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Split Level Living ~ Traditional Design - with 4 bedrooms and 4+ baths

by CatherineTCJD Posted 24th Mar 2017 at 7:41 PM - Updated 5th Mar 2018 at 4:53 PM by CatherineTCJD
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Split Level Living in a Traditional Design - looks like a mid-80's era house to me







Floorplan for the upper level - the main living areas:


This house features 4 bedrooms - 2 with private bathrooms, and 2 with an adjoining shared bathroom; plus there are two powder rooms - one on each level. Sims love using bathrooms There is also an eat-in kitchen, separate dining room, a living room (upstairs,) a family room (downstairs,) a screening/TV room, oversized garage, 'grilling' porch off of the kitchen, and a large yard to play in. There's plenty of room for a pool or a garden - maybe even both! I hope your sims will enjoy living here

This is a clean copy of this house/lot; no sim has ever lived here. Alarms, phone, PC, TV, etc... everything your sims needs is included. BUT, I have intentionally left "decorations" out of it. Please add artwork and little decos as you and your sims see fit. I also try to use 'plain' EAxis furniture whenever I can, hence the overused Malm furniture, and in-game wallpapers. LOL!
This house was inspired by Design #V31386 in a blueprint "collection" book from Home Planners, Inc. (circa 1984)

NOTE: If walls are missing when you first visit the lot, exit without saving and add Numenor's Unlevel Wall - #90 to your DL folder before loading this house again. Sometimes I use this wall instead of the CFE cheat when building houses.

NOTE#2:
The Backless shower by HugeLuantic & hokadk47 @ Sims2Artists - is slaved to JonesiBedBlanket by Jonesi/BPS. Get it HERE
...and you'll want some good basic recolors too. I suggest these by Amythestfenix @ Sims2Artists.com

NOTE#3:
Yes, I used 3 different CC stairs in this lot - please click through the links listed below to read about how to install them. Each of them are recolorable versions of the basegame stairs; if you're a regular downloader you probably have them already

NOTE#4:
OMG! (Thank you RPR.14 for pointing this out!) I forgot to add a credit/link to myself
I used my Wallpaper Overlay Set for the outside trim. You will need this file: MaxisOutsideWallTrims-CGT (the third one down) and ONE of the 2 Mesh files - pick only one (one of the last two files in the list). OR (See comment #25 of this thread) you may get little 'kid's posters' all around the outside of the house! LOL! If you don't want my Wallpaper Overlay Set, you may just delete all the little posters and live with an untrimmed house. That's fine too Enjoy!


Standard mods I use that are not necessary nor included - but were probably used whilst building/photo-ing/prepping this house for upload...
I use Moi's Roof Shader
Maranatah's White Wall Top texture replacement
Moo's Turn On/Off Lights
Menaceman's Lunatech Lighting Fix
BeosBoxBoy's no-red-pause-mod
Numenor's AnyGameStarter/AGS

I also use FRAPs to take in-game pictures, and PhotoShop to clean/collage said pictures.

Lot Size: 4x4
Lot Price (furnished): $114,504

Custom Content Included:
- Stone Wall (matches Maxis 'Say No More' wallpaper) by Cyclonesue @ TSR
- Brick Pediment 08 by spaik @ TSR
- Edger in Black by HL @ MTS2
- lafenetre2tilefullsizewindow by Windkeeper @ MTS2
- lafenetreglassdoor by Windkeeper @ MTS2
- HPsShrubbyShrub-tiny by Gwenke @ Sims2artists
- magnolia tree by Numenor @ MTS2
- chairdining-partyballoons-NOballoons by Menaceman44 @ MTS2
- column-value1-corneredWbase by HL @ MTS2
- counter-designer-wallcabinet by CTN @ MTS2
- Designer Hood with Smoke Alarm by MAS @ MTS2
- dishwasher-romantic_FT-Island by HW @ MTS2
- shower-tubbackless by hkaw & HL @ Sims2artists
- shower-valuebackless by hkaw & HL @ Sims2artists
- tablecoffee-IKEA-Leksvik1X1 by Michelle @ MTS2
- modularconcretestairs by chrissy6930 @ TSR
- Chic Stairs Recolorable by HL @ MTS2
- IndestructableConcreteRECOLORABLE by HL @ MTS2
- WallpaperEdging by MustLuvCatz @ MTS2
- WEdgingCHERRYwood by MustLuvCatz @ MTS2
- Chic Fence in Cayenne by iCad @ MTS2
- HLConcreteStairsRC_MaxisShadowGreyStucco by iCad @ MTS2
- georgian2talldoublewindow by phoenix_phaerie @ MTS2
- RetainingWall_Top-Mesh by tbudgett @ MTS2
- RetainingWall_TopCorner-Mesh by tbudgett @ MTS2
- invisceilinglamp-hardlight by nixnivis @ nixedsims/wordpress

Additional Credits:
Thank you EAxis for this wonderful game
And, MTS2 for this terrific website!

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 University Nightlife Open for Business Pets Seasons Bon Voyage Free Time Apartment Life + 8 SPs
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Design V31386_Splitlevel01.zip | Built in AGS with all EPs/SPs - Enjoy!

