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Featured upload! "Chez Moi" Modular Kitchen Set

by MaryLou & Numenor Posted 21st Oct 2006 at 12:09 AM - Updated 31st Mar 2007 at 4:23 PM by MaryLou & Numenor : Updated Trash Compactor to SSN
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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.
This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
"CHEZ MOI" MODULAR KITCHEN SET
by MaryLou & Numenor




If you liked the "CounterCulture" Modular set, there's good news for you!
Two more kitchen sets have been made "modular":
the "Chez Moi" (Colonial) set and the "Way Coolinary" (Groovy) set.

Let's bring the Maxis furniture to a top-quality level!

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NEWS AND UPDATES
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31 MAR 2007 - UPDATED: Trash Compactor (Seasons interactions and mesh fix)
Now the Trash Compactor has the "Add to Compost" option.
The new version is included in the archive "ChezMoiSet_Appliances.rar", attached to this post.

28 OCT 2006 - UPDATED: GLOBAL MOD
This new version of the Global Mod extends to the Maxis counters a feature already existing in our custom counters: the large appliances installed under the counters will not show the metal sides. Read more details below.

24 OCT 2006 - Multi - Junction
Is your kitchen clogged by odd signs reading "Get the Multi-Junction"?

Get the new Multi-Junction HERE

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DESCRIPTION AND INFO
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Just like our "CounterCulture" set, this new "Chez Moi" set will allow you to create the kitchen of your dreams:
  • You can connect flawlessly counters, islands and bar counters, without ugly "back trims" on the counters, and perfectly pairing the surfaces of the island and the counters.
  • You can create fancy-shaped islands, mixing and matching the new no-trim counters, the connecting island and even the original Maxis counters with back trim.
  • The appliances (trash compactor and dishwasher) are perfectly coordinated with the counters, and are really encased in the counter: no metal panels will be visible!
  • You can put small appliances on the corner island! (Note: If you want the "usable corners" feature also on MAXIS counters and islands, download The SEP (Slot Enable Package))
  • Using our special (optional) "Global Mod", you can also FIX the ugly appearance of the Maxis "Chez Moi" counters and islands (look at the screenshot below, to see the difference!). This will allow you to flawlessly mix our counters and our island with Maxis' ones.
  • The updated version of the Global Mod will hide the metal sides of the large appliances even if you mount them under Maxis counters.


AVAILABLE MODULES
  • In the archive "ChezMoiSet_Counters+Islands.rar": No-trim counter (doors/drawer version) and Connecting Island;
  • In the archive "ChezMoiSet_Appliances.rar": Trash Compactor and Dishwasher;
  • In the archive "ChezMoiSet_Recolours.rar": CherryWood and LightWood recolours (they will apply to the whole set at once);
  • In the archive "ChezMoiSet_GLOBAL-MOD.rar": Optional global mod to fix the appearance of the Maxis "Chez Moi" counters and island.
Once installed, you will find three more icons in the "Surfaces/Counters" catalog (two counters and one island); two more icons in the "Appliances/Large Appliances" catalog (Trash compactor and Dishwasher).
(NOTE: the installation of the "Global Mod" doesn't create any new icon in the catalog).


IN-GAME USAGE
The "no-trim" ChezMoi counters can be used just like any Maxis counter. On the other hand, our "Connecting Island" is different: they will automatically modify their shape to flawlessly connect to adjacent counters (at least two islands are required for this).
Please note that:
  • The island is capable of forming corners, but this feature is available only to NL or OFB users: the base game and UNI don't include this feature.
  • Both the island and the counters allow the sims to prepare meals on them, and get dirty (like all the other counters ).
  • The island corners are usable by the sims: you can put an espresso machine, a mixer, a telephone or whatever on them, and the sims can correctly interact with the objects.
  • The metal sides of the dishwasher are not visible any more, but only if you use our "NoTrim" Counters! If you mount our dishwasher on a Maxis counter, the metal sides will be visible.
  • The new optional GLOBAL MOD will hide the metal sides of the large appliances even if you mount them under Maxis counters.
  • If you have installed the optional Global Mod, the look of the Maxis "Chez Moi" counters and island will be greatly improved, and will better match our Modular Set.

GAME COMPATIBILITY
The entire "Chez Moi" Modular Set is compatible with any game, from the base game to Pets.

INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS
The "Collection" files are NOT to be put in the Downloads! They go in (Documents)\EA Games\Collections.
You'll find all the information you may need in this thread: please read it carefully before asking "Can you post it in ZIP, please?" And when you have read that thread, DON'T ask for zips! :D
The (optional) Global Mod, too, should be put in the Downloads, along with the other packages.

THE "COLLECTION" FILES
The Collections do not contain any object: they are just a list of all the ChezMoi items.
Once installed, you can open the collections from the Buy Mode catalog (click on the icon that looks like a folder) and you will find all the existing collections. Among them, there is the "ChezMoi Set", that groups together all the ChezMoi items, including the Maxis counters.

RECOLOURS
All the counters, the island and the appliances borrow the textures from the original Maxis "Chez Moi" counter: therefore, if you want to recolour our set, just create a recolour for the Maxis "Chez Moi" counter. On the other hand, every recolour for the Maxis counter that you may already have in your Downloads will be automatically available for the whole "Chez Moi" Modular set.


POLY COUNT
Our counters and appliances are derived from the Maxis original: in many cases, the poly count of our meshes is lower than the Maxis originals; and in most cases it is greatly lower than Maxis ones


CREDITS
MaryLou for all the meshes, the custom textures and the *new UVmap* for the Maxis counters contained in the Global Mod;
Numenor for animations, usable corners and various "hidden" tweakings...
Maxis for the original Chez Moi counters.


LICENCE AGREEMENT
DO NOT CLONE - DO NOT REPOST ANYWHERE
You can freely create recolours, and post them on any site, but DON'T INCLUDE THE MESHES IN YOUR RECOLOURS; post a link to this thread, instead.
You can include this set in your lots uploaded to completely free sites (NO EXCHANGE), as long as you grant credits to MaryLou & Numenor and you provide a link to this thread (not just to MTS2!).
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
ChezMoiSet_Counters+Islands.rar 233.4 KB 23,587 21st Oct 2006
ChezMoiSet_Appliances.rar 88.8 KB 23,473 21st Oct 2006
ChezMoiSet_Recolours.rar 450.8 KB 22,720 21st Oct 2006
ChezMoiSet_GLOBAL-MOD.rar 134.6 KB 22,064 21st Oct 2006
ChezMoiSet_Collections_DO-NO-PUT-IN-DOWNLOADS.rar 4.1 KB 13,280 21st Oct 2006
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\

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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
  • Mac: APPLICATIONS FOLDER -> THE SIMS 2 -> TSDATA -> RES -> CATALOG


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