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The Funky Lil Mesh Cabin

Galland Homes is pleased to present the Funky Lil Mesh Cabin.

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This small mesh cabin is has a Prim LI of 20!  Add 1 Prim should you choose to rezz the Mesh Snow on the roof.

This cozy log home is being offered for L$25o and can be used as an outbuilding on a lot with a larger log home or as a small log home in its own right.  This funly lil’ cabin is perfect for 512 Sq.M or larger lots and leaves plenty or prims for furnishing.

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*NEW RELEASE* The Adirondack Log Home by Galland Homes – Partial Mesh

Galland Homes is pleased to offer the Adirondack Log Home, a partial mesh luxury log home design.

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This home contains mesh and you will need a mesh capable viewer to view its mesh components correctly.

218 Prim Land Impact Value*  Rezzed Mesh Snow will add 18 Prims to your LI.

Approximately 37 wide  x 39 meters deep
Fits most 3072 sq. m. lots;
-COPY/MOD/NO Transfer.  (Please note all scripts are no mod);

Visit the Adirondack in Second Life HERE

The Adirondack Log Home’s will normally be offered for  L$1995, but in honor of it’s release, is being offered at a 30%  reduction through February 24!  (L$1395)

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The love affair with log homes has seduced many in real life and within Second Life to adorn their lots with a rustic log home.  The Adirondack by Galland Homes follows the modern trend in log home design of combining logs, timber, and stone with modern considerations to accentuate our lifestyles in SL and our desires to enjoy scenic vistas.

Thus, the floor plan is open with high ceilings to accommodate the camera angles found in many viewers.  In real life, developments in the manufacture of protective glass and other materials used in modern log home construction has allowed log home designers to create incredibly strong, but open designs which allow great views and light to enter modern log homes. Within SL, architects are not bound by the real world considerations of wind and weight loads, etc. yet the Adirondack design is intended to make one feel as if they’ve entered a modern log home which would realistically find itself within the luxury vacation retreats within the Adirondacks or other locations.

This one bedroom home features a working fireplace in the Great Room.  The mesh bay window seat in the Great Room is included with the home and includes 12 preset animations for you or your guest to enjoy.

A mesh patio and fire pit off the rear of the home is included.

The windows, window blinds, deck planks, doors, some timbers, and the door jams are all constructed of mesh.  The 18 prim snow which is easily rezzed and derezzed using the control panel close to the bedroom doors is also constructed of mesh.  Most timbers are sculpted prims and a majority of the house walls, floors, and ceilings are made of traditional prims.  All prims and textures are easily modifiable should you choose, including the mesh deck planks.  UV ambient occlusion maps are provided for the rear patio and deck planks for your convenience should you wish to make textures in your photo editing program and edit the appearance of these mesh prims.\\

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The house control system offers menu controlled:

❖ Security – Allows the owner to add avatars to one of two classes of users:   1) Those who have access to the house controls and land parcel; and 2) Those who are permitted access to the land parcel, but will not have the ability to control house features;

❖ Lockable Doors;

❖ Windows with privacy features (This model will allow you to tint windows and various windows also have mesh wooden blinds;

❖ Working fireplace in the great room with particle smoke that will exit the chimney;

❖ A control panel for rezzing or removing mesh snow from your home;

❖ Media controls for radio and tv (you provide the URL’s) and the ability for you to store your favorite media URL’s in the house system for continued use;

❖ A teleport feature which allows you to store SLURL’s to your favorite SL destinations and teleport to them by using the house control system; and a

❖ Customizable security system;

❖ A control panel to rezz mesh show on the roof, patio, and decks of the home.

The home rezzes using a reliable rezz system – instructions included.

**The Galland Homes home control system is is low lag for residents and also has offers features convenient for use by landlords.

Thank you  for your interest in Galland Homes!

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The Updated Shadyside Redux by Galland Homes

The Shadyside Redux has been updated to take advantage of the convex hull settings and lower the homes Prim LI value.


Once, 188, prims, this popular contemporary beach home now has a prim LI value of 137.

The home sells for L$1995.

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Updated Poipu Dream by Galland Homes

The Poipu Dream has been updated to take advantage of the convex hull settings and lower the homes Prim LI value.


Once, 185, prims, this popular home now has a prim LI value of 125!

The home sells for L$1995.  The Poipu Dream is also offered in a fully furnished version for $7245.   Galland Homes Homeowners group members can enjoy a 25% bonus in store credit with the purchase of either version home.  Contact Robert Galland if you wish to join the group.

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Prim Count versus Land Impact

What is prim “Land Impact” value versus “Prim Count?”?

This is a new question for many SLer’s and follows the introduction of mesh to the grid this past August.

