View Full Version : Tutorial- How to built an arched bridge over a pool

5th Aug 2006, 8:23 PM
This tutorial was originally written by Kasumi at www.simforum.de .
You can find the german version here: http://www.simforum.de/showpost.php?p=2338618&postcount=186 .
I got her permission for translating her tutorial and using her pics.
She wrote the tut because I asked her how she built an incredible pool 3 weeks ago.

Step 1
Built a room at the size and the place you want your bridge to be:

Now open the cheatconsole with <<Hold down "Ctrl" + "Shift" + "c" at the same time>>
and type in "boolProp ConstrainFloorElevation false" and push enter to enable the cheat.

Step 3
Build a foundation inside the room.

After this your going-to-be-a-bridge should look like that:

Step 4
Choose a floor and cover the foundation with it, dark wood for example.

Step 5
Switch downstairs and delete the wall of your room.

Step 6
Switch back upstairs and place your stairs and fences.

Step 7
The active cheat enables you to lift the ground underneath
the bridge and through that the bridge, too.

If you're happy with what you got disable the cheat with
"boolProp ConstrainFloorElevation true". Now you can flat the
ground without destroying your bridge...

Step 8
It's pooltime! Build the pool the way you like.

Step 9
Invest a bit time and fantasy to decorate the whole thing and it can be
an eyecatcher like that one:

Hope this was helpful. If there are any questions left feel free to ask ;)
Greetings, Katha

6th Aug 2006, 6:51 AM
An excellent tutorial!!! :D
I saw this late last night and had a theory I wanted to test...but ahhh it was very late, so I just now tested what I had in mind!!!!

I used the arched bridge tutorial method I always use for umm arched bridges. I apologise to the author of that tutorial, for not knowing their name.
This leaves out the step where you make a wall around ths sides etc etc!

I used the foundation that is on 'stilts', then went down a level, and deleted the so called stilts by CTRL and using the pool tool. The I proceeded in making the bridge arched!
I had an idea that I wouldnt be able to place a pool underneath the bridge, so I tested that & Of course NO you cant!
My next idea was to bring the pool up to & as far as I could, before the pool turned the red color (meaning you cant place there).
I had the idea to Use another tutorial I read and have used a while ago......where you can place a pool inside a house and bring this all the way outside, so the pool looks like an indoor & outdoor pool all in one!
Ummm I apologise again to the author of that tutorial :blink:
This is what I did........Held down CTRL & dragged the pool tool from where the other part of the pool was placed, let go of the pool tool, then CTRL, then without moving th mouse, clicked once with the pool tool.....and low and behold...it WORKED!!
Sooo what I will do, is research these two tutorials that I fail to remember the author, and put a few screenshots of what I did, linking these 2 tuts.
Sorry if this is ummm a bit garbled as I am excited LOL :D
I think what I just achieved may be an easir way


6th Aug 2006, 7:53 AM
I have found the arched bridge tutorial & it can be found here.....

It's by By SimSherry2 & is for a Fountain Pavillion, so you just leave out the pavillion part & just make the arched bridge!

I cant find the indoor outdoor pool tutorial, but I do remeber it was at TheSims2.com, and it was all about little tricks with building or something!
Cant remember the author! Sorry :(

So make your arched bridge like in the tutorial link

Arched bridgehttp://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l45/fletcher_mirage/Tutorials/archedbridge.jpg

Then go down a level

Go to top down view so you can see better!

Try to place a pool underneath the bridge...you cant..

So just bring th pool to the edge of the bridge....

Next you need to hold down CTRL & at the same time drag from a corner of the existing pool, with the pool tool, out and under the bridge.
Let go of the mouse button, but DONT move the mouse!
Let go of CTRL....
Then click once with the mouse.....

You should now have a pool under the bridge :)

Of course decorate like in kathascha2's tutorial above!
Thanks kathascha2 for your great tut & giving me this idea :D


6th Aug 2006, 8:31 AM
This is such a great idea. :up: I just wish I read about it before spending days on my first community lot for upload! :( Now I have to do it all over! :blink:

Does anyone know if the tutorial will work for in indoor pool? See pics below. I want arched bridges over segments of an indoor pool.


