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LifesLover
6th Sep 2010, 11:15 PM
Welcome to

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(The Build to Plan Contest!)

For the Sims 3, this contest will stretch your building skills as you attempt to build, not from your vision, but from the vision of real-life architects!

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Each round will feature a different period in time and a different style within that time period.
You must go online and find a set of floor plans of a house that was built in that period of style.
Utilizing the Sims 3, you must build this house as close as possible to the floor plans! Sounds easy, right?


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You must find a legitimate floor plan to build from! This means that it can’t be a floor plan that you made up! This also means that you have to post a link to the floor plans in your post when you feature your house.
The floor plan you find must be within the style featured during that round. That means that if the style is Victorian, you have to find a Victorian floor plan!
You must build the Sims 3 house as close as possible to the floor plan. While there will obviously be some room for leniency, since the Sims 3 doesn’t allow for the same options as real life does, if your house does not even look like the house in the floor plans, you will lose major points!
To go along with the last rule, if there is no basement in the floor plans or described somewhere in the description, then you are not allowed to build one. If there is nothing mentioned about a basement, assume one doesn’t exist! This also pertains to foundations. If you can see that there’s no foundation, or only a very small, slight one, then don’t build it on a foundation. If there are L-shaped or U-shaped or whatever-shaped stairs, then don’t just put a regular stair in. It has to be like the floor plan! If the stairs are just not possible within the Sims 3 universe, then do as close as you can.
Your floor plan must have at least one street view picture and at least one floor plan picture per floor. This is mostly standard and should not be difficult to find. From experience with building with real life floor plans, I urge you to find floor plans with large, clear pictures. This will make it easier to see just how big you need to make everything. This is not, however, a requirement. Just make sure that the floor plan is viewable.
You are not allowed to upload your entry to MTS until after the round it’s in is over. This is so the only judging that can be done is through the pictures, keeping the scoring even and fair for all contestants. Doing so will cause a ten point deduction in your score for that round.
It is solely up to your discretion to choose a lot size for your entry. There are multiple different lot sizes and it is up to you and the house/floor plan you chose to figure out which one will best work for you and your house.
Since these are to be floor plans you found online, you must post a link to the pictures you found and the site you found them on when you go to submit your entry! Also, in order to ensure that no one builds the same house, when you decide on a set of floor plans that you want, PM me the link so that I can make sure that no one else uses it! If you do not PM me the link then your entry will be null and void! Don't post the link in the contest thread unless you don't care about anyone else knowing what the house you're going to build will look like before you post your entry. You can post it there if you want, I'll check the thread constantly for questions and I'll see it, but I'd much prefer a PM to stay organized.
To get you started on finding houses during each round, here's a link to several sites that offer plans. You do not have to find your plan from these sites. They're merely there to help. Finding a plan from a different site will not disqualify you.

Amazing Plans (www.amazingplans.com)
The Plan Collection (www.theplancollection.com) Cornerstone Custom Designs (www.cornerstonecustomdesigns.com)

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Each round you will be given a possibility of 100 points, plus a 10 point bonus category that will change each round. This gives you a total of 110 points per round which you can strive to obtain.

Likeness: Just how close does your house match the house in your floor plans? Since this is the whole point of the contest, this is a major scoring factor. ~~ 30 points.
Landscaping: Just because this contest is about the house doesn’t mean you can slouch on the outside. We’re going for a whole look, so try and do something on the outside that matches the style of the round. If your floor plan includes details on the outside, try to match those details as closely as you can. ~~ 15 points.
Technique: Real life houses have many features that are either just not possible or require various cheats and a certain bit of experience or ability to read tutorials. Split level stairs are just one example. When looking for a set of floor plans, try to make sure that you can actually achieve, for the most part, what’s in the floor plans. ~~ 10 points.
Appeal: Does your house flow? If we were able to walk through it, or have our Sims walk through it, would each room flow with the next one? Make sure that your house goes. ~~ 15 points.
Presentation: Since you will not be able to upload these houses for judging and you are not allowed to upload your house to MTS for download until after the round is over, your pictures have to show exactly what your house looks like. Make sure that your pictures show the rooms off to their best advantage. Get good angles, make your pictures big enough to see (I have horrendous eyesight!), and make sure that your presentation is contest-worthy. ~~ 10 points.
Custom Content: Custom content is allowed, up to a certain point. You are allowed only 10 pieces of custom content. Each piece of custom content, however, deducts one point away this score. This means that if you don’t use any CC, you’ll gain full points in this category. One piece of custom content does not mean each individual piece of the same thing. If you use the same custom window over and over, then it only counts as one. Same goes for counters, etc. ~~ 10 points.
Decoration/Theme: Floor plans don’t often show actual furnishing in the house aside from counters, tubs, sinks, laundry, etc. etc. Beds, couches, TVs, etc. etc. are solely up to the discretion of you if they are not shown in the floor plans or interior shots that some plans may include. Make sure it’s well-decorated and furnished, inside and out, and that it follows the style of the period. ~~ 10 points.
Bonus Category: Each round will feature a 10 point bonus category. This will change with each round. Scoring in this category follows a did you do it and did you do it well format. If you didn’t do it, then you won’t receive points. If you did it, but not all that well, then you’ll receive five points. If you did it fantastically and made it work well, then you’ll receive the full 10 points. This category is completely optional and you do not have to participate within the confines of the category. If you choose not to, you will not receive the 10 points. If you choose to and you do it correctly, you will receive the 10 points. ~~ 10 points.


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You must have the required pictures when you submit your entry. These include:

A photo of one bedroom.
A photo of one bathroom.
A photo of the street view from a Sims point of view.
A photo of the kitchen.
A photo of the living room.
A photo for each level of your house. These can be collaged. You can even collage them with the photos of the floor plans you based it on if you so desire.
You are allowed four bonus pictures of whatever you wish. You may even collage two of them together if you so desire.

Make sure that these pictures are clear and easy to see and view. Try not to make them exceedingly large because not everyone has fast internet and a lot of pictures in one thread can make it difficult for some to get around.
When you are ready to submit your entry, take your photos, upload them to the imaging site of your choosing (I use photobucket myself), take the link to the photo, wrap them in [ IMG ] [ / IMG ] tags, and post your entry and you’re done.

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There are four judges, including myself. Each one will bring their own unique perspective. There will be no biased judging, so any comments about any supposed bias are unnecessary. Judging will follow the scoring criteria. Judges comments are optional, though we shall try to make our best effort to comment on each entry in order to give you any feedback that will help. If you want any judges’ comments, please send me a PM after scores for each round are given in order to receive any that might exist.

fragglerocks (http://www.modthesims.info/member.php?u=3229822)
heaven_sent_8_18 (http://www.modthesims.info/member.php?u=2650007)
Sookielee (http://www.modthesims.info/member.php?u=2817493)
LifesLover (aka Me) (http://www.modthesims.info/member.php?u=4112361)


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This is a no-elimination contest. If you get in during the application stage, you will stay through to the end. If you need to drop out at any point in time, please give notice to me through either a post in the thread or send me a private message.
From the time the round is posted to the time it is closed one week later (there will be a timer for each round that you can check on), you are allowed to post your entry and then make any subsequent changes. It is also encouraged and welcomed that contestants give feedback on each other’s houses. We are all trying to learn here and grow as builders.
If you decide to use custom content, you must say that you used custom content and you must say what custom content you used. If you didn’t use custom content, then say so in your entry post. If you do not, we’ll assume that you did.
STORE CONTENT DOES NOT COUNT TOWARDS CC. USE AS MUCH AS YOU WANT WITH NO PENALTIES.
Please read the rules for the Sims Contest forum before deciding to enter the contest. The judges and I shall follow these rules completely in addition to the rules of this contest. They can be found here (http://www.modthesims.info/showthread.php?t=341258).

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There shall be five rounds; the period and style will be disclosed at the time of the round in question.

Round One: Classy Contemporary (http://linna.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=3309451&postcount=3) {9/6/10 - 9/21/10} | Timer (http://www.timeanddate.com/counters/customcounter.html?month=9&day=14&year=2010&hour=11+am&min=00&sec=&p0=207) | Scores (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=3324122&postcount=190)
Round Two: Southern Plantation (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=3322789&postcount=161) {9/21/10 - 9/28/10} | Timer (http://www.timeanddate.com/counters/customcounter.html?month=09&day=28&year=2010&hour=12pm&min=00&sec=00&p0=207) | Scores (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=3338973&postcount=363)
Round Three: Victorian (http://nene.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=3331860&postcount=315) {10/2/10 - 10/12/10} | Timer (http://www.timeanddate.com/counters/customcounter.html?month=10&day=12&year=2010&hour=12+pm&min=00&sec=00&p0=207) | Scores (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=3354770&postcount=440)
Round Four: Tudor (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=3343221&postcount=398) {10/16/10 - 10/26/10} | Timer (http://www.timeanddate.com/counters/customcounter.html?month=10&day=26&year=2010&hour=15&min=00&sec=00&p0=207) | Scores (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=3367524&postcount=451)


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A list of all contestants who post an entry. Please no spam-like comments such as reserve for entry or the like. Your entry will be considered part of the contest when you submit it, not a minute before.

sandymdh - R1 (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=3313379&postcount=32) | R2 (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=3326156&postcount=222) | R3 (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=3337998&postcount=362) | R4 (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=3349187&postcount=419)
serraphinn - R1 (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=3313693&postcount=38) | R2 (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=3324216&postcount=192) | R3 (http://nene.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=3332424&postcount=327) | 0
Dragonball161 - R1 (http://nene.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=3314827&postcount=50) | 0 | 0 | 0
GloamingMerle - R1 (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=3315933&postcount=53) | R2 (http://nene.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=3328431&postcount=252) | 0 | 0
suzetter - R1 (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=3315997&postcount=54) | R2 (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=3330689&postcount=305) | R3 (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=3336876&postcount=358) | R4 (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=3348132&postcount=417)
missroxor - R1 (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=3316034&postcount=55) | R2 (http://nene.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=3328507&postcount=259) | R3 (http://nene.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=3333987&postcount=339) | R4 (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=3350770&postcount=431)
jewaukeela - R1 (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=3320393&postcount=108) | R2 (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=3324897&postcount=209) | 0 | 0
wickedblue - R1 (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=3320834&postcount=116) | R2 (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=3326270&postcount=223) | R3 (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=3337977&postcount=361) | R4 (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=3348670&postcount=418)
Dantes - R1 (http://nene.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=3320985&postcount=131) | R2 (http://nene.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=3328399&postcount=251) | R3 (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=3339531&postcount=369) | R4 (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=3350555&postcount=428)
aUserName -R1 (http://nene.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=3321573&postcount=145) | R2 (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=3328729&postcount=269) | R3 (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=3340779&postcount=388) | R4 (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=3350902&postcount=433)
dusica - R1 (http://nene.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=3321608&postcount=147) | 0 | 0 | 0
Cloudburst - R1 (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=3322051&postcount=157) | R2 (http://nene.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=3328495&postcount=257) | R3 (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=3339710&postcount=370) | R4 (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=3351272&postcount=435)



Judges Entries
Judges' entries shall not be scored and the judges are free to upload them whenever they wish. They are there to show an example of what the contest is about.

heaven_sent_8_18 - R1 (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=3317634&postcount=76) | R2 (http://nene.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=3328129&postcount=239) | R3 (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=3339021&postcount=364)

If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to either send me a PM or ask your question within the thread.

beeps
6th Sep 2010, 11:16 PM
Contest Approved
Begins 9.6.10
Ends 10.6.10

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.

LifesLover
7th Sep 2010, 1:57 AM
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Welcome to Round One of the Build to Plan Contest!

This round deals with contemporary plans. Go forth and find a plan that embodies the spirit of contemporary!

The rules from above apply.

The bonus category (which I stress that you don't have to do) is this. You must take the pattern shown and use it well in one room. This means that you must take the pattern and repeat it throughout this room.

It does not matter which room, just that you repeat the pattern. You also do not have to use the same color for the pattern. It's either 0, 5 or 10 points, nothing less, nothing more. Whether you used it well is entirely up to the discretion of the judges.

If this room is not one of the required rooms for pictures, then you will have to use one of your four bonus pictures for this room. YOU MUST HAVE A PICTURE OF THIS ROOM IN ORDER TO GET CREDIT FOR IT.

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The pattern can be found under the CAS tool under the sub section Fabrics, nearer to the bottom of the section than the top. It's the first, larger one. DO NOT USE THE SMALLER PATTERN: YOU WON'T RECEIVE POINTS.

If you need a screenshot of the location in CAST, then please inform me and I will try to get one. I tried with the in-game camera but it didn't work, so I'd have to do something else to get it.

The original pattern turned out to be from Ambitions, so I've replaced it with, hopefully, a base game pattern. If not, please inform me. I'll uninstall my games and hopefully find one that's just base game.

This round ends on Tuesday, September 14th, at 11:00 a.m., Eastern USA time. CLICK HERE FOR THE TIMER (http://www.timeanddate.com/counters/customcounter.html?month=9&day=14&year=2010&hour=11+am&min=00&sec=&p0=207)

PLANS

sandymdh - House Plan #OHP-990225 (http://www.theplancollection.com/house-plans/home-plan-19411)
Cloudburst - House Plan #496-1 (http://www.houseplans.com/3882-square-feet-5-bedroom-2.5-bathroom-Contemporary-House-Plans-2-garage-%2835959%29)
suzetter - House Plan #TDH-HDS-4008 (Eastwood) (http://www.thehousedesigners.com/plan_details.asp?PlanNum=4008)
Dantes - House Plan #TDH-AMD-5902 (Halstad) (http://www.thehousedesigners.com/plan_details.asp?PlanNum=5902)
serraphinn - House Plan #TDH-NFA-6545 (Coralwood) (http://www.thehousedesigners.com/plan_details.asp?PlanNum=6545)
missroxor - House Plan # Ganache (http://www.theplancollection.com/house-plans/home-plan-25557)
Dragonball161 - House Plan # 469-2 (http://www.houseplans.com/plan_details.asp?planId=33636)
GloamingMerle - House Plan #AFLFPW03053 (http://www.floorplans.com/plan-detail/AFLFPW03053/striking-vertical-design)
sleepyrose - House Plans #Monocle (http://www.theplancollection.com/house-plans/home-plan-22339)
aUserName - House Plan #HWEPL69455 (http://www.eplans.com/contemporary_house-plans/HWEPL69455.hwx)
jewaukeela - House Plan #64-167 (http://www.houseplans.com/2269-square-feet-3-bedroom-3-bathroom-Contemporary-House-Plans-2-garage-%2831953%29)
wickedblue - House Plan #RHP-1418 (http://www.amazingplans.com/catalog.php?action=124&item_id=18798)
dusica - House Plan #chp-16332 (http://details.coolhouseplans.com/details.html?pid=chp-16332&FoundID=14&sid=chp23&ordercode=C101)

smillasnightmare
7th Sep 2010, 3:30 PM
Wow, that's kinda hard... I mean, you expect People to build as close to a Plan as possible and then only allow them 10 Pieces of CC... What if EA didn't make Windows similar to those on the Plan? Then you've got a Problem because a House normally has more than 10 Windows... I can either build after a Plan or a Picture or without CC, both is too hard for me :/ Though I'd love to join this Contest, I'll follow it for sure...

sandymdh
7th Sep 2010, 5:28 PM
I'm building a new world, helping someone else with theirs and will still make sure I find the time for this! Thanks guys for doing a contest so soon- I'll help you judge another one when I consider myself a good enough builder lol.

fragglerocks
7th Sep 2010, 5:35 PM
Wow, that's kinda hard... I mean, you expect People to build as close to a Plan as possible and then only allow them 10 Pieces of CC... What if EA didn't make Windows similar to those on the Plan? Then you've got a Problem because a House normally has more than 10 Windows... I can either build after a Plan or a Picture or without CC, both is too hard for me :/ Though I'd love to join this Contest, I'll follow it for sure...

If you use 10 of the same window, it will only count as one piece of CC. So even if you plop down 100 of the same window, it will only deduct one point.

I don't think 1 point will make all the difference in the world. The last contest we had, if you used only 1 piece of CC, that was a 10 point deduction! Yikes!

I think this will be fun and exciting. I offered to judge before I knew all the details, but now I'm sad I did because I want to build some of these house plans I've had bookmarked forever! ;)

Good luck to everyone!

heaven
7th Sep 2010, 5:42 PM
Wow, that's kinda hard... I mean, you expect People to build as close to a Plan as possible and then only allow them 10 Pieces of CC... What if EA didn't make Windows similar to those on the Plan? Then you've got a Problem because a House normally has more than 10 Windows
You can use the same window over and over: One piece of custom content does not mean each individual piece of the same thing. If you use the same custom window over and over, then it only counts as one. Same goes for counters, etc.
This contest is about getting the house as close as possible. We understand that EA does not give you the same door and window options. We're not asking you to spend most of your time searching for or making CC that matches the plans exactly. Take what you have available and do the best that you can.

LifesLover
7th Sep 2010, 6:08 PM
Wow, that's kinda hard... I mean, you expect People to build as close to a Plan as possible and then only allow them 10 Pieces of CC... What if EA didn't make Windows similar to those on the Plan? Then you've got a Problem because a House normally has more than 10 Windows... I can either build after a Plan or a Picture or without CC, both is too hard for me :/ Though I'd love to join this Contest, I'll follow it for sure...

