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Bijou Family Living (BG - No CC)

by AndrewGloria Posted 24th Aug 2015 at 7:46 PM
17 Comments / replies (Who?) - 2 Feedback Posts, 15 Thanks Posts
2 storey house on 1x2 lot. 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Nursery and Balcony. Furnished. Base Game compatible and CC-free. Price under §20K

Originally conceived to meet the needs of some of my own Sims, I realised this house might also fit the bill for a few other players. Space is at a premium in my island 'hood so the house is on a 1x2 lot. My Sims wanted 3 double bedrooms, and they didn't want to spend a lot of money. Ideally it should be under §20K. Well after a few attempts and some excellent suggestions from contributors to my Creator Feedback thread, this is the result. The house is base-game-compatible and CC-free, and it costs §19,768. Inside it feels surprisingly spacious.

So what do your Sims get for their money?
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Nursery with crib and potty
  • Balcony area big enough for a hot tub or a telescope
  • Fitted cooking/food preparation area with counters, a cooker, a fridge and a sink
  • Table
  • 4 Dining Chairs
  • Smoke Alarm
  • Telephone
  • Burglar Alarm
  • Electric lighting throughout
  • 2 Double Beds
  • Sofa
  • Wardrobe
  • Bookcase
  • Bathroom Mirror
  • Front Garden

The house comes with 2 double beds and a crib. It will comfortably sleep 6 or 7 Sims but, if your family is that big and you only have §20,000, you may have work a day or two or sell something else to get the money to buy beds for all of them.

Typically I see this house being placed in a high-density suburban street with similar houses on either side. This is the reason for the paucity of windows in the side walls; in a typical situation they would just give a view of a blank wall two meters away. Worse still, if the windows matched up with the house next door, your neighbours could be looking straight into your room. I feel that modern planning regulations wouldn't be keen on this. There are a couple of windows in the side walls, but only enough to ensure that every room has some natural light. Most of the windows are at the front and the rear of the house.

The house in a typical suburban setting
If people are interested, I'll try to produce some similar small 2-storey houses to make it easier to make up a convincing looking street.

Part of the original remit for this house was that there must be room for a hot tub or love tub. There are lots of Romance Sims in my island 'hood and they all want a love tub. The picture below shows how one fits comfortably in the balcony area. You have to use the MoveObjects cheat to place the tub, probably because it is so near to the lot edges.

(Love tub and Sims are not included.)

Quality Control and Neighbourhood Safety
The house was built in a Sim-free building base game hood using Any Game Starter. Copies of it were play-tested by different families both in a base game AGS 'hood and in my normal game (Double Deluxe plus Open for Business), but no Sims have ever lived in the original. It is therefore as safe as I can make it to use in your game.

Lot Size: 1x2
Lot Price (furnished): §19,768

Additional Credits:
Mootilda fot the Lot Adjuster, which allowed me to place the walls one tile from the lot edges. Also for Lights on/Lights off.
Numenor for Any Game Starter.
joandsarah77, Peni Griffin, Justpetro, Jawusa, KarenLorraine, PlatinumPlumbbob, SleepyTabby and Maxon for their helpful comments and suggestions on my Creator Feedback thread.
The Morton and Macdonald families of Minniestoun, and the Harrison brothers of New Desconia for allowing their houses to be used for the screenshots. Their family members and friends for posing for the pictures.
Finally those we tend to take for granted: EA and Maxis for creating The Sims 2 for us. Especially Will Wright for thinking up The Sims in the first place!

Number of bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms
Custom Content Included: None
Furnishings: Starter Furnishings
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
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2-Storey Base Game House - 3BR

Size: 730.2 KB · Downloads: 1,713 · 24th Aug 2015
730.2 KB 1,713 24th Aug 2015
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
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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Mad Poster
#2 Old 24th Aug 2015 at 9:12 PM
Welcome to the ranks of creators, Andrew! Time to bask.
#3 Old 24th Aug 2015 at 9:29 PM
Bravo! A wonderful starter. I'm amazed how much you've been able to pack into a 1x2.

One caveat, though, and not your fault: Any career involving a helicopter (Military, Politics, and Business for example) will have problems with the helicopter arriving on a lot with frontage 1. That said, I have a lot of such lots in my 'hood and am careful with them. Bijou is going to be a welcome addition!

Imagine a world without hypothetical situations
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#4 Old 24th Aug 2015 at 10:43 PM
Congratulations Andrew, you now get to eat the secret creator cookies! Very secret because... there aren't any! But you do get to have an orange name. Great to see this up.
Test Subject
#5 Old 24th Aug 2015 at 11:17 PM
Love this! I'm crap at building houses, so I love to see creators come up with houses I can download... especially ones that don't have two pages of custom content. I'm a Mac Simmer, and these things add up way too fast for my poor, pitiful, Eaxis-stunted download folder.

So yes, more like this would be appreciated.
#6 Old 25th Aug 2015 at 12:18 AM
Thanks so much for making this! As someone who lets all of my sim families have far too many children, I really appreciate a starter house that has space for more than one or two sims!
Test Subject
#7 Old 25th Aug 2015 at 5:39 AM
This is the perfect starter home. I dislike the little lots that have no room for Simmies to move around and this certainly takes care of that. I love having two bathrooms very much. I have never been able to get a starter home built on my own because I deplore the lack of space. So my houses are always large and empty until money is made to buy stuff.Once again a huge thank you,
Mad Poster
#8 Old 25th Aug 2015 at 6:06 AM
The Great AntiJen
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#9 Old 25th Aug 2015 at 2:18 PM
Congrats Andrew - glad to see it up.
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#10 Old 25th Aug 2015 at 5:20 PM
I'm glad to see it uploaded. It's a nice first upload. Congratulations Andrew!
Test Subject
#11 Old 26th Aug 2015 at 6:56 PM
Love it!
Field Researcher
#12 Old 24th Dec 2015 at 2:49 AM
Since my sims don't tend to move out of their original home, I usually need a home that will handle at least a small family on a starting budget, so this is awesome! Thanks.
Test Subject
#13 Old 16th Jan 2016 at 1:26 AM
Love Your house! The colors really do make the house pop out!
#14 Old 21st Feb 2016 at 5:56 PM
Thanks, Andrew! I need a nice starter house for my Family sim, who intends to fill it with as many children as she can, as quickly as she can, but who doesn't have a lot of money to work with. They'll probably be a one-income family for the duration, so it's important to get a house that they won't have to trade up.

Thanks again!
Test Subject
#15 Old 4th Mar 2016 at 3:56 AM
thank you
Test Subject
#16 Old 8th Aug 2016 at 1:53 PM
Thanks for sharing this. Keep it up. :)
Mad Poster
#17 Old 12th May 2017 at 5:02 PM
Thank you
Test Subject
#18 Old 15th Mar 2018 at 8:45 PM
Thank you very much for your work. I loved it. It is an excellent job.
It looks great in my game