Hey, all you crazy Simmers. Sorry I’ve been away for so long. My brain was crunching away on what to do about those darned Ravelos. But I’m back on track now, and happy to report that I’ve transported them safely to Shady Bluff, so hopefully no more crashing problems. *crosses fingers, toes, and eyeballs*
Here’s what I did, if you’re interested in the details: I moved the Ravelos out of Grunewald Estate and onto an empty lot. I packaged up that lot and installed it on my Shady Bluff account. I did the same with the Grunewald lot, now devoid of the family and whatever custom content might have been making it crash. Of course, story-wise, the Ravelos are still in Weatherby, so I’ll have to ask you guys to just pretend they’re not in Shady Bluff yet. That’s right. These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.
In the meantime, I had to refurnish Grunewald since I’m still using it for Ravelo pictures. So I figured I might as well fill it with mostly Maxis content and put it up for download! This offering comes with a warning, however: Grunewald was crashing when it was in Weatherby, but I’m pretty sure that was either because of the Ravelos being buggy or some conflict with custom content on the lot. It’s clean now, so it should be fine, but I just wanted you to know. Please do let me know if you have any problems with it.
There are three windows from MTS2 that I used, but otherwise everything is Maxis content. The windows are NOT included in the file so you will have to download them separately. I’ve listed the links at the end of this post.
I took a ton of pictures, so you can think of this as a little tour as well. Aaaand…we’re off!
Welcome to Grunewald Estate! This house is based on an actual mansion from the Victorian era — you can see it on the front cover of American Country Houses of the Gilded Age. I varied the floor plan to make it more modern and Sims-friendly, but the exterior is fairly similar.
As you can see, this house is ginormous. Mondo. Huge. I left several rooms empty because the lot is slow enough without them full. So fill them at your own peril! And if your computer can’t handle large lots, you might want to skip this one.
I apologize for the grid lines in the next picture. I didn’t notice them until just now. D’oh! But it shows you a close-up of the exterior.
Now to the rear of the house! As you can see, there’s not much landscaping. Again, I didn’t want to slow the lot down even more. Also, I kept the fall foliage because the Ravelos are still in autumn (well, a weird version of autumn in which tulips bloom).
You can see the driveway leading to the garage here. Yes, it’s an insanely long driveway, but I kind of like having the garage tucked away in the back.
And now we switch to nighttime! I have GunMod’s Light Mod installed in Shady Bluff, and sometimes the rooms get over-bright in the daytime, so I just let it be night (the Ravelos moved out at night, so it’s kind of stuck there at the moment. I had to use a trick to get the daytime pics above [as evidenced by the little terrain circle you see in the backyard].)
Here’s a close-up view of the front door:
The main stairway leading down into the foyer:
The living room:
The dining room:
A view of the kitchen:
Another view of the kitchen:
And here we have the pet room! The nice thing about the pet room is that even though the Ravelos have 5 animals in the house, they all pretty much stay in this room, so I don’t lose track of them. And they can get to the yard easily when they have to piddle. There’s a doghouse just outside for breeding purposes as well.
Here we have the nursery, outfitted with its own mini-kitchen (to make bottle-feeding easier) and a bed for sleepy parents.
The rest of the nursery:
Here’s a bathroom (Grunewald has 5 finished bathrooms, and rooms for 2 more):
This particular one is just off of the nursery and pet room, so it’s a good spot for giving baths.
On the other side of the house (across the driveway), we have the “entertainment” rooms. Here’s the view into the poker room from the billiard room (there’s a bar in the billiard room, but you can’t see it in this pic).
Just upstairs from the billiard room is the music room:
I’ve furnished four bedrooms in the house, but there is room for a few more, if you need ’em. Here’s Melly Ravelo’s room:
Another view of Melly’s room:
Ravi and Anastacia’s room (it used to be Trent and Tristen’s, but Ravi and Ana moved in after they passed away), also known as the “master bedroom”:
Ravi and Ana’s old room:
And now for some bird’s-eye views of the whole she-bang…here’s the first floor (or at least two-thirds of it):
Here’s the other third (you can see the unfinished bathrooms and a painting room):
Half of the second floor:
The other half:
Sorry if the pics are a bit dark — they looked fine on my computer at home, but not so much here. I’ll get that light mod figured out yet.
- Cost: Â§317,596
- Lot size: 5 x 6
- Mostly furnished
- EPs required: University, Nightlife, Open for Business, Pets
- Download Grunewald Estate (please make sure you also download the custom content listed below)
Custom content needed:
- Two Tile Arched Window and two tile version of the Eclectic Expressions window by macarossi @ MTS2
- Lafenetre Short Window by windkeeper @ MTS2
Enjoy! (And yes, this does mean I’m working on the Ravelo update. I have no idea when it’ll be up, but it’s on the way!)