Small Home Series Coming Up

OK, I had this inspiration today to do a series of builds with a sort of self-challenge and/or theme, whatever you like to call it. And there’s a back-story to the whole thing, of course. πŸ˜‰

That being that I was watching a bunch of tiny home videos yesterday, as I’m wont to do every so often. I find them so inspiring – so much you can do in small (or small-ish) places!

But no, this will not be a Sims Tiny Home series. πŸ˜›

It will be, however, a small home series. Probably not starters, since I don’t want to limit my creativity too much. πŸ˜‰ But I think I’ll build them on the 20×15 lots in Newcrest so that anyone who may want to use them can put them on any sized lot without troubles and expand as needed from there.

EDIT: Quickly decided that a 30×20 lot would be waaaay better, especially if I want to do an A-frame version. πŸ˜€

AND SO: Here’s the plan.

I’m going to build a two-bedroom home with a good, playable layout. Before I do any finishing on the inside or outside, I’ll save that base.

Then I’ll take that base and create a bunch of different house styles with it. So one home would be modern, one would be Victorian, one would be a cabin and one would be a Tudor home.

See where I’m going with this? Ha! Too much fun, right?

I will probably use CC, but I pretty much only use Peacemaker’s CC for building, so it shouldn’t be too hard to track down the stuff I use. I’ll be uploading them to the Gallery, of course, since packaging them is a HUGE pain when the Gallery is so easy. πŸ˜‰

I will post pictures and pertinent information here on my blog when I’ve completed one and uploaded it to the Gallery so you can find them. If you so choose. And if you don’t choose, no judgement here. πŸ˜€

Brandon Fallon and the Bedlington Boathouse

Another sim and house are currently underway in my Peace River save! Also, the first pet makes their way into the town. Meet Brandon Fallon and his dog, Beck.

Brandon is a single young adult. He moved to Brindleton Bay for the scenery – his passion is photography and he has set up his own studio in his home, hoping to run a business there one day. He’s a really pleasant kind of guy, makes friends fast, and wants to start a photography club with whoever is interested – once he settles in. πŸ˜‰

The home he purchased is Peace’s Bedlington BoathouseΒ and it’s placed just where the original is in Brindleton Bay. It looks just as traditional on the outside as the other homes in the Bay area, but Brandon prefers a more modern ambiance, so he has really re-done the interior to his liking.

There are a couple of rooms upstairs that will be left unfinished for now. Never know what life will bring, right?

I think any CC you see above will be by Peacemaker. I ended up replacing that CC dog bed with an in-game one as Beck wouldn’t lie down in it. Not sure what was up, but I’ll not link to it until I do more testing. πŸ˜‰

Plush Carpeting

I really need to stop making carpeting and move on to the rest of my Brindleton Bay homes and peeps! But I couldn’t – not until a truly basic carpet was back in my game.

I believe I have that carpet. * does happy dance *

I give you some basic plush carpeting. (Can “plush” ever truly be “basic”? Probably not.) In any case, it will be one of those basic ones I use in houses for years to come, I’m sure. Has some texture, looks like carpet, but if you get close, it’s kind of mushy. Not as mushy as Maxis carpets, but not quite as realistic as some can be. Which is what I go for when I make a carpet. πŸ˜‰ Hopefully you will agree that I achieved it. If you don’t, feel free to comment below! (I’m not easily offended by constructive criticism!)

Four little samples of the carpet in-game:

And the preview pictures of allΒ  24 colours included in the package:

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Installing: If you need help installing CC, Carl has a great tutorial here.

Bob Tierney’s Home

The Tierney family lives in Peace’s “Talison House”, placed near the lounge by the waterfront area of town. You should really go look at Peace’s presentation of it at the link above, because the first day of spring in my save is not doing the street view any favours, what with all the leaves missing off the trees and the framming snow flying about. LOL

Gallery:

 

As you can see, Gramps has indeed indulged Renee with her dreams for her room. Yes, an explosion of colour! After all, she is 10 years old. πŸ˜‰ And truth be told… This all happened one weekend when Bob and Vanessa were away in Granite Falls to gather rare herbs for Vanessa’s cooking. Yup. Ol’ Melvin kinda snuck in under their noses and Renee had the time of her life shopping for and re-doing her bedroom! And he had the time of his life spending more of his left-over money!

