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Derelict Dreamhome - Starter for the Brave - now in Seasons version too!

by aelflaed Posted 14th Jan 2008 at 11:30 PM - Updated 10th Feb 2014 at 11:06 PM by Phaenoh
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This property is a renovator's paradise. Or hell, depending on opinion.

Apparently this house was once one of the nicest in the street, well-built and with a pretty garden. Now, the Real Estate people want it off their books as fast as possible. The previous tenant...disappeared...leaving everything behind.

Going for a song, this two-bedroom, single bath cottage offers plenty of scope for a hardworking buyer. You could even make your money back on resale.

There is space for a driveway at one side, and an enclosed terrace with pergola, just right for entertaining. There's room for a small pool in the back.

Rising damp is included in the package, and all rubbish, roaches and nasty odours are the responsibility of the purchaser.

NOT open for inspection.

Notes for Players:

This house was built for the Messie Messlot Challenge, by Mariella of Sims Society.

I wanted to play the challenge, but didn't have the right EPs for the lot provided, so I have built a basegame version, possibly even more revolting than the original. I hope so.

The packaged lot was lived in by The Tenant From Hell for a while. Everything is broken, dirty and horrible. Even the fridge is half empty. There's mould on the walls and rubbish under the beds.

I used a copy of the lot for my own challenge sim, Miss Prym N. Perfect. You can see her initial reaction in one of the screeenshots. The last two photos show Prym's renovated cottage, completely repainted and furnished in cheerful blue and gold. And much, much nicer.

See what you can do with it!

A few makeover artists have posted pictures to inspire you:
here and here and here.

Note for owners of Seasons, BV and maybe Pets
When the basegame house is installed with these EPs, some things appear to be 'fixed' by the game. Plumbing items are clean and repaired, the kitchen counters sparkling and the roaches missing. Also, no green stink from the abandoned food. However, the house seems to play fine otherwise, and the roaches come back after a day or so.

I have now added a Seasons version of the house. In testing, this version retains its nasty odours and grubby counters. So if you have EP5 or higher, download the newer file for maximum filth.

The rules of the Challenge (from S2C and SimsSociety) are -

Move in a neatfreak sim, with all neatpoints maxed out.
Upgrade the house with the most expensive stuff in ts2, with the earnings she / he will get from his / her job.

The sim may not attend college.
Your sim may not get married. He / she has to do it alone.
You may use the elixir of life and the thinking cap, nothing else.
No money cheats.
You can have pets and even children, but don't move anyone in that brings money.
You can expand as much as you want, as long as you have everything the most expensive at the end.

Go check the challenge threads if you want to know more, or see what people did with the original lot.

Have fun!

Lot Size: 2x2
Lot Price: 18, 516

Custom Content Included:
- Poured wall 01a by komosims
- Trashy Tiled Floor by TS2D
- Secondhand double bed by DumBblOndE
- Double door, weathered white by Holy Simoly
- UpRite Column, 5% Taller by Sophie-David
- Justa Door Recolour by Pixelhate
- Trashed Loveseat by DumBblOndE
- Trashed Fridge by DumBblOndE
- Midnight Ride window, peeling white by netseeker2
- Fraying Yellow Carpet by 4ESF
- Poured Wall 01b by komosims
- Walnut door weathered white by Holy Simoly
- Trashy Kitchen chair by deele4952 of N99
- Trashy Kitchen paint by deele4952 of N99
- Trashy Kitchen Table by deele4952 of N99
- Trashy Kitchen Chair Recolour 1 by deele4952 of N99
- Trashy KitchenChair Recolour 2 by deele4952 of N99
- Trashy Kitchen Table Recolour by deele4952 of N99
- Secondhand single bed by DumBblOndE
- Poured wall 03b by komosims

Additional Credits:
-Mariella, for the original Messie Messlot.
-Frillen, for the Collections that made things SO much easier.
-Numenor, for the BaseGameStarter Pro.
-Andi8104 and Mootilda, for the LotExpander.
-S2C for helping me find the Challenge in the first place - http://forums.sims2community.com/showthread.php?t=29257

Number of bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms
Custom Content Included: Build and Buy Mode Content
Furnishings: Starter Furnishings

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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Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
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Derelict Dreamhouse Seasons Version.rar

Size: 1.52 MB · Downloads: 5,632 · 18th Jan 2008
1.52 MB 5,632 18th Jan 2008
Derelict Dreamhouse with CC.rar

Size: 1.64 MB · Downloads: 4,859 · 15th Jan 2008
1.64 MB 4,859 15th Jan 2008
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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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Original Poster
#26 Old 17th Jan 2008 at 4:10 AM
Jeka, the mess is partly time (my grotty sim made a lot of meals without eating them) and largely good use of Frillen's collections and putting leaking plumbing out in the yard to encourage weeds. I used TestingCheats to break and dirty the furnishings.

I only had to play the grotty sim for three days to achieve this shambles, but it took my neat sim a whole week, with some helpful neighbours, to get it clean. And I had to call the repairman to fix things, since she wouldn't repair anything at all. Apparently she didn't want any mechanical skills.

