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Derelict Dreamhome - Starter for the Brave - now in Seasons version too!

by aelflaed Posted 14th Jan 2008 at 11:30 PM - Updated 10th Feb 2014 at 11:06 PM by Phaenoh
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This property is a renovator's paradise. Or hell, depending on opinion.

Apparently this house was once one of the nicest in the street, well-built and with a pretty garden. Now, the Real Estate people want it off their books as fast as possible. The previous tenant...disappeared...leaving everything behind.

Going for a song, this two-bedroom, single bath cottage offers plenty of scope for a hardworking buyer. You could even make your money back on resale.

There is space for a driveway at one side, and an enclosed terrace with pergola, just right for entertaining. There's room for a small pool in the back.

Rising damp is included in the package, and all rubbish, roaches and nasty odours are the responsibility of the purchaser.

NOT open for inspection.

Notes for Players:

This house was built for the Messie Messlot Challenge, by Mariella of Sims Society.

I wanted to play the challenge, but didn't have the right EPs for the lot provided, so I have built a basegame version, possibly even more revolting than the original. I hope so.

The packaged lot was lived in by The Tenant From Hell for a while. Everything is broken, dirty and horrible. Even the fridge is half empty. There's mould on the walls and rubbish under the beds.

I used a copy of the lot for my own challenge sim, Miss Prym N. Perfect. You can see her initial reaction in one of the screeenshots. The last two photos show Prym's renovated cottage, completely repainted and furnished in cheerful blue and gold. And much, much nicer.

See what you can do with it!

A few makeover artists have posted pictures to inspire you:
here and here and here.

Note for owners of Seasons, BV and maybe Pets
When the basegame house is installed with these EPs, some things appear to be 'fixed' by the game. Plumbing items are clean and repaired, the kitchen counters sparkling and the roaches missing. Also, no green stink from the abandoned food. However, the house seems to play fine otherwise, and the roaches come back after a day or so.

I have now added a Seasons version of the house. In testing, this version retains its nasty odours and grubby counters. So if you have EP5 or higher, download the newer file for maximum filth.

The rules of the Challenge (from S2C and SimsSociety) are -

Move in a neatfreak sim, with all neatpoints maxed out.
Upgrade the house with the most expensive stuff in ts2, with the earnings she / he will get from his / her job.

The sim may not attend college.
Your sim may not get married. He / she has to do it alone.
You may use the elixir of life and the thinking cap, nothing else.
No money cheats.
You can have pets and even children, but don't move anyone in that brings money.
You can expand as much as you want, as long as you have everything the most expensive at the end.

Go check the challenge threads if you want to know more, or see what people did with the original lot.

Have fun!

Lot Size: 2x2
Lot Price: 18, 516

Custom Content Included:
- Poured wall 01a by komosims
- Trashy Tiled Floor by TS2D
- Secondhand double bed by DumBblOndE
- Double door, weathered white by Holy Simoly
- UpRite Column, 5% Taller by Sophie-David
- Justa Door Recolour by Pixelhate
- Trashed Loveseat by DumBblOndE
- Trashed Fridge by DumBblOndE
- Midnight Ride window, peeling white by netseeker2
- Fraying Yellow Carpet by 4ESF
- Poured Wall 01b by komosims
- Walnut door weathered white by Holy Simoly
- Trashy Kitchen chair by deele4952 of N99
- Trashy Kitchen paint by deele4952 of N99
- Trashy Kitchen Table by deele4952 of N99
- Trashy Kitchen Chair Recolour 1 by deele4952 of N99
- Trashy KitchenChair Recolour 2 by deele4952 of N99
- Trashy Kitchen Table Recolour by deele4952 of N99
- Secondhand single bed by DumBblOndE
- Poured wall 03b by komosims

Additional Credits:
-Mariella, for the original Messie Messlot.
-Frillen, for the Collections that made things SO much easier.
-Numenor, for the BaseGameStarter Pro.
-Andi8104 and Mootilda, for the LotExpander.
-S2C for helping me find the Challenge in the first place -

Number of bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms
Custom Content Included: Build and Buy Mode Content
Furnishings: Starter Furnishings

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Sims 2
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
Derelict Dreamhouse Seasons Version.rar

Size: 1.52 MB · Downloads: 5,614 · 18th Jan 2008
1.52 MB 5,614 18th Jan 2008
Derelict Dreamhouse with CC.rar

Size: 1.64 MB · Downloads: 4,843 · 15th Jan 2008
1.64 MB 4,843 15th Jan 2008
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.

