Friday, July 30, 2010

garbuckle3000's Review

This particular builder is one of my favorite people as well as a great builder. He is also a very versatile builder as I've seen him design wonderful older traditional homes, especially large estate type homes, but also he has a great talent for modern architecture too.

Let me start out with one of his traditional homes; Briston Hall II. He has two versions of this house. One of them has been in my studio for the longest as he use to have a problem uploading some of his larger homes to his own page. That one was very successful and now he has a version on his own page.

This house is of course a very grand home with a circular drive and a fountain out front that is one of garbuckle's many innovative creations. A green house on the right and guest house on the left. The landscaping is well done and fits the type of home it is.
Garbuckle is also a fine decorator. Some of the features of this home is a large theater; an indoor pool  as well as an outdoor pool; many bedrooms with fireplaces and each bedroom has it's own design. Allot of thought went into this house and I can tell there was also allot of focus which is the mark of a great builder.

Personally, I think garbuckle doesn't get the attention he deserves. He is so multifaceted in his creativity though it be his architecture, his landscaping, or his interior design.

He does put too many rooms in a house as far as I'm concerned. Working with him on a few projects I find myself searching for different ideas for each of his many rooms. Neither the less; this is a builder that is worth keeping an eye out for.

Here's the link for this house; the latest version:
And the slideshow which you've just got to see to believe:

Now lets see something totally different. This next house will show you what I mean by versatile.
S2S Moderna is a fine example of a modern home. This one really isn't even my favorite but the one I like most doesn't have a slideshow I'm sorry to say. At least not one that's posted.

Still, I love this home and appreciate the way he used the two different color tones on the exterior. The search lights are also a grand idea. What is probably the most prominent and most creative points of this house is the sunken pool in the back which is a must see, with steps leading down into it.
The interior features skylights, a huge television room and large kitchen. Garbuckle has a tendency to build everything big. You'd think he was moving in an army with all that he includes with his build. Huge families will find plenty of bathroom space and bedrooms galore in a garbuckle3000 homes. I now know what the 3000 stands for; 3000 rooms! I kid of course.
Here's the link for this house:
And the slideshow:
Now, I've just got to show all of you an assortment of all the different types of homes that come out of this great builder.

The Eleanor:

Sung Song Strand:
 This is actually my favorite of his modern homes but I didn't see a slideshow on this one in his designer thread. what a wonderful piece of architecture!
There are many more I'd love to show you but I'll just show you one more to convince you of the many different designs this builder can build.

Kefalos Bay:

Can't you just imagine living in such a gorgeous home right next to the beach?

Garbuckle; we all look forward to seeing more great builds from you!



Garbuckle has provided me with a new link and a slideshow for Sung Song Strand.

Here they are:



Fidler's Modern Dream Challenge

I decided I should post last month's challenge results on here with links to the winning lots:

Fidler's Modern Dream Challenge Results

Hey Everyone!

I'm sorry for being so late with these results and I appreciate you all being patient.

Amateur Category:

1st Place............tdewd  


2nd Place............SunsetValley01 


3rd Place............Emilym3 


Pro Category

1st Place............SimEve 


2nd Place............Stw402 


3rd Place............Tfbob 


I want to congratulate the winners and I want to thank all of you for your participation. These were some really beautiful and unique lots and you all did a great job. 

Next Month, I would like to get a cover shot photo from everyone to post on here also.


Thursday, July 22, 2010

Miami/CaliforniaBound Review

So it's finally time to review CB who was suppose to be the first review I reviewed but something got lost in the communications.

First, I'd like to say that Miami/CaliforniaBound (If he ever decides which direction he's actually going; just teasing of course) is one of the best architects in the Sims 3 environment. He has been a little slow in promoting his work but there's no doubt that his talent is exceptional.

I really don't know where to start, so I'll start where he started when he decided to build a showcase thread at

This first lot is amazing which is a park called the Monolith.

This park is a fine example of the great command that CB has over CFE (ConstrainFloorElevation) cheat code. He also has a fine eye for landscaping.

This next "Mansion" I haven't figured out what he calls it; is a real stunner.

A gold dome with a teal roof, the architecture here is incredible. His landscaping also is a perfect match for a such a Taj Mahal styled home. A great combination of color also with the teal, gold and white trimming.

I think that CB needs to work on his promotion of his lots as this would definitely allow more simmers to know of his work. I'm sure he already has a large fan base and it will continue to grow.

