i totally forgot to blog about this yesterday, when i was doing my finds… talk about a unique lot! of course, i knew about this lot and i even asked Numenor when he was going to share it, and he finally did. the “Egg House” is truly a unique structure and only The ModFather can pull that off.
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i haven’t really been keeping up with this category much, so i think i’ll just stick to updating it weekly, like on Sundays. also, i think i’m going to concentrate more on the OfB lots because i think creators have really gone out of their way into decorating them.
‘Factory Living’ part 16 - ‘Stefano’s Pizzeria’ - i just love Nengi’s lots. i’ve missed a few on my blog, so please click on her name and check out her entire ‘Factory Living’ series.
Loverat’s Shrub’n'Grub - this lady pours her heart and soul into her lot creations. she won the home makeover contest (where each room was a specific theme) on S2C. she totally deserved it.
GilliSims Isle - a realistic recreation of the island of the original Survivors. “just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip…”
factory living - “factory/warehouse buildings remodeled as modern living quarters.” there are 5 (as of today) so click on Nengi65’s name to get the rest of them. you will not be disappointed, and there’s more to come!!! i’m so going to use them all!!! even if i don’t occupy them, they’ll still look great as backdrops since you can see your neighboring lots in Nightlife.
i thought i’d expand a bit further and include realistic lots in my daily/weekly finds. i’ve downloaded hundreds (and hundreds) of lots over the past year or so and i’m amazed at how realistic these lots turn out to be. can you imagine trying to recreate the Eiffel Tower and actually making it look incredibly close to the real thing? how about homes from TV shows or restaurants? very surreal, if you ask me.
the following list will contain my favorite lot creators (in addition to those starter home creators i listed earlier). you’ll soon see that i download lots from just a handful of creators, but only because i’m extremely picky as i base my criteria almost solely on aesthetics, playability, and uniqueness (and that it looks like they spent time making it).
Loverat - fellow staff member on MTS2, she has shared her love of building very early on. her lots are huge, but they’re very well-landscaped and furnished. you don’t even need to make adjustments once you install them. they’re perfection in one fell swoop.
ehaught58 - quite possibly the only lot maker i admire on The Exchange. he can make everything and anything. each lot is very unique and detailed and easy to play. he’s remade the 50’s McDonald’s (that resides in Chicago) as well as countless other realistic structures (including Stonehenge). download them all!
billygruffs - my favorite Buffy lot maker. she has made every single lot from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel TV series that you can think of! (she’s also Simmified all the characters, too.) i get goosebumps playing these lots!
V1ND1CARE - i can’t even begin to describe the lots that she has shared on MTS2. London Bridge, The Rialto, The Seine River, various lots from the Star Wars movies, and the graveyard from the Phantom of the Opera movie. it’s her eye for detail that is simply amazing.
Moon_Ez - his lots are just simply beautiful. in addition to that, he makes exquisite build mode items that make his and our lots all the more stunning.
en7en - he was the first to start experimenting with changing the roof style. check out all his beautiful Japanese pagodas in his profile.
Lisen801 - talk about realism, she took realism in the Sims 2 to a whole different level. she gave life to our favorite NPCs: the social worker, the maid, and the gardener.
Numenor - other than being one of the sweetest guys (Italian, too) to work with, his build mode items (and overall expertise in everything else) gives us something unique to play with. when he’s not tied up fixing our broken packages, he also creates lovely lots, too.
obviously i can keep going on and on and on, but i’m stopping here. i’ve resigned myself to only downloading lots that i can actually see myself playing with (unless these folks above release anything new) since i don’t really play themed neighborhoods (but you never know). following this post, i’ll be highlighting individual lots that catch my eye, more than likely falling in the starter home size and price range.
i’ve decided to expand my list o’ finds - to include lots. since i’m starting over (again) with a particular neighborhood, i thought it would be wise to fill it up with starter homes. i’ve always preferred starter homes over anything bigger than that due to playability (size and custom content). also, with starter homes (on small lots), you are limited to what you can put inside so it’ll teach you not to go overboard with furnishings.
even though i play with starter homes, it doesn’t mean i won’t download those monsterous ones. i’ve downloaded lots (typically replicas of real buildings) that occupy the largest lot size for pure aesthetics (i.e. neighborhood decor). with Nightlife, you can see your neighbors, so why not put Stonehenge, The Rialto, or The Eiffel Tower next door.
anyway, i have a mini-project in the works (that i just blogged about) and i’m planning on using these starter homes in a clean neighborhood. i plan on filling them up with 1 or 2 Sims each. i can’t wait to get that started, but first, i need to make (or collect) all the Sims that i will be using. then i have to go through all my gigs of downloads to figure out what content to use. it’s going to be a huge project, overall, but i think it’ll be worth it in the long run… or at least until Open for Business comes out.
to kick start this list, i’m going to highlight creators first… because all their stuff is good… not just one or two lots. then as they make more, i’ll just highlight the newest stuff and you’ll see who i favor the most.
Plasticbox - since joining MTS2 in October, she has shared well over 60 starter homes. each one is extremely easy to play. her lots range from under $20K to $30K.
JohnnyJohnson - i absolutely love his black & white homes. they’re just so cute that i couldn’t resist featuring one of them. i wanted to feature them all, but we have to give everyone else some time in the spotlight, too.
tkdjunkie - she has quite a handful of starter homes in her profile. look for the homes on “Budget Lane.”
Timin2101 - scroll thru his profile to the very beginning and you’ll see all the 2×2 lot starter homes he has shared on MTS2