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Ground Level Basement Problem

Am trying to build barns with basements (quite common in NE US of A, and so far no go. Not the basemen as such, but the sloping sides of the excavation. None of the standard issue tools enable either a vertical land cut or a means to connect the barn to the terrain outside. Yes, I could put the barns on regular foundations, but the overhanging provision for floor tiles prevents making a ramp to gain access. Connecting stairs may work for sims, but not wagons, cows, etc. All help gratefully accepted.

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  • CinebarCinebar Posts: 29,903 Member
    Have you thought of experimenting (on a different lot) with the raise terrain cheats?

    http://simswiki.info/wiki.php?title=Tutorials:Basement_Tutorials
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  • OldeseadoggeOldeseadogge Posts: 1,360 Member
    Know only the standard terrain tools, and the stairs method of excavating I found about from you. That works just fine. What I need is to be able to do a vertical cut so the lower wall lines up flush. That or a way to get a ramp to the barn door. Am currently using a blank lot provided solely for experiments.
  • Seera1024Seera1024 Posts: 3,266 Member
    It might help if you found a picture of a house/barn that had what you are looking to recreate. People may know of the proper cheats or methods to use if they could be a better mental picture of what you want.

    That and it will help avoid them having a different mental picture of what you want.
  • OldeseadoggeOldeseadogge Posts: 1,360 Member
    Perhaps, but I have no way of posting pictures. Objective: rectangular barn on ground level, ground at rear of barn slopes downward so there needs to be structure (basement, at least partial) directly under barn walls. Tool needed: straight vertical cut at perimeter of excavation, not the ~85 degree slope that now exists.
  • Seera1024Seera1024 Posts: 3,266 Member
    You could post an image from Google images. Those are already hosted somewhere.

    Or a link to a page that has an image of what you're looking for (letting us know which image if there are more than one on the page).
  • CinebarCinebar Posts: 29,903 Member
    edited January 16
    I finally found SnootySim cheat lists again, (thankyou @Rflong) I couldn't remember the cheat you might could use to try something. I haven't built anything since July so my head is fuzzy. lol But you might try MikeInside tutorial of how to raise the ground or floor, with the boolprop cheat to remove constraints of land.

    boolprop testingcheatsenabled true
    boolprop constrainfloorelevation false

    I suggest you try experimenting with it on another lot to see how that goes, before applying to the lot you want to change.
    ETA: You can look at MikeInside tutorial (pictures, too) of how to build with a slope around the buildings (house inside a mountain slope) and go from there.
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  • OldeseadoggeOldeseadogge Posts: 1,360 Member
    Thank you! Will try once apt is warmer than the inside of a fridge, as that is where computers live.
  • OldeseadoggeOldeseadogge Posts: 1,360 Member
    Tried the cheat. The good news is that can get the ground to the walls. The less than good news is that the slope glitch is now in the walls, so I can't build my barns, etc.
  • CinebarCinebar Posts: 29,903 Member
    Ah, that's too bad. You might have to do a little bit more experimenting with MikeInside tut on how to use that cheat to build split levels etc. It might take some doing but you might get something to work by reading that one, too. It shows pics of how to level out those uneven walls, which might help you to build a make shift barn.
    "Games Are Not The Place To Tell Stories, Games Are Meant To Let People Tell Their Own Stories"...Will Wright.

    The Sims Life Simulator Is Dead


  • pathwandererpathwanderer Posts: 1 New Member
    I ran into the same issue when I was trying to build a basement for my house, here's what worked for me.
    I built a pool against the house, then built the basement. Initially, the basement walls weren't as big as the ground floor and only bordered the pool. I then was able to adjust the size of the basement to suit my purposes. I haven't tried this method without the pool, but perhaps building a small basement room then adjusting is the workaround this issue. Good luck!
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