Sunday, May 20, 2012

Cherry Tree Farm by Aleisha18

Yes, I have reviewed another of Aleisha's builds, but that was for me. This one was for Lalagirl334, and to be honest, I love this one better than mine!! LOL 

When you first look at it, it is a quaint country horse farm. And for once looks are & are not deceiving. You can see the lovely organic feeling flowers, and landscaping all over the lot. Colorful, and cheerful! 

I love that it is a compact house, but still has charm, architectural details, and room to move & grow! I love the colors, patterns, and textures used throughout the house. There are 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, as well as the eat-in kitchen!

Not to mention the little study nook near the kitchen is one of my favorite spots!

And the back porch is adorable with room to grill, place for a dag/cat, and a little chair under the tree!

However, the jewel in this crown is the barn! The Barn, you say? Yep! It is gorgeous inside & out! Six (6) inside stalls and one outside stall, tack room, hay lofts, and a bathroom, a rider sim is all set!

And the outdoor hayloft is an genius way to store hay! Brilliant & inspired!

Also comes with a garden, orchard, and a small lake out in the pasture paddock. Not to mention a jumping ring filled with different jumps, and oxfords.

So, to look at more interior shots, and other pics of this build, please go to her thread here. I would be amazed if you are not drooling already! hehe  To just download, click here, to get yourself a great ranch! Let's just say I am keeping this one! LOL

St. Clair House by RDorothyO

When I first started, I was a very lost person. I mean I had no idea what I was doing, and no organization what so ever. I was just downloading houses without noting what went with who. So I got organized. Got a list of the houses I wanted to look at, with makers, and other info.

So little did I realize, that yes, I had downloaded the St. Clair House, which was on the list. Not only that, but I chose it for my Occult/Ghostbuster Sim, unknowingly at the time, that it was the house for the Digest! Oiy! Seems I loved it so much, I am using it for my single mother who just gave birth to my first genie baby! This house has been great! However, did have to say I did add a few things....

Sorry about the bad pic, but I am still learning! <sigh>

I added a rather generous size butler's room in the basement, and a treehouse out back, but blends in perfectly!! Mine didn't come with one... That was it, besides a few other appliances that I wanted to use. However, regardless, this is a great house for your sims! I am loving the colors, textures, fabulous use of patterns, and may lovely details. It is not so cluttered that it takes forever to load though. Just enough to make it seem lived in! =) There is plenty of room, but it doesn't take sim hours to get from top floor to basement (or kitchen) either!

There is a garden in the back, room to park a car, and some children's outside toys. However, there is room for a hot tub and a swing, so neither side has to compromise! LOL

So, to see more pictures on this house, which are so much better than mine, click here to see a bunch of pictures. Worth a look! To download a copy of this house, readers, just head over to here. I am loving the house, and can't wait for the little one to grow up a bit more so can really have some fun! Check out this house, and you won't be sorry! It is a great house to have in your library!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Tiny Tudor by Ruthlesskk

I do have to admit that I have been a huge fan of Ruthlesskk's work for years. The first house I ever downloaded from the Exchange was one of her Victorians.

Well, she has a new build out now called the Tiny Tudor. it is on a 10x10 lot, and it has great charm even though it is a tiny space. It is also a starter home that has 2 bedrooms, and 2 full bath. There is plenty of walking room on the main floor.  However, there is no room for any hobbies, or even a dresser. If, though should say when, I use this lot, I will probably add a basement. This will give some added room to expand on hobbies and/or professions.

Upstairs, is the bedrooms, and the Master is an en suite. I love the mix of the colors in the separate bedrooms, but love how she was able to blend the colors from upstairs to downstairs. While different colors, they are the same pattern. Love it! When I take over this house, I do have to say that I will probably take out the en suite to add in a dresser, and maybe a desk or hobby in that niche.  Though if I add the basement, I might not have to! LOL

I don't say this to denegrate the design of the build. Just saying what I would change as a player to make it a bit easier. I did hear her mention in her thread for this lot, that she was thinking of putting it on a slightly bigger lot to be able to add a garden, and some elbow room. Think that will be great!

Ruthlesskk has always been a favorite and this build just confirms it. She is especially known for her Victorians, and I love that she is stepping out of her comfort zone to try new things. And succeeding! If you would like to explore for yourself, download a copy here.

Thank you Ruthlesskk for sharing, and Happy Simming to all! 

