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Buy Set - DIY

by armiel Posted 9th Feb 2012 at 2:41 PM - Updated 10th Feb 2012 at 1:30 PM by armiel
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This is a new mesh, and means that it's a brand new self contained object that usually does not require a specific Expansion pack (although this is possible depending on the type). It may have Recolours hosted on MTS - check below the description for more information.
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"It was suppose to be a simple, small set." - Certain Finn
"EA makes some objects modular - I take word modular to whole new dimensions. " - Certain Finn again
"It looks quite cool, but I'll still prefer Skylanders." - Certain Finn's kid

Buy Set - DIY

I did it again, a simple small plan for a set turned into something huge. This is my Buy Set (part one I hope) and I have made it so that you could have more choices on decorating your simmies homes.

The idea was simple - a modular kitchen with some pieces that would go together and be rearrangeable - but you know me, can I keep it small and simple, no. ^^

This set has counters, doors, drawers, cupboards and cabinets, and some various bits, for you to create unique and interesting rooms. All of the pieces are made to go together, so you'll have "endless" choices. Please read the post carefully, I'll try to explain what this is all about.

The counter, cupboards and cabinets are "host" objects, with slots for the rest of the pieces. So when you compile the item the way you want it to look, you can then move it around freely - all objects placed on the host will stay put. There are slots in the front corners for doors and drawers, and then there are slots in the middle for shelving, dividers, and clutter. The framed doors and drawers also have slots for the glasses/planes, and for handles of course.


This is a big set, that consist of 119 object files + one master texture file, making the total number of files in the set 120! Most of the objects are repo-linked to the master texture file armiel_DIY_Buy Set_Textures.package, to keep the file sizes small.

Two of the files are sims3packs and have their own textures within their files, they are the DIY Counter Top and the DIY Counter Island. The objects are made as sims3packs due to how making them as package files in TSRW breaks the textures in the corner pieces and any pieces placed after those. Thank you to the mods who allowed me to upload them as sims3packs, as while I can make objects, making modulars in S3OC/S3PE combo is too much for my head.

Below are the detailed informations about object names, prices, recolourable channels, polycounts, number of slots, number of presets, and catalog location. A word of warning! It's a big list.


Here are the instructions on what to download, how to install, and most importantly, how to use the set!

What to download?
I have tried to make this as easy as it's possible for you. All of the files come in one rar, thanks to the repository method which allows us to keep filesizes small.

Contents of the file:
armiel Buy Set - DIY -folder containing subfolders for object types, and the texture file.
The two sims3packs

How to install?
Download the file
Extract the sims3packs to Downloads-folder and install them via the Launcher (If you don't know how, read here)
Extract the folder containing the package-files to Packages-folder (If you don't know how, read here)

Note about the sims3packs: As explained above, I made those two items sims3packs on purpose. You can try extracting them to packages if you feel you don't want to install/use sims3packs, BUT - making them package-files may (and most likely will) break the corners and cause the textures to act oddly. Using CC Magic by grathes causes the same issue, as it fiddles the sims3packs. You can use it, but prepare yourself for some ugly corners and islands (You can cast them back to normal)

Note about the texture file:Do not in any circumstances delete the texture file (unless you want to get rid of whole set of course). If you delete it, you can't CAST the objects, at all. Are warned.

Note about the rest of the files:You can safely delete any file you do not wish to use from the folder.

How to use?
I have both written instructions, and a video, for you. It's a bit long, and has a staggering Finn blabbing on it, but it should still show you how you can use the set. See the video here: LINKY
If you prefer written instructions, click the button below.

You can see the closeup pictures of the objects, and read a bit more of the various uses, in comments.


Once again I have a huge list of people and programs I am thankful to - without them this set would not exist! So, not in any special order...

Thank you to
My kid, Leefish (Leesester), Inge, Jaguwar, Heaven, Missroxor, PharaohHound, Whiterider, HystericalParoxysm, #create and #supersekritchannel in general, the developers of the tools

Tools that made this possible
Dashboard, Photoshop, Paint.Net, TSRW, S3PE/S3OC, TT3, Milkshape 3D, UVMapper, Lithunwrap

You may include the sims3packs to lots you upload to THIS site. Do not include my files to any lot you upload to other site, especially the Exchange and TSR.

