Boreal Springs

February 14, 2010

Anniversary – House Tours

Filed under: Anniversary — Mao @ 11:03 pm

The Saunders 2 House

For the longest time, Gordon resided with his second family in a pre-built home that came with Nightlife.  After Lauren’s death, I decided it was time for a change, it was time for Gordon to fully embrace his criminal, vampire nature.  So, I built him a vampire lair.  The basement is mostly boring, just coffins with Gordon’s tiny office.  I should note that it’s locked, so only he can enter!

The living area is actually the second floor of the house.  There’s two bathrooms, a big living room, and a very black kitchen.  Woefully, there’s also a big, unused space.  When I laid the house out… I didn’t think things through clearly.  Again, this is why I am not a builder!

Countess Emily spends way too much time tickling the ivories.  When I can’t find her, I know that’s where she is.  I think that’s where she’s headed in this picture, actually.

The third floor annoys me because of the too big rooms and ridiculousness.  Vampires don’t technically need a bedroom, so the one they have is ill-conceived and last-minute.  It’s dark, it’s red, and it’s there and in the end, that’s what matters.  Selene’s bedroom is also the nursery, because again, I fail at planning and my sims hate me.  Note the tiny bit of unused space between the bedroom and hallway.  At one point, I thought it’d make a novel bathroom… didn’t quite work out!

The Knight House

The Knight house is one of the houses I’m actually kind of proud of.  It’s pretty on the outside and it works on the inside, too.  Prior to this, Marla and Travis lived in a pre-built tiny house that came with Nightlife downtown.  Now they’re back in Boreal Springs and in a house much, much bigger than their previous one!

I love the layered stairs, but my lack of planning with making the landing two squares wide as opposed to one means there’s traffic jams… sigh!  Still, everything flows nicely on this floor.  The garage is a big, empty space there for looks.

The second floor isn’t as well put together, but it works.  The purple room once belonged to Jennifer, now it houses Nadia.  Dominic shares his room with the gigantic cooking reward.  This room was added once Kit and the twins moved in.  The same goes for Kit’s room to the far right.  It was sparsely decorated and inhabited by Travis before she moved in.  The hallway is a mess of cat things and cats!

The Anderson 4 House

I love the exterior of the fourth Anderson house, but the interior was ill-planned.  This house takes the original Anderson house idea and expands on it.  I saw a house that had this exterior in one of the richer parts of our area and fell in love.  I love huge, roman columns.  Given that this house was started by Roman and his intent to continue the family lineage of status… it all makes sense.

The hallway is grand and decorated with expensive things.  The office at the top was added when Lydia and Gregory married.  Everything else on this floor is the same as its been since the house was built.  The pond in the back was added for the wedding.

I’m not pleased with the upstairs.  I need to make Roman and Cara’s room smaller to make way for a better layout.  Until then, Lydia and Gregory are sleeping in his childhood room.  His nursery stands as it has since he grew out of it!

Another long, grand hallway.  It’s mostly lined with random photos and useless things.

The O`Hanlon 2 House

This is the only house of the bunch that I didn’t build.  It came with Mansion and Garden stuff.  I will admit to editing it a bit.  The reason why I didn’t build it is because I simply didn’t feel like it.  I was in a rush to get Patrick and Viola out of the buggy apartment building they had been in, so I plopped this down and made it green.  Patrick was a very notable leading man and now a major director, so the eccentric house suits him.

I had fun decorating it, though.  Everything is very green!  Patrick loves green, his eyes are very green.  He has Mary O`Hanlon’s eyes.  It’s strange how genetics work, how they carry on down through families.  Red hair and green eyes, alien skin… reaching quite a way back there.  He gets the O`Hanlon genetics from his mother, Sara.

The upstairs is pretty sparse and huge.  I can’t remember the original layout, I think it was just all open?  Anyway, of the rooms only Deidre’s is really decorated with paintings and posters.  This makes sense, seeing as Francis has just recently moved back.  I haven’t even had a chance to play him yet!

This house is one of the first to have a pool table.

The Saunders 3 House

I’m pretty proud of the third Saunder’s house exterior!  Of course, I made this house for one of my favorite families… so yeah.  I’m sure that had a huge part in it.  This is a copy of another home I’ve seen, exterior-wise, at least.  Anyway, the downstairs is nicely decorated and pretty filled out except the garage.  There’s an empty space behind the bathroom, again with the poor planning.

Their living room is very blue.  It suits Michael and it suits me, as that’s my favorite color.  I try to make interiors match the personalities of the sims within.  Sade gets her artsy stuff and Michael still retains his masculinity.

The upstairs isn’t as nicely put together, mostly because it was all done in a hurry.  I still need to work on that.  You can see the Insiminator hanging out in the hallway.  Why is that there?  I have no idea.  I fix things on the fly all the time.  I love this stupid mod so much, I have no idea what I’d do without it.  That and the batbox can often be found on my lots!

If you want to imagine something funny, imagine Grace Saunders living in that very pink bedroom.  Hilarious.

