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#26 Old 20th Feb 2012 at 12:39 PM
LadyAwesome... There are no "applications", we are just starting with the first round, which closes on the 7th March. All the times and other important information are clearly written in the first post.
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#27 Old 20th Feb 2012 at 2:00 PM Last edited by Shhh : 21st Feb 2012 at 6:55 PM.
The Barkworth Family
I don't usually build with foundations so this is quite new to me. I am doing the Barkworth Family.

Outside the house is a small pond, a vegtable patch and a little table for eating outside on. It also has a little fire pit if you ever want to warm marshmallows in the firelight. It has a blacony to look out onto the trees and pond.

Downstairs ^

Upstairs ^

In the kitchen are some small plants, it is simple and classic

A small simple table with cute cushioned chairs and a vase of flowers (well, one or two )

A small cosy place to read. A nice chair with a quilt (Mrs Barkworth) It was hard to take a picture of because it is quite a small room, but I loved it so I had to put it in It has a few books with Mrs. Barkworth's favourite flowers on top

I nice sized living room with a pretty (and cute) fireplace. It has comfy leather couches and gives of quite a 'homely feel'

A small room with a double sized bed (with another of Mrs. Barkworth's quilts) in the morning the light floods in

Hope this is OK and thats all the pictures (Bartkworth Family )

My Simblr: Here
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#28 Old 20th Feb 2012 at 10:43 PM
Are we allowed to build an external structure (not a garage), like stables?

Why did I move here? I guess it was the weather.

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#29 Old 20th Feb 2012 at 11:26 PM
Riptide651... as I said earlier:
... you can't build any external buildings such as garages or sheds (a paved outside garden area would be okay, though, for example, as long as there are no walls/roof!)
This includes stables.
#30 Old 20th Feb 2012 at 11:43 PM
Does an awning count as a roof?
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#31 Old 21st Feb 2012 at 12:07 AM
aaries16... If it fits on the foundation, you can have an awning attached to your building to provide some shade over outside decks or porches. You can't have a completely detached awning in the garden, though.
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#32 Old 21st Feb 2012 at 2:06 AM
Mr. and Mrs. Barkworth,

We have evaluated your options for a new home, and this came as our closest match. This wonderful Alpine home is situated on a hill surrounded by nothing but trees and snow. You happen to be buying just in time when the snow begins to thaw and winter is just about over. This wonderful 1 Bedroom Cottage comes equipped with a moderate kitchen and dining area, a large living area, 2 Bathrooms, and a green room. With view all around this is not an opportunity to be missed!

- Blk Box Realty



Floor 1

Floor 2

Bathroom Counter View


Living Area

Dining Area

Why did I move here? I guess it was the weather.

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#33 Old 21st Feb 2012 at 5:02 PM
Is a tent ok? I realize technically it has a roof, but it adds no living space and merely functions as an outdoor bed...

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#34 Old 21st Feb 2012 at 5:23 PM
jones7659... Yes, you can but a tent in the garden, but make sure there are enough beds inside for all your Sims too!
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#35 Old 21st Feb 2012 at 7:19 PM
That's my 1st round done, sorry I took so long just putting 1 or 2 up at a time

My Simblr: Here
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#36 Old 25th Feb 2012 at 6:02 PM Last edited by noteardrops : 26th Feb 2012 at 5:07 PM.
Default The Barkworth Family
It's been a long time since I've been in a contest, and even then I've only been in 2 or 3, I believe. Forgive me for poop graphics and messups haha!

Without further ado, I welcome you to The Barkworth Family's home!

First, frontal and bird eye's view of the home:

Let's take a tour of the inside, shall we?

The Entry room:

Notice Mrs.Barkworth's quit, handmade, and the wooden stools made by our very own Mr. Barkworth. The couple together are very outdoorsy and hands-on, and like to have their tools within reach of the front door for easiness.

The Living Room:

More of Meadow's lovely quilts also hang in the living room, where they do most of their entertaining. Mrs. Barkworth is has a flowerbed outside that she often picks flowers from and displays throughout the house. A cozy fireplace is the centerpiece of the room, and to the left Mr. Barkworth's insect collection boasts his hiking adventures.

The Dining Room/Kitchen:

Neither Meadow or Mike are very good chefs, so they prefer a smaller kitchen and a small dining table for their intimate dinners. Meadow chooses to grow her own herbs and vegetables, and to also can them by herself, which you might notice on the counter - Neither of them are very organized either!

The Bathroom:

Continuing on with the theme of their love for the outdoors, Mike also has a special soft spot for the water and Meadow finally let up on the decoration of the bathroom, so that is what he chose: An underwater theme. Childish and fun, it displays Mr. Barkworth's personality very well.

