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Backdoor Lane 10 [NL+OfB] -- Three row houses

by plasticbox Posted 11th Jan 2007 at 6:48 PM - Updated 21st Sep 2008 at 9:40 PM by plasticbox : Addressed questions re. multi-household lots | Reupload
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Cost: 101.829§
Lot: 3x3
Households: 3

Nightlife and OfB required.
Custom content included: Invisible Driveway, by roddyaleixo

Update, 2007-03-02:
Replaced the zip -- anyone who downloaded this before and got an empty sims2pack, try again. See this thread for more info.

For sims that are sick of living in the suburbs, Backdoor Lane provides an alternative: a couple of small town lots with a more urban look and feel. They fit together like a jigsaw puzzle, creating a maze of backyard gardens and interconnected alleyways when placed in a tightly spaced neigbourhood. Most of them work as corner lots as well as facing the street, creating a very different impression depending on how you place them and what's on the lot next door.

Backdoor Lane 10
are three row houses with gardens. Two of the houses are identical, in the third one a former tenant has added a basement and changed the doors and such. Access to all houses is either through the garden, via an alley that leads off the street, or through a back/side door into the kitchen.

Each house has:
2 x double bedroom
2 x bathroom
1 x kitchen/dining
1 x upstairs hallway/living room
1 x living room

Plus a basement in house 3. Bathrooms, alarms, phone are provided in all houses; otherwise they're empty except for the ground floor of the first house. Outside lights and gardening included, public phone out front, parking space for four cars off the side alley, cars included.

Notes on multi-household lots:

You can either decide to just use one of these houses for a single household, or have several households together on one lot. I often do that with otherwise neglected single-sim households, former townies and such, that I want to age in sync with the rest of the neighbourhood and be able to become pregnant and so on, without spending the time to play every single one of them separately. That, and the fact that it's otherwise impossible at the moment to build houses directly next to each other (which, to me, is normal in a city), is why I build lots with two or three houses on them.

If you want to use only one house/apartment on the lot: The simplest solution is to lock all other doors with the in-game mechanism that's provided since OfB. Click on the door, select "Lock ... for all sims", done. You don't need any hacks or downloads for this.

If you have only single-sim households on the lot (however many): The simplest solution, again, is to use the in-game mechanism: Click on every front door, select "Lock ... for all but me". Uni users can probably use the Myne Doors for the same effect. I don't know, I don't have Uni ... but you need OfB for this lot anyway. No hacks needed. With OfB door-locking, your sims (to my experience) won't even bitch and whine about stuff behind locked doors anymore.

Other solutions -- *much* more flexible than the in-game stuff:

Four-key locking doors, by Inge @ simlogical (it's online again, yay!), available here (documentation see there). This is sort of the "oldschool" solution -- was already available before Uni even came out. You can lock these doors (one download available for every in-game model up to NL) and hand out keys to your sims. They haven't been updated, but still work in OfB as far as I've tested it. Disadvantage: the hacked doors won't work when placed diagonally (they revert back to a plain in-game door), and you can only hand out four keys for each door -- most of my front doors are 2 tiles wide though, so you could put two one-tile Inge doors in their place and have access control for eight sims.

Complete Security Door System, by Inge @ simlogical, available here. I've no experience with this, but it's well documented + explained (on simlogical, see there).

Authorized Personnel Only Security System, by JMP @ MATY, available here (OfB users) and here
(Pets users -- same version as the OfB one at the moment, but that may change in the future). Excuse the direct links -- I don't want to encourage leeching but didn't see a forum thread about it on MATY, so here goes. Read the RTFM please (included in the zip). This is the most versatile hack I know about, and it's only one download, that's why I personally prefer this one (MATY seems to go down every now and then these days, if you get a timeout try again after a while).

Smart Doors by tunaisafish @ mts2, available here -- read that post for usage instructions, and post all questions there please. Again, I've no personal experience with it, but I heard good things about it and it looks well-maintained, so don't let that stop you.

