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"CounterCulture" Modular Kitchen Set *UPD 20mar08*

by MaryLou & Numenor Posted 24th Mar 2006 at 11:50 PM - Updated 20th Mar 2008 at 9:03 PM by MaryLou & Numenor : Fridge updated to FreeTime
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This is a new mesh, and means that it's a brand new self contained object that usually does not require a specific Expansion pack (although this is possible depending on the type). It may have Recolours hosted on MTS - check below the description for more information.
This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
by MaryLou & Numenor

*All* the attachments are located at the end of THIS post, but the description of the various elements are located as follows:
  1. Counters, Islands, Recolours and coordinated Floors -> Post #2
  2. Hanging Modules -> Post #3
  3. Appliances -> Post #4


20 mar 2008 - UPDATE: Fridge
The Fridge now has the FreeTime options "Serve Platter..." and "Prepare for Contest". The updated fridge is included in the archive "CounterCultureSet_Appliances.rar", attached to this post.
(Click image to enlarge)

14 FEB 2008 - BUGFIX: Fridge
Removed tooltip (this time for real! I swear! )
The updated fridge is included in the archive "CounterCultureSet_Appliances.rar", attached to this post.
Read details for this update from Post #4

09 FEB 2008 - ADDED: "Tower cabinets"
The updated versions are included in the archive "CounterCultureSet_HangingModules.rar", attached to this post.
Read details for this update from Post #3

09 FEB 2008 - BUGFIX: Fridge
There was an annoying tooltip, now removed, that showed up when clicking on the fridge.

15 APR 2007 - UPDATED: Fridge (Seasons - "Stock" interaction now works)
The updated versions are included in the archive "CounterCultureSet_Appliances.rar", attached to this post.
Read details for this update from Post #4

31 MAR 2007 - UPDATED: Fridge and Trash Compactor (Seasons interaction now available)

20 OCT 2006 - HUGE UPDATE!
  • UPDATED - Counters and Islands, all of them: PLEASE REDOWNLOAD (info on Post #2)
  • ADDED - Appliances: Multi-Fridge and Multi-Stove (info on Post #4)
  • ADDED - Hanging module: Hanging T-Junction (info on Post #3)
  • ADDED - Recolours: Sun (for top and finish), StripedWood-Vertical and StripedWood-Horizontal (for top only) (info on Post #2)
  • ADDED - Floor: Wood-Sycamorepearl (info on Post #2)
  • ADDED - Global Mod to fix the appearance of the Maxis CounterCulture counters (info on Post #2)
  • ADDED - Collection packages, to easily find the many CounterCulture items (residential and community collections)

17 JUNE 2006 - ADDED: HANGING MODULES (Read details from Post #3)

If you like the "CounterCulture" Modular set, you may be interested also in the "CHEZ MOI" Modular set and the "WAY COOLINARY" Modular set
If you want the "usable corners" feature also on MAXIS counters, go download The SEP (Slot Enable Package)


The "CounterCulture" furniture is kinda boring... right? WRONG!
If you think so, it's because you've never tried our "CounterCulture" Modular Kitchen Set! :D

Your kitchen will never be the same, with this marvellous set of counters, islands, appliances and floors!

Here is what you'll never find in other kitchen sets:

  • [Pic1] [Pic2] [Pic3] You can now connect flawlessly counters, island and bar counters, without ugly "back trims" on the counters, and perfectly pairing the surfaces of the islands and the counters!
  • [Pic4] You can create fancy-shaped islands, mixing and matching the modules (Slim Counter and Islands, Island Top, and even the original Maxis counters) at your heart's content!
  • [Pic5] The appliances are coordinated with the counters, and they are really encased in the counter: no metal panels will be visible!
  • [Pic6] You can finally put small appliances on the corner counter, and make your sims use them!
  • [Pic7] Coordinated flooring is provided along with the set, in both Wood and Marble!

The entire "CounterCulture" Modular set is compatible with any game, from the base game to Seasons.

The "Collection" files are NOT to be put in the Downloads! They go in (Documents)\EA Games\Collections.
All the other files go into your Downloads folder. If you have problems, you'll find all the information you may need in this thread: please read it carefully before asking "Can you post it in ZIP, please?" And when you have read that thread, DON'T ask for zips! :D

The Collections do not contain any object: they are just a list of all the CounterCulture items.
Once installed, you can open the collections from the Buy Mode catalog (click on the icon that looks like a folder) and you will find all the existing collections. Among them, there is the "CounterCulture Set", that groups together all the CCulture items, including the coordinated floors and the Maxis counters.

All the counters and the islands borrow the textures from the original Maxis "CounterCulture" counter: therefore, if you want to recolour our set, just create a recolour for the Maxis counter. On the other hand, every recolour for the Maxis counter that you may already have in your Downloads will be automatically available for the whole "CounterCulture" set.
Only exceptions are the Appliances (Trash compactor and Dishwasher): they have their own texture, that must be recoloured separately.

Our counters and appliances are derived from the Maxis original: in some cases, the poly count of our meshes is slightly lower than the Maxis originals; and in most cases it is greatly lower than Maxis'
In detail, here is the poly count (for each category, we provide a range, min->max):
  • Counters: Faces 239->1411 / Vert 334->1510
  • Slim Islands: Faces 471->1502 / Vert 788->2577
  • Island Tops: Faces 108->456 / Vert 124->1093
  • Appliances: Faces 1165->1570 / Vert 1551->1964

MaryLou for all the meshes and custom textures;
Numenor for animations, usable corners and various "hidden" tweakings...
Maxis for the original CounterCulture counters.

