doesn't take long in playing The Sims before one realises that there
are very few default build mode items which match the excellent Maxis
default exterior brick walls - and, puzzling in itself, very few default
floors. In the series "Maxis Matches", you will find several
building items retextured from some of the Maxis wall textures to
bring a little harmony into your homes.
This is a partly
landscaped and partly furnished lot. The landscaping items come
exclusively from the game and from Persimmon Grove, with many thanks
as always to Koromo for ongoing kindnesses to a neglectful bunny.
None of the landscaping items are included here, so you will need
to do some serious shopping at Persimmon Grove before installing
this lot - that is, if you haven't already done so, of course ;o)
All the furnishing
is from the original game, and all the architectural items you need
to use this lot are found either below in the individual zips or
in the BigZip at the bottom of the page. Not all of these architectural
items will be found in build mode; some will be found in buy mode
decorative or buy mode misc.
Banana Brick set was based on the wall of the same name from Unleashed.
I have been told that it is also one of the walls in The Sims Online.
| It is very redolent
of both Victorian glazed bricks and the majolica glazed bricks often used
in 1930s "Metroland" style housing - especially on fireplace surrounds
- but with a bright, modern feel. The building items I have made hopefully
try to reflect this. If you do not have the original wall, don't worry because
I have included a very similar one in the zip; I made it ever-so-slightly
darker as I found it hard to match up my textures with the original for
Download the house
and everything pictured on this page in one big zip - find this at the
bottom of the page! Zips
with the normal winzip symbol are just the same objects in smaller packs
below for those with slower connections. If you download the
big zip, you will NOT need any of the smaller zips from below unless they
are marked with the NEW! symbol.
Banana Brick House, lot 10.
This zip does
not contain any objects, walls or floors. You will need to download,
unzip and install all the zips from below before playing this house,
otherwise you will get the "missing objects" box and the
house will be incomplete.
With the exception
of just about all the landscaping items from Persimmon Grove, there
is no shopping list - all the pieces it is furnished with are found
below or in the original game. Finally,
the house may vary slightly from the screenshots - I built the house
and then kept making new stuff....
The roof kit
comprises of two flat glass skylights (no.1 for a second floor,
no.2 for a first floor) and an upright skylight (no.3) for the first
floor. These three pieces are all based on one tile rugs so they
won't get in the way of you placing furniture, or your sims walking
about. I have also enclosed a roof .bmp file (no.4) for the normal
The second floor
roof pieces and window frames all drop when you play with walls
down or cutaway. When you place the roof pieces you will note that
they are much higher up than the first-floor pieces and are marked
HIGH roof piece in the catalogue. Your sims will happily walk about
underneath all the pieces, and you can place furniture without any
If you are using
them in another house (or an extension to this one) the regular
version (no. 2) and the upright skylight (no.3) need to be placed
on the second floor, on top of the transparent floor also included
in the zip with kind permission from Caro at the beautiful Caro's
As you can see,
one of the glass roof pieces is designed to go on a second
floor. Using them will take some getting used to, but I think you
will agree that the overall effect is worth it several times over.
To achieve this
effect on any other house, you will need to build the second floor
room you want the glass roof on with a one-tile gap. Place the transparent
floor just outside the gap and place a Banana Brick window frame
in the gap so it looks as if there is a window there.
This will stop
the game from generating a roof over that room & your sim won't
mind that there is a hole in the wall ;o)
There are two
gaps because I have done two rooms here, and you will need to leave
a gap for every room you don't want a roof generated on.
Gable Roofing kit
have managed to get round to fixing the gable sets. They now tile
correctly with each other, and the best amendment of all is that
there is very little bleedthrough any more. There are only one or
two stray pixels on the large piece in the closest zoom, (although
there may be a little more on the medium and small zooms) but for
the most part they are much better objects than any previous gable
sets of mine.