Possible side effects and how to get rid of them:

Your sims may decide they want to use your neighbour's toilet/piano/tub but can't, because they can't get to it, because the door is locked. And then they'll throw a fit about it, which is annoying and stupid. I haven't actually seen this in a while, not sure if it's gotten better with OfB, but just in case it hasn't: noroutefail (OfB) and noroutefail (Pets), by JMP @ MATY, nukes the annoying animation when the sims can't do something because something else (like a locked door for example) is blocking their route. They'll instead just get a thought bubble with the offending object in it. Will save you a lot of time and nerves; very much recommended.

callover (OfB) and callover (Pets), by JMP @ MATY: Very useful to speed things up on large lots in particular (like apartment houses) -- when you have visitors for example, you'll probably notice that they don't seem to have any idea where you live and hang around on the front porch instead. With this hack, if you call them over the will RUN to where you are instead of tramping across the lot at 2mph. Works for all other sims, as well (not only visitors), regardless of how lazy (=slow) they are otherwise.

Technical issues with any of these hacks, please post where you got them from (in case of MATY hacks, that's ). General in-game questions/ideas/feedback, feel free to ask here =).

Thank you:
This collection (frillen) as well as this one (loba) and that one (windkeeper), the mini lots by Andi8104 and the ones based thereupon (MaryLou) have been very useful in making the Backdoor Lane neighbourhood. Thanks for making them available, as well as for the driveway of course.

Please don't PM me with neighbourhood terrain requests (look in the Neighbourhoods section instead), downloading issues (I can't help you -- look in Site Issues, Q-XPress forums etc), or Build Mode questions (general questions go here, lot specific questions in the d/l thread). Thanks.
Number of bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms
Custom Content Included: Build content only
Furnishings: Fixtures Only

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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Size: 1,020.7 KB · Downloads: 18,450 · 2nd Mar 2007
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Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.

3. Install: Double-click on the .sims2pack file to install its contents to your game. The files will automatically be installed to the proper location(s).
  • You may want to use the Sims2Pack Clean Installer instead of the game's installer, which will let you install sims and pets which may otherwise give errors about needing expansion packs. It also lets you choose what included content to install. Do NOT use Clean Installer to get around this error with lots and houses as that can cause your game to crash when attempting to use that lot. Get S2PCI here: Clean Installer Official Site.
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Test Subject
#26 Old 12th Jan 2007 at 9:27 PM
I tend to shy away from lots, but this is set is so completely awesome that I can't help myself.
Test Subject
12th Jan 2007 at 11:14 PM
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#27 Old 12th Jan 2007 at 11:17 PM
YAY plasticbox-where have u been hiding? Great to see more fantastic work up from you, newbie road series was a hit with me, but these have blown me away. Downtown here i come!
Field Researcher
#28 Old 12th Jan 2007 at 11:40 PM
I like these, they remind me of some I've made.

As for the separate house deal, I've had moderate success with the smart door from tunaisafish. They are See if that helps out a bit.

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#29 Old 13th Jan 2007 at 12:46 AM
Oops, so much feedback. Thanks for the feature! =)

I'll add a note to the original post about multi-household lots (won't repeat that here), thanks for pointing out that this is an issue worth addressing. Thanks also to mdhttr323 and That20issmokin for providing assistance here and here (posts #25 and #28 of this thread).

Other than that:

LaVieBoheme and others: I can't help you with Q-Xpress troubles I'm afraid, I don't even have it myself and I know zilch about it. Check out , perhaps?

gothsimone, the extra mailboxes and other things are from frillen's collection mentioned in the original post (under "Thanks"). Very, very useful =). I've also used windkeeper's OfB Craft Objects collection on this lot, to be found here: (forgot to include that in the thanks note, but I'm grateful nevertheless).

OK. Off now to address the multi-household questions. Thanks for the feedback, everyone!

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13th Jan 2007 at 5:00 AM
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Lab Assistant
#30 Old 13th Jan 2007 at 5:00 AM
they are nice and all, but because the lot is large, it totally lags the game. But thats just me.
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#31 Old 13th Jan 2007 at 6:00 AM
This lot is amazing! Thank you for sharing, downloading now.
Test Subject
#32 Old 13th Jan 2007 at 6:39 AM
i am a great fan of ur houses and i agree with everyone about these houses looking real,
Test Subject
#33 Old 13th Jan 2007 at 12:52 PM
One of the apartments has an octopus in it's yard.. It sprays out water and sims will gather around and play around it. I've never seen that thing before :S Is it by maxis? And if it is, could someone tell me where to find it in the buy mode because i couldn't copy it and I didn't find it from any categories. I checked the aspirations too. And that house is great by the way!
Lab Assistant
#34 Old 13th Jan 2007 at 1:39 PM
I'm having problems downloading your lot. I too get an error saying "This is not a Sims2pack file! Possibly corrupted?" error log when using Q-Xpress. I tried downloading the zip file but I get redirected to the "file not found" page =(

Anyone else having this problem? This is a great Lot I would love to have in my neighbourhood though, so I'll try again later.

