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Backdoor Lane 22 [NL+OfB] -- Courthouse

by plasticbox Posted 19th Feb 2007 at 1:05 AM - Updated 15th Apr 2009 at 2:46 AM by plasticbox
24 Comments / replies (Who?) - 21 Feedback Posts, 2 Thanks Posts
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Cost: 166.838§
Lot Size: 3x2
Played: No
Furnished: Yes
Tested: Yes (visited in comm lot mode to check restaurant + bathrooms)

Nightlife and OfB required.
No custom content.

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 22
is a courthouse -- probably the most representative building in Backdoor Lane so far, and *finally* something I can use those spiffy two-story columns for =). This is modeled along the lines of the two or three courthouses that I've seen for real, i.e. a european model, plus some stuff that I made up (I don't know whether there really are "waiting cells" in courthouses, but I figured they'd be useful so I put them in). Hopefully it'll be clear from the screenshots what's where, I had a really hard time this time cutting them down to just 8.

Ground floor:
- One entrance hall that's going to impress the socks off my sims, complete with security checkpoint and uncomfortable(-looking) waiting benches
- Bathrooms
- One courtroom with specator gallery on the second floor and a back room for the judge + prosecutor/assessor (where they hold their little meeting to decide upon a sentence after everything has been said)
- A canteen -- *not* a fancy restaurant, but your sims can eat here just fine (with extra bathroom)

Top floor:
- Open gallery looking down on the foyer
- Spectator gallery
- The judge's office, with secretary's office and bathroom

- Two cells where criminal defendants can wait for their trial (this isn't a jail, so there's no beds in there -- just a chair and a toilet)
- One long kafkaesque corridor
- Archives, where all the old files are stored
- Another bathroom just in case

Fun to be had, in sim terms: Dining out at the canteen, chess, and your sims can sneak into the judge's office and play computer games. I debated with myself for a while whether to put a lie detector in there somewhere, but decided against it.

Seating in and around the courtroom is color-coded for your convenience: brownish/reddish == judge, attorney, defendant etc (i.e. everyone who actually takes part in the trial); green == spectators; purple(ish) == security; yellow == anyone.

The layout of the courtroom and adjoining rooms is luckily quite flexible (I've changed it around a couple of times myself), so you can adapt it if needed: the wall between courtroom and bathrooms can be knocked down + the space used for a press tribune, for example.

A word on the canteen: I haven't seen this while testing, but I guess it's entirely possible that some over-enthusiastic waiter will try to deliver food to the courtroom or secretary's office since the tables I've used in there are actually dinner tables. I'd recommend to lock the doors or change the tables for desks to avoid that from happening.

This was surprisingly non-laggy while testing, I guess because there's actually not that many objects in it -- the foyer and empty corridors take up a lot of space.

- Street view, daytime (above). To the left is the side entrance that leads down to the basement; in front of that is enough space for a driveway should you ever need one.
- Street view, night (the first thing my tester sim did was go and disapprove of my gardening =/)
- Backside
- Exterior, detail: Main entrance (with ungrateful sim completely ignoring it)
- Interior, detail: Foyer
- Overview, ground floor: Top left == courtroom, the small wood-panelled room is the back room. At the bottom right is the canteen.
- Overview, top floor: to the right of the stairs is the secretary's office that leads to the main office and bathroom
- Overview, basement: Two cells, plus a lot of storage space for all those old files
- Interior, detail x 4 | top left: view from the door of the spectator gallery towards the front | top right: view from the base of the stairs towards the entrance | bottom left: view from the canteen over to the courtroom | bottom right: canteen in action

If you've trouble downloading this with QXPress, try manually.

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.

