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GLOBAL MODs: "Counter-Friendly Appliances" compatible with K&B - *UPD 05 JUNE 2009*

by MaryLou Posted 7th Jan 2008 at 10:31 AM - Updated 5th Jun 2009 at 11:40 PM by MaryLou : Update for Free Time
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Counter-Friendly Appliances
**No more visible metal panels!**
Both the globals were updated for the SP Kitchen & Bathroom, including the new appliances

Upadate 05 June 09: update for the Kitchen & bathroom SPs
Both the global are now updated for the SP Kitche & Bathroom, as you can see in the img, added the new two counters and the two appliances
They are compatible also with Apartment Life and Mansion & Garden.

In italy we say "better late than never"

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This global doesn't effect the ClubCounters from the base game if you have installed with the CEP the fix CEP-EXTRA_ClubCounters(byHavelock).package
If you don't have this fix installed the global works fine also for the ClubCounters.

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The new files are in the archive attached in the main download tab

Simply re-download, extract the files and overwrite the old ones.

Upadate 13 March 08: bug fixed
Even if I know very well this problem with the counter's shadows.......
ehmm there were a bug about some shadows of the counterclub, they are white
Many thanks to Max3D to have reported me this: now all is fixed.
Please re-download: the update file, in the main post, is ML_GlobalMod_CounterFriendly_(Counters).rar

UPD 11 Mar 2008
Now both the globals were updated for the new EP Free Time.
The ML_GlobalMod_CounterFriendly_(Appliances) includes also the new dishwasher and trashcompactor of FT.
Both the archives were updated, please re-download.

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: when the kitchen & bath SP will comes out, sure these mods will required a major update.

UPD 01 Mar 2008
These globals can't work fine with the new appliances that come with Free Time.
It's NOT a critical bug, the game will run and play fine without any crash or problem.
It's a graphical glitch that affect only the new appliances.
They will be fix as soon as possible.
12 Jan 2008
Fixed a bug in some counters that prevented to correctly click on the counter top dirty.
Please, re-download.
The update rar is ML_GlobalMod_CounterFriendly_(Counters).rar

Warning: these global mods effect only the specific shapes they refer to, they are not hacks.
- they shouldn't be unknowingly included in your uploaded lots, if this happen use the Clean Installer to remove them.
- they shouldn't be copied in your counters clone with Simpe, in any case is strongly suggested to remove them or to uncheck the Downloads folder in the File Table.

Why these MODs?
These global mods allow appliances to be really encased inside the counters, without showing metallic parts.
In order to obtain such result, two separate mods are needed: one to create the missing sides of the counters, and another one to slightly reduce the appliance size (so not to show the back side through the counter). If in doubt, install both.


This global adds the counter under the Top, creating the side panels to cover the metal parts of appliance encased.
The global effects all the Maxis counters from the base game to B.V., with the exclusion of the UNI and SSN models whose design is not suitable (Industrial, LockerRoom e Tiki).


This global reduces the size of the appliances, preserving their animations, so as not to show the metal part on the back of counter. The global has only affect on Maxis appliances: Cheap Dishwasher, Expensive Dishwasher and Trash Compactor.
This mod is useless without the other one.

Install/Unistall and Game Usage
Extract the packages from the rar archives and put them into your Downloads folder, you can also use the Q-Xpress, if you like.
You do NOT see anything added in the game catalog, and you do NOT do anything in the game: the mods will automatically apply to all the counters and the appliances, also those already present in your lots.
To uninstall, delete simply the files from your Downloads folder.

Both the globals are compatible with the base game and any EPs/SPs up to B.V.

Compatibility with other counters mods
Both these MODs are full compatibility with:
Licence Agreement
Do not clone - Do not repost anywhere.

