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

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.

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.

Palace of the Parliament 6×5

I noticed that nobody build in The Sims 2 a replica of my country’s Parliament Palace, the second largest building in the world, after Pentagon, and largest administrative building in the world, so I made it by my own.

The interior is not furnished, except several ceiling lights added to take night shots. I do not know how to decorate a building of this size, too big even for being converted in apartment building, it is unplayable, due to its size the game runs slow like hell (at least on my computer, 2 fps at normal playing speed when entire building fits on screen).

Palace of the Parliament day front Palace of the Parliament night top Palace of the Parliament day back
Palace of the Parliament night front Palace of the Parliament night entrance Palace of the Parliament night back

Lot size: 6×5.
Lot facing: South.
Lot price: $449,179.
Building size: 48×42 squares.
Floor area: 2584 squares (900 squares on first and second floor, 308 squares on third and fourth floor, 84 squares on fifth and sixth floor).
Wall segments: about 1600 (limit is 2100).

Real parliament building

The real Palace of the Parliament is 270 meters long and 230 meters wide, 12 floors and 86 meters high, floor area of 340.000 square meters. A schematic floor plan can be seen on cdep.ro.

I counted windows and came with idea to design it in The Sims 2 as 48 squares long, 42 squares wide, 6 floors (about 18 squares high), to respect proportions. I keep correct number of windows, with a little exception: I added one more window at center on both axes, because the real building have odd number of windows on each facade.

I designed it symmetric, while the real building have slightly different north and south wings. I removed the central rooms because is not possible to make in The Sims 2 houses with courtyard, any enclosed space will be considered indoor even if have no roof.

Casa Poporului Palace of the Parliament Bucharest Romania

Palace II 3×4 (2012)

This is a more efficient version of the first Palace (a replica of Floresti’s Trianon Palace).

Palace II is smaller, but have a bigger disco room, staircases are facing to street (as they should), and the floorplan was designed to optimize furniture placements rather than to replicate a real building.

The palace contains 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and 6 other rooms. Designed for large families of 8 Sims. All rooms are connected with double doors to prevent traffic jams.




Lot size: 3×4.
Lot facing: North.
House price: $286.486.
House size: 20×17.
Floor area: 472 squares + 64 squares of terraces.
(first floor 276 squares, second floor 196 squares, excluding 40 squares of void).
Pool area: 166 squares.
Expansions required: University and Nightlife.

Condominium 4 blocks 198

Four identical tower blocks built around a little pool. Designed for aesthetic purpose only, somewhat inspired from Brazil buildings. During building this, I encountered the Limit of wall segments so I had to redesign the blocks thinner. The interior is empty, just 8 cheap lights per floor to take night screenshots. Made in 2013.

 
  

Lot size: 6×5.
Lot facing: South.
Lot price: $424.322.
Floor area: each floor is 198 squares, the four blocks having 7, 7, 8, 8 floors, result 5940 squares in total.
Pool area: 144 squares.
Expansions required: Apartment Life.

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).

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.

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.

Teoalida’s second apartment block

After the success with my first apartment, I have made 3 or 4 more similar apartment buildings, none being really better than first one, until… this one made in June 2012, so I am gonna publish on my website under name Second Apartment.

Squarish building with modern design, duplex apartments (maisonettes) designed for 4 sims, but can fit up to 6 sims by putting more beds.

Probably next time I will make one similar apartment building but with a ground floor rather than basement, and pool access through building.

 
 
 

Lot size: 2×3.
Lot facing: West.
Building price: $360.000.
Building size: 16×15.
Apartment floor area: 166 squares plus 20 squares of balcony, not including staircase void.
Rental fees: $3000.
Expansions required: Apartment Life 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.

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)

Semi-Detached with garage 4×3

Do you though that is impossible to build in The Sims 2 “apartments” with attached garage and pool? This is possible, just need to do them properly.

For unknown reasons, one of the four houses is not a valid apartment. It become valid by deleting internal stair to basement. Cannot understand how the hell is possible, since all four units are identical. If you want to check the problem and try to fix it, download it and leave a comment!


Lot size: 4×3.
Lot facing: East.
Units size: 210 squares.
Rental fees: around $3600.
Expansions required: Apartment Life only.

Palace I 5×5 (Trianon 2009)

Micul Trianon FlorestiA realistic replica of a REAL building, the Trianon Palace from Floresti, Romania, built in 1910 and abandoned, more details here, made originally in 2006 with base game only and remade in 2009 using Nightlife.

I tried to preserve many aspects of the real palace, such as external shape, symmetrical internal floor plan, position of external doors and windows (a little exception: I deleted 4 windows per floor, to maintain equidistant windows at this building size), big living / ballroom (used as disco room), with stairs on both sides, chimneys. I also preserved the fountain shape (used as swimming pool), and sun direction. Then I fitted it with much top-quality classic furniture, paintings and statues.

Due to the large size of this luxury house and its amount of furniture, it is a very inefficient home, but at least… is the most beautiful house made by me?

Excuse the bad interior. It is designed for 8 Sims who sleep 4 in each bedroom, because in 2009 I took no importance indoor realism, also the room shapes are ugly. If you do not like the Palace, try Palace II.

 
 

Lot size: 5×5.
Lot facing: North.
House price: $368.871 (most expensive house in The Sims 2 made by me, to date).
House size: 26 by 21 squares (the real palace is 43 by 33 meters).
Floor area: 586 squares + 116 squares of terraces + 118 squares of void.
Pool area: 206 squares (24 by 13).
Expansion packs required: University and Nightlife.

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.

 

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.