Modern Symmetry 2×3 N 260

My second Modern House, a more realistic version of The Cube of Glass, now having internal walls instead of open floor plan. This home contains four bedrooms, three bathrooms, and plenty of unused space should be enough even for a family of eight Sims. Made in October 2012.

  
  

Lot size: 2×3.
Lot facing: North
House price: $162.099.
House size: 14×12.
Floor area: 260 squares, plus 38 squares of terraces.
Pool area: 42 squares.
Expansion needed: Open for Business.
Custom Content recommended: The Embrasure by Ergo Privacy.

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.

American Home 2×2 E 218

The larger version of American single-story home. Designed in October 2012 for a family of 6 Sims, in American Style: asymmetrical, siding wall cover, front porch and carport. Improved September 2018 changing furniture and removing fences.



Original 2012 version
  

Lot size: 2×2.
Lot facing: East.
House price: $140,850 when built, $140,419 in Ultimate Collection, $28,635 unfurnished.
House size: 16×11.
Floor area: 218 squares + 8 squares of terraces (excluding 8 squares of void).
Pool area: 28 squares.
Expansions required: Nightlife only (The Sims 2 Deluxe).

Nazi House 3×4 S 272

Been criticized for making too simple and squarish homes, I came with idea to design a Swastika-shaped building. Made in August 2012, redesigned September 2018 to remove fences and redesign pool.

Despite of the overall building shape offensive for some people, the home interior design is beautifully decorated using a theme with light wood and white. 4-square wide rooms create a compact but efficient layout even for large families of 8 sims in just 272 squares of floor area.

How many swastikas can you count in this house?

Note that Swastika is a religious symbol used since ancient times and should be NOT associated with Nazi Germany… or do you have Nazi Sims? This house is for you!

Nazi Swastika Building Swastika Nazi House

Lot size: 3×4.
Lot facing: South.
House price: $182,512.
House size: 20×20.
Floor area: 272 squares.
Pool area: 68 squares.
Expansions required: Nightlife 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.

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.

Asymmetrical House 2×3

This home is a spontaneous idea (house built without any pre-planning) made after a friend criticized my The Sims homes for being unrealistic, too much symmetry, too bright colors, told me to use brick. There are 5 rooms in the house, which may be used as 3 bedrooms, 1 den, 1 disco room. Made in April 2013. Redesigned in September 2018 to remove fences and dark green grass and replace bricks with siding.


Lot size: 2×3.
Lot facing: East.
House price: $143,805.
House size: 14 x 16 squares.
Floor area: 248 squares + 32 squares garage + 4 squares void + 4 squares enclosed room.
Pool area: 35 squares.
Expansions required: Nightlife 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).

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.

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.

The Cube of Glass

The Sims 2 graphics are beautiful during night, especially in a house plenty of windows. So how about a house with glass walls and open floor plan? A simple home composed by one noisy lower floor and one quiet upper floor, made with Open for Business in June 2012.

This UGLY CUBE is actually a very efficient home even for a family of 8, in size of 288 squares… do you have questions, especially about bladder?

Lot size: 2×2.
Lot facing: West.
House price: $128.000.
Floor area: 288 squares.
Expansions required: Open for Business.

 
 

Two new versions made in July 2012, the cube was rebuilt rebuilt more beautiful now on a 2×3 lot. A masterpiece of modern architecture in The Sims 2?

Lot size: 2×3.
Lot facing: West.
House price: about $160.000.
Floor area: 288 squares (excluding the unusable space in decorative columns.
Expansions required: Open for Business.

 

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.