Crystal Valley: A 10-Year Celebration & Recreation!

Re: Crystal Valley: A 10-Year Celebration & Recreation!

Postby harmoniouspixels » September 25th, 2021, 3:34 pm

@peachy123uk: I understand! Most of mine used to be rectangles back in the day. Took a lot of practice to get where I'm at now!

Dropping in for another update after a busy week! This time, it's on our resident farmers of the region, the Brown Family!

Family Description:
The Brown Family name is synonymous with farming in the Crystal Valley region. Although they haven't had many roots in Crystal Valley proper, Patrick and his family have been changing that over the years.

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Heir to the Brown name, Patrick.

Patrick Brown
•Aspiration: Family
•Secondary: N/A
•LTW: Become Education Minister
•Personality: Scorpio (6/5/8/3/3)
•Turn Ons and Turn Offs: Blonde Hair, Creative; Cologne
•Job: Owner of Brown Farms
•Skills: 3/5/3/4/1/1/2
•Talent Badges: Silver (Gardening); Bronze (Fishing, Sewing)
•Bio: Patrick has been part of the community for generations. Now that it's his turn to take over the farm, will he be able to see it prosper?

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His daughter Alice (left) and wife Jennifer (right).

Alice Brown
•Aspiration: Grow-Up
•Secondary: N/A
•LTW: N/A
•Personality: Sagittarius (3/0/8/7/7)
•Job: N/A (Toddler)
•Skills: 0/0/0/0/0/0/0
•Bio: Little Alice still has a way to go before she knows how the world works, but her curiosity is all she needs right now.

Jennifer Brown
•Aspiration: Family
•Secondary: N/A
•LTW: Graduate 3 Children from College
•Personality: Pisces (4/3/7/3/7)
•Turn Ons and Turn Offs: Fitness, Red Hair; Fatness
•Job: Co-Owner of Brown Farms
•Skills: 5/2/1/1/1/5/3
•Talent Badges: Silver (Sewing); Bronze (Flower Arranging, Gardening, Fishing, Pottery)
•Bio: Hippie at heart, Jennifer has enjoyed living out on the farm. Hopefully being close to nature will have a positive effect on her children.

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Lastly, his son, Nathan.

Nathan Brown
•Aspiration: Grow-Up (Future Family)
•Secondary: N/A
•LTW: N/A
•Personality: Virgo (9/2/6/3/5)
•Job: Elementary School Student
•Skills: 1/0/1/0/2/2/0
•Bio: Nathan is a very inquisitive young boy, with a promising athletic career in front of him. He cares very deeply for his best friend, Leo.

Creation Notes:
  • The entire family here? They're all based around Nathan! This is because I downloaded Nathan back in the Exchange days around 2011. He's packaged as a teen with a pair of custom underwear (tank top edit to put a wolf logo on it, and a custom boxer color).
  • In the original, I aged him down to child and built up a family around him (parents and younger sister). Part of this reason is that I needed potential partners for the spouses of the Baker twins, and he was one of them!
  • However, I have since revisited that, and the aforementioned Leo will be his future partner. (No, really. Leo married the other Baker twin, and despite the two being in marriages, I would imagine Leo and Nathan together. Surprised I didn't just get them together at first, but that was life then. :duh: ) I'll talk more about Leo in the next family intro!
  • Jennifer's free-spirit is based upon the shirt and the shirt alone. I remember I got it from another Exchange sim, who was the founder of a 100 Baby Challenge story on the site. Can't remember if I have that original sim, but the only similarities they share are their clothing.
  • Alice is probably the least developed sim character-wise from the family. I think it's because I made her a toddler back in the day, and I was focusing my efforts elsewhere before her. The 'hood was gone before I really started to get into what made her.
  • Also poor Patrick. Rolled into this version of the 'hood with a career-based LTW. But hey, never say never, since it could happen! I'm bad at farming in TS2, so let's hope if I do get back to playing this 'hood that I can at least manage to not have everything be sickly! :rotfl:
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Re: Crystal Valley: A 10-Year Celebration & Recreation!

Postby harmoniouspixels » September 25th, 2021, 3:42 pm

The Brown Family Home: 46 Farmhouse Way

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Exterior, Front

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Exterior, Back

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Interior, 1st Floor

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Interior, 2nd Floor

Creation Notes:
  • Although it doesn't feel like a "farmhouse" to me, it's a bit of traditional and modern farmhouses. Some of the bathrooms, and the wrap-around porch, are subtle nods to the older style. Other aspects that are more modern drew a bit of inspiration from Saturday morning Food Network shows like The Pioneer Woman and Trisha's Southern Kitchen.
  • Speaking of that wrap-around porch, this is the first time I've attempted one! I think it came out well for a first attempt, but it was a struggle to get it done. I'm happy I did it though! :)
  • Back in 2011 when I made this house, I gave the family their own pool. Yes, a pool. On a farmhouse. What can I say? The younger version of me was grasping at straws here. XD
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Re: Crystal Valley: A 10-Year Celebration & Recreation!

