/brokenness for the last 24 hours or so I haven't been able to get my entry up, so an extension for everyone would come in handy! :-) I don't have time to post mine now as I'm late meeting someone, but I should be able to do it late tonight or tomorrow morning if that's ok?

kattenijin
20th Feb 2011, 7:25 PM
Sorry this is so late, but everytime I went to post, the site was down.

Scores!

General comment: Many of you are obviously going for the 5 bonus points for not using all the tiles. In several cases, it would have been better to use more, because the points deducted from other areas were greater than the bonus points.


Lauratje86
As much as I love red and black (and I do as they are my favorite colors), your house seemed too much of the same. Only the two green and purple bedrooms seem to pop. And some of your decor seems to clash with each other just a bit, but overall, I love the outside, the porch looks so inviting, and that play area looks so adorable.

It's very black and red and I wanted to take marks off for the dark, tiny pictures that made my eyes hurt when trying to make sure you'd included everything! (But I didn't). You have used CAST awesomely. Though it does seem like cheating to put ALL the dressers and the toybox in the teenager's room!

A dark and different house. Perfectly suited for the modern vampire family. Love that the style of the house is uniform, but leaves space for individual styles in the children’s bedrooms. On the other hand I would have liked to see a little variation in floors and wallpaper. (Different shades of red and black, tiles vs. carpet etc.)

Total 1: 60
Total 2: 82
Total 3: 74
Average: 72

sandymdh
This is such a brilliant idea, something I wasn't expecting for sure. The walls seem a bit cluttered in the last few rooms compared to the relaxed feel to the first few.

Lovely building – nice "cheating" with the inaccessible tiles to make an interesting shape. However, I'm sure that potty under the stairs is not accessible. (It would need to be one square closer to the tall end of the staircase for the toddler to get in). I like the theming, but some of the pattern combinations are awful – the kitchen tiles do not go with the chair coverings or rug in the dining area.

Absolutely gorgeous. Love it that the house used to be a church. Very creative use of the lay-out. Every room has individual personality, but still the house looks unified as a whole.

Total 1: 88
Total 2: 84
Total 3: 93
Average: 88.33

Samethana
I love this house. The rooms flow with each other seamlessly and the colors go so well with each other.I honestly cannot think of anything to improve its look. Great job!

I love the style – it's very much what a typical British Victorian house could turn into given enough space for a modern extension. The only thing I wasn't sure about was the flowers on the front balcony – all black? How goth! Good use of clutter to make the house look lived in.

I love the townhouse feel of this one. Beautiful garden too. Great use of layout and space. Colour-use is stunning too. The house is unified in style and gives personality to each room.

Total 1: 89
Total 2: 77
Total 3: 83
Average: 83

wickedblue
This is such an adorable house, so welcoming and the landscaping is gorgeous, I can tell there was time taken to do so. The items seem very suited to their spaces, though I would have liked to see a tiny bit more color. This house flowed very well.

The external design of this building is positively EAxoid – not pretty at all. Also, while the outside has lots of wild plants, the inside looks sterile. I think that either the sideboard or the changing table is missing – I can see 4 dressers, which should be 5 if one of them is pretending to be a sideboard.

I love this little farm house. Also great use of the space, nothing seems to be crammed in, but all is there. I adore the bedrooms. I would have loved to see just a tad more variation here and there, but that is really a minor nag.

Total 1: 80
Total 2: 62
Total 3: 79
Average: 73.66

Sulyuki
The interior of your house was very well decorated and each room seemed to have a theme/color, almost as if the sims chose how to decorate it. It had a fairytale look to if from the street, but the arch and high roof together make me think of a church. The flowers used around the roof were too wild and messy looking to go with the natural/clean look you were going for.

Logical room layout with a bathroom that's accessible by guests without having to walk through sims' "private" bedrooms – good. The only negative point is that the poor teenager is shoved into the smallest bedroom while a non-existent younger sister has a huge room – I'd have swapped around the teenage and child's rooms.

This house has such a romantic, countryside feel. I think it is very pretty. The garden is lovely too. Like the overall use of the colours.

Total 1: 61
Total 2: 84
Total 3: 80
Average: 75

hotaru801
This house is lovely. You have made a theme for yourself and stuck to it very well. The bright colors carry throughout and everything fits so well. Great job!

The roof at the front is very strange, but I generally like the castle-style and the windows. Amazed to hear that all the objects are usable since there isn't enough space for a sim to walk in front of the sink to get to the bathtub in the corner bathroom. Some of the mosaic floors are great, but the green in the master bedroom clashes with that wallpaper! MY EYES!

A nice maze of a house, with hidden room after hidden room. Such pretty floors and wallpapers. I also love the fact that this house really looks to me as if a family is actually living there. All rooms have personality and optimal use of available space.

Total 1: 88
Total 2: 82
Total 3: 82
Average: 84

Cloudburst
I love this house. It is very crisp and clean looking and the red exterior is such a nice contrast to the white inside. I usually don't go crazy over modern homes, but this one I would play. The insides make the out, keeping very little clutter and nothing at an angle. I would have liked to see some more color in the rooms, albeit a soft, pale color and a few more pictures.

I like the modern design, but the house doesn't look real/lived-in. I really don't like some of the room layouts – the parents have to walk through the children's room to get to their bedroom, and EVERYONE has to walk through the baby's room to get to the kitchen. Unfortunately, you've missed quite a few essential points. There was supposed to be a fireplace in the study, and there was supposed to be a specific teenager's room.

I love the modernist style of this house, but think it might have been executed a bit too simply here. The house could have used quite a bit more clutter, variation and individual touches for my taste. I am also missing the required fireplace in the study area, and the teen bedroom.

Total 1: 86
Total 2: 60
Total 3: 66
Average: 70.66


The top three scores for this round are:

#3: Samethana: 83
#2: hotaru801: 84
#1: sandymdh 88.33

Congradulations to you all!

LadyAwesome
20th Feb 2011, 8:27 PM
Pop me down as EJ I always check my mails everyday but dont look at the thread all the time so if you desperate I am always here!!!

lauratje86
20th Feb 2011, 10:14 PM
I hope I'm still ok to post my entry - the site was down a lot yesterday and earlier today so I wasn't able to post it until now.

