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Field Researcher
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#1 Old 20th Nov 2004 at 5:31 AM Last edited by JadeEliott : 12th Jan 2005 at 3:16 AM.
Default Building Tutorials

I found a simple method to make L and U shaped stairs.

Check it out here:

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Lab Assistant
#2 Old 21st Nov 2004 at 8:36 AM
if you are looking for more good tutorials checkout:


he has several nice building tutorials...

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Lab Assistant
#3 Old 26th Nov 2004 at 3:07 AM
Default A new arching tutorial!
I just finished a part in my upcoming series of arching tutorials that shows how to make a large open arched doorway that is ideal for castles or anything else you can think of. Check out this link for tutorial http://thesims2.ea.com/exchange/story_detail.php?asset_id=7346
Later installments will cover skylights, bridges( like the one in my Riverside Walk lot), how to hide the ugly underside of connecting stairs and reverse mirroring. Dont worry, none of its really as hard as it sounds. Well, maybe just a little.

Where I live there are'nt any hills, so unfortunately we must live as "waterbillies"!
Field Researcher
Original Poster
#4 Old 26th Nov 2004 at 6:13 AM
I read and followed your first arch tutorial and this one and I have a few suggestions:

1. Please turn off shadows on your game the shadows obstruct the tiles and the view.

2. Please take the pictures MUCH closer to what you are currently working on....for instance in this tute this screen:

Now begin to lower the tile next to the center by lowering the high side and raising the low side.

Is accompanied by a pic that is far enough away that I can not tell what high and low side you are referring to. :-(

3. Also is your pic quality set to high? The pics are a bit fuzzy.

I am VERY appreciative of your tutes, do not get me wrong, these things would only help make them a tad easier to follow. :-)
Field Researcher
Original Poster
#5 Old 27th Nov 2004 at 8:08 AM Last edited by JadeEliott : 11th Jan 2005 at 10:42 PM.
Default Easy Tutorial - A Simple Arch (credit to daihtnaoz7)

Just when you thought the fun was over, I have whipped up another tute for you to enjoy, ponder, and study in detail and depth!

This tute will show you how to make the above arch, and with all my tutes I have taken great care to make it as simple, easy, and understandable as possible. You will still need to concentrate a bit as this is an advanced building technique which make liberal use of the boolprop constrainFloorElevation cheat, but once you get the hang of it you'll be whipping up arches all over the tootin' place!

Check it out here: http://mysticmusings.typepad.com/ar...tutorial_a.html
Lab Assistant
#6 Old 27th Nov 2004 at 8:46 PM
Whew! I finally managed to finsh pt.2a of my aching tutorial series without my game crashing on me. This part covers the basics of simple arched bridges. As soon as I can I'll make another for layered bridges. I really hope that this tute is simple enough this time around for the benefit of novice simmers out there! :! Here's a link http://thesims2.ea.com/exchange/story_detail.php?asset_id=7498

Where I live there are'nt any hills, so unfortunately we must live as "waterbillies"!
Lab Assistant
#7 Old 6th Dec 2004 at 6:59 PM Last edited by en7en : 6th Dec 2004 at 7:38 PM.
Default The Ultimate Pagoda Tutorial.
As a preview of the kind of quality work you'll get from the Architectural Arts Academy, here's our Pagoda Tutorial

This is a technical tutorial, so it belongs here in the Build forum. In the future, the AAA will release both technical and artistic tutorials.

Let me know your thoughts! Thanks!

en7en - "that pagoda guy..."
Lab Assistant
#8 Old 6th Dec 2004 at 9:56 PM

Thanks... there's a cheat I forgot about... Oops! Basically, it's a cheat that allows you to place walls under uneven tiles. I think it's pretty much a must-have if you mess with roofs, otherwise you're very limited in what you can do.

I recommend you implement this quick little cheat:

Go to this folder:

Program Files\The Sims 2\TSData\Res\Catalog\Scripts

Open the Walls.txt file.

Under the line that says:
# normal walls

requiresFlatTop true
requiresFlatTop false

and save. There you go.

Question for the talented modders out there: Could someone package this cheat into some easy downloadable package?
I'll pay fifty thousand simoleons for it!

en7en - "that pagoda guy..."
Lab Assistant
#9 Old 7th Dec 2004 at 9:10 PM
Default Waterfalls
Ok, so I found this awesome waterfall tutorial, but for some reason can't get it to work in my game. Whenever I try, the water appears at the bottom, but not on the cliff itself. Has anyone else seen/tried this? OR does anyone know an alternate way to make waterfalls?