Many SL residents still desire to use older viewers like Second Life’s 1.23 Viewer release or Imprudence as a few examples.   Thus, when clicking on an object and choosing Edit to see how many prims the object is composed of, your viewer will still likely  display this in terms of “prim count.”   SL’s Viewer 3 and third party mesh capable viewers like Firestorm and the latest Phoenix release use  a new term, which is “Land Impact”, or “LI.”  (For awhile, this concept was referred to as “Prim Equivalent Value” or “PEV.”  As of January 2011, if you use SL’s Viewer 3.0, you will see the term “Land Impact” when referring to how many prims you may use on a given plot of land.) Casual SLer’s might not yet realize yet what LI means.

I do not claim to be a technical wizard when it comes to these issues, but as a builder, I am becoming aware of how building concepts are now changing.  I will try to share with my customers the basic impact of these changes, which you should be very excited about, even if I cannot provide technical reasons for the effects. The long and the short of it is, it is possible to have the same objects on your land, but greatly reduce the prim LI they have.

With the introduction of mesh to the grid in August of 2011, the way prims are calculated had to change.  An entire lighthouse may be one mesh object, but if made out of prims, would be composed of several prims.  Thus, Linden Lab has developed ways to calculate the prim LI value of objects in Second Life.  Basically, the way prim LI is calculated draws upon how an object renders in SL, how complicated the physics calculations are so the object behaves like one would in real life, and what resources the object draws on the server.   Others with more technical education could greatly expand on this, or even correct me.  For you, as a consumer in SL or a builder, what you need to know is these are new concepts a builder is taking into account when working with regular prims.

Regular ol’ prims, which still have great use for building, can be used slightly differently in construction now.  Specifically, when you link more than one regular prim to another, go to the features area of your edit window (in a mesh capable viewer) and apply the convex hull setting, you will see the prim land impact for your 2 prim object reduced to 1.  Simple prim cubes essentially can be made to act as .5 prims, like a mesh cube acts.

As I understand it, when applying convex hull, you are applying the most basic physics setting to the prim, meaning it will have none.  This is important to remember as if you hollowed a cube to look like an arch because a person would no longer be able to walk through the arch if convex hull is set for that prim.   So, how you decide to build your link sets is important.   I will explain more about this below.

Many creators are now learning how to use new features to affect prim “Land Impact” value to their advantage.  However, there are a few things to remember based on my experiments.  If you use a script in the prims that are set to convex hull, you are likely to see your prim LI benefit erased.  Thus, you will no longer see my larger houses packaged with an aligner because that requires scripts in all sections of the house.  But the benefit my customers will receive in lower LI far outweighs this in my opinion.  Also, if you were to accidentally unlink the hull of a house, each of the prims would count as 1 instead of .5.  So, a customer needs to take care that they do not accidentally drop a script in their house, which happens, or accidentally unlink the house.  You may find your prim count increases to the point you have objects returned to your lost and found folder from your parcel.

For builders, you will find that if you link a sculpt to regular prims set to convex hull, the prim LI will increase substantially.  For my Beach House, there are sculpted timber supports that are really 1 prim.  When set to convex hull, the prim LI for this 1 prim sculpted object jumps to a LI value of 18!  The answer for me in building houses is simply to link the prims that require script use and sculpted prims together and then in a second link set, link the regular prims that compose  the hull of the house.  The latter is what gets set to convex hull.  This might not work well for all products, but it works very well for houses.  I have not tested whether this changes how many prims you can include in a link set, which has always been 256.

Many creators will begin to advertise their products with a prim “Land Impact” value as opposed to or along with a prim count value.  As described at the beginning of the post if you are using an older viewer, the only way to confirm the object’s affect on your land will be to view how many prims you have available in the About Land menu specific to your land.  For example, for my Beach House, an older viewer will show a prim count of 71 when you click on the house and its parts.  However, the impact on your land will only be 48 prims because of the way it is constructed. If you are using the newer mesh capable viewers, you will see the “Land Impact” value  of 48 as advertised in the edit objects window.

Here’s some other results I have achieved with a few of my own model homes.

The Palm Springs, composed of 454 Prims. The LI value for this home is now only 324 Prims.

The Sedona, composed of 625 Prims.  The LI value for this home is now only 392 Prims.

The Hilton Head, composed of 229 Prims.  The LI value for this home is now only 158 Prims.

The Koloa, composed of 225 Prims.  The LI value for this home is now only 133 Prims.

So, you can see the results that can be achieved.

I have hesitated to jump for joy too much at this development because part of me wonders if Linden Lab will continue to support this.  After all, this is effectively making your land cheaper as you can potentially get almost twice the number of prims per your buck than you used to.  For now, though, I encourage you to perform your own experiments and see what you come up with.  Try this in your builds!

I hope this information is educational and useful to you.

Robert Galland

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*NEW* The Beach House!

We are proud to present the arrival of updated and remodeled Beach House!

This super cozy, one room home is perfect for those ocean side nights.  It boasts a large front patio for entertaining guests, or just enjoying a quiet night on your own!

The Beach House fitsperfectly on a 1024 sq. m. or larger parcel and has an efficient prim land impact value of only 48 prims once the house is rezzed.  This beach house leaves you tons of space to decorate and add your own personal touch!
Available now for only 845L$  !

See it in person, pictures won’t do this adorable home justice!

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