External View:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v409/kathryn1986/Sims%202%20Contest%20Pictures/External01a_CroppedWithBorder.jpg

Aerial View - Ground Floor:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v409/kathryn1986/Sims%202%20Contest%20Pictures/AerialGroundFloor_CroppedWithBorder.jpg

Aerial View - First Floor:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v409/kathryn1986/Sims%202%20Contest%20Pictures/AerialFirstFloor_CroppedWithBorderFINAL.jpg

Collages:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v409/kathryn1986/Sims%202%20Contest%20Pictures/External_Collage-2.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v409/kathryn1986/Sims%202%20Contest%20Pictures/LivingRoom_Collage-1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v409/kathryn1986/Sims%202%20Contest%20Pictures/KitchenDiner_Collage.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v409/kathryn1986/Sims%202%20Contest%20Pictures/Bedroom_Collage-1.jpg

Many, many thanks to Mootilda, who created the LotAdjuster, and to plasticbox, who wrote the tutorial on building row houses. I couldn't have made this lot without them! :-)

**EDIT** I can't belive I forgot to mention the tile count! It's either dead on or one under the tile limit, I can't remember right now. Either way, no bonus points for me this round....

wickedblue
20th Feb 2011, 10:55 PM
I should have my entry up shortly. I have a comment about the scoring and comments posted. I'm not asking for my score to be changed or anything, it's just that I noticed the 2nd judge took off quite a bit of points while commenting that it seems I am missing some items and would just like to point out that all items are there. The sideboard is next to the refrigerator, with all of the pictures and a plant. There is a dresser for each room, two in the room that doubles as a child room/nursery, one of which is intended as a changing table, totaling 4 and the instructions stated 3 dressers plus a changing table. Like I said, I'm not asking for changes or anything like that, it's just frustrating to put that much effort into this challenge to have so many points taken off when all the items are there.

Cloudburst
20th Feb 2011, 11:01 PM
Right, here's my entry. I haven't got many pictures of the interior, but I'm trying to do this on my laptop at the moment and it's really frustrating. I've had a lot of work to do recently as well, but hopefully I'll be able to do a good job on the next round. Still, I'm happy with how this one went. I don't think I've forgotten anything (I'm sure i have though), but I used 169 tiles in total. :)

EDIT: Updated the house and taken some new screenshots. I realised I had indeed forgotten some objects, but I've put them in. I've double checked and I'm pretty sure everything's there now, but my tile count remains the same. The new shed next to the house is purely for decoration, and so is the dormer at the top of the house.

http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t94/cloudburst666/front-9.jpg

http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t94/cloudburst666/floor1-7.jpg

http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t94/cloudburst666/floor2-6.jpg

http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t94/cloudburst666/kitchen-9.jpg

http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t94/cloudburst666/bedroom-7.jpg

I don't think there's any hidden objects anywhere. The dresser under the stairs is acting as a sideboard, and the one in the master bedroom is the changing table. In case it looks weird having a crib right next to the bed, remember there's a lot of people stuffed in, so compromises had to be made to accommodate everyone. :D

Sulyuki
21st Feb 2011, 2:37 AM
If you extend it until Tuesday I might still have a chance. I had to restart it, I've been trying all weekend to finish, but I still have half a floor with no floors or wall paper. I'll try to have it done by tomorrow, (or today, it's either really late or early morning by now).

wickedblue
21st Feb 2011, 4:38 PM
I wasn't able to get mine posted yesterday and am at work today. I should be able to get it posted after work. I hope this is okay? I don't recall you saying whether you were closing it on Monday or Tuesday.

appelsapgodin
21st Feb 2011, 11:32 PM
One hint for the contestants who already posted:

Are you sure every object mentioned in the requirements for this round are included in your lot? Because at a quick glance stuff seems to be missing.

baratron
22nd Feb 2011, 1:12 AM
Speaking as a judge, I'm totally okay with the idea of this round closing on Tuesday. The fact the site ended up being down for all of Saturday makes quite a big difference. Not everyone is able to get online on a Sunday, and the idea is to use your marks from Round 2 to improve on Round 3.

Personally, I was desperate to see how my scores compared to the other two judges. I wanted to know how similar or not our tastes were. The answer is... not all that much, which is why you get three judges after all :P .

In case anyone is interested, I marked Round 2 "blind" - in other words, I did not look again at Applications or Round 1 entries. I can tell you that the houseboat was my absolute favourite house in Round 1, but not who made it. Houseboat, followed by the Eco House, followed by the crazy pagoda. Of course, my Round 1 opinions are fairly irrelevant since I wasn't judging then ;).

I should have my entry up shortly. I have a comment about the scoring and comments posted. I'm not asking for my score to be changed or anything, it's just that I noticed the 2nd judge took off quite a bit of points while commenting that it seems I am missing some items and would just like to point out that all items are there.
Thanks for letting us know. It's a good idea to point out to the judges where items are if you feel they might be hidden, as some contestants did in Round 2. To give you some idea of the time that judging takes, it took me around 3 hours to check each of the seven houses to make sure every item was included and that each of the rooms asked for were present (along with the fireplace in the study). I studied every photo in detail and checked off the items against the checklist. This is a big time investment, which I was willing to spend because I wanted to mark as fairly as possible. In total, I spent around 4.5 hours on Round 2.

I don't mind explaining my criteria here in the thread, for everyone to see. (Of course, I have no idea how similar it is to the other judges' :P )


Do I personally like the house?
Would people in general want to download this house? Does it offer something "different" from houses they already have?
Does it seem like the house would be playable? Would sims be able to move around this house without getting stuck somewhere? (I actually commented in my PM to kattenijin that I wished we could ask for videos to prove that the houses were playable!).
Has the contestant included all of the rooms that are supposed to be there?
Has the contestant included all of the furniture that is supposed to be there? (-1 for each missing item).
Do the rooms flow in a natural/logical order? Is it possible for visiting sims to get to the kitchen and bathroom without walking through "private" areas like bedrooms?
How creative has the contestant been? Have they played it safe with all square corners; or struck out with weird wall angles, including stairs despite the fact it wastes valuable tiles, putting items in unusual places?
Is there an overall "theme" to the house? (Houses with an obvious theme got more points than houses which were just houses, and houses with a particularly unusual theme, by which I mean things like the Round 1 houseboat and Eco House, got even more points).
How well-decorated is the house? Does it have lots of pictures/paintings, rugs, curtains, etc.?
Does the house look like a show home, or does it look real/lived-in? (I gave more points to houses with clutter, and items placed other than at 90ş angles).
Is the garden interesting, and appropriate to the size of the house? (If a garden was lovely but far too big for the house, I did not give it as many points).
1 bonus point for contestants who included BIG photos (click for full-screen) so I could see all the objects without getting eye strain!

There was also a fixed bonus for the tile counts. Thankfully, kattenijin as host was willing to check these, as I would have gone insane if I'd had to count them myself!

I should note that, when I went through the criteria above, my favourite Round 2 house did not actually get my highest score :).

:!!: Several houses already posted in Round 3 appear to have objects missing. Contestants should go back to their entries and recheck them, and add more photos if appropriate or explain to us in words where the items are if not clearly visible.

Vampire_of_Death
22nd Feb 2011, 2:14 AM
As the third judge, I have started counting the objects early and everyone's house except for one is missing at least two objects. I am only going to be doing this this round because so many things appear to be missing. So, use this opportunity. The penalties are a bit high this round.

So, verify your objects or at least note that you won't be changing anything. But if you do intend on changing things and you can only find object missing (and one house is missing 5 I believe) you can pm me to find out what is missing.


