I decided I would try to make my Linden Home into something using only items from my inventory or objects I made myself. I did not want to spend Lindens on a free house. Here is what I did so far.
My dear friend Pan gave me the texture for this house number a while back and it works perfectly here. The truth is all the houses in the suburban Linden neighborhoods look exactly alike. I am seeing most folks personalize the outside of their homes in some way. Like me, they probably could not tell their home apart from the others and could only find their way home via teleport.
If you click on the photo you can seem more clearly that the house number says 15 Chestnut View and has a picture of an actual chestnut. If you have read here for any length of time you know my name came from the street I grew up on in RL. My house number was 51 and if my photoshop skills were better I would flip the numbers and make the sign say 51 Chestnut View.
Why yes that is a giant Buddah in my house, why do you ask? And yes, there is a ball of fire in his hands when it is night on the sim. Is this unusual?
The screen was purchased for me by my first SL partner back in 2007. He is long gone, thank god but the screen stayed with me for all this time. It is pretty and finally is seeing the light of day again. I think it stands up to the test of time. I made the bath for our house back when we lived on Shengri La. I pulled it out of inventory and changed the textures out. et voila.
Some people on my sim are talking about creating a Neighborhood Association. I don't think it will be the kind of group that sends nasty letters when you do something ugly or forget to cut your grass as suggested by Frogg Marlowe at HIPS last night. I did laugh pretty hard at the idea, I admit it.
Instead, I think the idea of the Neighborhood Association is to create a way for people to get to know each other for socializing and possibly some networking. Now, I ask you -- isn't that what the Lindens had in mind when they created these odd little suburban spaces? People finding others and connecting? I am interested to see what happens over time.
One more thing -- Everything you see above is only 71 prims. So it is entirely possible to create a fun space for far less that 117 prims.