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Harp Floating Stairs Set

by enable_llamas Posted 26th Jan 2021 at 9:56 PM - Updated 26th Jan 2021 at 10:19 PM by enable_llamas
16 Comments / replies (Who?) - 3 Feedback Posts, 13 Thanks Posts
This is a new mesh, and means that it's a brand new self contained object that usually does not require a specific Expansion pack (although this is possible depending on the type). It may have Recolours hosted on MTS - check below the description for more information.
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My first stairs ever - which turned out to be a major pain in the ass - are finally defeated and done! Cause TS3 deserves fancy things, too. And we deserve more u-shaped stairs that don't require you to fiddle with cfe till exhaustion, destroying half your house in the process and having to deal with warped walls and bonkers levels. So, here you'll find:
  • Harp Floating Half Landing Stairs Left - $800, found under Stairs/Spiral Stairs; 4 presets, 2 recolorable channels
  • Harp Floating Half Landing Stairs Right - $800, found under Stairs/Spiral Stairs; 4 presets, 2 recolorable channels
  • Harp Stairs Partition 1 Tile - $175, found under Build Mode/Columns; 4 presets, 1 recolorable channel
  • Harp Stairs Partition 3 Tiles - $200, found under Build Mode/Columns; 4 presets, 1 recolorable channel
  • Harp Floating Stairs Up - $10, found under Stairs/Regular Stairs; 4 presets, 1 recolorable channel
  • Harp Floating Stairs Down - $10, found under Stairs/Regular Stairs; 4 presets, 1 recolorable channel
  • Harp Floating Stairs Partition Deco - $200, found under Decor/Sculptures; 4 presets, 1 recolorable channel

Important: The u-shaped, half-landing stairs are based on Gosik & Inge Jones' Cottage Stairs and function the same way. They use the spiral stairs' animation so they're not perfect, and they don't really have a matching cutout so you have to delete the necessary 2nd storey tiles yourself. While they're technically stackable, the same rules for regular spiral stairs apply here as well - they need to be facing the right way according to lot/world coordinates, otherwise prepare for routing tantrums galore.

I decided to add an option with regular stairs, too - you need both the Up & Down version for it to work. The "Up" goes from the lower to the middle floor, "Down" goes from the top to the middle. The floor height needs to be standard 16 steps for everything to line up. Build up your floors, place the stairs accordingly and then add the deco partition on the lowest floor. The partition has no footprint/doesn't interfere with routing.

The two column partitions also have no footprints in order not to be in the way of the stairs - sims will walk right through them if they're not blocked otherwise. I've also enabled them to be placed anywhere, including on upper floor levels' grid without the need for floor tiles underneath. They stack on seamlessly and leave no gap b/w different floors like eaxis columns do.

A big thank you to Gosik & Inge Jones for their work, otherwise these would've never seen the light of day!

Also huge thanks to everyone in the Creator's Cave Discord who gave ideas, helped battle numerous issues or was just there to listen to me whine about how much stairs suck. You guys are the best!

Polygon Counts:
Half Landing Stairs Left & Right:
high/med: 802f / 498f

Regular Stairs Up & Down :
high/med: 50f / n/a

Partition 3 Tiles:
high/med: 184f / 180f

Partition 1 Tile:
high/med: 64f / 60f

Deco Partition:
high/med: 1440f / 664f

Additional Credits:
Blender, Milkshape, TSRW, Photoshop, Gosik & Inge Jones for the original U-shaped stairs

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 3
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Size: 1.45 MB · Downloads: 4,771 · 26th Jan 2021
1.45 MB 4,771 26th Jan 2021
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Original Poster
#2 Old 30th Jan 2021 at 1:17 PM
Originally Posted by desiree101
Ooh, these stairs look amazing!

Originally Posted by Victor_tor
Oh. That's such a beautiful flourish! I guess this is a top of design.
Regards Vic ^_^

Originally Posted by Collector
As others have said it fills a need for this shape of stairs and for something really modern an Designer for interiors


Originally Posted by fascisthater
Looks great!

Originally Posted by spysim.73
wow!!Great job

Thank you guys! ♥

Originally Posted by murfee
look at that MODERNITY!

We deserve nice things for ts3 and we're going to get them, damn it!

Originally Posted by Deniisu
Picked Download, WHEN??? ♥♥♥

Lol it's funny cause the weirdest things get picked, I've got a pair or jeans that are just so random and like... why? But thank you so much! ♥

Originally Posted by aisquared
Yaaaay! More stairs for TS3! Thaaaaanks a bunch

Glad you like them and we really need more stairs

Originally Posted by MissPat
Absolute masterpiece. Not sure *how* you get such artful work done, but please don't ever stop <3

I see random cool RL item and think why don't we have this in ts3, then try to make it and it find out why occasionally they work out, tho lol

Originally Posted by Slamyy
Wow, when I saw this design I wished I could have it in Sims 3. You literally made my wish come true :D

I aim to please
Original Poster
#3 Old 10th Feb 2021 at 5:23 PM
Originally Posted by Raminess
Wow, this is amazing. I haven't seen a really innovative set of stairs in actual, literal years! Thank you!

Thank you! Glad you like it!
Original Poster
#4 Old 18th Feb 2021 at 1:34 PM
Originally Posted by nitromon
Hi, this is beautiful. I liked the concept of Gosik's stairs, but the reason I never downloaded his was because I'm not into antiques. Modern stairs are more to my liking. Thank you so much for making it.

I'm curious about one thing, on the 1/2 stairs you have both left and right. But the description said it uses the animation from the spiral staircase, which from EA is only 1 way. Did you added a reverse animation to the other stair?

The original Gosik ones have a left and right part, too - so these are the same animation-wise. It's not flipped and one side looks arguably more borked while in use but since both don't match I usually don't pay attention to it. Unfortunately I have no idea how to do anything with animations.

There's a script for another version at SimLogical that eliminates the animation altogether - you can swap it out if the visuals are too distracting.