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Hecker/Lane: France

House Information:

  • Price:
  • Size: 30×40
  • Address: 15 Orchid Rd., Champs Les Sims, France
  • Parking: 2 bike/moped racks

House Description:
This little French vacation home is less of a vacation with such a big garden.

  • Views are of the surrounding mountains and neighborhood.
  • The Basement is a large wine cellar with plenty of storage, a table to sit and taste wine, and a side room with presses.
  • Floor one has a small entryway with coat rack which leads into the living room/dining room with door leading to the back yard and garden. Off of one end of the living room is the kitchen. Also off the living room is a full bath with washing machine. Attached but with an entrance from the patio is a storage room with stairs leading down to the wine cellar.
  • Floor two up a set of spiral stairs mostly contains a large hobby room. Built on later is a small guest room with full bath.
  • Floor three is the master suite consisting of a modest bedroom and a good sized full bath.
  • Other buildings on the property are the large barn which is used for winter growing and storage on the first floor and a (mostly empty for now) hobby room/storage room on the second floor. There is also a shed just large enough to house the tractor in the middle of the oval shaped garden.
  • Outside is a small front porch and back patio for lounging. The majority of the backyard is taken up by an oval tractor track with a garden laid out around it. At the back right corner of the lot there’s also a couple of beehives.

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  • Built from scratch.
  • There’s a fruit stand outside the barn, but most of the food grown on this farm is sold at the market. (‘French Boutiques’ post coming soon.)
  • So far, the garden has:
    veg: bell peppers, potatoes, lettuce, onions, garlic, ghost chilis,
    fruit: tomatoes, apples, limes, lemons, oranges, pomelos, pomegranates, grapes, pumpkins, life, flame, watermelon, plums
    mushrooms: porcini, red toadstool, whitecaps, mycenas, spotlights, truffles
    herbs: mandrake, red valerian, wolfsbane




Industrial Country Hipsters: Hawkins

House Information:
30 x 30 lot/? sq.ft. at  6 Subalpine Cir., Hidden Springs
6 rooms: 1 bed, 2 bath, 4 common/semi-common areas
5 sims: 2 humans, 3 ‘foxes’ (dogs)
4 vehicle spaces: 2 parking spaces, 2 bike racks

House Description:
This modern home set away from town is just right for a hip couple and their three foxes.

  • Views around this home are of the surrounding countryside and the nearby lake.
  • Floor one is mostly one open floor plan with a living room featuring both a fireplace and doors to the back porch. The gleaming white kitchen area (with wasabi colored dishes) and slab dining table also has a door to the back porch. Between the living and kitchen are the spiral stairs and a full guest bath.
  • Floor two has a landing with a small laundry area. To the left is a huge art studio with a small sewing corner and seating area. To the right is the master suite featuring an open concept bath space with separate water closet. The suite also has a bay window overlooking the side yard.
  • Floor three has a small landing and contains a spare room set up with a massage table, and a room that serves as the library and studio of the musician in the family.
  • Outside,  the front has a small front yard and covered porch with room to sit and relax with space to store their two cruiser bikes. The back of the house has a shallow porch that runs its length and sports room enough for relaxing, barbecuing, and gardening. There’s also plenty of room for pets to roam all around the home.
  • The sims in this house are Sadie Hawkins (yes, I know but it fit her), who likes to ice skate and is a well known artist in town with her own art gallery, Jonathan Hawkins, who  casually snowboards and is aiming to be a hit movie composer, as well as their three pet foxes, Whiskey and her two kits, Tango and Foxtrot.
  • Notes:
    Built from scratch. 
    + K, this is mostly ‘country’ because they live out of town. Sue me. It’s mostly industrial which is… sort of out of place out in the country where they live.
    + Back when I started playing Island Paradise and I built the Sofar house, I told myself I wanted to build a similar house but with a red roof and make it a ski lodge. It didn’t quite come to that but I do like this home. This house has been in 3 different locations.
    + The first was too far from town and was a pain transportation wise. The second was next to the police station and just didn’t have the right views. Third was just right.
    + This is one of my favourite families. They’re so cutesy.

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Phyre Moon Cottage; Beach Edition

House Location:
50 x 25 lot located in Isla Paradisio on Pirate Island

House Contents:
3 rooms { 1 bed, 1.5 bath, kitchen/living area
0 parking spaces { house is on a teeny island. there’s a separate docks back behind the house, though and a bike rack
1 sims { (room for 1-2) this house is big enough for a single sim or a couple

House Description:
This little thatch roofed octagonal house sits atop a small hill overlooking two beaches. It’s warm tropical colour scheme, airy windows, small gazebo covered pool and views make it the perfect little getaway home for the sim that doesn’t relish being around others.

