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Hidden Depths with Multi-Level No-Slope Basement (updated June 5, 2010)

by Mootilda Posted 4th Jun 2010 at 3:22 PM - Updated 14th Aug 2011 at 6:41 PM by Mootilda : Note about pets.
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Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
Please note: I found a problem with the original lot; sometimes fish would appear in the sub-basement. This problem has been fixed. Please redownload if you experience fish.

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From the outside, this looks like a tiny little house. But, it's bigger than it looks.

When you enter the house, you'll find an open-format great room with a living room, dining room, and kitchen. Off of the kitchen is a powder room. There's a large screen TV with ample seating to entertain your guests and dining space for three. Appliances and fixtures are top of the line throughout.

Down a flight of stairs in the real basement (no slope), you'll find the large master bedroom with ensuite bath. This is a more private area with a couch for napping, an easel for expressing your creativity, and a desk for your computer. If you have lockable doors, you can lock this room away to keep it private.

But there's more! Down another flight of stairs in the no-slope sub-basement, you'll find a party room, with chess table, bar, dart board, exercise equipment and hot tub. For your convenience, an additional powder room is tucked away under the porch.

This is a perfect house for a single person who loves to host small intimate parties. Note that some pets cannot navigate 2-click stairs, so this may not be the best lot if you have a family pet.

Lot Size: 1x1
Lot Price: $67,364

Additional Credits:
Numenor, for the AnyGameStarter, which allowed me to make this lot without any EPs:
http://www.modthesims.info/download.php?t=250555

The LotAdjuster, which allowed me to create the walls one tile from the edge around the outside of the lot.
http://www.modthesims.info/download.php?t=384656

The lastest version of the GridAdjuster, which allowed me to easily create the functional multi-level no-slope basement with no requirement for custom content:
http://www.modthesims.info/download.php?t=327439

Number of bedrooms: 1 Bedroom
Custom Content Included: None
Furnishings: Fully Furnished
Special Flags: Not Applicable

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
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HiddenDepths.zip | Updated - No Fish

Size: 1.13 MB · Downloads: 4,722 · 4th Jun 2010
1.13 MB 4,722 4th Jun 2010
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Field Researcher
#2 Old 4th Jun 2010 at 3:37 PM
This house is awesome! Thanks
Lab Assistant
#3 Old 4th Jun 2010 at 5:38 PM
Any chance there was a tut for doing the no-slope basements?
BTW, the stairway going around the master bedroom straight to the next floor,,, great idea. I'll have to try and work that into my next house.
Forum Resident
#4 Old 4th Jun 2010 at 5:39 PM
I never download lots. This is different.

THANK YOU. SO MUCH.

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Test Subject
#5 Old 4th Jun 2010 at 6:05 PM
What a great house! I can't wait to play with it.
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#6 Old 4th Jun 2010 at 6:39 PM Last edited by Mootilda : 6th Jun 2010 at 4:55 AM.
Quote:
Originally Posted by therebel292004
Any chance there was a tut for doing the no-slope basements?
A basic tutorial for no-slope basements is here:
http://www.modthesims.info/download.php?p=3180894

(Post #62 in the TS2GridAdjuster download thread)

I haven't yet completed the tutorial for the advanced options, which were required for this multi-level basement. However, I'm including screenshots for the parameters that I used, in the hopes that they'll be helpful. I kept the water level recommended by the GridAdjuster, but moved the ground level further down, to ensure that it wouldn't interfere with access to the basement.
Screenshots
Test Subject
#7 Old 4th Jun 2010 at 9:17 PM
I have a single young vampire in my game who is going to love this place! Thanks so much!
Test Subject
#8 Old 5th Jun 2010 at 1:19 AM
Amazing job for no cc. I see this as an awesome Bachelor's Pad. Thank You
Lab Assistant
#9 Old 5th Jun 2010 at 1:41 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mootilda
A basic tutorial for no-slope basements is here:
http://www.modthesims.info/download.php?p=3180894

(Post #62 in the TS2GridAdjuster download thread)

You can easily change the Elevation if you'd like a higher or lower basement; just remember that the Elevation must be below ground level, which is normally at an elevation of 0.

I haven't yet completed the tutorial for the advanced options, which were required for this multi-level basement. However, I'm including screenshots for the parameters that I used, in the hopes that they'll be helpful. I kept the water level recommended by the GridAdjuster, but moved the ground level further down, to ensure that it wouldn't interfere with access to the basement.