A contest is meant to be both challenging and fun. I give you the CC I do because I want the house to be close to the plan. And like the judges have already said, 1 piece of CC includes multiples of the same CC. If it were too easy, I honestly don't feel that the participants would have as much fun. And both the judges and I understand that you can't match things exactly. Try to find a plan that fits both the CC and the game content that you have. It can be done. If you're worried about losing the CC, then you can opt for the bonus category that can net you an extra 10 points to make up for the CC points you might possibly lose.

I'm building a new world, helping someone else with theirs and will still make sure I find the time for this! Thanks guys for doing a contest so soon- I'll help you judge another one when I consider myself a good enough builder lol.

Well, I hope that you can find the time to join this contest! We need at least 10 applicants in order to continue the contest and I'd love more. You sound as though you're very busy. ^_^

LifesLover
7th Sep 2010, 6:51 PM
Please note that any changes to the original post and the round posts will take a while to appear. If you need up to date information, please keep track of the thread in order to find things out as they happen. The time for the deadline, for example, has changed from 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 14th, to 11:00 a.m, eastern USA time.

Sookielee
7th Sep 2010, 6:52 PM
I have built many houses from plans and it can be a challenge not using cc. but using a window or door that fits the style or is similar in shape/size does normally work very well. Although EA does lack in the window/door department, they do cover most bases.

Good Luck Everyone!

sandymdh
7th Sep 2010, 11:50 PM
Will definitely have a go but have looked at so many plans tonight they are all starting to look the same... eh - and have I now totally lost the plot or did that pattern change?

LifesLover
7th Sep 2010, 11:54 PM
Yes, the pattern changed. I hope others see that it has as well. One of my judges told me that it was from Ambitions, so I had it changed. It was my fault for not checking to make sure it was base game in the first place.

fragglerocks
8th Sep 2010, 7:58 AM
Reading house plans and trying to figure out what the abbreviations means can be frustrating for the first timer, so I have found a website that can help. It lists all blueprint abbreviations in alphabetical order for you.

http://www.thehouseplanshop.com/38/content/Construction-Drawing-Abbreviations.php

Hiccle
8th Sep 2010, 3:23 PM
I would like to join. :)

Do you put participants on the list after they've posted the first application?

Cloudburst
8th Sep 2010, 3:56 PM
Might have a go at this one :)
Two quick questions though, when we send you the link to the plan, are you going to post it somewhere so we know which one's are already taken? And can we change floor plans once we've messaged you if it doesn't work out in game?

LifesLover
8th Sep 2010, 4:33 PM
I would like to join. :)

Do you put participants on the list after they've posted the first application?

You're more than welcome to join. However, you will not be on the list until you've submitted your entry. In order for your entry to be accepted, you'll need to either send me a PM with a link to your plan or post the link in this here thread.

Might have a go at this one :)
Two quick questions though, when we send you the link to the plan, are you going to post it somewhere so we know which one's are already taken? And can we change floor plans once we've messaged you if it doesn't work out in game?

Well, I do have a list of the contestants and their plans (only have one at the moment). I can certainly put up the list and links to their plans so you'll know which ones are taken. But it depends on if enough people want that and don't care if people know what they're building before hand.

Yes, you can change the floor plans as many times as you like so long as you have enough time to build it by the deadline and that the floor plan is not taken by someone else. Do try, however, to work as much with the floor plan you select before deciding that it's not doable and switch to a new one.

sandymdh
8th Sep 2010, 5:17 PM
I'm OK with people knowing which plan I chose - I have just built the shell. I realised some time in that I have probably picked one of the most annoying and tricky plans on the whole internet but I've started so I'll finish! The diagonal angles weren't the same as the Sims one and obviously the curved stairs were a no no but have done my best with a difficult plan. That's surely more fun than just copying something simple anyway. Have to say this idea of using plans is much harder than I'd thought!

LifesLover
8th Sep 2010, 5:21 PM
Wow, you're very quick. ^_^ Yes, building to a plan can be exceptionally difficult, and then you find that it just doesn't look very good when you're done. I hate it when that happens. I can't wait to see what you've come up with.

Okay, I'll put up a list of the plans taken in the rounds post up above, not the original post. This is so that the original post doesn't get cluttered with multiple plans for each contestant as we go through the rounds.

Thank you to everyone who's added the contest to their signature. Promoting this will help us get up to the 10 applicants we need to go forward with the contest. I'd love to have more, but we need at least 10.

missroxor
9th Sep 2010, 4:10 AM
I waited patiently to see what you'd come up with and it was so worth the wait, I love this idea!I love building to plans so it's right up my alley but unfortunately I have house guests early to mid Oct and probably wouldn't get the time to work on this :cry: I might still build houses to your theme as and when I can just for fun though. Hope you get your 10, good luck ;)

Edit: I'm not 100% sure but I don't think that blue pattern is base game...I think it either came with ambitions or with the patch that came out around then....could be wrong though :rolleyes:

Urgh, it's so tempting to just enter and not give a damn about having to miss out on points for a round or two :lol: I might wait until closer to the deadline and then if you don't have enough people I could enter just to make up the numbers for the first few rounds ;)

LifesLover
9th Sep 2010, 4:34 AM
Honestly, it took longer to get the contest approved then it did to come up with it. ^_^ But I'm so glad that people are finding this an interesting idea. I really wanted the contest to be a success and I figured this would be a good way to get attention and interest. I'm sorry to hear that you can't compete, although I would certainly love to see anything that you come up with along the way of the contest. I've had many people ask for a chat thread and, unfortunately, I just don't think I'm allowed to do that, so there's no other thread to just post houses that aren't meant to be entries. But you're welcome to do so in this thread.

Are you sure that the pattern is? Oh, fooie, guess that means I'm going to have to uninstall and find a base pattern to update with. Well, I'll uninstall and just check on the pattern and if it's not there, then I'll update it again. That's what I get for not doing it properly the first time. Okay, I uninstalled and re-installed on a different computer. The fabric was still there.

However, just to be completely sure, how would you guys feel about downloading a custom pattern that I'll provide? That way, you'll have it, no matter what combination of games you've got.

missroxor
9th Sep 2010, 4:42 AM
No I'm not sure about the pattern at all, it might've been there the whole time and it took me this long to notice :lol: I mean I only just found out sims can be professional gardeners and I've had ambitions since it came out! :rolleyes:

Edit: At least once the application round is over you'll have an idea of what EP/SPs contestants have so you might be able to use other patterns :P Also, somebody told me that some patterns came with the ambitions patch so it might be that it didn't come with the actuall EP, just the patch

LifesLover
9th Sep 2010, 4:52 AM
Yeah, I'm still discovering new patterns. I uninstalled all but the base game on a different computer, and the pattern was still there. It might've come in on the patch.

Now, what I can do, is either leave it or make a custom pattern that everybody can download. I'd wanted to avoid that because I have a feeling that some people are leery about downloading something they might not even like or use on a regular basis. But this way there'd be no mistaking what the pattern is. And this is the only round that the bonus category will feature a pattern. The challenge will change with each round.

Dantes
9th Sep 2010, 7:30 PM
Ok. I'm in. Here my plan:

http://www.thehousedesigners.com/plan_details.asp?PlanNum=5902

LifesLover
9th Sep 2010, 8:37 PM
Okay, everything seems in order. I'll add your plan to the list. Thanks for participating!

missroxor
10th Sep 2010, 10:41 AM
Quick quiery just in case I do get an entry in (apparently my guests don't arrive until 5th so I'd be cutting it fine and hoping there's no delays but should manage to join the contest): For the purposes of this round does contemporary and modern mean the same thing? I've found some nice houses that are listed under modern but not in contemporary though I don't know what the difference is, I thought they meant the same thing :rolleyes:

Anyway, I think I've decided on a plan just in tme for my printer to run out of ink so I can't actually work on it :wtf: : http://www.theplancollection.com/house-plans/home-plan-25557

Cloudburst
10th Sep 2010, 10:59 AM
Quick quiery just in case I do get an entry in (apparently my guests don't arrive until 5th so I'd be cutting it fine and hoping there's no delays but should manage to join the contest): For the purposes of this round does contemporary and modern mean the same thing? I've found some nice houses that are listed under modern but not in contemporary though I don't know what the difference is, I thought they meant the same thing :rolleyes:

Yours is similar to mine, which is listed as contemporary, so I guess they're the same?

Sookielee
10th Sep 2010, 3:13 PM
Many times the terms "Modern" and "Contemporary" are used interchangeably.

LifesLover
10th Sep 2010, 4:29 PM
In this case, modern and contemporary are one and the same. I have no objections to your plan, missroxor, and you're allowed to use it. At this time, with five rounds, we'd go over the deadline beeps set us. I might have to just cut it out entirely. But do not worry, I won't mind if you have to drop out. I only used Contemporary so I could use alliteration and I like contemporary more.

LifesLover
10th Sep 2010, 8:02 PM
Hey, guys, we have six plans reserved for the contest! We need at least four more to continue, so get looking at those plans, send them into me so I can put them on the plan list and promote the contest please!

If I missed anyone, please tell me so that I can get you on the list!

missroxor
11th Sep 2010, 8:59 AM
I've gone a bit CC crazy and I haven't even started decorating. What happens if you use more than 10 bits of CC? I know I'd lose the 10 points but after that....is there an additional point deduction or is it capped at 10?

LifesLover
11th Sep 2010, 4:05 PM
Honestly, I haven't thought about it. There will probably be an additional point deduction, since you're supposed to be capped at 10. How do you have over 10 CC and you haven't even started to decorate? Not every individual piece adds to the CC score, though, so maybe you don't have as much as you think you do. Say, like, you use a CC window. Well, that window will only be counted once, even if you use it 24 times on the house. A CC terrain paint would also only be counted once, even if you have it everywhere on the lot. Store content does not count as CC.

sandymdh
11th Sep 2010, 5:39 PM
OK So here is my entry. It's been a real challenge!
This house was listed under contemporary. It has some ranch style and meditteranean features. I kept the decor to warm neutral colours with some lighter blues and greens.The furnishings are mainly pine wood with some modern accessories. It boasts 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a pool, games room, study and beautiful garden. First here is the picture of the front on the plans.

http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz253/sandymdh/ELEV_LR990225_E_L_550.jpg

and here is my house

http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz253/sandymdh/front-1.jpg
Street View

http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz253/sandymdh/FLR_LR990225_F2_L_550.jpg

http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz253/sandymdh/first-1.jpg
First Floor

http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz253/sandymdh/FLR_LR990225_F1_L_550.jpg

http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz253/sandymdh/ground-2.jpg
Ground Floor


http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz253/sandymdh/lounge-1.jpg
Lounge

http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz253/sandymdh/bedroom-1.jpg
Bedroom (the room with the pattern)

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

http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz253/sandymdh/kitchen-1.jpg
Kitchen

http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz253/sandymdh/family.jpg
Family Room

http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz253/sandymdh/back-1.jpg
Garden and pool

http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz253/sandymdh/games.jpg
Games Room
[IMG]


I have used 9 pieces and loads of store items.

Sookielee
11th Sep 2010, 5:51 PM
@sandymdh: We do need to see the layout of your plan in addition to the front view.

sandymdh
11th Sep 2010, 5:54 PM
do you want me to just add the link to the entry or actually put the pictures on there?

LifesLover
11th Sep 2010, 6:46 PM
Wonderful entry. Just add a link if you don't want to deal with putting the rest of the plans up.

And yes, you have to say that you used CC, although you don't need to list the exact CC you used unless you want to or another contestant asks. If you do not say that you used CC or that you didn't, we'll assume that you did.

You seem to be missing pictures, though, sandymdh, including a required one. You need to have a picture of the kitchen, required, and you have two extra bonus pics that you can use if you'd so like. I'd suggest using all of the pictures you can in order to give us the best, most accurate view of your house. I love the pattern that you used for the bathroom tile. Where is it in CAST or is it a CC?

Yay, the first entry! Let's see some more people. The deadline for this round is on Tuesday! If we do not fill up the required amount of contestants, then I'll extend it for another week until we do. Otherwise, the contest will close.

sandymdh
11th Sep 2010, 7:12 PM
OK will add more before Tuesday. It is amazingly a base game pattern under 'tiles' - I've recoloured it as it should be a bright green and orange colour. The only pattern that was my own was the one in the lounge.

missroxor
11th Sep 2010, 11:00 PM
Sandy, I was gonna ask about that lounge paint, it's beautiful. Really makes me think I ought to get my ass in gear and check out that pattern maker! Your house is huge! Must've taken ages to build.

Honestly, I haven't thought about it. There will probably be an additional point deduction, since you're supposed to be capped at 10. How do you have over 10 CC and you haven't even started to decorate? Not every individual piece adds to the CC score, though, so maybe you don't have as much as you think you do. Say, like, you use a CC window. Well, that window will only be counted once, even if you use it 24 times on the house. A CC terrain paint would also only be counted once, even if you have it everywhere on the lot. Store content does not count as CC.
No, really :lol: well I haven't counted yet but I'm using Hudy777' segmented modern windows, I think I've used about 4 different segments bit my windows are now almost exactly like the plans so I'm not changing them. I've also used blue tinted glass flooring for the canopy, decorative glass panels and a custom column to make the sliding/folding doors....that's 7 already and I've just started decorating the kitchen which is almost entirely CC :rolleyes:

Obviously I'm extremely biased but I think you should cap the point deduction at 10 so if people use a butt load of CC then they just have to accept a 10 point deduction ;) It's quite difficult to make an exact replica with only EA stuff (even with store stuff).

I'm surprised more people haven't joined, I expected to see more people from the foundations social group :(

serraphinn
12th Sep 2010, 12:14 AM
I'm kinda nervous to post this after seeing the other house... but here goes:

The plan I used was this one: http://www.thehousedesigners.com/plan_details.asp?PlanNum=6545

It looks like this: http://www.thehousedesigners.com/images/plans/NFA/B-95010/Color%20Rend.jpg

Here's my version: http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o170/serraphinn/houseplancontest/house%201/1-streetview.jpg

And the floor plan: http://www.thehousedesigners.com/images/plans/NFA/B-95010/Main.gif

And mine: http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o170/serraphinn/houseplancontest/house%201/1-topview2.jpg

The master bedroom: http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o170/serraphinn/houseplancontest/house%201/1-masterbed2.jpg

The main bathroom: http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o170/serraphinn/houseplancontest/house%201/1-bath.jpg

The kitchen: http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o170/serraphinn/houseplancontest/house%201/1-kitchen.jpg

The living room: http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o170/serraphinn/houseplancontest/house%201/1-livingroom.jpg

The room with the pattern: http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o170/serraphinn/houseplancontest/house%201/1-patternroom.jpg

But you can see the patten more clearly here: http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o170/serraphinn/houseplancontest/house%201/1-patternroom2.jpg

Here's the dining room: http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o170/serraphinn/houseplancontest/house%201/1-diningroom.jpg

And last but not least the backyard: http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o170/serraphinn/houseplancontest/house%201/1-backyard.jpg

I only used 1 piece of custom content and that's the windows I used throughout. It can be downloaded here (http://www.thesimsresource.com/downloads/details/category/sims3-objects-buildmode-windows/title/casement-window-4/id/963480/) from TSR.

I hope you guys like my entry :giggler:

Ive
12th Sep 2010, 12:29 AM
Good luck to all the contestants :) Great entries so far.

LifesLover
12th Sep 2010, 3:11 AM
Wonderful job. Well, missroxor, that is a lot of CC. The reason I gave 10 pieces was so that people could have some leniency with the plan and not lose too many points. Obviously, there has to be some penalty for going over the 10 piece cap, since that is part of the rules. The easiest thing would be to deduct a few points from the total score for the overage, but I don't really want to take away points. I might make it so that you can't participate in a bonus category in another round, but that takes away points, too, and your free will to choose whether or not you want to participate in the category. I will have to ask my judges and think of what to do. In the end, we may not penalize it.

Great job, serraphinn. Your entry seems to be in order and I will add you to the contestants list.

That's 2 down, just need 8 more!

I don't know why more people haven't been interested. It might be that I made it too hard or this is just a bad time for most people. Please try and advertise. LOL, I've even been posting more in the discussion areas in order to show it off on my signature, but if people aren't interested than they're just not interested.

There's a little less than three days left to get your Round One entries in! I can't wait to see everything else! Good luck to all of the contestants!

heaven
12th Sep 2010, 3:59 AM
Congratulations to both of you who already have your entries in. I know it must have been a task to get everything together so quickly. Just as a suggestion: I feel it would be easiest for me (and others) to view the actual floorplans and yours if they are rotated the same way. I know you don't have to and it wouldn't be a point deduction (unless Lifeslover states they need to be the same) but it just would be SO much easier to compare! I know...I am lazy. :giggler:

Sookielee
12th Sep 2010, 4:19 AM
I agree with heaven_sent_8_18. It would make things easier for us judges if the floor plan pic was posted with the entry. Also showing your layout pic in the same orientation as the floor plan would make things easier and show off just how close you got your house. But all of this is lifeLovers call.