Mr. & Mrs. Barkworth's Bedroom:

Shown here is where all Meadow and Mike's magic all happens! As you can see, another one of Mrs. Barkworth's quilts are displayed and more of her lovely fresh flowers! Her old-fashioned sewing machine sits in the furthest corner of the room, close to Mike's collection of souvenirs from his latest hiking escapades. A sliding door steps out to a small closed in patio that holds a rose trellis and a bench. Meadow very much enjoys taking a break from quilt making and getting a breather while lounging on the bench.

That's it, folks!! Hope you enjoyed Mike & Meadow's cozy home!

Call me Maria(:
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#37 Old 25th Feb 2012 at 9:41 PM Last edited by Jaguwar : 25th Feb 2012 at 9:52 PM.
Umm... where's the nifty octagon shape? You're not allowed to remove it...
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#38 Old 27th Feb 2012 at 1:06 AM
Crap! You're right. I forgot to fix that when I built it, thinking I'd go back later. Oh well. Too late now.

Call me Maria(:
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#39 Old 27th Feb 2012 at 6:05 AM
You'll lose some points though :/

Why did I move here? I guess it was the weather.

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#40 Old 27th Feb 2012 at 12:43 PM
Unfortunately, noteardrops, you can't change your entry once its posted! You'll just have to pay more attention to your building next time! No worries, though, you're not disqualified. You will just lose the 5 foundation points available from each judge. 3 other good entries and it shouldn't make a massive difference to your score!
#41 Old 28th Feb 2012 at 1:16 AM
Default Rain Montenegro
The Montenegro Family - Rain Montenegro is a struggling artist. Her house is filled with art projects in various states of completion, but she wants a studio in her house so she can escape the world and focus on her art. As for the rest of the house, simple, cheap furniture will do, as long as it's bright and colourful. Rain loves the colour green, but can't stand purple.

Home Front

First Floor

Second Floor

Rain is planning to put her painting skills to productive use by entering the toy industry and crafting toys; thus, a special room for crafting toys is added. A cheap art gallery is where Rain can place her finished art projects. The art gallery can serve as a room of inspiration for times when she has artist's block. For fresh air, Rain can simply walk out to the balcony from the gallery.

Rain's painting in the sun room
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#42 Old 28th Feb 2012 at 12:22 PM
Thanks for the lovely entry, NollemD.

Round 2 will open tomorrow - and will be open for the next three weeks. Round 1, however, will still be open for another week (closing on 7th March) so if you haven't joined there's still plenty of time to enter, and you won't have fallen behind!
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#43 Old 29th Feb 2012 at 3:16 PM
Round 2:

As a reminder, you can select any of the 3 families to build for in this round that you have not yet built for.
The foundation template can be rotated (but not mirrored) and can be placed anywhere on the lot.
Please remember to consider the contest rules and the family's requirements. Good luck!

Round 1 will close in a week's time (07/03/2012) and Round 2 will close on 21/03/2012,
so you still have plenty of time to join the contest if you haven't already.
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#44 Old 29th Feb 2012 at 8:37 PM
Hello! I've almost finished my round 1 entry, but before I post it I have two questions for you. You mentioned that awnings are not allowed to hang out over the foundation, but what about a window seat? It functions the same as a normal flat window (it has no extra interactions), but it does poke out a little bit. Also, I was wondering if half walls were allowed to be used on the terrain outside of the foundation. I assumed they were because they're basically the same as a fence (no roof and what not), but I thought I'd check first. I'm not creating an extra room with it or what have you, it's merely functioning as the railing by the stairs.
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#45 Old 29th Feb 2012 at 11:03 PM
Buckley... as bay windows are just windows, they are allowed to hang over the foundation yes (however they must be actually bay windows, and not ones created from normal windows and walls. As for half ways, if they are used in place of fences that is perfectly ok!
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#46 Old 1st Mar 2012 at 1:00 AM
The Lewis Family:

Layton and Lucinda are busy working parents. Between his erratic schedule as an ER doctor at the city's main hospital and Lucinda's hectic days of meetings and phone calls as the vice president at a major corporation downtown, they still have to drive Lara to her soccer games, pick up Lorrie from band practices, and pry Leanne out of the library. Living out in the suburbs far from the girls' school and their jobs, some days it felt like they practically lived out of their cars.

So, they made a choice. They decided to sell their home, pack up their belongings, and move to a house in the city. Sure, it's a bit smaller than they're accustomed to; that's part of the trade off. But the opportunity to actually sit down and eat dinner with each other every night made it all worth it. Layton and Lucinda still managed to find a house with a sizable master bedroom and enough space to give each of the girls their own room.

The Exterior:

A historic, detached house on a corner lot, it may be small but it's roomy enough.

First Floor Layout:

Second Floor Layout

Kitchen and Dining Room:

While it's an older home, it's been recently renovated with a slightly modern edge. They left some of the original details such as the exposed brick wall in the kitchen and dental crown molding throughout the downstairs.

Living Room:

The living room is open to the kitchen and dining room. The Lewis' have added their own personal touches throughout the house.