As far as general points, as the judge above, I'll post some things I look at that they didn't already note. Not all of the mind you, no need to make it too easy. ;)

-Complexity of landscape. Did they just throw in some plants of was there cheats and OMSP involved, etc.
-Does the landscape match the house style
-Does the feel of the house go throughout, is there flow?
-Did your pictures cover the entire house, was there a better area that could be photographed?
-Bonus Points for:
-clear, large photos
-having the photos that need judge above any extra shots and not having shots of rooms mixed so I have to go back and forth
-I would download/play your house
-ingenuity with furnishings. IE Creating a mirrored dresser with a standing mirror and a dresser.
-not an overwhelming amount of CC.
-If I can scroll through your pictures in one tab instead of having to open them 1 by 1


I take 2-5 points off for missing items. 2 would be for something small like a toddler toy and 5 would be for a stove or bed or an entire room.

Sulyuki
22nd Feb 2011, 2:27 AM
I hope it's not too late. I think it's 170 tiles, I've made sure everything from the list is there and that they can use everything. I used the decorative china cabinet as the sideboard. There are three counters in the kitchen and a sink in each bathroom and in the kitchen. There is a bookcase in the room with the chess and one in the sunroom, the theird one is showing in the pictures. The two tile loveseat is attached to one of the double beds.
http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m199/sulyuki/Hus/Framsida-2.jpg

kattenijin
22nd Feb 2011, 2:28 AM
Hi all, just a quick message before I fall off the planet again. Apparently, I have a massive infection in my left jaw, and going to the doctor, then the dentist, and then taking the antibiotics/painkillers has wiped me out. Not exactly happy. I've pm-ed BP about getting a two-day extension for the MTS downtime, but haven't heard back yet. As it stands, I'm going to close this round at midnight TUESDAY, and post round 4 then too. I'm going to assume (eek!) that we'll be granted the extension, if not I'll just keep the contest through whatever the new last date would be anyway. We just might not be able to get that star.

Wickedblue: to keep who said what in the judging seekret I'v been asked to post the following:

"I didn't realise that the bookcase in the bedroom was as big as three tiles, so assumed that the two-tile item in the kitchen was another bookcase rather than the sideboard. Also I got your garden confused with another contestant's after looking at too many houses. Sorry!".

Your score has also been modified.

lauratje86
22nd Feb 2011, 10:11 AM
Hi all, just a quick message before I fall off the planet again. Apparently, I have a massive infection in my left jaw, and going to the doctor, then the dentist, and then taking the antibiotics/painkillers has wiped me out. Not exactly happy. I've pm-ed BP about getting a two-day extension for the MTS downtime, but haven't heard back yet. As it stands, I'm going to close this round at midnight TUESDAY, and post round 4 then too. I'm going to assume (eek!) that we'll be granted the extension, if not I'll just keep the contest through whatever the new last date would be anyway. We just might not be able to get that star.

Ugh, that sounds horrible kattenijin! I hope you feel better soon!

Thanks to the judges who mentioned missing objects - I went through the list again and am missing a living chair, so I'm changing it now and then will upload a new aerial view picture to show the change.

Everything else is there, I think. I'm not sure if anything else is hard to spot, but I figured that there were a couple of things that people may not notice. Firstly, there are three bookcases - one in the kitchen/diner, one in the living room and one on the upstairs landing, which isn't shown in the collages. There are three dressers; one in each of the double rooms, and one in Boring-Grandma's room (the larger of the upstairs single rooms). They are all single-tile dressers, two from the Ikea SP and one custom one (the pine one in the red/black master bedroom). There are also 2 toddler toys - one in the downstairs hallway (the rabbit head) and one in the kitchen next to the highchair (a custom one, looks like a pile of pots and pans and works like a musical instrument, for Creativity). The fridge isn't next to the rest of the kitchen stuff, it's on the opposite side of the room, next to the bathroom wall and the door to Crazy-Grandma's room. The potty is the yellow blob on the upstairs landing. The sideboard is also on the upstairs landing, with plants and towels and stuff on it. It's visible in one of the Living Room collage pictures - the one with all the mirrors on the wall. I think that everything else is fairly obvious. I have checked about a dozen times to make sure everything is there, so judges, if you think anything's missing please let me know so I can tell you where it is! :-)

**EDIT** Ok, I added another living chair and changed the aerial view picture. Both living chairs are upstairs - one in the yellow double bedroom and the other in Boring-Grandma's room.

**EDIT #2** I asked Vampy what they thought was missing from my house, and they said that they weren't sure whether or not a 3-tile dining table had to have 8 chairs, or if there just had to be a minimum of 6 chairs. I have 7 chairs in my house, one for each of the household who can sit on a chair (ie everyone apart from the baby!), so I hope that that's ok......

Cloudburst
22nd Feb 2011, 5:47 PM
I've updated my post now, so everything's complete. Thanks for the extension kattenijin, and hope you get well soon. :)

kattenijin
22nd Feb 2011, 5:48 PM
I feel fine basically, no pain or anything, I just look like a chipmunk with a load of nuts on the left side of my face. It's the combination of the medication that has me unsorted. Either by itself probably wouldn't be to bad, but both together, OI! Anyhow, we got our two-day extension, so when this round ends tonight, you'll have untill Midnight GMT-5 Monday Feb 28 to do round 4.

wickedblue
22nd Feb 2011, 11:54 PM
Oh shoot! The last few days have been nuts. I have no idea what time zone you are using when you say midnight so I'm going to very quickly do my collages and hope I get them posted in time.

kattenijin - ouch! Sorry to hear about your jaw. I hope you will feel better soon. And thank you so much to you and the judge for reviewing and updating, I wasn't expecting that at all. It's not like those points are going to make me the winner or anything but I feel validated anyway. :giggler: :beer:

Edit: No one has posted so I guess that means I made it in time. Phew.

I went with a more contemporary building this time.
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/uhave2bkiddingme/round%204/Screenshot-110.jpg

First floor:
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/uhave2bkiddingme/round%204/TS3EP032011-02-2020-35-46-28.jpg

Second floor:
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/uhave2bkiddingme/round%204/TS3EP032011-02-2020-39-25-57.jpg

Side and back of building:
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/uhave2bkiddingme/round%204/outside.jpg
I don't know if you can tell from my pictures, but there is an entrance. :) It's on the side between the rows of flowers.
There is a telescope on the balcony.

Pictures from the first floor:

http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/uhave2bkiddingme/round%204/Living_Kitchen_Dining.jpg

http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/uhave2bkiddingme/round%204/Mastbed_bed1_bed2.jpg
Bedroom 1 is for the college kid upon his return. He's a bit cluttery.
Bedroom 2 is for the wild granny as you can see by the pills, alcohol and ashtray on her nightstand.
The Master Bedroom is for our original couple. Their room isn't very big but they have a great view.

There are 3 bookcases on this floor - 2 by the sideboard/wall cabinet in the kitchen/dining area and the third is in the wild granny's bedroom.
Each bedroom has a nightstand and dresser.

