The Sims 2 is my favorite game, I play it since 2005 and built over 40 houses which I offer them for free download on this website. Beside playing in normal way, I also built urban neighborhoods with apartment-like blocks.
I played also The Sims 1 in 2003-2005 too and made nice houses, but I don’t think that worth to post here because who play that crap game anymore? I never entered in The Sims 1 since I received The Sims 2 from a friend.
I started playing The Sims 3 in January 2013, but I didn’t enjoyed it like The Sims 2. I stopped playing all games in late 2013 due to responsibilities of adult life. but I keep the website running, for other kids, and may do occasional changes.
I compiled this neighborhood using all the The Sims houses built by me (plus few downloaded houses). It is messy at this moment (except the apartment complex). 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 a lot of hills. 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. I will post more screenshots later.
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.
The idea: since long time ago I was planning to built a nice-looking neighborhood with multiple clusters each in one architecture (1 cluster siding, 1 cluster rustic, 1 cluster modern, etc), and I need to design at least 2 or 4 different shaped houses for each architectural style. Unfortunately, I never got enough time and imagination to do this.
A cause of messy looking because of dilemma: how to fence houses? Original idea was to make living fence all around the sidewalk, but this caused additional work to add/remove fences where houses are side-by-side. Since 2012 I switched to regular dark wood fence. Or maybe I should not use any kind of fence?
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!
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.
List of The Sims 3 houses made by me
U/C = under construction, houses built but unhappy of results so I may rebuild them later.
Bath 2h/4h = Separate rooms for bathtub and toilet, allow more efficient use of baths 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).
The houses are made 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, 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.
History of The Sims 2 house design
For a long period of time, I played The Sims 2 using a family of 6 sims, thus, most of my early houses had 3 double beds. Usually 2 bedrooms with a common area between them (example L-Shaped House).
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.
For a moment I thought about making smaller houses with space only for 4 beds.
In 2012 I got first major feedback about my houses.
Complaints about messy floor plans. So I try to make rooms rectangular, for realism and beautifulness.
Complaints 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!).
Complaints about lack of diversity. Now I have diverse house sizes, from 1×1 home (67 squares) to Palace II (472 squares).
Complaints about decorative. I admit, I pay attention to architecture and living conditions based by Sims rules, rather than decorating realistically.
Review of houses built by other people:
I have spent many hours browsing other’s content 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!!??