LifesLover
12th Sep 2010, 4:20 AM
No, there's no need for a point deduction on it, although I do agree, it would be much easier if the plans were rotated the same way. I meant to make mention of it in my last post, but I must've forgotten.

Dragonball161
12th Sep 2010, 7:53 AM
Ok, I'm intrigued! I'll try this out!

LifesLover
12th Sep 2010, 8:13 AM
Great! Send me a link to your plan once you've picked it and I'll add it to the list. Once you post your entry, I'll add you as a contestant.

Dragonball161
12th Sep 2010, 10:35 PM
I think I have the frame up, had a battle between two sizes, but I think the larger is better, at least it gives more room to work with. Now to decorate.

One question, my plan does not have a garage, but in one of the pictures of it, it shows "optional garage," which is linked to the plan, and I have built the garage, but I was wondering if I could include it, or if it needs to be excluded.

LifesLover
12th Sep 2010, 11:34 PM
Well, you're to build what's in the plan, including anything that's mentioned. If there's an optional garage, then it's up to you whether or not you want to build it and include it. You can do either one, I don't mind.

GloamingMerle
13th Sep 2010, 1:21 AM
Oh my gosh.. I JUST noticed this contest today. *facepalm* Anywho, this looks like great fun, so here's my floorplan choice: http://www.floorplans.com/plan-detail/AFLFPW03053/striking-vertical-design

The 1st floor pic is kinda stupidly small, but I really fell in love with the overall design.

Edit: Oh, never mind.. The picture size won't be a problem. Once I saved it and opened the file it came out MUCH bigger than it was on the website for some reason. :D

LifesLover
13th Sep 2010, 1:34 AM
Yay, it's great to have you join! I'll put your plan on the list. The deadline is Tuesday at 11:00 am eastern usa time.

Dragonball161
13th Sep 2010, 8:34 AM
I have chosen to do a very modern, and relatively small house for this round. I got the wall, floor, and ceiling colors from the PLANS (http://www.houseplans.com/plan_details.asp?planId=33636), as well as some of the furniture. No custom content has been used, asides from the allowed store content.

Here are the house plans with the overview screenshots:
http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j56/MarlineBall161/sims%203/Build%20a%20Plan/Application/FloorPlans.jpg

Peggy Lavender and her partner are the testers for this house, which seems to be fully functional, except for the master closet. From the street, you notice the modern design, flat roof, and modern potted plants. Looking face-on, one will notice that he can look straight through the house to see the back porch, or the light house across the bay. The wood paneling on the side flows near-seamlessly into the decking of the front porch and walkway.
http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j56/MarlineBall161/sims%203/Build%20a%20Plan/Application/NewFront.jpg

Walking into the front door, one is immediately greeted by a surprisingly large-feeling living room considering the home is only five-tiles wide. The furnishings continue the modern theme from the outside, inside.
http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j56/MarlineBall161/sims%203/Build%20a%20Plan/Application/LivingRoom.jpg

Next is the kitchen, although it is all the same in this open-floor-plan home. While small, the kitchen has plenty of storage, as well as the best appliances, including a trash compactor.
http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j56/MarlineBall161/sims%203/Build%20a%20Plan/Application/Kitchen.jpg

Both bathrooms are just off the kitchen, one's a half-bath, and the other is this full-bath, complete with a shower-tub. Additional nick-knacks help with storage issues under the sink.
http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j56/MarlineBall161/sims%203/Build%20a%20Plan/Application/FullBath.jpg

The upper level consists of two rooms, one of which is a second bedroom and study. The wall of windows into the hallway helps this tiny room feel larger than it is.
http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j56/MarlineBall161/sims%203/Build%20a%20Plan/Application/SecondBedroom-Study.jpg

The other room on the upper level is the master bedroom. Keeping with the modern theme, the hallway flows into it without a door. An interesting windowed closet helps with the openness of the room, which shows off an intricate pattern throughout, including the head-rests of the chairs to sip morning coffee in, and the statue that adds character to the corner of the closet.
http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j56/MarlineBall161/sims%203/Build%20a%20Plan/Application/NewMasterBedroom.jpg

Going back downstairs, one can go out the back door and see the beautiful deck that once again feels as if it flows from the wall onto the ground. The lounge chairs add for a nice resting place, while a large table (featured in the plans) offers a nice outdoor dining room.
http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j56/MarlineBall161/sims%203/Build%20a%20Plan/Application/BackYard.jpg

Finally, we have some concept art as comparisons for what the designer thought the front and rear should look like.
http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j56/MarlineBall161/sims%203/Build%20a%20Plan/Application/FrontandRear.jpg

I have made the changes mentioned, and added some more pictures. I have the required pictures, highlighting their key-words in my little tour-text, and the bonus pictures are the bedroom/study, the back, and the collage of concept art.

LifesLover
13th Sep 2010, 2:59 PM
Would you mind getting a shot of just the house, street view? From the angle you've got it, I can't see it straight on.

Also, you're not allowed more than one shot for the bedroom, unless you use them as your bonus pictures, in which case it's fine if you collage them, although you're only allowed two pictures collaged together. So, fix your pics and state what CC you used, if any.

Here's a heads up, guys! There is only 1 day and 1 hour until the round closes! If I don't get the minimum amount of applications by then, I'll be forced to extend the deadline up to another week: but this means we'll only be able to get through 3 or 4 rounds, unless beeps is willing to extend the deadline of the contest.

2 more people are needed to finish up the plans list, and then we need 7 entries.

Dragonball161
14th Sep 2010, 8:11 AM
Made changes, added bonus pics. Had to demolish a wall that kept getting in the way to take the new master bedroom pic, but I didn't save changes. Small houses are complex to photograph. And not installing CC helps in not using CC, but that is stated as well now.

Hope you get one more contestant by the time.

GloamingMerle
14th Sep 2010, 8:34 AM
Original Concept Art

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y133/GloamingMerle/OriginalFrontAerial.jpg

Bonus Pic #1 Aerial View

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y133/GloamingMerle/FrontAerial.jpg

Street View

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y133/GloamingMerle/Streetview.jpg

1st Floor

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y133/GloamingMerle/Original1stFloor.jpg

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y133/GloamingMerle/1stFloor.jpg

2nd Floor

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y133/GloamingMerle/Original2ndFloor.jpg

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y133/GloamingMerle/2ndFloor.jpg

3rd Floor!?

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y133/GloamingMerle/3rdFloor.jpg

For some reason there is no 3rd floor included in the website floor plans, but in the concept art you can clearly see the 3rd floor so I added one.

Bedroom

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y133/GloamingMerle/Bedroom.jpg

Bathroom w/ Bonus Pattern

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y133/GloamingMerle/Bathroom.jpg

The bathroom is rather cramped, and has these weird walls dividing the plumbing. I tried to utilize the mirror to show as much as the bathroom as I could in one shot. Also, I just LOVE that pattern!

Kitchen

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y133/GloamingMerle/Kitchen.jpg

Had to use an extreme fish-eye lens in order to get the most of this shot. It looks a little funny, but it gives you the idea. You can also catch a glimpse of the dining room from here!

Livingroom

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y133/GloamingMerle/Livingroom.jpg

This looks like a fire waiting to happen, if the Sims 3 fireplaces are anything like the Sims 2 fireplaces, which is why there's a fire alarm installed. :D

Diningroom Bonus Pic #2

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y133/GloamingMerle/Dining.jpg

Spare shot, just because I like how the dining area came out.

Teen Bedroom Bonus Pic #3

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y133/GloamingMerle/TeenBedroom.jpg

I used 8 pieces of CC in this lot.

suzetter
14th Sep 2010, 10:43 AM
Well, that was certainly challenging as I don't usually build from floor plans. It was fun to do and I now have a nice big, new, Sim house. The house is one story and spread out so I created it on a 30x40 lot to have a backyard and lawn that was in a proportion suitable to the house. I used 3 pieces of cc - the living room sofa, the living room chairs, the window over the counter in the kitchen.



ORIGINAL FLOOR PLAN AND ARTIST RENDERING:

http://i677.photobucket.com/albums/vv132/sirodriguez/Wallpaper/Build%20to%20Plan%20TS3%20Contest/2244-cr.jpg

http://i677.photobucket.com/albums/vv132/sirodriguez/Wallpaper/Build%20to%20Plan%20TS3%20Contest/2244f_1contempiraryfloorplan.jpg



OVERVIEW OF HOUSE I CREATED:

http://i677.photobucket.com/albums/vv132/sirodriguez/Wallpaper/Build%20to%20Plan%20TS3%20Contest/LotOverview2.jpg



FRONT VIEW:

http://i677.photobucket.com/albums/vv132/sirodriguez/Wallpaper/Build%20to%20Plan%20TS3%20Contest/FrontView.jpg




LIVING ROOM:

http://i677.photobucket.com/albums/vv132/sirodriguez/Wallpaper/Build%20to%20Plan%20TS3%20Contest/LivingRoom.jpg




MASTER BEDROOM:

http://i677.photobucket.com/albums/vv132/sirodriguez/Wallpaper/Build%20to%20Plan%20TS3%20Contest/MasterBedroom.jpg




KITCHEN: (stainless Steel Appliances):

http://i677.photobucket.com/albums/vv132/sirodriguez/Wallpaper/Build%20to%20Plan%20TS3%20Contest/kitchen2.jpg



BATHROOM: (Kids shared bathroom):

http://i677.photobucket.com/albums/vv132/sirodriguez/Wallpaper/Build%20to%20Plan%20TS3%20Contest/KidsSharedBathroom-1.jpg


STUDY and FAMILY ROOM (2 Rooms)

http://i677.photobucket.com/albums/vv132/sirodriguez/Wallpaper/Build%20to%20Plan%20TS3%20Contest/Study2-1.jpg



DINING ROOM

http://i677.photobucket.com/albums/vv132/sirodriguez/Wallpaper/Build%20to%20Plan%20TS3%20Contest/DiningRoompic.jpg




Master Bathroom


http://i677.photobucket.com/albums/vv132/sirodriguez/Wallpaper/Build%20to%20Plan%20TS3%20Contest/MasterBathwithWalkInClosets.jpg


Bonus Pattern:

I used this in the bathroom by the LIving Room. I used it "as is" on the hand towels, changed colors and reversed the Color & White on the wash clothes, the walls/tile floor/back of shower are a muted pale version of the original color.

http://i677.photobucket.com/albums/vv132/sirodriguez/Wallpaper/Build%20to%20Plan%20TS3%20Contest/Bathroom-BonusPrint.jpg

missroxor
14th Sep 2010, 12:07 PM
The Micro Modern

Original Plans can be found here: http://www.houseplans.com/817-square-feet-2-bedroom-2-bathroom-Luxury-home-plans-0-garage-(34825)

Street Viewhttp://i859.photobucket.com/albums/ab154/missroxor/Build%20to%20Plan/StreetView-1.jpg
Planshttp://i859.photobucket.com/albums/ab154/missroxor/Build%20to%20Plan/Plans.jpg
The micro modern reatures the following:
- Open plan kitchen, diner and living room
- A Master Suite comprising a double bedroom, built in wardrobe, Master Bathroom and a small but private patio
- 2nd Bedroom with built in wardrobe
- Family bathroom
- Designer/Artist's Studio (Outbuilding)
- Pool with water feature
- Outdoor eating area with fire place
- 2x bike racks
- 1x car port

I have kept the furniture in the same layout as the plans put changed some colours and added some bits and bobs to make it look more lived in.

Bonus #1 - Back Viewhttp://i859.photobucket.com/albums/ab154/missroxor/Build%20to%20Plan/BackView-1.jpg
Living Roomhttp://i859.photobucket.com/albums/ab154/missroxor/Build%20to%20Plan/LivingRoom.jpg
Kitchenhttp://i859.photobucket.com/albums/ab154/missroxor/Build%20to%20Plan/Kitchen.jpg
Master Bedroomhttp://i859.photobucket.com/albums/ab154/missroxor/Build%20to%20Plan/Bedroom-1.jpgThis room features the bonus pattern on the wall, painting and dress.
Master Bathroom http://i859.photobucket.com/albums/ab154/missroxor/Build%20to%20Plan/Bathroom-1.jpg
Bonus #2 - 2nd Bedroomhttp://i859.photobucket.com/albums/ab154/missroxor/Build%20to%20Plan/2ndBedroom.jpg
Bonus #3 - Outdoor Eating Areahttp://i859.photobucket.com/albums/ab154/missroxor/Build%20to%20Plan/OutdoorEating.jpg
Bonus #4 - Pool and Water Featurehttp://i859.photobucket.com/albums/ab154/missroxor/Build%20to%20Plan/Pool-1.jpg

I used 12 bits of CC:
5x windows, 1x painting, 1x bar stool, 1x shower, 1x blinds, 1x cushions, 1x fireplace and 1x tile pattern (I made that myself though, does it still count as CC?

sandymdh
14th Sep 2010, 2:19 PM
I'd update mine but made the mistake of trying to patch earlier today.... still reinstalling and lost the house in the process so my entry will have to do for now.

Cloudburst
14th Sep 2010, 3:47 PM
I take it applications will be open for a while longer? Because I could really use some more time to finish my entry, although I could quickly cobble something together to finish it off if necessary.. :D

heaven
14th Sep 2010, 4:00 PM
I'd update mine but made the mistake of trying to patch earlier today.... still reinstalling and lost the house in the process so my entry will have to do for now.

I feel your pain. I had the same issue with my patch...got a base game is incompatible with expansion pack error and the loader would not actually load. Instead of uninstalling and reinstalling, I just patched manually. Worked like a charm!

LifesLover
14th Sep 2010, 5:16 PM
Sorry for taking so long, guys. I didn't wake up until 11:15 to begin with! I never sleep that late anymore. Anyway, since I do not have enough applicants, the contest has been extended until we either get enough applications, or until next Tuesday.

For now, contestants may make any changes they wish.

Dragonball161
14th Sep 2010, 8:11 PM
I feel your pain. I had the same issue with my patch...got a base game is incompatible with expansion pack error and the loader would not actually load. Instead of uninstalling and reinstalling, I just patched manually. Worked like a charm!

I had a combo of that and the QtCore4.dll shenanigans, and the morning after I said I'd do this! Google helped with the later, explaining that it was the EA Downloader that needed re-installation, and this site (http://nene.modthesims.info/download.php?t=409829), as usual (love MTS!), helped with the patch versions not working. I was very much relieved at not having to uninstall and reinstall, again! I try to keep the re-installations to just when new expansions come out.

As for the contest, the other entries look good. I was tickled to see someone liked my plan ans switched theirs. The pattern surprised me, I'd never used it before because of the swatch looking too bright (like most of the "masonry" options), but with the right combinations, I liked it.

LadyAwesome
14th Sep 2010, 9:01 PM
Oh these are so awesome... Missroxor you best be uploading that house :D

suzetter
14th Sep 2010, 9:22 PM
Wow, I'm waiting for the cable guy at my sister's house right now and on her PC everything looks so much lighter and brighter. I better check my monitor when I get home. I was up last night finishing --I didn't realize we had an extension. There certainly is a wide variety within this style. I also stayed away from that pattern previously because the color was so bright. However, the pattern itself is not bad and its interesting to see how its used and recolored.

LifesLover
14th Sep 2010, 10:00 PM
It's hard to remember sometimes, at least for me, that I don't have to keep the pattern the same color that it comes in. Switching things around sometimes can make a very ugly pattern look very pretty.

I'm sorry about the extension and not notifying everyone sooner, but I had hoped that I'd get the last contestant in in time. I might try posting up a notice about the contest outside of the MTS forums, to drum up some more interest.

sandymdh
14th Sep 2010, 10:16 PM
I had to completely reinstall - first it did the whole region incompatible thing - thanks to Amazon UK who supplied me with discs of differing regions. They should all be 2 but some have been 1s. Then it found an invalid file and when I checked on Delphys patch log viewer the file didn't even exist! What fun! I wouldn't mind but the discs are all 100% legit. I pretty much have to do a reinstall every time I patch up so I should have known better lol. Ambitions patched no problem - it was the base game that was being awkward.
I'm really surprised there have been so few entries considering how many people on MTS forums have asked for more contests. I even did some random forum comments during the week to advertise the contest in my signature :-)

LifesLover
14th Sep 2010, 10:22 PM
Yeah, so did I. I've never commented that much on the regular forum, and it's had some interest, but not enough. I can't say if I'm surprised or not, though. The foundations contest generated so much interest because it was an actual news post. There were people clamoring for contests, but I think in the time between when the foundations contest ended and this one began, that interest dimmed. Looking back at closed contests, I see that a lot of them never got past the application round because there was never enough generated interest: especially concerning building contests: the Sims contests are much more popular. It also might have something to do with my contest to begin with: it can be difficult to build to plans. If I've kept up to date with everything, there should only be two people needed in order to go on with the contest. If I knew some people, I'd try coercing them into joining, but I'm pretty unknown around this forum.

missroxor
14th Sep 2010, 10:38 PM
I'm surprised too. The amount of people that have whinged about there never being contests for TS3 and now there is one and you struggle to get entrants. It doesn't make a hell of a lot of sense :rolleyes: I do wonder if people are put off by the limit on CC. It didn't put people off with the Foundations contest because that was a large site run contest. If you look at the TS2 build/decorating contests you hardly ever see any EA content at all :lol: Also, building entire lots with decor and landscaping is (I think) a lot more time consuming than making a sim with a few outfit changes so it might just be that some folk don't have the time now that school's are back in.