Can you spot the second empty space?  What’s with me and empty spaces?  Sheesh!!

And with that, ends our tour.  That’s all of the houses in Boreal Springs!  Hope you enjoyed seeing behind Oz’s curtain and yeah, that feeling of disappointment is normal.  Things look so much nicer on a smaller scale when framed properly.  You think this is bad?  You should see the sets/lots I use for AoL… I tend to favor “movie” type sets over fully done layouts… bahaha.


  1. This was so fun, seeing behind the scenes of all the houses in BS. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the exterior of most of these houses before!

    “For now, things are thrown everywhere and I have to be careful with how I frame my shots.”

    Oh, you’re not alone there! I’m always framing everything so the room in the background looks as good as possible.

    Love the abandoned home business. I hate those too and I only ever have them temporarily (like to sell cars). But I really like the Saunders house. Every time I try to build a house from scratch, I come out with a box. The Knight house is great too but I can see how those stairs could cause traffic jams! It’s the worst when you have pets in the house and those kind of stairs – they love just walking to the landing and stopping.

    If I had to build the kind of settings you do for AoL, I’d be making “movie” type sets too!

    Comment by Carla — February 15, 2010 @ 12:37 am

  2. Ah, I love it!!! I love seeing behind the scenes of things because, as a reader, you have NO idea what things really look like…only the bits that are “sets” for the action of the story. Thanks for doing this!

    As for building…I’m by no means a builder either, but your decoration skills exceed mine greatly. I never have a very pretty-looking outside to my houses, or at least very rarely do. I’m not good at making houses look the way they should on the outside. However, Liz (silvervale) and I have become ADDICTED to and house plan books because they give such neat ideas of how to arrange homes in different ways. Most of my self-built homes are adaptations of houseplans I saw and loved. The thing I like best about is that you can also tell it how many floors you want, how many bedrooms and baths, whether you want a garage or basement, etc, so it’s easier to hand-pick the type of layout that will best suit a family. When I try to design a house myself, it usually ends up as one huge box with all square rooms! I like your use of diagonal walls…I need to try to do that more often.

    Anyway, thanks for this! It was very fun! I actually love the layout of the Saunders house, first floor. Really unique setup there. Also, on the second floor, is that the train set that killed Chuck? ZOMG, how fun to see it in situ!

    Comment by Shannon — February 15, 2010 @ 9:32 am

  3. I almost always plot out my houses on graph paper. Makes it so much easier to build, because you’re correcting your mistakes with an eraser, not the build tool.

    Then again, I purchased house plan books so I could build real houses in Sims…

    Comment by Janet — February 15, 2010 @ 10:36 am

  4. I like the layouts! At least you’re creative. I download lots and use Clean Installer to minimize the chance of BFBVFS. It’s funny, every time you do an update, the more I wanna load up the Any Game Starter and try my hand at it. Cool, getting a look behind the scenes. Thanks for the tour!

    Comment by Fini — February 15, 2010 @ 10:51 am

  5. Thanks, Carla! So glad I’m not the only one. Camera tricks, it’s all camera tricks, LOL!

    As for box houses, I was notorious for that. I had another hood where I tried to make houses. I came up with ONE interesting one and the rest were all boxes with squared off interiors. You can see the interesting house here. It looks very similar to the Anderson 3 house. ;)

    Comment by Mao — February 15, 2010 @ 11:17 am

  6. Haha, thank you, Shannon! Now when I post updates you’ll know where the rooms and everything are. ;)

    I like decorating. Before I had so many blogs, I was very meticulous. I don’t download a lot of clutter/etc, though. My CC file is ridiculously huge just with hair, clothes, and some furniture sets. I wish The Sims 2 had more options for family photos… but I love what Carla does! If I had more time, I would be all over that.

    My friend, Christina, uses house plans and things like that. I’ve tried, but I’m just not any good at it. I’m really terrible at replicating something sitting in front of me. I hated art class for this reason! I can draw people and certain things somewhat well, but still life or anything I’m not imagining myself? Impossible! So, the houses end up way too huge and nothing like what they are supposed to look like!

    Comment by Mao — February 15, 2010 @ 11:21 am

  7. Yeah, I suck at anything involving graph paper. I can’t even draw a straight line with guidance! I usually have to work it out and take forever doing things with the build tool, LOL. That’s a really good idea for the house plan savvy, though.

    Comment by Mao — February 15, 2010 @ 11:22 am

  8. Haha, thanks, Fini! I have downloaded a few lots, here and there, but I think my total is maybe 2 in the past year? I just don’t trust them, even with clean installer. I used clean installer and this mailbox default replacement got past it and now I’m stuck with funky mailboxes, LOL! I also lost multiple hoods to random BFBVFS and blaming lots is the easiest way to come to terms. ;)

    Comment by Mao — February 15, 2010 @ 11:24 am

  9. LOL, framing the shots! I think we all do that! I’m always pissed when I get the camera to just the right angle and then realize that, dammit, I’ve got a freezer clock or lot debugger in the background, lol! And I only ever decorate on an as-needed basis, so most rooms of my homes are only functional.