Postby peachy123uk » September 26th, 2021, 1:54 am

I think the house looks good, well done for the wrap around porch. The family look good too. I pretty at taking care of growing the veggies but the normal plants i forgot about.
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Re: Crystal Valley: A 10-Year Celebration & Recreation!

Postby harmoniouspixels » October 2nd, 2021, 3:27 pm

@peachy123uk: Thank you! I felt that about the plants tough. Veggies I watch like a hawk, but regular shrubs and flowers? Doesn't go over so well. :faint: It's why I hire a gardener if I can, or limit the number of plants I put on the lot.

I think I say it every time, but IRL is hectic rn! Looks like I'm coming back in time as Halloween 2021 is ramping up. With that said, let's take a look at the next family in Crystal Valley: the Rain Family!

Family Description:
At first glance, you wouldn't realize that Selena Rain is the caretaker of the local orphanage. It's not something she herself decided upon, but she does the best for the children there.

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The caretaker, Selena Rain.

Selena Rain
•Aspiration: Popularity
•Secondary: N/A
•LTW: Become Icon
•Personality: Scorpio (6/5/8/3/3)
•Turn Ons and Turn Offs: Black Hair, Logical; Fatness
•Job: Caretaker of the SimCity Boy’s Orphanage – Crystal Valley Branch
•Skills: 2/2/5/4/2/2/2
•Bio: Selena didn't envision herself as caretaker of an orphanage, but it's where she ended up. Can she continue to juggle it with a busy social life?

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Long-term resident, Ashton East.

Ashton East
•Aspiration: Popularity
•Secondary: N/A
•LTW: Become Mayor
•Personality: Gemini (4/7/8/3/3)
•Turn Ons and Turn Offs: Blonde Hair, Logical; Stink
•Job: High School Student (Teen Job TBD)
•Skills: 2/4/4/7/3/3/1
•Bio: Ashton has been a mainstay at the orphanage for quite some time now. But with the addition of two new members, how will things shake out?

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One of the newer residents, Skylar West.

Skylar West
•Aspiration: Knowledge
•Secondary: N/A
•LTW: Become (Medical) Chief of Staff
•Personality: Cancer (6/3/6/4/6)
•Turn Ons and Turn Offs: Brown Hair, Athletic; Stink
•Job: High School Student (Teen Job TBD)
•Skills: 4/2/2/2/6/2/3
•Bio: Due to changes at SimCity Orphanage, Skylar was transferred out to the Crystal Valley branch. Although the adjustment is sure to be a bit of a shock, he's just happy that he can watch the stars more easily.

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Lastly, the second newest resident and youngest, Leo North.

Leo North
•Aspiration: Grow-Up (Future Family)
•Secondary: N/A
•LTW: N/A
•Personality: Pisces (4/3/7/3/7)
•Job: Elementary School Student
•Skills: 0/0/1/1/2/2/0
•Bio: Leo is still confused and dismayed over his parent's untimely death. Will he be able to cope in the orphanage?

Creation Notes:
  • Mentioned way back in the first post, this was the family that is a call back to testing InTeen! And yes, this family looks vastly different from the original that's for sure. Pretty sure the originals were elves!
  • Here we have Leo! He's another sim who I downloaded from The Exchange way back when. Like Nathan, I can't remember if he had an actual name, or if Leo is the one I adopted for him. Leo was also packaged as a teen, and with another outfit (athletic wear).
  • Unlike the original version of Crystal Valley, I aged him down to child here to match Nathan. I didn't add Leo in the original, iirc, until Nathan and the Baker twins were teens.
  • A bit on Selena: She's someone who I envisioned got into a position as a "temporary thing," and then ended up sticking around! I'm trying to think of a slightly similar comparison for her, and Jack Black's character in School of Rock comes to mind. She's a new character to this recreation.
  • Ashton and Skylar, of course, are also new! I'm thinking they'll get together, but I'm still undecided.
  • And yes, I did use most of the cardinal directions in giving the teens the last names. I started with giving Ashton the surname of West, and then thought it would be funny to have the other characters follow suit! :rotfl:
  • Selena didn't get the same last name treatment, but I think Rain works for her.
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Re: Crystal Valley: A 10-Year Celebration & Recreation!