And the second floor:
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/uhave2bkiddingme/round%204/Bed3_Bed4_Nursery.jpg
Bedroom 3 is for the other couple. The nightstand is next to the dresser and there is an easel in there also.
Bedroom 4 is where the traveling granny will stay.
And the nursery - obviously is for the baby. There are 2 skill toys in there. If you are looking at the arial, the red toy pictured in the close-up shot is right under the light and the other one is on the rug.

I used all 185 tiles. All objects are there and are usable.

kattenijin
23rd Feb 2011, 5:29 AM
Round 3 is closed, will post round 4 as soon as I wake up a bit more, lol!

(These meds make me sooo *yawn* sleeee....p....zzzzzzzz!)

kattenijin
23rd Feb 2011, 6:11 AM
http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u159/kattenijin/before.jpg
http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u159/kattenijin/after.jpg


So, your lovely, cosy, tiny home was everything you ever wanted. Then you met that special someone, and things got a little tight, but you were "in lurve" and made do. Then one day...!!! Suddenly, tiny was NOT an option, however having a baby is expensive and there wasn't a lot of money left over, so...WAIT WUT?!! This sounds familiar!!!! Well, you didn't let me finish! Now, where was I?...Oh!

...so life happened and there were many changes, especially in the last year! One that you'd rather forget, but there are those pictures, that video, and heaven forbid, THREE newspaper articles! Will life never get back to normal?! Not that there's ever been a normal...

In this round you get your dream, sorta/kinda/maybe! Choose either your round 2 or round 3 home; and using 10% more of your current tile count (current tiles:135 + 14(10%, yes, you may round up)=149 tiles) create the future home of your dreams! And, yes! you may finally get rid of the crib! (woot!) Although there are no specific item requirements for this round, remember, it is your reward for all the years that came before. Make us go WOW!

Unlike past rounds there will be NO TILE BONUS for fewer tiles. You must ADD the required tiles! (but not go over! well, ok, maybe 1 or 2, possibly 3 if you can show your design really needed them. Like not having that wall end 1 tile short, or getting rid of that funky corner; oh wait! I've seen your houses! y'all LIKE the funky corners!)

Rules and photos are the same as in the aplication round.

Scoring will be: 45% Beauty, 45% Creativity, 10% re-design (ie: how well does the new lay-out compare to the old)

Please PM me with any questions.

lauratje86
23rd Feb 2011, 10:59 AM
So if we redo our Round 3 house we'd get 185 + 10% = 185 + 19 = 204 tiles, right? And we can use 2 or 3 extra if we really really need them?

Is the idea that we are designing this house for our original single sim, or can they still be married?

I'm looking forward to this round! :-D

kattenijin
23rd Feb 2011, 6:00 PM
You are doing this home for the current family. Currently, the only people living there are your original sim and their spouse, and possibly the college student when not in school. All the "overstuffed" sims have moved on. This round is about balancing the wants/desires/dreams against future unknown needs (not that these come into play in this contest...oohh!! Contest idea!! I AM EBIL!!! HEH HEH HEH !!!).

lauratje86
23rd Feb 2011, 6:13 PM
You are doing this home for the current family. Currently, the only people living there are your original sim and their spouse, and possibly the college student when not in school. All the "overstuffed" sims have moved on. This round is about balancing the wants/desires/dreams against future unknown needs (not that these come into play in this contest...oohh!! Contest idea!! I AM EBIL!!! HEH HEH HEH !!!).

Hey, potential ideas involving you hosting another contest like this one in no way count as evil! Or even ebil! :-D

Okidoki. If I have a vague story in my head (and in my game at some point - I actually made the family for Round 3 and they're rather fun!) where the original sim got divorced and is now living with a new partner, is that ok too, or does it have to be the original spouse? After all, the incidents of the past year, with the pictures and the video and the articles and all, could well have involved stuff that could lead to a divorce :-D In my head it did, anyway!

kattenijin
23rd Feb 2011, 6:34 PM
It could potentially be a new partner/spouse. If you look at the pics I have posted for the round photo, it's about adapting space that wasn't functional to the way your familly "really" lives to something more usefull. (Although, personally I'd have extended the den/office out to the same depth as the family room addition so there is guest bedroom potential too)

As to being EBIL!!! (heh heh heh!!!) if you look back at the previous contests I've done, they are all very twisty :). To give you a hint of how twisty the idea is, try to imagine designing in one round for the unexpected of the next. Like having to fit round three needs into round two space. (well, maybe a small addition). EBIL!!!! :)

Sulyuki
23rd Feb 2011, 8:25 PM
using 10% more of your current tile count
Is that 10% more than the tiles for the round or the tiles we used for the round? Either way I have no idea how many it is, I can't count in %. How close to the original house does it have to stay? Is it ok to keep some parts exactly the same and do a complete makeover on other parts?

kattenijin
23rd Feb 2011, 8:52 PM
Is that 10% more than the tiles for the round or the tiles we used for the round? Either way I have no idea how many it is, I can't count in %. How close to the original house does it have to stay? Is it ok to keep some parts exactly the same and do a complete makeover on other parts?

10% more than you used. For most of you, this will be 204 tiles including the additional 10%, I think only Cloudburst and Hotaru used less tiles last round.

hotaru801
24th Feb 2011, 1:52 PM
*Stares* So... My computer is in the shop and right now there is a 50/50 chance that when it comes back it will be wiped... If the horrible happens... Can I attempt remaking one of my homes in the same design? Or is that gonna be a no no? Because if everything is wiped all I'll have to go by is what I posted here... Either way, I'm gonna post something. I have come to far! Lolz!

Oh and I do Georgia math (Yeah, below the Mason Dixon Line is a scary place)... So I'm guessing... (.1 * number of tiles used) + number of tiles used = what we have to use this round? I'm pretty sure I'm right but just in case...

kattenijin
24th Feb 2011, 10:34 PM
*Stares* So... My computer is in the shop and right now there is a 50/50 chance that when it comes back it will be wiped... If the horrible happens... Can I attempt remaking one of my homes in the same design? Or is that gonna be a no no? Because if everything is wiped all I'll have to go by is what I posted here... Either way, I'm gonna post something. I have come to far! Lolz!

Oh and I do Georgia math (Yeah, below the Mason Dixon Line is a scary place)... So I'm guessing... (.1 * number of tiles used) + number of tiles used = what we have to use this round? I'm pretty sure I'm right but just in case...

Eww!! I hate when my comp is in the shop. I would try to re-create as best able from the pics you've posted. Minor discrepencies can be hidden by your re-design. They must be doing something right down there, you got the math right.


I've been in the shop myself today, 4 hours at the dentist, plus 1 hour travel each way, ugh!

baratron
25th Feb 2011, 3:52 AM
My Round 3 scores are in. Woo! :lovestruc

There's at least one house in this lot that I actively want to download once the contest is over :D .

appelsapgodin
25th Feb 2011, 10:55 AM
For me there is more than one that I want to download. You all set up your game a notch this round.

I have a busy day today, but my scores will be in later tonight... need to type out the paper notes I did yesterday and send them off.

lauratje86
25th Feb 2011, 1:38 PM
There's at least one house in this lot that I actively want to download once the contest is over :D .