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

La Maison Ruines by Heather3184 (aka Harly Quinn)

This was a request build for Rhett9 on the Angel Request crew thread, and was built by Heather3184, aka Harley Quinn. Rhett9 wanted a Halloween themed house on a 30x30 lot. Well, he got that and a lot more! =)

I am so loving the gothic style! With the fog it is even better. Though the untended yard is a bit much for my Victorian tastes, it does add a bit of mystery, and darn right spookiness! As if having 3 graves in the front yard wasn't spooky enough...

Though only a 1 bedroom home, it is too nice to just let slide by. Just off the bedroom is one of the two bathrooms in the house. I am loving that the tub is placed in the "tower" area so you can see out the windows.

Also just off the bedroom on the second floor is a sitting area or library.

Now, if you really wanted to, I suppose that one could turn this sitting area into another bedroom. However, till needed as one it is a perfect little area! I suggest that only because one could move the area downstairs if needed.

(please ignore my sim... She was checking it out too! lol)

The downstairs has plenty to offer with a living area, a conversation area in the "tower" area, a full bath, kitchen, and 2 separate dining areas. One is more formal (shown), the other is near the kitchen.

I have to say that I am loving this build! Despite being dark, (it IS gothic), there is still a richness to the patterns, colors, and items that are in the house! Definitely going to have a permanent place in my  housing library! Want it for yourself? Check out here to get it! Want to see more first? Then check out Harly Quinn's blog to see more (and better) pics!

Happy Simming!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Alstroemeria's Gazebo Starter by FaithofKaela

I got permission to post about any of the lots in FaithofKaela's studio. Looking around I found this little gem. Now it was created with 2 other people, and you can learn more about it here. Regardless, I have a feeling that this little gem has many hidden secrets that I am now going to expose to the public!

When you first come up to the house, you see how warm & inviting it is, even at night. The arched pergola is a beautiful entrance into this lovely lot.!

Now starting out at slightly under 16k, this is a wonderful bargain! The gazebo styled home is beautifully landscaped in the front, even a picnic area. In the side yard there is a lovely garden with walking stones and a cozy lattice bench. In the back of the house is 2 apple, and a lime tree.

Inside you find a cozy 1 bedroom home. With a palette of tan & a soft orchid, and textures of tile, and natural wood, this is a beautiful place to start out your life. I love the tile work that was done in both the kitchen and in the bathroom, and would LOVE to know how it was done!
And no, neither one of them are rugs! I check.... LOL
The other room that was rich in layered pattern detail was the bedroom. Not too much, but also not to matchy matchy, if you understand my meaning. =)  Love the plaid rug! Connects to the rest through color, and the pattern use from the bed to the curtains & the walls was great! Loved that you used different colors for each, though in the same tone & color families.
The other room, not shown, is the little study that is next to the bedroom. It has a desk that is similar to the wainscoting that is in the kitchen/dining area.  There is also a bookshelf that holds a great secret for those just starting out. Since I was starting out a sim into gardening, I thought I would play it at the same time. Imagine my shock and amazement when I open this bookshelf to find every skill book, every recipe including the ones from WA, every fish book, and more! Wow! And the creators never said a word about it. They even upgraded the appliances. For some odd reason the sprinklers didn't work correctly, but I replaced & upgraded them myself, so it all worked out. Even got bonus points for upgrading them and my computer! LOL

There is no place to put a car on the lot. I needed one for my job of ghostbusting, as it is not very professional to arrive in a taxi. It is also hard to carry equipment on a bike. So, I made a big enough basement for a driveway, then bought a truck. There are no stairs, as it is just a place to stash the car when she is home. Glad that she has the super sim magic to summon it when she needs it! LOL

So, despite a small work around, I am loving this house for my starter sim. I don't know if I will upgrade to add in nectar making, or move to a different house. However decided, I am still loving this house! All the great surprises, the garden, and wonderful architecture and design is amazing for under $16k. This will be in my library for a long time to come! If you, the readers, would like a copy for yourself, please download, and don't forget to rec it!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Rams Haus by WibbleLikeAJelly

I downloaded this house because it is a modern. Now let me say that most of the time, I don't like moderns. I find them cold & sterile. However, another builder posted (before I started this blog) a modern house that she had infused with warmth. It made me take a look at my thinking. Thought that she was just a good builder & it was a fluke. Now, thanks to Wibble, I find it might not be a fluke after all, or he is just that good of a designer. I will let you decide, but I decided not to lump him into the "I don't like moderns" category in my brain.

