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Multi-Storey Parking Lot/Garage - (No CC)

by dragomander Posted 19th Aug 2018 at 5:22 PM - Updated 28th Aug 2018 at 6:05 AM by dragomander
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In large cities, the only thing worse than heavy traffic jams is parking, or lack thereof. An urban approach to that problem is a large multi-storey carpark.

I was searching for one to be included in a city neighborhood of mine, but they weren't multi-storey. And so I decided to experiment with boolprop constrainfloorelevation false (CFE) and voila: I give you this Multi-Storey Parking Lot!





What we have here is a 5 storey split-level (10 half-floors) carpark with allocated parking bays. The layout of the floors vary slightly to make them unique but there's only so much you can do with parking bays! Each of the floors are easily accessible via elevators and there's an emergency staircase too.

One thing though, the levels don't actually connect at one point, but I employed a neat trick to 'link' the levels. Haha. I'm sure that's not the only way to go about it, but hey, this is my first large, split-level project.



UPDATE: Smoother Rooftop Entrance
I was experimenting a little more and managed to level the jagged looking rooftop of the earlier version. *end of update*

There's also a small Security Office on the ground floor. It has a puny toilet attached, which Sims would probably want to use only if it were an absolute emergency. This office is where the security footage is stored and reviewed, if that was possible in the game without CC. Which it isn't though. Speaking of which, no custom content was used in the making of this lot. So just use your imagination



As for zoning, it's a Community Lot right now so it can be visited but no cars can be placed (without CC). If you're thinking of using this lot purely for aesthetic purposes, try zoning it into a dorm. That way, you can keep cars on the lot without having to see that "For Sale" sign hovering over it.

About compatibility, I have all EPs and SPs on, so I've flagged all of them.

And that's that. Enjoy the view of a parking lot right next to your office tower. Maybe even get your Sims to practice their GTA skills here If you like, love or hate the lot, let me know. Thank you and happy downloading!


Lot Size: 3x3
Lot Price (furnished): 146,539
Tags: #car, #park, #carpark, #parking, #garage, #split, #city, #urban, #vehicle, #nocc

Number of bedrooms: Not Applicable
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.

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Forum Resident
#2 Old 19th Aug 2018 at 6:33 PM
Very intriguing. Where is it that things "don't connect"? I had often thought about doing something like this, with the top 2 floors being dedicated to some kind of community lot. Kudos to you for keeping this lot CC-free, but if folks wanted, MogHughson's Decorative Parking Spaces - with random cars parked would complement your lot very nicely!

Cool lot. Thanks for sharing!


-grinEvilly
>=)
Mad Poster
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#3 Old 19th Aug 2018 at 6:34 PM
This is fantastic! I've actually wondered if it would work to do a garage with CFE in exactly this way, and never actually got around to testing it (the only lot I've made that has a multistory parking garage is one where there wouldn't have been space to do it "right" like this anyway, so I just rely on suspension of disbelief to explain why there's cars on the 4th floor and no ramp to get them there!). Very nicely done, and it looks pretty convincing to me!
Field Researcher
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#4 Old 19th Aug 2018 at 7:19 PM
I think this is great and plan on using it. Thank you.
Top Secret Researcher
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#5 Old 19th Aug 2018 at 8:10 PM
Neat idea! This will fit areas like Downtown perfectly.

I second MogHughson's Decorative Parking Spaces mod!
Test Subject
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#6 Old 19th Aug 2018 at 8:22 PM
This is so awesome! Can't wait to put this in my downtowns. Thank you for sharing!
Lab Assistant
#7 Old 19th Aug 2018 at 11:31 PM
What is the "neat trick" you used to connect the levels? I don't recognise the items.
Test Subject
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#8 Old 20th Aug 2018 at 8:07 AM Last edited by dragomander : 20th Aug 2018 at 8:20 AM.
Hi everyone! I'm really glad that you like the lot. Took me quite a while to piece it together, so I really appreciate that.

I just tried MogHughson's Decorative Parking Spaces mod and I must say it's simply perfect, especially since it can remain a community lot. Highly recommended (for those who do not mind CC)!

The trick I used to link the floors is basically making them appear connected using *drumroll* decorations! I used the cornice found in Decorative > Misc. to set the bridge before adjusting the terrain.