    I loved seeing this though! It must have taken forever! Just like hood shots, it’s need to see everything in relation to everything else.

    My favorite is Cole and Shelley’s house – I love the modern/minimalist look, it reminds me a lot of my Deppeisse house :)

    This is a neat conversation too, about how everybody builds. I’m also a graph paper plotter, lol! And I often get ideas from real life pictures and house plans. I tend to make my Sims live in much smaller spaces than all these though, lol! Probably because my computer can’t handle the very big lots.

    Comment by laura — February 15, 2010 @ 12:29 pm

  10. For me, taking gameplay shots is a different beast than storytelling. This is mostly because for storytelling… I can mess with EVERYTHING–nothing has to be functional! My sims haven’t aged a day and there’s no harm in moving/altering/posing/etc. But with gameplay, houses have to be playable and somewhat pleasing as background, not to mention I’m following what sims want, not what I want… so getting shots can be a test of patience, LOL! I love taking shots for both, I love taking shots in general. I’ll admit that it’s my favorite part by far. ;) I don’t know how you mingle the two. I could never play in the houses or lots I’ve used for stories, LOL!

    And I love the lengths people go to when creating RL houses in The Sims! I’m always amazed. I can’t do that, I have no idea how folks do. I have another friend that does building contests and everything and I am just continually like, “wow!”

    All of the lots are the same size when it comes to BS… although I think maybe I gave Roman’s lot a slightly bigger size. I wanted everything to be sort of uniform, no ridiculously huge lots next to tiny lots and the like.

    And this took a few hours last night. Husband was playing Bioshock 2 and I was working on this. Just got it finished before midnight!

    Comment by Mao — February 15, 2010 @ 12:42 pm

  11. I love these houses! They have such big gardens too… mine all have really small yards because I’m terribly at building so I stick with the Nightlife ready-builts unless they’re an established offshoot who can afford something bigger and better (that’s also a pre-built)! Also, the O’Hanlon house is making me realise I need to work out how to play witches.

    Comment by Zoë — February 15, 2010 @ 1:25 pm

  12. Thanks! I’m not great at decorating yards, but I wanted the lots to have enough room to grow and possibly add some yard features. :) I used to rely solely on pre-builts, so I definitely know how that goes.

    Comment by Mao — February 15, 2010 @ 3:06 pm

  13. Thanks for pulling back the curtain, it was very entertaining. I love that your houses are simple and not over the top in terms of the perfect decor. Apparently, my cat agrees since he won’t move from in front of the monitor.

    Comment by starrsim — February 15, 2010 @ 5:13 pm

  14. Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed it! LOL and it’s always nice to have feline approval, too. ;)

    Comment by Mao — February 15, 2010 @ 5:16 pm

  15. I love having a peak into other sims houses!
    When I build houses all the rooms end up being rectangular or square, and I hate that! But I did build almost all the houses in SimsVille myself!
    I love the idea of a sneak peak into the houses, maybe I’ll do that one day too!

    Comment by Tanja — February 16, 2010 @ 3:06 pm

  16. It’s so cool getting to see behind the curtain and seeing an overview of the houses as a whole instead of individual pieces. I’m a terrible builder and like Carla, mine always end up as boxes, LOL. I actually do like remodeling and so I often take pre-built houses and change things around, but I’m no good at starting from scratch and building everything myself. I love the Knight and Saunders 3 houses. :)

    Comment by Shana — February 16, 2010 @ 3:40 pm

  17. Gordon’s house, Patrick’s house, and Cole’s house are my favorites. I love Cole’s house becase of how sleek and futursitc looking it is, I love Gordon’s house because it’s Gordon and his kitchen looks like my kitchen with the way it’s all black. Though I bet Gordon doesn’t have his mother saying that his kitchen looks like something out of the Hot Topic version of IKEA. Patrick’s house is is really cool and I love teh green in it.

    Micheal has masculinty?

    Comment by Victoria — February 16, 2010 @ 4:15 pm

  18. I’m glad you enjoyed it! :D

    That’s so cool! Committing to building everything is a huge endeavor. I’m tempted to try an apartment building, but I just haven’t had the time yet!

    Comment by Mao — February 16, 2010 @ 4:22 pm

  19. Haha, thanks, Shana! I used to download pre-built houses and gut them, too. Sometimes the layouts just didn’t “work” for me or other times I just wanted more control over how things looked. I was just lucky I didn’t have to build these all immediately! It’s been a slow, steady work in progress for most.

    Comment by Mao — February 16, 2010 @ 4:23 pm

  20. Green is another one of my favorite colors, go figure. ;) Haha, the Ikea and Hot Topic comment made me laugh. I didn’t realize how black their kitchen was until I did this! You can’t even see the cabinets. xD

    Haha, Michael is may be quiet and reserved, but he’s not very feminine at all. He likes his hair, it’s something he got from his father, but other than that? He leaves that stuff to Sade, LOL!

    Comment by Mao — February 16, 2010 @ 4:24 pm

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