  • Views from the windows of this airy home include the surrounding beaches, isles, and horizon.
  • Floor one is a large living/dining/kitchen area (edit: that admittedly is way too big for a recluse sim, just go with it~) whose ceiling is supported by a large, fantastically painted column. There’s a half wall dividing the living space from the master suite and half bath doors, giving them a little more privacy. There is a smaller octagonal bedroom with master bath.
  • Outside the front of this cottage is a path connecting the two beaches. A white picket fence deters passersby from getting closer. The front and back of the home each sport a front porch and there is a stone pathway leading to a gazebo with a pool. Under a queen palm, there is a lounge chair and a fire pit. Surrounding the home  is a moderate sized garden with fruits and veggies, fruit trees,  and palm trees. Out back, (on a separate lot) there is a boat dock.

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Built from scratch. Originally, this sim (the one from Phyre Moon Cottage) was to be in a bigger house on a more outlying island, but this one seemed cozier and more practical and I already had the walls and roof up when I moved her in.

I was going to add a second floor but it just seemed like too much. The dock doesn’t really work well for boats, it’s mostly for looks, though sims can lounge on it.

Phyre Moon Cottage (Take 2)

Edit: Fixed categories & tags.

House Location:
35  x 40 lot located in Hidden Springs on Azure Lake Ave.

House Contents:
6 rooms { 2 bed, 2 bath, living/dining, loft
1+ parking spaces { 1 car space with plenty of space for more parking on the driveway
1 sims { This house is big enough for up to 4 sims, but cozy enough for 1.

House Description:
Sitting on the alpine banks of an inlet in Hidden Springs, this home oozes privacy and tranquility for the sim that likes to garden and be alone.

  • Views from this home consist of the surrounding alpine mountains and the inlet behind the house.
  • Floor one has a quaint front porch, open concept living/dining/kitchen space, a small hallway (with display shelf for collectibles), a master suite with 4 piece bath, a spare room for guests, and a full guest bath with (nonworking) laundry.
  • Floor two is simply a loft above the main living space with room for a computer desk, bookshelf, and art area in the dormer.
  • Outside is a stone driveway, beautiful flowered front yard, very abundant flower garden connecting the bedroom and kitchen patios, a good sized edibles garden and a greenhouse for gardening during the winter months.

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Smaller circle on the location photos is the fruit stand I had set up for her, since it wasn’t attracting customers on her own lot.

Built from scratch. The first PMC was lost when my old hard drive died. It was built for a friend’s sim. Even though she no longer plays, I couldn’t help remaking the place.

The sim is based on her and made by her, though the hair has been changed since I don’t have the hair she’d used. The Gardening outfits and the outerwear outfit are also put together for this sim by me, though I didn’t make any of the content.

I’m going to apologize. There’s a million photos but I worked really hard on this one. So much harder than most of my other houses, whether it’s obvious or not. We chatted on TeamSpeak while I built in the beginning, asking what she liked and didn’t like. She had input into several aspects of the design.

I really like how this turned out with the exception of a few things.
First, the loft. I feel it needs to be just a little less open, maybe. I’m also having BuyDebug Saving Loop problems, so in the end, had to put that blue light on the wall since I couldn’t have invisible light continuing from above.
Also, the blue of the living room, red of the kitchen and white of the walls turned out a little more Americana than I meant for it to. She’s Canadian. I just liked the blue curtains and was doing *all* the walls white and she’d wanted a red kitchen of some sort… I didn’t realise til later on how RWB it was. Whoops.

Sims 3 Flashback: Farsea

This home was created and lost before this blog was formed and therefore there aren’t a ton of photos of it and no photos of the sims.

House Location:
?  x ? lot located in Sunset Valley on the far left beach (facing land).

House Contents:
3 rooms { 1 bed, 1 bath, kitchen/living area
1 parking space { the car space is located down on the beach.
4 sims { 1 human female, 1 human male, 2 dogs

House Description:
This home sits away from it all on a hill above a remote beach.

  • Views through the driftwood grey windows of this home include the surrounding hillside and the beach and bay below.
  • Floor one is all one room and contains a small kitchenette, dining area, bar, and tv area.
  • Floor two, located up an outdoor flight of steps is the bedroom area and features a full bath and sitting area.
  • Outside the home, the majority of the privacy fenced back yard consists of two large gardens and decks for relaxing and barbequeing.

