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#1 Old 26th Jul 2006 at 3:34 PM Last edited by shrekheatherbelle : 29th Jul 2006 at 6:19 AM. Reason: edit grammar & pics
Default Easy Tutorial for Connecting a Garage To A House on a Foundation
I was asked by Gwens So HOT how to connect a garage to a house on a foundation, so I decided to do a tutorial on this subject!
I use a Tutorial I read ages ago, but I just cant remember the persons name...they were from sims2.com, so I apologise for not knowing their name. I have modified the tutorial to an easier way..I hope

1) Work out your houseplan & where you are going to put your garage. Then place the first piece of driveway (the piece that connects to the road). Then place an extension piece behind this. I am using a darker color for this exercise.

2) Without placing any walls, place any of the garage doors. This is just to mark where the front wall of the garage will be. Now delete the door, and you should be left with a wall. Leave the wall where it is.




3) Click on top down view so we can see exactly what we are doing next. We want to leave more room around the garage extension piece, so sims won't get 'stuck' & so we can place stairs leading up to the internal access from the garage. So choose a floor tile, (you may match your garage extension piece if you wish) place at least one row along the sides of the extension and place at least 2 tiles wide at the back of the driveway extension.




4) You may now lay your foundation for your house, bringing this up to the edge of the tiles you just placed. Place the walls all around this,(your house!) there is no need to place inner walls yet if you dont wish to, but by all means do so if you want. Don't connect any garage walls to the foundation yet!!! We need to activate a cheat.



Hold down Ctrl and Shift and c at the same time to get your cheat console up, then type in these words exactly boolprop constrainfloorelevation false.
False activates the cheat and True deactivates the cheat, so type false for this time.

5) Starting from a garage front wall, place a wall very carefully and join it to part of the house foundation. Now repeat this on the other side of garage. These walls are all warped now. We will fix this now!




6) Still with the cheat on choose a bright floor tile & place a few of these on the outside of the front corners of garage.



These are just guides and will be deleted later. Choose the top down view again, then go down so you can see the top of the house foundation (in other words, where you will place carpet etc later). Take the level terrain tool & place this somewhere inside the house on a level piece of foundation, then drag diagonally towards the guide floortiles you just placed.




7) Deactivate the cheat by typing in your cheat console boolprop constrainfloorelevation true. Go to normal view Take the wall tool & place another wall directly on top of the compressed wall of your garage. The compressed wall of your garage acts as a foundation.






Almost finished!!
8) Go down to the lowest level of your garage & with your wall tool hold down Ctrl and drag to delete 5 tiles of wall in the front of garage. Now you should have a small space underneath the real wall of the front of garage!







9) Now activate the cheat again by typing boolprop constrainfloorelevation false, take your wall tool again and still at the lowest level of your garage, replace the 5 tiles of wall that you just deleted. Once again there are warped walls but this time they are at the front of garage.




10) Go to the very top level of your garage and grab the same bright tile used before as guides. Turn your view around so you can see inside the front of the warped garage wall, just like in the shot below.



Place one tile....



then another....



untill all the warped wall has gone.
Now deactivate the cheat by typing in the cheat console....boolprop constrainfloorelevation true.

11) With that bright floor tile selected, press Ctrl & Shift and click with your mouse to delete all of these. This is the best method for deleting these, as the first ones you placed earlier..... get ahhhhhh really warped and are hard to delete like that.

12) Place your choice of garage door.



Place a square of foundation at the back of garage, (assuming this is where you want your access door)



then a set of connecting stairs,



then a door so your sims can gain access to inside the house from the garage

13) When placing wallcoverings for the outside of home, patterned ones dont look very good with the outside of parts of your garage,



so a plain wallcovering like paint or stucco is best.



But you can still decorate the outside of the rest of your home with whatever you wish.




Well I hope this tutorial was helpfull and not too long winded

Any questions, please ask

fev

PS I apologise for the poor picture quality in these shots! Everything was perfect, but after posting on an image hosting site and placing pics from there to MTS2, something has gone awry!!!

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and two we find before.
We stand behind before we find
what those behind be for.
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#2 Old 28th Jul 2006 at 1:55 AM
Every time I try to connect the walls to the foundation, it says "covered by floor tile." What the heck? lmao.. Any help?
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#3 Old 28th Jul 2006 at 3:30 AM
Have you activated the cheat First before trying to connect the garage walls to the house?
press CTRL and SHIFT and C at the same time, then type exactly these words in the cheat console...boolprop constrainfloorelevation false.
No no punctuation marks or anything! False turns ON the cheat (activates), True turnes OFF the cheat (deactivates)
Try this again, and if you are still having problems, let me know, and maybee post some shots of what you have created and a shot of the problem.

hope this helps

fev

On mules we find two legs behind
and two we find before.
We stand behind before we find
what those behind be for.
Mad Poster
#4 Old 28th Jul 2006 at 7:28 PM Last edited by niol : 9th Sep 2006 at 8:46 AM.
Thanks..
Hope you don't mind me linking this with the rest...

(May try to uee gamma correction, brightness and/or contrast to improve the quality of the pictures when necessary).


