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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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This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
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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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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Lab Assistant
#2 Old 12th Jan 2007 at 8:27 AM
i love this entire city set its awesome , thanks a bunch

All Is Full Of Love
Lab Assistant
#3 Old 12th Jan 2007 at 8:31 AM
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?
#4 Old 12th Jan 2007 at 9:17 AM
Beautiful! I think I'm going on a downloading spree of your city lots, I love urban look in neighbourhoods.
Mad Poster
#5 Old 12th Jan 2007 at 9:25 AM
Awesome as all this serie
a well deserved feature, thank you

You know a site allowing re-upload of free build/buy stuff in lots ? Help us to update the list !

* Plus j'échoue plus je m'approche de la réussite
* The more I fail the more I approach the success

(Lao patul MMVI AD)
Test Subject
#6 Old 12th Jan 2007 at 10:14 AM
hi !
Fantastic serie !!! Just a question, how you make to duplicate the mail box ?

Thank a lot for your work !

Lab Assistant
#7 Old 12th Jan 2007 at 10:36 AM
I knew sooner or later your backdoor lane homes would be featured (and very well deserved I might add). I was in New York for Christmas and this lot in particular reminds me of Brooklyn. Thank you for sharing your wonderful work
#8 Old 12th Jan 2007 at 10:47 AM
A new jewel from you and a well deserved feature.This lot is so well done and realistic that I just believed (during some seconds) that it was a pic of real houses.Thank you so much.
Lab Assistant
#9 Old 12th Jan 2007 at 12:00 PM
Very nice.
#10 Old 12th Jan 2007 at 12:44 PM
What I could understand was that you built up 3 houses in one same 3x3 lot.
The question is: do you use any kind of system to make Sims to Use them separatedly?
So far Sims are not able to distinguish private property and try to use others objects.
I got immediately captured cause what I'm wishing mostly is to build up exact the look of your houses but on Separated Lots.
I got somewhat success but it is still too mediocre once it works only for one floor. It would require much more knowledgements than I have to build some add-ons that connected the houses and at the same time could be stappled and cut-down in close-up. Yep, I'm still very far from that.
Field Researcher
#11 Old 12th Jan 2007 at 1:36 PM
i absolutely love your entire backdoor lane serie. thank you so much for sharing your work. your houses make playing the sims even more fun!
#12 Old 12th Jan 2007 at 2:21 PM
A beautiful and realistic lot! Congrats on the well-deserved feature Thank you!

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." - Lao-tzu

Sorry, I don't take requests.

My building tutorial: Link
Test Subject
#13 Old 12th Jan 2007 at 2:52 PM
awesome men hope this house will give you more creativity to create the best one after this
Stupid people are stupid
#14 Old 12th Jan 2007 at 3:25 PM
These are great! They look so british.
Field Researcher
#15 Old 12th Jan 2007 at 3:29 PM

you're all a bunch of nerds like me <3
Forum Resident
#16 Old 12th Jan 2007 at 3:32 PM
now this is awesome!!
Test Subject
#17 Old 12th Jan 2007 at 4:09 PM
Wow. I love these! You are so talented. I have alway's wanted homes just like this for my downtown. This is absolutely perfect. Can't wait to play them in game and thank you so much for sharing.

Dyslexics Untie :P
Test Subject
#18 Old 12th Jan 2007 at 5:21 PM
Default me too
such great stuff, makes me sad.
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?

"Red meat and gin." ...Julia Child, when asked at age 87 to what she attributed her longevity.
Test Subject
#19 Old 12th Jan 2007 at 5:34 PM
It's amazing!
I've thanks you for you job.. Carry on! =)
Test Subject
#20 Old 12th Jan 2007 at 5:45 PM
I'm getting the same error as LaVieBoheme on this one, alas, as I really like this idea and wanted to check it out ingame (I'm thinking a similar style would make a GREAT high end dorm. Just use the myne doors or something similar to keep each person in their proper apartment.)
Field Researcher
#21 Old 12th Jan 2007 at 6:02 PM
Looks brilliant is all I can say and will work fantastic when it comes to a few of my newly weds that are actually, well three brothers plus wives now.

I have the same question as above - how do you make them use separate houses? This is something that rather puzzles me. Thank you very much anyway! This is brill!

Touch my mind
Test Subject
#22 Old 12th Jan 2007 at 6:37 PM
wicked! u do it so well. great for uni
Lab Assistant
#23 Old 12th Jan 2007 at 6:39 PM
That's great. I was looking for something like this, thanks for your sharing!
Keep on creating.. Take care.

Take a look at me now, there's just an empty face..

See my works, click here.
Test Subject
#24 Old 12th Jan 2007 at 7:29 PM
Originally Posted by xptl297
What I could understand was that you built up 3 houses in one same 3x3 lot.
The question is: do you use any kind of system to make Sims to Use them separatedly?
So far Sims are not able to distinguish private property and try to use others objects.

Like she/he said, I love all your lots, and this collection is perfect, but I wish you'd create a house for just one family (household 2-4, actually), because sims don't understand when we say "go here"
They always end up sleeping on someone else's bed....
Lab Assistant
#25 Old 12th Jan 2007 at 8:06 PM
I've been hoping that these houses would be featured. My Downtown area looks incredible now and I expect to have a whole bunch of businesses popping up around it.

For people having Q-Express errors, I had the same thing. Just download it manually. For people worried about sharing houses, lock the doors of the houses you won't be using. OFB is a requirement so you should have that feature available.
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