Palace III 5×5 (Trianon 2013)

After several critics regarding Palace II‘s lack of elegance, and Palace I‘s messy floor plan, too few rooms, non-rectangular rooms and bad interior design, I decided in April 2013 to build a new The Sims model of Trianon Palace from Floresti, Romania, built by Cantacuzino Family in 1910 and abandoned (more details).

I broke my personal record of the most expensive house in The Sims 2. I have playtested it and modified it twice in May and for third time in July, before publishing on my website, to be sure that will be awesome.

 
 

This time I slightly broke away from the design of the real palace, I changed building shape, for enhancing its beautifulness and help the furniture layout, I have put trees all around the pool (the real palace have no tree around fountain), and compared with the 2009 Palace, the building grew 2 squares in width and 1 square in depth, and got 6 extra rooms.

There are now 19 rooms in total: 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 1 HUGE ballroom, 6 additional rooms, 4 hallways. All rooms are connected with double doors to prevent traffic jams, as it is designed for large families of 8 sims.

The sun is now from street side (because the back terrace was anyway in darkness due to roof).

WARNING: I do not recommend this building for normal playing, it is HUGE and inefficient like how beautiful it is, send Sims in bad mood due to time wasted walking around. Also beware of utility bills, they cost about $1200.

Facade and palace floor plans

  
  

Palace interior design

  
  
  

Lot size: 5×5.
Lot facing: South.
House size: 28 x 21 squares.
Floor area: 672 squares (426 lower 246 upper) + 124 squares of terraces  + 128 squares of void.
Pool area: 234 squares (28 x 13) + 6 squares islands.

Basic version made with Nightlife
House price: $506.907 (unfurnished $189.416).
Expansions required: Nightlife only.

Enhanced version (shown in above pictures): added cornices, different paint for disco room (from Apartment Life), guitars, drum kit (from University).
Lot price: $533.989 (unfurnished $189.237).
Expansions required: University, Nightlife, Apartment Life.

The REAL palace I inspired my The Sims 2 palace from

Construction started from 1907, it was abandoned after World War I while still being under construction, windows and interior finishes never done, it was destroyed by 1977 earthquake when 4 of its 5 chimneys collapsed over internal walls, but major destruction occurred after fall of communism in 1989 by local people stealing bricks from internal walls, leaving only exterior marble walls standing. Read more on Palace Trianon Floresti page.

Palatul Cantacuzino Micul Trianon Floresti

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).

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).

American Home 2×2 E 131

Is possible to have a single-story house with driveway and swimming pool, on a 2×2 lot? YES! Designed in August 2012 for a family of 4 Sims, in American Style: asymmetrical, asymmetrical, siding wall covers, front porch and carport. Improved September 2018 changing furniture and removing fences.




Original 2012 version
 

Lot size: 2×2.
Lot facing: East.
House price: $95,068 in base game, $94,949 in ultimate collection, $19,002 unfurnished.
House size: 16×14.
Floor area: 131 squares + 8 squares of terraces (excluding 8 squares staircase 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.

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.