View Full Version : What are the general lot sizes
11th Jan 2010, 6:26 AM
I'm starting to think about the plan for my lots now in my world so i can shape the terrain around the lots and wondering what the common lot sizes you see in Sims 3 are for all the various houses?
Sizes I'm looking for are things like.
- Small house: Front Width size / length Front to Back size.
11th Jan 2010, 3:27 PM
In general, the "small house lot" is 20*30, or 30*20.
11th Jan 2010, 5:55 PM
Why not browse the lots in the Downloads section here? That'd probably give you a good idea of what's popular. Or you can go see what the lot sizes are in Riverview/Sunset Valley...
J. M. Pescado
11th Jan 2010, 6:01 PM
Although lots can be of any size, "standard" lot sizes typically available are (STREETxDEPTH), 20x30, 30x20, 30x30, 30x40, 40x30, 50x50, 60x60. The "depth" of the lot is the most important factor: Houses react extremely poorly to being placed on lots of greater depth than the original, as the game will try to "center" the existing construction on the lot, resulting in the front walk no longer reaching the street and the entire house being set way too far back. Width is less important, as a house being centered for street width tends not to produce annoying effects. Therefore, when building a house for export, it is best to design for a depth that is a multiple of 10, and use the smallest width possible: You can place a 20x30 onto a 30x30, but you can't place a 30x30 onto a 20x30 and placing it onto an WWx40 or worse is a disaster. Basically, don't design lots with weird depth measurements, they are totally useless and cannot be transplanted to other lots without looking like utter crap.
12th Jan 2010, 3:51 AM
There are also some 20x60 sized beach lots in Sunset Valley that allow for length if you are designing narrow spaces, but not many people to accomodate them (in fact, I think there are only a handful of downloads on this site). They intrigued me because they were perfect for small beaches. Also, 20x20 and 10x20 are used as well.
If you are going to use an uncommon sized lot, make sure there are plenty of "normal" sized lots available, and you might consider building a house for your lot and providing it with the download. Your particular theme might call for something unusual, after all.
12th Jan 2010, 4:45 AM
There are numerous 20x25 lots in Riverview. They are zoned community and are on the island. I do remember the guilde saying that square lots were best, as they can be rotated all 4 directions when placing a house.
J. M. Pescado
12th Jan 2010, 4:52 AM
There are numerous 20x25 lots in Riverview. They are zoned community and are on the island. I do remember the guilde saying that square lots were best, as they can be rotated all 4 directions when placing a house.All the 20x25 lots are nonstandard lots for rabbitholes, however. You pretty much never encounter such a thing in a residential context, and it's simply not a standard lot size.
As for "rotated in all 4 directions"...this is pretty much irrelevant, since there is no logical reason why you would normally want to install a house backwards. For all practical purposes, a lot has two orientations at best: Streetwise, towards the one street, and other-street-wise, if you happen to be on a corner. If you are surrounded on all 4 sides by street for some reason, this still amounts to two orientations with mirror inversions of them. Ultimately, as I mentioned, depth is more important than width: Centering a house on a lot that is wider than its original lot doesn't present any serious problems, but centering a house on a lot that is deeper than its original results in the road patch points no longer aligning, and the entire house being placed ludicrously far back from the street, making it that much more difficult for sims to use it.
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