Postby harmoniouspixels » October 2nd, 2021, 3:36 pm

The Rain (Orphanage) Family Home: 67 Secluded Street

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Exterior, Front

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Exterior, Rear (Recreation Area and Courtyard)

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Interior, 1st Floor, West Wing (Kitchen and Restrooms)

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Interior, 1st Floor, East Wing (Administrative Offices)

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Interior, 2nd Floor, West Wing (Boy's Dorm and Restrooms)

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Interior, 2nd Floor, East Wing (Caretaker's Room and Bathroom, Study Room)

Creation Notes:
  • One of my more ambitious lots! I really love how this one turned out. Save for the roofing, which I could not for the life of me get level. (Grumble, grumble...)
  • So where the caretaker's room is? It would have been a girls dorm room! Boys would've been on the west, girls on the east for the floor. I scrapped it once I realized Selena needed a place to sleep!
  • Looking back, I suppose I could've kept the girls dorm and then put Selena on a potential 3rd floor. Whoopsies. :duh:
  • I guess the story justification I thought of was that adoption rates are relatively high, so they need fewer locations (which is also why Skylar is at this branch). Other locations either were completely closed and sold, or temporarily converted into recreation centers that could be shifted back if needed.
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Re: Crystal Valley: A 10-Year Celebration & Recreation!

Postby peachy123uk » October 4th, 2021, 9:14 am

Very pretty sims, and the house looks good too.
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Re: Crystal Valley: A 10-Year Celebration & Recreation!

Postby nooboostar » October 11th, 2021, 5:26 am

Loving all these houses, @harmoniouspixels! I like how they're all unique and different from each other in the sense that they match with the families that live in them. :grin:
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Re: Crystal Valley: A 10-Year Celebration & Recreation!

Postby harmoniouspixels » October 18th, 2021, 7:13 pm

@peachy123uk: Thank you! I think this was one of my more favorite houses/households to make. Lots of creativity here! :plumbob2:

@nooboostar: Thank you, too! I tried to center the houses on the families and their personalities, so it's good to hear that it came across. ^^

Between IRL stuff and participating a bit in this year's Halloween, we're a few weeks out from an update! Which is a shame, considering how I'm nearing the end. Today's post is short, since I'm only sharing one! The Rogue Family is up next, but their lot is an EA premade, Haute Habitation from the Family Fun Stuff Pack. I did some minor renovations, which were mostly swapping out interior paints and objects.

Family Description:
The Rouge's have it all: a good reputation, a loving marriage, and a happy son. They're looking to expand their family soon, thanks to a new program they heard about, but will it conflict with Tanesha's "secret" assignment?

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One of the family matriarchs, Tanesha.

Tanesha Rouge
•Aspiration: Knowledge
•Secondary: N/A
•LTW: Max Out 7 Skills
•Personality: Aries (5/8/6/3/3)
•Turn Ons and Turn Offs: Brown Hair, Athletic; Stink
•Job: Intelligence Career (Surveillance Operator)
•Skills: 4/2/2/3/5/2/4
•Bio: Officially, Tanesha relocated her family out here due to an "assignment change" at work, where she needed to take a new position. However, she moved because her employer, the SCIA, needed her out here in Crystal Valley. Are things truly off? Or are they just fine? Tanesha's job is to find out.

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Our other matriarch, Winona.

Winona Rouge
•Aspiration: Fortune
•Secondary: N/A
•LTW: Become Business Tycoon
•Personality: Gemini (4/7/8/3/3)
•Turn Ons and Turn Offs: Black Hair, Charismatic; Cologne
•Job: Business (Field Sales Representative)
•Skills: 3/2/5/2/3/4/2
•Bio: Winona doesn't see /why/ Tanesha's job moved them out here, but if it's good for the family, she's fine with it. Maybe coming out to more of the "country" will help Winona with her own career...

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Lastly, their son, Wolf.

Wolf Rouge
•Aspiration: Grow-Up
•Secondary: N/A
•LTW: N/A
•Personality: Gemini (4/7/8/3/3)
•Job: Elementary School Student
•Skills: 0/0/2/0/2/3/0
•Bio: Wolf was upset having to leave his friends in his old town, but he's hoping that the new town means he can have new friends!

