Thursday, March 27, 2014

What Is Up Next? My Sim-spiration = Catalina Isles


So with two worlds updated fully with a brand new look, I have to admit that I do not feel very inclined at this moment to revisit older worlds.  This is not to say that I will not, but the other day at a friend's house I saw a picture from a vacation that she took to the Catalina Islands - and I was totally inspired!  I decided to run with it and start a new world.  I took the base map that was Rosewood Hills since it had the land perfectly centered already and worked out to not look like an island.  Here are the pictures that I have acquired for my inspiration and it is my current project...

Lots of houseboats will be pre-placed in this world too!

Lots of beach areas in this world!

These will be little starter homes.  

So, it looks like an island here but you won't really see that it is a big island.  

Houses close together with not a whole lot of yard space, stacked up like this.

This will be a resort - just love this building!

Not as many trees as I usually use.

Another view of that resort.... 

Love the two "hooks" there

This is a casino / resort!

Another view... 

So as you can see from below, there are the two main "hooks" which I am starting with and here is the first.  There will be several shops and then there will be four ports there off of the island area.  



As you can see new colors than I usually use.  I really wish there were more trees to choose from, so at this time using the standard oak trees.  Anyway that is it for now.  I was just excited and wanted to share what I was up to!


Saturday, November 16, 2013

Storybrook Being Built-in

So basically everything is getting a fresh look in Storybrook.  Some lots have just been updated - not many though  :)

I think this middle building here will be a library.  I haven't decided if I will have two of those or not, but this one will be equipped with conference rooms for the University.  

The left building here is Smitty's Coffeeshop.  This has replaced a row of houses that surrounded the festival / big park lot in the center. 

Instead of having that row of houses by the waterfall all meshed together, I split them up a bit and made them look similar.  These tri-level homes all have a fenced yard.  

This is the consignment shop and the little side building on the left is an empty, open shop.  The upper level is a one bedroom apartment - this is for the open for business elements from a store set.  

I revised the bed and breakfast to actually be a resort.  It still has the barn for horses, and the upper level are the standard rooms and the others are two VIP rooms.

Here is the backside of the resort - with the swan paddle boats so you can get a view of that waterfall!

Revised the school to push athletic careers into the city.  Added a road behind it there to add more houses - those are more expensive ones and there is a playground by it.

On the road to the city, I added a strip of businesses which will include the criminal, theater, doo peas, bistro and books. 

Then across the way are two buildings - I think one will be an apartment building.  

Both walk down onto the beach.

Then up here instead of those big lots I have put 3 trailers and there is an open 60x60 lot.

Here is the backside of that strip mall area - with parking lot.  

View with the beach house.

New neighbor beach house - this is on a strip of beach in between the city and the town side.



Thursday, October 31, 2013

Re-visiting Older Worlds

I have had a lot of emails and messages recently regarding what is next, will I update this world or that, etc.  I figured I would just put out a blog post regarding this.  I full intend to update previous worlds - maybe not all of them though.  Worlds like Brooklyn Heights which have long been a favorite of others are not of mine simply because I cannot go into that world and do basic updates I think the whole thing needs a new look!  I plan to make a new world like it, but it would not be the same one.  Worlds like this I am going to make available the CAW files for those who wish to update them.  In fact I plan to do this with every world that I do not plan to update.

Recently I have been working on updating Storybrook.  Sure I updated it with some Island Paradise lots but I really wanted to some re-hauling on the whole world... making larger farming lots for horses, more room in the city, etc.  Try out new INI files for different lighting.  Anyway I had actually started this and have made some progress I thought I would share!  Now what this means is that the newer versions of worlds will be the ones to be updated and not older versions.  I will still have lots available that you can plop in though.  But now with Sims 3 wrapping up, it is easier to just have a world completely ready to go and updated.  I know this is a pain for those who do not have all EPs but there are EPs required and those recommended.

Anyway, so here are the pictures of Storybrook.  I really like the INI files in there, I think it gives it a warmer touch don't you?

Instead of a few massive lots on the side this is going to be a trailer park area with the wind turbine farm.  

The one farming lot here is now two 50x50 lots and a hidden tomb lot.  

The lots up here in the farming area have been standard size and flat, including empty 60x60 and 64x64 lots.


The idea behind that large hill was always to have some sort of house overlooking the sea and I always hated that mound.  I re-worked it to be either a bed and breakfast or a legacy lot (which is my plan for it). 

The road to the city has a few lots beside it now for upscale on the beach houses, and I am going to put a bridge there instead of the rock look.  

I also cut through the hills to have another way into the city that doesn't take as long.  

Again this is where that trailer park will be.  

An overview look.




Re-working that bed and breakfast that was here in the town - formerly a club or no visitors allowed, it can now actually be a resort!


Wanted a more modern school here, though it doesn't have the stadium then.  I wanted to reduce the amount of rabbit holes everywhere.  

Here is a farm ready to go for 4 horses.  

Friday, August 9, 2013

Evansdale Expanded

I have been working recently on expanding Evansdale.  I want to update my other worlds but this is just my favorite world that I actually play in - but I need a bit more space.  Since others did too this has been my focus at this time.  I thought I would share pictures of what I have changed.
Added at least 3 new islands.


Expanded the farming area to have two 50x50 lots, one 60x60 lot up there and the lower one that was there, and then two 40x40 lots.

Instead of having the two 40x40 lots here, I made them two 30x30 and two 20x30 with a 40x40 tucked back up on the right side.

Added two more community lots across the street from the consignment.

Did a bit of expanding in the city including relocating the 40x30 lots on the side to the other side as I was having issues with the school bus.


New Coastal Community College.  

Which has been modified to be a bit less hidden and has its own student union right up the hill.


New McSteamy Coffeehouse.  

One of the beach houses.


The other beach house mansion by the city.


Not sure if I will keep it or try again - currently the dog park.

Made room for Alter Ego Comics.

Instead of having those mansions at the top I added a waterfall and a pond for a neat little University Hangout!

New 40x40 farmer's lot.


Pony Acres Ranch needed re-done.

Added space for the Sim Helsing Hangout for supernaturals.

And lastly created a new festival lot in the city to be more "hip" and more of a social gathering place.