In February, I wrote about the most recent changes on the home front – raising house and garden to the top of a rocky, water-bound plateau. Since then, I’ve been allowing one or two little niggles nag at me, leaving me feeling things still weren’t entirely right.
Part of this is because of my slightly insane desire to keep multiple boats and ‘planes rezzed at all times (insane, as I’ve got sufficient space to pull things out of inventory whenever I want to use them, so I don’t actually need them rezzed all the time but hey-ho); and while the re-worked moorings for them gave me the space I wanted, things were still a tad ugly. Another niggle has been with the two large expanses of billiard table smooth grass on the island, which just haven’t sat right with me.
So it was that I set about fiddling with things, starting with the moorings, which got completely re-arranged, and then raising a part of the island so I could extend the garden and remove some of the expanse of flat grass. The new moorings are along a single pier, with a new helipad at the far end. It still looks a bit like a marina at that end of the island, but it’s a tidier marina 🙂 .
As I’d extended the amount of space available for my clifftop garden, I set out to get some new plants.. and managed to come home with … a new house… *cough*.
The house in question Alex Bader’s Skye Luxury Forest Cabin, an eye-catching mesh design, the main structure of which weighs-in at a remarkable 18 LI, and the entire place, furnishings and fittings included tops-out at just 55 LI. And I have to say, it is simply gorgeous.
With very modern lines, a wood exterior finish and a pastel interior that suggests the latest in eco-friendly insulation, the cabin is ideal for rural settings, and with a total footprint of 23.5 metres by 21.5 metres, it doesn’t gobble up a huge amount of land. For that you get two good-sized furnished rooms (lounge and bedroom) complete with interior and exterior lighting, and an excellent feeling of space.
The fixtures and fittings in the house are all removable, offering plenty of scope for those wishing to use their own furniture; however the range of animations on the chairs and bed are impressive, making them more than suitable for everyday use. There are some nice touches as well, such as the provided wall paintings and picture frames, all of which will take your own images and snapshots.
Obviously, the cabin has replaced the stone house I put up in February, and I have to admit, it is more in keeping with the theme of the island. I’ve modded it slightly, removing some exterior features (including the terrace rails and steps, which also meant losing some outdoor poses), and added a few others (the textures are supplied, which makes adding elements easy. As the bed and chairs have animations, I’ve kept those, but added a few items of decor from the “old” house. The overall style encouraged me to re-work the part of the island the “old” house stood upon, making better use of mesh to give a more natural feel (although I’ve retained a “lawn” to one side of the house so I’ve somewhere to put the sun loungers 🙂 ) .
These rearrangements have led to an overall fall in LI – 885 to 880 (at the moment, still looking to add more plants!) which, considering I’ve actually increased the number of plants on the land already and added another boat (32 LI) and a pond, really says a lot for the economy of Alex Bader’s mesh builds.
Overall, for an unexpected find / purchase, the Skye Luxury Forest Cabin is, in my opinion, superb if you’re looking for compact living space, and makes a great addition to his range. You can find it on the Marketplace and in-world as well.
Austin Tate opted to pick-up a copy of the Cabin and covers the snowy scene add-on for those into winter scenes. He also offers some super pictures of the Cabin in-situ – check his notes here.