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#151 Old 30th Jun 2018 at 5:37 PM
After sorting out the majority of my entry I have now changed the floorplan! Yikes!

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Theorist
#152 Old 1st Jul 2018 at 10:15 PM
Love everyone's submissions thus far!

Round 1 (play-along)

Even though anything sorta goes since I'm only doing the play-along, in wanting to keep with the spirit of the contest everything (save for the staircase, wall window holes, telephone, interior brick walls and flooring) in the apartments are either Maxis textures, add-on items linked to Maxis textures, unlocked game content, recolors/retextures of Maxis objects, or items from the Castaway and Lifestories bundles...which I still count as Maxis. Everything shown outside (cinder block walls, potted plants, lights, trees, shrubs, backyard decor and roof fencing) of the apartments are unedited Maxis items. Oh, and please ignore the lame apartment name...I struggled to come up with one.


"It would be most inconvenient since I've sworn to loathe him for all eternity." ~ Elizabeth Bennet

"You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope." ~ Captain Frederick Wentworth
Link Ninja
#153 Old 1st Jul 2018 at 11:02 PM
Those are very nice @PenelopeT - I love that little circle cut outs! I wish we could use cabinets without it being counted as CC because they really add a lot to the kitchen feel IMO. I also love one tile desks because they save on space <3 Wish Maxis would have just provided that outright. Anyway, enough of me yearning after cc I can't use - great job on these <3

Uh oh! My social bar is low - that's why I posted today.

Field Researcher
#154 Old 1st Jul 2018 at 11:21 PM
I have to stop being lazy and actually take the screenshots and submit my entry.
Very nice lot PenelopeT!
Theorist
#155 Old 1st Jul 2018 at 11:28 PM
Charmful thank you, and I totally know what you mean about the add-on CC Maxis should have thought to include themselves - what would we do without our add-ons. Though, since I keep all add-ons and recolors that I'm interested in permanently keeping in the Bins folder (in the EA Program Files folder) not seeing those asterisks all over the place sort of makes me sometimes forget just how little the game offers up in the way of functional furniture and decor.

FYI, those window wall holes are by Linegud @ TSR. They come in a square one as well.

Edit: Thank you, Yvelotic2001. I saw your post after I'd already posted.


"It would be most inconvenient since I've sworn to loathe him for all eternity." ~ Elizabeth Bennet

"You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope." ~ Captain Frederick Wentworth
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#156 Old 2nd Jul 2018 at 7:48 PM
Round 1: Rowhouses



There a two apartments, joined together around the corner from each other. The left hand apartment is intended for a family of five - two parents, two children and a toddler, with the three kids sharing a bedroom. The right hand apartment is for a family of four - two parents, a teenage boy and a child aged girl.

♫Cuz I don't have a home in this life, I have to roam. Got nowhere to lay my head, so I'll follow you instead, and set my gaze on the place I'm going to. Til then I'm homeless, but I'll roam with you...♫

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#157 Old 3rd Jul 2018 at 12:25 AM
Sorry for being absent for a while guys. Ended up not having internet when visiting my sister, and I'm too much of an old person to do forum stuff on my phone. Back home now and busy period is now over for this summer, so will be accessible from now on til contest ends

Quote:
Originally Posted by stitching
I have a few questions.


1. I'm a bit a bit confused by the change in picture limits for future rounds. In round 1, it looks to me like the maximum number of shots was based on 4 shots of up to five apartment units (4*5=20). In future rounds is the maximum based on 6 shots of up to four units (6*4=24)? With the final round having 6+ units, will all the 8 additional shots have to be used for the extra two apartments, or will showing only some apartments be OK, or will the maximum number of shots change again?

2. In rounds 2 and 3, can the units be detached?

3. Are we allowed to use career or aspiration rewards in the apartments?

Thank you.


1. Not planning any further changes to number of pictures. While round 4 is more units as you said, it still has to be doable for judges and 24+8 is A LOT of pictures considering the required ones don't count towards that limit. I decided that 32 + required is enough to have a reasonable chance to get your point across, Learning to focus on the best parts of ones lot is part of learning too

2. Yes they can

3. Yes you may. Falls under the same category as SEP

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Test Subject
#158 Old 3rd Jul 2018 at 3:32 AM
Default Round 1 Entry
Well here's what I ended up with for round 1! 5 connected rowhouse apartments with private backyard gardens, loosely inspired by the rowhouses I saw when I lived in Grantham, England and by pictures of lovely NYC Brownstones. All apartments have smoke alarms in the kitchens and at least one telephone.

