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Your Stairs, Your Way!

by mustluvcatz Posted 27th Nov 2011 at 11:13 PM - Updated 28th Nov 2011 at 7:01 AM by mustluvcatz
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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.
I admit it. I'm jealous of all of those pretty modular stair recolors with tiles. Stairs are something I've never attempted because I thought they'd be too hard. Well, after searching for existing stairs like I wanted and not finding any- I decided to try it. Stairs aren't as frustrating as I thought! (Well, the sides gave me a bit of trouble but I taught them a lesson, lol.) So- here's the result of my first stair attempt.

The stairs are just stairs. There is no railing and they are open underneath. You can place furniture and other objects under them using the "moveobjects on" cheat. The furniture will still be usable. (Yay!) Since I wanted to be able to do tiled risers, the stairs are 2 subsets: the steps and the risers. Which is why there is no railing WITH the stairs. Want a railing? Read on...
There are 3 railings to choose from- the value, straight and designer railings from Maxis stairs. The railings are just railings. For all 3 railings, both sides are separately recolorable. The railings can be placed without cheats and will not stop a sim from using the stairs.
The woods are all Maxis: light, dark, medium, cherry, walnut, knotty pine and Season's red, blue, green. The tiles are various tiles from the internet edited by me. Since you can have different colored stairs, risers and railings there are many different design options.

Stairs can be found in the usual place and the railings can be found in Deco>Sculptures. Hope you find these stairs useful! Recolors are definitely welcome- all you need is a 256X256 texture. (For the tiles, you'll want to keep the tiles small to keep them in proportion.) Wall-white is for the tiles, pine is for the stairs and light is for the railings.

The STAIRS are the MASTER for the RAILINGS and you need to have them for the railings to work in game.
If you would like to recolor these, there will be 3 textures to recolor. This is because thanks to the Dream Team and the Grand Trianon set, I learned something new. The stair resources have been edited to allow an extra texture for a thrid subset- in the way that the Floor Mirror from the Grand Trianon set is the master for all the meshes, even the drapes. If you have any questions, feel free to post them.

Polygon Counts:
Stairs - 448
Value Railing (Railing) - 1856 (Maxis railing edited/smushed around, mine is actually less polys!)
Designer Railing (Railing 2) 1936 (Maxis railing with a bit of editing to fit my stairs.)
Straight Railing (Railing 3) 1536 (Maxis railing with a bit of editing to fit my stairs.)

Additional Credits:
SimPE, PhotoShop CS2, MilkShape, Numenor for his stairs- which inspired people to make tiles recolors- which inspired me to make these stairs, the Dream Team for the Grand Trianon set- from which I learned something amazing.
Download files
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
MLC-StairAndRailingMeshes.rar | Description: Just the master and slave meshes. 144.9 KB 7,195 27th Nov 2011
MLC-StairRecolors.rar 510.7 KB 6,999 28th Nov 2011
Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract: Use WinRAR (Windows) or Stuffit (Mac) to extract the .package file(s) from the .rar or .zip file(s).

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Windows Vista/7/8: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\


4. Place in Program Files: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your appropriate Install folder:
  • Windows XP: C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Windows Vista/7/8: C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Windows Vista/7/8: C:\Program Files(x86)\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Origin: C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Fun with Pets\SP9\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins

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