Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Craftman Bungalow with Basement Income Suite

I built a fairly large bungalow with a basement apartment. My plan is to move a family into the upper unit and have them rent out the basement portion as thier income property. Of course, the entire lot could be used as a residential house with a few modifications (ie, removing a wall or two). It's fairly large on a 2x3 lot, but extremely spacious. Ok, enough babble, here are a few photos of the lot.

The exterior shot and the excess of landscaping, honestly, there are so many trees and shrubs and flowers in the front yard, I feel awful for the gardener. The backyard features a swing-set and barbeque area.

Large spacious basement unit apartment with two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a few windows to let natural light in and fireplace. Perfect for a small family or roommates.

Main level with entrance foyer and main level of upper unit. Upper unit's main floor features master bedroom with ensuite, fireplace, large kitchen and guest bath.

Attic level of upper unit features three bedrooms (one with ensuite that is perfect for female teenagers), an additional bath and office space

Comments and suggestions welcomed. Especially concerning if the lot is too large

Sunday, November 27, 2011

No Signs, 2011

Remar, summer, 2011Verde and Lainey are 24

After their wedding and honeymoon in Hacienda Bay, the newlywed couple enjoyed their new marriage and the privacy of their new apartment.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

At Home, 2011

Remar, summer, 2011
Lyndon is 56, Nicole is 54

Nicole hadn't been feeling well.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Hood Council Meeting: 2011

Hood Council Meeting 2011
Present: S'Ahmisa Warwick, Bradford McMillian, Ginger Grey, Ilila Peterson, Brandon Peterson, Cameron Smith. Suzanna McMillian

Absent: none

"Brandon, would you go first and detail the incident?"

Follower Series: Blackcat

I've always found interesting new blogs by looking through the lists of followers and commenters, not only on my own site, but the sites of others. I thought that I would do a monthly profile of the followers and commenters of Apple Valley so that others can see some of the other great blogs that are out there. I only chose the sim related blogs of followers or commenter (no personal or non-sim blogs) and of course there are many followers and commenters that do not have a personal blog.
This month, I'm profiling


Blackcat has a sim's related blog called Richmond Sims.

It's a TS2 blog that follows the lives of the sims that live in Richmond. You'll recognize a lot of the sims since Richmond started off as Pleasentview. You have the Beares from Sim State, Dee Ottamas, Meadow Thayer and even Leo Deppiesse. The storytelling is fantastic as the blog follows all of the families in addition to the founding family-the Greens.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Officially Yours, 2011

Patar, summer, 2011Optional Soundtrack: Officially Yours-Craig David

Verde nervously stood before the small church and watched as Lainey's bridesmaids took their seats.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Happy, 2011

Patar, summer, 2011
Optional Soundtrack: Happy-Leona Lewis

Lainey looked in disgust as Verde grabbed her hand.

Memorial Cemetary

I decided to seperate my existing church lot into two seperate lots, the church and the cemetary. Here are a few photos of the cemetary, which hubby said looks like a park. It's a small 1x1 lot

Closer view of weeping woman

I also uploaded the lot for those who wanted it:

The gravestones are included as are the manor ivy set. If you want to download seperately-they're both on MTS

cmmanorivy (part of the Manor Garden set)
TheJim07 TS3 tombstones for TS2        

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Little to Worry, 2011

Patar, summer, 2011
Bradford is 47, Suzanna is 46, Laci is 12, Lilly is 7, Lora is 6 and Lesia is 5

The summer started with a fierce storm in which lightening struck the McMillian's yard. A small fire started, but thankfully only the landscaping was harmed.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Community Director Note: Plans for 2009-2012 Term

Ginger Grey

My plans for the term as Community Director:

Secure family values, uphold rights for children and elders
  • Mandatory Family Day: So far this is working as most residents make an effort to get out of their homes.
Ensure a family friendly and healthy community for current & future generations.
  • Apple Awards-given every other simyear
    Spirit of Community Awards: Given to residents that portray the spirit of Apple Valley. Must be nominated. There will be a ceremony for the winner and a prize.

    Beautiful Apple Awards:Given to homes/businesses that are aesthetically pleasing in their landscaping

    Green Apple Awards: Designation given to businesses that promote a greener world with their environmental practices.
  • Hold on Housing Options The recent increase in housing options has been well. We will place a hold on additional housing options being built until we reach 95% capacity of the current housing options. Currently we are at 67% capacity which includes single family homes and multi-family dwellings.
  • Increase Job Options We have successfully courted A.Pentragnani to open up a location in the hood including a fashion workshop to increase housing. We are working on pursuing a robotics factory and a floral shop to chose the hood as their primary location.
Ensure adequate culture, local food produce, restaurants and bars, & social meeting places.
  • Community Additions There are plans to add a bowling alley; a floral shop; fire station; police station; spa; sports stadium; upscale bar & lounge; and a public fishing pond.
  • Community Renovations There are plans to renovate the pier, university dorm, family fun center and teen hang-out.
  • Neighborhood Aesthetics Residents will notice that there have been many changes to the hood by adding more trees, more sidewalks and open spaces and utilizing spaces not directly connected to the roads.
Ensure a quality education system for residents
  • Monitor the Educational Director

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Staying Out of Trouble, 2011

Lovar, spring, 2011
Tyisha Masters is a sophomore, Rojo Herendez and Si'Enya Warwick are freshmen

Si'Enya was in awe at Rosemarie and Henry's relationship.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Ants in His Lunch, 2011

Lovar, spring, 2011Grex and Ginger are 39, Bryant and Annie are 16, Breckin is 9, Lara is 8, Indira is 6, and Richmond is 5

The farmer's market was busier than usual and thankfully the family had plenty of spring crops to help with the demand.

Then and Now, Some of My Simmie Couples

I was going through some older photos and decided to share some of my simmies. This is just the couples for now, so enjoy the walk down memory lane.

Jorge (Herendez) and Jolie Dawson during university, they thought that each other was hot

Now 19 simyears of marriage, five children and four different careers later

Jadhira and Johan (Dawson) Shazad enjoying a meal at his parents' house shortly after her arrival from Simborough

Now 18 simyears of marriage, three kids and two careers later

Sazo (Kent) and Sandy Warwick on their first date, they fell in love fast and hard

Now, after 20 simyears of marriage, 2 daughters and lots of simoleans richer.

Rebecca and Julio (Herendez) Wilsonoff as "just friends" playing video games as teens

Now 15 simyears of marriage, three children and much drama later

Nicole and Lyndon Humphrey shortly after their return from living in Sokitumi (another simmer's hood)

Now 32 simyears, three adopted/foster children later

Fiona and Jesse (Carr) Kent's first date and she is being introduced to his adopted son, Bill Carr

They look very well for 13 simyears of marriage, five children and two grandchildren (or more, knowing Bill) later

Ginger and Grex (Mendenhall) Grey on thier first chaperoned date (Ginger's twin sister, Marilyn is watching in the background)

15 simyears of marriage, two affairs, six children and countless special "showers" for Ginger later

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Modern Day Slavery, 2011

Hapar, spring, 2011
***WARNING: Extremely sensitive subject matter***

She took a deep breath and checked the address again. She knew she was at the right place, she had walked by every simday for the last simweek. She had memorized the color variation in the bricks, the simple garden in the front and large windows. She knew that she needed to knock before one of the neighbors called the police on her.
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