LifesLover
14th Sep 2010, 10:42 PM
That's what I figured: the CC content limit is a big deterrent, but it wasn't that hard in the Foundations Contest, and using CC doesn't count anywhere near as much in this one.

I'd love it if you were able to advertise it, but at this point, I don't know if it'll be all of that much help.

GloamingMerle
14th Sep 2010, 10:45 PM
Oh my goodness, I am SO glad we have more time (Although I'm a bit bummed we may not have as many rounds now). Because I only found and entered this contest the day before yesterday, I felt really rushed, and there were a lot of things I still wanted to do to make my house more accurate. Namely placing it appropriately in a world diagonally from the street like it's supposed to be. I also rushed like crazy through the landscaping and really hated it. >_>

Edit: Building challenges don't usually pique my interest, but I actually really like using real floor plans as inspiration. It forces you to think outside the box when trying your darndest to bridge the gap between Sims and reality.

LifesLover
14th Sep 2010, 10:48 PM
Yes, you have another week now to make any necessary changes. I'd wanted there to be about two weeks for each round to begin with, but then beeps put a deadline on my contest. I honestly don't know if I can go beyond that deadline and I haven't gotten around to asking beeps yet about it. I'm sure people would like it a lot more if there were two weeks to get the round done, but then this would be a very long contest, especially if I go with the original five rounds.

suzetter
15th Sep 2010, 5:07 AM
I don't think limiting CC is a deterent. That's part of the challenge of the project. Not being able to rely on shopping around for this and that forces you too get more creative and the discipline of building to a floor plan is challenging.

LifesLover
15th Sep 2010, 6:06 AM
That's what I was thinking when I made the limit: stretch people's creativity, since I think CC (especially in the Sims 2; I can't download a house now without also downloading about twenty to forty pieces of CC) makes us complacent. But again, people might not want a huge challenge. And CC's a big thing.

Here's a heads up for anyone who cares. It's about 1 in the morning where I am. I'm gonna go to bed pretty soon and then later, I'll be gone all day, until late at night. If you have any questions, please ask them, but I won't be able to answer them until then. Judges are free to answer any questions that pop up and if anyone comes in with an entry or house plans, then I'll add you when I get back, just so you don't think I'm ignoring you.

GloamingMerle
15th Sep 2010, 6:42 AM
The CC limit is especially challenging if your EA content consists of the base game stuff, the free Eco Pack, and the futuristic bike & rack. xD It was a struggle not to keep reusing the same decor over and over and over, just because of the tiny selection.

On the bright side, I learned that stacking split stairs is deceptively easy... I just needed to backtrack a bit. :D

missroxor
15th Sep 2010, 8:08 AM
I struggled not to use CC and I have all the EPs, SPs and a butt load of store stuff :lol: It was easier not to use CC in the foundations contest because the house was a product of my imagination so I could easily make a house that fit around what I have available but this time round it's not about imagination at all, it's more about technique and attention to detail. If I know there's a piece of CC that looks more like whatever's on the plans than any of the EA stuff then I'd rather use that to be as accurate as possible. :)

suzetter
15th Sep 2010, 3:03 PM
I agree with preferring cc for accuracy but it wasn't that we couldn't use cc at all--it's just that the limit was 10 --which is a good amount in building when you consider it was the number of pieces used but not how often they repeated. (i.e., 1 window used 20 times = 1 piece cc) And youre right--not having the cc does make you have to fiddle around with things and good discoveries can come from that.

heaven
15th Sep 2010, 3:20 PM
I am building a house for this, mostly because I like challenging myself and because I feel like if I am judging, I should give it a shot myself. In the foundations challenge, I never used CC. I removed my CC folder just so I wouldn't even be tempted. For this challenge, I do have to use CC but I am doing it very sparingly. Just pieces that I know make the house more accurate. As much as I would LOVE to use all the clutter pieces I have picked up, I'm refraining. I know how all of you feel!

heaven
16th Sep 2010, 12:41 AM
Alright, so I finally finished my house for this round. Now I can feel like I have a better perspective for when the round finally ends! It's definitely not easy to build from floorplans (especially the damn closets) but I can say that completing it and having something look the way it should is VERY satisfying!

House Specifics: From Amazing Plans Floorplan SHD-SEA259 (http://www.amazingplans.com/catalog.php?action=124&item_id=4993)
The plan states there is a crawl space or a basement available for the plans. As a crawl space is useless to sims, I went with a small basement. There were also two options for the back of the first floor (I used the second option and then melded them together in Gimp to get the correct floorplan). The optional loft has also been utilized.

http://www.modyourpanties.com/hosting/23093_100916013336Front Comparison.jpg
http://www.modyourpanties.com/hosting/23094_100916013359Comparison First Floor.jpg
http://www.modyourpanties.com/hosting/23095_100916013413Comparison Second Floor.jpg
http://www.modyourpanties.com/hosting/23096_100916013428Basement.jpg
http://www.modyourpanties.com/hosting/23097_100916013737Kitchen.jpg
http://www.modyourpanties.com/hosting/23098_100916013826Living Room.jpg
http://www.modyourpanties.com/hosting/23099_100916013845Bedroom.jpg
http://www.modyourpanties.com/hosting/23100_100916013857Master Bath.jpg
http://www.modyourpanties.com/hosting/23101_100916013916Laundry Room.jpg
http://www.modyourpanties.com/hosting/23102_100916013934Spare Room.jpg
http://www.modyourpanties.com/hosting/23103_100916013948Office.jpg
http://www.modyourpanties.com/hosting/23104_100916014002Side View.jpg

The master bedroom is the room with the pattern (if you look closely you can see it on the green portion of the wall and the coverlet of the bed (both faint designs), the lamp shades, and, obviously, the sofa).
I did use 3 pieces of CC (long window, shelf, roof recolor).

LifesLover
16th Sep 2010, 2:50 AM
Ooh, yay, I was wondering if you were going to be able to get it done. It can be quite time consuming, isn't it? I've only ever built once from plan and I'm still working on it: then again, it's ugly in the Sims 3 so I might just scrap it and try for something else.

Lil'B
16th Sep 2010, 8:08 PM
I'm sooo sorry about this contest not getting much interest I really feel for you i do :( I will try my best to stirr up some interest x I would join but I've only got Sims 2 - maybe if this one doesn't really 'work' yuo could think about doing the same thing but for Sims 2 - I would definately join! I have always wanted to do a building contest but this was for Sims 3 lol x

smillasnightmare
16th Sep 2010, 8:11 PM
Hey... We still got Time untill Tuesday the 21th of September, haven't we? If so, you can count me in. I've finally got Ambitions and World Adventures, so I've got more possibilities and I think can't do it without CC but I will try my best... As I said I got a Plan i'm working on, I will get some Minus Point because of the Roof (It's just not possible like it's on the Plan, at least I can't find a Way...) and I will send you the Link if you tell me that I'm not too late :)

LifesLover
16th Sep 2010, 9:01 PM
I'm sooo sorry about this contest not getting much interest I really feel for you i do :( I will try my best to stirr up some interest x I would join but I've only got Sims 2 - maybe if this one doesn't really 'work' yuo could think about doing the same thing but for Sims 2 - I would definately join! I have always wanted to do a building contest but this was for Sims 3 lol x

I made it for the Sims 3 because I figured it'd be easier not to be tempted by CC since there isn't as much to begin with. That and I uninstalled the Sims 2 in order to gain back my 15 GB for some videos and stuff. If I don't get the necessary contestants (I only need 1 more), I might think of doing it for the Sims 2, but I can't be too sure that I'll drum up any more interest for it on the Sims 2 than I did for the Sims 3. So right now, it's all up in the air. I might just hand the contest over to someone else and see if they want to make into a Sims 2 contest.

Hey... We still got Time untill Tuesday the 21th of September, haven't we? If so, you can count me in. I've finally got Ambitions and World Adventures, so I've got more possibilities and I think can't do it without CC but I will try my best... As I said I got a Plan i'm working on, I will get some Minus Point because of the Roof (It's just not possible like it's on the Plan, at least I can't find a Way...) and I will send you the Link if you tell me that I'm not too late :)

Yes, you still have time to get your entry in. Send me your link to your plan and I'll add it to the plans list. When you submit your entry, then I'll add you to the contestants list. You don't have to do it without CC: I know that it could be very hard to do without CC and again, 1 piece of CC is for the actual item, not multiples of that item. So, say you use 1 type of CC window: you could have 35 of that window, and it'd only count once towards your CC content. If you do use CC, don't forget to mention it in your entry. I would love to have you in the contest, not just because I need more applicants.

aUserName
17th Sep 2010, 11:13 AM
I'm going to enter the contest. Here is the plan I selected http://www.eplans.com/contemporary_house-plans/HWEPL69455.hwx

I've almost finished it and will probably post the entry in a day or two.
It still needs some finish work.

These entries are great so far guys. I'm seeing lots of skilled use of the constrain floors cheat.

I think this contest will be a nice challenge for me. Matching things exactly is quite difficult. I picked this entry for it's mulit-slanted roof because I thought it looked postmodern and I thought it would be difficult but I had such a problem coping it. I really hate how there is no easy way to choose the direction of the slant of the roof. Not to mention the issues when roofs overlap.

LifesLover
17th Sep 2010, 5:13 PM
Okay, I'll put you down! Thank you for entering. The deadline is Tuesday!

LifesLover
17th Sep 2010, 5:20 PM
Alright, we have the 10 plans needed! Just get in your entries, everybody! Also, anybody else is still welcome to join. I know that I'd love to have more.

The deadline is Tuesday!

A couple of people have mentioned being a part of the contest, but have not sent me in their plans! If you still wish to be a part of it, please send in your plans as soon as you can!

sleepyrose
17th Sep 2010, 8:22 PM
Hi guys, nice to meet you all! :)
My name is Mel and I decided to join, because this is a pretty cool contest. Even thought I'm very busy with the CAW group project at the moment, this will be quite a challenge for me. I've only once used a floor plan for a sims house, but I kept changing everything around, so in the end it didn't even come close to the house I started with. Now I would like to see if I'm able to stick to the plan I chose. :) Here's the link: http://www.theplancollection.com/ho...home-plan-22339

What I've seen so far looks very beautiful. There are some amazing sim architects here! :)

fragglerocks
17th Sep 2010, 8:35 PM
Hi guys, nice to meet you all! :)
My name is Mel and I decided to join, because this is a pretty cool contest. Even thought I'm very busy with the CAW group project at the moment, this will be quite a challenge for me. I've only once used a floor plan for a sims house, but I kept changing everything around, so in the end it didn't even come close to the house I started with. Now I would like to see if I'm able to stick to the plan I chose. :) Here's the link: http://www.theplancollection.com/ho...home-plan-22339

What I've seen so far looks very beautiful. There are some amazing sim architects here! :)

It's so great to have you! I look forward to seeing what you can build. Just to let you know, your link doesn't work.

Great entries so far!

LifesLover
17th Sep 2010, 8:36 PM
Thank you so much for entering! I entered you on the plans list and I can't wait to see how you make it work in the Sims.

wickedblue
17th Sep 2010, 10:38 PM
I just found this and am so glad that the time is extended. I'll hunt for a plan and send it to you. :)

LifesLover
17th Sep 2010, 10:52 PM
I'll add you when you do!

missroxor
18th Sep 2010, 7:38 AM
I updated my entry (http://nene.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=3316034&postcount=55), think it's done now. I still managed to go over the CC limit by using 12 bits :( I await my punishment ;)

Thanks Kaylarox, hope you still like it now it's finished. I probably will upload it but I've been a bit rubbish of late and still have a list as long as my arm of sim related things I'm supposed to be doing so it might take a while :rolleyes: :lol:

Sleepyrose, I thought you'd be too busy to join, sorry if I pressured you, lol but glad you're in it :) Lookin forward to seeing your house!

smillasnightmare
18th Sep 2010, 9:28 AM
Puh, glad you enter, sleepyrose and wickedblue - because then I don't have to... I felt like I had to "save" this Contest, got my Plan and started working but it's really too challenging for me... I got the outside front wiev right but the inside is just crap, i'm missing Rooms, the stairs won't work like the Plan tells me to make them Work and well, actually nothing's working right now. I never was good at Plan reading, i'm more the "build after imagination"-Type of Builder and well, I can get nearly exact Copies of the Front Views but then inside... Well, just because I already begun and wanted to show you what the Problem is... Here's what I have done untill now. I also selected a too small lot size, there is/was no Space for Terrace and Balcony, you can see that on the Pictures below :/

http://i944.photobucket.com/albums/ad286/jnlie/house-ground.jpg
http://i944.photobucket.com/albums/ad286/jnlie/house-second.jpg

The Front View is quite okay I think...

http://i944.photobucket.com/albums/ad286/jnlie/house-front.jpg

That's the Plan I wanted to copy: http://www.theplancollection.com/house-plans/home-plan-4034

Anyway, I'm giving up... But I'm actually not sad about it, because I'm quite busy that days anyway. You have all done very well, I now can see how hard it is to build that accurate, so I'll stay watching you all and wishing you good Luck!

sleepyrose
18th Sep 2010, 10:58 AM
Argg, every time I try to copy and paste links, they get cut off. Hopefully it works now. http://www.theplancollection.com/house-plans/home-plan-22339

missroxor, yes I'm far too busy to be doing this, but it's so much fun! :lol:
I love your house! :lovestruc The colors are very beautiful and the shape looks great.

smillasnightmare, what a shame you're deciding to quit, coz your house looks very pretty!

wickedblue
18th Sep 2010, 12:25 PM
I feel the frustration. I always use plans, you know, for inspiration. I have never actually tried to copy it exactly and I just realized, I have no idea what I'm doing. :lol:

Ok, I don't know if this is the right place to ask this but does anyone have an idea of scale from plans to grid? I am trying to get it but I keep making things way too big. When I'm building from the top of my head, I don't make the rooms so big.

missroxor
18th Sep 2010, 12:38 PM
There was a thread about it recently: http://nene.modthesims.info/showthread.php?t=407967 but IMO it's best just to go off what you have to work with eg think about the windows and doors you plan to use and try to imagine how many tiles would go in between them to make it look like your plans. double beds and sofas are another good way of judging how much size you'll need. You'll never get it perfect so it's best to just try to fit in the furniture you need while keeping the same sorta ratios.

wickedblue
18th Sep 2010, 1:16 PM
Thank you for that link, very helpful information.

heaven
18th Sep 2010, 3:40 PM
smillasnightmare - I think that your house is coming along nicely. I mean, yes it needs more work but I honestly think that you are getting there so I am sad to see you drop from the competition. The front is very pretty.

Congratulations to everyone that has submitted their entry. Believe me, I know what a challenge this was! And to everyone still working...good luck! Can't wait to see the final products.

LifesLover
18th Sep 2010, 4:21 PM
I'm sad to hear that you're dropping out, smillasnightmare, but I understand if you just can't get it to work right and if you're too busy, really. I hope to see you in the next building contest, though, when someone posts it.

@missroxor- when you say that you used 5x windows as CC, do you mean that you used 5 different types of windows or 5 of the same window?

dusica
18th Sep 2010, 5:02 PM
I just found the perfect plan and I'm off to some building! :D Hopefully it'll get finished soon enough.

Wonderful contest! It is the first time i actually want to join one, i always thought i'm a lousy builder :P

LifesLover
18th Sep 2010, 5:05 PM
Great, please send me your plan so I can add it to the list. I'd love it if you joined.

missroxor
18th Sep 2010, 6:29 PM
I hope to see you in the next building contest, though, when someone posts it.

@missroxor- when you say that you used 5x windows as CC, do you mean that you used 5 different types of windows or 5 of the same window?

Already working on a template for the next contest :)

Yes I do mean 5 different windows. They come in different segments so like the horizontal window in the kitchen is actually in 3 segments made up of a middle piece and and end used twice.

dusica
18th Sep 2010, 6:34 PM
http://details.coolhouseplans.com/details.html?pid=chp-16332&FoundID=14&sid=chp23&ordercode=C101 here is the plan :) Although i had some troubles with finding the right windows... And downloads won't show up in game, so you can guess it's hard as all hell to build this house :/ I don't think it will look completely alike, but i try :/

heaven
18th Sep 2010, 7:53 PM
Already working on a template for the next contest :)


Can't wait to see another one. Although, if I keep getting distracted, I will never finish my CAW project!

LifesLover
18th Sep 2010, 8:03 PM
Already working on a template for the next contest :)

Yes I do mean 5 different windows. They come in different segments so like the horizontal window in the kitchen is actually in 3 segments made up of a middle piece and and end used twice.