(O_o)/") hi!
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#35 Old 13th Jan 2007 at 1:57 PM
reaalgirl112, that's an OfB craftable object, you can't buy it. (You make it in-game with the toy making bench)

bibicat, yes try again later -- this is a site-wide issue, other people have problems downloading too if you look at Site Issues etc ... either that or your connection, it's not the file in any case.

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Forum Resident
#36 Old 14th Jan 2007 at 4:30 AM
Thanks for this lot! It gives more reality for suburbs. Well done, great work!
Field Researcher
#37 Old 17th Jan 2007 at 5:46 AM
Plasticbox, your city lots are giving me the itch to make a new hood just for them...darn you! Great job!
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#38 Old 17th Jan 2007 at 7:00 PM
Good to hear that, Jade. Thanks!

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Lab Assistant
#39 Old 21st Jan 2007 at 6:46 PM
OH, i see! this is a sims2 package! i just realized it! Guys, download it in zip and open the file that comes'll just download it for you!
Test Subject
#40 Old 31st Jan 2007 at 1:16 AM
Has anyone found out why the errors keep coming up?

It really aggravates me, never being able to download a single backdoor lane house

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Test Subject
#41 Old 7th Feb 2007 at 4:10 AM Last edited by chatwwillow : 7th Feb 2007 at 4:16 AM. Reason: continue message
Error in Downloading
I've been looking for something like this. Your creativity is Fantastic. Keep up the excellent work. =o)

I'm having trouble with mine download too. Same message as bibicat
Lab Assistant
#42 Old 7th Feb 2007 at 6:56 PM
Originally Posted by LaVieBoheme
I've been trying to install all of your latest lot downloads and each time I do I get an error from Q-Press that says none of your stuff is a simspack file. Am I being stupid and doing something wrong?

I got same prob, but try install them manual (i do) that works

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Test Subject
#43 Old 17th Feb 2007 at 3:58 AM
I know this has been answered but im still not getting it. So to use the houses seperatly...lock the doors. got that. but wouldnt that A. mean i have to play with everyone?(i turn free will off i find it highly annoying letting sims do what they want. they make stupid decisions) b. max out my allowed number of sims? c. how does a townie live on the lot without needing to play?

sorry for my dumb questions if you want pm me the answer <.< ill download this entire set anyway because i think its great. not your fault im clueless!! thankyous!

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#44 Old 17th Feb 2007 at 12:17 PM

A - Yes. If you don't play with free will, you'll have to tell your sims what to do. All of them.
B - not necessarily, why? You could also have some single-sim households on the lot.
C - If you're referring to the OP, I said *former* townies.

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#45 Old 1st Mar 2007 at 1:16 PM Last edited by plasticbox : 2nd Mar 2007 at 6:37 PM.
Everyone who's had problems downloading (empty sims2pack files): We're currently trying to narrow down the problem in this thread: -- input appreciated.

ETA: Seems like this is solved, see the update in the OP.

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Test Subject
#46 Old 24th May 2007 at 12:37 AM
When i installed it on my game, on the last house it has a basement, but the basement seems to be filled with water, is anyone else having that problem.
Test Subject
#47 Old 25th May 2007 at 1:35 PM
Genious, absolutely genious. Thank you so much !!!
Lab Assistant
#48 Old 12th Jun 2007 at 2:35 AM
Yay! These are wonderful. I always kinda start families with two sims (man/woman) living on two separate lots till they fall in love, or do the "courting" kind of thing. Now they can live "next door" to each other, and i dont have to worry about them aging at different rates. This is such and amazing and ingenious idea.... but i dont have OfB, so im gonna download your other one which is equally amazing!

P.S. something you might want to change in the thread: You keep saying how you need OfB to lock doors for one person/familiy/household only... type thing, but this is actually a feature you don't need OfB for. I only have nightlife and pets, and i can use this feature. Or maybe you mean EP's OfB and up? I got pets first before nightlife when i noticed it, so that might be the case... either way, it is not only OfB specific ^_^

Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful lots!
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