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Picked upload! Soaring Starter (modern base-game no-CC starter)

by Mootilda Posted 30th Aug 2008 at 2:55 AM - Updated 14th May 2009 at 7:27 PM by Mootilda : Change personal pick
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Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
The first time that I saw a hyperbolic paraboloid house, I was completely taken with its simplicity and elegance:

Here is my first attempt at creating a home with this style of roof.

This minimalist home has 2 bedrooms and 2 baths on a 2x2 lot. Fully furnished for two; the spare bedroom suite was left unfurnished for future use. The foyer has double entry doors and there are also double doors into the master suite. Lighted inside and out. Tastefully decorated in muted tones, but there's plenty of time to choose your color scheme before you move-in.

Spacious and comfortable, there's an extra area at the back of the house to set up as you wish. The master bathroom has enough room for a sink and shower-tub upgrade. The extra suite can be set up as a nursery, twin bedroom, a hobby room, or second master. There's enough room on the lot for a hot tub and small pool, or for a small garden.

For this amount of money we were unable to supply any landscaping, except for the newly planted lawn. The parkland all around is for sale, which means that you can use the LotAdjuster to expand this lot in any direction, if you require additional space.

Unfortunately, the lack of ceilings is very apparent in this house, because of the large roof overhangs. I am hoping that the new default ceilings in Apartment Life will enhance the exterior of this lot. Alternatively, you can create or download double-sided floor tiles, such as the ones available here:

To change the roof tiles, just place a copy of the current roof tile on the ground. Choose your new roof tile and <shift><click> on the tile on the ground. Presto! The roof should change to your new selection.

The use of "foundation roofs" keeps cost of this home in the "starter" category. For more information:

Base game compatible. No CC. Seasons proof.

Lot Size: 2x2
Lot Price: $19,950

Additional Credits:
Thanks to Numenor for the BaseGame Starter:

This lot was created using the shrinking feature of the LotAdjuster to create this size of lot:

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. 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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#2 Old 30th Aug 2008 at 3:39 AM
Is complimenting the roof too obvious? Brava!

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#3 Old 30th Aug 2008 at 4:18 AM
I have a new favourite....thank you

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#4 Old 30th Aug 2008 at 5:24 AM
There's a church with a roof like this down where I used to live in Florida. I always joked that come hurricane season it's going to be really neat to see how far the thing flies when the glass blows out and it gets some air under it.
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#5 Old 30th Aug 2008 at 11:07 AM
#6 Old 30th Aug 2008 at 11:48 AM
Very interesting indeed,thanks for sharing!!

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#8 Old 30th Aug 2008 at 1:52 PM
Very creative! Thanks!

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#9 Old 30th Aug 2008 at 6:29 PM Last edited by Mootilda : 31st Aug 2008 at 2:02 AM.
Originally Posted by Mistermook
There's a church with a roof like this down where I used to live in Florida. I always joked that come hurricane season it's going to be really neat to see how far the thing flies when the glass blows out and it gets some air under it.
In real life, this style of house was ahead of its time. Because of the materials used when the Catalano was built, real modern homes like this have often had problems with their unique roofs. The Catalano didn't survive.

Luckily, our sims have the benefit of the latest technology and this roof is likely to last for the life of the house. Well, at least until EA releases "The Sims 2: Natural Disasters".
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#10 Old 30th Aug 2008 at 9:27 PM

Thank you.
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#11 Old 31st Aug 2008 at 1:39 AM
Mootilda, I think I can pass on that expansion, so I can get this house! Great job! Athough the only real life example of this architecture I've seen is a gas station. Still, it's great for the sims, and looks really playable, thank you!

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#12 Old 31st Aug 2008 at 2:00 AM
AL ceilings in your house.
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#13 Old 31st Aug 2008 at 2:07 AM Last edited by Mootilda : 31st Aug 2008 at 2:19 AM.
Originally Posted by bananago
AL ceilings in your house.
Ouch! That looks horrible! Leave it to EA to muck up ceilings when they finally get around to implementing them.

Here's what my house looks like with brown double-sided tiles (I was also fooling around with different colors for the windows and doors):

I should be getting AL soon... looks like I have my work cut out for me.
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#14 Old 31st Aug 2008 at 2:15 AM
they really should have just skipped the whole ceilings thing its more of a hassle than anything you have to go into 45 degree camera mode to even see them and while in that view its difficult to maneuver the camera
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#15 Old 31st Aug 2008 at 3:15 AM
People have been asking EA for ceilings for a long time now... it's just a shame that their implementation ruins this house (and possibly other modern-roof houses).
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#16 Old 8th Sep 2008 at 8:16 PM Last edited by niol : 8th Sep 2008 at 8:22 PM.
what really annoying is that EAxis never seems to think of implementing feature options for "new" features in the preference menu. then, people can disable them when necessary rather than they have to accept all the imperfections they added in along with the "new" features.

They could have made this ceiling optional. it's expectably eye-shocking as the grid concept fused with the lighting... from this, we can know that they simply add a "ceiling tile" right under each tiled floor grid instead of visualising the corresponding grids of an additional grid layer of ceiling whose position would be relative to the upper floor layer.
AL is unnecessary for this cute lot to show up properly, but indeed worse...
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#17 Old 9th Sep 2008 at 3:33 AM Last edited by Mootilda : 9th Sep 2008 at 4:40 PM. Reason: fix emphasis
The ceilings are optional... you can turn them off using a new icon next to the video capture icon. Thank goodness!

One of the things on my list is to look at how the ceilings are implemented... it may be possible to write a program to fix them by making them match the slope of the roof.

I'm working on a double-sided roof tile to match the existing Maxis "Smitty's Distressed Floorboards" that have been used on all of my starter homes, so that this roof will look the way that it should. However, it's proving more difficult than I expected to get a double-sided 2x2 tile with the right color, that dims at night.
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#18 Old 28th Oct 2008 at 7:25 PM
This looks a lot like a church where my uncle lives-- it was built in the '60s (I think) to replace the building that was damaged in a tornado. I thought it was kind of cool looking but my grandpa said "It looks like a @#$% tornado blew it down!"
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#19 Old 11th Dec 2008 at 8:56 AM
Astounding and fantastique house, I love it, thank you for sharing
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#20 Old 1st Mar 2009 at 9:51 AM
For some reason I'm reminded of a flying nun. nicely done.

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#21 Old 28th Apr 2009 at 1:29 PM
The architect was drunk?! Otherwise cool!

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#22 Old 28th Apr 2009 at 5:45 PM
I believe that architects liked this style of roof because it can be made using only straight pieces of wood, but it appears to be curved.

Easy to make; looks difficult to make.
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#23 Old 22nd Feb 2013 at 3:12 AM
Definitely not your ordinary house, yet quite functional. Very retro. Thanks!
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#24 Old 20th Jun 2013 at 6:21 AM
The house reminds me of the cartoon The Jetsons! I gotta have it!
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#25 Old 5th Mar 2016 at 2:45 PM
thank you