Great! This one I'll be able to enter, then. ^_^

Wow, that's a lot. Um, well, we'll probably take off an additional five points for going over the limit, but that's all. It's not really due to the fact that you have so much CC, but rather that you just went over. I'll have to discuss it with the judges. It's as much their decision as it is mine, since they're the scoring majority.

http://details.coolhouseplans.com/details.html?pid=chp-16332&FoundID=14&sid=chp23&ordercode=C101 here is the plan :) Although i had some troubles with finding the right windows... And downloads won't show up in game, so you can guess it's hard as all hell to build this house :/ I don't think it will look completely alike, but i try :/

Okay, I added you. It's okay if it's not completely alike, just try your best. We'll factor that into our scoring, don't worry.

missroxor
18th Sep 2010, 8:08 PM
Tell me about it! I keep commiting to too many things at once 'cause
I wanna do it all :rolleyes: My idea is not really a typical build contest so I'm hoping it won't get rejected and that I won't alienate the usual lot. I'm not even gonna submit it until probably after this contest. I would never get anything done if I was participating in a contest and running one at the same time :lol:
Great! This one I'll be able to enter, then. ^_^

Wow, that's a lot. Um, well, we'll probably take off an additional five points for going over the limit, but that's all. It's not really due to the fact that you have so much CC, but rather that you just went over. I'll have to discuss it with the judges. It's as much their decision as it is mine, since they're the scoring majority.
I did try to keep within the 10, honest, lol. I thought I did rather well only going 2 over though, I'm proud of myself :lol:

LifesLover
18th Sep 2010, 9:05 PM
Tell me about it! I keep commiting to too many things at once 'cause
I wanna do it all :rolleyes: My idea is not really a typical build contest so I'm hoping it won't get rejected and that I won't alienate the usual lot. I'm not even gonna submit it until probably after this contest. I would never get anything done if I was participating in a contest and running one at the same time :lol:

I did try to keep within the 10, honest, lol. I thought I did rather well only going 2 over though, I'm proud of myself :lol:

Yeah, I don't know if I'd be able to do both at the same time, either.

I doubt it'd get rejected. And heck, unusual is cool: makes things more interesting.

It's okay. I might even just let it slide for just this round. Where's the shower from? It looks great.

heaven
19th Sep 2010, 1:26 AM
I know what you mean missroxor. I want to do it all too!

And, as for the shower, my guess would just be a 1x2 room, with a full length window and door and the backless shower from HL. I could be completely wrong though!

missroxor
19th Sep 2010, 2:13 AM
Life'sLover, that'd be awesome but I wouldn't hold it against you if you do deduct points afterall, rules is rules ;)

As for the shower, what heaven sent said :)

LifesLover
19th Sep 2010, 2:26 AM
How ingenious for a walk in shower. That's a great idea. *goes to implement it in current house*

Well, I might not for this round since it's the first, and we're getting into the contest and stuff. Get used to building from plans and with limited CC.

jewaukeela
19th Sep 2010, 6:03 AM
So as an addition to my house I also made the family (Elisa, Alyssa, Shira) and that I made to display the house as in-use - I used tons of CC on them, but I didn't count it because they're not part of the house.
Note: I updated the pool to make it look more like it does in the original drawing, but I didn't have time to re-take the overview or garden terrace shots because my game just shut off (grr!) but judges please note that the way the pool looks in the street view picture is how it really looks. Thanks for understanding!
____

http://i51.tinypic.com/qstkm0.png
Welcome to 746 N. Havens Avenue, Riverdale. This 70's Retro-Modern featuring an open floor plan, multiple entertaining terraces, and glass walls throughout. On the front, main terrace it's easy to relax on one of several loungers or on a comfy loveseat overlooking the infinity-edge pool. (streetview)

http://i53.tinypic.com/wlr48h.png
Here's a spotlight on Elisa getting out of the infinity pool. It took me almost two hours to figure out how to get that to work, so I'm really glad that it did. (bonus)

http://i53.tinypic.com/63x9bc.png
Coming into the house from the upper terrace you're greeted by this happy room - the study for the house, but an easy-flow room that allows through-access to the back of the house. This room contains the pattern eleven times (in both chairs, lamps, laptops, and the frames of both paintings. It can also be found in the rug and the curtains. (bonus)

http://i55.tinypic.com/2ytqxxh.png
Just a few yards away, the hallway opens up into the kitchen, equipped with the most modern technologies, including a fridge the latest in energy-saving technology, and seventeen fully equipped, stainless steel appliances including everything from a smoothie maker to a coffee maker to a convection oven. It also includes a kitchen island that's perfect for breakfast on lazy mornings. (kitchen)

http://i51.tinypic.com/9thf2g.png
Flowing right from the kitchen, you turn around to see the dining room and entertainment room - not only is there enough dining space for ten, but a beautifully adorned wood-and-steel bar balances the high-tech stereo system in the other corner. (living)

http://i56.tinypic.com/301ep0o.png
This 1st-floor bathroom has only a single, small light in order to give off a relaxed atmosphere. After a long, hard day all you want is to lie in a bath, soak, and forget your worries, and this bathroom is designed to do just that. For added privacy, the toilet is hidden behind an extra wall extension. (bathroom)

http://i56.tinypic.com/2a83lzc.png
Upstairs, the twin girls' bedroom is decked out in their favorite colors, pink and purple. Although cozy, it allows ample room for them to giggle about boys, dance around in their underwear, and do whatever else it is that girls love to do. (bedroom)

http://i54.tinypic.com/ety8m0.png
Down the hall is the master bedroom, walk-in closet/mini-flex space, and master bathroom. The master bathroom is open and light and has entrances to the rooftop walkway and the rooftop garden terrace. (bonus)

http://i52.tinypic.com/28b7g4y.png
A door from the master bedroom leads onto this beautiful rooftop garden with a gorgeous view of the surrounding area. Elisa loves to come out here to get some alone time and paint.

Listings
I used three pieces of CC (bed, lounge chair, and window) but a heck of a lot of cheats and stuff from the BuyDebugcatalog.
The Plan I Used (http://www.houseplans.com/2269-square-feet-3-bedroom-3-bathroom-Contemporary-House-Plans-2-garage-%2831953%29)











Original Art and Layouts
http://i52.tinypic.com/2vshfsm.jpg
http://i56.tinypic.com/wjl84.png
http://i56.tinypic.com/343mzxg.png
http://i55.tinypic.com/28jxkbd.png
http://i52.tinypic.com/21kwnbc.png
http://i52.tinypic.com/vhe3y0.png

missroxor
19th Sep 2010, 6:32 AM
Jewa, Inever use that white cube thing 'cause I never really know what to do with it but I might have to start using it now that you've given me some awesome ideas :)

Also, I don't know if you're up for a bit of reconstruction but there is a way to make an infinity pool exactly like it's shown on your plans: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H66htzDp-Aw

sleepyrose
19th Sep 2010, 2:50 PM
Guys, can I change my floorplan? The house is coming along nicely, but looks nothing like the plan, lol! If it's ok, I'd like to give this one a try:
http://www.amazingplans.com/catalog.php?action=124&item_id=12177

Also, Jewa, that looks beautiful! Great idea about those cubes in the pool! :)

LifesLover
19th Sep 2010, 3:10 PM
If you think you have enough time to build a new house by the deadline, then sure. Go right ahead.

Also, that looks great, jewaukeela. I'll add you to the contestants list.

heaven
19th Sep 2010, 3:13 PM
Jewaukeela - Let me remind you about the presentation: You are missing a required picture and also have too many pictures that count as bonuses.

wickedblue
19th Sep 2010, 4:55 PM
I'm almost ready to post my pictures but I have one question: I do not see the layout as one of the required pictures and I'm wondering, will that count as one of the bonus slots?

heaven
19th Sep 2010, 5:04 PM
Wickedblue - From what I understand, the pictures that count toward the limit, including the bonus shots, are all shots of the house you have built, to show the judges what you have done with your entry. Shots of the actual front or layout of the original plan are not part of the limit as we need to see these shots to compare to your entry. Lifeslover may be able to offer further clarification on this though.

LifesLover
19th Sep 2010, 5:21 PM
I'm almost ready to post my pictures but I have one question: I do not see the layout as one of the required pictures and I'm wondering, will that count as one of the bonus slots?

The layout pictures are not required nor do they count towards the bonus pictures.

You can just post a link to the floor plans, if you wish.

However, it would make it easier for the judges if you were to add the floor plans to your entry, in order for us to easily see the similarities between the two.

Any pictures that are from your floor plans do not count towards the limit.

wickedblue
19th Sep 2010, 5:27 PM
Thank you heaven_sent. I'll proceed with that info then. So, here's the house.

I built this house from this plan: http://www.amazingplans.com/catalog.php?action=124&item_id=18798

http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/uhave2bkiddingme/house.jpg

http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/uhave2bkiddingme/streetview.jpg
I don't know if it will be counted against me but I had to use stairs even though it doesn't look like there are stairs on the original design. I do wish we could have mini-foundations where the sims could just step up a small height. :)

http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/uhave2bkiddingme/floorplan.jpg

http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/uhave2bkiddingme/layout.jpg

Living room:
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/uhave2bkiddingme/living1.jpg

http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/uhave2bkiddingme/living2.jpg

Kitchen:
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/uhave2bkiddingme/kitchen-1.jpg

Master Bedroom, with bonus pattern used throughout
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/uhave2bkiddingme/mastbed1.jpg
Pattern is on the wall and bedding and lamp shade though it's really impossible to tell

http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/uhave2bkiddingme/mastbed2-1.jpg
Bonus pic of master bedroom showing the pattern used on the chairs, the mannequin and the top of the clothing pile

Master Bathroom:
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/uhave2bkiddingme/mastbath-1.jpg

http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/uhave2bkiddingme/mastbath2.jpg

And backyard:
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/uhave2bkiddingme/patio.jpg

I hope I got it all. I used only 2 pieces of custom content: the white trimmed roof and the picture hanging on the wall over the bathtub.

LifesLover
19th Sep 2010, 5:35 PM
Are you sure you want to lose a point over a picture? But 2 won't hurt you too bad.

It looks like you've got everything, though you have far too many bonus pictures. You're only required to have one photo of the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and the street view. Each extra shot of the kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and the backyard count as your bonus shots. I count 6 or 7, I think, when you're only allowed 4.

wickedblue
19th Sep 2010, 5:40 PM
Oh? Well color me confused. I have 2 kitchen shots collaged as one, and 2 bathroom shots collaged as one, which I thought was allowed? Then I have the bonus pic of the living room, the closet, the second shot of the bedroom and the backyard.

Do I need to redo the pics?

LifesLover
19th Sep 2010, 5:43 PM
You're allowed to collage the floor plans (including collaging them with the actual floor plans) and you're allowed to collage the bonus pictures. You are not allowed to collage anything else. You can only have one picture of the kitchen and bathroom unless you plan on using those second pictures as part of your bonus pictures.

missroxor
19th Sep 2010, 5:45 PM
I have a quiick question about that actually. I've collaged the front and back views with the ones from the plans but I don't think it actually says you can, it only says you can collage the bonus shots If I'm remembering correctly. Is it ok to do what I've done since it hopefully helps the judges anyway?

wickedblue
19th Sep 2010, 5:46 PM
I am so sorry! I completely misunderstood the directions. :faceslap:
I will be back in a bit to edit my entry.

LifesLover
19th Sep 2010, 6:00 PM
I have a quiick question about that actually. I've collaged the front and back views with the ones from the plans but I don't think it actually says you can, it only says you can collage the bonus shots If I'm remembering correctly. Is it ok to do what I've done since it hopefully helps the judges anyway?

You can collage the floor plans from your house with those of the one you built and you can collage the bonus pictures. However, in the interest of making this easier on the judges, you can now collage the front and back view with those of the house you built from.


I am so sorry! I completely misunderstood the directions. :faceslap:
I will be back in a bit to edit my entry.

It's okay: the rules can be kind of confusing, can't they? I should probably figure out a different way of stating them.

Cloudburst
19th Sep 2010, 6:11 PM
I kinda think it would make things one hell of a lot easier just to say don't collage shots at all, then there's no confusion about which ones can be put together, how many, etc.

wickedblue
19th Sep 2010, 6:17 PM
No, they really weren't confusing, once I went back to read them it was plain as day. I just got it all mixed up in my brain. I do appreciate you letting me edit and that has been done now. I hope I got it right this time. :)

LifesLover
19th Sep 2010, 6:19 PM
I kinda think it would make things one hell of a lot easier just to say don't collage shots at all, then there's no confusion about which ones can be put together, how many, etc.

Well, maybe I'll change it for the next rounds, I guess. Who knows. Are you still in the contest, Cloudburst? Tuesday's the deadline.

No, they really weren't confusing, once I went back to read them it was plain as day. I just got it all mixed up in my brain. I do appreciate you letting me edit and that has been done now. I hope I got it right this time. :)

That's fine. Anyone can make changes to their entry until Tuesday.

heaven
19th Sep 2010, 6:29 PM
I think collage shots are fine; especially if there is a collage of each true floorplan with each sim floorplan and the true front with the sim front. It makes a very simple comparison shot. However, past that, if it is confusing to remember which shots can be put together and such, maybe in the future allow only comparison shots to be a collage and the rest must stand alone.

missroxor
19th Sep 2010, 6:34 PM
I don't really think it's that confusing.

1. All required shots of the interior may not be collaged.
2. Required shot of the exterior (street view) may be collaged with the front elevation from the original plans.
3. Plans can be collaged
4. All non required shots/bonuses may be collaged

:)

Edit: though I much prefer your idea to no collaging at all.

heaven
19th Sep 2010, 6:36 PM
I don't really think it's that confusing.

1. All required shots of the interior may not be collaged.
2. Required shot of the exterior (street view) may be collaged with the front elevation from the original plans.
3. Plans can be collaged
4. All non required shots/bonuses may be collaged

:)

I think that is a very simple way to put it. :)

LifesLover
19th Sep 2010, 6:50 PM
I don't think it's just the collage that's confusing people, though.

I don't want to take out collaging at all, so maybe we'll just go with what heaven_sent_8_18 said. I only suggested collaging the bonus pictures so that the thread would load faster for those on slower computers.

Cloudburst
19th Sep 2010, 7:09 PM
Are you still in the contest, Cloudburst? Tuesday's the deadline.
Yep, just got some finishing touches to make so it should be up sometime tomorrow. :)

Dantes
19th Sep 2010, 7:47 PM
Ok. here my entry.

The plan: http://www.thehousedesigners.com/plan_details.asp?PlanNum=5902



http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v513/Cristie57/Sims Stuff Creation/Streetview02.jpg

Streetview

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v513/Cristie57/Sims Stuff Creation/SecondFloor04.jpg

Second floor

NOTE: Cause of the "restriction" of the roof (just 1x1 tile) it's totally impossible to make a 1x2 tile extention on BR. 2. And for the upper garage walls...Hum...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v513/Cristie57/Sims Stuff Creation/GroundFloor.jpg

Ground floor


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v513/Cristie57/Sims Stuff Creation/LivingRoom02.jpg

Living

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v513/Cristie57/Sims Stuff Creation/Kitchen03.jpg

kitchen

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v513/Cristie57/Sims Stuff Creation/BedroomPattern02.jpg

Bedroom+pattern

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v513/Cristie57/Sims Stuff Creation/Bathroom03.jpg

Bathroom

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v513/Cristie57/Sims%20Stuff%20Creation/ExternalView.jpg

Others views



I used 4 cc that not coming from EA store:

Door: http://www.thesimsresource.com/downloads/details/category/sims3-objects-buildmode-doors/title/toca-double-door/id/952616/
Window: http://www.thesimsresource.com/downloads/details/category/sims3-objects/title/natural-window-v2.-1x1/id/941227/
Hood: http://www.thesimsresource.com/downloads/details/category/sims3-objects-furnishing-electronics-miscellaneous/title/herritage-kitchen-alarm-vent/id/957726/
Shower: http://nene.modthesims.info/download.php?t=361082

Note: You need WA and Amb.

LifesLover
19th Sep 2010, 8:00 PM
Dantes, it looks wonderful. But you have far too many photos (lol) and you're not allowed to post the actual zip of the house with your entry. If the judges were to download it, it would give you an unfair advantage, since we'd be able to see what your house looks like in game and not just with pictures, which everyone else has to do. If you want to share your house, you may upload it to MTS after the round is over. Also, since this is just a contest, the Sims don't actually have to be able to move everywhere, so I would suggest keeping it as close to the floor plans as possible for now, and then changing it when you go to upload it. Please read the pictures rules to see what you need to change.

missroxor
19th Sep 2010, 8:04 PM
If you want to share your house, you may upload it to MTS after the round is over.
Not with TSR downloads in it, it'll be rejected.

Love your use of moveobjects, very creative :)

LifesLover
19th Sep 2010, 8:40 PM
Oh, right, I forgot about that.

LadyAwesome
19th Sep 2010, 8:58 PM
lol Yea... I tryed to build to a plan ..... I't didn't like me much... so I gave up >.< lol

LifesLover
19th Sep 2010, 9:17 PM
That's alright. It's hard, isn't it? Thanks for trying, though.

Dantes
19th Sep 2010, 9:21 PM
Dantes, it looks wonderful. But you have far too many photos (lol) and you're not allowed to post the actual zip of the house with your entry. If the judges were to download it, it would give you an unfair advantage, since we'd be able to see what your house looks like in game and not just with pictures, which everyone else has to do. If you want to share your house, you may upload it to MTS after the round is over. Also, since this is just a contest, the Sims don't actually have to be able to move everywhere, so I would suggest keeping it as close to the floor plans as possible for now, and then changing it when you go to upload it. Please read the pictures rules to see what you need to change.

