The Sims 2 is my favorite game, and I love architecture, I built over 50 houses which I offer for free download on this website. I also built several houses in The Sims 3. Beside playing the game as it was intended, I also practiced urban planning building large cities with apartment-like blocks.
My story as The Sims player
My journal in Sims began in 2003 when I received original The Sims game from a friend. I did not enjoyed it much.
In 2004 I connected to neighborhood LAN and later to internet and was able to download The Sims 2, but low-specs computer did not allowed me to play it properly. I started playing The Sims 2 in mid-2005 when my dad bought a more powerful video card, and it became my favorite game.
I built several houses in The Sims 2 and played with families in it, the houses were not great in terms of architecture, most of my early houses had a single room for living, dining, kitchen and at upper floor had 2 bedrooms and 3 double beds (because I was playing a family of 6 sims), example L-Shaped House 2008.
In 2008 I started designing realistic buildings in AutoCAD and left the gaming world.
In 2009 I started my first website, featuring my portfolio of AutoCAD building designs and articles about housing in various countries, but it also had a page for The Sims 2 houses.
I returned in The Sims 2 in late 2011. In December 2011 I made a poll, to decide the size of my future houses: How big is the family that you usually play? 75% voted for 3-4 sims, rest of votes being for 1-2, 5-6, 7-8 Sims.
In 2012 after discovering live chat widgets for websites I got first major feedback about my houses:
- Critics about messy floor plans. So I try to make rooms rectangular, for realism and beautifulness.
- Critics about unrealistic houses with too few rooms. So I kept building houses with 3-4 rooms but not all are used as bedrooms. If you have only 4 Sims, feel free to delete beds and reuse the room for other purposes (example Federal Fortress have 6 rooms!).
- Critics about lack of diversity. Indeed I had many similar houses in 2012, but today I build a variety of house sizes, from Starter Home 1×1 (67 squares) to Palace Trianon Floresti 5×5 (672 squares), decorated in a variety of styles.
- Critics about decorative. I admit, I pay attention to architecture and functionality according Sims rules, rather than decorating realistically.
I compiled the following neighborhood using all the The Sims 2 houses built by me (plus few downloaded houses). NO housing lot has been rotated, because rotating them will rotate lighting direction too, and will look really messy.
All Maxis-made neighborhoods of The Sims 2 sucks except Pleasant View. Others have roads too far away and sloped roads. I need a neighborhood with many roads at 5 tiles apart. So I downloaded some from modthesims.info, which again, most sucks. The only somewhat appealing was Mountainside Village and used it for about 1 year until I ran out of space (some houses are multiplied to fill all the space, but I ran out of space in terms of space for certain lot sizes).
So since 2013 I switched to Lake Crossing downloaded from gethanesims.prismbaby.com, this map is split in 3 quarters by lakes and at this moment I have built only 1 quarter.
If you wonder why there is no Sims population: in this neighborhood I only place my houses to create a nice-looking city, such big city takes several minutes to load which would make playing difficult. So, when I play with Sims families, I use another neighborhood with just few houses.
I played The Sims 4 when Origin allowed us to play for 48 hours for free, and did not believed what piece of shit it is. Reminds me of The Sims 1.
My online business reached an income that allow me to be independent from my family while working less, so I can play games again occasionally. But The Sims 2 did not worked well on Windows 10 so I had to plug in my old desktop with Windows XP every time I wanted to play game. I resumed working at StarlingSprings megacity in 2016 and finished it in 2017 and also built a couple of new houses.
In August 2018 I bought an used laptop HP Elitebook 8540w purposely because it is one of the latest models that offer support for Windows XP and have resolution 1920×1080, this allow me to play The Sims 2 while doing my professional work on my desktop.
My past house design were a mess, some having white fence, some brown fence, some hedges all around lot, etc. I started to renovate most important houses built over years to standardize several architectural styles and compile a new neighborhood with all them:
- Starter homes: black roof tiles (default color), simple walls.
- Ranch-style: gray roof tiles, walls with siding cover in various colors, white windows.
- Mansion-style houses: red roof tiles, walls with white bricks or siding, dark or light wood windows.
