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Backdoor Lane 50 -- Fake Rowhouse -- City Starter

by plasticbox Posted 27th May 2008 at 12:35 AM - Updated 21st Sep 2008 at 4:19 PM by plasticbox
19 Comments / replies (Who?) - 15 Feedback Posts, 3 Thanks Posts
Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
Requires NL.
Custom content included: Two recolours by myself, and frillen's Invisible Driveway as a separate file (put it in your Downloads folder before attempting to play this lot).

For sims that are sick of living in the suburbs, Backdoor Lane provides an alternative: a couple of small town lots with a more urban look and feel. They fit together like a jigsaw puzzle, creating a maze of backyard gardens and interconnected alleyways when placed in a tightly spaced neigbourhood. Most of them work as corner lots as well as facing the street, creating a very different impression depending on how you place them and what's on the lot next door.

With the release of LotAdjuster 1.1, it's finally possible to build almost-real row houses. This is how I always wanted Backdoor Lane to look like. Here's a tutorial on how to build row houses like this one: Fake row houses

Backdoor Lane 50:
City starter on a 1x2 lot, furnished for 1-2 sims with room for more. Kitchen, dining, living and bathroom on the ground floor, another living area and three bedrooms upstairs, empty basement. One driveway in the backyard, car not included.

1 x double bedroom
2 x single bedroom (empty)
1 x bathroom
1 x kitchen
1 x dining
1 x living room
1 x basement (empty)

All basics included, no extras. Unannoying basement windows. Playtested for a couple days in Base+NL with no hacks, no crashes or problems found.

Please note: If you want to make structural changes to this lot, be aware that the last two tiles from the edge are unbuildable in exactly the same way as on all other lots, which includes the outermost tiles of the house in this case. You should be able to modify all inside walls since they're perpendicular to the lot edge, but not the left and right outside walls (parallel to the lot edge), the "fake" front and back walls, the roof, stairs, half walls, foundations, or floor tiles on level 1 and up. However, you can *delete* all of that -- so in order to use this house at the end of a row, you can just remove the bits of fake wall on one side and the last tile of roof .. it should look quite OK then.

This lot has been shrunk with LotAdjuster See here for more information:

Discussion: Lot Size, Orientation, Rotation, etc. -- Research thread @ mts2; the first post has lots of relevant pointers
LotAdjuster download thread

Lot Size: 1x2
Lot Price: 19.975§

Custom Content by Me:
- Recolour of "Social Climbing Ivy" Lamp Base in Brass
- Recolour of "Social Climbing Ivy" Lamp Shade in White

Additional Credits:
Thanks to Mootilda and the fearless LotAdjuster testers: aelflaed, Inge Jones, MaryLou, niol, Mutantbunny, Rascal, Simsample, KariMinger/Zazazu, DocDoofus, behold_the_muse, baratron, dizzy, ladykatsim, JMP, ebonyspiral, MadameMim, ikbod, mildlydisguised, Emma, Quinctia, maxon, CatOfEvilGenius, alexpilgrim and everyone else.
Number of bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms
Custom Content Included: Build content only
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.

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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 27th May 2008 at 11:49 AM
Thank You :-) Its great
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#3 Old 27th May 2008 at 6:44 PM
Thank you, thank you! I'm glad this is out of beta. I know it will make lots of folks happy. My downtown sims sure could use this. No suburbuan houses in downtown, dammit!

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#4 Old 28th May 2008 at 7:10 AM
BackdoorLane for real! Looks so... urban! Thanks a lot,
Lab Assistant
#5 Old 28th May 2008 at 7:22 PM
This is the only series of houses that I plan to download this time. I want to start fresh with a custom neighborhood using your city houses. I appreciate all of your hard work spent sharing your creations!

"They can jump, and land, and have no natural predators. Unless, of course, you count me!" *SH-BOOF!* - The Maxx
Lab Assistant
#6 Old 29th May 2008 at 1:28 AM
Stop making me break my rules of an all self-built neighborhood! Grrr!

(Very pretty. I love the irregularly shaped rooms.)
Test Subject
#7 Old 30th May 2008 at 5:23 PM
first I want to say that I love your Rowhouses. Thank you for building them.

But I have noticed that there's a bug appearing on these Backdoor Lane 50 Lots: My sims can't cook meals that require more than one cooking skill point. That's a bit annoying - I can let them learn cooking all day long but they only can eat sandwiches, muesli and all those "zero-skillpoints-meals". I've tried it with different sims, different fridges and different families. It's always the same, only on your Backdoor Lane 50 lots, though.
Did anyone experience the same thing or is my game going crazy?
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#8 Old 30th May 2008 at 5:46 PM
Oh. Now that you say it: there is an issue with fridges behind diagonal doors (an old game bug, apparently still not fixed). Does it work for you if you tell a sim to cook when the sim is already *in* the kitchen? If yes, then it's only the door -- I'm quite sure there must be a hack to fix this, if not here on mts2 then on MATY ( -- use the search).

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Test Subject
#9 Old 8th Jun 2008 at 11:15 PM
First off, I love the look of these houses! But before I actually put them in my neighbourhood, I have one question: Do you have to have the LotAdjuster for these houses to work??
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#10 Old 9th Jun 2008 at 2:14 AM
No. You only need that to build them.

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Test Subject
#11 Old 14th Jun 2008 at 10:06 AM
Great work! My Sims will definatley be living in one of these! Just one question, how do you get them to look as if they are in a row?

From Billy :)
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#12 Old 22nd Jun 2008 at 10:56 PM
Originally Posted by BillySavada
how do you get them to look as if they are in a row?

Um .. you put them next to each other? If that doesn't work for you: try using a different terrain, perhaps yours isn't flat?

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2nd Jul 2008 at 12:37 PM
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#13 Old 4th Jul 2008 at 1:04 PM Last edited by himawara106 : 7th Jul 2008 at 6:47 PM.
Plasticbox - I would love to see one more whole neighbourhood from you!
Test Subject
#14 Old 13th Oct 2008 at 3:58 PM
Hey, I really love your houses!
But I've got one question: How do you get the car to park parallel to the house?
Just like here:
Lab Assistant
#15 Old 26th Oct 2008 at 10:16 AM
Just checkin' in to say that I love these little houses! They make cities playable for me.


(second that neighborhood thing. You make tight 'hoods.

What was it like to see
The face of your own stability
Suddenly look away
Leaving you with the dead and hopeless?
Test Subject
#16 Old 17th Mar 2009 at 4:28 AM
Your houses are fantastic!!!
Test Subject
#17 Old 4th Apr 2015 at 4:55 PM
I love your houses! Good job!
Test Subject
#18 Old 4th Jul 2015 at 7:45 PM
Thank you for this awesome content!
Test Subject
#19 Old 5th Mar 2016 at 12:56 AM
thank you