Done. Sorry. I'm not really comfortable with english.

jewaukeela
19th Sep 2010, 9:51 PM
missroxor, thanks for the video! I didn't end up using it, but I'm going to use that plan for my legacy house AND it gave me the idea to fix my current pool here so thanks!

Heaven, I updated my entry so you can see what each photo is. Where I live, the "living" room is called the entertainment room, so that's what I labeled it as. Thanks for alerting me, though.

Dantes
19th Sep 2010, 11:15 PM
Not with TSR downloads in it, it'll be rejected.

Love your use of moveobjects, very creative :)

Thank you. And for TSR, i change that before upload it.

LifesLover
20th Sep 2010, 12:34 AM
Thank you, Dantes, for changing your entry. But you still have too many bonus shots. You have 8 bonus shots, when you're only allowed 4. Cut out 4 more bonus shots and then you'll be good to go.

Thank you to everybody who's entered so far! Tuesday's the deadline!

Dantes
20th Sep 2010, 12:57 AM
Redone.

LifesLover
20th Sep 2010, 1:29 AM
Alright, everything looks good. Thank you for taking the time to re-do it: I can imagine that got frustrating.

Dantes
20th Sep 2010, 3:05 AM
Nop. It's OK. :)

dusica
20th Sep 2010, 9:35 AM
I have a question about the pictures... Can i attach them or should i upload them to some website and then link them?

aUserName
20th Sep 2010, 11:18 AM
A cool urban contemporary style in a size perfect for most households. You won't need to stamp your feet in frustration while moving around this great room style floor plan. Sporting a two-story ceiling in the living room and an open kitchen/ dining area with island this 3 bedroom 2 1/2 bathroom house is guarantied to give you a good mood. Enjoy the vista from the window encased loft on the second floor or better yet step outside for your own slice of nature in the city from the expansive balcony.

Buy today for only 850 Simoleons!

Floor plan: Urban Living http://www.eplans.com/contemporary_house-plans/HWEPL69455.hwx


http://img29.imageshack.us/img29/2003/frontbigger.jpg
Front view

http://img832.imageshack.us/img832/8853/screenshot8872bbb.jpg
Bonus picture. Compare side view

http://img408.imageshack.us/img408/7081/1stfloor.jpg
http://img651.imageshack.us/img651/6944/dda444lvl1liblmd.gif
1st floor
I had to move the stairs back because the living room roof was to low to place them. Because of this I also had to reduce the closet sizes in the master bedroom. I also increased the really little mudroom, bathroom and laundry room so sims wouldn't get stuck.

http://img251.imageshack.us/img251/9130/screenshot935b.jpg
http://img836.imageshack.us/img836/1715/dda444lvl2liblmd.gif
2nd level

http://img684.imageshack.us/img684/1359/screenshot620.jpg
Living room

http://img834.imageshack.us/img834/6452/screenshot594.jpg
Kitchen

http://img101.imageshack.us/img101/4029/screenshot691.jpg
Master bedroom
I used the bonus pattern in this room on the bed sheets, the bed canopy, the border of the rugs and the clothing on the dresser.


http://img267.imageshack.us/img267/9179/screenshot683.jpg
Master bathroom

http://img205.imageshack.us/img205/778/screenshot788.jpg
Bonus picture. One of the kids' bedrooms.

http://img228.imageshack.us/img228/918/screenshot830a.jpg
Bonus picture. Loft area

http://img521.imageshack.us/img521/1109/screenshot737.jpg
Bonus picture. Balcony

I used 7 pieces of CC. 2 windows, 3 objects to make the beams, a half wall to make the wall cutouts and the grey vertical siding.

Tell me if those pictures are to big.

They're the standard size but they kind seem ridiculously huge to me when displayed here.

wickedblue
20th Sep 2010, 12:07 PM
aUserName - I think there might be an error in your post: "Buy today for only 850 Simoleons!"

Now, that would be impressive if you could get that house for so little. :bunny:

dusica
20th Sep 2010, 12:13 PM
Wow, aUserName, your house is so similar to the plan... I'm impressed! :O Great work!


------------------------------------------------

Okay, here goes, this is my attempt at building to the plan! It's a one floor, contemporary house, perfect for newlyweds with a little bundle of joy on the way. It has three bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a nice open kitchen and a modern living room with study space. The garage gives endless oportunities to rebuild, maybe into another bedroom? ;)

the plan: http://details.coolhouseplans.com/details.html?pid=chp-16332&FoundID=14&sid=chp23&ordercode=C101

Aaaaaand the house...

Street view:
http://i476.photobucket.com/albums/rr130/madaboutpaul90/sims/Screenshot-158.jpg

The plan view:
http://i476.photobucket.com/albums/rr130/madaboutpaul90/sims/Screenshot-157.jpg

Master bedroom (NOTE: also the room with the pattern, look at the bed covers):
http://i476.photobucket.com/albums/rr130/madaboutpaul90/sims/Screenshot-127.jpg

Master bath:
http://i476.photobucket.com/albums/rr130/madaboutpaul90/sims/Screenshot-132.jpg

Living room:
http://i476.photobucket.com/albums/rr130/madaboutpaul90/sims/Screenshot-166.jpg

Kitchen:
http://i476.photobucket.com/albums/rr130/madaboutpaul90/sims/Screenshot-136.jpg



BONUS SHOTS

Bonus shot of living room:
http://i476.photobucket.com/albums/rr130/madaboutpaul90/sims/Screenshot-134.jpg

Bonus shot of the little terrace in the back:
http://i476.photobucket.com/albums/rr130/madaboutpaul90/sims/Screenshot-149.jpg

Bonus shot, nursery:
http://i476.photobucket.com/albums/rr130/madaboutpaul90/sims/Screenshot-141.jpg

Bonus shot, garage:
http://i476.photobucket.com/albums/rr130/madaboutpaul90/sims/Screenshot-144.jpg

Edit: I almost forgot, i only have one piece of CC in there, it's the big window. Two CC if a custom pattern counts :)

aUserName
20th Sep 2010, 1:30 PM
aUserName - I think there might be an error in your post: "Buy today for only 850 Simoleons!"

Now, that would be impressive if you could get that house for so little.

:D It 850 for the plan only I'm afraid. Even sims aren't that lucky. I've heard the Twinbrook has good architects for cheap rates though if a sim is building there. :)

Thanks dusica. I like your house it very cozy looking.

LifesLover
20th Sep 2010, 4:55 PM
Okay, yay, more entries! I'll put you guys up. We've only got one day left, guys!

sleepyrose
20th Sep 2010, 6:48 PM
Guys, that looks so beautiful and realistic to the floor plan. Very impressive! :lovestruc
Oh, I hope I'll be able to finish in time. If not, I guess somebody has to get the last place in the contest, right? Well, as long as I'm having fun, I don't care, lol! :lol:

LifesLover
20th Sep 2010, 7:21 PM
I'm sure you'll be able to finish on time, no worries.

sandymdh
20th Sep 2010, 7:52 PM
I didn't have the time to redo my house (or the inclination to be quite honest as it had taken me absolutely ages to build)- if you remember I lost it during my patch-up this week. Anyway I did manage to find another pic I can add but obviously I have only added 2 bonus pics. Also I haven't been able to take the floor plan photos the same way round as on the plans so I'll spin them on paint shop pro so they'll be upside down lol. Hopefully next round will be a much better effort from me presentation-wise. Glad to see more people have joined :-)

LifesLover
20th Sep 2010, 7:57 PM
It's okay that you didn't rebuild or anything. You won't lose points for not having all four bonus pictures: they are, after all, bonus, and not necessary if you don't want them. Spinning them around will be fine.

Dantes
20th Sep 2010, 8:09 PM
My hard drive is dead...All i got of my house now is those pictures. I must restart from empty lot if i want to upload it one day. 30 hours of hard work lost in on minute. :blink:

LifesLover
20th Sep 2010, 8:21 PM
Oh no! That's awful. I'm so sorry. I've lost houses before like that, too. I've also lost them through accidentally deleting them. But you've got the pictures, and that makes it easier to recreate it. I do hope you will be able to re-build it, it was such a pretty home.

sandymdh
20th Sep 2010, 8:22 PM
I definitely know how that feels!

Cloudburst
20th Sep 2010, 9:22 PM
Finally got this finished :) I used one piece of CC in this (the half wall fence).
Here's my plan: http://www.houseplans.com/3882-square-feet-5-bedroom-2.5-bathroom-Contemporary-House-Plans-2-garage-%2835959%29
http://img2.houseplans.com/plans/e/496-1e-3882.jpg

Required Shots

Front:

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

Ground Floor:

http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t94/cloudburst666/floor1-2.jpg

First Floor:

http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t94/cloudburst666/floor2-2.jpg

Basement:

http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t94/cloudburst666/floor0.jpg

Living Room:

http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t94/cloudburst666/livingroom-2.jpg

Kitchen:

http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t94/cloudburst666/kitchen-4.jpg

Bedroom (Pattern Used):

http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t94/cloudburst666/bedroom-3.jpg

Bathroom:

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

Bonus Shots

Front at Night:

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

Back:

http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t94/cloudburst666/back-2.jpg

Back at Night:

http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t94/cloudburst666/nightshot2.jpg

Dining Room:

http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t94/cloudburst666/diningroom-2.jpg

LifesLover
20th Sep 2010, 9:32 PM
Great! I'll add you to the list. One left to go, I think.

LifesLover
21st Sep 2010, 3:45 PM
Hey, guys! It is exactly 10:43 a.m. where I am. This round closes at 12:00 p.m., which gives you an hour and 17 minutes to make any changes or enter your house. If you're still working on your house and have not entered, please notify me and I'll see about extending the deadline for a couple of hours.

LifesLover
21st Sep 2010, 5:04 PM
THE FIRST ROUND TO THE BUILD TO PLAN CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. NO CHANGES MAY BE MADE TO YOUR ENTRY AT THIS TIME.

Expect to see judges scores within the next few days. Round 2 will be posted soon.

LifesLover
21st Sep 2010, 5:08 PM
Welcome to Round 2!

http://i589.photobucket.com/albums/ss332/LifesLover/RoundTwo.jpg

Find a house plan that features the charm of Southern Plantation style homes. You may build off an actual Southern Plantation house if the floor plans are available, or you may build off the floor plans like before.

The Bonus Category!
Color Galore!

http://i589.photobucket.com/albums/ss332/LifesLover/Screenshot-1.jpg

You must use this color in one room. That means you must repeat this color over and over. Somewhat similar to the first round pattern, but very different in that you are allowed to use multiple patterns featuring this color. If the pattern has multiple color channels, then the other colors may be what ever you like, so long as the primary color is this one. The color number for this color is:

Red 106
Green 135
Blue 115
Hex 6a8773

This round ends Tuesday, September 28th, 2010 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern, USA time. CLICK HERE FOR THE COUNTDOWN (http://www.timeanddate.com/counters/customcounter.html?month=09&day=28&year=2010&hour=12pm&min=00&sec=00&p0=207)

Plans

serraphinn - House Plan #592-055D-0099 (http://www.houseplansandmore.com/homeplans/houseplan055D-0099.aspx)
wickedblue - House Plan #592-055D-0539 (http://www.houseplansandmore.com/homeplans/houseplan055D-0539.aspx)
dusica - House Plan #592-060D-0098 (http://www.houseplansandmore.com/homeplans/houseplan060D-0098.aspx)
suzetter - House Plan #592-047D-0065 (http://www.houseplansandmore.com/homeplans/houseplan047D-0065.aspx)
Cloudburst - House Plan #17-247 (http://www.houseplans.com/3556-square-feet-3-bedroom-3.5-bathroom-Southern-House-Plans-3-garage-%28585%29)
jewaukeela - House Plan #89688 (http://www.familyhomeplans.com/plan_details.cfm?PlanNumber=89688&src=search)
sandymdh - House Plan #DHSW42367 (http://www.dreamhomesource.com/plantation_house-plans_DHSW42367.hwx)
GloamingMerle - Magnolia Mound (http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/LA0075/)
aUserName - House Plan #AHP-9790 (http://www.theplancollection.com/house-plans/home-plan-9802)
Dragonball161 - House Plan #Lands End (http://www.historicaldesigns.com/plan/listing-la2760landsend-164.html)
Dantes - House Plan #Valley Ford (http://www.theplancollection.com/house-plans/home-plan-5414/big-images)
missroxor - House Plan #592-020D-0325 (http://www.houseplansandmore.com/homeplans/houseplan020D-0325.aspx)

wickedblue
21st Sep 2010, 6:42 PM
Yay! I'm so excited. :)

I have it narrowed down to 3 choices so I will be sending my choice just as soon as I can settle on one to build.

Good luck everyone. There were some amazing houses posted in round 1. :gjob:

Edit: Ok, I've decided. I think. I have commitment issues. :P
Here's the plan: http://www.theplancollection.com/house-plans/home-plan-9918

serraphinn
21st Sep 2010, 7:57 PM
I'm excited too! Early congrats to whoever has the highest amount of points this round! Everyone's houses were great though! (Whoa that's a lot of exclamation points haha)

LifesLover
21st Sep 2010, 8:04 PM
Looks great! I'll make up a list and also post the bonus category.

dusica
21st Sep 2010, 8:59 PM
http://www.houseplansandmore.com/homeplans/houseplan060D-0098.aspx

This be my plan, and good luck everyone :)

suzetter
21st Sep 2010, 9:38 PM
Yay! Congrats to everyone on their great entries in round 1. So glad enough people entered and we can continue on. The plan I'd like to do for this round is:

House Plan #592-047D-0065
http://www.houseplansandmore.com/homeplans/houseplan047D-0065.aspx

Good luck to every one in round 2. :)

LifesLover
21st Sep 2010, 9:41 PM
Yeah, I'm so glad that we're able to move forward with the contest. I was so afraid that it'd be a bust.

Anyway, your plan looks in order and I'll add it to the list!

Cloudburst
21st Sep 2010, 9:44 PM
Here's my plan: http://www.architecturaldesigns.com/plantation-style-house-plan-42156db.asp :)

LifesLover
21st Sep 2010, 10:32 PM
Got it!

Looking great so far, guys, can't wait to see what you build!

Cloudburst
21st Sep 2010, 10:38 PM
Forgot to mention the CC I used in my entry so I just edited my post, I hope that's okay?

LifesLover
21st Sep 2010, 10:39 PM
That's fine, though next time, remember it before the round closes. It's not fair to judges to have to change their scoring due to changes made, even with something as simple as listing CC.

jewaukeela
21st Sep 2010, 11:39 PM
Okay! Here's my plan:
http://www.familyhomeplans.com/plan_details.cfm?PlanNumber=89688&src=search

heaven
22nd Sep 2010, 12:33 AM
aUserName - I can't judge you on this because it's outside of your lot but I just want to say that I noticed the clever placing of your lot for Round 1. The city buildings blend in quite nicely! :giggler: I didn't notice it until I was scrutinizing for scores and was tickled at your choice of placement.

On to other news, congratulations to everyone on getting their entries in and making it to round 2. I am very excited to see what everyone comes up with!

LifesLover
22nd Sep 2010, 12:39 AM
I just wanted to remind everyone that all R1 houses, except for judges' entries (please upload yours, heaven_sent, I would love to have that house in my game) are not allowed to be uploaded to MTS until after scores are given. Let's keep the judging fair for all contestants. After scores are given, you're free to upload. I know of several already that I'm itching to put in my game.

wickedblue
22nd Sep 2010, 2:27 AM
I seriously overestimated my ability to make the staircase look good, obviously I need more practice with this technique, so I am going to change my plan before I rip all of my hair out. I mean, my hair is gorgeous and it would be just wrong to lose it over a pixel-house.

Please change it to this one:http://www.houseplansandmore.com/homeplans/houseplan055D-0539.aspx

Thank you!

jewaukeela
22nd Sep 2010, 2:57 AM
Guys, just a question, is anyone really interested in my house? 'Cuz otherwise I'm not going to upload it. Just askin'. Or do you think I should? I don't know how good stuff has to be, so whad'ya think?

heaven
22nd Sep 2010, 3:22 AM
Jewaukeela - you can always put it in the Creator Feedback Forum (http://nene.modthesims.info/forumdisplay.php?f=612) and get insight from a lot of different people around MTS. It's a very handy resource for creators. Also, you can check out the Creator Guidelines to see what is acceptable for uploading.

GloamingMerle
22nd Sep 2010, 4:39 AM
*checks clock* Technically still Tuesday here, couple hours before midnight... Finished making my improvements and edited my original post. Tuesday was the new deadline wasn't it? I seem to remember the contest timezone was a little earlier than where I am. Am I wrong? I already see Round 2 posted. :\

heaven
22nd Sep 2010, 5:33 AM
*checks clock* Technically still Tuesday here, couple hours before midnight... Finished making my improvements and edited my original post. Tuesday was the new deadline wasn't it? I seem to remember the contest timezone was a little earlier than where I am. Am I wrong? I already see Round 2 posted. :\

Round 1 ended at 1200 Eastern Standard Time. So, whatever is equivalent to what timezone you are in. For me, the round ended at 0900 this morning. So, any changes or entries after that would not be counted. It's not a midnight deadline, rather an afternoon deadline. Sorry for the misunderstanding but you know for next time!

