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Tall Grass House on the River

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This is Tall Grass, nestled into a site along a river. I changed some of the interior materials to feel more at home in the Pacific Northwest setting, but you can’t really tell from the outside.Columbia west_013 edited

The parcels along this river are flat, and they encourage tenants to align their houses straight along the river, in a straight east-west direction. It is so much more interesting if you don’t do that. Angle the house so that when you stand inside your view is directed along the river bank – the view is better if it is directed up and down the shoreline. The shoreline is the interesting part. There is no law that says your house has to be aligned on  the compass points, but I rarely see houses in SL that aren’t.

Many boats sail up and down this river, and planes land here, too. I really enjoy watching them.

Tall Grass River InteriorI was only given a few hours to terraform the land. So I had to do the best I could, and then maneuver the house and the landscaping to fit what I had. I think that’s a good thing. In the real world you need to make the house fit the landscape. It’s expensive to sculpt the land to fit the house, so it’s better to start with the land, and then design a house to fit. I think much better results are obtained when you go with what you have, rather than trying to change the land fit a preconceived notion of a house. Columbia west_015

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I’m at the Home and Garden Expo!

I finally made it to the Second Life Home and Garden Expo as more than a tourist. I have a new home I’m selling there, with all proceeds to the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

The home is called “Gull Lake” and it comes in two flavors. One is my usual Minnesota Modern North Shore palate of materials – warm wood, stone, glass, bronze.

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Honestly I really like that palate, but I’m a bit tired of building with it. I’ve tried to declare the North Shore series of homes “done” for a while, but people keep asking me to do custom homes, and I don’t refuse.  But I think now I am done.

I’ve long wanted to use a quite different palate of bleached woods, concrete masonry units, grey tile and steel. It is cool, beachy, modern and calming. I am calling it the “Global Warming Edition,” as the palate reminds me of natural materials that have been blasted by the sun. This is the palate that drove the design, and I’m very pleased with how it turned out. Judging by the sales at the Expo, others like these materials, too.

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Please visit the homes in Second Life.

The Gull Lake “Global Warming” House can be seen at the Expo:

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Dreamseeker%20Home%20Expo13/45/66/23

The Gull Lake “North Shore” House can been seen in my meadow on Toor:

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Toor/134/166/3749

The Expo is really quite an experience, sixteen sims of homes, furnishings, and garden items, plus entertainment, hunts, and raffles. The talented people in Second Life are so inspiring to me, and I am very proud to be with them at the Expo.