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Build Set - DIY UPDATED 10th Sept. 2012!

by armiel Posted 1st Jul 2011 at 7:34 AM - Updated 10th Sep 2012 at 2:22 PM by armiel : Added FIXED file for the beams
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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.
This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.

One should never touch meshing programs!

This set got started when I wanted to make a proper fullwallheight column to use in my game, that would tile seamlessly when put on top of itself. That one was relatively fast to make, but was I happy? No! I needed to make other heights, that would work with CFE'd walls.

So I made those variations. Then it hit me. Beams! I have always loved how you can shift stuff up and down on walls, so I made a beam that could do the same, to go with the columns. Was I happy with what I made again? No! I had to make two other sizes. So now I had 4 columns and 3 beams to go with them.

I wasn't still satisfied, something was missing, and then I thought - Why not make fences, I have never made any. So I took a dive to mysterious world of fence making. It took a few tries, but soon I had a nice counterheight fence, that worked nicely with both the columns and the beams. So once again, I had to make more variations - Resulting 2/3- and fullwallheight fences.

As a stubborn person, I had to make more fences of course, but this time with horizontal planks. So I made 3 fences with thick planks. Then I wanted ones with narrow planks, and made those too.

About half the time I was Skyping with Tom and Kayla, and occasionally also Qbuilderz. Tom was bugging me all the time with requests for roofing fences and different columns, but I told him that I might do them at some point. Then Q started talking about roofing fences too, so I thought, I guess I can make some.

So I started exploring how to make the roofing fences, and to make it more difficult, so that they would be floor level and -height. I made one version, showed it to the guys, and they liked it, so I made 4 other versions too, to make it more interesting. Then I thought, why not make Tom the columns he so much wants, so I did those too.

I also tried to do a gate, but I have to say, that was too much for my nerves... ...Stupid joints... So I decided, 30 objects for a set is quite enough for one Finn to make at a time. The set was done

Now cause I have a lousy memory, I can't remember at which point Lee told me about linking all the objects to one texture package. So after a little while of investigating and testing, I figured how to do it. Actually, at that point I had 11 objects, each 2MB of size, and after linking the textures, I had reduced the total package sizes to little under 3MB. I can't count how much the total reduce for all items is, cause I'm bad at maths :P

Then, at the end when I had all the packages done, Dal and Lee poked me about combining the packages. So I did so, thanks to them for the idea!

I hope that you managed to read this tldr-text, and I wish that you enjoy the set! I know I will

Now if you just have enough strength left, please carry on reading about the objects

Build Set - DIY
Also know as "Do it yourself - Bitches!" (a lovely name by Dal xD)

Please press the button to show all object information!

Please also see first comments for more pics and info about the object types individually!

Games required:
All of the items are Base game compatible. To be able to shift the beams up and down you also need patch 1.17/2.12/3.8/4.5/5.2/6.0 or higher.

What to download, please read carefully!
If you want all of the items, download both armiel_Build Set - DIY_pack1 and armiel_Build Set - DIY_pack2. These include all the objects and texture files. You can also choose just one of these.
Contents of packs:
1. Basic beams, -columns and -fences
2. Basic columns rectangular and thick, -fences horizontal narrow and thick, -fences roofing.
Should you want only some of the items, pay attention to this:
- There are 2 texture files. Without these items WILL NOT WORK, cause the textures are linked to reduce filesizes.
- The rars have a number at the end of their names. These tell you which texture packs you need to download.
- The texture packs are: armiel_Build Set - DIY_textures1 and armiel_Build Set - DIY_textures2

Additional credits:
Not in any specific order...

Lee, for poking me to make all the items to use same texture files by linking them.
Inge and OrangeMittens for helping with changing the names and descriptions afterwards.
Kayla and Tom, for hours and hours of listening me whine.
Q, for listening that above some of the time ,and for all the ooh's and aah's
Tom also for making me the cute cottage picture for upload using my items!
Kayla, Dal and Traelia for testing.
Dal and Lee also for mentioning combining packages.
#create, Whitey, HP, heaven, levini, adrisole, and everyone else that might have commented on them. Terribly sorry if I forgot someone.

Programs and programmers:
Inge and Peter for S3PE and S3OC Delphy, for Dashboard (where would my sanity be without it, when having to delete the caches all the time!)
Milkshape, Blender
UVmapper, Lithunwrap
Photoshop and Paint.NET
and finally Skype, a great place to whine!!

Woooops, the beams had the white issue too. A FIXED file has been added. Same instructions as below. Sorry 'bout this hassle.

I FINALLY fixed the basic columns, which had some -whiteness- issue when you viewed them off-lot/in edit town/in CAW.

I added a new file containing the fixed columns: armiel_FIXED_columns_normal.rar

Download it and extract it to the same folder you put the original files. It will ask you to overwrite - do so. Then clear your caches, and you're ready to use them! When you load the game, every basic column you had placed has been replaced with fixed pretty version.

Please note that the combined part1 containing multiple parts of the set is still the same, so you need to get the columns fix, too!

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
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
armiel_beams_FIXED.rar | Fixed basic Beams, please download THIS file instead of original (has been marked). Remember you also need this if you get full set part 1, and you also need to get textures 1 if you get just this file!

Size: 69.6 KB · Downloads: 18,713 · 10th Sep 2012
69.6 KB 18,713 10th Sep 2012
armiel_FIXED_columns_normal.rar | Fixed basic Columns, please download THIS file instead of original (has been marked). Remember you also need this if you get full set part 1, and you also need to get textures 1 if you get just this file!

Size: 89.2 KB · Downloads: 19,269 · 30th Aug 2012
89.2 KB 19,269 30th Aug 2012
armiel_fences_vertical+small_1.rar | Download this, if you want the basic fences (make sure to get _textures1 also!)