Thanks in advance

6th Aug 2006, 10:38 AM
Eedgan....I'm not sure if it would work on an indoor pool.........<<<<Cant wait to go & try LOL.
Maybee if you made the bridges, (either arched or straight) BEFORE you placed the pool, or walls etc, then placed your pool under them????????? :D
OHHH....must go and try...be back & let you all know!!!


6th Aug 2006, 11:03 AM
I've just tested the indoor pool with bridges & it works :D :D



The only thing is....I couldnt place floor tiles for the second floor above where the arched bridges were, so I used the flatten terrain tool, this didn't work, so I built a second floor without floortiles, hence the 2 storey windows, then went up a level, and used the flatten terrain tool there, so if a sim wanted to have an upstairs, the 3rd floor would actually be the second floor...ahhhhhhh hope you get my meaning LOL


PS I suppose they could actually use the REAL second floor for living, just not over the bridges. So that area over the bridges would be a void area 'open to below'

12th Aug 2006, 11:03 AM
Thanks shrekheatherbelle. Its been such a hectic week - I have not had much time to build. I am glad that the pool thingy works - just not glad to have to do it all again!

12th Aug 2006, 12:24 PM
Thats Ok :)
I'ts a bit like that sometimes, when having to rebuild, but I look at it as a challenge, plus I enjoy building LOL
Hope you have luck with your rebuild :D


17th Aug 2006, 9:36 PM
Thanks... One more gem... :claps:

Linkage for tutroials about bridge-making: (listed in the alphabetical order of author's name...)

Chcknmn297 @ Sims2.com
Advanced Bridge Building 1
Advanced Bridge Building 2
Advanced Bridge Building 3 (This one is more complex than the previous ones.)

Layered Bridges
Simple Arched Bridges

Arched bridges easy and great

frillen7 @ Maxis = frillen @ MTS2
Bob The Builder : Very easy Basement- & Bridge-building
Builder-familien: 3 easy tutorials for making curved(arch) bridges. (Updated)

Tutorial- How to built an arched bridge over a pool (Eng version for Kasumi's "Einzelnen Beitrag anzeigen" at http://www.simforum.de/showpost.php?p=2338618&postcount=186)

Simple Bridge

Dual Arched Covered Bridge with "paintable" Spiral Staircases

3rd Sep 2010, 3:56 AM
I have used this tutorial so many times! (I can never remember the cheat code.) And I love all the different possibilities with bridges and pools and floating decks even. Thank you so much for this.

31st Jan 2011, 12:35 AM
i wish my desk top computer worked. i really want to try this !

20th Jan 2012, 12:40 PM
:jest: As you can tell the jester is my favorite smilie! :jest:

I'm really looking forward to testing this in my game and seeing if it works! I'm not a good architect BUT i'm working on a house at the moment.. and if I can figure out how to upload it it might be put on here! it uses a bit of cc but..... I really didn't have a choice! BTW thank you very much for this tutorial, it will be useful for the house! it is almost californian style, with all the palm trees on the lot!

Thanks, ModernGurl

25th Jul 2012, 8:47 PM
I tried yesterday building the bridge, following the instructions as closely as possible, and I just can't get the 'Arched' way without destroying the whole bridge. I was getting angry, so I gave up. :wtf:

21st Feb 2013, 5:29 AM
What a great tutorial, thank you for sharing.

23rd May 2013, 11:41 PM
Is there such a thing as a "bridge tool"? I googled how to make a bridge and people were saying to use the tool alt f4 to open the bridge tool. Maybe it was for sims3? Anyway, thanks for this tutorial. I'm going to give it a try today :)

24th May 2013, 1:07 AM
There's no bridge tool in Sims 2.

24th May 2013, 1:46 AM
Thanks, I didn't think there was, but had to check. Still new to the game, and finding out new stuff every day. I'm a pretty hardcore sims1 fan, but 2 is really impressing me with all the stuff you can do as far as building! Loving it.

20th Jun 2013, 6:06 AM
Thank you! Loved the way this turned out! :gjob:

28th Sep 2014, 12:16 PM
I have found the arched bridge tutorial & it can be found here.....
An update: so we all know (hopefully) that the site thesims2.ea.com is no longer available. However, there are many tutorials from that site that can be found here (http://clockwatching.net/~jack/s2/reader/). I do apologize for bumping the thread, but as I was attempting to view the tutorial originally linked by shrekheatherbelle I noticed this issue and decided to see if I could fix it. So...yeah.