For me there is more than one that I want to download. You all set up your game a notch this round.

Agreed! There are one or two from this round I'd quite like to see available for upload, and about half a dozen I'd consider downloading from the entire contest so far.

(and obviously I'm quite fond of mine too!) :-D

appelsapgodin
25th Feb 2011, 6:58 PM
My scores are in. Good luck to you all.

kattenijin
26th Feb 2011, 5:55 PM
Scores!


Lauratje86
This is a lovely set of apartments. I would certainly download this from the site. However that is not a complete positive. This house is so downloadable because it lacks a little personality which would make it easy to adapt it for one of my own families. (Something I like as a downloader, but not as a judge.) It would have been nice if you’d added some curtains or rugs. Just a little extra. All comments aside: you did a great job on this one. I love the style of the house and adore the wall with the masks.

Yay, a terraced house! (I miss those in Sims 3). This house is simple, classic, and seems deceptively spacious. The garden is lovely. However, I felt there weren't enough traces of the personalities of either the original couple or the eldest child and partner who have moved in with them. I also felt that with this room layout, there is potential for the warring grandmas to meet on the upstairs landing, get into an argument ("She got a bigger room than me, and I'm here to LIVE whereas SHE's just VISITING."), and cause the baby to start screaming!

I love the idea of row houses, and I love to see that you added houses to either side just to finish the look. You should try a different inside style; some lighter, cleaner colors probably would have fit the interior a bit better. Some items were hard to find and I missed them several times. You also seem to be missing items.

Total 1: 75
Total 2: 72
Total 3: 80
Average: 75.66

sandymdh
This house is a bit crammed, but a joy to look at. I think you really did a great job at making this house suited for the family that is described in the contest. I really like the basement. Love the bedrooms. The fulness and mix and match madness of the house really suits the crazy family. I do wish you could have given a bit of your personality and chaos to the other contestants, and turned it a slight bit down on your own, that would have balanced out all the entries into perfection.

This is a really brave house design, using so many extra squares and building cheats to create the bedsits. Hooray for basement windows! Logical room layout with all personalities catered for. I did feel that the décor within each bedsit clashes horribly, but this was perhaps intentional, giving the impression of items salvaged from previous homes? I love the study, and am amused that the college kid's room has relatively few books and CDs, as if most have been taken to college.

Such a cute house. I like the small rooms and how they each have their own personality. Very nice. I love how you continued the story

Total 1: 82
Total 2: 83
Total 3: 76
Average: 80.33

wickedblue
Pretty. Clean. Well thought out design. Maybe a little too perfect for my taste. (I would have liked if sandymdh had given you a little spark of chaos.) Give it just a little more personality with clutter. I would certainly download this house, though. As I said above to Lauratje86 too, I look at a house differently as a judge than a player. Great entry, nontheless. Good job again.

I really love this house and its garden. The college kid's room and nursery are both awesome – very well decorated, and there was a strong sense of all of the personalities except for travelling granny. The house feels real and lived-in. Really, my only criticisms are that the parents of the baby's bedroom should be next to the nursery, and a double-width upstairs landing might prevent the inevitable sim blockage once the seven adults have visitors over. Other than that, very well done.

This is a very lovely house. I love the exterior as well as the warm tones on the inside. It had a nice lived in feel and every room did have its own personality. If your pictures would have been zoomed in a bit more and a bit clearer, that might have improved your score.

Total 1: 76
Total 2: 86
Total 3: 85
Average: 82.33

Sulyuki
Lovely house too this one. Missing a slight bit of personality here and there maybe. I would certainly download this one too. As I said before, this is not really the best opinion I can have as a judge because that does mean I think your house has the kind of blandness that would make it easy for me to personalise it to my game and family without too much trouble. Anyway, I do think you build a gorgeous house with a beachy-feel to it. Very light and clean and pretty. A little clutter would have made it just a little better. Good job.

This is an interesting house built in an attractive location. I like the idea of the sunroom, and the nursery is great. However, I really don't like the lack of windows along one side of the basement, or the long walk outside needed to get from the basement to the upstairs living area. Even in a place with perfect weather, it would be annoying to have to do that multiple times per day! I also thought the bedrooms are in a strange order - shouldn't the parents of the baby be next to the nursery? It feels like a show home – there aren't enough traces of the occupants' personalities.

I like the beach theme, its cute and I love the sun porch, but the Victorian living and dining didn’t really seem to match with the sea/lake side theme. The house looked lived in but not overly cluttered. You were missing items.

Total 1: 78
Total 2: 62
Total 3: 55
Average: 65

hotaru801
What a cute little barn. I really like the exterior in this entry too, it looks authentic. I’m not too sure if the inside of the house has been build at its most practical, the space isn’t used to full advantage imho. Creative design, though. I do think you accounted for all familymembers and their different personalities and I can really see you tried to give every room its own uniqueness and identity.

Nice theming, and I love the orchard! Having so many people living in the house, not all of whom have jobs, the sims will need to save money - so being able to grow their own crops is useful. Logical room layout with all personalities catered for. However, one bookcase appears to be missing, and I'd have preferred only 2 photos of the outside, so that another of the 8 photos could be used for clear shots of the inside, without such wide-angles. I felt that some of the patterns on wallpaper etc. were too intense for the size of the rooms, which made me feel claustrophobic in combination with the lack of windows. Consider using building cheats?

I love the barn, looks wonderful! I don't want to say the rooms are cluttered, but I will say they are a bit busy. It takes away from the room when you have to look at all the patterns and designs. I think you are missing a bookcase.

Total 1: 76
Total 2: 75
Total 3: 82
Average: 77.66

Cloudburst
I like to give extra attention to the outside of your house. I think it is beautiful. Lovely combination with the bricks and woodwork. I wouldn’t mind living there myself. You really came back into the game with this entry after a dissapointing round 2. I don’t think the crib by the bed is weird either, it’s an elegant solution in a full household. I do think the house would have gotten just that little extra personality with a rug or plant in the interior here and there. Good job on the whole.

The outside of this house is visually very interesting. I rather like houses which use the same flooring continuously – it seems more realistic somehow. However, there are some odd structural defects. There are two holes in the upstairs floor that you can see through! And neither of the curtains chosen lines up with the windows: the upstairs curtains don't cover the top of the windows so light would shine through (if they were real), and the downstairs curtains are out of alignment horizontally. It is also an odd choice to have only one double bed in a house with two couples. I could not tell who was supposed to have which bedroom.

The house was very pretty, I liked the very warm feeling to the interior and the style was consistent throughout. I’m very happy you rechecked your items. It really improved your score and the closer, clearer, interior shots earned you a few more. Great job!

Total 1: 83
Total 2: 58
Total 3: 79
Average: 73.33


The top three scores for this round are:

#3: hotaru801 77.66
#2: sandymdh 80.33
#1: Wickedblue 82.33

Congradulations to you all!

lauratje86
26th Feb 2011, 6:21 PM
Thanks for the comments :-D

My basic idea behind the house was that the original sim & spouse had bought the house for themselves, decorated the kitchen/diner and master bedroom in black/red according to their tastes (like their Round 2 house), but then had to add an extension (Wild-Grandma's room/bathroom) and decorate the rest of the house to suit the unexpected extra household members rather than being able to have the entire house to their tastes.

