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Backdoor Lane 03 [NL+OfB] -- two houses and a store

by plasticbox Posted 1st Jan 2007 at 11:33 PM - Updated 21st Sep 2008 at 10:34 PM by plasticbox
18 Comments / replies (Who?) - 17 Feedback Posts, 1 Thanks Posts
Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
Cost: 90.379§
Lot: 2x3
Households: 2

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 03
are two houses next to each other, a slightly smaller one (single sim or couple) and a slightly larger one for up to 4 sims. There is a small store on the back/side that currently sells lamps, it's not directly connected to the houses so either of the residents could run it. Both houses have a basement, one accessible from within the house and one from the outside. Two cars can park in the backyard.

This makes an excellent corner lot in either direction, but can also be used facing the street (on the screenshots it sits next to a market, to me it makes perfect sense that the store is facing the maketplace instead of the street).

House 1:
1 x double bedroom
1 x bathroom
1 x kitchen
1 x dining/living room
1 x basement
(If you need it, a second half-bath could be cut off the kitchen with access from the hallway)

House 2:
2 x double bedroom
2 x bathroom
1 x kitchen/dining
1 x living room
1 x basement (two rooms)

One storeroom and a small bathroom (toilet + sink).

Kinda semi-furnished, in order to indicate what goes where -- this isn't a cheap house, so I imagine the tenants will be pre-existing families that already have their own furniture. All basics are included though, as well as in- and outside lights, burglar alarms and so on. Phones are not on the screenshots, but I included them now (as well as an open/close sign for the store, that was missing als well).

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.

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: Starter Furnishings
Special Flags: Home Business

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Sims 2 Nightlife Open for Business
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Size: 1.03 MB · Downloads: 5,915 · 2nd Mar 2007
1.03 MB 5,915 2nd Mar 2007
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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 2nd Jan 2007 at 4:33 AM
I like this. Thank you.
Test Subject
#3 Old 2nd Jan 2007 at 4:54 AM
Glad to see you're still creating homes. I always love your work. Thanks and Happy New Year!
Mad Poster
#4 Old 2nd Jan 2007 at 10:36 AM
Realy a great job!
thank you plastikbox

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Test Subject
#5 Old 2nd Jan 2007 at 11:30 AM
Thank you, plasticbox. I've missed some downtown-lots from you...thank you!
Forum Resident
#6 Old 2nd Jan 2007 at 6:32 PM
My Sims missed your lovely little homes. Very nice lot! Thanks.

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Demon Sheep
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#7 Old 3rd Jan 2007 at 2:54 AM
Oooh this one's my favourite! Because the colours are awesome. *nods*

Thanks again, you talented thing!! :D
Pettifogging Legalist!
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Original Poster
#8 Old 3rd Jan 2007 at 12:07 PM
Glad to see you like the house.

I forgot to say in my initial post: I'd greatly appreciate any feedback about the stores, be it positive or negative -- I've only recently installed OfB; many of you will have much more experience than I do. And there's more than one way to run a business.

For example, do you actually let your customers use the bathroom? Or any other facilities? I've no idea what's better or more common -- let them linger for a bit so that they'll perhaps buy somehting else, or just kick them out after they've made a purchase. (The point being that I'm not sure where the bathrooms should ideally be located -- in a publicly accessible area, even if the owner has to walk three steps more to get there, or off the back wherever it's most convenient for the staff. Same goes for other things, sitting areas and suchlike.)

Another thing is, how much space is good to have in front of the cash registers? I seem to have noticed that it can be a good thing if they can't queue up easily -- in one of my stores (low level, dumb staff) the customers often couldn't get into the queue but also didn't get impatient ... they just kept shuffling across the place until there was a free spot (and *then* started to bitch and whine). But I've no idea if it always works like that?

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The Quiet One
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#9 Old 3rd Jan 2007 at 6:40 PM
Originally Posted by fanseelamb
Oooh this one's my favourite! Because the colours are awesome. *nods*

Thanks again, you talented thing!! :D

Mine, too! I'm putting this into play for my first-ever home business lot.

Lab Assistant
#10 Old 7th Jan 2007 at 12:23 AM
I haven't ever used apts. in my game. I think this is a great lot and can't wait to try it out. Thanks!~
Test Subject
#11 Old 11th Jan 2007 at 7:25 AM
Great work, but are these seperate houses? Or is it like two houses in one lot and one big family with like 2 couples?
Hope this gets pathed up thanks!
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Original Poster
#12 Old 11th Jan 2007 at 8:25 AM
caitlin -- like it says in the original post, "Backdoor Lane 03 are two houses next to each other": it's one lot with two houses.

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Test Subject
#13 Old 21st Jan 2007 at 8:28 PM
I keep getting a corrupt error message when I try downloading these lots.
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Original Poster
#14 Old 21st Jan 2007 at 9:43 PM
With downloading issues, please post in Site Issues or something ... I can't help you with that. Sorry.

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Test Subject
#15 Old 20th Jun 2007 at 10:15 PM
awsome lots dude....... you should make a hood with all these lots.
#16 Old 7th Jul 2007 at 8:40 PM
And me again with a thank for your great work (you can imagine that I start to build up a new downtown area. And only your houses are perfect for this)

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Test Subject
#17 Old 12th Dec 2009 at 9:32 AM
Thank you for this wonderful house. I love the included home business.
Test Subject
#18 Old 23rd Dec 2009 at 10:53 PM
Originally Posted by rocky's owner
awsome lots dude....... you should make a hood with all these lots.

I dunno...it'd be nice to have all these lots in a nice hood with decorations and stuff, but really some of the appeal is being able to fit the lots together in no particular order. Plus you'd have to have most EP's through Seasons, and w/ the individual lots you can only download the ones you have the EP's for.

(A lamp shop? I love it.)
Test Subject
#19 Old 5th Mar 2016 at 1:33 AM
thank you