Rent ranges from $3,540 - $5,959. Lot size is 5x3.

Unit 1 (far left) costs $5,325 in rent. It's a bit fancy in design, and is meant for a child, a teen, their parents, and a grandparent. The basement is split into a Mother-In-Law Suite and a Pub-type area. The Mother-In-Law Suite has a kitchenette complete with minifridge, microwave, juicer, and sink, a bedroom area, and a bathroom. The pub has a couch, bar, and pool table. The ground floor contains a half-bath, kitchen, dining room, study (with piano, bookcase, and chess set), and living room (complete with pet fishy!). Upstairs are the teen and child rooms, a bath for the kids to share, and the master bed and bath. The backyard is a gardener's paradise with plenty of beautiful plants, a lovely pond, and several plots to grow vegetables in.

Unit 2 costs $3,540 in rent. It may not be the most fashionable apartment but it is a whole lot of fun! Meant for a couple with two children, a baby or toddler and a cat, there's plenty of room for a family of pleasure sims. The basement is home to a shared child room with adjoining bath, a nursery, and a master bedroom and bathroom. On the ground floor, an open floor plan means living room, kitchen, and dining room are all in one shared space. The front room of the ground floor is the creative area, with a toy-maker's bench, computer, bookshelf, and easel. The upstairs is divided into a kids playroom and a poker/ mahjong room complete with bar. Out in the backyard is a swingset, telescope, grill, and seating.

Unit 3 costs $5,541 in rent. The apartment was designed for a couple, three children, and a dog. Upstairs there's two rooms for children, one with two beds, a bathroom for the kids, and the master suite. The ground floor has a living room/ study and a kitchen/ dining room. In the basement there's a gym and sauna for your fitness sims to train in. There's also a "pub" with bar and poker table, an artist's corner with an easel and a pottery wheel, and a play zone for the kids. Out back is a slide, a romantic bench to snuggle on, a "sandbox" (sand terrain in a square, nothing fancy), and a doghouse.

Unit 4 costs $5,959 in rent and is for the biggest sim family. This apartment has space for 2 couples, a teen, a child, and a toddler - almost a full lot! The basement has the two master bed and bathrooms and a nook for a desk with computer and phone. On the ground floor is a roomy family room, a half bath, and a kitchen/ dining room. Upstairs, there's a teen room, kids room, and nursery plus a gameroom with two more computers, a big screen TV, and a video game console. The backyard is designed for entertaining and has a couch and loveseat, hot tub, and grill plus eating area. It looks beautiful lit up at night!

Unit 5 (far right) costs $5,154 in rent and is designed for a couple and two teens who love to rock!. Upstairs, the teens each have their own room and share a bathroom. There's also a master suite. On the ground floor is a living room/ study with an extra table for homework or extra dinner guests, a half bath, and a kitchen/ dining room. The basement is home to the practice room for the family band - there's guitar, bass, drums, synth, and vocals (all tested and accessible!) so the whole band can practice together. Outside the rehearsal space is an art nook, a couch, and a train set, as well as a vending machine for when rehearsals go long.

I had a lot of fun with this first round! Thanks for including me Pictures are only attached as I couldn't figure out how to do the spoiler tags, but they each have a description to help show which picture is what!
Field Researcher
#159 Old 3rd Jul 2018 at 3:59 AM
@Treehawk

simply do this:

[*spoiler]
Your text and stuff here

or here

o here


[*/spoiler]

WITHOUT the stars

Without the stars it will look like this:

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#160 Old 3rd Jul 2018 at 4:11 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kukamuukaanmuka
@Treehawk

simply do this:


Oh, thanks so much! I'll have pictures inline for the next round, then :3
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#161 Old 3rd Jul 2018 at 5:59 AM
oh dear! I almost forgot to update my entry haha~
I have 18 hours left ಥ_ಥ
Link Ninja
#162 Old 3rd Jul 2018 at 7:45 AM
I got really gung-ho on round 2 despite round 1 not being over yet; i do hope to see everyone's rowhouse entries though before it ends!

Uh oh! My social bar is low - that's why I posted today.

Test Subject
#163 Old 3rd Jul 2018 at 6:10 PM
Round 1 - Lyons Park Townhomes


Whoo! It's been a crazy two weeks! Been really busy with real life and then everything with this lot took a lot longer then I expected, BUT it's finally finished! And real life should calm down by the end of next week. At least I hope so anyway!

