Pyramid house 3×3 W 268

Inspired from Egypt pyramids or Luxor Hotel from Las Vegas, this The Sims house is shaped like a pyramid and feature 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, so it can be home for families up to 8 Sims. Made in October 2018, this is the first house designed by me where I decorated interior in stone and bricks, instead of wood and carpet seen in most of my houses. The interior receive daylight via windows even if the windows are not visible from outside, because are under roof.

Day view Night view
First floor Second floor
Dining room Living room

Lot size: 3×3.
Lot facing: West.
House price: $138,048 furnished, $32,843 unfurnished.
House size: 14×17.
Floor area: 268 squares (208 squares first floor, 60 squares second floor, excluding 4 squares void).
Expansions required: none, base game only.

My first The Sims 3 house

In April 2013, after several dozens hours of extensive studying of Sims behavior on 3 experimental houses made by me, using two families of 2 and 8 sims, plus the pre-made ones, I made my first (final) house in The Sims 3.

I hate The Sims 3 lot sizes, for being too big. Look at this, I used the smallest standard-sized lot available in game (20×30) to build an oversized house with 258 square meters for 6 Sims (with possibility to add 2 more beds), 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, carpark for 2 cars, pool, BBQ, etc. I say oversized because 6 Sims normally need 200 squares.

Error: the two doorways near staircase may appear half-walled, I placed using the cheat “moveobjects on”, because of The Sims 3 limitations, this was working well in The Sims 2.

 
 
 

Lot size: 20×30.
Lot price: about $170.000.
House size: 16×12.
Floor area: 258 squares + 35 squares of terraces + 8 squares of void.
Expansions required: none, The Sims 3 base game only.

Terraced Houses 1×2

Do you thought that is impossible to built terraced houses aka townhomes in The Sims 2?

I built 2 of them, with classic and modern architecture. Both houses are composed by living, dining, kitchen, two 6×5 bedrooms, two small bathrooms, 1 extra room, and hallways (hallways are uncommon in my houses). Designed for a family of 4 to 6 sims. You can add extra beds for 8+ sims in the existing bedrooms, or reconfigure the two 6×5 bedrooms in three 4×5 bedrooms, but the living and dining are not big enough for more than 6 sims.

These houses were built on larger lots then the lot was shrunk using Lot Adjuster, which allows reducing the non-buildable area with 1 square. You cannot built walls on lot limits, but you can make buildings that apparently continue from one lot to another. Looks nice in neighborhood view!
See also Tutorial to build row houses in The Sims 2.

Terrace Classic

Lot size: 1×2.
Lot facing: South.
House price: $110.390.
Floor area: 196 squares (excluding 4 squares staircase void).
Expansions needed: none, just base game only.

 
 

Terrace Modern

Lot size: 1×2.
Lot facing: North.
House price: $103.502.
Floor area: 188 squares (excluding 4 squares staircase void).
Expansions needed: none, just base game only.

 
 

Suggestion: if you have Open for Business or Apartment Life, change the windows to the more modern ones, delete the 4-step floor on the roof and replace it with split-level foundation (I have them, but I love to design houses without expansions).

Also, you can redecorate the interior, walls and floors, I think that is poorly decorated.

Starter Home

The Sims 3 starter house under $20.000 designed for a family up to 4 sims. For the non-functional items (counters, table, windows, floors, wall paint) I used the cheapest items to save money for the best possible furniture items that fit in a $20.000 house. Similar like Best Starter Home 2×2 made in The Sims 2.

  

Lot size: 10×20.
Lot price: furnished $19.103.
House size: 8×10.
Floor area: 80 squares.
Expansions required: none, The Sims 3 base game only.

Asymmetrical House 2×2

Third edition of Asymmetrical House, made in July 2013, improved with better interior layout and more rooms, it is one of the most efficient house layouts made by me. Living, dining, kitchen, 4 bedrooms upstairs and 2 bathrooms. Every room have 2 doors to prevent traffic jams. Originally intended for families of 4 sims, it proved enough spacious so I added an extra bed, for 6 sims.

 
 
 
 

Lot size: 2×2.
Lot facing: North.
House price: $126,392 (entrance at living) / $127,479 (entrance at dining).
House size: 12×10
Floor area: 204 squares + 24 / 30 squares of terraces.
Pool area: 28 squares.
Expansions required: none, just base game only.