The gable pieces
are droppable thanks to Cooptwin The Amazing And Magnificent - you
won't see them when played with walls cutaway or down, and they
will remain in place when you sell the house. See more of Cooptwin's
work at Another
#%*& Sim Site
assorted windows and two doors
Windows of varying
sizes and transparency to give either sweeping views of the surrounding
landscape or total privacy where needed. Two matching hardwood doors
complete the set.
Give a new lease
of life to ALL your windows with this set of five tileable architectural
can be used on their own, tiled, or around other windows of your
choice with the Banana Brick walls, plain contrasting Banana Brick
walls or even perhaps another wall to give a complete contrast.
Use them on a second floor to fill in the gap so you can make a
glass roof as described above.
|Some of the ivy
images were used with kind permission of Hanna at SimSisters (closed)
- a site which although no longer updating has some extremely beautiful
and well crafted items for your game.
these window frames are separate objects and not a window in
themselves, you also have the advantage of being able to use
them with any of your collection of recoloured windows. Based
on a droppable rug piece, your sims can walk over them, you
can put other items on the same tile and HD users can place
wall mountable items on the windows as well. I don't recommend
placing large items on the same tile, but things like plants
& small bushes are ideal. Because they are slightly wider
than one tile, I don't recommend using them in an inner corner.
of the plants will ever need watering, and the pieces are
all backless and droppable with thanks to Koromo at Persimmon
Grove, without whom I simply would not have anything unique
to add to this site. Priced at the astonishingly low bargain
basement price of just one simolean, you will find them in
Buy Mode / Miscellaneous / General.
|To place them
on a second floor, you will need to place them on the transparent
floor tile included in the
zip of the roofing kit for which I am very grateful to Caro of Caro's
for permission to include it.
I would not recommend putting them in a corner - because they
are one tiled objects but a little wider than one tile at each
end, they will bleed through the wall.
Three single tile animated fireplaces
made the first one ages ago but it was too blurry for my taste
and until I recently learned that fuzziness was all in the
A sprites, had no idea how to fix it. Then after that all
I had to do was to learn how to fix the Z buffer.... which
I am the first to admit is not quite right but I think it's
reasonably ok now. Just don't try to put your rug under them
- but then one wouldn't put a rug underneath a built-in fireplace
anyway, so that justifies that. Ha.
cause any dramas in your home because they are cloned from
the animated wall sconce. This means you can't put a picture
above them, so I have done that for you with two banana-themed
pictures and a mirror (decorative only). The backs of the
fireplaces are much smaller than the front so as not to interfere
with gameplay. The wall candles are based on an original from
Sims mediaeval theme.
is some small amount of bleed through with the wider leaves
of the plants; I could not get them much better than this, but
a combination of rotating and placing items behind them on the
other side of the wall will get rid of the effect.
Banana Accessories Pack #1
Accessories Pack #1 contains two gallery-positioned picture
sets, one featuring four banana themed art prints, the other
with three and one narrow banana print ideal for either side
of the fireplace.
the decorative vases & plants used in this theme, there
are three banana palm pots - one small, one medium and one
group which never need watering. The banana palm image has
been used with grateful thanks to Persimmon Grove.
Plant display tables
None of these
plants will ever need watering....and none of them can be taken
away from the pedestals. These aren't really tables so there is
no worry about your sim placing the bills under a plant where they
can't be seen! They have different views at different rotations
to vary the look of them.
I have placed
them on the balcony to stop your sims walking through the glass
roof which can be a little disconcerting to say the least =:o
With many thanks
to Koromo at Persimmon Grove for allowing me to imprison the ferns,
banana plants & bluebells in pots.
& Garden divider kits
I haven't quite reached my dotage yet. Although some of these dividers
look the same, they are different in how they behave and are intended
for different situations.
1 and 3 were retextured and reshaped from an original base at Mermaid
Cove (closed). These are cloned from a sculpture, and won't keep the
light out of the divided off area - or prevent your sims watching
TV in the same room. They sit centrally to a tile, and are solid
so the sim can't walk over them.