I am super happy with how this lot turned out. I've tried to make townhomes before and always ended up frustrated with the facade and then ended up abandoning them halfway through. But this contest forced me to see it through to completion and I'm really glad for that. I can definitely see myself using these and I hope you guys like them too

About the lot/apartments:
The lot size for this apartment building is 3x1 and there are 4 townhomes. Each unit has 3 bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths with one unit using the basement as a 4th bedroom. They also all have a kitchen, a combined living room/dining room, a 2nd floor office/misc area, a rooftop terrace and a full sized basement. Every unit has a phone(kitchen next to bathroom door), a smoke alarm(above refrigerator), and a burglar alarm(next to front door).

Notes:
- These lots have been fully playtested. Every object aside from minor deco was tested for accessibility. So the diagonally placed chairs work fine, all double beds are accessible from both sides, all couch spaces are usable, all dining chairs are good, etc. All tested.

- I unfortunately didn't initially plan to noiseproof any of the bedrooms as I had thought there just wasn't any lot space for that. Turns out most do have stuff in front of the walls and looking at it now I definitely could have rearranged a few more rooms to block the noise. But, unfortunately I just ran out of time. It is what it is, and it's only one point so I'm fine with it.

- The front bushes used to have a lovely edge fencing around them and nice little path lighting along the edging. It looked quite nice. However, I have removed it for this contest since for no discernible reason they hinder a sims ability to trim the bushes and a hack would be needed. But if I were to upload this I'd put them back as it just adds a nice finishing touch to the lot. It honestly makes my eye twitch to see them missing though. I mean, in a way, the trim inaccessible bushes mod is fixing the maxis edge fences.. right? So it's kind of a fence mod, right? Kind of, sort of, maybe? Please? No? Okay..

- The bushes around the back and sides of the lot are legit fences and totally not cheating. Bending maybe, slightly, but totally not cheating as per the stated rules..

- In several places I used the one and two tile wall shelves as a sort of vanilla OMSP to add deco on top of various furniture pieces. No mods were involved.

- I used 6 of the 8 additional shots to show off more rooms in the units.







Now, on to the apartments!







Mad Poster
#164 Old 3rd Jul 2018 at 6:51 PM
Wow. Just - wow! I thought I could wring a lot out of a 1x3 lot but compared to this I'm a piker.

That's a clever dodge with the shelves. I bet you see the rest of us doing that in future builds.

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Field Researcher
#165 Old 3rd Jul 2018 at 7:15 PM
Ok! I will post my entry right after tonight's World Cup match ends, right on time for the end of the round. I playtested my lot and tweaked whatever needed to be tweaked in order for it not to have any playability problems.

Also, very nice lot, Magnolia. And on a 3x1 lot?!

Admit it, Milotic is beautiful.
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#166 Old 3rd Jul 2018 at 8:27 PM
Unfortunately, I will not meet the deadline. I'm currently at work and by the time I leave, I won't be able to get all of my pictures up on time. They're all on my home computer.(An extra door to a bathroom needed to be added. My poor sims....)

I may put them up just to be seen, but I won't be in time for the end of the round. Honestly, I'm just happy to see all the amazing townhouses!

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#167 Old 3rd Jul 2018 at 9:05 PM
Have updated score board with links to all entries. 2 hours left, hope to see the last few of you post soon

No worries AliaD85, since play-alongs aren't scored it's not as important that you post on time. Please do post, I'm sure we'd all love to see what you made Since there's only three play-alongs I'll comment on all of them even if they arrive late.

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#168 Old 3rd Jul 2018 at 9:48 PM
Mine is almost ready, just gotta take the images

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#169 Old 3rd Jul 2018 at 10:45 PM
I went to bed last night thinking for sure I missed the countdown! RL definitely hasn't slowed down like I thought it would, maybe after the 4th of July it will. pfffttt...

My apartments have the unique name of round 1. I based them off some in Mortensrud, Norway. I decided to make the whole building for families, with room for four in each unit.

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#170 Old 3rd Jul 2018 at 10:48 PM Last edited by Yvelotic2001 : 4th Jul 2018 at 12:33 AM.
Default Round 1 - Kalamath Townhouses


Kalamath Townhouses is a building comprising 4 different apartments suitable for long term housing. From the outside, it has a simple renovated industrial look. Inside, each of the 4 units caters to a different potential homeowner. Inspired by this rendering.
The lot provides exclusive parking for residents on the left side of the building and is fully solar powered, which cuts down about 1/4 of the weekly rents of our tenants. Also, during cold winter nights, residents will not have to worry about the cold as the building has heating.