Miami/California is also looking for a good interior designer. I'd love to oblige myself if I wasn't already caught up with so many projects; this one included. So if you think you got the talent to do some collaboration with this extremely talented individual, I encourage you to join the members of which I'm an active member of and offer your talent. Be sure to be ready to show some photos of your work.

I'd like to also share with you a link to a slide show that CB provided for us of his baroque eco home .

I hope we get a chance to see much more from Miami/CaliforniaBound in the future. I would sure like to do a follow up review once he has finished some more amazing projects.

Also, here's a link to CB's studio page at TS3 if any of you would like check out some of his other work;download and recommend:

CaliforniaBound's Studio


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Monday, July 19, 2010

Smoky has provided a slide show of her own. Here's the link: Builds/?albumview=slideshow

Review On SmokyTopaz

My next review will be about a person we all know and love; SmokyTopaz.

From watching and adoring Smoky's work, I believe she is most talented in interior design but she also does quite well with architecture.

She has an excellent eye for color and knows how to use great contrasting colors to get the most effect.

I've always been a fan of black, white and red and gray as anyone could tell in some of my own builds.

As far as exterior designSmoky does well with modern design but also she does well with more traditional and classical design.

I've watched Smoky grow over a very short period of time and become a builder who I'd recommend in a heartbeat.

She knows how to get what I call the "WOW" factor in her interior designs.

Of course I still think she has some growing and learning to do but as far as I'm concerned, she's getting there by leaps and bounds.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Next Review

Hey There followers.

I've got someone in mind for my next review that most of you will recognize. I'm not going to assume anything this time and I'm waiting to hear back from this individual to see if I can't get a slide show of their work. So check back soon and we'll get moving on the next review.

Also in a few days, I should be posting the results of "Fidler's Modern Dream Challenge". I'm still waiting for the results from all of the judges.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Peacemaker_ic/ A Review

Hey Everyone!

I'm afraid I'm going to have to give up on Miami/California Bound until later. I need some more to photos to work with as far as his work goes.

Instead, I'm going with my good friend; peacy here and go through some of his houses that I particularly like. I have to say that peacmaker is a very talented and creative builder;  using innovative ideas throughout his work.

The house I want to start with is his Seaspray.

As you can see, the architecture is amazing. Peacemaker has a great command of CFE and uses it well. I have no idea how he designed the roof here but this is one of his most amazing builds. Also the interior design is clean and very modern, keeping with the architectural design.

For download of this lot go to:

Now, onto another Peacemaker_ic house.

The Cortona

This is the second house he has in a series of Tuscan houses and my favorite from the series.

Slide show:

This house is of course your more traditional type of house as far as it's style. I particularly like the balcony with the black fencing and there is a pond behind the  house that is lavishly landscaped.
Peacemaker uses allot of gold in his interior which gives a very rich design. Also his two story living room was well designed and very luxurious.

Download from here:

I will say that I think by a review of Peacemaker_ic's work is that he is a very versatile builder with a far, wide ranging ability to design whatever style of house that he so desires. He showed by his house "Seaspray" that he also very creative and innovative.

He is also a featured member of Sims 3 but anyone who knows me, knows that don't mean much to me. But still, if anyone deserves to be a featured member, Peacemaker is one of them.


Still Waiting

Hey Everyone!

I'm still waiting to hear back from Miami/CaliforniaBound for a slide show. If I don't hear back from him by the tonight, I'll be reviewing someone else instead. I'm haven't decided who that will be but I assure you; they will be a worthy review.

In the mean time, if any of you have any suggestions for future reviews as far as builders and lots, I would be glad to hear them.

So, either check back late tonight or tomorrow for my review; either Miami/CaliforniaBound or someone else.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Friday, July 16, 2010


Sorry Guys!

I thought I was ready to kick this blog off but I'm waiting to get a slide show from California/MiamiBound to make his review with. We'll get going here soon; I promise. This is the Fidler we're talking about here and he always carries through.

Fidler's Monthly Challenge Winners

As an extra bonus of this site, I'll be posting the winners to my monthly challenge on Sims 3. I will also post links to their entries and media.

So, be looking for a post in a few days of the winners of  "Fidler's Modern Dream Challenge".

Let's get started by a review of a builder; CaliforniaBound.

I will be making this review by tonight so come back and visit to see what I have to say about this builder and his work.