You can freely create recolours, and post them on any site, but DON'T INCLUDE THE MESHES IN YOUR RECOLOURS; post a link to this thread, instead.
You can include this set in lots uploaded to completely free sites (NO EXCHANGE!), as long as you grant credits to MaryLou and Numenor and you provide a link to this thread (not just to MTS2!).

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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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. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Origin (Ultimate Collection): Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims™ 2 Ultimate Collection\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows Vista/7/8/10: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Non-Origin, Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads
  • Mac x64: /Library/Containers/com.aspyr.sims2.appstore/Data/Library/Application Support/Aspyr/The Sims 2/Downloads
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Test Subject
#26 Old 25th Mar 2006 at 2:21 AM
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#27 Old 25th Mar 2006 at 2:30 AM
You have to wonder why Maxis didn't do this in the first place. I guess most of the talent is simply not working for Maxis, judging from the excellent modders here.

Are you planning to do the other counters as well?
#28 Old 25th Mar 2006 at 2:38 AM
Wow, this is really great! Thanks, you two!

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#29 Old 25th Mar 2006 at 2:48 AM
i hope you guys do this for other counters as well
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#30 Old 25th Mar 2006 at 3:06 AM
Incredible work again, you two are one dynamic team!... youre now featured

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#31 Old 25th Mar 2006 at 3:11 AM
Another example of why I love MTS2, where else can you get so much free content that is innovative and creative, and items that are not only great ideas but usable. Thank you so much to anyone involved in this project.

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Lab Assistant
#32 Old 25th Mar 2006 at 3:14 AM
Amazing!! Thank you!
Test Subject
#33 Old 25th Mar 2006 at 3:18 AM
Great work Mary Lou! Numenor, you are the official Guinness of TS2's modding community. I hope Maxis is paying close attention to your extreme attention to detail. They ought to. Might learn a few things! :jig:
#34 Old 25th Mar 2006 at 3:20 AM
Great Stuff here!
Lab Assistant
#35 Old 25th Mar 2006 at 3:28 AM
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#36 Old 25th Mar 2006 at 3:29 AM
All I can say is FINALLY! Yahoo!
Test Subject
#37 Old 25th Mar 2006 at 3:46 AM
This is something I have been looking forward to for a very long time. I love using counters to encase the kitchen area but could never use it to its full potential because of the island/counter thing didn't owrk well togeher, very good job.
Field Researcher
#38 Old 25th Mar 2006 at 3:47 AM
Another fantasmo breakthrough. Will you be doing these to all counters?
Lab Assistant
#39 Old 25th Mar 2006 at 4:00 AM
This is fantastic! I'd be excited just about being able to (finally) use those corners for somthing other than a fruit basket holder. All the little extras though. I'm in awe. Great job you two.
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#40 Old 25th Mar 2006 at 4:11 AM
This is such a great set! You have really improved on the original maxis counters. I always hated the dish washer and trash compactor showing when you placed it in a counter, especialy in my historical neighborhood. I hope you do this for the other counters too!

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#41 Old 25th Mar 2006 at 4:41 AM
Great work! Thank you to you both!


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#42 Old 25th Mar 2006 at 4:58 AM
Wow, I am very impressed by your work of you both! This is just exactly what I now need. No more downloading recolors and filling your downloads folder for kitchen stuff. I thanked you and voted 5 stars for this!
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#43 Old 25th Mar 2006 at 5:56 AM
Brilliant!!! Now I have to come up with another nickname for Numenor & MaryLou. The Wonder Twins? (Since I've already dubbed Numenor & Boblishman the Dynamic Duo.) So this is what happens when the Modfather is quiet. Great job!

Lab Assistant
#44 Old 25th Mar 2006 at 6:08 AM
Impressive, Very impressive! The counter tops, the coordinating floors! Workable corners! It's just friggin' great!
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#45 Old 25th Mar 2006 at 6:13 AM
Ooooooooh!! Sweet!! :bow2: And you guys are funny. Yay, no more back trim! Kitchens/Dining Rooms will look fantabulous now!

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Lab Assistant
#46 Old 25th Mar 2006 at 6:27 AM
this is really awesome there isnt anything you all missed!!! I love the idea of usable corner counterspace and of course the diff ways you can now make islands and it will all line up evenly together. really genius work for sure a lot of time must of gone into this. Thanks to all of you so much. crouchygirl.
Lab Assistant
#47 Old 25th Mar 2006 at 6:38 AM
Every time I make a kitchen I will think of you! Thanks!
Lab Assistant
#48 Old 25th Mar 2006 at 6:50 AM
Wow, this is great, but is there anyway of getting it in a zip? Kidding!!
But really this is great stuff, I too can't beleive maxis didn't make the counters like this in the first place either. Are you guys going to re-do any of the other counter styles like this?
Test Subject
#49 Old 25th Mar 2006 at 6:54 AM
Absolutely fabulous! This was never one of my favorite counters, but I do believe you've made it so! Usable corner space! Yay! Truly hidden appliances (finally!) WOW! I see all kinds of possibilities for combinations! Great work!

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#50 Old 25th Mar 2006 at 7:05 AM
Mary Lou & Numenor, You both are fantastic this is so wonderful and I do believe that Maxis hired the wrong crew and you guys here have more talent and know what we need in our games. Thank you so very, very much for this. I am so excited about how now our kitchens will look.
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