Glad people are enjoying the lot.
Test Subject
#27 Old 17th Jan 2008 at 5:21 PM
Thanks so much for this. I loved playing it! I plan to make and "abondoned neighborhood" and move my fresh from uni folks in to their bought at a song...fixer uppers! Its so funny to watch the reactions!!!!
Field Researcher
#28 Old 18th Jan 2008 at 12:25 AM
i stil havent managed to figure out why mine isnt working so i think ill make my own lol but yours was the inpiration :D

the amount of pills I'm taking, counteracts the booze I'm drinking
Original Poster
#29 Old 18th Jan 2008 at 2:39 AM Last edited by aelflaed : 18th Jan 2008 at 4:19 AM. Reason: added Seasons version.
Default Seasons Version available.
bassist, sorry it won't work for you, but if it inspires you to build something similar, all the better. Have fun!

Edit - I have just added a new version packaged from Seasons, which has the dirty kitchen and bathroom as intended. Hope this improves play for those with higher EPs.
Lab Assistant
#30 Old 18th Jan 2008 at 10:27 PM
There seems to be a problem due to the pizza box when accessing the lot with a new sim. I had to reset the pizza box then it worked.

So I modified the lot by deleting the pizza box so it doesn't happen again.

It's a great challenge and I have a sim who's actually going berseck in it for the past weeks (sim time). The house in itself may be awful in the beginning but as it goes, it is becoming a great house.

Thanks for this idea!

"Life is a tightrope walker who eventually has to fall.
Life is a racer rife with anger and time is a wall."

-Martin Clement, in "The Swirls of Time"
Original Poster
#31 Old 19th Jan 2008 at 7:52 AM
montrealpsycho, what problem did you find with the pizza box? The only thing I have noticed is that it still wanted to be 'served' after sitting there open for several days. Eeuw.

For the record, I tried installing the house and immediately calling all the service people. Nothing went black or crashed, so I still cannot explain what was happening to cause that problem - must be a combination of factors, not the service people alone.
Field Researcher
#32 Old 20th Jan 2008 at 8:49 AM Last edited by bassist_bitch : 20th Jan 2008 at 10:12 AM.
i found when i made my own version of this house i tried to add a piza box from Frillen's collections and it froze time insantly.. as soon as i deleted it all was fine. this is prob what made your house freeze on my game.. im gona go check and ill get back to ya.

EDIT: i deleted the pizza box and now its working fine.. god it took me like 2 sim days to clean it all up.. and that was just the interior! its looking good so far. yay im happy its working.. mine wasnt as good as your lol

the amount of pills I'm taking, counteracts the booze I'm drinking
Original Poster
#33 Old 20th Jan 2008 at 11:39 AM
Bassist, thanks for that report. Interesting that the pizza box hasn't caused problems for everyone, though. Anyway, glad you've resolved it.
Lab Assistant
#34 Old 22nd Jan 2008 at 7:52 AM
OK this is what I have so far. NOTE: I've played this lot several times to see if I have ANY issues. I do NOT have any bugs, issues or 'glitches'. (go figure).
I loaded the home and then used a character I named "Gretta Walsh" to play the home. Her aspiration is to be a "celebrity chef'. These images will take you to 'day 20'... I am still working on the character, using ZERO cheats.

I did, however, have to use alot of custom content because of the style of the home I chose to create from the original home, but in keeping with the 'regulations' of the chellenge, I used the most expensive items that went with the style of home (A 'semi' Georgian colonial style). See pics for details:

Phase 1:

Phase 2:

Phase 3:

Phase 4:

Phase 5:

Phase 6:

YAY!!! ( I so love this house LOL I really do!)

-Carrie :)
Original Poster
#35 Old 23rd Jan 2008 at 2:51 AM
cnj6768, thanks for those pics - you're certainly making a big deal out of my little cottage! Your sim must have just flown up the career ladder, too, to afford it all.

Thanks also for confirming the lot is not fatally flawed. It's a big relief.

Happy make-over!
Field Researcher
#36 Old 23rd Jan 2008 at 3:52 AM Last edited by bbc100 : 23rd Jan 2008 at 4:10 AM.
Also add OFB as well bcause everything is fixed & clean!!!

I am MOHAAPlayer on Discord
Lab Assistant
#37 Old 23rd Jan 2008 at 10:18 AM Last edited by montrealpsycho : 23rd Jan 2008 at 11:04 AM.
Day 21 in Charlie's life in the old house. As an artist, he wanted to redo the whole house but preserve its spirit, so now the house finally looks as he wanted it to. Renovated but kept the spirit of the house intact. Still miss some furniture and trees but they're on their way. Next thing to work on will be the pergola though... or maybe a swimming pool... but first, it will certainly be a shaken juice from the closest bar.

"Life is a tightrope walker who eventually has to fall.
Life is a racer rife with anger and time is a wall."