Linkage for garage or driveway tutorials or threads (alphabetically ordered in terms of username):

cwirsing
Sloped Driveway tutorial
http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=90496

dogman
How To Build A Backwards Garage
http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=188960

eedgan
Sideways Garage Tutorial
http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=164641

Envious
TUTORIAL: How to build a Driveway / Garage (Nightlife Only)
http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=90174

hexameter
4 Modules of basement garages + Tutorial
http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=99315

Jonesi(with EP2 garage)
My simple tutorial for connecting a garage to a house with a foundation and adding a garage to houses already made pre nightlife
http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=93917
My tutorial for placing a garage in the middle of a split level house on a foundation
http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=93926
Sideways Garage template
http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=97235

mirelly
A Simple Way With Underground Garages
http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=128450

niol (without EP2 garage)
An easy way to build a garage along with a house on foundation...
http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=91504

shrekheatherbelle
Easy Tutorial for Connecting a Garage To A House on a Foundation
http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=178018
Tutorial For Circular Looking Driveway
http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=168860

SimsSherry2 @ TS2 exchange,
Nightlife Garage on a Foundation Tutorial
http://thesims2.ea.com/exchange/sto...ory&user_id=370

Sotalia
Sideways driveways & shadows - problem solved
http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=97102

SteveUK
Nightlife garage and tutorial: {hint: about basement/underground garage}
http://www.insimenator.net/showthre...ghlight=SteveUK
http://www.insimenator.net/showpost...01&postcount=20
{Old or outdated:
tutorial for building a working garage on a downward slope
(downloads) http://www.insimenator.net/download.php?id=3227
or
(view threads) http://www.insimenator.net/viewtopic.php?t=1499}



Linkage for garage or driveway trouble-shooting-threads:

Method of returning the horizontal driveway back to normal
http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=168266
Sideway Garage Problem + Boundary problem
http://www.modthesims2.com/showthread.php?t=167953
Lab Assistant
#5 Old 28th Jul 2006 at 7:56 PM
THANK YOU VERY MUCH SHREKHEATHERBELLE! that helped a lot! haha now i can finally connect my house to the garage! great! woohoo thank you!
Test Subject
#6 Old 15th Oct 2009 at 3:16 AM
I can see the edge of the "garage foundation" wall through the garage doors. Is this normal?
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#7 Old 27th Dec 2009 at 6:08 PM
Hello,

I do realise the last comment here was 2 months ago. However, I am reluctant to start a new thread just to say the pictures on this one are entirely invisible.
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#8 Old 3rd Apr 2010 at 2:05 PM
Great and easy tutorial! Thanks. My house finally have the garage I wanted.
Test Subject
#9 Old 1st May 2010 at 2:25 PM


I hope that you all know that there is a much easier way of doing this.

1) Create the outline of the whole entire house, including the area you want as the garage.

2) Build a second floor with the walls matching up completly (in otherwords put walls on top of all the other walls, including those of the garage)

3) Turn on the cheat "boolprop constrainfloorelevation false" (without the quotation marks) into the cheat box. To open the cheat box, press the ctrl, shift, and C buttons in that order (make sure you hold them down. In otherwords, press ctrl, hold down, press shift, hold down, press c, hold down, then release)

4) Drag the foundation where you want it to be in the house. Do not put it over the area you have selected as the garage! You may want two tiles of foundation leading into the garage area, though, so you cab place a door and some stairs.

5) You may have noticed the warped walls. Good for you! Now to fix them, drag any type of flooring tiles from the shorter area, to the taller are. Make sure you get the entire area of the taller area! The walls will now be at a level where they will all be at the same hight as if they were on a foundation.

6) You can delete the floor tiles.

7) Turn of the cheat ( boolprop constrainfloorelevation true ) and just build your house around the garage. At least one of the walls in the garage area will be warped. You can still place a garage door there but it may or may not show the animation when your car leaves the garage. This doesn't affect the gameplay.

Hope this helps!


MayaTigerStripes
Test Subject
#10 Old 22nd Dec 2010 at 10:19 PM Last edited by stargirl015 : 23rd Dec 2010 at 12:02 AM.
Deleteing floor tiles NOT WORKING

So i deleted the flat floor tiles, but now the warped tile REFUSE to be deleted! PLEASE HELP ME
Lab Assistant
#11 Old 12th Jun 2011 at 5:11 PM
thanks very much......this was super helpful
Test Subject
#12 Old 16th Sep 2011 at 10:50 PM
Thanks a ton shrekheatherbelle!!

Even though this was done for sims 2, the basics of it still work for sims 3, just drop the "boolprop" prefix to the cheat code. I used it to add a garage to my already existing house that was built on a foundation. It was a pain in the tail and probably more complicated than it should be but that goes back to the developers. Thanks a ton for posting this!!

Test Subject
#13 Old 6th Jan 2012 at 5:00 AM
The walls of the garage completely show through the garage door, only the frame appears...

I did every step perfectly I don't understand.
Test Subject
#14 Old 9th Jan 2012 at 6:18 PM Last edited by K.E.O : 9th Jan 2012 at 7:50 PM.
Default I NEED Help
Im pretty sure i did every thing right but it just keeps saying somthing about a floor tile.Please help ME.
Test Subject
#15 Old 24th Jan 2013 at 1:38 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by estecca
The walls of the garage completely show through the garage door, only the frame appears...

I did every step perfectly I don't understand.


I'm having exactly the same problem. Would be very nice to find a solution.
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#16 Old 24th Jan 2013 at 2:25 AM Last edited by Mootilda : 24th Jan 2013 at 4:22 AM.
Try saving and exiting the lot, then editing the lot again.

When you display the walls on the ground level only, are the walls at the garage door full height? Foundation height? Some pictures would help.

When you did step #10, did you even out the top level? If you did the wrong level, then you'll have problems with the door.
Test Subject
#17 Old 16th Aug 2013 at 6:22 AM Last edited by Nyx913 : 16th Aug 2013 at 6:33 AM.
I realize this is an "old thread" but it makes sense to me to post my question here. I tried this, but I also CANNOT delete the warped floor tile left over. Nothing works. cntrl + shift, sledgehammer, nothing. Can someone please help me? Never mind. I just backtracked and didn't place the guide floor tiles and went from there instead.
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