Lara's Room:

Lara may be the most athletic sister, but that doesn't mean she can't like pink. In fact, she's mildly obsessed with the color, and despite being tougher than nails on the soccer field she's quite a girly girl the rest of the time.

Leanne's Room:

Leanne loves to read. She gets lost in stories of far off places and daring adventure, but no book quite captures her imagination like the story of Alice in Wonderland. Her bedroom decor reflects her passion for the "other Lewis".

Lorrie's Room:

Lorrie and her guitar. The two have rarely been separated for the past few years. She enjoys loud colors almost as much as she enjoys loud music.
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#47 Old 1st Mar 2012 at 2:39 AM
O.O Ok, that is seriously good stuff there! It wasn't until I started working on mine that I realized it was probably possible to do the big family on it, but by then it was too late.
Nice job!
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#48 Old 1st Mar 2012 at 9:16 AM
I like the way the girls' bedrooms are all of a similar size too - especially with the way kids argue (can you tell I am a mum with 3 girls lol - luckily not triplets)!
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#49 Old 1st Mar 2012 at 1:05 PM
Mkay, so I generally can't stand modern houses. I did this as a kind of challenge to myself, to make a modern house which wouldn't immediately make me want to go hug a bespoke fireplace or something. I think I succeeded.

The Gravel Family
Tyler Gravel, up-and-coming sportsman (though good luck figuring out which sport he plays from the somewhat ecclectic collection of memorabilia in his house), is all about style. His house has a contemporary, sunny feel to it, accented by carefully manicured greenery; and is fully equipped for the life of a debonaire young bachelor.

Ground Floor
The ground floor hosts the centre of the house: the open plan kitchen/living/dining room, with plenty of space for entertaining - although it must be pointed out that the baseball bat on the glass coffee table is for eyes only...
Across the hall is the gym, smartly equipped and complete with a small attached shower room. Privacy glass in the front windows ensures that passers-by can only see muscles, and not anything so detailed as sweat stains or tears of rage; while at the rear, sliding doors open onto the small covered porch and the huge patio - and also offer a handy way to air the place out when necessary.

First Floor
The first floor is dominated by Tyler's bedroom; a luxurious room with fantastic views over the two balconies - one ornamental, and one functional, the latter equipped with a small breakfast table and a telescope (for spying on the other guys' training sessions, you see). The master bathroom comes equipped with a corner tub and shower and, in one of the earlier pics I took, a mysterious bathing woman. She clearly vanished back down the plughole before I got to taking floorplan shots. The spare bedroom sports (ha! geddit?!) a fold-away double bed, so the room can be converted for use as, well, almost anything, once Tyler's family have gone home; and with a conservatory window, even this small room feels spacious (and it has blinds, too, so Tyler's little siblings can be concei... yeah let's not go there).

No-one can be a half-way decent sportsman without having a love of the outdoors, and Tyler is no exception. The garden is low maintenance, and has plenty of space for victory celebrations - not to mention starting five BBQ fires in the process of taking one fricking photo. The swimming pool, apart from being, well, a swimming pool, provides a beautiful backdrop to the living room, sparkling quietly through those tall windows.

Sports Facilities
Sticking with the outdoors theme for a moment, the house comes equipped with a netball hoop, so that Tyler can make all his friends feel terribly inferior. Through the window, the gym, and one of those "spot the person as they looked ten years ago" games - sorry, I mean a team photo - and other assorted memorabilia. There's nothing like staring at your old coach's scowling face to motivate you to keep pedalling.

The Kitchen
Moving back inside, the kitchen is all fancy and shiny, and perfectly equipped for looking after guests - whether that means knocking together a meal for his parents, or boozing it up with his mates out of the wine cooler (turn around! It's right behind the camera...)

The Living Room
At the other end of the room, the living area provides a stylish and comfortable setting for Tyler and his mates to watch "The Big Game" (that's a thing, right?); or, as the case may be, for being more concerned with making bases himself than watching other people do it.

The Bedroom
And, finally, the master bedroom - with warm and sophisticated decor, and lots of soft surfaces for some more... personal relaxation. The sound of the fountains on the ornamental balcony make for beautiful dreams; and if not, well, there's always the option of watching Badly Dubbed Porn at 3 in the morning (when the hell else would they air it?).

Good god, I have no idea how I'm going to manage to do the triplets family in 8 pics. o.O
I also have one question - which may turn out to be academic, but it'd be good to know anyway: are we allowed to switch games - to do some rounds using TS2, and some using TS3?

What I lack in decorum, I make up for with an absence of tact.
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#50 Old 1st Mar 2012 at 5:16 PM
whiterider... you can't swap between the games for you entries! As for the triplets family, you have 5 free pictures to work with (assuming you build two floors) so I would suggest highlighting your favourite areas or rooms that show of elements of the brief... You don't have to show off all of the girls' rooms, too... as long as the look good in the overhead, you can just show your favourite(s)!
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