- Modern houses: flat roof, walls in various colors, black windows.
- Special houses: few houses do not follow above standards.
New neighborhood photos to be added…
List of The Sims 2 houses made by me
I designed and built too many houses in The Sims, some people ask me “please give me a 3-bedroom home” or “which sims homes have 4 bedrooms?” So made this table to sort things out!
U/C = under construction, houses built but unhappy of results so I may rebuild them later.
Bath 2h/4h = half baths one for toilet and one for bathtub, more efficient use by multiple sims.
Facing (The Sims 2 only) = I define default lot orientation as North, thus in the lot view, South-facing lots are those with sun lighting street side and right side. In neighborhood view the sun is on opposite direction.
I do not enjoy rotating lots because this will rotate sun direction too.
I usually design symmetrical homes on south/north facing lots and asymmetrical homes on east/west facing lots. I usually choose the orientation based by pool position (south/east facing for houses with pool in front yard, north/west facing for houses with pool in back yard).
Terms and conditions
- Feel free to download my houses and use them for your Sims (download buttons at bottom of each house’s page).
- Feel free to alter walls, furniture, decorative items, etc. to suit your Sims.
- DO NOT post my houses on any other website, without my approval.
Lots contain basic furniture, minimum to be livable: cheapest possible wall paint, doors, windows, tables, counters, and best possible functional items such as sofa, TV, chairs, beds, etc, while keeping price under $20,000 (budget of starter families). Purely decorative items such as lights and windows curtains does not exist.
|Starter Home 1×2
aka Best Starter Home
|Starter Home 2×2||2×2||$19,985||80||–||2||1||4||North||base||Apr 2013|
|a||Starter Home 1×1||1×1||$19,970||67||–||1||1||2||South||base||July 2012|
|Shotgun Starter Home 1×2||1×2||$20,000||88||–||2||1||4||North||base||Sep 2013|
All houses build with top-end furnishing to maximize comfort for your sims. Beside basic furnishing, most houses also contain swimming pool, computers, easel, piano, lights, window curtains, etc. Due to this reason, all houses have comparable price $100,000 – $150,000 nearly proportional with floor area.
Excessive use of decorative items is avoided (expensive paintings and statues), they can be found only in high-end buildings such as Palace Trianon Floresti and Savarsin Castle.
|American Single-Story||2×2||$96,142||131||28||2||1||3-4||East||NL||Aug 2012|
|American Two-Story||2×2||$129,744||218||28||3||3||4-6||East||NL||Oct 2012|
|DELETED||Asymmetrical House I||2×2||$126,428||212||28||2-3||2||4-6||South||base||Feb 2012|
|DELETED||Asymmetrical House II||2×2||$125,335||172||48||2||2||4||West||base||Sep 2012|
|Asymmetrical House III||2×3||$146,328||248||35||3-4||3||6-8||West||NL||April 2013|
|Asymmetrical House IV||2×2||$126,392||204||28||2-4||2||6||North||base||July 2013|
|Home Alone House
|House on a Tiny Lot I||1×2||~$100,000||164||–||2||2||6||South||base||2011|
|House on a Tiny Lot II||1×2||$90,410||128||18||2||2||4||North||base||July 2012|
|House on a Tiny Lot III
(Large house on a tiny lot)
|House on a Tiny Lot IV||1×2||U/C||138||18||2-3||2||4||North||base||mid-2013|
|L-House edition 2008||2×2||~$110,000||224||?||2||2||6||South||base||2008|
|Modern Symmetry||2×3||$162,099||260||42||4||3||8||North||OFB||Oct 2012|
|Nazi House||3×4||$190,116||272||68||2||4h||8||South||NL||Aug 2012|
|Palace I Trianon Floresti
|Palace II||3×4||$286,486||472||166||4||3||8||North||UL, NL||2012|
|Palace III Trianon Floresti
|3×3||~$300,000||?||4-5||4||8||North||NL, AL||Sep 2018|
|Symmetrical House Brick||2×2||$128,047||232||35||3||2||4-6||South||base||2012|
|Symmetrical House Palace||2×2||$176,992||244||30||4||3||8||South||base||2012|
|Symmetrical House Rustic||2×2||$95,324||156||35||2||2||4-6||South||base||2012|
|Symmetrical House Siding||2×2||$113,151||200||35||2||2||4-6||South||base||2012|
|Terrace House 1×1||1×1||$72,738||122||–||2||2||4||South||base||Oct 2012|
|Terrace Classic||1×2||$110,390||196||–||2||2||4-6||South||base||Early 2012|
|Terrace Modern||1×2||$103,502||188||–||2||2||4-6||North||base||Early 2012|
|The Cube of Glass I||2×2||~$128,000||256||104||open
|The Cube of Glass II||2×3||~$160,000||188||72||open
Like normal houses, they are also furnished with high-end furniture.