LifesLover
22nd Sep 2010, 5:37 AM
I'm sorry, GloamingMerle: I should have made clearer the actual deadline instead of just Tuesday. Unfortunately, since two of the judges have already submitted their scores, I cannot accept the changes you've made, unless the judges in question are willing to re-score your entry. In the future, I will remember to keep track of when the deadlines are so as not to confuse any of the contestants. I'm sorry, it was my mistake.

dusica
22nd Sep 2010, 8:55 AM
@wickedblue, i know what you mean. I'm trying desperately to find houses that don't have split level staircases, I have no idea how to make it work :P and don't have time for tutorials. Hence, my houses are a bit too simple, but what can ya do :/ I am dreading the victorian plans round lol.

serraphinn
22nd Sep 2010, 9:54 AM
Haha I know what you guys mean about the staircases... I've spent about 2 hours on my stupid U-shaped staircase today and still can't get it right. :p But I'm determined!

sandymdh
22nd Sep 2010, 10:47 AM
Yay I finally found a plan I like! It's this one http://www.dreamhomesource.com/plantation_house-plans_DHSW42367.hwx
though on the stairs issue these have stairs in a tower which I will have to try and simmify without the diagonal sections :-S

LifesLover
22nd Sep 2010, 2:55 PM
Those are difficult stairs, huh? Well, just do the best you can or find a plan that doesn't include a technique that you can't do. I'll put you on the plans list, sandymdh.

GloamingMerle
22nd Sep 2010, 10:08 PM
Ah, well, if they don't want to re-score my entry, I totally understand. Don't shovel all the blame onto yourself LifesLover, I did procrastinate on those improvements after all. I got wrapped up in working on my world... I was wrong about the time zone anyway. :P

As for round 2.. This is exciting! I've lived in the New Orleans all my life, and my very first relative to move here (that we've found) was a plantation owner. I'm trying to find the floor plans of real plantations here, but mostly all I'm coming up with is pictures of the exterior. This round really makes me wish that I had Ambitions though, because the tree with Spanish Moss would have been so perfect. Ah well, there're still Oak trees and Azaleas in the base game, and those are two local favorites.

heaven
22nd Sep 2010, 10:34 PM
This round really makes me wish that I had Ambitions though, because the tree with Spanish Moss would have been so perfect. Ah well, there're still Oak trees and Azaleas in the base game, and those are two local favorites.

:giggler: The Spanish Moss Oak and the azaleas were the first things I put in my yard for landscaping. :giggler:

GloamingMerle
22nd Sep 2010, 11:03 PM
:giggler: The Spanish Moss Oak and the azaleas were the first things I put in my yard for landscaping. :giggler:

Trying to make me jealous, ey? :P
I was so excited when I first spotted those trees in screenshot... I grew up a few blocks away from a park/library that had tons of huge Oak trees draped with Spanish Moss... <3

Oh well, I'll be getting Ambitions pretty soon, but not in time for this challenge obviously.

I found what I'm going to do, but I had to pull it from two sources to get the best pictures. It's Magnolia Mound Plantation in Baton Rouge.

The floor plans are under the Drawings section here: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/LA0075/ , but the larger (.tif) references have to be downloaded. I'll convert and resize the floor plan and upload it to photobucket when I enter my house, so no worries about that.

There weren't any particularly good/clear color photographs of the front of the house at that website, so I found some better ones here: http://www.infolizer.com/?title=Magnolia+Mound+Plantation+House

missroxor
23rd Sep 2010, 12:28 AM
Damn! I'm too slow :( I wasn't able to get to my simming computer yesterday and only managed to get on the lap top for an hour or two to check out plans. I found that website with authentic plans right before I went to bed but the laptop is crap so I wasn't able to look at all the pics. I figured nobody else would find it before thismorning since everone else is sticking to real plan sites so I could get on and choose a plan before someone gets there before me....I was wrong. That was the one house I liked too :( Oh, well, deserves me right for procrastinating :lol: I'll nered to check out some of the other sites I liked.

You two are making me nervous, I don't even know what spanish moss is....I didn't realise there was specific plants associated with plantations....I have a lot of research to do I think :rolleyes: (I mean decorative plants hehe, not the crops)

Merle, I found a site you might like. I couldn't see any houses that would suit this challenge but the have a whole New Orleans section. I have no idea how authentic they are having never been anywhere near Louisiana (though I would LOVE to visit one day): http://www.artdecohomes.com/art_deco_homes132.htm

**Off to frantically search house plans**

aUserName
23rd Sep 2010, 12:49 AM
OK, here's my plan http://www.eplans.com/plantation_house-plans/HWEPL68271.hwx

I going to have the same stair issues with my house since it has impossible circling stairs in it. I might change plans if it's too hard.

aUserName - I can't judge you on this because it's outside of your lot but I just want to say that I noticed the clever placing of your lot for Round 1. The city buildings blend in quite nicely! I didn't notice it until I was scrutinizing for scores and was tickled at your choice of placement.

Thanks. I staged the house on a bigger lot and placed some rabbit holes around it to match the city look of the picture.

LifesLover
23rd Sep 2010, 1:04 AM
Hey, guy! First of all, I want to give huge thanks to all of you and my judges. You guys all did so well in the first round: it makes me shiver to see what you guys do for the next rounds! And huge thanks to my judges for being so speedy in getting back their scores to me. I, unfortunately, am the reason they're so late, not them.

Anyway, here's the Round One Scores! Here's how things are done. Every round is worth 110 points, including the bonus round. The judges separate the points into the categories and then added them up for a total score. What I did was take these total scores, add them up and then took the average. So, your individual total scores from each judge may be higher or lower than what's shown here. If you would like more detailed scores (i.e., in each category) along with your judges' comments, please PM me for them.

sandymdh: 70 out of 110 points. -> 72.5 out of 110 points.
serraphinn: 82.25 out of 110 points. -> 84.75 out of 110 points.
Dragonball161: 89.25 out of 110 points. -> 91.75 out of 110 points.
GloamingMerle: 73.75 out of 110 points. -> 75.25 out of 110 points.
suzetter: 87 out of 110 points. -> 89.5 out of 110 points.
missroxor: 82.75 out of 110 points. -> 88.75 out of 110 points.
jewaukeela: 67.5 out of 110 points. -> 70 out of 110 points.
wickedblue: 89.75 out of 110 points. -> 92.25 out of 110 points.
Dantes: 86.25 out of 110 points. -> 89.25 out of 110 points.
aUserName: 82.25 out of 110 points. -> 84.75 out of 110 points.
dusica: 80.75 out of 110 points. -> 82.75 out of 110 points.
Cloudburst: 95.5 out of 110 points. -> 98 out of 110 points.

Round high scorers are (in succession) Cloudburst, wickedblue, and Dragonball161. Great job to these three and to all of the contestants. Don't be discouraged by your scores if they're not as high as you thought they would be. This is only the first round and you will improve. Also, I wanted to make mention of the CC. Though going over the limit for CC was not taken off this round, it will be next round and subsequent rounds. If you want to use CC, please make sure that you tell the correct amount. If we find extra CC that you didn't state, we will take points off. Be mindful of what you use. Also, losing the CC points might not be worth it when it comes to CC pictures, paintings, and patterns. Don't lose needless points where EA stuff would work just as well.

I'm also changing one thing about the photo requirements. I don't know about any of the other judges, but I found it extremely difficult to compare the Sim house with the actual plans when you didn't include the actual plans in the entry and just linked to it. From now on, in order to make it easier on my poor, tired eyes, I'm stating that you must include the actual plans in your entry, just to make it easier on all of the judges.

Please don't be afraid to give each other feedback and feel free to change your entry as much as you want up until the deadline. Afterward, unless you ask for an extension, please don't change your entry: it's not fair to the judges or the other contestants.

dusica
23rd Sep 2010, 7:29 AM
Well, I didn't expect my score to be any higher :P Hopefully I'll do better with the next round, but the roof is giving me hell, I want to scrap the whole darned thing.

Congrats to everyone, and to the top three, you sure earned to be in the top! :D

serraphinn
23rd Sep 2010, 9:33 AM
Ok... so here's my house. :)

Street View:
http://www.houseplansandmore.com/floorplans/055D/055D-0099/055D-0099-front-main-6.jpghttp://lh5.ggpht.com/_y02zx5NOKMY/TJyJ4komASI/AAAAAAAAAQg/HqVLBdoQMc4/s800/Screenshot-511.jpg

1st Floor:
http://www.houseplansandmore.com/floorplans/055D/055D-0099/055D-0099-floor1-6.gifhttp://lh5.ggpht.com/_y02zx5NOKMY/TJyLIcdbegI/AAAAAAAAARA/t8lG57ETOYc/s800/Screenshot-513.jpg

2nd Floor:
http://www.houseplansandmore.com/floorplans/055D/055D-0099/055D-0099-floor2-6.gifhttp://lh3.ggpht.com/_y02zx5NOKMY/TJyKGTOdJ6I/AAAAAAAAAQ4/XjqK3in6_r8/s800/Screenshot-514.jpg

Bedroom:
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_y02zx5NOKMY/TJyMYAGvjtI/AAAAAAAAAR8/99JPBUk4-0o/s800/Screenshot-518.jpg

Bathroom:
http://lh3.ggpht.com/_y02zx5NOKMY/TJyMNs88LeI/AAAAAAAAAR4/o0OXa6Q7B90/s800/Screenshot-517.jpg

Another Bathroom:
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_y02zx5NOKMY/TJyM7v_VefI/AAAAAAAAASk/M5VXv-wdQP8/s800/Screenshot-527.jpg

Kitchen:
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_y02zx5NOKMY/TJyMB4m0phI/AAAAAAAAARk/NxKmwdTyIW8/s800/Screenshot-521.jpg

Living Room:
http://lh6.ggpht.com/_y02zx5NOKMY/TJyL1oHPjGI/AAAAAAAAARg/XE0OuVoFqzA/s800/Screenshot-522.jpg

Bedroom with the color:
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_y02zx5NOKMY/TJyLoYCGdOI/AAAAAAAAARQ/YX7alCGMc4k/s800/Screenshot-526.jpg

Dining Room:
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_y02zx5NOKMY/TJyMiLtHoqI/AAAAAAAAASM/ec4q2lG1zjo/s800/Screenshot-524.jpg

Side View:
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_y02zx5NOKMY/TJyMnS2i59I/AAAAAAAAASQ/e_0UhRupneM/s800/Screenshot-528.jpg

I used 3 pieces of custom content.
Federal Window 1x1 (http://www.thesimsresource.com/downloads/details/category/sims3-objects-buildmode-windows/title/federal-window-1x1-tall/id/1009262/) from TSR.
Federal Window 2x1 (http://www.thesimsresource.com/downloads/details/category/sims3-objects-buildmode-windows/title/federal-window-2x1-tall/id/1009260/) from TSR.
Backless Shower (http://modthesims.info/download.php?t=361082) from here at MTS.

Sookielee
23rd Sep 2010, 9:46 AM
After judging the first round, I would like to say that I was impressed with all of the submissions.

In looking at all the entries, I would like to remind everyone to pay attention to the details on your chosen plan(s). Omitting things like closets or rooms will affect your overall score. You are trying to duplicate a house plan as exact as possible, not built a house that sims will be using. I enjoyed seeing people include utility closets and such even though in-game these things are often left out as they are useless. Also I would like to reiterate what LifesLover said, Don't use cc needlessly, when EA objects will suffice. I hated seeing scores fall because of cc.

LifesLover
23rd Sep 2010, 4:48 PM
Ooh, what an adorable house, serraphinn. I think I would change at least the pattern on the columns. They don't really add much to the outside. Also, why is the garage a dark color when the plan shows it as being white? That might get points taken off, be careful.

This is going to be my favorite round: I love Southern Plantation style.

Anyway, I received the flood of messages to my inbox and I will reply to them. For some reason, MTS would just not let me on last night after I posted the scores, so I still have to compile them and get them to you. Good luck everybody!

serraphinn
23rd Sep 2010, 7:27 PM
I could have sworn the garage door was white... I shouldn't build when I'm so tired :p ... Like I said I think I'm just gonna scrap the whole thing and start over... just gotta pick a different plan...

LifesLover
23rd Sep 2010, 7:37 PM
Why would you scrap it? It looks very nice.

wickedblue
23rd Sep 2010, 7:42 PM
I could have sworn the garage door was white... I shouldn't build when I'm so tired :p ... Like I said I think I'm just gonna scrap the whole thing and start over... just gotta pick a different plan...

It probably was white, there's a shadow issue with garage doors. I've found you can just stick a light directly behind the door and it will offset that so it actually looks white.

serraphinn
23rd Sep 2010, 7:45 PM
Partly because I'm very annoyed that the stairs area is so screwed up... and partly because I have an itch to build something better. I just came to see if my other choice for a plan was taken... and it is. :( maybe I'll just fix the house I have...

And thanks for the tip Wicked... I could have sworn that I dragged the exact color from those windows to all the windows and doors in the house... including the garage...

jewaukeela
23rd Sep 2010, 7:46 PM
Oh darn, I'd thought I did quite well... ah well. I'll do better this round.

LifesLover
23rd Sep 2010, 7:47 PM
It is possible that it's just a shading issue: since I didn't even think of that. I remember having to deal with that in a house I was building. Oh, lord, I'm such an idiot: I forgot to add your R2 entry to the contestants list.

If you do want to change your house and rebuild, serraphinn, then please just make changes to your entry.

Also, guys, if you're going to change your plans, don't just edit your original post that contains that entry: I won't find it. I barely was able to catch that you did that, wickedblue (I think it was you). If you want to change your entry, please make a new post about it or send me a PM about it. I want to know if you change it, so that's why.

Also, I'm still working on the comments and scoring, I'll get it to you guys by tonight!

serraphinn
23rd Sep 2010, 7:53 PM
I think I want to switch to this plan. (http://www.houseplansandmore.com/homeplans/houseplan055D-0099.aspx) I will switch out the pictures in my other post when I'm done so you wont have to change links or anything...

wickedblue
23rd Sep 2010, 7:55 PM
I made a new post when I changed my entry. I was keeping an eye on it though to make sure it got changed since I wasn't sure if you'd see it buried at the bottom of the page. :)

LifesLover
23rd Sep 2010, 8:09 PM
Yeah, I just barely noticed that you'd changed the plan. Okay, serraphinn, I'll change your plan and add your entry.

Oh, also, you're all allowed to upload your R1 house if you'd like, since judging is done and all.

Oh, and serraphinn, even if you do rebuild, could you upload the first house? I'm shameless enough to admit that I want it.

LifesLover
23rd Sep 2010, 8:32 PM
Guys, while working out the individual scores to give to you, I have come across some major adding errors within the judges scores. For example, one person's total score was 10 points less than what it was supposed to be, the score having been added wrong somehow.

I'm going to have to go back and fix the scores to make sure everything is accurate and that you guys get the actual scores that you deserve. This may take me a while, please bear with me while I go and fix this. This means that your individual scores and comments will be longer in coming. I am so sorry for this mix-up, I don't know why I didn't catch it before.

jewaukeela
23rd Sep 2010, 10:36 PM
That's okay; you're such a great host thanks for all the work!

LifesLover
23rd Sep 2010, 11:08 PM
That's okay; you're such a great host thanks for all the work!

Thank you! I'm trying to keep this as fair and organized as possible. LOL, I didn't know I'd be in for so much work! *keels over and dies*

Anyway, I finished updating the scores. There's not a huge difference, but all of you experienced a two to five point increase. The round high scorers are still Cloudburst, wickedblue, and Dragonball161.

You can find them here (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=3324122&postcount=190). I'm now off to get the PMs done.

IF YOU WANT YOUR INDIVIDUAL SCORES AND COMMENTS, PLEASE PM WITH THE REQUEST. I WON'T GIVE THEM TO YOU OTHERWISE.

wickedblue
23rd Sep 2010, 11:26 PM
Thank you for updating the scores and no worries. Everyone makes mistakes! I can't even imagine the amount of work this takes.

LifesLover
23rd Sep 2010, 11:58 PM
It's certainly time consuming, that's for sure. But I've now updated both the Round 2 post as well as the original post. If you want timers, scores, contestants entries, look at the front page. If you want contestants plans, look at the Round 2 post, which can be found by looking on the front page and clicking on the link.

I've also sent scores to everyone who asked for them. If you'd like your scores and have not received them, please PM me! *goes to soak cramping hand*

jewaukeela
24th Sep 2010, 1:26 AM
Link: http://www.familyhomeplans.com/plan_details.cfm?PlanNumber=89688&src=search#image-slideshow

Floor Plan:
http://images.familyhomeplans.com/plans/89688/89688-1L.gif

Overview:
http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab91/jewa33/Picture20.png

House Plan:
http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab91/jewa33/89688-B600.jpg

Street View:
http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab91/jewa33/Picture13.png

Kitchen:
http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab91/jewa33/Picture15.png

Bonus Pic #1, Dining Room, Bonus Room:
http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab91/jewa33/Picture16.png

Bedroom:
http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab91/jewa33/Picture14.png

Bathroom:
http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab91/jewa33/Picture19.png

Living Room:
http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab91/jewa33/Picture17.png

Bonus Pic #2, Living Room:
http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab91/jewa33/Picture18.png

Bonus Pic #3, Setting
http://i853.photobucket.com/albums/ab91/jewa33/Picture22.png

LifesLover
24th Sep 2010, 2:43 AM
Jewaukeela, please add a picture of the real floor plan to your entry. Also, take a look at your feedback comments and please take those into consideration. I'll add your entry to the list!

