MTS has all free content, all the time. Find out how YOU can help to keep it running. Tell me how...

Backdoor Lane 10 [NL+OfB] -- Three row houses

by plasticbox Posted 11th Jan 2007 at 6:48 PM - Updated 21st Sep 2008 at 10:40 PM by plasticbox : Addressed questions re. multi-household lots | Reupload
81 Comments / replies (Who?) - 25 Feedback Posts
This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
Cost: 101.829§
Lot: 3x3
Households: 3

Nightlife and OfB required.
Custom content included: Invisible Driveway, by roddyaleixo


Update, 2007-03-02:
Replaced the zip -- anyone who downloaded this before and got an empty sims2pack, try again. See this thread for more info.


Description:
For sims that are sick of living in the suburbs, Backdoor Lane provides an alternative: a couple of small town lots with a more urban look and feel. They fit together like a jigsaw puzzle, creating a maze of backyard gardens and interconnected alleyways when placed in a tightly spaced neigbourhood. Most of them work as corner lots as well as facing the street, creating a very different impression depending on how you place them and what's on the lot next door.


Backdoor Lane 10
are three row houses with gardens. Two of the houses are identical, in the third one a former tenant has added a basement and changed the doors and such. Access to all houses is either through the garden, via an alley that leads off the street, or through a back/side door into the kitchen.

Each house has:
2 x double bedroom
2 x bathroom
1 x kitchen/dining
1 x upstairs hallway/living room
1 x living room

Plus a basement in house 3. Bathrooms, alarms, phone are provided in all houses; otherwise they're empty except for the ground floor of the first house. Outside lights and gardening included, public phone out front, parking space for four cars off the side alley, cars included.


Notes on multi-household lots:

You can either decide to just use one of these houses for a single household, or have several households together on one lot. I often do that with otherwise neglected single-sim households, former townies and such, that I want to age in sync with the rest of the neighbourhood and be able to become pregnant and so on, without spending the time to play every single one of them separately. That, and the fact that it's otherwise impossible at the moment to build houses directly next to each other (which, to me, is normal in a city), is why I build lots with two or three houses on them.

If you want to use only one house/apartment on the lot: The simplest solution is to lock all other doors with the in-game mechanism that's provided since OfB. Click on the door, select "Lock ... for all sims", done. You don't need any hacks or downloads for this.

If you have only single-sim households on the lot (however many): The simplest solution, again, is to use the in-game mechanism: Click on every front door, select "Lock ... for all but me". Uni users can probably use the Myne Doors for the same effect. I don't know, I don't have Uni ... but you need OfB for this lot anyway. No hacks needed. With OfB door-locking, your sims (to my experience) won't even bitch and whine about stuff behind locked doors anymore.


Other solutions -- *much* more flexible than the in-game stuff:

Four-key locking doors, by Inge @ simlogical (it's online again, yay!), available here (documentation see there). This is sort of the "oldschool" solution -- was already available before Uni even came out. You can lock these doors (one download available for every in-game model up to NL) and hand out keys to your sims. They haven't been updated, but still work in OfB as far as I've tested it. Disadvantage: the hacked doors won't work when placed diagonally (they revert back to a plain in-game door), and you can only hand out four keys for each door -- most of my front doors are 2 tiles wide though, so you could put two one-tile Inge doors in their place and have access control for eight sims.

Complete Security Door System, by Inge @ simlogical, available here. I've no experience with this, but it's well documented + explained (on simlogical, see there).

Authorized Personnel Only Security System, by JMP @ MATY, available here (OfB users) and here
(Pets users -- same version as the OfB one at the moment, but that may change in the future). Excuse the direct links -- I don't want to encourage leeching but didn't see a forum thread about it on MATY, so here goes. Read the RTFM please (included in the zip). This is the most versatile hack I know about, and it's only one download, that's why I personally prefer this one (MATY seems to go down every now and then these days, if you get a timeout try again after a while).

Smart Doors by tunaisafish @ mts2, available here -- read that post for usage instructions, and post all questions there please. Again, I've no personal experience with it, but I heard good things about it and it looks well-maintained, so don't let that stop you.


Possible side effects and how to get rid of them:

Your sims may decide they want to use your neighbour's toilet/piano/tub but can't, because they can't get to it, because the door is locked. And then they'll throw a fit about it, which is annoying and stupid. I haven't actually seen this in a while, not sure if it's gotten better with OfB, but just in case it hasn't: noroutefail (OfB) and noroutefail (Pets), by JMP @ MATY, nukes the annoying animation when the sims can't do something because something else (like a locked door for example) is blocking their route. They'll instead just get a thought bubble with the offending object in it. Will save you a lot of time and nerves; very much recommended.

callover (OfB) and callover (Pets), by JMP @ MATY: Very useful to speed things up on large lots in particular (like apartment houses) -- when you have visitors for example, you'll probably notice that they don't seem to have any idea where you live and hang around on the front porch instead. With this hack, if you call them over the will RUN to where you are instead of tramping across the lot at 2mph. Works for all other sims, as well (not only visitors), regardless of how lazy (=slow) they are otherwise.