Bob had to bite his tongue for about a week. Vanessa was more quickly forgiving of her dad. Eventually, Bob came ’round to seeing that it was what made Melvin happy and it certainly had made his daughter’s eyes shine to show off her new “creation”. He did have coffee with Gramps early one morning and explain that too much indulgence wasn’t a good thing. Gramps agreed.

Then he went out and bought a fancy pink journal for Renee two days later.

Neither of them have said anything about it. πŸ˜‰

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Most of the CC is Peacemaker’s. The parquet floors are by the lovely … whoops! … Can’t say, cuz she doesn’t have them up on her tumblr yet. πŸ˜› The carpet in the living room and master bedroom is my own and the carpet in Renee’s room is on MTS by mustluvcats.

Bob Tierney and Family

Back to Brindleton Bay we go! I’ve finished the second house so it is time to introduce the family who is living there.

Bob is Chloe Tierney’s brother. A bit older than Chloe and a bit of a jock. They’re kind of opposite, these siblings: she’s artsy-fartsy and he’s just… fartsy. You know. As guys do. That smug look on his face? Yeah. He’s a bit on the self-confident side. Hopefully that will help and not hinder with his athletic career.

He won’t mind working up a good sweat while working out, either. But he’s definitely a family man and his wife and little girl are the apples of his eye.

Vanessa is Bob’s wife. She’s creative, rather like her sister-in-law, but not with paint – with food! (Bob doesn’t mind that bit at all, btw.) She wants to become a master chef, but she’s also family and home oriented.

Renee is Bob and Vanessa’s only child. She has definitely inherited the creative trait from both sides of the family. She wants to be a famous painter one day. But she’s only 10yo, so there’s a lot of life to be lived and a lot of things to learn before deciding on that final career!

Yup, she’s 10yo and an only child. Truth be told, Vanessa was horrified by the whole childbirth thing and is really reluctant to get pregnant again. Bob would like to have more kids, though, and Vanessa’s not opposed to kids, just childbirth! LOL They have talked about adoption once or twice. Maybe that will be the only way Renee will get a little brother or sister?

And finally, Vanessa’s dad, Melvin Webber. Or as Renee likes to call him, “Gramps”. His wife, Charlene, passed away years ago, just after Renee was born. Poor Melvin was so lonely and started to not take care of himself very well, so Vanessa and Bob insisted he move in with them.

He’s a great help with Renee – she’s given him new life and the two are very close. He came from money and didn’t do a whole lot of anything in his life, except marry the love of his life and have two lovely girls whom he doted on. He tries to give some of it to Bob and Vanessa, but Bob refuses. (Besides, quite a bit of it was already eaten up with medical bills when his wife was sick.) So instead, Mel spoils little Renee as much as he’s allowed. πŸ˜‰ He bought her a fancy electronic keyboard and she is now taking piano lessons from her Auntie Chloe. And you should see her room! Well, you will soon. Next post, in fact. πŸ˜‰

Hope you’ve enjoyed meeting this family! I love writing about the people I’m creating to live in this town. It really helps to round out their characters and makes me eager to play them all!

“Imperial” Carpeting

Named in honour of PurplePaws’ TS3 carpet tiles. Mine is not the same thing – the “dots” in the pattern are darker than the main colour, not lighter. But hey – they’re dots. πŸ˜‰

I made this carpeting to be one of my new “basics” in the game. I’ve diffused the pattern just a bit so that it’s not quite totally realistic, but has a tad more realism than the Maxis carpets. It might lean toward the “more realism” side. πŸ˜€ But at least it’s not photo-perfect. πŸ˜‰

In-game shots of four of the colours, no added editing as far as lighting, etc.:

Aqua: dusty

Blue: grey

Brown: dark

Yellow: straw

Here are all the colours included:

Colour Gallery

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Installing: If you need help installing CC, Carl has a great tutorial here.

Patterned Berber

In my quest to make over my Brindleton Bay homes, I decided I needed some better carpeting than game stuff. However, it’s really hard to find for TS4, let me tell you! What I want is the PurplePaws carpets that I had in TS3. However, those kind don’t seem to exist (at least on places I’m willing to download them from).

Which spun me off into a sideline of making my own carpet flooring! (ADD, much?)

Now, these are NOT like PurplePaws’ yet. But they turned out nicely enough for me to share. πŸ™‚ I mean, if I’m going to go to the effort, I may as well share in case anyone else can use them, too!

Patterned Berber

Gallery:

CC Credits: Windows, curtains, sofa, some walls, and chair by peacemaker_ic.

** Download at Sim File Share **

Installing: If you need help installing CC, Carl has a great tutorial here.