House on a Tiny 1×2 Lot IV

This is an improved version of Tiny House I which was criticized for lack of realism and too few rooms, combined with the beautiful style of Tiny House II. Home plan designed with separate kitchen and 3 bedrooms at upper floor, and completed with a small swimming pool  Designed for families up to 4 Sims.

 
 
 

Lot size: 1×2.
Lot facing: North.
House price: $92,851 in base game, $92,420 in Ultimate Collection, $18,167 unfurnished.
Floor area: 138 squares + 6 squares of staircase void.
Pool area: 18 squares.
Expansions required: none, just base game only.

PS: I do not know how to create such small lots like 1×2. I downloaded them from ModTheSims.info (Mini residential lots by MaryLou).

Best Starter Home 2×2 N 80

Starter house under $20.000 designed for a family up to 4 sims. This home floor plan with 2 bedrooms is more realistic than previous Best starter home 1×2. Made in April 2013.

The 2×2 lot costs $1600. The empty house costs $6971, for the non-functional items (counters, table, windows, floors, wall paint) I used the cheapest items to save money for the best possible furniture items that fit in a $20.000 house.

Tips: as soon you move the family in this house, sell one bed, buy a computer instead, to find a greater variety of jobs, after each adult have a job, sell the computer and buy back the bed until midnight.

If you have expansion packs, use the cheat “roofslopeangle 15“, will look nicer with less pitched roof.


Lot size: 2×2.
Lot facing: North.
House price: $19.985 furnished, $6.971 unfurnished.
House size: 8×10.
Floor area: 80 squares.
Expansions required: none, base game only.

Tiny House

My second The Sims 3 home, inspired by exterior of Tiny House I ‎and interior of Tiny House II built by me in The Sims 2.
I used the smallest lot available in Sunset Valley (16×18) instead of regular 20×30 lot, to make it compatible with possible 20×20 lots in other worlds. Feel free to decorate landscape after placing in your desired lot size.

 
 
 

Lot size: 16×18 (smallest lot in Sunset Valley).
House price: furnished $72.134, unfurnished $36.982, but when I built it, it was around $90.000.
House size: 6×14.
Floor area: 138 squares + 24 squares of terraces + 6 squares of void.
Expansions required: none, The Sims 3 base game only.

House on a Tiny 1×2 Lot III

On a tiny 1×2 lot I built a large, extremely fat and cubish house, completed with pool and hot tub. A good home for a family with 6 sims with a possibility to add 2 extra single beds, but there are not enough bathrooms for 8 sims.

I used LotAdjuster to maximize buildable area, as I did for Terraced Houses, but this one is intended as detached home. Made in October 2012.

 
 

Lot size: 1×2.
Lot facing: North.
House price: $141,521 in base game, $140,828 in Ultimate Collection, $24,785 unfurnished.
Floor area: 188 squares, excluding 4 squares of staircase void.
Pool area: 20 squares.
Expansions required: none, just base game only.

PS: I do not know how to create such small lots like 1×2. I downloaded them from ModTheSims.info (Mini residential lots by MaryLou).

Terraced House 1×1 122

Do you think that is impossible to built townhouse / rowhouse in The Sims 2?

These houses were built on larger lots then the lot was shrunk using Lot Adjuster, which allows reducing the non-buildable area with 1 square, making possible buildings that apparently continue from one lot to another.

The living-dining-kitchen area use an award-winning diagonal design to create the smallest house in the world of The Sims that offer comfort for a family of 4 sims!! Made in October 2012.

 
 

Lot size: 1×1.
Lot facing: South.
House price: $72,738.
House size: 8×8.
Floor area: 122 squares (excluding 4 squares of staircase void).
Expansions required: none, just base game only.

PS: I do not know how to create such small lots like 1×2. I downloaded them from ModTheSims.info (Mini residential lots by MaryLou).

Symmetrical House 2×2 Palace

Part of the series of 2×2 symmetrical houses, this one is the largest. This is an example of how a small 2×2 lot can fit a large house suitable for large families of 8 Sims, plus pool and garage. Notice how the space reserved for garage is integrated in a house with foundation. I used the cheat boolprop constrainfloorelevation false/true.