There are still 3 people who have not sent me a link to their house plans! You need to do so before you upload your entry.

Dragonball161
24th Sep 2010, 8:31 AM
ARG! The site has not been wanting to work with me!!! I see many others with the issue, so I am not alone. I wanted to post my pick last night, but I could not access the site.

I wish I would have thought of the Library of Congress the other night, I was trying to go to websites for tours hoping one would have the plans. So obvious now! Instead, I found a site that has plans inspired by the antiques, such as the one I chose (http://www.historicaldesigns.com/plan/listing-la2760landsend-164.html).

I hope my site issues clear up to be able to post it once built!

serraphinn
24th Sep 2010, 12:52 PM
I've edited my other post with the new house pictures.

Dantes
24th Sep 2010, 1:29 PM
Thank you! I'm trying to keep this as fair and organized as possible. LOL, I didn't know I'd be in for so much work! *keels over and dies*

Anyway, I finished updating the scores. There's not a huge difference, but all of you experienced a two to five point increase. The round high scorers are still Cloudburst, wickedblue, and Dragonball161.

You can find them here (http://www.modthesims.info/showpost.php?p=3324122&postcount=190). I'm now off to get the PMs done.

IF YOU WANT YOUR INDIVIDUAL SCORES AND COMMENTS, PLEASE PM WITH THE REQUEST. I WON'T GIVE THEM TO YOU OTHERWISE.

Seen the high degree of difficulty which I consciously chose as my house, I am very satisfied with my score. :gjob:

jewaukeela
24th Sep 2010, 6:01 PM
Unfortunately my game is screwed up and can't load; it took nearly four hours to get to the main screen, no joke. Redoing even a small part of my house would take way too long to be worth it; I'm not a very patient person. I know sacrificing this round will probably mean I'll have no chance on even coming close to winning but I'll take the hit this round and just do my best on the others. Hopefully my game will be fixed by then.

LifesLover
25th Sep 2010, 12:20 AM
Do you have a lot of custom content? You might try merging the content together (I find granthes Custom Launcher to be a god-send) into one big package, shutting down your computer, and then restarting. That usually fixes abnormal loading times. I'm sorry to hear that your game's taking so long. I'd hate it if I couldn't play.

jewaukeela
25th Sep 2010, 2:52 AM
Yes, it's driving me crazy! I'll try doing that now.

aUserName
25th Sep 2010, 5:38 AM
I'm changing my plan to this one. http://www.theplancollection.com/house-plans/home-plan-9802

I spent many frustrating hours on the other one, but it just looks fake and weird.

Man, serraphinn and jewaukeela you guys work fast! Wish I were a quick builder.

serraphinn
25th Sep 2010, 6:54 AM
Haha... I don't think I work fast... I just don't take breaks... when I build a house I do it in one sitting... I spend hours at a time on them...

aUserName
25th Sep 2010, 8:46 AM
Slow but hard working then. :) I'm still impressed.

Building house is quite the time sink isn't it.

sandymdh
25th Sep 2010, 10:41 AM
@jewaukeela -I totally understand -my last score was rubbish as I couldn't go back and finish what I'd started (darn patches) but when you've spent a whole day faffing about with cfe arches and another whole day in CAS etc it was a lot easier to take the points hit for that round lol. I am not the most patient person. This one has taken 3 days so far so lets pray for no more patches until Late Night comes out :-) Good luck with fixing the load times issue.

Dantes
25th Sep 2010, 11:15 AM
My plan.

http://www.theplancollection.com/house-plans/home-plan-5414/big-images

sandymdh
25th Sep 2010, 3:17 PM
My Round 2 Entry - Southern Plantation Style

CC used in total = 7 pieces (3 windows, a roof, sides of front porch stairs, curtains and a door).

Welcome to this Southern Plantation style home -also known as neo-classical apparently. It is a large home with 4 bedrooms and a 'bonus' room above the garage currently inhabited by a teenager. Take a look at the front of the house and you will see a magnificent columned porch.

http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz253/sandymdh/Competition/picfront.jpg
Plan Front view

http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz253/sandymdh/Competition/frontview.jpg
House Front View

http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz253/sandymdh/Competition/plang.jpg
Ground Floor Plan

http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz253/sandymdh/Competition/ground.jpg
Actual Ground Floor

http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz253/sandymdh/Competition/plan1.jpg
First Floor Plan

http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz253/sandymdh/firstflr.jpg
Actual First Floor

Here are the kitchen, lounge, bathroom and a very girly master bedroom.
http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz253/sandymdh/Competition/kitchen-1.jpg
Kitchen
http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz253/sandymdh/Competition/lounge.jpg
Lounge
http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz253/sandymdh/Competition/bathroom.jpg
Master Bathroom
http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz253/sandymdh/Competition/master.jpg
Master Bedroom

Here is the back of the house, perfect for entertaining.
http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz253/sandymdh/Competition/backview.jpg
this is the main leisure area. I really don't like dark green (probably as it was my High School Uniform colour many years ago) and although I have used this colour on the rug, sofas, curtains, tv unit and floor lamp I think I've kept it pretty subtle :-)
http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz253/sandymdh/Competition/leisure.jpg
This is the teen room above the garage - I had to fight the urge to go into debug and stick loads of washing piles everywhere and use up cc on cups and plates all over the place lol.
http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz253/sandymdh/Competition/teenroom.jpg
Here is the second bedroom (which I love as it has it's own balcony)
http://i833.photobucket.com/albums/zz253/sandymdh/Competition/bed2-1.jpg

Thanks for taking a look around.

wickedblue
25th Sep 2010, 5:40 PM
Here's my entry for round 2. Link to original plans: http://www.houseplansandmore.com/homeplans/home_plan_image_detail.aspx?ID=5428&PlanNumber=055D-0539&DisplayOrder=10

Original front view:
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/uhave2bkiddingme/original.jpg

Simmified:
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/uhave2bkiddingme/streetview2.jpg

First floor plan:
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/uhave2bkiddingme/firstfloorplan.jpg

My first floor overhead:
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/uhave2bkiddingme/overheadfirstfloor2.jpg

Second floor plan:
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/uhave2bkiddingme/secondfloorplan.jpg

My second floor overhead:
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/uhave2bkiddingme/secondflooroverhead2.jpg

Overhead shots of long, narrow lots really tests one's patience. :D



Living room with bonus color:
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/uhave2bkiddingme/living2-1.jpg

Note that the table behind the couch came from the store like that, with the blue vase fading out like that. That is not a fading objects issue. I don't know why it's like that but I like the table too much otherwise to not use it.

Kitchen:
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/uhave2bkiddingme/kitchen2.jpg

Dining:
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/uhave2bkiddingme/dining2.jpg

Master Bedroom:
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/uhave2bkiddingme/masterbed.jpg

http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/uhave2bkiddingme/masterbed2.jpg


A very small portion of the gigantic master bathroom:
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/uhave2bkiddingme/mastbath-2.jpg

I could seriously live in that bathroom. I'd never leave. :D

Upstairs Landing:
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/uhave2bkiddingme/upstairslanding.jpg

Backyard:
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o50/uhave2bkiddingme/backyard2.jpg

I used four pieces of custom content:
Window, shutters, glass door and the roof

jewaukeela
25th Sep 2010, 5:54 PM
Your guys' look great; does debug stuff count as CC? 'Cuz if so my first house had about 15 pieces and this one has about 8... They do all come with the game, so I thought they didn't count.
Do they?

sandymdh
25th Sep 2010, 6:00 PM
I only meant I didn't use it as I didn't want to mess the room up too much (you should see my 13yr old son's room) I doubt debug stuff is counted as CC lol or I'd have to count all the extra lighting I've used :-)

LifesLover
25th Sep 2010, 6:22 PM
No, debug is not counted as CC. CC is anything made by a party outside of EA, hence why you can use anything from debug, any EPs or SPs, and the Sims 3 store.

missroxor
26th Sep 2010, 2:20 AM
It's about time I let you know what plans I'm working with, eh? TBH, I don't really llove this plan but haven't found something else that I prefer that I'll be able to finish on time :( I've just been messing around with some other plans but can't for the life of me get the dimensions to look right. So here's the one I'm gonna try to finish:
http://www.houseplansandmore.com/homeplans/houseplan020D-0325.aspx

Does the colour have to be the same? Even if it means losing points I will probably alter the colour of the exterior (just a teensy bit) 'cause pink and dark green makes me feel sick :| why would anybody want that colour scheme?! I've just toned down the pink so it's more kinda beige-y.

LifesLover
26th Sep 2010, 3:06 AM
You can depending on the judge. So long as the change is not incredibly huge, I don't think it'll be a problem.

Sookielee
26th Sep 2010, 7:49 AM
I looked at you plan missroxer and on my monitor the house looks beige, a cool beige, but beige none the less.

missroxor
26th Sep 2010, 8:27 AM
hmmm....on mine it's not bright pink, it's kinda beige but it just as a very faint hint of peachy-pinky (enough to make me grimace at the sight of it nest to the green shutters)....but if you see beige then I'm happy enough to make the walls beige :) I would check the settings on my computer but I wouldn't know where to start :rolleyes:

Cloudburst
26th Sep 2010, 10:49 AM
Sorry, I'm going to have to change my plan. The other one was just too much work with the stairs so I'm doing this one now: http://www.houseplans.com/3556-square-feet-3-bedroom-3.5-bathroom-Southern-House-Plans-3-garage-(585) :)

LifesLover
26th Sep 2010, 5:35 PM
Cloudburst, your link doesn't work. Please supply a working link and I'll change your plan.

Cloudburst
26th Sep 2010, 5:43 PM
Sorry, here ya go: http://www.houseplans.com/3556-square-feet-3-bedroom-3.5-bathroom-Southern-House-Plans-3-garage-(585)

LifesLover
26th Sep 2010, 5:55 PM
Okay, I'll change it.

suzetter
27th Sep 2010, 6:50 AM
I have had to reload my game twice already because my create a style stopped working and then the game didn't patch right so now I'm reloading yet again. This is so frustrating because now my house is gone (I had the structure but hadn't decorated yet) and now I only have tomorrow to rebuild provided I get my game working by then. I don't know what happened. Is it possible to CFE your game to death?

sandymdh
27th Sep 2010, 9:19 AM
I hope not or mine's on the way out again lol. I might export my house and put it somewhere safe just in case...

heaven
27th Sep 2010, 1:50 PM
Suzetter, I am so sorry to hear that! I know CASt sometimes does that for me so I just leave my game running in the background (I play in windowed mode) and do other things. Sometimes it eventually corrects itself. I hope you can get a chance to rebuild.

LifesLover
27th Sep 2010, 5:37 PM
I'm so sorry to hear about your troubles, suzetter. I'd really rather not extend the contest deadline, but if you and others are having problems, then I'll see about extending it.

heaven
27th Sep 2010, 9:31 PM
Alright, well I finally finished mine. I may or may not add more pictures. I kinda ran out of steam, especially since I have been having computer issues (mostly internet) this past week. My plan is based on Houseplan 055D-0338 (http://www.houseplansandmore.com/homeplans/houseplan055D-0038.aspx).

http://www.modyourpanties.com/hosting/23291_10092722272302 - Comparison Front.jpg
http://www.modyourpanties.com/hosting/23292_10092722290602 - Comparison First Floor.jpg
http://www.modyourpanties.com/hosting/23293_10092722292202 - Comparison Second Floor.jpg
http://www.modyourpanties.com/hosting/23294_10092722295502 - Living Room.jpg
http://www.modyourpanties.com/hosting/23295_10092722300702 - Kitchen.jpg
http://www.modyourpanties.com/hosting/23296_10092722302102 - Dining Room.jpg
http://www.modyourpanties.com/hosting/23297_10092722303402 - Master Bedroom.jpg
http://www.modyourpanties.com/hosting/23298_10092722304502 - Master Bath.jpg

The living room is the room with the actual color. I used similar, cool colors throughout the entire house because I felt like it went with the style and feel I was going for. So no, the entire house does not have that color although it may look close.

I realize the foyer looks too large and therefore makes the house seem longer. This is due to the nature of CFE. I chose to add a few tiles and get the best staircase suited to the plan, especially since the staircase is in the middle of the house rendering the surrounding floor tiles basically useless.

I used 4 pieces of CC (tall window, roof recolor, grand piano, backless shower). The grand piano is from TSR which I usually never download from but this room just seemed like it needed it. If I decide to upload, I will wait until LN comes out which will hopefully reintroduce the baby grand from TS2.

Sidenote: Let me know if you would rather me upload the pictures and floorplans individually. It worked well for my other house but this one is longer and harder to look at in full view. I can change it with a quick click if needed.

LifesLover
27th Sep 2010, 10:31 PM
Oh, so far very pretty, heaven_sent! You gonna upload it? Oh, did you know, there's a piano that was uploaded to MTS?

wickedblue
28th Sep 2010, 12:15 AM
Heaven_Sent - which EP does that adorable shelf in the kitchen come with? I just dug through my entire catalog because I've never seen it but you don't mention that it's CC.

Your house is really quite lovely and I'd be tickled if you uploaded it.

LifesLover
28th Sep 2010, 12:20 AM
I think that's from the store, actually.

heaven
28th Sep 2010, 12:20 AM
Wickedblue - It is store content. The Don Pedro Bookshelf (http://store.thesims3.com/productDetail.html?productId=OFB-SIM3:20976&categoryId=11509&scategoryId=11561&pcategoryId=11560&ppcategoryId=&gender=female&startAt=0) actually, placed with moveobjects. Since store content is not considered CC I didn't list any of it but am more than willing to give links out to any of the content I used.

Lifeslover - no, I had no idea about the piano on MTS. I didn't even think to look here. Usually I know about it and, if I need it, I already have it from this site. :giggler: I will have to exchange them. I am loathe to have TSR content in my game. That is the only item I have and, thanks to you, will be deleting very shortly.

LifesLover
28th Sep 2010, 12:26 AM
Yeah, I don't like TSR content, either. I recently did a full delete of anything I'd downloaded from there. What with all of the hullabaloo I've been hearing about TSR and its pay policies and stuff, I just want to forget about the site entirely. I still love the Workshop, though: I can't help it. I thought I'd tell you about the piano because it was just such a gorgeous piece!

wickedblue
28th Sep 2010, 12:29 AM
Oh, yes of course, the store! I feel silly now.

I also really despise TSR but I had to go against my no TSR policy to get those shutters as I exhausted every other site known to find some shutters big enough for my windows and then finally did a WCIF and was pointed to those. Unfortunately, that means if I upload this house, it will be shutter-less.

Edit: Oh, that's the bookcase which is also quite nice but I was asking about the little shelf with the dishes. Store content also, I presume? I usually stay away from the store because I know I'll end up buying stuff. Must...resist...urge...

LifesLover
28th Sep 2010, 12:40 AM
It's okay: the people won't know the difference except for us.

I really do hope to see people upload their houses: so what if they have closets!? The houses are still livable!

I have big trouble with the store, too. It's easy enough right now, since I literally do not have money and thus can't buy anything, but it's harder when I do find myself with money, especially when I'm confined to not doing anything right now and then I grow bored and I go looking around for things to do.

Hey, does anyone know what happened with that G.O.C. person? I see a deleted post and I don't know what it was about.

heaven
28th Sep 2010, 12:46 AM
Oh! That shelf! :rofl: Yes, also store content. Part of the Provence (http://store.thesims3.com/setsProductDetails.html?productId=OFB-SIM3:22998&categoryId=11488&scategoryId=12620&pcategoryId=12619) set; it's the Pastoral Practical Kitchen Shelf (http://store.thesims3.com/productDetail.html?productId=OFB-SIM3:23111&categoryId=11509&scategoryId=11531&pcategoryId=11525&ppcategoryId=&gender=female&startAt=75). I try not to download stuff from the store either but when I do, it is usually by set (much cheaper that way). And only if I truly like everything (or at least 3/4 of everything) in the set.

And no, no idea about the G.O.C comment. I noticed it as well though.

jewaukeela
28th Sep 2010, 12:50 AM
Your house is georgeous! Gah, I wish I could decorate that well! Ah well... I'll have to content myself with downloading houses.

wickedblue
28th Sep 2010, 12:54 AM
There were some reports of this thread going wonky when people tried to post, G.O.C. was testing it to see if it was back.

...yes, I spend too much time online...

Thanks heaven_sent, for my new store addiction. :P

LifesLover
28th Sep 2010, 1:05 AM
I want the Provence set so bad. It's the only set item on my wishlist- everything else is just individual items.

Thanks for the heads up, wickedblue. I didn't know something was going on with the thread. How weird.

And jewaukeela, even if you're not very experienced or knowledgeable about decoration, you'll get much better with time and practice (and this contest ^_^). I know I did.