Apartment block U-shaped

An apartment block intelligently designed to make its external shape as complex is possible, 44 segments of facade, while internal rooms are all rectangular. It feature a very efficient floor plan with two big rooms living and dining 7×6 squares, three bedrooms 4×4 squares, two bathrooms 4×2 an 3×2 squares, each room having 2 doors to other rooms to prevent sims getting stuck.





Lot size: 3×3.
Lot facing: North.
Lot price: $425,975, unfurnished $96,863.
Rental price: $2,868
Building size: 26×21.
Apartment sizes: 146 squares plus 8 squares balcony.
Floor area: 660 squares (excluding 29 squares of void).
Pool area: 68 squares.
Expansions required: Apartment Life.

Home Alone house 3×3 S 396

Real Home Alone HouseI built in The Sims 2 the famous house of Kevin McCallister from favorite movies: Home Alone 1 & 2, in September 2012, after I got its location and floor plan. A luxury property for families up to 8 sims, decorated including the rear garage and minivan seen in movie, but it resulted a messy floor plan.

Home Alone house address: 671 Lincoln Street, Winnetka, Illinois. A 2-story house plus attic and basement, 4250 square feet, built in 1921.

Most of interior shots were not made in the real house, instead the interior has been rebuilt in a filming studio, featuring a slightly different floor plan, for doing stunts and setting traps easier.

See floorplan of real house, and of movie house.

Home Alone House day Home Alone House facade Home Alone House rear
Home Alone House night Home Alone House first floor plan Home Alone House second floor plan

Lot size: 3×3.
Lot facing: South
House price: $213,496.
House size: 20×12.
Floor area: 396 squares + 40 squares garage + 34 squares terraces.
Pool area: 72 squares.
Expansions required: Nightlife only (The Sims 2 Deluxe).

Săvârşin Castle 3×3 S 451

This is a The Sims 2 replica of the castle located in Săvârşin vilage in Romania. Built in 17th century, it was owned by various Hungarian noble families. Rebuilt in current form in 1860, it was purchased by King Michael I of Romania in 1944, confiscated by communists in 1948, then given back to King’s family in 2001. Restoration works were made from 2007 to 2015, changing castle color from yellow to white.







Real castle measure 40 x 18 meters with balcony on south side, and lies in middle of a 6.5 hectare park and do not have any lake, pool or fountain. No floor plan of real castle is available online or any information about number of rooms.

The Sims 2 castle measure 26 x 12 squares but have exactly same number of windows like real palace, and balcony is in north side to prevent shadows, while at south side I added a swimming pool like in most of houses built by me. Front yard measure 8 squares to allow you adding carport if you want.

Designed in September 2018, it have 4 bedrooms for families up to 8 sims, 4 bathrooms, living room, dining room with 12 seats, 3 TVs, 2 pianos, 2 desks with computers, 2 empty desks, etc.

Lot size: 3×3.
Lot facing: North.
House price: $371,129, unfurnished $86,912.
House size: 26×12.
Floor area: 451 squares (excluding 29 squares of void).
Pool area: 68 squares.
Expansions required: Nightlife and Apartment Life.

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.

The Pinnacle Tower

The Pinnacle Tower is the largest of the series of skyscrapers I build in The Sims 2. Because the game do not display in neighborhood view flooring above 150 steps from ground, had to cover building using a pitched roof. 15 floors is the maximum height possible using SetHighestAllowedLevel cheat, without crashing game.

The Sims 2 skyscraper The Sims 2 skyscraper neighhorhood view

Lot size: 3×3
Lot facing: North.
House price: $?.
Expansions required: University only.

The Empire Tower

The Empire Tower is a The Sims 2 optimized version of Empire State Building, because the game do not display in neighborhood view flooring above 150 steps from ground, had to cover building using a pitched roof. 15 floors is the maximum height possible using SetHighestAllowedLevel cheat, without crashing game. Sister building with Imperial Tower.

Empire Building Empire Building

Lot size: 3×3
Lot facing: South.
House price: $154.185.
Expansions required: University only.

Empire State Building

The Sims is a game meant to build houses, but I can also build a skyscraper. Well… I had to downsize it from 86 floors + 16 floors spire, to 9 floors + 3 floor spire.

empire State Building

Lot size: 3×3
Lot facing: South.
House price: $95.804.
Expansions required: University only.

Apartment block

How does look a BIG BLOCK in the Sunset Valley? Too small in my opinion! This because of thew sprawl of all The Sims 3 worlds, too big spaces between lots.

Apartment-like block built for visual experiment. In The Sims 3 there is no cheat of building more than 5 floors so this is the tallest building I can make.

 
 

Lot size: 30×30.
Lot price: furnished $130.249.

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.

Teoalida’s third apartment block

A new apartment block made in September 2012, improved version of my first apartment. Same overall building size, but without front/back symmetry. I solved the problem with pool access by placing it in front of block. I used better interior design, without L-shaped split-level stair that caused jams, and I added cornices around balconies to enhance beautifulness.

I placed a dining table and cooking facility in common area, intended for being used only by building administrator. I do not know if is a good idea. If your sims go outside to cook or serve food, please delete it.

Duplex apartments with 3 bedrooms, designed for 6-8 sims (you can add one extra single bed in each bedroom).

 
 
 
 
 

Lot size: 3×3.
Lot facing: South.
Lot price: $516.355.
Building size: 22×12 (excluding balconies).
Apartment sizes: 204 squares plus 16 squares of balcony, not including staircase void.
Rental fees: $3955-3960.
Expansion needed: Apartment Life only.


Visually-enhanced version:
Replaced wall paint with items from Mansion and Garden
Replaced balcony rail with items from Mansion and Garden
Replaced balcony floor with items from Pets
Replaced entrance staircase
Replaced windows with the very beautiful The Embrasure by Ergo Mid (custom content)

Teoalida’s first apartment block

In december 2011, after 3 years of little attention paid to gaming, I installed The Sims 2: Apartment Life. I love the expansion pack, but I hate the Maxis-built apartments, for several reasons:

– Overall ugly buildings, few and small windows, some lots are entirely paved, no green space.
– Most apartments looks small, being designed for max 2 sims.
– Bad layout causing them to look crammed (furniture placed in middle of room).
– Stairwell placed at back of building (waste of time – kids risk to lose school bus).
– Stairwell lobby is unrealistically big, common area on ground floor cause problems.
– Insufficient dining table in apartments and a dining table on ground floor cause problems (sims go downstairs to serve food – waste of time).

So I had to design myself PROPER apartments, this being the first one.

Four identical double-storey apartments, composed by 3+1 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, designed for families of 6-8 sims (one room is empty, two extra single beds can be placed). They are not very big, but the layout is designed to maximize space efficiency and furniture placements, and the block have Modernist / Art Deco style. Now I need to create four 8-sim families for the supreme test!

Note: L-shaped staircase cause problems, bathrooms are small and the door is unrealistic placed. See the Third apartment block, an improved version.

 
 

Lot size: 3×3.
Lot facing: South.
Building price: about $525.000.
Building size: 22×14.
Apartment floor area: 288 squares + 32 squares of terraces.
Rental fees: $4.650 with small differences, no idea from where they came, since the apartments are identical.
Expansions required: Apartment Life only.

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.

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.