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The Maxis Wood Floor Restoration Project

by iCad Posted 24th Sep 2010 at 12:20 PM
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I am a shameless wood flooring junkie. I love my real life wood floors, and I love to give my Sims wood floors. And I really like the grain patterns and such that some of the Maxis wood floors have, but I find myself often disliking the colors that Maxis created. Or, in some cases, I like the color just fine but simply want more of them.

Hence, recolors. I developed a palette of 20 colors that I personally like, given my preference for muted earthy tones, and then I went ahead and applied those colors to each of 5 Maxis wood floors that I like, thus eliminating the Icky Color Problem and/or the Lack of Color Options Problem. And now I offer all 100 floors to y'all. Because I can.

I have recolored the following floors, all Maxis:
Limber Timber Deck Flooring
Oaken Floor
Slimming Oak Parquet
Smitty's Distressed Floorboards
Walk the Plank Flooring

I did make some minor edits to some of the original Maxis textures, emphasizing the grain in some, de-emphasizing it in others, removing the dumb-looking (IMO) nail hole patches in the distressed floor, etc. It's nothing too drastic, though, and in one case I didn't change a blessed thing.

Here are all of the colors in the 20-color palette, with four of the palette's colors applied to each of the five different floors so that you can see the underlying textures. Of course, each of the five floors comes in all 20 colors shown, not just the 4 used as examples of that particular floor:

Here are some in-game shots that include a square of Maxis's original texture in the center, just for comparison's sake:

(Sample pics of the other two floors are attached below.)

Note that I have created desaturated "weathered" versions of the colors that I personally use most often, so that when I use these floors outdoors, I can create the illusion of "aging" the wood over time by changing out the saturated color for the desaturated one. I am slightly strange/obsessive that way. Of course, you don't have to do that; the "weathered" colors can stand on their own just fine if you like them by themselves. But just in case you're as strange as me...Well, there you are.

Each download includes a collection file, for your convenience.(The collection files go in your "Collections" folder, NOT your "Downloads" folder.) The individual package files within the rar files are clearly named so that you can get rid of the colors that you don't like/need. The packages are also compressed so that they are as small in file size as they can be.

PS: If you find yourself liking and using these floors, you might want to be on the lookout for a forthcoming download of matching fences, columns, and modular stairs, intended for porch/deck-making purposes and probably some matching windows/doors because, as I said, I am strange/obsessive. I hope to have the deck stuff ready soon. It's just that the fences are giving me livid fits...

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iCad_WalkThePlankRC.rar | 20 Recolors of Maxis's Walk the Plank Flooring + Collection File

Size: 1.18 MB · Downloads: 14,296 · 24th Sep 2010
1.18 MB 14,296 24th Sep 2010
iCad_SmittysDistressedRC.rar | 20 Recolors of Maxis's Smitty's Distressed Floorboards + Collection File

Size: 1.99 MB · Downloads: 13,607 · 24th Sep 2010
1.99 MB 13,607 24th Sep 2010
iCad_SlimmingOakParquetRC.rar | 20 Recolors of Maxis's Slimming Oak Parquet + Collection File

Size: 1.87 MB · Downloads: 13,512 · 24th Sep 2010
1.87 MB 13,512 24th Sep 2010
iCad_OakenFlooringRC.rar | 20 Recolors of Maxis's Oaken Flooring + Collection File

Size: 492.0 KB · Downloads: 13,554 · 24th Sep 2010
492.0 KB 13,554 24th Sep 2010
iCad_LimberTimberDeckingRC.rar | 20 recolors of Maxis's Limber Timber Decking + Collection File

