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Bijou Family Living (BG - No CC)

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Uploaded: 24th Aug 2015 at 7:46 PM
2 storey house on 1x2 lot. 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Nursery and Balcony. Furnished. Base Game compatible and CC-free. Price under §20K

Originally conceived to meet the needs of some of my own Sims, I realised this house might also fit the bill for a few other players. Space is at a premium in my island 'hood so the house is on a 1x2 lot. My Sims wanted 3 double bedrooms, and they didn't want to spend a lot of money. Ideally it should be under §20K. Well after a few attempts and some excellent suggestions from contributors to my Creator Feedback thread, this is the result. The house is base-game-compatible and CC-free, and it costs §19,768. Inside it feels surprisingly spacious.

So what do your Sims get for their money?
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Nursery with crib and potty
  • Balcony area big enough for a hot tub or a telescope
  • Fitted cooking/food preparation area with counters, a cooker, a fridge and a sink
  • Table
  • 4 Dining Chairs
  • Smoke Alarm
  • Telephone
  • Burglar Alarm
  • Electric lighting throughout
  • 2 Double Beds
  • Sofa
  • Wardrobe
  • Bookcase
  • Bathroom Mirror
  • Front Garden

The house comes with 2 double beds and a crib. It will comfortably sleep 6 or 7 Sims but, if your family is that big and you only have §20,000, you may have work a day or two or sell something else to get the money to buy beds for all of them.

Typically I see this house being placed in a high-density suburban street with similar houses on either side. This is the reason for the paucity of windows in the side walls; in a typical situation they would just give a view of a blank wall two meters away. Worse still, if the windows matched up with the house next door, your neighbours could be looking straight into your room. I feel that modern planning regulations wouldn't be keen on this. There are a couple of windows in the side walls, but only enough to ensure that every room has some natural light. Most of the windows are at the front and the rear of the house.

The house in a typical suburban setting
If people are interested, I'll try to produce some similar small 2-storey houses to make it easier to make up a convincing looking street.

Part of the original remit for this house was that there must be room for a hot tub or love tub. There are lots of Romance Sims in my island 'hood and they all want a love tub. The picture below shows how one fits comfortably in the balcony area. You have to use the MoveObjects cheat to place the tub, probably because it is so near to the lot edges.

(Love tub and Sims are not included.)

Quality Control and Neighbourhood Safety
The house was built in a Sim-free building base game hood using Any Game Starter. Copies of it were play-tested by different families both in a base game AGS 'hood and in my normal game (Double Deluxe plus Open for Business), but no Sims have ever lived in the original. It is therefore as safe as I can make it to use in your game.

Lot Size: 1x2
Lot Price (furnished): §19,768

Additional Credits:
Mootilda fot the Lot Adjuster, which allowed me to place the walls one tile from the lot edges. Also for Lights on/Lights off.
Numenor for Any Game Starter.
joandsarah77, Peni Griffin, Justpetro, Jawusa, KarenLorraine, PlatinumPlumbbob, SleepyTabby and Maxon for their helpful comments and suggestions on my Creator Feedback thread.
The Morton and Macdonald families of Minniestoun, and the Harrison brothers of New Desconia for allowing their houses to be used for the screenshots. Their family members and friends for posing for the pictures.
Finally those we tend to take for granted: EA and Maxis for creating The Sims 2 for us. Especially Will Wright for thinking up The Sims in the first place!