Unfortunately rugs (bigger than 2 by 1 tiles) don't place right in my game, no idea why! :-( It's a shame, I used to use loads of rungs but now I can't because they look really weird. I agree about the curtains though - I never use curtains normally so I forgot to put them in, and when I noticed it was too late to change it. My Round 4 house will have curtains though! :-D

Was the visiting grandma's room bigger? I had it down as being smaller, or at least less personalised so it could be used as a general bedroom when she left.

May I also ask which items judge 3 thought were missing, if I lost points for them, as I did check very thoroughly. There was some debate (between me and Vampy) as to whether or not I needed to have 8 chairs with a 3 tile table or if 7 was ok, but other than that I think that everything was there.....

Thanks again for the scores/comments, I'm working on my Round 4 rebuild now - having laptop and game issues so it's taking a while - grrrrr.....! Should be done on time though!

Sulyuki
26th Feb 2011, 6:23 PM
What items did I miss?

kattenijin
26th Feb 2011, 6:55 PM
lauratje86: dresser and toddler skill object.

Sulyuki: changing table and a nightstand.


There was quite a bit of cross-pm-ing about objects, where they were and what they were. If we can't tell that item "x" is item "x", with 4 pairs of eyes looking...

Any lost points for missing items that may actually be there, if applied to scores, would not change the outcome in any significant manner.

lauratje86
26th Feb 2011, 7:22 PM
lauratje86: dresser and toddler skill object.

Any lost points for missing items that may actually be there, if applied to scores, would not change the outcome in any significant manner.

I'm not doing this for the scores! As far as I'm aware, the only way I could win would be if nobody else posts an entry for Round 4! :-D And I like seeing people's houses, so I hope that doesn't happen!

I did write out where all the objects were that I thought you guys may have trouble spotting, as quoted below, with the bits about the dresser and toddler toys in bold. This was to make it easier for you all to find everything, as I worked hard and put lots of time and effort into including all the required objects and didn't want them to be overlooked! If people (like me) are using cc and objects from lesser-used EP's and SP's is could be easy for you and the judges to miss something, or think that it's something else!

As someone posted previously (maybe wickedblue?) - it's not about the scores as much as having our efforts recognised! Getting a slightly higher score for not having missed any items may not change the ranking, but it will make me happier to know that the score really reflects my house.


Everything else is there, I think. I'm not sure if anything else is hard to spot, but I figured that there were a couple of things that people may not notice. Firstly, there are three bookcases - one in the kitchen/diner, one in the living room and one on the upstairs landing, which isn't shown in the collages. There are three dressers; one in each of the double rooms, and one in Boring-Grandma's room (the larger of the upstairs single rooms). They are all single-tile dressers, two from the Ikea SP and one custom one (the pine one in the red/black master bedroom). There are also 2 toddler toys - one in the downstairs hallway (the rabbit head) and one in the kitchen next to the highchair (a custom one, looks like a pile of pots and pans and works like a musical instrument, for Creativity). The fridge isn't next to the rest of the kitchen stuff, it's on the opposite side of the room, next to the bathroom wall and the door to Crazy-Grandma's room. The potty is the yellow blob on the upstairs landing. The sideboard is also on the upstairs landing, with plants and towels and stuff on it. It's visible in one of the Living Room collage pictures - the one with all the mirrors on the wall. I think that everything else is fairly obvious. I have checked about a dozen times to make sure everything is there, so judges, if you think anything's missing please let me know so I can tell you where it is! :-)

sandymdh
26th Feb 2011, 8:34 PM
Here is my entry for the final round. Which house I picked was an absolute no-brainer for me as I would have loved to have used the inaccessible space in the upper converted church house before but was limited by tiles. I think I am either spot on with tiles or maybe 1 tile over but you'll see that I was guided by the space available.
As it has been several years since my couple lived in this house some items have inevitably been replaced and some of the rooms redecorated. I have tried to tone down the colours and clutter a bit in this one (I blame the fact I live in a brand new house and in the UK this means it's cream/magnolia throughout which is probably why my Sims' houses are so colourful)! My couple are heading towards retirement and cutting down on their working hours so have given up the exercise machine and moved to lower impact activities, Mum has taken over the teenager's room for her painting and sewing hobbies and Dad has created a music room out of the previously inaccessible area in the upper front of the home. Some pictures are the same - the exterior ones anyway as no exterior addition has been made.
Here are the pics;

http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz253/sandymdh/World2011/chfront-1.jpg
Front View

http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz253/sandymdh/World2011/chground2.jpg
Ground Floor

http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz253/sandymdh/World2011/chfirst.jpg
First Floor

http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz253/sandymdh/World2011/chliving2.jpg

http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz253/sandymdh/World2011/chsleeping2.jpg

http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz253/sandymdh/World2011/chbathing.jpg

http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz253/sandymdh/World2011/excoll-1.jpg

I have been saving my recently created houses for the world I'm making but I am making a CC free version of this with a cellar which I will probably upload if people want it. Maybe the boat too though it is on a weirdly sized lot.
I also want to thank Kattenijin and all those who have given up their time to judge for such a fun contest :-)

Sulyuki
26th Feb 2011, 10:42 PM
Sulyuki: changing table and a nightstand.There are no changing tables in TS3, I assumed we were still suppose to replace it with a two tile dresser. There are four dressers that are clearly visible in the pictures.

All four nightstands are showing more or less in the floor plan pictures. Two are also easy to see in the other pictures. The only ones you could have missed is the one in the sun room, which is in the corner of the picture. And the one in the bedroom with a double bed and a love seat. That one is showing a little bit in the corner of the picture of that room, and is quite visible in the floor plan picture.

I thought I pointed out anything that would be hard to see, apparently I wasn't clear enough. Not that I have a chance anyway, I'm going to get the lowest score of the ones that did all rounds. That is if I manage to do this one, it's not going very well.

hotaru801
27th Feb 2011, 2:11 AM
I am gonna ask earlier than normal for an extension into Tuesday... I am supposed to get my computer back on Monday, but if I don't I will have to attempt to re-download sims 3 on another computer and remake one of my homes minus cc... so yeah... But if I can post it before midnight it will be posted before midnight on Monday...

kattenijin
27th Feb 2011, 6:29 AM
I am gonna ask earlier than normal for an extension into Tuesday... I am supposed to get my computer back on Monday, but if I don't I will have to attempt to re-download sims 3 on another computer and remake one of my homes minus cc... so yeah... But if I can post it before midnight it will be posted before midnight on Monday...

The normal end of the round is Tuesday, March 1st at 12pm GMT-5. I've forgotten to change that in the first post. We got an extension due to all the downtime MTS had.

