<![CDATA[Sophia Virtual Estate - The Sims 4 Houses and CC - Blog]]>Tue, 02 Feb 2016 13:23:18 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Buyable antique tub & toilet + hand-washing bowl ]]>Tue, 17 Feb 2015 23:48:30 GMThttp://sophia-virtual-estate.weebly.com/blog/buyable-antique-tub-toilet-hand-washing-bowl
Some might call these items a form of cheating, but I believe every sim who wants to bathe in a trashy wooden bathtub has an unalienable right to do so, whether they can be bothered to craft anything or not. For those seeking an extra-trashy experience – a version in older wood and copper ('copper' may or may not be an euphemism for 'rust'). Toilet in matching colors and a cheap bowl that by some sorcery acts as a fully functional sink complete your rustic or medieval(-ish) bathroom.
In game these tub and toilet are known as Cask & Barrel Antique Tub and The In-House Outhouse, and your sim can craft them with a crafting table. These buyable items also have a swatch with original texture, pictured below. 
In case of toilet, there are some minimal alterations - green bucket handle made metal and seat made the color of wood. It doesn't look too jarring in modern settings, I hope, but makes a lot of difference for medieval ones.

The Medieval Hand-Washing Bowl is a bowl sims normally use for cooking made buyable and edited to function like a sink. It can be placed on virtually any surface, but placing it on a sideboard, as pictured here, is recommended for realistic-looking animations. 
Well, semi-realistic at least - this cloud of bubbles doesn't look too medieval of course :3. 

The items are found in appropriate Plumbing sections. Price: Cask & Barrel Antique Tub / The In-House Outhouse - 150 simoleons, Medieval Hand-Washing Bowl - 50 simoleons.

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If you wonder about the dress, this is Widow Dress Conversion by Kiara.
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<![CDATA[Decorative supercar with 2 new finishes]]>Tue, 10 Feb 2015 07:15:03 GMThttp://sophia-virtual-estate.weebly.com/blog/decorative-supercar-with-2-new-finishes
One of the in-game vehicles made a buyable deco item and given two new color options and new footprint. Plus new wheels and tyres that look more realistic. Found in Decorative - Miscellaneous and costs 2500 simoleons. Because if it doesn't function like a car it should at least cost something like one.
In-game vehicles as deco can be spawned via Twisted Mexi's cheat, but spawning sometimes can be tricky - for instance, if you've already built something on the lot. That's why I decided to make some of the deco cars buyable, and started with this one because it looks pretty cool, but has only one color option. The original object wasn't intended as a static item that would be studied in detail - that explains certain chunkiness of its mesh (noticeable in wheel arches), and its slightly grainy texture which deteriorates in quality when zooming out more noticeably than in other objects. Still, I think it looks good at certain angles and makes a nice prop.

Though they show up under one item in the catalogue, the 3 color variants are separate packages, and any of them works without the other 2. The grey one is basically original texture with minimal editing, here you can see it beside the original:
I also edited the car's footprint so sims won't stand in the middle of the bonnet. The buyable car has 2x5 footprint vs 2x2 of the original.
Sims can view it like any other deco item, and that's, sadly, the only interaction they can have with any car in Sims 4 at the moment. The fact that it's a stationary car is even referenced in the second part of its in-game name - in case you wonder what it means, it roughly translates from Italian as 'immobile'. The first part kinda explains itself, I hope.
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<![CDATA[Eco Treehouse]]>Mon, 02 Feb 2015 21:15:00 GMThttp://sophia-virtual-estate.weebly.com/blog/eco-treehouse
A wooden tree-house for free-spirited nature lovers who want to live green, eat green and stay fit. Not only is it virtually bathed in green, it also features a green energy source - solar panel on the roof. The indoor space, though small, has all the basic necessities and some extras. Back door opens to a big awning where sims can play cards and craft. From there a ladder leads to the garden, that provides the green eating part, and below the deck there's a place to work on your fitness or just relax in the shade, screened from the street by shrubbery. Behind the garden some free space to put a telescope or a rocket building site if you feel like it. 
I've been dying to build a tree-house since I started building in The Sims 4. But standard in-game trees don't have the most convenient shape for this, even if you scale them with SHIFT + ]. When I saw Bakie's Unlocked Swamp Pack I immediately had an idea to try building with the tall willows, and I'm glad it finally worked. 

Lot size: 30x20 | Price: 68797 | Bedrooms: 2 | Bathrooms: 2 | Occupancy: 2-3 sims

Required mods:
Liberated Plants 2 and Liberated Garden Stuff by plasticbox
Unlocked Swamp Pack by Bakie

Recommended:
Clutter Anywhere by plasticbox

By default visitors will knock on the first floor bathroom door:
So you might want to set the kitchen door as front door once you place the lot.

