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Shell Villa

by Mootilda Posted 17th Nov 2011 at 7:58 PM - Updated 25th Nov 2011 at 7:20 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.

This unique home, inspired by a real house in Japan, will add some curves to your neighborhood.

As you enter this house from the tiered front porch, the great room spreads before you, containing the kitchen to the right, the dining area to the left, and the living area straight ahead. The comfortable seating area is focused on a free-standing fireplace. The curved ceiling overhead makes the room feel spacious and airy. Full-length windows and a skylight over the kitchen island flood the room with light. Views curve from the front porch around to the terraced patio.

Beyond the great room you'll find a large master suite with ensuite bath and views on two sides, along with two smaller bedrooms with a shared bath. A second skylight graces one of the smaller bedrooms. There's also a powder room for your guests.

This is not a large home, but it will have a large impact in your neighborhood.

Technical details:

The roof is a "foundation roof", created with inexpensive foundation walls. If necessary, these walls can be removed using the foundation tool.

Although the lot is not large, this house may strain less-powerful computers, because of the large number of levels used to create the unique look.

Some pets may have problems navigating 2-click stairs. You'll find a suggested solution in Post # 20

Lot Size: 3x3
Lot Price: $89,434

Custom Content by Me:
- Latte Concrete Floor Set. This is a set of floor tiles, which match the "Latte" Stucco walls that come with the base game. These floor tiles were used to create the curved underside of the structure and the skylights. Unfortunately, the upload manager balked at this package when it was included in the Sims2Pack, so they've been included as a separate zip file. Be sure to extract the package and place it in your Downloads folder before you install the lot into your neighborhood.

Custom Content Included:
- Invisible Stairs Recolor by sunni9676
- Modular Stairs by Numenor

Custom Content Recommended:
- The pictures of this house were taken using the Enhanced Floor Shader with the Invisible Floor Edge. These are global mods that will affect your entire neighborhood, so they are not included with the house. To get the full effect of the lot, you may want to download them; however, they are not required. I've included a close-up of the house without the invisible floor edge, so that you can see how the house will look without these mods.

Additional Credits:
Numenor, for the AnyGameStarter, which allowed me to make this lot without any EPs:

The LotAdjuster, which allowed me to shift the house on the lot when I needed more space for the terraced patio.

The GridAdjuster, which allowed me to easily make the curved design:

ConvertiWall, which allowed me to change the walls on the roof to foundation walls, thus reducing the cost in line with the actual structure:

The LevelAdder (still in testing), which allowed me to add more than 6 levels to a base game lot:

Quaxi and Peter and Igne Jones, for SimPE:

The LotCompressor, which allowed me to remove unnecessary images from the lot package, thus reducing its size:

Number of bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms
Custom Content Included: Build content only
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
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date | Additional floors required by Shell Villa

Size: 93.6 KB · Downloads: 9,124 · 17th Nov 2011
93.6 KB 9,124 17th Nov 2011 | Shell Villa lot with included CC

Size: 667.2 KB · Downloads: 11,712 · 17th Nov 2011
667.2 KB 11,712 17th Nov 2011
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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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Not actually evil.
#2 Old 17th Nov 2011 at 8:12 PM
Thanks for again showcasing what can be done with creativity and some damn good tools. Hee hee, cute shell house! Want.
Lab Assistant
#3 Old 17th Nov 2011 at 8:48 PM
Mad Poster
#4 Old 17th Nov 2011 at 9:28 PM
I know of the original house and this is amazingly alike. I never knew you could do that with a roof - gotta get building! :D
Top Secret Researcher
#5 Old 17th Nov 2011 at 10:16 PM
I love how clean your adapation is, especially given how "curvy" the original design is! Very well done. Can't wait to see where your design hunger and imagination take you next!
#6 Old 17th Nov 2011 at 10:48 PM
Wow ! Very impressive realisation !
#7 Old 17th Nov 2011 at 11:13 PM
Very cool, Mootilda!
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#8 Old 18th Nov 2011 at 5:46 AM
WOW! Well done, Mootilda!
Field Researcher
#9 Old 18th Nov 2011 at 6:05 AM
Wow, Brilliant! Thanks Mootilda!
#10 Old 18th Nov 2011 at 9:42 AM
AMAZING! I never thought something like this would be possible. So inspiring!!
#11 Old 18th Nov 2011 at 2:35 PM
mootilda, you do the impossible! I love the gradual two step stairs up to the house and the curves are pure artistry.
Test Subject
#12 Old 18th Nov 2011 at 7:21 PM
Okay, I know it´s allready been said and might be starting to get boring but it´s really true: amazing, fantastic!! WOW!!! Freaking awesome!!!!
#13 Old 19th Nov 2011 at 1:51 AM
Wonderful house! It is masterpiece in my eyes! You are the .
Lab Assistant
#14 Old 19th Nov 2011 at 3:49 AM
this is a really neat idea and house! good job! :D
Top Secret Researcher
#15 Old 19th Nov 2011 at 8:51 AM
Really amazing design, thanks!