Size: 1.61 MB · Downloads: 13,679 · 24th Sep 2010
1.61 MB 13,679 24th Sep 2010
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#2 Old 24th Sep 2010 at 12:46 PM
Love them, they're great and the variety of colours is very nice. I sometimes stop and think, this isn't the right shade or the floor looks a bit off. That solved my issue! Thanks for sharing.
Test Subject
#3 Old 24th Sep 2010 at 3:40 PM
I love you for these I always seem to use the same few floors, because they're the nicest colours. Now I can have 100 more
Lab Assistant
#4 Old 24th Sep 2010 at 3:47 PM
Yayy! More wood floors♥.
Thanks (:
Top Secret Researcher
#5 Old 24th Sep 2010 at 4:55 PM
Ah wood floors galore! I absolutely love this idea. Thank you for these!
Lab Assistant
#6 Old 24th Sep 2010 at 5:55 PM
Thank you...I also love wood floors and this will give me plenty of variety.
Test Subject
24th Sep 2010 at 7:38 PM
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Test Subject
#7 Old 24th Sep 2010 at 7:40 PM
Hooray for more wood floors! Wonderful job, and I love the color names (especially Tree House)!

(Sorry, I hit the wrong button the first time I posted this. >.> Butterfingers.)
Forum Resident
#8 Old 25th Sep 2010 at 3:04 AM
These look really good, thanks!
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#9 Old 25th Sep 2010 at 3:44 PM
Ooh, this makes me very happy! I love wooden floors, too (and also have 'em IRL) - you can never have too many wooden floors IMO. So thank you very much for this!
Lab Assistant
#10 Old 25th Sep 2010 at 6:17 PM
OMG! They are soooooo pretty :-) Best wood floor I have seen!
#11 Old 28th Sep 2010 at 4:04 AM
That's the best Wood Flooring idea that has come around the Sims 2 community EVER! Thanks a whole bunch, iCad!
Test Subject
#12 Old 30th Sep 2010 at 8:30 AM
I feel exactly the same way about the wooden floors. Your colours are just lovely, and I love the floors you picked out to recolour.

I thought you did your previews really well too ;D
Test Subject
#13 Old 5th Oct 2010 at 4:18 AM
I think I love you! I know I love you! These are great and just what I have been looking for! Can't wait to see what else you come up with.
Test Subject
#14 Old 5th Oct 2010 at 5:52 AM
These are so awesome! Thank you so much! There are only a few wooden floors I actually like ingame, so now I'll be spoiled for choice! You rock!

PS I'm also downloading your modular stairs right now. :D
#15 Old 8th Oct 2010 at 2:46 AM
Sweet Jebus, that's a lot of floors! Very happy to have found them. I'm a wood floor junkie and generally like the Maxis textures, too, but the colours... *sigh*

Spoiled for choice now - thanks! ^_^
Test Subject
#16 Old 13th Oct 2010 at 10:17 PM
Awesome!! Thanks so much
Field Researcher
#17 Old 28th Nov 2010 at 5:18 PM
Wow... this is exactly what I wanted to do ages ago! Except, I wouldn't be able to make the enhancements. Great job, and thank you so much for sharing!!!

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Test Subject
#18 Old 4th Dec 2010 at 7:27 PM
I usually don't buy stuff for building (especially not floors), I'm more of a CAS person...but I LOOOVE these floors. They're so beautiful! Thank you so much for creating!
(I'm going to be starting a country-themed legacy soon, so I thought wood floors would be a nice touch c: )
Lab Assistant
#19 Old 2nd Mar 2011 at 9:31 PM
Dear god I love new maxis-match things.
Lab Assistant
#20 Old 27th Mar 2011 at 7:52 PM
Whoaaa! :D
Test Subject
#21 Old 31st May 2011 at 10:59 PM
just wanted to say i also like to make my lots look lived-in, though i do it from the moment i move them in, so i'm using your weathered versions outside all over the place. i also put little dirt/sand terrain paint underneath the swing sets and such to make it look like children really play there...

thanks for helping me in my quirks.
Test Subject
#22 Old 2nd Jul 2011 at 5:09 AM
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! <3
Test Subject
#23 Old 15th Mar 2012 at 5:47 AM
These are brilliant!
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#24 Old 11th May 2013 at 8:34 PM
Great idea, I have wooden floors they are so warm to the foot when you walk on wooden floors. Thank for sharing this wonderful idea of many colors.
#25 Old 17th Sep 2013 at 5:39 AM
Well, according to the buttons at the top, I haven't THANKed you for this set. Mea Culpa! *See iCad. Download iCad. Rush to game to build iCad.* Yeah, I am a fan of these colors. Of course my thanks again to You.
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