Set 2 was retextured
from the cloneable one tile rug at Sim Freaks, and all sit inside
the tile at the edges. They are at their best when used for balcony
edges, and the low one as a garden path edging. The sim will be
able to walk through them so be careful where you place them.
thing to note - Hairfish categorised the original items for sets
1 & 3 fully for home, community, downtown and vacation island,
but I haven't checked if this categorisation carried through the
will need some careful rotation and placement as there is some bleed
through at some angles.
the good news on all of them is that the plants never need watering!
Brick Stackable Bay Window, two wall buttresses.
can use this bay window singly or on top of each other. The little
balcony is just for show. I finally got round to improving it so
that when you place things on the centre of the indoor sill, they
won't bleed through anymore. Hopefully.
wall buttress base object is by Marina at the absolutely lovely
and is backless. I have used them here to "support" the
Banana Brick formal garden kit.
pieces comprising of one topiary, two crape myrtle trees and two
sizes of planters in two different colourways - none of which will
ever need watering.
trees are slightly different from each other and smaller than the
default Crape Myrtle so as to look more realistic when placed in
groups or together.
larger planters are droppable thanks to the awesome talent of Cooptwin
The Amazing And Magnificent - you won't see them when played with
walls cutaway or down.
See more of Cooptwin's work at Another
#%*& Sim Site
30 walls &
floors in sets comprising of:
sets of murals based on antique botanical prints of banana flowers,
and textured matting floors to match.
set of Banana Brick walls. As I couldn't get the reverse colour
wall to match absolutely exactly, I recreated the original banana
brick wall in a slightly darker shade, and made plain walls to match
(don't you just hate it when the only second floor option has a
border on? I know I do!) These are priced at §4 each to
match the original wall price. You can mix 'n' match the three fully
tileable floors however you like. They are also priced at §4
each to match the wall price.
pair of two plain contrasting stucco textured walls based on the
main colours of the Banana Bricks for your interior or exterior
walls, blended better than a Banana Squishee from the Kwik-E-Mart.
They are priced
at §1so it is easy for you to find to reprice yourself according
to the way you organise your files.
piece tileable mural featuring an antique share certificate,
and finally, six wooden floors.
isn't a lot "banana-like" about these six wooden
floors, but after I made the first one, I couldn't resist
making it in all these colours :o)
normal recoloured fireplace for those who want fireplaces
to behave like fireplaces (ie. generate Santa, start fires.....). Don't
worry about your sims tripping over the decorative items placed
on the staircase - they are fixed solid :o)
Banana Brick Build Mode Kit
boundary fence with high fenceposts, two columns and connecting
The house and all
the objects above can be downloaded in this one BIGZIP
The BIGZIP is just
a normal zip file, I just call it that to distinguish it from the normal
sized zips - this one has over 100 items in it so it may well be too large
for an AOL browser or those on dial-up connections. This one zip contains
the house, all the objects, the walls, the floors and the roof - everything
pictured above. Unzip to a temporary storage folder, and you must move
the files accordingly as below:
to C:\Program Files\Maxis\The Sims\UserData\Houses (for the original
"The Sims") or C:\Program Files\Maxis\The Sims\UserDataXX\Houses
- where XX is the number of the neighborhood. For example, if you want
it in Neighborhood 3, it goes to: C:\Program Files\Maxis\The Sims\UserData3\Houses\House10.iff
- Files ending
to C:\Program Files\Maxis\The Sims\GameData\Walls
- Files ending
to C:\Program Files\Maxis\The Sims\GameData\Floors
ending in .bmp to C:\Program Files\Maxis\The Sims\GameData\Roofs
- All other files
ending in .iff to C:\Program Files\Maxis\The Sims\Gamedata\UserObjects
If you would like
to redesign or recolor objects from the Banana Brick set, please provide
credit on your site and in the object description with a link back to
us. Most recolours here are from base items from sites participating in
the Recolourers Resource Project, but where I have had specific permission
for an item to be cloned for this set, you will need to ask the same permissions
from the original designer - these are as follows:
- Ivy images on window
frames from Hanna at SimSisters (closed)
All links to the original
site where I have made the recolour from are given where possible. See
notes on home page.