This house has a lot to offer your sims. It is a 5 bedroom, and does have 3 bathrooms. The bedrooms have a mid-century vibe, while the common areas are a mix of mid-century & contemporary modern.

I think the part I loved most was the use of color used through out the house. Now mind, it was a neutral color palette, but did have some pops of color to add some interest. However, most of the color was not in objects, but the way he used the wall, and floor colorings to add dimension and interest. I love the mix of gray/silver with the brown & tan. It worked because they were of the same tone, so they went together, and the brown & tan does warm the house up. Such understated accents in the wall & floor treatments really do bring out the rest of the items in the room. No matter what they are. LOL

(please note that I did not have the furniture that he used. I received from EA traditional & craftsman furniture to replace the items I didn't have. Still... The design still showed through!)
As you can see, kinda, in the picture above, the kitchen is even given patterned walls. They don't really detract from the modern setting, as more framed the windows looking out into the back yard. Though the interior of the house is amazing, despite what EA did to it, I have to say that the landscaping, and the build of the house itself is what really got me liking this house.

First the landscaping. Most people, even those doing tutorials, tell you that you need to match the landscaping to the style of the house. Well, this house is a perfect example of that theorem, though it does kinda break it at well. Lemme explain. The curb appeal is amazing! The outside landscaping is immaculate, colorful but still understated since it is a modern, and invokes lushness with easy care.
The use of palms, both trees and bushes, with rocks, flowers, and walkways all work harmoniously. Not to mention that he was able to put in a swing, sun lounging, a outdoor dining area, hot tub, and other amenities in a beautiful arrangement.
Love that eating area over in the corner!
Was even able to work in a tree house for the kids.
Plus I love how the gray, brown, & tan move outdoors with the use of both gray brick, and tan & brown fencing.

About the house design itself, it has a wonderful flow. Love the double nursery. The part that I love the most is the enclosed garden. It is not at all in with the modern design, but fits so well! You can't see it much from the street because of a half wall, but the rest is enclosed and gives green life to the rest of the house. I even love how he was able to put in a roof over it! Check it out.

The windows you see above are part of a walk thru from one side of the house to the other, and with the way the roof is  you can see down into that enclosed garden. Wonderful design!!

 So, despite the not quite the right vibe furniture, this modern house still has a feel of a modern, with many architectural designs that are amazing! Helped me to see that liking moderns are not a fluke, that they are not all cold & sterile. This is an amazing and beautiful house that works on many levels. I hope that you will download for yourself, or if you would like to see more, check out his house on his blog. It is well worth it!

Happy simming!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Gables by Peaches327

Though done in purple, it is a soft purple. There are enough contrasts in patterns and other blending of other tonal colors that it is a soothing house.  From room to room, you see beautiful feast of color & patterns, though there are not so many to jar you from point to point.  I mean your eye for different patterns even extended to the fireplace, which you did beautifully!
(yes, I know. My picture taking skills need to improve. Working on it! =)  )

I also love the Juliet balcony that is in the front of the house! Such a stylish, and romantic architectural detail!
I did find that I love the premise around this house. That is it not supposed to be able to house everything that a sim could need. While there is no attic or basement, there is room for some hobbies out in the garage. Though a 3 bedroom, there is still plenty of room to move around, plus there is an area for a horse. Plus it has this really cool wallpaper. Ok, sue me, but I love it!! LOL

With homey touches and landscaping, not to mention a pond, this is a wonderful house for your down to earth sims. Also great for anglers, eco-friendly sims, and for early generations legacy house. Just one thing to know. Don't know what item yet, but you might wind up with this if you don't have a certain store item.
Don't worry! Just sell the bed. There was actually not supposed to be anything there in the first place. This is still a house that can be used for many different sim-lives! I am using it for my new vegetarian, athletic, cured of vampirism, turned from evil, and going to adopt to help another generation sim. LOL (Don't worry I saved a "copy" of my evil vampire still! Just trying out a different story line!) Want to see more about The Gable? Check out Peaches blog here. Plus you can go here to download! Enjoy!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Settler's Sanctuary by Franklear1980

I was given the chance to take a look at franklear1980's build called Settler's Sanctuary. Reading his description, I learned very concise facts about the build. However, it doesn't really describe the details, or the work that went into building this. I am not sure what is keeping people from downloading it, except not knowing the full details from the cover picture. Though from the photos given on the thread,  you see a wonderfully laid out ranch. Wanna see for yourself? Check out this thread.

