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Maxis Modular Stairs Recolored, Part the Third

by iCad Posted 5th Oct 2010 at 1:59 AM - Updated 4th Oct 2010 at 6:44 PM by iCad
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This is a Maxis Recolour which means that it is a recolour of an item that already exists in your game. Please check the Expansion pack requirements to see which game pack it recolours.

This custom content if it is not clothing, may require a seperate download to work properly. This is available at Colour Enable Package (CEP) by Numenor.

So. I recolored 5 Maxis wood floors in a uniform palette of 20 colors, and they're available here. I tend to use wood floors extensively inside Sim houses, but I also use them outside to make decks and porches. Decks and porches need modular stairs (and they can be used indoors, too, of course). But Maxis's choices of modular stairs...Well, heck, they don't even match THEIR OWN wood floors, much less my recolors.

But thankfully, two far-more-awesome-than-me people have made a selection of the Maxis modular stairs recolorable. So, I recolored my little heart out. And now I offer the results for download, each stair in the same 20-color palette that I created for the floors, so that they do the whole matchy-match thing that makes me a very happy little obsessive person. I'm uploading each stair I've recolored separately, mainly because a lot of pics are involved here and putting all of the stairs I recolored into one large download got a little...Well, large. There will also be matching fences and a selection of various columns coming along shortly, so that you can build complete, matching decks/porches. What a concept!

So, Stair #3 of the ones I recolored is the Chic Stairs, which HugeLunatic made recolorable by working magic that overrides Maxis's code. So, you don't need scripts to make these recolors work, but you WILL need HugeLunatic's override for this stair, which you can get in the set here.

This one...was a little more complicated than the others, since it has railing bits that are white, along with the wood color. I kept going back and forth about whether or not to leave the white parts as is. In the end, I decided that the white looked stupid, especially with the darker colors and the greys of my color set, so...bye-bye white! And without the white, the Chic Stairs are almost exactly the same as the Steadfast Stairs except for minor differences in the shape of the rails that are white on the Chic Stairs. So this is almost like two recolors in one. Or...something.

Anyway, this stair looks pretty good used indoors or out. Style-wise, it looks good with all of the wood floors that I recolored with the exception, in my opinion, of the Limber Timber Decking. In the sample pics below, I went with the Slimming Parquet floor to show the color match.

Here be the pics, all 20 colors:




If you've never used this kind of recolorable stair before, be aware that they don't work like "normal" recolors. You place a run of the regular Chic Stairs in its original color first, put up railings if you want them, and then afterwards you use the design tool to select and recolor each step with its attached rail individually. Unfortunately, the recolor names aren't labeled and you might not be able to tell easily which color is which just by looking at the little thumbnails. But with a little trial and error, it really isn't too hard to figure out which stair goes with which floor.

The packages within the rar file are all compressed to be as kind to your Downloads folder as possible. The files are also clearly named so that you can easily discard the colors you don't like or won't use.

I hope that you might find these useful!

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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2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
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Scholar
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#2 Old 5th Oct 2010 at 3:51 AM
What more can I say, but "Thank you, thank you, thank you!"

These are really marvellous pieces of work. All of them!
Field Researcher
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#3 Old 5th Oct 2010 at 5:37 AM
I love you. The floors were awesome but this has really made my day (which was long and involved a double shift). Thanks for lifting my spirits on a drizzly NYC night.
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#4 Old 5th Oct 2010 at 8:48 AM
Awesome job! I really like these stairs, but they were so limited in color. Thanks for giving us more options!
Undead Molten Llama
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#5 Old 5th Oct 2010 at 10:34 PM
I'm really glad that people are liking and finding these useful! I had an awful lot of fun making them, after all. There's one more set of stairs to go (the "Euro" Stairs), the columns are done but for the picture-taking, and I think I FINALLY have the matching fences under control, too, so.. Decks ahoy!

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Originally Posted by JaneSamborski
I love you. The floors were awesome but this has really made my day (which was long and involved a double shift). Thanks for lifting my spirits on a drizzly NYC night.


Ah, yes! I remember drizzly NYC nights very well! I was a Manhattanite for a number of years before I moved Out West, and...I don't miss the drizzly nights, that's for sure. I'm glad that these cheered you up a bit. And I hope that your weather clears up soon, but knowing NYC...

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#6 Old 6th Oct 2010 at 2:54 AM
oh my god fabulous...will you be doing a grey haunted set, as I would love some dingy grey and also some weatherd sets in peeling or faded paint...thanx
Gone Fishin'
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#7 Old 8th Oct 2010 at 8:32 PM
Thank you so much for this and your other stair recols! Now I can FINALLY have wooden stairs that actually matches the floors! (Also, thanks to Numenor and HugeLunatic for making it possible to recolour stairs!) I've never understood why Maxis couldn't at least make stairs that match their own wooden floors... but it doesn't matter now, since yours look so much better anyway.
Undead Molten Llama
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#8 Old 10th Oct 2010 at 11:09 PM
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Originally Posted by NixNivis
Thank you so much for this and your other stair recols! Now I can FINALLY have wooden sirs that actually matches the floors! (Also, thanks to Numenor and HugeLunatic for making it possible to recolour stairs!) I've never understood why Maxis couldn't at least make stairs that match their own wooden floors... but it doesn't matter now, since yours look so much better anyway.


Thanks, NxNivis. Yeah, I can't figure out Maxis in general. They make some nice stuff, but none of it goes together, and it's like that in both Build and Buy mode. People seem to be fixing the Buy Mode stuff...so I guess I've taken it upon myself to tackle the Build Catalog. In fact, I'm now contemplating recoloring Maxis stuff with Maxis colors so that it does go together (as in, using the color of a Maxis modular stair to recolor a Maxis wood floor), but I'm not sure that I'd use that, anyway, since I tend to prefer my own colors now. But maybe someone else would find such a thing useful...

Anyway, it always amazes me how people can make nice-looking lots without CC. That's beyond my talents. Hence, why I recolor practically everything. It's grown into an all-consuming obsession, I'm afraid...

@takart: I'll consider it, although it seems to me that some people have already done that sort of thing. Or maybe I was just seeing things...
Lab Assistant
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#9 Old 25th Oct 2010 at 4:18 AM
Oh thank God. Someone finally did this! Thank you so much!
Test Subject
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#10 Old 2nd Jul 2011 at 4:56 AM
Utterly awesome! <3 Thanks so much
Alchemist
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#11 Old 18th Nov 2012 at 9:45 PM
thanks so much for a truly useful and lovely item!
Instructor
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#12 Old 1st Dec 2012 at 3:41 PM
I've never been excited to use the Chic Stairs before! Thanks very much for these (and all your other staircase) recolors, iCad!
Test Subject
#13 Old 14th Mar 2013 at 3:16 AM
I absolutely love all of your matchy things, to the point where I have almost everything in my game.

I took a peek at HugeLunatic's recolorable stairs page, and saw that a few people were having difficulties with recoloring the "chic stairs," and athough I'm unsure whether I should post this here or over there, I'm taking the chance here . I've gone through and re-downloaded three times, thinking maybe it was the download at first, and am completely stuck.

I have other stair recoloros you made that work fine in-game, and I've never had an issue with the recolor tool, but no matter what I seem to do I can't get the chic stais recolors to show up. I obviously have the recolorable stairs, but every time I try and recolor them a little message pops up saying this item is not recolorable(or something of the like). Any thoughts? Suggestions?

And again, please forgive me if I'm not posting this in the right spot.