Technical issues with any of these hacks, please post where you got them from (in case of MATY hacks, that's http://www.moreawesomethanyou.com/smf/index.php ). General in-game questions/ideas/feedback, feel free to ask here =).


Thank you:
This collection (frillen) as well as this one (loba) and that one (windkeeper), the mini lots by Andi8104 and the ones based thereupon (MaryLou) have been very useful in making the Backdoor Lane neighbourhood. Thanks for making them available, as well as for the driveway of course.

Please don't PM me with neighbourhood terrain requests (look in the Neighbourhoods section instead), downloading issues (I can't help you -- look in Site Issues, Q-XPress forums etc), or Build Mode questions (general questions go here, lot specific questions in the d/l thread). Thanks.
Number of bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms
Custom Content Included: Build content only
Furnishings: Fixtures Only

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 Nightlife Open for Business
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
BackdoorLane_10.zip

Size: 1,020.7 KB · Downloads: 18,347 · 2nd Mar 2007
1,020.7 KB 18,347 2nd Mar 2007
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.
Need more information?
 
81 Comments / Replies (Who?) - 77 Feedback Posts, 1 Thanks Posts
Hide Thanks Posts for this thread (Show only feedback)
Page 3 of 4
Pettifogging Legalist!
retired moderator
Original Poster
#51 Old 12th Jun 2007 at 7:11 AM
Thanks for the info re. the doorlocking thing, vintagepksweetie -- that feature was introduced with OfB, but if it works for you it seems to have been included with later EPs.

Stuff for TS2 · TS3 · TS4 | Please do not PM me with technical questions – we have Create forums for that.

In the kingdom of the blind, do as the Romans do.
Not actually evil.
#52 Old 18th Jun 2007 at 6:36 PM
Just wonderful! Reminds me of England.
Lab Assistant
#53 Old 19th Jun 2007 at 6:54 AM
Hi plasticbox!!!
This lot is super!!! Wonderful!!! Thanks for sharing it!!! I wanted to know if you areavailable to take a request of building a drugstore/pharmacy (community lot) since I guess no one has made one of this or, if made, I`m sure yours will be the best of them all!!! May you take this, please? Thanks a lot!!!
Pettifogging Legalist!
retired moderator
Original Poster
#54 Old 19th Jun 2007 at 3:09 PM
Re. drugstore/pharmacy, can't you take just about any shop and put a pharmacy in it? To me that sounds like mainly a question of decoration/CC used. If you know more about that than I do, like a particular kind of floorplan that a pharmacy usually has, feel free to provide info =)

Stuff for TS2 · TS3 · TS4 | Please do not PM me with technical questions – we have Create forums for that.

In the kingdom of the blind, do as the Romans do.
Instructor
#55 Old 19th Jun 2007 at 10:10 PM
This is awesome! thanks a lot for sharing!
Test Subject
#56 Old 20th Jun 2007 at 1:52 AM
fantastic job, thank you so much
Field Researcher
#57 Old 20th Jun 2007 at 8:29 AM
How did you manage to take pictures of you house without the house near you being blurred? I have been making a town based on your houses, but when i am playing one particular lot, the other house close are all blured.

Thanks for you hard work, i love your sim homes
Field Researcher
#58 Old 20th Jun 2007 at 6:27 PM
I've downloaded several of your backdoor lane houses, and whenever I try to load any of your houses my game crashes, but I can load houses by other people just fine. is there something I'm supposed to download in order to be able to use your houses?
Pettifogging Legalist!
retired moderator
Original Poster
#59 Old 21st Jun 2007 at 11:03 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by lizbethbear
is there something I'm supposed to download in order to be able to use your houses?


No, they should work like any other lot.

* What exactly do you mean by "load" -- does it crash when you click on the house in the lot bin, or at some other point?

* What EPs/SPs do you have? (According to your profile, you have everything that's required, but the profiles arent always correct)

* How do you install the lots? With the Maxis installer?


Quote:
Originally Posted by sailfindragon
How did you manage to take pictures of you house without the house near you being blurred?


No idea what you mean .. the neighbouring houses *are* blurred (see overview pic).

Stuff for TS2 · TS3 · TS4 | Please do not PM me with technical questions – we have Create forums for that.

In the kingdom of the blind, do as the Romans do.
Field Researcher
#60 Old 21st Jun 2007 at 6:48 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by plasticbox
No, they should work like any other lot.

* What exactly do you mean by "load" -- does it crash when you click on the house in the lot bin, or at some other point?

* What EPs/SPs do you have? (According to your profile, you have everything that's required, but the profiles arent always correct)

* How do you install the lots? With the Maxis installer?