Placing the lot from Build Mode (not from Neighborhood screen) and turning the MoveObjects cheat on before placing is recommended.
Install instructions in archive.

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<![CDATA[Female portraits and flower paintings in a simple frame]]>Tue, 27 Jan 2015 06:55:19 GMThttp://sophia-virtual-estate.weebly.com/blog/female-portraits-and-flower-paintings-in-a-simple-frame
The two problems I had with 'Jazz Cats' were its ridiculous price and its almost equally ridiculous frame. 'Jazz Cats', like most of the bigger paintings in Sims 4 catalog, has this lavish rococo-style frame. Which looks kind of odd around a cartoony picture of, well, cats playing jazz. Perhaps that's exactly the joke. But while making recolors of 'Jazz Cats' I felt like doing something about this. So I edited the frame too, making it simpler and suitable for more interior styles. The picture itself I replaced with four wonderful pieces by women artists.
The paintings used (from left to right in the first image):

Tamara de Lempicka - In The Middle Of Summer
Georgia O'Keeffe - Pink Tulip
Violet Oakley - Quita Woodward                                                                                               
Séraphine de Senlis - Bunches of Grapes


There are two separate objects - one for female portraits, one for the floral paintings - with seven swatches each. You can see how swatches correspond to the paintings in the images below (click to enlarge). Some paintings have less frame options, that's because I felt certain frame colors just don't go well with the particular painting.

In game you can find this recolor with other paintings. It costs 1000 simoleons.
Here is a side by side comparison of new and original frame.
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<![CDATA['Child of LIght' Paintings]]>Sun, 25 Jan 2015 19:22:02 GMThttp://sophia-virtual-estate.weebly.com/blog/child-of-light-paintings
This is my first object recolor. 'Child of Light' is a fairy-tale/fantasy game by Ubisoft with a unique visual style: the backgrounds and concept-art look like they were drawn by hand in watercolor. I fell in love with this art's dream-like ambience and soft colors, so these images were among my first choices for bringing into my Sims 4 world. 
Package includes 4 paintings (as swatches of a single object), all with light-wood frame. You can see how the swatches correspond to the paintings in the image.
In game they are cataloged with other paintings and cost 250 simoleons.
Cloned from 'Mega Art' painting. Glassy shine removed (colors won't fade even when viewed form the side). 

Here's a closeup image of the pictures in game (click the image to see full version).
My recolors wouldn't be possible without Sims 4 Studio and its extremely helpful forum, so I'd like to thank everyone working on this tool.

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<![CDATA[Hyacinth House]]>Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:25:05 GMThttp://sophia-virtual-estate.weebly.com/blog/hyacinth-house
Building this house I wanted to create a slightly rustic atmosphere and the feeling of a place with some history, a place which gives its inhabitants a lot of privacy - a serene little world. It is designed for a family with children or teens. Two gardens - a smaller one in front and a large picturesque backyard with barbecue area - give nature-loving sims plenty of room for their botanical ambitions. If caring for plants leaves them a little spare time, they can paint, relax by the fireplace or play and play a violin-piano duet.
Lot size: 30x20 | Price: 105964 | Bedrooms: 3 | Bathrooms: 1 | Occupancy: 3-4 sims

Required mods:
Liberated Plants 2 by plasticbox

Recommended:
Clutter Anywhere by plasticbox

Placing the lot from Build Mode (not from Neighborhood screen) and turning the MoveObjects cheat on before placing is recommended.
Install instructions in archive.


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<![CDATA[Crick Cottage]]>Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19:20:15 GMThttp://sophia-virtual-estate.weebly.com/blog/crick-cottage
This small old-fashioned cottage occupies Crick Cabana's place in Willow Creek. Conveniently situated near two fishing spots and an entrance to hidden world, it's perfect for passionate fishermen, gardeners and other sims who enjoy exploring the neighborhood. Small in size, it still offers a lot for sims: a garden, a pool on a terrace overlooking the river, items to develop diverse skills and space to display stuff they've collected on their journeys. I tried to give it a vintage style, but with a fresh feeling, so all ages from young adult to elder might feel at home, but taking the price into account it works better for a retired couple than as a starter (if you don't cheat, of course :3).
Lot size: 20x15 | Price: 63342 | Bedrooms: 1 | Bathrooms: 1 | Occupancy 1-2 sims

Required mods:
Liberated Garden Stuff by plasticbox
Clutter Anywhere by plasticbox

Placing the lot from Build Mode (not from Neighborhood screen) and turning the MoveObjects cheat on before placing is recommended.
Install instructions in archive.

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