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Stylish Starter 1- 2BR Split Level Under 16K

by yadarya Posted 30th Jun 2009 at 7:23 PM - Updated 28th Sep 2009 at 6:54 PM by yadarya
10 Comments / replies (Who?) - 10 Feedback Posts
I am a big fan of starter homes, but Sims always outgrow them rather quickly.

My goal of this project was to build a stylish starter home that was big enough for a Sim to stay in after starting a family and/or earning enough simflouz to purchase some extra items.

This fun little split-level home is decorated in cheery colors, and features 2BR, 1 bath, and sunken living room. The real jewel of this house, however, is the large den/basement level that can easily be converted to more rooms if you like.

The previous owners of this home were kind enough to leave some starter furnishings behind for your Sims.

*burglar alarm not included*

Lot Size: 20x30
Original Lot placement: Riverview lot 35 in the street up near Cottoneye
Furnished: 15, 970
Unfurnished: 14, 590

Lot Size: 2x3
Lot Price: 15, 970
Tags: #2BR, #Starter, #Under, #16K, #Split, #splitlevel, #split-level, #No, #CC

Number of bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms
Custom Content Included: None
Furnishings: Starter Furnishings
Special Flags: Not Applicable

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 3
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Stylish Starter 1.rar | Stylish 2BR Split-level starter home. Semi-furnished under 16k, with lots of extra space to add your own personal touch.

Size: 1.55 MB · Downloads: 1,690 · 30th Jun 2009
1.55 MB 1,690 30th Jun 2009
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1. Click the file listed on the Files tab to download the file to your computer.
2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.
2. Select the .sims3pack file you got from extracting.
3. Cut and paste it into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Downloads folder. If you do not have this folder yet, it is recommended that you open the game and then close it again so that this folder will be automatically created. Then you can place the .sims3pack into your Downloads folder.
5. Load the game's Launcher, and click on the Downloads tab. Select the house icon, find the lot in the list, and tick the box next to it. Then press the Install button below the list.
6. Wait for the installer to load, and it will install the lot to the game. You will get a message letting you know when it's done.
7. Run the game, and find your lot in Edit Town, in the premade lots bin.

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10 Comments / Replies (Who?) - 9 Feedback Posts
Test Subject
#2 Old 30th Jun 2009 at 8:49 PM
OMG i love it ive attempted o_0 to do this but it hasnt worked! Can you help me how do you make a split-level with a basement? like umm ive tried but i think i see what youre doing. like is it foundation minus the den then three clicks down to make a basement? just reply to me plz?!?!?


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Test Subject
#3 Old 30th Jun 2009 at 10:09 PM
Awesome! Now THIS is a fly starter house I can use and enjoy! It looks lovely too, thanks!
Field Researcher
Original Poster
#4 Old 1st Jul 2009 at 12:01 AM
I first raised up the ground to be able to have foundation at a level of eight stairs up. I am not sure how many clicks exactly.

Once I had the foundation at the right level, I flattened the terrain. When you place the stairs, the ground should not sink, but remain flat. This way you know you have the correct height.

The basement part of the house is simply built under the foundation like a regular basement. I usually place paint with a border on the foundation walls and lower the terrain until I can see it is the right height.

The sunken section of the home is built on the ground level and connected to the main level of the house. I then connected the sunken level to the basement level. It should be an equal distance of stairs down to the basement as there are stairs up to the foundation.

The area under and to the side of the stairs will be sloped ground, so you will need to cover it with foundation to the side of the stairs, and flooring underneath.

I hope that made sense.
Test Subject
#5 Old 1st Jul 2009 at 2:52 AM
Thanks this is so nice, I love the starter homes but I never seem to move out so my neighborhood has all but run out after the game moved in a couple of families as well.
#6 Old 1st Jul 2009 at 6:22 AM
Awesome starter! Love all the levels!
Test Subject
#7 Old 2nd Jul 2009 at 1:02 AM
This is a great starter home! I think I'll use this for the family I'm playing now. Thank you!
Test Subject
#8 Old 7th Jul 2009 at 10:33 PM
absolutely awesome! Since I play without cash cheats houses like this are invalualble and my designs tend to become repetative.
Test Subject
#9 Old 10th Jul 2009 at 11:09 AM
Oh yeah! The table with chairs upstairs is a wonderful idea!
Lab Assistant
#10 Old 14th Jul 2009 at 5:10 AM
This is the perfect starter house. I love the basement and the split level to the kitchen. I so am downloading right now. Thank you so much and great job.
Test Subject
#11 Old 14th Jul 2009 at 11:39 PM
Great design! It is chic and fave...