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. 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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Field Researcher
#2 Old 7th Jan 2008 at 11:20 AM
Wow! Thanks, I've always hated the way the appliances changed the counters and this is the perfect mod that I didn't even know I was looking for!
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#3 Old 7th Jan 2008 at 11:35 AM
Thank you MaryLou - this is so extremely useful! Sometimes sticking out appliances can really mess kitchen look up. No more, LOL! :D

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#4 Old 7th Jan 2008 at 11:48 AM
awesome work MaryLou. thanks for sharing. no more grey metal sides. cheers
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#5 Old 7th Jan 2008 at 12:04 PM
Wonderful! Thank you!

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Field Researcher
#6 Old 7th Jan 2008 at 12:14 PM
MaryLou, sei brava. It was very needed.
Test Subject
#7 Old 7th Jan 2008 at 12:29 PM
I love it. It´s awesome.
Lab Assistant
#8 Old 7th Jan 2008 at 12:29 PM
Pretty awesome!!!
Thanks MaryLou!!!

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#9 Old 7th Jan 2008 at 1:09 PM
Thank you MaryLou -> there was/is really need fror this mod. Great idea and excellent work!

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#10 Old 7th Jan 2008 at 1:09 PM
this is perfect i always wanted this thank you.
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7th Jan 2008 at 1:31 PM
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#11 Old 7th Jan 2008 at 2:15 PM
Thanks to all of you!
Originally Posted by Lianne87
will the front still be visible or not? Is it just the back and the sides that are covered with panels?

Of course we have to see the front of the appliances, and sims have to use them, so:
- Yes, the front still be visible as well.
- Yes, are covered only the sides and the back.

I was always annoyed about the visible metal panels, is more realistic to really encased the appliances inside the counters as happens in the real life, isn't it?

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#12 Old 7th Jan 2008 at 2:56 PM
Thanks for this excellent work. Finally someone did that job. I'm sure there are many people who liked/like to see this change.
Test Subject
#13 Old 7th Jan 2008 at 5:24 PM
Excellent idea! Thank you! This always really bugged me
Lab Assistant
#14 Old 7th Jan 2008 at 5:39 PM
Thanks MaryLou this is awesome ^_^
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Test Subject
#15 Old 7th Jan 2008 at 5:38 PM
Brilliant, thanks a lot for this!

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Field Researcher
#16 Old 7th Jan 2008 at 5:50 PM
AWESOME! Thank you so much! That always bugged me as well.
Field Researcher
#17 Old 7th Jan 2008 at 6:35 PM
Great idea! thanks
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#18 Old 7th Jan 2008 at 7:26 PM
Yay! Thank you; this is great.

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#19 Old 7th Jan 2008 at 7:26 PM

now I don't have to have the stove, refrigerator, dishwasher and trash compactor bunched together with the cabinets on eieter side!
I can have small kitchens with realistic dishashers!

Thankyou. Lots! :P

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#20 Old 7th Jan 2008 at 7:42 PM
Thank you, thank you, thank you!! I always thought the appliances looked terrible hanging out, but figured I'd just have to live with it. Drove me nuts the way they'd sometimes fade in/fade out. That's not really what they did, but you'd get only a diagonal "piece" of the trash compactor that was visible from behind, is what I mean... doesn't really matter. This is fantastic!

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#21 Old 7th Jan 2008 at 8:17 PM
Thanks for this I REALLY HATED how the sides always showed through, now I can put the trash compactor at the end of a row of cabinets without it looking messy :D

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#22 Old 7th Jan 2008 at 9:44 PM
In a word...brilliant! This is great, now I can have a convenient kitchen WITHOUT THE UGLINESS! Thank you soo much, genius. P.S. Your icon pwns.
Field Researcher
#23 Old 7th Jan 2008 at 10:09 PM
Great great idea! Thanks so much!
Test Subject
#24 Old 7th Jan 2008 at 10:15 PM
This is wonderful. Thank you for fixing this annoyance. I've been waiting for something like this for a while. No more half walls to hide the ugly metal parts of appliances anymore! Yay! :D
Lab Assistant
#25 Old 7th Jan 2008 at 10:20 PM
Mary-Lou, you are amazing, I was just thinking yesterday that it was annoying that the appliances replaced the counters rather than fit inside them.

Will definitely give these a try and see how they work. Thanks for the brilliant idea!

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