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Simple Kitchen – Counters, Islands, Cabinets

by plasticbox Posted 1st Mar 2010 at 1:04 AM - Updated 13th Jan 2015 at 5:15 AM by plasticbox : added some grammar
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This is a new mesh, and means that it's a brand new self contained object that usually does not require a specific Expansion pack (although this is possible depending on the type). It may have Recolours hosted on MTS - check below the description for more information.
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This is a simple, cheap kitchen – along the lines of the TS2 "Krampft" one, only better. It consists of a counter, a counter island, and a cabinet, plus end and corner elements.

The counter is the one with doors + drawer, the island has four drawers on the base mesh and two on the ends.

Three recolourable channels: top, body and handles, doors and drawers.

One preset for all elements, shown above. In 1.8.25 games, you need to wait for the swirly preview to appear for it to work right away, since it's included as an XML, in WA games it won't show up (see below). Sorry – but after I spent a day making four presets for all nine meshes and *then* discovered the entire thing was fubar, I'm not going to do it a second time.

They're in the catalogue in Surfaces > Counters/Islands/Cabinets. The counter costs 100§, the island 120§, the cabinet 85§.

  • No backsplash on the counter, which means you can use any window without clipping (and it can seamlessly be combined with islands, as well).
  • Both the counters and the cabinet are exactly one tile deep, so they clip into the wall – this is deliberate: that way one can put them back to back seamlessly without having to battle the game's terminally annoying "sticky counter" behaviour. It is also nicer for open kitchens (when the counters form an L shape in the room), because that way the kitchen flooring will stop short at exactly the back side of the counter and not 0.16 tiles behind it.
  • The front and top of the island counters are the same depth as the regular ones, so you can use them in their place to give your kitchen more variety. This also makes it a lot easier to create goodlooking counters for shops and bars and the like.
  • The corners and the cabinet have three channels like everything else (the first/last one isn't used, as the cabinet has no top and the corners no drawers/doors) – this is on purpose, so that one can drag and drop CAST presets between counters and cabinets. The way EA do this never works for me.
  • The cabinet will ZOMFG FADE OUT!!1! when seen from the back side. To me that's a major advantage over the EA cabinets (and the reason I basically never use those). This is done by setting "Unknown8" in the OBJD to 0x00000040.
  • The cabinet sits higher than the EA ones, so 1. it doesn't look like sims will inevitably bang their heads on it; 2. you can fit low-hanging wall lights and pictures and such underneath (most of them with moveobjects on, probably). You can also hide lights inside them, of course, to create the illusion of built-in lights.
  • The cabinet has no corner mesh (technically it does, but that's identical to the regular one) – this is deliberate, because I hate being forced to place corners when I don't want them. You can still create corners with "moveobjects on" which don't look too bad. The cabinets will fit seamlessly back to back to make double sided ones (e.g. over an island); you can also place them overlapping so that the doors show on both sides – for that the body should be a solid colour or it will flicker when the camera moves.
  • Everything is mapped seamlessly and with no repetition or mirroring, so you can commit all sorts of atrocities with flower patterns and zebra stripes and the like. See the "mapping" screenshots for that.

The counter and island packages are large since they each contain a full set of custom dirt overlays – this was necessary because they are mapped differently from the EA counters, so I couldn't just link to those textures. There should be no unnecessary cruft in the packages apart from that.

Known issues:

The sunshadows of the corner island are a bit too narrow on one axis .. not sure if I can muster the patience to fix that. It would only matter when they're actually used outdoors, like for a beach bar, and I guess there are more appropriate counter islands for that sort of thing.

For WA (or equivalent base game version) users, the objects initially show up solid black instead of with my preset – to me it looks like this has been fixed in one of the later patches. Workaround for those who want to stick with an old version of the game: make your own preset in CAST, and use that. Unfortunately I don't know of a way to provide my own presets – exporting as .sims3pack doesn't work in my game (I believe that's an OS X issue), and various ways of packaging them haven't worked out so far.

Seams between counters: please take a close look at the thumbnail picture of this post (white/blue kitchen with yellow wall) – see the seams in the EA wallpaper (and in the counter to the left of the sink)? If that's what you see, then you most probably have a lame graphics card like me, and there's no need to post about it .. it's just the way the game renders things (I believe it becomes very apparent on these counters since they're so plain otherwise – on a heavily decorated one, I wouldn't see it either). If you see something else, please post with a screenshot.

Known nonissue:

On most of the screenshots there is a dropshadow missing on the counter island ends – this is already fixed (I only didn't want to re-take all of the screens just because of that). I also moved the cabinet down a tiny amount so that it now lines up properly with small tiles and the high EA panelling (on the screenshots it does not, that's still the old mesh).

Made in blender with the help of this script, s3oc_1002-13-1333 and s3pe_1002-24-1519 (note that these are QA versions – use at your own risk), objtool 1.1, Milkshape, Photoshop, Aorta, Postal, BBEdit.

Made from base game 1.8.25 files. It seems like it doesn't work in 1.0 games, see post #98 in this thread (hadadelasnieves).

I don't take requests. Please respect that and do not post here or PM me with requests. People of the "plz make stuff for me" mindset, see this thread.