|First Apartment||3×3||~$525,000||288×4||?||3||3||6-8||South||AL||Dec 2011|
|Second Apartment||2×3||~$360,000||166×4||?||2||2||4||West||AL||Jul 2012|
|Third Apartment||3×3||$516,355||204×4||?||3||3||6||South||AL||Sep 2012|
|Realistic Apartment Block||3×2||?||107×4||–||2-3||2||4||South||AL||Apr 2013|
|to be added||Palace of Culture
|to be added||Housing Complex||3×3||U/C||?||?||2||2||4||North||AL||2013|
|Semi-Detached with garage||4×3||unfinished||210×4||30×4||2||2||4||East||AL||2012|
Lots built purely for neighborhood decoration or to showcase my architectural design skills. Some buildings are calculated to be the biggest possible within the limit of 2100 wall segments and 15 floors. Their interiors does not contains rooms, stairs, or any furniture, but just lights to take night screenshots.
|Palace of the Parliament
|Palace of the Empire||6×5||~$400,000||4746||–||–||–||–||North||AL||May
|World Trade Center||5×5||$141,813||?||–||–||–||–||East||UL||Jun
|Empire State Building||3×3||$95,804.||?||–||–||–||–||South||UL||Jun
|The Empire Tower||3×3||$154,185||?||–||–||–||–||South||UL||Jun
|The Imperial Tower||3×2||$100.339||?||–||–||–||–||North||UL||Jun
|The Pinnacle Tower||3×3||?||?||–||–||–||–||North||UL||Jun
|The Vertical Tower||3×2||$93.156||?||–||–||–||–||North||UL||Jun
List of The Sims 3 houses made by me
The houses made by Teoalida are designed with minimal or even NO expansion packs when possible, to maximize compatibility. I uninstalled all expansion packs to build basegame-only houses. Later I realized that was not necessary to uninstall, I could use AnyGameStarter to create mini-games with selected expansion packs.
I hate simmers who design simple starter homes using all 16 expansion and stuff packs.
NO Custom Content in my houses.
Because some simmers hate CC.
All my houses are fully furnished, except the ones built solo for decorative purposes.
Because most houses are small and designed to optimize furniture placements, without furniture I could not do design the house. If you want them unfurnished, just put a family in them then evict family, the furniture will gone.
Due to large number of houses made in 2012 and later, and limited time for games, I do not have time to playtest EVERY house. I have good eyes to assume that they are functional and do not miss any item not even the small ones like alarm clock, fire alarm, telephone, etc. If you download them and find errors, report them by leaving a comment on house page.
Review of houses built by other people:
I have spent many hours browsing other people’s content posted on www.modthesims.info trying to get inspiration. I see a lot of crappy houses getting positive comments from idiots praising unessential details. Houses with messy floor plans, oversized houses with bad furniture placements, even worse, no sofa facing TV, just two diagonal sofas that cannot be used for watching TV.
Apparently some people built the houses to look like (a bad) real life, rather than for playing Sims in them. You will NOT find such stupidities in my houses!
This is the KING of idiots:
I recently told myself I don’t need any more houses b/c my lots bin is full of houses I rarely use. But none of them are purple (it’s my favorite color). And my neighborhoods are sorely lacking in purple houses. (source).
He couldn’t repaint walls of any existing house!!??