 
 

Lot size: 2×2.
Lot facing: South.
House price: $176,992.
House size: 16×10.
Floor area: 204 squares plus garage 40 squares (excluding 4 squares of staircase void).
Pool area: 30 squares.
Expansions required: none, just base game only.

Shotgun Starter Home 1×2 N 88

The Sims starter home under $20.000 designed for a family up to 4 sims, modeled based on shotgun houses, originating from New Orleans and common in south states from 1830s to 1920s, single-story, 3-4 meters wide and 20+ meters long, having 3-5 rooms in row, entrances in the endmost rooms and no hallways.

In The Sims 2 house I cheated a little and made entrance in the second room, for purpose of layout optimization.

 
 

Lot size: 1×2.
Lot facing: North.
House price: $20.000 furnished, $? unfurnished.
House size: 6×14.
Floor area: 88 squares.
Expansions required: none, base game only.

PS: I do not know how to create such small lots like 1×2. I downloaded them from ModTheSims.info (Mini residential lots by MaryLou).

Symmetrical House 2×2 Brick

Part of the series of 2×2 symmetrical houses, this one with marble walls. Designed for a family of 4-6 Sims. Upper floor is composed by 5 rooms and possible to put beds for 8 people but the living and dining rooms may be not big enough, also will be not enough bathrooms for them.

 
 

Lot size: 2×2.
Lot facing: South.
House price:
$128,047.
House size: 14×10.
Floor area: 232 squares, excluding 8 squares of void.
Pool area: 35 squares.
Expansions required: none, just base game only.

Symmetrical House 2×2 Siding

Part of the series of 2×2 symmetrical houses, this one in american style with siding wall covers. Designed for a family of 4-6 Sims, you can put two extra single beds in the existing bedrooms.

 
 

Lot size: 2×2.
Lot facing: South.
House price: $113,151.
House size: 14×9.
Floor area: 200 squares, excluding 8 squares of staircase void.
Pool area: 35 squares.
Expansions required: none, just base game only.

Helluva Hacienda 3×3 W 236 (Maxis inspired)

This is not a makeover, it is inspired… I made a home similar with Maxis-made Helluva Hacienda from The Sims 2 house bin, in terms of U-Shaped and architecture style, but different building size and different pool position. Made in July 2012.

The resulted home is a masterpiece in space efficiency. A family of 8 can live in a home less than 200 squares. The secret is by making floor plan with rooms no more than 4 squares wide. This The Sims home is composed by six 7×4 rooms and one 8×6 room, at the upper floor is another 8×6 room left empty.

 

Lot size: 3×3.
Lot facing: West.
House price: $169.604.
House size: 20×19 squares
Floor area: 192 squares + empty room 44 squares on upper floor.
Pool area: 72 squares.
Expansions requires: none, only base game.

Best Starter Home 1×2 S 84

This is the best possible starter home, under $20.000 designed for a family up to 4 sims. The 1×2 lot costs only $300 (the 1×1 lot costs $-400 but is too small). The empty home costs $5469, so $14.500 remained for furnishing. For the non-functional items (counters, table, windows, floors, wall paint) I used the cheapest items to save money for better furniture. Made in 2011 in the same time with Tiny House I having same ground footprint.

Even better 2012 version: removed not-so-necessary computer, changed the 2-sided roof to a 4-sided roof to eliminate attic walls and save money. Beds and toilets replaced with better items, added some lights (I have noticed drop of environment score during night if the room is dark).

Lot size: 1×2.
Lot facing: South.
House price: $19.989.
House size: 6×14.
Floor area: 84 squares.

PS: I do not know how to create such small lots like 1×2. I downloaded them from ModTheSims.info (Mini residential lots by MaryLou).

House on a Tiny 1×2 Lot I

I made this house in 2011 to show the potential of tiny 1×2 lots! My first house on such small lot, designed for my family of 6 sims. See also Tiny House IV by same concept, but improved with pool and better interior design.

I do not know how to create such small lots, I just downloaded them from ModTheSims2.com.

 
 

Lot size: 1×2.
Lot facing: South.
House price: about $100.000.
House size: 6×14.
Floor area: 164 squares.
Expansion needed: none, works with base game only.