Feel free to recycle any and all parts of this if you want to do stuff like add-ons, different versions, more channels, etc – I can upload original PNGs of my textures (uncompressed) if there's any demand for it. All I require is 1. a direct link to this thread if (and only if) you include recognisable parts of my version in something you upload, and 2. you must upload to a free, accessible, noncommercial site with no strings attached (I guess this would amount to a non-commercial, share-alike CC license).

Polygon Counts:

Counter base, high detail: 208F/292V
Counter base, low detail: 98F/176V
Counter top, high detail: 18F/30V
Counter top, low detail: 18F/30V
Counter corner, high detail: 92F/138V
Counter corner, low detail: 58F/106V

Island base, high detail: 246F/354V
Island base, low detail: 102F/98V
Island end E, high detail: 145F/226V
Island end E, low detail: 70F/134V
Island end W, high detail: 145F/226V
Island end W, low detail: 70F/134V
Island corner, high detail: 104F/158V
Island corner, low detail: 62F/110V

Cabinet, high detail: 106F/148V
Cabinet, low detail: 46F/84V
Cabinet corner, high detail: 106F/148V
Cabinet corner, low detail: 46F/84V

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Sesquipedalian Pisciform
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#2 Old 1st Mar 2010 at 1:18 AM
What an upload
looking fine -
and I think I may just whine -
that Plasticbox is on her mettle
- I dare not ask -
but where's the kettle?

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Test Subject
#3 Old 1st Mar 2010 at 1:25 AM
wow i love you so much!!!
this is exactly what i have needed, a simple beautiful kitchen
genius !
thank you so much for making my game something fun
Captain Louie
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#4 Old 1st Mar 2010 at 1:29 AM
Now my comment will never amount to the sheer awesomeness of Lee's. Even if I were to go on and say that your set looks fantastic. And that the seamless islands are amazing on so many levels that it is uncomprehend-able to my mere human mind. I mean, they way patterns show up on yours is just SO much better when compared to EAxis's. But, alas, I have been foiled by the Rhymefish, yet again!

Great work, seriously.

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#5 Old 1st Mar 2010 at 1:25 AM
I love them!! Thank you for sharing your cabinets..
#6 Old 1st Mar 2010 at 1:31 AM
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! This is the simplicity beauty!
Top Secret Researcher
#7 Old 1st Mar 2010 at 2:02 AM
Corner cabinets don't work for me anyway so this is wonderful. Thank you! I will finally have more than one cabinet in my hood.
Field Researcher
#8 Old 1st Mar 2010 at 2:08 AM
These look fantastic! Great job and thank you so much for sharing your hard work. But, darn, now I'll have to remodel my latest Sims kitchen! Thank you, thank you!
#9 Old 1st Mar 2010 at 2:22 AM
These are wonderful! thank you!

No, u can't haz cheezburger
#10 Old 1st Mar 2010 at 2:23 AM
Thanks so much for these. I seriously overused the ones that they look similar to in TS2. I can't wait abuse these too.
Lab Assistant
#11 Old 1st Mar 2010 at 2:24 AM
Beautiful job!

Thanks for sharing
Lab Assistant
#12 Old 1st Mar 2010 at 2:44 AM
Finally. Some cupboards that people actually USE.
Lab Assistant
#13 Old 1st Mar 2010 at 3:14 AM
ZOMG! We needed MOAR KITCHENS! *grabs*
Lab Assistant
#14 Old 1st Mar 2010 at 3:21 AM
Liebere Gott, these are GORGEOUS!

Just EXACTLY the kind of furniture I prefer in the sims (and in real life) and the fact that the islands and counters can be set back to back is a WONDERFUL bonus.

#15 Old 1st Mar 2010 at 3:44 AM
Ooo these are NICE :o
They remind me of the cheap sims1 counters!
My own iff is the handles on thew doors/drawers are not seperatly recolorable; i hate it when the handles blend into counters. but i suppose i can overlook that issue.
Thank. You.
Lab Assistant
#16 Old 1st Mar 2010 at 4:02 AM
People who pay attention to those little details in both the mesh AND the UV mapping are some of the best people ever. These are gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing these with everyone.

Of course, now I am tempted to repair the UV mapping on all the EA stuff so they'd be up to par with these. Gah!
Lab Assistant
#17 Old 1st Mar 2010 at 4:28 AM
Love how they're not as thick as EA ones.
Test Subject
#18 Old 1st Mar 2010 at 4:53 AM
simple and wonderful :D
Forum Resident
#19 Old 1st Mar 2010 at 5:04 AM
Ack! This is so wonderful!

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#20 Old 1st Mar 2010 at 5:09 AM
Finally I can use the upper cabinets! I hate how the EA ones don't fade, it's just one more thing to try and see around. Thanks Plus all the above reasons!
#21 Old 1st Mar 2010 at 5:52 AM
wow I love this :-)
Field Researcher
#22 Old 1st Mar 2010 at 5:59 AM
Thanks for making these with such care and consideration. I really appreciate your effort. These are simple and beautiful. Thank you.
Mad Poster
#23 Old 1st Mar 2010 at 6:02 AM
So happy they are slim lined and the upper cabinets will fade away. Fabulous cabinets, hope someone do more!!

Thank you very much for sharing.

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Lab Assistant
#24 Old 1st Mar 2010 at 6:28 AM
Excellent work!! Thank you for making these gorgeous cabinets, they look great in game too.
#25 Old 1st Mar 2010 at 6:52 AM
Let us all hug Plasticbox.

*Gives Plasticbox a big, virtual hug*
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