Each apartment has been playtested. Bedrooms are noise-proof, but the rest is not, so you'll end up banging on the walls in silly places like the backyard two-tile walls . Every off-grid or 45-degree angle object has also been tested and are working. Cars don't show up while the lot is uninhabited, but they are there when Sims live there (as shown in one of the pictures).

Prices vary between 4.5K and 4.8K, which is within the advised limit. The lot is a 5x3, which I also believe is within the advised limits (at least it comes before 4x4 in the catalog). Additional information in the spoiler for each unit.








I think I haven't missed any important point. I realised I forgot to take the pictures with the lights on (why does the game have to turn them off everytime I place a lot from the bin into a hood?). However, since it's 10 minutes before the deadline, I won't be able to retake them in time. I still think the lot can be viewed nicely as every photo has been taken during the day.

(To the judge who hates orange: I think I might have overdone it, I apologise )

Admit it, Milotic is beautiful.
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#171 Old 4th Jul 2018 at 12:35 AM Last edited by Phantomknight : 4th Jul 2018 at 12:48 AM. Reason: Forgot to mention lot size
Round 1: Pleasant Vista Townhomes

I could give you details of all the drama with building this lot, the stupid errors I came across and the things I had to do to get the price down. I could also give you the backstory behind each of the units and the sims I had in mind for living there. I could even tell you the super creepy, super scary story about how I swore I saw a bartender at one of the bars while I was taking pictures. In a clean hood. With no cc. In build mode. With no residents moved in. But, as usual, I procrastinated and I don't have time to do any of those things! Whoops?

I will say, though, that the lot, if you didn't catch on from the name, is meant to be a new apartment lot for Pleasantview. (That's also the reason why the exterior paint color has changed, if anyone saw my in progress pictures. The Pleasantview Historical Society demanded I keep in line with their existing community lot color schemes. ) Anyway, better late than never, I always say, so here we go! (Is it just me, or is the countdown clock going up???)


















ETA: Editing because I forgot to mention that the lot is 5x4! Originally, every unit was meant to have a garage and sizable yard (my sims have to drive almost everywhere, so it's important for them to have a car. Gotta use that NL content, ya know?). But that was waaaaay over budget. It's been a while since I designed more than a half empty apartment and I didn't realize the prices get so crazy. Anyway, backyards were chopped and the space was used as public rec space instead. The front of the driveway was left in so that nice cc cars could be added for sims to use later (if you add cars before move in, sims can use them). The bigger lot size also allows for an amenities building, which was originally planned cuz sims are sims and need a place to barbecue! And to have resident shenanigans! Finally, there are 3 arcade machines in there because the one next to the end table is meant to be replaced with Monique's ATM. Phew! That should really be everything now.

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#172 Old 4th Jul 2018 at 12:39 AM Last edited by Karen Lorraine : 4th Jul 2018 at 12:57 AM.
Default Round 1
Round 1 Georgian Terraced Housing - UK



Please note: All the fire alarms are hidden behind the furniture!


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Test Subject
#173 Old 4th Jul 2018 at 1:39 AM
Peni Griffin and Yvelotic2001 thank you so much! I love making the most of small lots. Hopefully they aren't considered too small!

I'm loving everyone's lots, so many different looks going on! Phantomknight and Karen Lorraine I like how you both came up with ways to hide the default doors away. Very clever! I love it!
Field Researcher
#174 Old 4th Jul 2018 at 1:57 AM
@Karen Lorraine , are the stairs inside the units modular stairs with stage landing? or single staircase like Inges?

As if they are modular, that would mean huge issue with playability, I know @joandsarah77 would agree with me, learned that from Elsewhere, as if inside the units used modular stairs with staged landing WILL cause similar effect as floor dividers, all the upper floors are considered as common area.

EDIT : Asking the same from Magnolia also, but those look like single object staircase to me.

~~~~Call me Ellu ~~~

Past the point of no return,
No going back now,
Our passionplay is now begun.
Past thought of right or wrong, final question, how long have we wait before we're one?
~Andrew Loyd Webber (Phantom Of The Opera)

If curious, my Widespot+LGU+Bigg City
Forum Resident
#175 Old 4th Jul 2018 at 2:05 AM
So many great apartments! Even if only a few of them get uploaded it'll be awesome.

Is there a mod or something that allows sims to watch a diagonal TV from a non-diagonal couch? That never seems to work in my game.
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