Thanks for the support!
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Test Subject
Original Poster
#9 Old 20th Aug 2018 at 8:14 AM
Default Update: Smoother Rooftop Entrance
Hey all, so I was still experimenting with the lot and managed to level the jagged rooftop entrance so it's a little more eye pleasing.

Thanks.
Lab Assistant
#10 Old 20th Aug 2018 at 8:44 PM
A very good idea - I've seen pictures of multi-story parking lots, but could never figure out how it would work... question: since there are still open spaces between the deco elements - is that intentional (looking good, like speed bumps) or was it not possible to put them closer together?

At some point I actually tried to make some sort multi level ramp lot using Mootildas Grid Adjuster & the invisible stairs from this thread - it failed horribly, so kudos too for finding a much easier solution.
Test Subject
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#11 Old 21st Aug 2018 at 12:08 AM
Not sure how I'm going to use this in the game, but it's too cool not to have it!
Test Subject
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#12 Old 21st Aug 2018 at 9:16 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Little Nemo
A very good idea - I've seen pictures of multi-story parking lots, but could never figure out how it would work... question: since there are still open spaces between the deco elements - is that intentional (looking good, like speed bumps) or was it not possible to put them closer together?

At some point I actually tried to make some sort multi level ramp lot using Mootildas Grid Adjuster & the invisible stairs from this thread - it failed horribly, so kudos too for finding a much easier solution.


Actually, I had to leave the gap because the terrain in it is extremely steep. So I tried some random deco items and this seemed ideal, especially since it did look like a drain cover. This GridAdjuster method seems to produce functioning ramps but looks complex though.
Forum Resident
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#13 Old 22nd Aug 2018 at 4:00 AM
@dragomander - have you considered doing up a tutorial on the concepts and tools you've used to achieve this? It seems, many people had similar ideas but weren't able to achieve their desired effect. I'm sure many people would be interested in a photo-illustrated tutorial showing exactly how you overcame all the technical obstacles! Please do, and good luck!

-gE
>=)
Test Subject
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#14 Old 22nd Aug 2018 at 6:19 PM
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Originally Posted by grinevilly
@dragomander - have you considered doing up a tutorial on the concepts and tools you've used to achieve this? It seems, many people had similar ideas but weren't able to achieve their desired effect. I'm sure many people would be interested in a photo-illustrated tutorial showing exactly how you overcame all the technical obstacles! Please do, and good luck!

-gE
>=)


Hmm, you're right. I'll try to get one up and going soon. Stay tuned!
Lab Assistant
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#15 Old 22nd Aug 2018 at 7:18 PM
I'm wondering if this would work on the Mac Version of Sims 2. I don't have Free Time or Apartment life, or most of the stuff packs so I don't know what elements you pulled out of decorative to make the garage work. But I love the idea, even if it won't work for me.
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#16 Old 23rd Aug 2018 at 6:22 AM
I agree that you should write a tutorial on how you did this, it's very clever. I think this could be used to finally make some realistic-looking bridges, especially for vehicles, although players need to understand that they would not be functional and Sims would not be able to walk across them.
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#17 Old 24th Aug 2018 at 5:07 AM
Default Simple Ramp Tutorial
Okay, It's ready. I've made a (long-winded) tutorial on how to make ramps as seen in my parking lot. It's on my Journal (right here). Happy experimenting
Link Ninja
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#18 Old 28th Aug 2018 at 3:36 AM
This was such a good idea for a lot
Field Researcher
#19 Old 28th Aug 2018 at 11:46 AM
This looks like so many of the car parks I loathe getting stuck in after anything I see at the theatre, haha. Great job!

.:: B2SIMS.com ::.
Lab Assistant
#20 Old 12th Sep 2018 at 10:56 AM
This is amazing, great job! It will suit perfectly in my urban neighbourhood.

Did I really say that?
- Well, at least yesterday is behind us now.
/Jonipoon
Lab Assistant
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#21 Old 7th May 2019 at 8:13 PM
This building rocks on several levels. Even if never visited it is still a great addition to neighborhood ambiance. You have used many techniques that a lot of us haven't the skill to do, so the realism is a huge plus. There are buy able statues of cars - not drive-able but realistic enough looking. Many who make stories will probably like a lot like this as a setting. Thanks!
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#22 Old 16th Jul 2020 at 8:01 PM
Just what I needed for my downtown. Thank you for making this!