Sulyuki:Even after adding in the extra points for missing furniture, your average score for the round only goes up two points. I think you are too focused on the wrong issue, kind of like when people were focused on getting the tile bonus points, but loosing more points in other areas than they gained through being under the tile count.

appelsapgodin
27th Feb 2011, 11:09 AM
I gave everyone the benefit of the doubt when judging and didn't take of any points for missing objects if I saw something that could vaguely replace the object that was missing.
Which meant that I didn't take of any points for it with any contestant.

lauratje86
28th Feb 2011, 11:42 PM
Cathy Jones wanders through her newly renovated home. It had been a very strange and upsetting year! When she and husband Rob moved in, it seemed like it was going to be their dream retirement home; spacious and in a wonderful location. But before long the phone was ringing, and they ended up with rather more people living there than they'd expected! Even so, they'd settled in nicely, and everyone had managed to get along - just.

But then Rob's Mum, Elizabeth, was taken ill and passed away aged 86. Rob went off the rails a bit after that. It was understandable that he was upset. But still, what he did..... And what she did..... Because Rob had had an affair....with Cathy's Mum Wanda! After Cathy found out there was a massive row, involving the entire household. Rob and Wanda moved out, deciding that they would go and live in Twikkii Island. Before he left, Rob and Cathy signed the divorce papers, leaving the house to her.

Not long after that Anna and Marcus, Cathy and Rob's daughter and son-in-law also moved out - their young son James was growing up fast, and Anna was expecting again. Son Nick was already living with friends, and when Ian graduated from college he too chose to live with friends. So Cathy was the only one in the house, left remembering the marriage she'd had, and the family that didn't seem to need her anymore.

But she turned her life around! After taking early retirement she hired an interior designer to help her completely redesign the house, even buying extra land to extend the garden! They settled on light, freash colours, green and white, with some yellow "features". And they chose to "bring the outside in" by filling the house with plants. Towards the end of the renovation Cathy was looking for artworks for the walls, and she met young artist Elena Jacoba. Much to her surprise they fell in love, and just a couple of weeks ago Elena moved in with Cathy, bringing her cat Kira with her!

So now the house is full of art, and plants, and calm colours. The living room is comfy and pleasant, the kitchen is calm and functional, though it doesn't get used often as Cathy and Elena both hate cooking! The master suite is spacious and has plenty of storage space, and the guest suite has plenty of room for anyone who comes to visit. The sun room is the highlight of the house - light and full of plants, with beautiful views over the garden. Cathy has taken up pottery, and is writing her first novel - after reading hundreds of books to gain inspiration! Elena has space to do her paintings, and swims in the swimming pool in the back garden every morning, and her artworks hang in almost every room. And Kira? Well, Kira's life is pretty good too!

Cathy smiles to herself. Things turned out well after all. After everything that she's been through in the last year, her house once again feels like home.......

External View:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v409/kathryn1986/Sims%202%20Contest%20Pictures/External01_CroppedWithBorder-1.jpg

Aerial View - Ground Floor:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v409/kathryn1986/Sims%202%20Contest%20Pictures/AerialGroundFloor01_CroppedWithBorder.jpg

Aerial View - First Floor:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v409/kathryn1986/Sims%202%20Contest%20Pictures/AerialFirstFloor01_CroppedWithBorder.jpg

Collages:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v409/kathryn1986/Sims%202%20Contest%20Pictures/Collage_KitchenLivingRoom2.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v409/kathryn1986/Sims%202%20Contest%20Pictures/Collage_SunroomToilet2.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v409/kathryn1986/Sims%202%20Contest%20Pictures/Collage_BedroomsBathrooms2.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v409/kathryn1986/Sims%202%20Contest%20Pictures/Collage_Garden2.jpg

**EDIT** Tiles! I forgot about tiles! I think I am 2, maybe 3, over. I used extra tiles to extend the extension and add the first floor (second floor for you Americans!) extension. As you can see, it would've looked weird without the extra 2/3 tiles as the two floors would've been different sizes..... I hope that's ok!

wickedblue
1st Mar 2011, 3:33 AM
Original Couple left the new modern home to their children so they could retreat back to the familiar comfort of their farmhouse but first, some renovations had to be done.

Starting with a fresh coat of paint on the outside:
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/uhave2bkiddingme/final/TS3EP032011-02-2817-13-03-91.jpg

http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/uhave2bkiddingme/final/TS3EP032011-02-2817-27-50-07.jpg

Some walls were knocked down and others were added:
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/uhave2bkiddingme/final/TS3EP032011-02-2817-14-43-83.jpg

New furnishings and converting the teen's room into a larger, private office:
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/uhave2bkiddingme/final/Living_kitchen.jpg

The child room/nursery was expanded and converted into a guest room ready for a visitor:
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/uhave2bkiddingme/final/guestbed.jpg

Master Bedroom got a bit of a makeover too:
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/uhave2bkiddingme/final/masterbed.jpg

Perfect for a couple to spend the rest of their days. In peace. ;)

I originally used the full 138 tiles on this house so 14 tiles were added this round.

Sulyuki
1st Mar 2011, 10:54 PM
I moved the house to a slope with the best view I could find. I'm trying for Victorian btw. Last time it was 169 tiles, so I added 17 tiles.

Exterior. http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m199/sulyuki/Hus/Framsida-3.jpg
Upper floor. http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m199/sulyuki/Hus/Uppe.jpg
Bottom floor. http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m199/sulyuki/Hus/Nere.jpg
Bedroom, bathroom and casual living/study.http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m199/sulyuki/Hus/vright.jpg
Dining room/living room and sunroom. http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m199/sulyuki/Hus/vreplan.jpg
Master bedroom. http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m199/sulyuki/Hus/Sovrum.jpg
Garden. http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m199/sulyuki/Hus/Tomt.jpg

I accidentally killed a Sim while testing the lot, It was only the second playable TS3 Sim to die. It took me about a week or two to kill the first one.

hotaru801
2nd Mar 2011, 12:40 AM
:( I won't be able to make it for this round. I just got my computer back and it is gonna take longer than expected to have the game up and running. I might have everything reinstalled by midnight... I would have to work until the wee hours of the morning... *sigh*

kattenijin
2nd Mar 2011, 3:03 AM
If I could give an extension, I would. As it stands, we're pretty much maxed out. I guess thet we just need Cloudburst's entry to complete the round; which closes in two hours. If anyone feels a sudden need for any last-minute changes, you'd better do them now!

kattenijin
2nd Mar 2011, 4:58 AM
Round 4 and the contest are now closed!

I'll pm the judges in the morning; round 4 and final scores will be up by Friday night I hope. Good luck everyone!

kattenijin
5th Mar 2011, 8:21 PM
I haven't forgotten about you all, I've been waiting for scores. Still haven't heard anything from one judge, and just got a pm from another they don't have the time to to the final judging. I've pm-ed the EJ, hopefully this will be over soon.

lauratje86
5th Mar 2011, 8:35 PM
I haven't forgotten about you all, I've been waiting for scores. Still haven't heard anything from one judge, and just got a pm from another they don't have the time to to the final judging. I've pm-ed the EJ, hopefully this will be over soon.