Creation Notes:
  • Back in 2011/2012, I made this family with a friend. We didn't have much of a story for these two, other than they were lesbians and and an adoptive son. I'm pretty sure Tanesha was in Business, but I believe when we did give a litte more backstory to them, she became a secret agent.
  • Since the Rizzo's were made first, these two did follow the blueprint established by them: gay couple with an adopted kid, move to the valley, hear about the same sex pregnancy program... it was a decently used trope in this neighborhood the two families.
  • The child that Tanesha and Winona had back then from the pregnancy was another boy. I forgot his name, but he and Wolf didn't share a room. One was just built on.
  • Wolf, similar to Alice, was a younger character in the 'hood that, unfortunately, didn't get a lot of development back then. I'll try to fix that this time around!
  • This is the first household of Crystal Valley to be in a pre-made house off the bat! Of the eight households, the Rouge family is one of two who for the first generation (the parents and when the children were under the adult lifestage) to not live in a custom built house. The other household is the Thompson family, who will be discussed shortly.

Short and sweet, but hopefully getting back on-track! The plan is to, hopefully, talk about the residential Pine Road lots before moving onto Main Street. I'll eventually wrap up this thread with the aforementioned Thompson family when we get there.
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Re: Crystal Valley: A 10-Year Celebration & Recreation!

Postby peachy123uk » October 19th, 2021, 12:46 am

Can you shows us pics of your pre-made house, I like to look how people decorate the pre-mades. Lovely couple and child too.
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Re: Crystal Valley: A 10-Year Celebration & Recreation!

Postby harmoniouspixels » October 20th, 2021, 7:46 pm

@peachy123uk: Sure! I'll treat this post like the others before in (such as the formatting of the lot after a family intro). This will serve as a nice little interlude before moving on!

The Rouge Family Home: 35 Pine Road (Modified Haute Habitation)

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Exterior

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Interior, 1st Floor, Walls Up

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Interior, 1st Floor, Walls Cutaway

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Interior, 2nd Floor, Walls Up

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Interior, 2nd Floor, Walls Cutaway

Creation Notes:
  • I did my best to show off everything! Not too much was changed, but it was tricky to try and show off the majority of the wall decorations. Some didn't make the shots, but it's only one or two.
  • The rear exterior didn't have any modifications to it. Yet. If I follow the path I did ten years ago, then they'll have another room off the back of the first floor for their second child.
  • That said, the only changes to the front are a driveway and car!
  • On the whole, I do like this house. Very minimal layout changes from the default, but what was changed the most was the interior in terms of decor as mentioned.
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Re: Crystal Valley: A 10-Year Celebration & Recreation!

Postby peachy123uk » October 21st, 2021, 3:20 am

thank you, very nicely decorated. Yeah it is hard to see the wall deco sometimes when showing a house.
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Re: Crystal Valley: A 10-Year Celebration & Recreation!

Postby harmoniouspixels » November 3rd, 2021, 9:16 pm

@peachy123uk: You're welcome! It's a cute little house, and I think my decor helped spruce it up a little.

Hello again everyone! Life naturally got a little busy, I got swept up in the Halloween events... and have completely forgot to update on Crystal Valley! We're in the home stretch, which is incredibly weird to think about. I started this recreation project back in May of this year, finished it in August, and then started posting it right as August was giving way to September. I didn't think it would be a slow process, but hey, I'm happy with it.

With that said, I'm going to ease us all back in and look at Pine Road (+Cottage Street)! This is a very awkward crop, but I couldn't get it any other way for now. This is due to how I took the neighborhood view (from an angle), and my own laziness to not get back in-game just yet. :rotfl: Regardless, this post is going to be largely credits, seeing as I downloaded lots or used premade ones to fill out the road. Aside from lots already showcased (businesses and the Rouge home), none of these houses/community lots have been altered.

Credits read from top left of the image to the bottom right!

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Pine Road Lots:
  • CV Bank and Trust: Built by me, detailed in an earlier post
  • Crystal Park: Built by me, detailed in an earlier post
  • Park n' Go: Downloaded lot, creator unknown at the moment, mentioned in an earlier post
  • Meals by Lopez: Built by me, detailed in an earlier post
  • 35 Pine Road: Haute Habitaction - SP1 House
  • 36 Pine Road: Hillview Sun - mir-sims (Tumblr)
  • 41 Pine Road: Minty Green Abode - Sharpie0 (MTS)
  • 42 Pine Road: Hearty Home - EP5 House
  • 43 Pine Road: audreysims family estate - audreysims14 (Tumblr, linked on previous post)
  • 44 Pine Road: Visionary Villa - SP1 House
  • 47 Pine Road: The Cottage - Creator unknown at the moment
  • 48 Pine Road: 01 Plymouth St. - dadeux029 (MTS)

Cottage Street Lots:

Creation Notes:
  • Lots of custom and prebuilt lots! This was how the 2011 version of the street looked (albeit with some different lots), but I kept the concept the same. The EA lots, I can say with certainty, are the same as they were a decade ago.
  • Cottage Street has just the apartment lot! I will say this does have a minor change, and that's the inclusion of the brick wall. I wanted to give a smidge of realism with the wall as a function of both privacy and noise reduction, given its location.
  • I do apologize for the slight gaps in creator credits! There's always that one piece of CC that you forget the creator, the link vanishes off the face of the Internet, or both! Like Park n' Go, if I can remember who made it, I'll update that with the proper credit.