There is alot going for this ranch. The barn has six (6) stalls, and room to move around. Loving the tack and workshop area that is near the front entrance. There is so much detail, and not a problem to switch out, or have nearby different skill objects.
Have to admit I love the farrier area, at the end of the barn nearest bunkhouse. Of course, I did have a summer apprenticeship with a farrier when I was younger, so that might be something there. LOL  Still, it did come out wonderfully.

The barn area is everything that one could hope for on a "working ranch". My only dislike, is the truck in the front pasture. Would have to get rid of that stat. There is enough vehicles with 2 near the bunkhouse, and 2 more in the underground garage, which is a fabulous idea!

I wish bunkhouses in the "real life" were as nicely appointed as this one. Yes it is simple, and very cozy. However, it has much luxury in the items that are present. It provides a place for field hands, and trainers to stay that is not above the barn. Plus there is a picnic/BBQ area between the big house & the bunkhouse. I haven't seen one like it, and love the rustic charm! Most people think gazebo, but this is just a roofed site.

The house is no slouch when it comes to the details. Though the outside looks very formal, it has a rustic elegance. It is also a cozy house, but not so squishy that you get blocked trying to get from one place to another. The use of orange was extreme & VERY present. I would have rather have something that is a bit more dusty, as I am not a big fan of orange. Make the orange more of a sienna, umber, something more southwest in coloring, and the appeal might widen a bit. Also, what is up with the blue rug with the red border? The ones in the kitchen & dining area. Since it doesn't blend with the orange, brown, gold, and greens that are in the rest of the house. Just odd/jarring.

I do have to say that I love the cathedral ceiling in the living area. I liked how you put in a reading area there. The other great part is some re-arrangement you can also put other skill items there if needed. I love that despite no basement, you did take into account the need to have some expansion room.
Overall, I only had 3 things that I didn't like in this build. If I want to take the time to change them for my personal tastes, then will save a copy of it just for me. Most of it is just personal preference that many won't agree with. hehe
          1. The Orange: Dusk it down some & have a wider audience.
          2. The Rugs in the kitchen & dining area : They don't match the over all color theme of the build.
          3. The all stone house : Now, please, don't get me wrong, I do like stone. However, with the theme of the house, a RANCH, it is a bit formal. Yes, there is some siding on the roofline, but doing a mix of stone & lumber would have worked better in your theme. Also, not so pinky-orange in color. Wash it out, or darken it some, but that middle color is a little off-putting.

See... All fixable easily if you agree with me. Minor really. I understand that not everyone has the same taste. There are just so many good things about this build that I am going to change it some, and save a copy just for me, as you can't upload reproductions or recolors of this build. However, if you would like a build that is worth a download, especially if you are into horses and family for your sims, than this build is for you! Despite the minor things that make me go Hmm? this is a great ranch!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Vampire Club Warehouse- A residence

ok... This is a build that sort of asked for in a request from Aleisha18 on the forums. However, I have to say that she trumped my ideas, and blew my socks off. I couldn't even look at other builds cause this one was running through my head. If you would like to take a peek, head over to here to take a look.

At first glance, and if looking at the cover shot, then all you see is a big dirty, rusty looking building with no real style. Of course not since it was to be a warehouse! This was for my vampire sim who is hell-bent on taking over the city. I needed my own little place to entertain constantly. So, on the outside it is a scary place, but once you walk inside the real story begins!

Inside, she has created a wonderful club look. Actually, it could become a club/venue on it's own. It has several bars, a performance stage, kerioke, a dance floor, a pool table, and more games than you can shake a stick at. There is even an outdoor lounge area off the second floor with circular stair going down into a mini garden with a hot tub. And yes, there are lots of commercial style bathrooms for the sims as well.

It is when you take the elevator to the basement that the real house begins. The doors open and you are transported into paradise. You come out into the garden. That's right, a garden in the basement!! Beautiful flowers & bushes flow you to the white brick building that is the house. Even looks like a house from the garden. Or you can go right on the garden path and head out to the POOL! There is a lounge area there, as well as a BBQ. All this is beautifully done, and the walls are made to look like sky so it looks like you are outside even though you are underground.

Once inside the actual house, there are all the things one needs in a house. A wonderful kitchen, a lovely dining area with room for several guests, and a living area that has a grand piano in the place of pride. The study is wonderful, and beautifully appointed for a writer sim. And there is the master bedroom suite, that is gorgeous! Have to say I have never seen the roses, or at least that large, but work so wonderfully as details above the bed. Works perfectly for my evil sim who loves having multiple boyfriends. Love it!! There is even a door that has stairs leading down into the crypt where there is room for 4 vampires to sleep.