My game crashes when I try to move a family into the house. I have everything except GL. I install all lots with the maxis installer, nothing else seems to work with my windows vista. i am beginning to think that it is the fact that I just installed the ep5 patch and had not downloaded the insim or inteen for the patched game. I will try that and then see how it goes. I hope that's the problem because I think your houses are wonderful.
Pettifogging Legalist!
retired moderator
Original Poster
#61 Old 21st Jun 2007 at 7:22 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by lizbethbear
My game crashes when I try to move a family into the house.


That sounds like good news -- if I recall correctly, severe problems with the lot (like not having required EPs) would normally crash you when trying to place it (i.e. clicking on it in the lot bin).

Have you tried opening the empty lot? To rule out it's somehting with the sims you want to move in?

Stuff for TS2 · TS3 · TS4 | Please do not PM me with technical questions – we have Create forums for that.

In the kingdom of the blind, do as the Romans do.
Lab Assistant
#62 Old 23rd Jun 2007 at 9:56 PM
LOVLEEEY, LOVLEEEY, LOVLEEEEY, LOVLEEY! Me have :D:D:D:D:D

Swedän rules, not.
Scholar
#63 Old 8th Jul 2007 at 8:58 AM
The best multi-family house I have ever seen. Thank you.

Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today

My Avatar? It's Corto Maltese - a pirate but a gentleman! His name stands for honor, honesty, confidence and the truth: THE TRUE FACE OF TSR
Top Secret Researcher
#64 Old 17th Jul 2007 at 3:11 AM
Thank you very much for this. It's a nice idea.
Test Subject
#65 Old 18th Nov 2007 at 11:37 PM
ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm..... are these furnished?????

What the world needs is more humble geniuses.. there are so few of us left!
Pettifogging Legalist!
retired moderator
Original Poster
#66 Old 19th Nov 2007 at 12:22 AM
blazingstar, they're exactly like on the screenshots.

Stuff for TS2 · TS3 · TS4 | Please do not PM me with technical questions – we have Create forums for that.

In the kingdom of the blind, do as the Romans do.
Test Subject
#67 Old 7th Dec 2007 at 10:39 AM
Very, very nice. Just what I was looking for to put in my newly acquired downtown. Again, very, very lovely work.
Lab Assistant
#68 Old 4th Apr 2008 at 12:15 AM
Dude, is it just me or the entrance to that basement is ACTUALLY from the bathroom?
Pettifogging Legalist!
retired moderator
Original Poster
#69 Old 4th Apr 2008 at 3:27 AM
JRW,

Yes. This is normal in older houses where the bathroom is a converted laundry room.

Stuff for TS2 · TS3 · TS4 | Please do not PM me with technical questions – we have Create forums for that.

In the kingdom of the blind, do as the Romans do.
Lab Assistant
#70 Old 4th Apr 2008 at 12:18 PM
Seriously?


But… what if one (or more) of the tenants wish to go down to the basement and another tenant occupies the bathroom? Are those in the basement being trapped with no escape?
Pettifogging Legalist!
retired moderator
Original Poster
#71 Old 4th Apr 2008 at 1:11 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by JRW
Seriously?


Yup, I swear. I've seen that.

If it bothers you, maybe you could work around it by using that bathroom as an actual fake laundry room or a pantry (that's what it's called? room to store food in?). Or only use the frontmost 2 tiles for a tiny toilet, and have the basement access directly from the kitchen behind that.

Also, I think there's no-privacy hacks that allow family members to enter the bathroom while it's in use .. maybe that would help too.

(My last apartment had the shower in the kitchen .. now imagine *that* in a sim house!)

Stuff for TS2 · TS3 · TS4 | Please do not PM me with technical questions – we have Create forums for that.

In the kingdom of the blind, do as the Romans do.
Lab Assistant
#72 Old 4th Apr 2008 at 3:25 PM
I simply happen to think it would have been better if you made a one-square-wide gap between this house to the one it's attached to, and set the basement door at the bottom of the stairs (like when you enter the house, turn to the left and you'll see it).
Turning the only bathroom into something else would not be such a great idea, you know... :\
Also removing the far two squares of the bathroom would leave it with no windows.
And even if sims really can go through the bathroom if it's accupied, that should be avoided.

A shower in the kitchen??
What...the........
Lab Assistant
#73 Old 23rd Apr 2008 at 11:44 AM
You could try locking the bedrooms for that household only

"Buildings burn, people die, but real love is forever".
R.I.P Brandon Lee
Test Subject
#74 Old 29th Jun 2008 at 12:30 AM
Plasticbox...you just rock! I'd die 2 hav ur talent. You are like so amazing! I'm gonna be using sum of your creations 4 my new series if thats all right. If its not just tell me. If you do let me (Which i realy hope you do ) I will give you MASSES of credit. How can I not?
Pettifogging Legalist!
retired moderator
Original Poster
#75 Old 29th Jun 2008 at 2:51 AM
Stripeystrawberry123,

you can use my lots for whatever you want. =) Have fun!

Stuff for TS2 · TS3 · TS4 | Please do not PM me with technical questions – we have Create forums for that.

In the kingdom of the blind, do as the Romans do.
Page 3 of 4