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21st Nov 2011 at 12:50 AM
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#16 Old 21st Nov 2011 at 12:54 AM
very unique house! Thank You
Field Researcher
#17 Old 21st Nov 2011 at 11:24 AM
Very impressive. Love it!
Forum Resident
#18 Old 23rd Nov 2011 at 4:55 AM
Highly impressive! This house is one-of-a-kind and spectacular looking.
Test Subject
#19 Old 25th Nov 2011 at 6:04 AM
Thank you so much! I am very eager to move my Organization XIII Sims & their cats into this lovely house soon!
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Original Poster
#20 Old 25th Nov 2011 at 4:10 PM Last edited by Mootilda : 25th Nov 2011 at 7:32 PM.
You should be aware that some animals can't navigate 2-click stairs. I don't play with Pets, so I can't give you details. However, you may want to test with a temporary neighborhood first.

One option would be to add 8-click modular stairs, which pets should be able to navigate. If you move a few plants and a light fixture, you can easily place some stairs behind the terrace at the left side of the lot:
The new stairs are fairly inconspicuous from the front:
Mad Poster
#21 Old 29th Nov 2011 at 4:56 PM
This is AMAZING! I've seen the Shell Villa before, in my internet wanderings of alternative housing and architecture, and I fell in love with it. I'd totally live there!

IRL, I'm very passionate about "dome" homes, for their energy efficiency, and resistance to just about any natural disaster. Since getting into domes, I've often wished I could have dome homes in my game. This comes pretty close, I think! The Shell Villa is more akin to a dome than to conventional construction, for sure.

Anyway, thank you for this!
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Original Poster
#22 Old 29th Nov 2011 at 6:08 PM
I had never seen the Shell Villa before. As soon as I saw it, I was driven to recreate it in the Sims. One might even say that I was obsessed. I was very lucky to find a site with the floor plans and elevations; many sites just show a couple of pictures and it's hard to get a feel for the house from that.

Domes are interesting (thanks for the link!), but completely impractical in the Sims. There's no way to create curved walls, make them weather-proof, or to add doors and windows.

Could you use the Sphere 360 Build Set upper pieces to create a dome? I haven't fooled around with the set, but it looks promising.
Mad Poster
#23 Old 29th Nov 2011 at 6:45 PM Last edited by Darby : 29th Nov 2011 at 6:59 PM.
I hope you enjoy looking over those domes! They're not all beautiful, some being too cave-like for my taste, but others are quite stunning and light-filled. The incredible energy-efficiency of domes is something more people need to be looking at, as well as the disaster-resistance. I live in "tornado alley", and when I see a whole town (Joplin Missouri this last summer) of conventional construction leveled by a tornado, it frustrates me no end, knowing all those same homes/offices/schools would still be standing if they were domes. A lot of money would have been saved, and most importantly, many fewer lives would have been lost, if any at all.

Originally Posted by Mootilda
Could you use the Sphere 360 Build Set upper pieces to create a dome? I haven't fooled around with the set, but it looks promising.

That does look promising - and very cool! I know the roundness is an illusion, but it looks really good, and more versatile than one might think, at first glance. Some of the examples she has of how the elements can be combined for different effects remind me quite a bit of some of the domes on the Monolithic site!

I'm not much of a builder, but I'll be experimenting with that set! Thanks for putting me on to it!

ETA: Little Nemo's pics in post #33 confirms that "domes" are quite possible with this set!!!
I'm excited... :D
Test Subject
#24 Old 4th Dec 2011 at 2:07 AM
Hi! This download looks amazing! But I have know idea how to download it. when I push download it will say " have you read downloading for dummies?" i've read it like 12 times but still it won't let me. Can you please help me??!!!! I would REALLY like to download this becuz it is sooooooo awesome!
Test Subject
#25 Old 4th Dec 2011 at 2:11 AM
wait, i mite have just got it!!!! i really hope i did!!!!!!
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