[TIP] Use blueprints to create custom modular building kits.

I've noticed some people using blueprints to improve the way they build their park so I thought I would share a tip from my workflow when creating custom buildings.

Creating a selection of different modular building pieces and saving them as a blueprint is a good way to efficiently build custom structures for your park that can easily be modified to provide variety whilst remaining consistent to your park theme.

An example of a basic Sandstone Building Kit I created.
A WIP example of the Sandstone Building Kit in use.

Some tips for how to use this process:
  • Drop in your modular building kit blueprint and edit the building to create a new building with the kit.
  • When editing the building, click and drag a box around your modular piece to select and duplicate it for use.
  • Make sure each of your modular kit pieces contains a building piece that snaps to the grid to make placing duplicated kit pieces quick and easy to line up correctly.
  • Try tweaking wall colours etc. to avoid visual repetition whilst maintaining theme consistency.
  • Where possible, avoid adding to much detail (i.e windows, doors, foliage) to your modular pieces so that they remain versatile. You can add these details on top of the modular pieces once they are in place on your building. This also helps avoid visual repetition in your building design.
  • These blueprints are a good way to share custom building pieces on the Workshop with other creators that allows them to build awesome structures that fit their park's requirements - rather than just placing completed custom buildings downloaded from the workshop.

Hope this is useful to some people. Let me know what you think, do you have any other suggestions how you use modular building pieces in your creations?
 
I've noticed some people using blueprints to improve the way they build their park so I thought I would share a tip from my workflow when creating custom buildings.

Creating a selection of different modular building pieces and saving them as a blueprint is a good way to efficiently build custom structures for your park that can easily be modified to provide variety whilst remaining consistent to your park theme.

An example of a basic Sandstone Building Kit I created.
A WIP example of the Sandstone Building Kit in use.

Some tips for how to use this process:
  • Drop in your modular building kit blueprint and edit the building to create a new building with the kit.
  • When editing the building, click and drag a box around your modular piece to select and duplicate it for use.
  • Make sure each of your modular kit pieces contains a building piece that snaps to the grid to make placing duplicated kit pieces quick and easy to line up correctly.
  • Try tweaking wall colours etc. to avoid visual repetition whilst maintaining theme consistency.
  • Where possible, avoid adding to much detail (i.e windows, doors, foliage) to your modular pieces so that they remain versatile. You can add these details on top of the modular pieces once they are in place on your building. This also helps avoid visual repetition in your building design.
  • These blueprints are a good way to share custom building pieces on the Workshop with other creators that allows them to build awesome structures that fit their park's requirements - rather than just placing completed custom buildings downloaded from the workshop.

Hope this is useful to some people. Let me know what you think, do you have any other suggestions how you use modular building pieces in your creations?
nice explanation and examples
 
I watched some YT vids (I thought it was Silverret) and he expalins that if you combine two pieces of non grid objects together it becomes a grid object on duplicate.
He also showed it in the video. Now I can see the downside of that when you want to duplicate two non grid objects and don't want to make them align to grid.
Now this isn't happening when I'm building, the feature on duplicate seems gone, but by accident I pressed another hotkey that did the job, but I can't reproduce it.
Any change you know more about this?
 
I watched some YT vids (I thought it was Silverret) and he expalins that if you combine two pieces of non grid objects together it becomes a grid object on duplicate.
He also showed it in the video. Now I can see the downside of that when you want to duplicate two non grid objects and don't want to make them align to grid.
Now this isn't happening when I'm building, the feature on duplicate seems gone, but by accident I pressed another hotkey that did the job, but I can't reproduce it.
Any change you know more about this?
I don't know of any hotkey that enables this, but I tend to add a temporary grid-based asset like the wooden posts to my selection of non-grid-based pieces so that I can move them using the grid snap. Once I have them in place, I just delete the wooden post. This is particularly useful for custom fences or trims.
 
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