Final thoughts
Please enjoy this set, and have fun exploring its possibilities. I did hours and hours of testing, and could not run to a boring moment where I would have used all the options the set has. I have attached few pics below, they are just few choices of what you can do with the set.

/me shuffles off to plan part 2.
Please do not ask what and when - You'll see if and when it's up.

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
armiel_Buy Set - DIY.rar | The sims3packs (two of them, put them to Downloads-folder and install in launcher), and a folder containing the rest of the files (put the folder to your Packages-folder)

Size: 2.48 MB · Downloads: 114,035 · 9th Feb 2012
2.48 MB 114,035 9th Feb 2012
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Quick Guide:

1. Click the file listed on the Files tab to download the file to your computer.
2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file. Now you will have either a .package or a .sims3pack file.

For Package files:

1. Cut and paste the file into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Mods\Packages folder. If you do not already have this folder, you should read the full guide to Package files first: Sims 3:Installing Package Fileswiki, so you can make sure your game is fully patched and you have the correct Resource.cfg file.
2. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).

For Sims3Pack files:

1. 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.
2. Load the game's Launcher, and click on the Downloads tab. Find the item in the list and tick the box beside it. Then press the Install button below the list.
3. Wait for the installer to load, and it will install the content to the game. You will get a message letting you know when it's done.
4. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).

Extracting from RAR, ZIP, or 7z: You will need a special program for this. For Windows, we recommend 7-Zip and for Mac OSX, we recommend Keka. Both are free and safe to use.

Need more help?

If you need more info, see:
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Test Subject
#351 Old 2nd Feb 2015 at 8:07 AM
Thank you!!!!!
Lab Assistant
#352 Old 3rd Feb 2015 at 3:24 AM
I really like this DIY Buy Set, so I watched the YouTube video and read this tutorial, too. However, I was easily placed counters on and I still can't place other things on the walls higher. I don't know why I wasn't able to get cupboards, cabinets or shelves on the top. It just drove me nut because it's so difficult to handle all of those things. So, I uninstalled those. =(

But, I appreciate this wonderful set, through.
Lab Assistant
#353 Old 13th May 2015 at 6:50 PM
Originally Posted by DarkCougar555
I really like this DIY Buy Set, so I watched the YouTube video and read this tutorial, too. However, I was easily placed counters on and I still can't place other things on the walls higher. I don't know why I wasn't able to get cupboards, cabinets or shelves on the top. It just drove me nut because it's so difficult to handle all of those things. So, I uninstalled those. =(

But, I appreciate this wonderful set, through.

So, I decided to give a try again and found a solution. You'll have to build cabinets on the ground floor first before you can shift it up to the top. It's little easier to build on the ground than to build on the top wall.
Test Subject
#354 Old 18th May 2015 at 3:13 AM
Thanks! This is amazing!
Test Subject
#355 Old 11th Aug 2015 at 6:11 PM
Default Thanks a million times!
Originally Posted by armiel
Birdflight, and pawjipaw too, how are you installing the package files?
If you are using the folder structure I made - is your resource.cfg file set correctly to read subfolders (as it should be if it is from this site).

I was having the same issue as these guys, and I could not figure out how to find that file to check it. However, I removed the individual folders from your main one and that made it so I was able to find them. I did this because other mods worked when they were only in one subfolder.
Not having used any of the items yet, I want to thank you for your awesomeness and dedication.
Notes: I have the latest updates on the game as of 8-11-2015. Also this is my first ever post.
Test Subject
#356 Old 18th Nov 2016 at 4:15 PM
WOW! Awesome. Thank you.
Test Subject
#357 Old 9th Nov 2018 at 6:54 PM
Thank you! this is just awesome.
Test Subject
#358 Old 29th Apr 2020 at 8:32 PM
This was something I never knew I needed. Thank you so much. It makes it easy to decorate small places but in the same way it is still functional without all the clutter of random deco items. I appreciate this very much, you gained a new follower.
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