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Built from scratch. I like building on hillsides. I find it a nice challenge. Unfortunately I no longer have this home nor do I have the sims I made for it. I do remember that I liked them, though. Especially the two little dogs, Lassie and William McBarkley.

Futuristic Farm House; Cosmos

Aren’t I creative with family names?

House Location:
37 x 37 lot located in one of the craters in Lunar Lakes, near the end of Cavil Ct.

House Contents:
12 rooms { 2 bed, 2.5 bath, multiple bonus spaces, doesn’t include breeze ways and greenhouse

5 Sims {  an adult married couple, their teen daughter, 2 male/ female adult horses.
The people are alien in appearance, but are genetically human. Looking at the zebra horse thing and the people, I may have watched Avatar a bit too much.

House Description:
This moderate sized futuristic farmhouse celebrates living in a wonderful climate with rooms opening to the outside and breeze ways**.

  • Views from this home are of the surrounding trees and neighbourhood.
  • Floor one is technically floor 2, as the front door is up a set of steps. It contains a breeze way, a small but stylish kitchen and a dining room. Opposite those are two living spaces with a short hallway and half bath (with in-wall jelly fish tank feature) between them. There is also an extension of the breeze way that contains a bar and the swimming pool.
  • Floor two also contains a breezeway and features a fully equipped bathroom with a teleporter as well as a relaxation room with sleep units,  and two equal sized bedrooms that share a balcony above the front porch. There are two ladders that lead up to the roof, which contains a large solar panel and two telescopes.
  • Floor zero is underneath the main living space and is technically the first floor but is considered the basement in this case. It features two parking spaces as well as parking for the teen’s scooter. It also sports a large bonus room that contains a massage table, yoga mat, large retro stereo, hot tub, laundry, and a separate steam room. Next door is a small bath. Underneath the above deck and behind the pool, is a small gym.
  • Outside has room for planting, room for horse-related activities with a small greenhouse stable for those heat loving purple zebra horses, and a green house featuring a cow plant and a tree of prosperity.

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Stylish Country Living; Leign O’Hare

This is one of my favourite builds.

Location: 64 x 64 lot located in Sunset Valley on Summer Hill Rd.

House Description:
Large and spacious enough for two professional room mates and their pets to live comfortably, this home is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of town while having a view of everything.

  • Views from this home include the town, gorgeous sunrises and sunsets over the ocean, and the surrounding mountains.
  • Floor one contains a small front porch, a good sized living room with fireplace and half bath, a dining room, a spacious kitchen complete with long counter/many stools for celeb chefs to show off to friends during parties or hosting in-home kitchen shows, and a good sized back deck (along with abundant outdoor space) for entertaining.
  • Floor two features two comfy bedrooms, each with a fireplace, a master suite, and a small office. Behind the fireplace of each bedroom is a stairwell leading down to each room’s own personal garage, nearly big enough for two cars each. Each stairwell has a small half bath. The section of the second floor hallway passing over the dining room below is just a bridge.
  • Floor three sports a large attic hang out area and two collection rooms.
  • Outside, there’s an abundance of open space for outdoor entertaining,  a barn large enough for two horses (with a loft area), and a big well equipped garden. There’s also a good sized deck off the kitchen for further country cooking happiness. This house would also have the chicken coop, had I had that item at the time.

Leign O'Hare


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Comfortable Downtown Living; Oversteel

House Location:
? x ? lot located in Sunset Valley on Mirabello Rd.

House Contents:
10+ rooms { living room, kitchen, bathroom, bathroom, basement, bedrooms and bathrooms, laundry, refinement room

6 sims { 2 m/f adults, 3 f/f/m teens (the daughter and her two friends) , 1 f cat

House Description:
Sitting right in the middle of downtown Sunset Valley, this home features plenty of living space and backs up to a large dog park.

  • Views are of downtown Sunset Valley.
  • Floor one contains a large livingroom with fireplace, formal dining room, good sized kitchen and half bath.
  • Floor two contains a good sized master suite with fireplace, and a smaller bedroom and a half bath.
  • Floor three is the attic and sports a storage area and a small bedroom with two twin beds for guests/extra residents.
  • In the basement is a good sized pool, laundry room, ore refining room, and bathroom.
  • Outside is a fenced in back yard with small garden and patio area.

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Built from scratch.

This house was fun to build and pretty but ended up having a lot of falling-through-floors errors. Whoops.