3. Install: Double-click on the .sims2pack file to install its contents to your game. The files will automatically be installed to the proper location(s).
  • You may want to use the Sims2Pack Clean Installer instead of the game's installer, which will let you install sims and pets which may otherwise give errors about needing expansion packs. It also lets you choose what included content to install. Do NOT use Clean Installer to get around this error with lots and houses as that can cause your game to crash when attempting to use that lot. Get S2PCI here: Clean Installer Official Site.
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Lab Assistant
#2 Old 15th Jan 2008 at 2:33 AM
Hmmm... okay... can't say this lot is cute, but it definitely is interesting... Looks like a fun challenge as well, maybe I will try it out with this lot! Thanks for sharing!
Test Subject
#3 Old 15th Jan 2008 at 2:56 AM
Love it! lol i mean the challenge. cant wait to see how this house plays out.
Test Subject
#4 Old 15th Jan 2008 at 3:43 AM
I love this house. It's always difficult having to dirty up the houses yourself. :<

Field Researcher
#5 Old 15th Jan 2008 at 3:44 AM
i tried to use this in my game... and it installed ok and all that.. but when i wnet to play in it with my neat freak time stayed still.. it loaded and it froze. i duno why and im guttered coz i wanted to try the challng. do you know what EP are needed for the orginal house?

the amount of pills I'm taking, counteracts the booze I'm drinking
Lab Assistant
#6 Old 15th Jan 2008 at 4:12 AM
FAB house... this is soooooooo perfect for my Virgo SIMs. Thanks!

-Carrie :)
Original Poster
#7 Old 15th Jan 2008 at 4:50 AM Last edited by aelflaed : 15th Jan 2008 at 5:09 AM.
bassist, did you try re-installing or re-downloading? Did you install any other CC that might cause the problem?

The original Messie Messlot definitely requires NL and Uni, plus probably Pets and maybe BV. You have to register on the Sims Society site to get the download, but it's free.

If anyone else has bassist's problem with the house freezing, PLEASE report it and I will fix it if I can.

aixlachaise, I think you'll find the house cute enough after giving it a makeover!

(edit) I have just downloaded the house from this thread, installed and begun to play it with no trouble. I took out all other CC too. The only thing I see wrong with it is the lack of terrain paints, which is a basegame bug that happens frequently.

So, I'm thinking bassist's issue is probably related to something else. However, do still report here if you find the house not working properly.
Test Subject
#8 Old 15th Jan 2008 at 5:03 AM
Unfortunately, I'm also having a similar problem. My game crashed during the loading screen. I'm disappointed because I was looking forward to a fix-it-upper. I have all the expansion and stuff packs installed and I really don't have any controversial CC that I think could be causing a problem. Hopefully this can get fixed!
Original Poster
#9 Old 15th Jan 2008 at 5:12 AM Last edited by aelflaed : 27th Jan 2008 at 2:13 AM.
Ah, we're cross-posting.

It didn't freeze for me, and I'm halfway through having my sim clean the bathroom. I'll see if I can work out what is going wrong. Thanks for reporting, angii.

I've only tested the house in basegame. I'll test in my full game, which is Seasons. If you two have BV, perhaps something there is conflicting.

EDIT 27 Jan 2008 - Here is a message from Canoodle, which may help people having difficulty with ANY downloaded lots:
Here are some of the Wiki links that deal with this problem; General gamehelp FAQ.
Bad lot FAQ (note that this is the FAQ that deals with missing EP's)

If the downloader doesn't have the required EP's, the lot will crash the game when clicked on in the lot bin.

If the lot places, and they are able to play the lot and then experience problems, it is probably due to user and/or game files. In this case, the first FAQ should be used to isolate the problem files and/or folders.

And sometimes, like in my few sporadic cases, the lot places and then crashes when I click on it to enter. I can't play the lot at all. That's the 'mystery' crash. :/ I PM'd the creator and asked if they had removed custom terrain paints, which is one reason for this type of crash, and they stated they had not. So, it's an enigma. *shrug*.
Doing all the things, and *mostly* not failing.
retired moderator
#10 Old 15th Jan 2008 at 5:48 AM
I've been wanting to play this challenge for a while, but I wasn't able to download the lot, something about not being registered. Whatever, THANK YOU for creating this lot, it looks awful ;-) but has real potential! CAN"T WAIT!
Original Poster
#11 Old 15th Jan 2008 at 7:05 AM
I've played the lot, downloaded from here, in my full game. I have all EPs except Pets and BV.

The lot did NOT freeze, but it did behave a bit oddly. The broken appliances were all magically 'fixed', and the kitchen counters clean. The roaches, puddles and odours were mostly missing too. All the leftover food was there, but not stinking and with the 'resume cooking' option.

The bugs did appear by the end of Day 1, and the plumbing and appliances wanted cleaning too. However, they still weren't broken, nor did they _look_ dirty. Interesting.