Size: 2.60 MB · Downloads: 1,457 · 24th Mar 2017
2.60 MB 1,457 24th Mar 2017
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Lab Assistant
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#2 Old 24th Mar 2017 at 11:41 PM
I love this! I've always wanted to build split level homes but thought it was a complicated process. Seeing this build has renewed my desire to try again while giving one lucky sim a beautiful place to carry on her family's legacy.
Mad Poster
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#3 Old 25th Mar 2017 at 12:20 AM
Oh! I'm so glad you like it!!! *Squeeee*
I've got a couple other split-levels in the pipeline...
They are a bit fiddly to build, but once you get the hang of it it gets easier. I love the challenge

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#4 Old 25th Mar 2017 at 2:57 AM
Love this !
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#5 Old 25th Mar 2017 at 5:24 AM
That kitchen looks so cozy and cute!! Thank you!!
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#6 Old 25th Mar 2017 at 10:25 AM
I really like the layout, thank you
Test Subject
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#7 Old 25th Mar 2017 at 1:05 PM
I always love your creations!
Mad Poster
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#8 Old 25th Mar 2017 at 3:31 PM
Woah..a *real* split-level. You're my hero. I always wanted to build some, never found out how. lol
Beautiful!
Mad Poster
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#9 Old 25th Mar 2017 at 4:02 PM
Thank you all ya'll - I really appreciate the positive feedback

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#10 Old 26th Mar 2017 at 1:53 PM
Awesome layout! Can't wait to play with this.
Scholar
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#11 Old 26th Mar 2017 at 6:40 PM
Nice and realistic house with room for a family! I like it!
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#12 Old 27th Mar 2017 at 1:38 AM
I loved this house, but it crashed upon loading. Have you had other people mention that? I'm sad.
Mad Poster
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#13 Old 27th Mar 2017 at 4:36 PM
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Originally Posted by olyoldone
I loved this house, but it crashed upon loading. Have you had other people mention that? I'm sad.

No! Oh no! Have you tried redownloading it? Sometimes packages corrupt when downloading...
Please try that and let me know. K?

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#14 Old 28th Mar 2017 at 1:55 AM
The house is great, only problem is that the shower that comes with it and the windows/pillars of the house are glowing blue. I don't know if anyone else is having that problem.

Like a light show.
Mad Poster
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#15 Old 28th Mar 2017 at 2:24 AM
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Originally Posted by Cjones316
The house is great, only problem is that the shower that comes with it and the windows/pillars of the house are glowing blue. I don't know if anyone else is having that problem.

Like a light show.

That would be because you're missing the mesh. The back porch's column, tub/shower and the value shower are CC versions of the basegame ones - they were all included with the lot package, so they shouldn't be flashing... did you install the lot with the Clean Installer? And did you see "Note #2" in the original post? You'll need to have JonesiBedBlanket and a recolor of it (links are in the OP)
If it's the tall front columns that are flashing - they came with one of the EPs (Uni, maybe?) make sure you have every EP/SP for the game installed.

Anything flashing blue items can be deleted with the hammer; then just put in the piece you want to use instead. Good luck!

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#16 Old 28th Mar 2017 at 3:23 AM
I've always been a fan of split-levels. I think that they are an under-utilized home style in TS2. Great for big families. You've captured the style really well here. Great job!
Doing all the things, and *mostly* not failing.
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#17 Old 28th Mar 2017 at 6:41 AM
I love split levels! This is fab!
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#18 Old 28th Mar 2017 at 11:59 PM
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Originally Posted by olyoldone
I loved this house, but it crashed upon loading. Have you had other people mention that? I'm sad.
Did for me too. will try again. sometimes custom content has trouble
Mad Poster
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#19 Old 29th Mar 2017 at 12:43 AM
If you install it with the Clean Installer - you can tick only the house to install (without any CC) You will be missing things - but, then you can make repairs before moving your sims in. Good luck!

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#20 Old 5th Apr 2017 at 3:35 PM
Hi Catherine,

Would you mind doing a tutorial on how to build these? I'm so fascinated by it - I love this layout and there's so few recent tutorials on advanced building techniques like this! I feel like learning to do it so that it looks the way this house does - where the front steps aren't so high up - would be a useful technique for other types of buildings too! Would it be possible?

Thank you so much!
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#21 Old 7th Apr 2017 at 11:30 PM
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Originally Posted by terula8
Would you mind doing a tutorial on how to build these?...

Yes! I've been wanting to create a tute for a while now! I just couldn't think of a subject-matter that wasn't covered a zillion times already
I don't know how long it will take - so keep checking back, and I'll try to remember to PM you when it's ready. K?
Thanks for asking!

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#22 Old 10th Apr 2017 at 8:00 PM
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Originally Posted by CatherineTCJD
Yes! I've been wanting to create a tute for a while now! I just couldn't think of a subject-matter that wasn't covered a zillion times already
I don't know how long it will take - so keep checking back, and I'll try to remember to PM you when it's ready. K?
Thanks for asking!


Oh gosh I'm so excited!!! THANK YOU!! I'll keep an eye on the thread! (And download all of your lots - they are genuinely amazing!)
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#23 Old 19th Apr 2017 at 3:21 PM
So beautiful house.. Awsome!! Thanks for making:)
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#24 Old 8th May 2017 at 6:41 PM
Thank you
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#25 Old 29th Jan 2018 at 2:48 AM Last edited by RPR.14 : 29th Jan 2018 at 3:30 AM.
I was having some issues with children's posters outside the house (which appear to have a changed appearance in screenshots), and issues with the unleveled walls. Other than these issues it still is a really good house! I just hope I can fix them. Would I need to reinstall the house? I figured out how to fix the pillars and windows, but I still have an issue with missing flooring, missing wall coverings, and a chunk of walls is missing all together. Does that have something to do with the unleveled walls?
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