Waterfall Tutorial
Lab Assistant
#10 Old 10th Dec 2004 at 2:31 AM
For anyone still interested in how I was able to create my layered arch bridge, I've posted part 2b of my arching tutorials at my sims page on the official site! I have'nt had much time to do anything lately, but part 3 will be out before too long hopefully!
Test Subject
#11 Old 11th Dec 2004 at 2:30 AM Last edited by satthukaraoke : 11th Dec 2004 at 5:58 AM.
I'm the author of that tutorial (mightswordbio). There are thing to remember:

- YOu don't really need to place the cursor on the fence. Just as long as the circle is inside the surface of the waterfall. That's why sometime you need to place the cursor below the fence, so it can be fixed inside the surface (that's the tricky part I mention, the circle of the water tool "must" be inside the waterfall surface, sorry for not very clear about it :p)

- I think there are 2 directions that work and 2 directions that won't work, so like if you can not create the waterfall on west and south, try north and east, and this is random for each lots.

Also, visit my page again, there is another waterfall castle on it :D, and tell me what you think about my Garden of Peace?
Lab Assistant
#12 Old 14th Dec 2004 at 2:40 AM
hey satthukaraoke,
can you post a link to your web page? I found the waterfall tutorial by browsing the stories on the Maxis site...
Test Subject
#13 Old 15th Dec 2004 at 5:51 AM
sure. It's at


I hope you guys will like it. It has several theme buildings, 2 with waterfalls, and I'm doing the seven wonders of the ancient world. So far, the Garden of Babylon, the Temple of Artemis and The Great Light House are on there. Tell me what you think (and sign my guest book please)
Lab Assistant
#14 Old 15th Dec 2004 at 6:12 PM
Default Modified CreateASim Screens (Tutorial and Downloads)
if you are getting a bit bored of the default Create-A-Sim mode, you can change how it looks by following this tutorial:

if you want to download some that i have already made, you can grab em here:

i will also attach one to this message
Download - please read all instructions before downloading any files!
File Type: rar MikeInside-Sims2-ModernCAS.rar (550.9 KB, 1907 downloads) - View custom content
Lab Assistant
#15 Old 15th Dec 2004 at 6:29 PM
Default Building Tutorials (CurvedRoof/ModularStairsOnFoundation/PoolIsland/Mosaics/Stencils)
I uploaded 5 new building tutorials today!

How to do a simple curved roof:

Creating carpets with mosaic effects:

Making stencilled patterns on terrain:

Making a Pool Island (and advanced pool tips)

Internal L-Shaped Stairs on a Foundation:

my older tutorials are all available here
Lab Assistant
#16 Old 6th Jan 2005 at 4:50 AM Last edited by whitefolks : 6th Jan 2005 at 4:55 AM.
1/5/05 All tutorials merged into 1 sticky thread. This will make these wonderful tuts available always without having to search all over for them.

**Note..big thanks to all that made these great tuts, and made them available to the community***
Lab Assistant
#17 Old 9th Jan 2005 at 2:22 AM
Default Stealth Stairs Simpage Tutorial
As promised, a couple of Stealth Stairs Tutorial has been uploaded to my Simpage here : http://thesims2.ea.com/mysimpage/my...?user_id=136631

This is a unique finding as it allows us to build a 1x1 staircase (or rather a 1x3 staircase).

So far two tutorials have been uploaded,

Stealth Stairs Stacking


Stealth Stairs for Dormer

I am working on one more which will probably complete the series.

#18 Old 9th Jan 2005 at 9:52 AM
I love the Pagoda roof but I want to be able to put it up on a deck like traditional Japanese structures. I am building a Japanese lot and this would be a great addition instead of having the building on the ground.
Test Subject
#19 Old 14th Jan 2005 at 6:17 AM
Default Tutorial for building bunk beds
Hey if you check out my page at www.thesims2.com you will find a tutorial on building bunk beds in my stories. My nickname there is tinamariewann. Check it out and please rate.
Lab Assistant
#20 Old 21st Jan 2005 at 2:05 AM
Originally Posted by JadeEliott
I found a simple method to make L and U shaped stairs.

Thank you! I was hoping to one day get this figured out!!! :D
Field Researcher
#21 Old 24th Jan 2005 at 9:13 PM Last edited by sunni9676 : 25th Dec 2005 at 3:29 AM.
Default Tutorial for creating pool lakes & beaches
I hope this is the right forum to post this!

I had a lot of requests to explain how I got the beach effect with the pool on my island resort ( http://www.modthesims2.com/showthre...41&page=1&pp=25 ). This tutorial is .htm that you can download and view offline.

If there are any questions just message me or post here. zip added by request.

Please note that this will only work with Sims 2 and not the expansion packs. I am currently trying to figure a way for my houses to work with them.
Lab Assistant
#22 Old 28th Jan 2005 at 5:19 AM
i hav a question sunni9676....would u b able 2 make a .zip file 2?? sorry for the inconvenience!!
Test Subject
#23 Old 31st Jan 2005 at 9:16 AM
Default Pool tutorial
Sunni, have just checked your tutorial.

Even the tutorial is absolutely marvellous! What a creative genius you are - thank you for both the island and the tute. :angel:

Test Subject
#24 Old 31st Jan 2005 at 4:47 PM
Does any one know where I could find this tutorial :
"Paintable Staircase"
Lab Assistant
#25 Old 2nd Feb 2005 at 11:16 AM
thank u soooo much sunni9676!!
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