It’s no secret that I’m an admirer of Alex Bader’s creations in Second Life. I’ve loved his castles since I first encountered one by chance during my travels, and I have a fair few of his landscape and texture sets stuffed into my purse (aka inventory) as well as making a fair amount of use of them on the home island.
One of my favourite items obtained from Alex earlier in the year was his Luxury Forest Cabin, which has been my home since April 2015. It’s an outstanding and stylish design presenting a spacious 2-room living space, fully furnished and packed with detail (and animations) for a land impact of just 55, and a tidy footprint of 23.5 x 21.5 metres. However, as is the way of things in Second Life, it has now been retired to make way for a new house. And guess what? It’s again from Alex.
Truth be told, I’ve been quite taken by the Skye Beach House for a while now, but haven’t had reason to invest in it as I have been very comfortable with the Forest Cabin. However, As a recent encounter has come to be something rather more, the desire to have a new home has grown.
This is a contemporary design with a similar footprint to the Luxury Cabin (24 x 19.5 metres), but benefiting an upper floor to provide a third room. Fully furnished and complete with a swimming pool, the house has an overall land impact of 61, and offers a lot of living space in a compact layout.
To cater for beach locations, where the terrain can be uneven, the house and its deck are raised up on legs. This can leave the pool, located at the front of the house, looking like a bit of a brick, but overall, the approach works well and certainly overcame the unevenness of the rock-top location on our little island. Access is via a set of steps leading up to the deck, which has glass railings to two sides and offers a fair amount of space for additional outdoor seating.
Indoors, there is a large lounge which is pre-furnished with armchairs, tables, a dining table and 4 chairs, paintings on the walls, etc. Alongside of this, and up a set of three steps is the second ground floor room which is nominally the bedroom and opens-out onto the pool patio. The third room sits over the lounge and by default comes with armchairs, table and telescope. There are lots of other touches – lighting, picture frames (just drag and drop your own photos), books, etc., which make this a complete out-of-the-rezzer home, while allowing anything to be swapped out as required. A pose system allows for various poses (single and couple) to be used on the deck and on and in the pool
The house is copy / modify, making any necessary small changes relatively simple. For me, that meant a slight resizing of the pool and the addition of an extra set of steps alongside it to make access to the house easier. Convenience of use also meant shifting the bedroom upstairs, where the balcony also gives a great views of the setting sun :).
As with all of Alex’s work, the attention to detail is exemplary, and the use of materials exquisite; one of the most attractive things about both the Beach House and Forest Cabin is the manner in which the windows naturally “reflect” light, be it sunlight or from a scripted source.
All told, this is another fabulous product from Alex Bader, and one we have absolutely no hesitation in recommending.