PS: I do not know how to create such small lots like 1×2. I downloaded them from ModTheSims.info (Mini residential lots by MaryLou).

Starter home 1×1 S 67

Tiny house on a 1×1 lot designed for a family with 2 sims. Notice the efficient usage of the space under staircase. Size: 67 squares (not including 5 squares of staircase void). Designed in July 2012.

 
 

Lot size: 1×1.
Lot facing: South.
Lot price: $9.919 (with minimal and cheapest furniture) / 19.970 (having best possible furniture without exceeding $20.000, including computer and lights, as shown in photos).
Building size: 6×6 squares.
Floor area: 67 squares.
Expansions requires: none, only base game.

PS: I do not know how to create such small lots like 1×2. I downloaded them from ModTheSims.info (Mini residential lots by MaryLou).

Federal Fortress 3×3 452 (Maxis makeover)

I hate the Maxis-made houses, but the Federal Fortress looked nice, as I love symmetrical houses. I noticed that others did makeovers too, but they kept land size that is 4×4, a waste of land. Also they renovated it using some expansion packs. Personally I made it more beautiful without using any expansion pack, meaning that the house is compatible with any game.

Personally I rebuilt the house from scratch, on a 3×3 lot, while keeping the house size, as well as fireplaces and windows positions. Stair layout was maintained but I placed narrow stairs. I also added a outer alley and a 20×5 pool. The first floor 2-square wide hallways were converted into bathrooms while the second floor 2-square wide hallway was enlarged to a usable 4-square wide room. Third floor attic space was also maximized and converted into 2 bedrooms. Total: up to 6 bedrooms.

Suitable for families up to 8 sims. There is plenty of space remaining for extra items if you have expansion packs.

  
  

Lot size: 3×3.
Lot facing: North.
Lot price: $259.942.
Building size: 16×12 squares.
Floor area: 452 squares.
Pool area: 100 squares.
Expansions requires: none, only base game.

House on a Tiny 1×2 Lot II

I has been criticized for making too squarish houses with too few rooms, so in July 2012 I decided to improve the original Tiny Lot House, now the house is even smaller and include also a pool. Kitchen is separated from living-dining while the upper floor plan are 3 rooms accessible via a small hallway. Designed for families of 4 Sims. You can put one single bed in each bedroom, but I recommend putting two beds in one bedroom and use other room for other purposes. This was a spontaneous idea, aka house made without pre-planning.

 
 

Lot size: 1×2.
Lot price: $93,010 in base game, $92,579 in Ultimate Collection, $17,636 unfurnished.
House size: 6×12.
Floor area: 128 squares + 12 squares of balconies (excluding 4 squares staircase void).
Pool size: 18 squares.
Expansions needed: none, just base game only.

PS: I do not know how to create such small lots like 1×2. I downloaded them from ModTheSims.info (Mini residential lots by MaryLou).

L-Shaped house – Edition 2008

Since The Sims 1 era, the L-shaped houses were the basic accommodation for my family of 6 sims (I was playing 1 family all time), with pool, stairway leading to balcony, and I loved to fill entire courtyard with flowers.

See  my first The Sims 2 house‎ (2005). This is 2008 version designed to be balanced between home efficiency and realism / beautifulness.

 
 

Lot size: 2×2.
Lot facing: South.
House price: about $110.000.
House size: 8×16 squares.
Floor area: 224 squares.
Expansion needed: base game only.

My first The Sims 2 house

I found these pictures while browsing old folders in my computer. They date back from 2005, taken with in-game camera so no high resolution available and no download link.

Since 2003 when I got The Sims 1, most of my houses were L-shaped with balcony and external staircase, and whole courtyard was filled up with flowers. This was the first house I build shortly after I installed the new The Sims 2, I created a 3×3 lot and started building… testing how tall I can go. It resulted a 24×6 squares house with basement, 4 floors and roof terrace. Lots of useless furnishing were spread through house, duplicating items, creating a very inefficient house where sims were wasting half of their lives going up and down on stairs.

 

A more efficient version of traditional home is the L-shaped house 2008 measuring 16×8 squares on 2×2 lot and only 2 floors.