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Field Researcher
#2 Old 19th Feb 2007 at 1:06 PM
Aww so nice courthouse and nice idea to add to the neighborhood thanks !
Test Subject
#3 Old 19th Feb 2007 at 1:34 PM Last edited by fanseelamb : 19th Feb 2007 at 9:28 PM. Reason: please use the "post thanks" button for this type of post
Beautoful, love it

I like all your backlane houses

Watjijwilt. xD
Mad Poster
#4 Old 19th Feb 2007 at 8:06 PM
This looks gorgeous!!!! I'm going to make this into a library for my sims. Thank you for this gorgeous building.
Forum Resident
#5 Old 19th Feb 2007 at 8:37 PM
So many options!! Thanks for the great building & hard work, plasticbox.

Demon Sheep
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#6 Old 19th Feb 2007 at 9:23 PM
Oh my gosh, it's incredible, plasticbox! Really awesome work. Thank you! :D
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Original Poster
#7 Old 19th Feb 2007 at 10:09 PM
Originally Posted by crocobaura
I'm going to make this into a library for my sims

That's a good idea =) -- yes, this can serve many purposes other than a courthouse, a city hall or a museum or some kind of university building or any other "official" kind of thing. (I do have an actual library in the pipeline btw, but you can never have enough libraries!)

Thanks for the thanks, everyone =).

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Top Secret Researcher
#8 Old 20th Feb 2007 at 4:10 AM
This house is gorgeous! Thank you :-)

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Lab Assistant
#9 Old 22nd Feb 2007 at 5:39 PM
Very nice! I could need a courthouse, i think.

Speaking of libraries, can't you make one? Just as me, a city needs a library, don't you think?
Field Researcher
#10 Old 23rd Feb 2007 at 5:46 AM
Holy gosh! This is amazing!

is it can be sims tiem now plees?
Test Subject
#11 Old 28th Feb 2007 at 12:42 AM
Thank-you Love
Test Subject
#12 Old 1st Mar 2007 at 11:47 PM
Artful design, thanks for the upload
Test Subject
#13 Old 18th Apr 2007 at 9:19 PM

lol sorry i got a bit excited

its just that i have been looking for a courthouse setting for a video i'm making :D

btw what is your policy for using your work in sim movies/videos?

thank you


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Lab Assistant
#14 Old 19th Apr 2007 at 11:31 PM
thats pretty sweet!

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#15 Old 8th Jul 2007 at 3:11 PM
Where do you get all these ideas from? I like to build houses for Sims", but have always problems to build nice town houses. Thank you.

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Field Researcher
#16 Old 9th Jul 2007 at 11:24 PM
This is so cool! Thank You!
Lab Assistant
#17 Old 12th Aug 2007 at 7:34 PM
You make great houses

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Forum Resident
#18 Old 23rd Aug 2007 at 7:37 PM
This is perfect for use with Katy's courthouse hacks! Thanks so much, I can definitely find a place for this wonderful lot in my city. =D
Lab Assistant
#19 Old 17th Oct 2007 at 5:35 PM
Whee! This place looks great! I shall add it to my neighborhoods! Muah! Thank you! keep up the amazing work! xoxoxoxoxoxo

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Lab Assistant
4th Apr 2008 at 12:12 AM
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Test Subject
#20 Old 11th Jan 2010 at 8:45 AM
Just great - thank you!
Lab Assistant
#21 Old 24th Jul 2010 at 3:13 AM
This is perfect for weddings! ^__^ I love it. (Haha, that's where my parents got married anyway. xD Since my father's atheist). Thanks again for all of this!

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#22 Old 17th Apr 2013 at 7:15 PM's great, but I had to move some stuff around in the courtroom and offices to avoid hissy fits about routing problems...and yes, the hostess does seat Sims in the courtroom or offices sometimes. Otherwise, I love it, and I had a good laugh seeing Bianca Monty and Consort Capp have a fight right in front of it.
Test Subject
#23 Old 5th Mar 2016 at 1:39 AM
thank you
Lab Assistant
#24 Old 25th Dec 2019 at 9:41 AM
How exactly are suburbs not urban? Do you mean rural? Because part the word "urban" is part of the word "suburb". Hmmmmmm, I WONDER WHY!