Also coming onto this thread, I took a peek at the view count. Over 2,700 views! :oops: My goal in sharing this was to show off a passion project, and it means a lot to see that there's a decent following of people on this! Thank you all so much! :heart:

Next time, I'm going to take us down Main Street! It'll be more credits, but there's also a few builds of mine in there (a clothing store and a grocery store). Stay tuned! :coffee:
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Re: Crystal Valley: A 10-Year Celebration & Recreation!

Postby peachy123uk » November 4th, 2021, 2:26 am

It is nice to see that a few people are reading your posts :). Putting links for housing (I love looking at lots) is not good for me lol. I could download so many. Must behave.
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Re: Crystal Valley: A 10-Year Celebration & Recreation!

Postby harmoniouspixels » November 22nd, 2021, 10:08 pm

@Peachy: I can understand! I used to download a lot of lots back in the day. I've reigned myself in, but also because most of the lots haven't survived the couple of transfers between devices! :duh:

Making my way back in here, realizing why I've procrastinated updates and feeling a bit sad... This we're coming up to the final posts of Crystal Valley! :cry: Before I cover the final family and their house, I want to go over the last sets of districts: Main Street and Oceanside Court. Any EA lots mentioned here are, as of this writing, unmodified from their vanilla states in the housing bin.

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Main Street Lots:
  • Rapid Racers Roller Rink - EP5 Community lot
  • H&M SimCity - SP6 Lot
  • 10 Main Street (Uplifting Loft) - SP3 House
  • Crystal Tailors - Built by me, details below!
  • Rec Center - salamisimmer (DW)
  • Chain Restaurant - Peni Griffin (MTS)
  • Crystal Valley Grocer - Built by me, details below!
  • 12 Main Street, European Townhouse - A Lot Bin Makeover (Thompson Family Home) - Justpetro (MTS)
  • 11 Main Street (39 City Ave.) - Creator unknown at the moment

Oceanside Court Lots:

Now onto the handmade community lots! Only two in this section.

Crystal Tailors

Looking for local clothes? Stop by Crystal Tailors! Great styles at affordable prices.

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Crystal Tailors, Exterior

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Crystal Tailors, Interior

Crystal Valley Grocer

Highest quality produce, meat, and dairy from the fields of Crystal Valley, right to your plate! Low prices! Check the newspaper for the latest sale flyer.

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Crystal Valley Grocer, Exterior

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Crystal Valley Grocer, Interior

Creation Notes:
  • Look, I'm a sucker for a good downtown/main street area. I wanted to emulate that, and since Crystal Valley proper is a bit of a smaller town, this makes sense.
  • As with the other community lots built my me, yes, the custom parking spaces are wrong. I still need to correct these at some point.
  • The tailor I enjoy, but it's a bit... cramped? I really wanted the displays to look like that with the elevated foundations, so some scarifices were made.
  • Crystal Valley Grocer is... passable. It's a grocery store, so it's not meant to be flashy, but man is it boxy. I tried my best to break it up with that café section, but it's still a bit boring. But hey, boring is okay!
  • Oceanside Court being the European Townhouse lots just. Kind of happened? I could see them being condos that are used for vacationers.
  • You can see it off to the edge, but I put down some construction 'hood deco! The plan is to eventually place more homes there, and I felt that it would be a touch more realistic to have that set down in the meantime.

Now that I've written the whole post out, I think my next one will be the last! :oops: Or at least, second to last, if I show off the Thompson family home a touch more. Not many changes were made, but I would be willing to show it off!
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Re: Crystal Valley: A 10-Year Celebration & Recreation!

Postby peachy123uk » November 24th, 2021, 4:37 am

When i first got sims 2 i didn't know you could move walls or really build houses. I didn't like the look or style of the orginal sims 2 house. No that i know i can change everything around. There are not to bad now. But i am trying to build my own houses. when i feel in the mood. But your community lots are better than mine :)
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