No worries Kattenijin, I figured it'd be something like that..... Hope you get it sorted soon - for your sake as well as ours! :-)

baratron
6th Mar 2011, 7:16 PM
Hi guys, sorry for the delay in scoring this round. My chronic fatigue has been absolutely biting me in the backside, and I've barely been conscious the past couple of days. Certainly not awake enough to come up with coherent arguments and scores, anyway! I've managed to drag myself up today and have just sent my scores in. Some lovely houses - all of them an improvement on the previous version :lovestruc . And I'm sad that we lost Samethana, Cloudburst and hotari801 - you all had great houses before, and I'd have liked to see what you made of Round 4 :( .

Can't wait to see the final scores. I know who I think should win overall, but will the other judges agree?

LadyAwesome
7th Mar 2011, 9:09 AM
Arghhhh sorry Im a bad ej havnt checked mts in a few days *slaps hands* I shall run off and do it now :)

kattenijin
7th Mar 2011, 10:01 PM
Scores! (and I'll leave it at that!)


Lauratje86
Colour plan is 100% better; I have a weakness for green.
One problem I have is with the floor plan - HUGE waste of space on the bottom floor and odd shaped kitchen/dining. Top floor is too square shaped and everything seems to be placed too uniformly (especially the beds) You will get there eventually you are getting alot better. Things I also love are the back yard, and the sun room.

You wrote a story! Awesome! The conservatory is lovely, and the house seems much brighter than when everything was red, black and white. There is space for visitors, but it seems like you've spread the upstairs out too far. You could have kept a room for visiting grandchildren. The clutter makes it look like a real home, and the new garden is fantastic. I'd thought of the house as having a plant theme before, and now this has been extended further. Really, the only place I've taken off marks is for the wasted space upstairs.

A nice change to some bright greens yellows and blues do freshen up the house quite a bit. But the entire house being green, again, is a bit much. This house was well decorated and looked lived in. And the story matched the house.

Total 1: 73
Total 2: 90
Total 3: 60
Average: 74.33

sandymdh
I love the colours you used; however, for something that is a re-design, I feel you could have made more of an effort to change something on the outside. Over all it is a beautiful home.

An improvement on your Round 3 house – the kitchen/diner area is much nicer than it was. I wish you hadn't taken the Round 4 photos from the other way up, though – it made comparing the houses rather difficult! You've allowed plenty of space for day visitors, but only a single bed for overnighting grandchildren – do the couple still need three full bathrooms? Also the spare room is incredibly bland. The music area is lovely, but very small considering the grand piano – real people in this room would get deafened!

I'm glad you decided to tone you house down a bit, it fits a lot better now. I love the style of the rooms, but some of them feel quite small and cramped. It may have helped if you removed some walls, used half walls or arches.

Total 1: 85
Total 2: 83
Total 3: 83
Average: 83.66

wickedblue
I love the colour change, makes it warmer and more inviting. Not so sure about the seats near front door though. The hall could use an extra light. Over all a great job.

A big improvement on your original Round 2 house, which I found drab. The colours in this seem much brighter and more welcoming. You've considered that the original couple may well have guests over, allowing space for visitors – although keeping the table for 6 and having two single beds might be better for visiting grandchildren and great-grandchildren? Really love the study, and I want to know where you got that corner desk from.

Your house looks much better. The flow has increased a lot and everything seems to fit better. The colors were more muted and seemed to fit an older couple very well.

Total 1: 88
Total 2: 75
Total 3: 74
Average: 79

Sulyuki
Not much of a re-design, I would have liked to see the living room wall paper changed at least. Usually stairs are on the inside of the house, and you had room for them instead of the fire ploe .A gold star for trying something new though, hehe cracked me up. Love the sun room (sunroom fetish maybe?) LOVE gazebo.

This is a big improvement on your Round 3 house. The new garden is very beautiful, and you have rearranged the basement so that the rooms without windows are simply bathrooms, which can have lots of mirrors to compensate. You have retained space for many day visitors, but only one overnighting grandchild. However, now there is no upstairs bathroom at all, and the problem with the long walk outside needed to get from the basement to the upstairs living area remains! Not all sims have 10 in Athletic skill! I'd have moved the spare room downstairs and the TV room upstairs, so that sims would only need to go downstairs at night.

I think your house may have made one of the biggest improvements of all. Your theme seems very clear and apparent in almost every room. Better stairs however, would have been quite beneficial to your score.

Total 1: 75
Total 2: 75
Total 3: 78
Average: 76


The top three scores for this round are:

#3: Sulyuki: 76
#2: wickedblue: 79
#1: sandymdh: 83.66

Congradulations to you all!

kattenijin
7th Mar 2011, 10:30 PM
I took the average of each of the scores for the five rounds of the contest to reach the final score. If you missed a round, you got zero points for that round.

In acending order here are the top three scores:

lauratje86: 75.864
wickedblue: 79.062
sandymdh: 85.996


Congradulations to you all, and a big thanks to everyone who entered and everyone who judged. I hope to see you all again next time I run a contest. (Well, ok, maybe a few less judge changes, lol!)

If anyone not in the top three wants to know their exact score, please PM me and I'll let you know.

wickedblue
7th Mar 2011, 10:46 PM
Congratulations, sandymdh.

Thank you, kattenijin. I enjoyed this contest very much. And of course thanks to the judges.

For the judge that asked about the corner desk: http://www.simstreff.de/index.php?page=Thread&threadID=11
It's the second post on that page.

lauratje86
8th Mar 2011, 7:36 AM
Very well done sandymdh! :-) And well done to all of us who managed to submit entries for all the rounds! :-D

Thank you lots and lots kattenijin for hosting the contest! I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I hope to see another one from you when you've recovered from hosting this one! :-D

hotaru801
8th Mar 2011, 1:59 PM
Congrats guys, wish I could have played the final round. Great job sandymdh! And to all of you!

sandymdh
8th Mar 2011, 2:40 PM
Thanks everyone. Just a shame not everyone finished as was looking forward to see what you all came up with for the final round.
Thanks again to all the judges for giving up their free time and of course Kattenijin for not giving up on the contest even with all the stress involved!

Lavaster
29th Mar 2011, 2:26 AM
Is this going to be placed into the Closed Contests forum?

ChaoticNeutral
31st Mar 2011, 12:08 AM
Aw, it's done?
It would be great if there was a post for each round showing the winners. :)

lilyandsnuggles2
19th Apr 2011, 12:08 AM
We need a new contest!!! Well done to everyone. All so talented :) .

Bribrisim
2nd Oct 2011, 5:24 PM
I love Samethana's house ^^

Ivana776
15th Oct 2011, 8:36 PM
I can't wait to be in a cooontest ^^

heaven
23rd Oct 2011, 7:27 PM
I understand your excitement to have another contest. They are a ton of fun, both challenge wise and just interacting with other members. However, this contest has been closed since April. Please refrain from resurrecting dead threads. :)

Contest moved to "Closed"