Willow Creek Home – Ponderosa

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This house is brown. With a brown roof, roof trim, brown floors, brown pillars and blue wallpaper with brown trim!

I started this house with a nice facade in mind. Halfway through building it, I flipped it sideways and instead made a porch. I was kinda tired of having a front porch with railings so instead I experimented with a semi closed off porch with arches, then I made the same effect by using pillars, no railings and adding spandrels.

I named this house after the Ponderosa Pine, still maintaining a similar style to the other two houses but having a more rustic feel. As the Ponderosa makes me think of western movies and such. It’s similar in style to the Magnolia as the bottom floor is basically for entertaining and the bedrooms are upstairs. This is also a mid-level home with the empty house costing around $42K. I kinda went a little overboard and the furnished house is $126K, as a compromise, I’m going to make 2 cheaper homes. Maybe.

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The house during day, closeup. The namesake Ponderosa Pine tree on the left. 

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New House: Brynne 2

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So I’m back to my challenge. I had to take some time off to play Get to Work, I’ve explored the new careers and experimented with having a shop. A bakery of course. Things I wouldn’t be able to do in my 100 Baby Challenge. I did do a bit of cheating though, I will admit, because I brought Annabelle back from the dead and took pictures with her. I used CAS to age her down and then will age her up to an elder and move her out once Brynne is a young adult. She is almost ready to age up. Because the teens weren’t getting A’s no matter how hard I tried, this part took a little longer to get through. So Brynne managed to get alot of skills, which is awesome. I had her start writing books when she was a teen so we can start making money for the next generation. Plus after Annabelle died, we lost her book money so that sucked.

Anyways, before I could start on Brynne’s generation I did change up the house, unfortunately by the time Brynne was even close to taking over, I had changed my mind and decided I didn’t like it, so I created the new house. It’s a 2 bedroom (remember one bedroom has 7 beds), 6 bath house. The main level has 3 bathrooms, and one large bedroom for Brynne. The lower level has more of an entertainment area 3 more bathrooms and whatever junk I couldn’t fit upstairs.

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New House: Brynne

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There was a game update released which included basements and of course I had to redo the house. This time for the next generation. I’m just biding my time as Brynne just became a teenager, I’m having her collect the Easter eggs and once she get the A, I will age actually actively clean out the house of her siblings and move them on. 

Brynne’s home is red with only one level. At first glance it looks like a single bedroom home but underneath is the kids area which includes 7 beds in one bedroom, a pool and a skills area. 

TBH, it might look like I didn’t spend much time on it but this took me forever to do. I love the charming cottage look. 

New House The Small Lot, Big House

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I’m not happy with my Divided house. I’m tired of constantly having to go up and down. Especially now that I don’t have a full house, it’s easy to lose my sims. So last night I began building again. I was inspired by the homes in Berkeley. My extended family lives in Berkeley and I love driving around and getting inspiration. I wanted a smaller house but I need the space so someday I’ll make this house in a smaller version.

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I’m very proud of the roof line, it actually looks okay and i did have to put an extra room up there but it’s okay.

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The back of the house is odd, I was originally going to call it the odd house but I scrapped that name. The house is where I most everything happens since the family spend the majority of the time either in the computer room, in their rooms or trying to get Annabelle’s attention.

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New House: Divided

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I’ve been progressing pretty quickly in this challenge and I’ve been annoyed with certain behaviors from the kids in the house. As I mentioned, it’s good to have the better items like beds so you don’t have whiny kids & teens. Well, I got the best bed for the mother so she get the best rest and is comfortable but I find the kids always trying to use her bed and I keep having to move them or cancel out their actions. Also when the babies start crying the kids always try to jump in to help, which is sweet, but they can’t do anything except talk to the babies and get in the way when you’re trying to change diapers and feed them. Then if you have twins by the time you get done with one, you move to the next baby only to find the action canceled because another kid is trying to ‘help’. So to avoid all this crap I’ve decided to actually put them in separate parts of the house. I’ve built a more modern looking structure with a kids floor on the bottom with kitchen and study/entertainment area. I’ve upgraded their beds so they’re more comfortable. They will have everything they need! I’m putting Annabelle upstairs in her own apartment with her own computer, easel, nice bed. Once she has her baby (or babies), I can close off the top of the stairs and no one will interfere.

After the babies have aged up of course I’ll open up the top floor again but this is just the best way to be more efficient. The best thing would be if their brought back locking doors but whatever.

I’m not going to be uploading this version to the gallery. I have so many of the same type of house right now. I might just save this and then make it more palatable for the community with like normal bedrooms and no exterior stairs to the upper apartment.

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New House Ongoing Challenge

ongoingchallengeMy original plan was to create a new house for my challenge and then expand it to a final version. That what why I created Challenge Accepted, however when I was playing last night the game crashed and I lost my new house. So I was back to the shell of a house. Instead of just furnishing it and uploading it as a full version of Challenge Accepted, I instead redid the exterior details and then furnished it. 

My main changes are in the bathrooms and in the kids area. With this challenge you may have up to 7 kids/teens so I invested in nicer beds so I don’t have a lot of grumpy kids complaining about uncomfortable beds. The next change is the bathroom situation. Normally if I had a full house if have at least 6 bathrooms,  1 for the parents and then for each kids, seeing as the point of this challenges is to raise the kids as quickly as possible, I didn’t care too much. But I wanted to avoid the whole circle of embarrassment when they all walk in on each other, so I took all the bathroom spaces and halved them to made 2 bathrooms, now instead of having 3 bathrooms, I have 4 full baths and 2 half baths. 

That’s pretty much the thinking behind this house. It’s very efficient and provides all the needs for this family. For any people doing this challenge, I highly recommend investing in good beds for your sims and taking care of them, it’s essential in this challenge to have to only check on the kids when you need to as your focus is on the matriarch. Having everything taken care of before hand will save you a ton of work. 

New House: Starting Out

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So as you know, I started my 100 Baby Challenge today and since I really didn’t want to have to search for a new house I just made my own small one. Since I only had $20k to start out with, including the lot I didn’t have a ton to work with. I just created a small one story house with a front porch. I figure I have to start painting so get money so I have an easel in the front room, as well as a small kitchen with dining room and bathroom large enough to expand it to fit a tub. This is the perfect lot to do this challenge with as it is near a fishing spot and there is a high amount of traffic with the park behind the house. Unlike the Hallow Slough lot, the fishing spot is right outside and not behind the lot. It is available for download in the Gallery. My sim id is Terryannt!