Page saved to my computer, lol. Seems like I have a TON of tuts saved to the laptop. But I'm always lookin for great tuts for building.
Test Subject
#10 Old 5th Jun 2010 at 4:06 AM
:dddddd
Alchemist
#11 Old 5th Jun 2010 at 4:16 AM
Looks great!
Scholar
#12 Old 5th Jun 2010 at 7:02 PM
Totally tangential question -- how come the basements look so light and airy? I don't see lamps turned on, and anyway the quality of light looks like windows, not like lamps. The first basement looks like it has at least one window, but the sub-basement couldn't possibly, could it?
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#13 Old 5th Jun 2010 at 8:40 PM Last edited by Mootilda : 6th Jun 2010 at 10:10 PM.
Neither of the basement levels have windows. I just added lights to the lot while in the night view, so that I could get something which seemed bright enough.

Windows wouldn't work in either basement, since they require an elevation of at least 6 (for windows) or 7 (for doors) to function. The top of the highest basement on this lot is only 2 clicks above the ground.

Reference: http://www.modthesims.info/showthread.php?t=113189

I used light gray walls and floors throughout, which helps to make things seem light and airy.
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Original Poster
#14 Old 6th Jun 2010 at 4:56 AM
Default Fish in Basement
I found a problem with the lot; I saw some fish in the basement. I believe that the problem was that the water level was above the ground level, so I've fixed the problem and re-uploaded.

If you experience fish, you might want to get this new version.
Scholar
#15 Old 6th Jun 2010 at 9:50 PM
Thank you for the answer. That's some really good lighting: it looks natural, which is why I asked.
Test Subject
#16 Old 6th Jun 2010 at 11:29 PM
I absolutely love this! The layout is so unique!
Test Subject
#17 Old 8th Jun 2010 at 10:03 AM
Hey... I'm making a house and I want a basment, BUT, the stairs won't work.
(won't go down)

so can you help me?
Test Subject
#18 Old 8th Jun 2010 at 10:08 AM
BTW

I love your work!
Field Researcher
#19 Old 8th Jun 2010 at 1:32 PM
Incredible. Your creation and use of tools never ceases to amaze me.
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8th Jun 2010 at 3:06 PM Last edited by Mootilda : 8th Jun 2010 at 4:11 PM.
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Mad Poster
#20 Old 8th Jun 2010 at 7:26 PM
Oh, wow. Wow! WOW!!!
I don't 'play' the Sims - I build for them (... and collect CC - yeesh!)
As such, I never EVER download houses.
But, THIS house is a must! Even if only to deconstruct it and learn how you did that. WOW!
Thank you, too, for the tut links above. Wonderful!

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Test Subject
#21 Old 9th Jun 2010 at 10:43 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mootilda
I'd love to help, but I'm going to need more information.

Are you using the fixed-height stairs or the modular stairs? How high is the area that you are trying to traverse? I.E. are you trying to place walls from the main level to the basement level (16 clicks), or are you trying to place walls from the main level to the ground?

If you're trying to make short stairs from the main floor to the ground, then you need to be aware that the game expects 4 clicks or higher. If you use the "moveobjects on" cheat before placing modular stairs, then the game will allow stairs as low as 2 clicks.

If you want to traverse an area which is either 0 or 1 click high, then there's a special technique that we've been researching, which seems to work but has odd animations. See this for more information:
http://www.modthesims.info/showthread.php?t=402863

Does that help?

By the way, this kind of post is probably more appropriate for the GridAdjuster thread, rather than for a lot download thread.


That does help a bit, *BTW I don't think I asked you very nicely,
so sorry. What I'm trying to do is what you did (not the hole house, the stairs) put the bedrooms down stairs.

*BTW = by the way

">? what do you mean by clicks ?<"
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9th Jun 2010 at 3:34 PM Last edited by Mootilda : 9th Jun 2010 at 3:49 PM.
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Test Subject
#22 Old 10th Jun 2010 at 8:05 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mootilda
When you use the in-game terraforming tools, the ground raises or lowers.......


WOW

You are so nice

The stairs I want to use are the 'Staircases' and I want them next to the wall. Two basements. When it is done (which I am hoping I'll finsh it) I will send or give it to you. Is that the info you need? or do you need more?
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Test Subject
#23 Old 11th Jun 2010 at 1:15 PM
Thanks!
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mootilda
Assuming that you followed my instructions for staircase placement, I'm stumped. You have two options:
1) Share your house with me, along with a picture of where you want the staircase, and I'll try to figure out what's wrong.
2) Start a new thread for your problem here and see whether anyone else has any suggestions:
http://www.modthesims.info/forumdisplay.php?f=31


Hi

Thanks for helping me, Last night I figured it out.

When it is done I will put it up on Mod The Sims and it
will be my first one!

The house I was going to turn into a basement is not the house I used.

I will put that house up too! the one that isn't the basement.

Happy Building

Emmie
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