-Martin Clement, in "The Swirls of Time"
Original Poster
#38 Old 23rd Jan 2008 at 1:19 PM
Montrealpsycho, that looks great! It's nice to see what people have done with it.
Lab Assistant
#39 Old 24th Jan 2008 at 10:05 PM
Aelflaed - Yes. Grenda almost quite literally 'flew' up her career ladder (how i managed that I'm still not too sure ROFL). But thus far, no issues at all. I even have more than enough roaches to keep my sims' environment level to a flat 0. LOL

I seriously love in-game challenges, especially ones that require ALOT of 'hard work' and an extreme level of difficulty. This house simply provided that challenge to me

Montrealpsycho - where did you get that gorgeous roof and window decor?

-Carrie :)
Original Poster
#40 Old 25th Jan 2008 at 1:25 AM
Montrealpsycho has the gable deco from Marina's Sims 2, and I think the window mouldings are from there too.

I'm impressed Grenda could race through a career while living in a dump. My latest neat sim zoomed up her ladder too, mainly by lucky choices in chance cards. She was at the top of her career just barely after reaching elder, with time out to have a baby as well. Mind you, she had fixed up the lot at the same time, by upgrading furnishing and wallpapers etc. It looked pretty good by the time she had her birthday.

See pics attched, just to encourage everyone. Oh, and Nellie likes pink. A lot.

I didn't try extending the house at as you have. It looks as though you've spent all Grenda's cash on the patio and the second storey. Is the inside still manky? Poor girl - living in a mansion with only roaches for company!
Lab Assistant
#41 Old 25th Jan 2008 at 8:31 PM Last edited by cnj6768 : 25th Jan 2008 at 9:28 PM.
Wow! love those pics of your home! And thanks for the name of the roof deco location. I visit Marina's alot, but just haven't come across that area yet. Will go check it out in a bit.

As for Gretta....her house, inside and out, is quite 'mod'. See pics below.


The little 'secret' to this is that after she got a promotion that included a 55K bonus, she got demoted...and just a day or two later, got re-promoted, with another 55K bonus (which obviously helped ALOT lol)

-Carrie :)
Field Researcher
27th Jan 2008 at 1:40 AM
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Original Poster
#42 Old 27th Jan 2008 at 1:52 AM
cnj6768, that is certainly no longer a dump. You've done wonders, and the house is completely unrecognizable as mine - in a nice way. Thanks for the pictures.

bbc100, I don't understand what you mean, but I suppose I'll find out.
Lab Assistant
#43 Old 27th Jan 2008 at 9:54 PM
oddly enough, the original frame of the house, sans the front windows, remains in tact. LOL I simply expanded around the original home's exterior walls
So glad you like it, cause I am totally enjoying this house (obviously ROFL) :D

-Carrie :)
Lab Assistant
#44 Old 30th Jan 2008 at 4:39 PM Last edited by montrealpsycho : 30th Jan 2008 at 4:44 PM.
I effectively used mouldings and gables from Marina's Sims at http://marinasims.net

For the roof, I used the work from mzcynnamon that you can find at http://www.modthesims2.com/member.php?u=80055

They did an incredible job on them.

"Life is a tightrope walker who eventually has to fall.
Life is a racer rife with anger and time is a wall."

-Martin Clement, in "The Swirls of Time"
Test Subject
#45 Old 31st Jan 2008 at 12:21 PM
I wanted to say I completly LOVE this house!I have the bse game, uni, OFB and Seasons installed) I made a whole neigborhood just filled with this house and When my new young married folks fresh from uniiversity are looking for a starter home, this is where they go. I have also had a few singles move into the neighborhood. This is so much fun! Right before they "get started" on the house I check ot their ersonalities and give them a color and a theme for the house (ie. one house is green and very artsy with lots of plants, one was blue and very conservative,etc) Will try to post some pics sooon!
Do you have any plans on making anymore? Or does anyone else know where there are any more houses like this? I had a really disgusting one a long time ago but can't recall where it came from.
Original Poster
#46 Old 31st Jan 2008 at 10:31 PM
artsymommachic, I did think of making at least one more house of this type, but I have been distracted by playing a Victorian theme this week.

If I complete another one, it will be uploaded here, so you'll see it.

There is Mariella's original challenge house, but it wouldn't work for me (which is why this one exists), so probably not for you either, as neither of us has Pets. It's linked above if you want to try.
Field Researcher
31st Jan 2008 at 11:34 PM
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Mad Poster
#47 Old 1st Feb 2008 at 4:13 AM
I've got Kaylynn Langerak living in this house-I did cheat...sorry..had to max out her mechanical skills to fix everything, but she's pregnant with twins (Thanks, Don!) and she's frantically trying to get the house cleaned up enough for their birth. She doesn't even have a job yet.
She's got the yard coming into control, the sink fixed and the toilet unplugged-but she has to rest for a while.
All the animations worked; roaches, flies and smell. Yuck, what a mess!
I've got only the base game, too.
Great work!
Field Researcher
2nd Feb 2008 at 3:59 AM
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