Size: 159.7 KB · Downloads: 21,437 · 1st Jul 2011
159.7 KB 21,437 1st Jul 2011
armiel_fences_roofing_2.rar | Download this, if you want the roofing fences (make sure to get _textures2 also!)

Size: 80.8 KB · Downloads: 21,964 · 1st Jul 2011
80.8 KB 21,964 1st Jul 2011
armiel_fences_horizontal_thick_2.rar | Download this, if you want the horizontal fences 1-3 (make sure to get _textures2 also!)

Size: 86.6 KB · Downloads: 20,937 · 1st Jul 2011
86.6 KB 20,937 1st Jul 2011
armiel_fences_horizontal_narrow_2.rar | Download this, if you want the horizontal fences 4-6 (make sure to get _textures2 also!)

Size: 83.8 KB · Downloads: 21,323 · 1st Jul 2011
83.8 KB 21,323 1st Jul 2011
armiel_columns_thick_2.rar | Download this, if you want the thick columns (make sure to get _textures2 also!)

Size: 74.2 KB · Downloads: 21,646 · 1st Jul 2011
74.2 KB 21,646 1st Jul 2011
armiel_columns_rectangular_2.rar | Download this, if you want the rectangular columns (make sure to get _textures2 also!)

Size: 78.2 KB · Downloads: 21,650 · 1st Jul 2011
78.2 KB 21,650 1st Jul 2011
armiel_columns_normal_1.rar | This is outdated, do not download!

Size: 89.3 KB · Downloads: 16,357 · 1st Jul 2011
89.3 KB 16,357 1st Jul 2011
armiel_Build Set - DIY_textures2.rar | Download this, if you got any individual rars ending _2.rar

Size: 4.0 KB · Downloads: 25,275 · 1st Jul 2011
4.0 KB 25,275 1st Jul 2011
armiel_Build Set - DIY_textures1.rar | Download this, if you got any individual rars ending _1.rar

Size: 36.0 KB · Downloads: 26,317 · 1st Jul 2011
36.0 KB 26,317 1st Jul 2011
armiel_Build Set - DIY_pack2.rar | Download this, if you want the horizontal fences, roofing fences, rectangular and thick columns (_textures2 included)

Size: 407.5 KB · Downloads: 46,621 · 1st Jul 2011
407.5 KB 46,621 1st Jul 2011
armiel_Build Set - DIY_pack1.rar | Download this, if you want the beams, normal columns and basic fences (_textures1 included)

Size: 354.2 KB · Downloads: 49,718 · 1st Jul 2011
354.2 KB 49,718 1st Jul 2011
armiel_beams_1.rar | This is outdated, do not download!

Size: 69.2 KB · Downloads: 17,352 · 1st Jul 2011
69.2 KB 17,352 1st Jul 2011
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1. Click the file listed on the Files tab to download the file to your computer.
2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file. Now you will have either a .package or a .sims3pack file.

For Package files:

1. Cut and paste the file into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Mods\Packages folder. If you do not already have this folder, you should read the full guide to Package files first: Sims 3:Installing Package Fileswiki, so you can make sure your game is fully patched and you have the correct Resource.cfg file.
2. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).

For Sims3Pack files:

1. Cut and paste it into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Downloads folder. If you do not have this folder yet, it is recommended that you open the game and then close it again so that this folder will be automatically created. Then you can place the .sims3pack into your Downloads folder.
2. Load the game's Launcher, and click on the Downloads tab. Find the item in the list and tick the box beside it. Then press the Install button below the list.
3. Wait for the installer to load, and it will install the content to the game. You will get a message letting you know when it's done.
4. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).

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Test Subject
#151 Old 21st Dec 2014 at 1:44 PM
Originally Posted by armiel
Originally Posted by mepwn12
I really love this set but maybe you should add a zip file with everything in it because downloading them all is quite annoying

Maybe you should read the download instructions - if you're downloading all files you have not.

I think he meant that some of us would like to have just some individual files and not everything from one already merged package file (for example just one type of column and not all the heights which are merged together.)

Not to be whiny or anything, this is a great set and the creator did a marvelous job, but if anyone knows how to isolate individual items from the merged packages*, I'm sure it would make things easier for a lot of people! And, correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm sure you could just keep the texture files for your few selected items to work.

I suppose Amriel is retired now and probably won't see this, but if anyone else has any ideas that would be great!

*I've already tried finding a tutorial for this kind of situation but nothing I tried worked ;(
#152 Old 22nd Jan 2015 at 7:57 PM
Test Subject
#153 Old 15th Feb 2015 at 1:47 PM
Test Subject
#154 Old 21st Apr 2015 at 3:16 AM
Thank you so much!
Lab Assistant
#155 Old 13th Nov 2015 at 1:19 PM
This is awesome, and so very useful. Thank you. Do you by any chance have a collection file for it?
Test Subject
#156 Old 19th Mar 2016 at 2:38 PM
This is the first building cc I'm downloading, because these are just to great to pass up on!
Top Secret Researcher
#157 Old 5th Jan 2017 at 3:17 PM
Thanks!I love building sets because they add more options for my builds.
Test Subject
#158 Old 27th Sep 2018 at 3:12 AM
Awesome set that adds a lot to the game. Thanks.
Lab Assistant
#159 Old 26th Nov 2018 at 3:02 PM
I realize that Armiel has possibly moved on from Sims 3 but I am hoping someone else can assist me with a query. When I install the 1st part of the set, some blank entries pop up in the gate section of the build catalogue. There are around 5 blank icons that I can't click on that cost around 200 simoleons, all in the gate section. I can see the columns and the fences in their sections fine. Am I missing gates? Is this a known issue?
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