This is a beautiful, scarey, tricky sort of a house. If you only look at the surface, it is not something most would want, unless you are an evil sim bent on the chaos of the city for years & years to come. LOL  However, even the most evil heart would unbend once the elevator doors open to the home that awaits them underground. Aleisha18 stepped out of comfort zone to build this, and I for one think she did an amazing job! The pics I added, are just a few so head over to her thread to see more!

Thank you Aleisha18, for creating this build! If you, the readers, would like to download it for your up close & personal look, click here to get your copy! Now I think it is time to go have some fun in the club!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

WIP by SimpleZack

There was a post on the Creative Corners forums by SimplyZack. He was disappointed that the house he worked so hard on wasn't getting rec'd. Well, me being me, I downloaded it so I could take a better look at the house he created.

I would consider it a shell, or a Work In Progress. While the outside is beautiful, the inside is not complete at all. This will factor in for people when they go to rec'd. However stunning the landscaping, and the side yard, there are a few issues that I hope he will fix. Or at least post that it is a shell, as that will help to get more recommendations and downloads. Plus, you really need to remember that Auto-roof is so not your friend.

Inside, while I love the kitchen concept, the counters that are placed by the window look odd. Would recommend moving the kitchen into the "dining area", next to the garage. Then move the dining area to where the kitchen was, so sims can enjoy the views while eating. The half walls can still be there, just move them out a bit.

I also loved the greenhouse effect that you were going for as well, off the back of the house. However, when you download & start to play they are already wilting. Not to mention some are growing through the path that you painted in there. However still a good idea & concept, but it just needs tweeking.

So, I would recommend this house for those that like to play with designing houses, but are like me and not the greatest of builders. This would be a great house to fix up how you would like it. To see more please go to here to see in forums or go here to download.

English Surbarban by beaglelover2008

I got a chance to look at a build today that was created by beaglelover2008 of the SimAngels Request crew. She created a build called the English Surbarban. You can see pictures of this build in her thread in the Creative Corner forums. Here is a link for you: English Surbarban.

This is built on a 30x30 lot. Though technically it is in a traditional style, it does have, to me, many contemporary modern touches. The outside is beautifully manicured with wonderful landscaping, and even an area in the back for a garden if you so choose. The pool is nicely done, with room to lounge in the sun. Plus there is still room to add in play areas for children, if you wish.

Inside, it is even more than one can hope for. Beaglelover2008 shows wonderful pics in her thread, but to be honest, they don't do the rooms justice. I am loving the layers of textures and patterns that she uses throughout all the rooms. Have to say that the sunroom is the back of the house looking out on the backyard is my favorite room, though the huge kitchen comes in a close second. Rounding it off is the amazing laundry room just off the kitchen. How I wish I had something even close to that nice in my house. LOL

With 3 bedrooms, a nursery, 2 & 1/2 baths, workout room, conservatory, a sunroom, and a host of other amenities, this is a perfect house for a growing family. Please take a look at her forum for more pics or head to here to download a copy for yourself. It is well worth it!

Wonderful work beaglelover2008, and thank you so much for sharing!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

I have started a blog. Who da thunk? Not me. Didn't even think I could get this set up. Now, it is not perfect, but would need someone who is a bit more savvy to be able to help me. Who knows... Maybe there is a creator out there willing to help. Will see.

I love downloading houses from the various creators on the Sims 3 Exchange, and the Creative Corner on the forums. Many builders also post pictures so that people can see what it is that they did. Some post more pics than others. I have also found that some don't always post pictures of every part of the house. With my reviews, I hope to expand on the description given by the builder, and give better insight as to how the house looks, plays, and if needed, what could be better.

Please remember that this is NOT to bash the builders. They put in time & effort to share with us builds that they have created. Just got to remember that a builder sees things differently than most people do. That is why the best ones are able to put in the details that make us all drool.

However, none of this can be done without builder's permission. Since I am blogging on a separate site, it is only polite to ask if I can use their homes, photos, and such first. I will only use the cover photo of the house, but will include links to media (if available), and the download link on the Exchange.

So, now to post on the Creative Corner forum, to see if there any willing to be in on the initial reviews that I will be doing. Wish me, and in return, all of us, luck! Happy simming!