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Yesteryear - Split Level Family Starter

by aelflaed Posted 18th Dec 2007 at 7:14 AM - Updated 2nd Sep 2008 at 1:11 PM by aelflaed
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The Yesteryear is a comfortable modern residence which harks back to a bygone era of master builders. The house is set towards the rear of the lot, and is split into no less than four levels. The cheery stucco exterior reflects the gold and white colouring within, set off with occasional blues.

Entry is at ground level, beneath the deep porch roof. A small foyer area welcomes visitors before inviting them up into the living areas, visible through the balustrade.

On the main level, kitchen, dining and lounge are combined in a free-flowing design. Big windows overlook the garden, and there is a door to the back yard.

An open staircase leads up to the bedrooms, with a spacious landing overlooking the main level. There are two roomy bedrooms here, and a full bathroom with private access from the master bed.

From the front entry, a private door leads to the back hall. From here, there is access either to the garage (with its own washroom and yard door), or downstairs to the basement. This space is currently open, but would readily convert to a third bedroom or hobby space. An ensuite would make this a delightfully private hideaway for a teenager.

Notes for players

The house has been playtested for a week. The sims seem reluctant to use the front door, mostly choosing to travel to the rear entrance or through the garage, but the front door DOES work. If it bothers you, try moving the mailbox further away from the driveway, that may alter the routing preferences.

I tested the lot in Seasons, expecting holes, but in fact, no snow got in and the sims were not cold. So I guess it's weatherproof, despite odd level changes.

The furnishing is very minimal, for just two sims. Bunk beds would allow several kids to share the second bedroom if necessary. (I had included more furniture, but the gable decoration used to balance the facade cost a bomb. Sorry, but the basics are there and your sims can get a job.)

The upper balcony has room for a desk or skill objects, and both bedrooms have some extra space. There are a couple of nooks in the entry area, too.

One of the things I removed to get the price down was the driveway extension inside the garage. There is still parking outside, until your sims can afford the extension.

There is minimal garden, but a large front yard. Plenty of room for landscape enthusiasts. Or a pool. The back yard is very small and narrow.

Remember to water the flowers!

Lot Size: 2x2
Lot Price: $19, 981

Custom Content Included:
- Ventana De Cedro " La Clásica " by temptress
- Eclectic Expressions by macarossi
- Light Sandstone Floor by CokeBuilder
- "Eponymous Garden" Lavender by kate
- Gable decoration for 5 tiles by Marina
- Gable Deco dark recolour by Marina
- Independent Expressions Inc. - Privacy Window by MaryLou
- Independent Expressions Inc. - Standard Window by MaryLou
- Nengi's Big Rosebush by Nengi65

Additional Credits:
Thanks to Numenor for the BaseGameStarter.

Credit also to the Tiny House Company for inspiration.

Number of bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms
Custom Content Included: Build content only
Furnishings: Starter Furnishings

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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Field Researcher
#2 Old 18th Dec 2007 at 3:46 PM
This is so beautiful! I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw that it was a starter home. Thank you!

See my blog for my very latest lots, including some that are not available on MTS2: Twoflower's Sims 2 Lots. Also, see what's happening in Apple Grove, my Prosperity Challenge neighborhood.
Test Subject
#3 Old 18th Dec 2007 at 9:23 PM
Maybe people can put a fence without a door to make them go through the front door only.
Lab Assistant
#4 Old 18th Dec 2007 at 10:23 PM
very nicely done.

*All my Cotswold Court homes homes are Seasons Compatible*
Original Poster
#5 Old 19th Dec 2007 at 4:36 AM
Potstickers, I did add fencing at the sides - before that they were walking all the way to the back door. Now they just use the garage, which is at least at the front of the house.

One thing I did think of, which you can try out if you like to use MoveObjects, would be moving the mailbox away from the driveway. That might stop them using the garage so often.

Thanks for everyone's kind remarks.
Test Subject
#6 Old 20th Dec 2007 at 6:11 PM
Or get rid of the garage and use it as a gym . Great house. Thanks.
Forum Resident
#7 Old 1st May 2008 at 12:27 AM

Thank you.