I suspect this means that for higher EPs (maybe Pets onwards) something in the game changed. I'll keep investigating.
Field Researcher
#12 Old 15th Jan 2008 at 7:47 AM Last edited by bassist_bitch : 15th Jan 2008 at 7:59 AM.
i just opened a diff lot to check wether or not it was some CC in my game and it worked fine, i have uni only. and i did reinstall it... the same thing happened

the amount of pills I'm taking, counteracts the booze I'm drinking
Field Researcher
#13 Old 15th Jan 2008 at 8:59 AM Last edited by bbc100 : 15th Jan 2008 at 11:51 PM.
wow i just downloaded it i'll c if it works!

I tested it but most of the stuff went black after I called some1 like the maid then went q,yes. Went back in,cant buy,build or go quit!!!Help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Got no cc!!!

I am MOHAAPlayer on Discord
Lab Assistant
#14 Old 15th Jan 2008 at 10:37 AM
I had no problems whatsoever. I'm thoroughly enjoying this. I'll post a pic of my results for you :D

btw - I do not have Uni (yet)

-Carrie :)
Original Poster
#15 Old 15th Jan 2008 at 11:07 AM Last edited by aelflaed : 19th Jan 2008 at 7:55 AM.
bbc100, sorry. That doesn't sound like the same glitch others reported. What EPs do you have? (EDIT - I tried re-installing the house and calling all the service people on the first day - nothing went black or crashed.)

cnj6768, I'm very happy it worked for you. I don't know what is going on, I haven't had this happen to other uploads. Still trying to figure it out. Something funny happening, certainly.
Test Subject
#16 Old 15th Jan 2008 at 3:21 PM
this house is.. well not beautiful - yet ^^
i mean if s.o plays and cleans up everything it would be very cool ^^

Addicted to Caaats!
And Sims :)
Test Subject
#17 Old 15th Jan 2008 at 8:02 PM
I loaded the house just fine in my game, the only exception was no roaches ;(....other than that, very cool idea! I do have NL, UNIV, Pets, and Seasons.
#18 Old 15th Jan 2008 at 8:30 PM
Well, this house is a mess. In this case it means a compliment. I enjoy the fact that I can´t smell it. Thanks,
Field Researcher
#19 Old 15th Jan 2008 at 11:49 PM
Originally Posted by aelflaed
bbc100, sorry. That doesn't sound like the same glitch others reported. What EPs do you have?

Only Base Game but i've got EP3 & EP5 not on it bcause OFB will not work & I cant find the bookelt 4 Seasons!!!

& dont call the mail,flowers person,xterm8ter or the Fix-it 1 or most of it will go black!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am MOHAAPlayer on Discord
Forum Resident
#20 Old 16th Jan 2008 at 1:22 AM
I downloaded and played this last night and it worked like a charm... oh except the recliner was in the way of a plate of food, but I fixed that easily by putting the recliner in the Sim's inventory.

I've got Nightlife, Seasons and BV (plus a couple of stuff packs)

Quid agis, medice?

My nickname is Purple Ginger
My nickname's nickname is Ping
Test Subject
#21 Old 16th Jan 2008 at 6:44 AM
I downloaded this house and it works quite well for me. I played it for 2 sim days and had no problems. Some of the things mentioned by others like the fixtures were not broken and food had no flies I also experienced, but it is not a big deal to me.

I have Uni,NL,OFB,Pets,Seasons,and BV as well as FFS & GS. I also have a ton of CC including many hacks. So i can't imagine what could be causing other games to crash.
Hope this helps. I really love this house
Original Poster
#22 Old 16th Jan 2008 at 11:13 AM
bbc100, maybe stuff going black is your sims' bad karma for calling in the maid instead of cleaning the house him/herself! Having tried getting in a maid myself, nothing went black, but the maid worked ALL day (Day 2, my sim had done his best the day before already), and then quit without finishing.
This job is too big for one maid.

I'm glad to hear most people are NOT having trouble. I may have to make a version for the later EP's, as it looks like Seasons and BV (maybe Pets?) are 'fixing' things on installation. I'll have to test that option.

Thanks to everyone who has reported either success or failure in playing the house. I don't like to think I may have uploaded something buggy. It seems the problem is only affecting a few people, which is a relief. If I can pinpoint the problem and fix it, I will.

I'll check in again soon. Happy simming!
Field Researcher
#23 Old 16th Jan 2008 at 2:09 PM
Tried for the last couple of days to download this file and extract. However when i extract it says with WinRAR and WinZIP that the file is corrupt.

Any assistance would be grateful

Many thanks


Please ignore. I got it installed. Many thanks.

Will let you know how it plays.
Test Subject
#24 Old 16th Jan 2008 at 6:04 PM
Too bad about the Seasons issue... Still very fun though! Took me a few sim days to find a hidden piece of pizza; couldn't figure out where in the heck the sound of flies was coming from -- it was driving me absolutely bonkers! :D
Thank you muchly
Lab Assistant
#25 Old 16th Jan 2008 at 9:51 PM
It could be nice if it wasn't so awful! LOL
Great job! How long does it take to bring a house to such a mess?
I loved the message of Discomposed about pizza. Very funny.
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