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solarspork


Joined: 07/30/09 08:29 PM
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While the motherlode cheat is great, we all know people sometimes want to play the game properly. So, who's been working on Starter and Micro Homes? The MicroHome Challenges by exdemon1120 are great - and I'd love to see other designs people are making.

I am working on lots and lots of MicroHomes - for Microview, a neighborhood I want to have - but I still haven't gotten them small enough yet, so I've been calling them MilliHomes to make myself feel better. I've been naming them after bands from the 70's and 80's; I'm not sure why I've decided to do that other than it's the music I listen to. Of course, I'm one of those contemporary/mod builders, so it's hard to keep a super cheap budget, but I've finally got a family build under §25k! I could have gone smaller and gotten rid of some of the open space, and I'll probably work on that later.

What great tips do you guys have for decorating cheap? There's been a few tutorials, but focused mainly on building (which was helpful; the "using windows instead of walls" trick did save me §10k) Create-A-Style is a lifesaver in a lot of respects, but I can't help but have a bias against some of the cheaper furniture, as it reminds me of all the dirty college apartments I've lived in, so I always end up splurging (especially on the couches and beds). Yet I've noticed everyone else seems to have great looking homes and somehow manage to not make a disaster out of it - so let's trade secrets, lots, and everything else!

Here's my latest MilliHome, the Fleetwood (named so because Fleetwood Mac always seemed to be in the middle of a private-yet-very-public drama; I was going to name it the Henley but didn't think anyone would get the Don Henley/"Dirty Laundry" reference).

The Fleetwood: http://www.thesims3.com/assetDetail.html?assetId=981944
Lot Size: 16x18
Price: §24,398
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1.5
Extra amenities: patio, balcony.
Walkthrough: http://www.thesims3.com/contentDetail.html?contentId=84215



Comments: Made for a family, but I tested it with my "me" Sim. It's livable, obviously, but I didn't actually stick a baby in there to make sure nothing ran amuck. I'm terrified of the baby/toddler Sims after playing one once that magically made it out of her crib; I was not a fan of that!

Now that I've bored you sufficiently, everyone - go nuts posting your own creations!
edit: well, obviously my image code isn't working - how do I do a resized image in this crazy code?

This message was edited 2 times. Last update was at 08/19/09 02:46 AM


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garbuckle3000


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Well, besides my submission in the Micro thread, I have done a couple small homes. I find them easier to decorate, fun to play with, and I'm able to spend more time on details.

That being said, I've whipped out a couple earlier in my Sims 3 building career. Some of them I made completely by scratch, and others I got the inspiration from a large book of home plans. In the back, they have a section called "Tom Thumbs", which is also the name I used for one of my designs.

So, here's a few of mine:

An in-ground green home/cottage:
http://www.thesims3.com/assetDetail.html?assetId=465920

A small modern in the centre of Riverview:
http://www.thesims3.com/assetDetail.html?assetId=278528

The "Tom Thumb":
http://www.thesims3.com/assetDetail.html?assetId=77909

A small craftsman, directly modeled from a plan:
http://www.thesims3.com/assetDetail.html?assetId=75325

Please excuse the lack of landscaping, photos / covershots for my older designs

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solarspork


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garbuckle3000 wrote:
An in-ground green home/cottage:
http://www.thesims3.com/assetDetail.html?assetId=465920


since we can't private message (although there are places on here that suggest you can! a my messages area AND preferences? bogus!): i ADORE ADORE ADORE this house!

i did one house based off a design from: http://www.tumbleweedhouses.com/ - they're one of those companies that makes the microhomes you can have pre-fabricated and shipped whole, or build yourself out of a kit.

i love the smaller homes! easier to keep track of the Sims, too - i get lost in big homes (in real life and in virtual, lol).

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garbuckle3000


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I think it's ok if it's public knowledge that you like one of my plans

Speaking of websites, most allow you to search by square footage, so putting in maximum 1000 sq ft gives you lots of little homes. For example, here is the plan that my Thompson Cottage is based on:

http://www.houseplans.com/946-square-feet-2-bedroom-1-bathroom-
Cottage-house-plans-0-garage-(20777
)

And the one you like I created myself from scratch, although I did get inspiration from a slightly larger plan from one of my books.

Definitely tons of options out there!

Good luck with your Milli Vanilli Village

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solarspork


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the weirdest part of all this is that i spent my teenage years in a 900 sq ft house - you'd think i'd be able to figure this all out!

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garbuckle3000


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solarspork wrote:the weirdest part of all this is that i spent my teenage years in a 900 sq ft house - you'd think i'd be able to figure this all out!

...which is about 4 times as large as my current apartment

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solarspork


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oh man, this is where i am proud to live in one of the cheapest metropolitan areas in north america. we get way more bang for the buck than most areas.

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solarspork


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bump! i'd love to see more houses!

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SuzieQ7


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This is a family starter that I made. It has two bedrooms and two bathrooms and is under $20k. I utilized the roof space, which saved a lot of money and provided room for a spacious bedroom and bathroom.

http://www.thesims3.com/assetDetail.html?assetId=841366

I'm currently working on a micro home but it's really expensive, even though it's tiny. The reason is that I've made sunken rooms (which requires two walls high for one story) as well as used a shortened wall for the roof. So I could basically build a three story house for the same price.

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solarspork


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i never thought of a sunken house for a micro! time to try!

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Duedarm


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http://www.thesims3.com/assetDetail.html?assetId=6532760

Built on a 10x10 so it can be put pretty much anywhere a Sim can walk. Under 16.5k can easily be expanded up or down. Was originally a beach house and so I thought it fitting to have it on stilts, but the vanilla pillars I used in downgrading it to the base game are thrice as expensive. Still, it provides gardening space if need be, something normally lacking on a tiny lot.
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