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Featured upload! Buy Set - DIY

by armiel Posted 9th Feb 2012 at 1:41 PM - Updated 10th Feb 2012 at 12:30 PM by armiel
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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.
"It was suppose to be a simple, small set." - Certain Finn
"EA makes some objects modular - I take word modular to whole new dimensions. " - Certain Finn again
"It looks quite cool, but I'll still prefer Skylanders." - Certain Finn's kid

Buy Set - DIY

I did it again, a simple small plan for a set turned into something huge. This is my Buy Set (part one I hope) and I have made it so that you could have more choices on decorating your simmies homes.

The idea was simple - a modular kitchen with some pieces that would go together and be rearrangeable - but you know me, can I keep it small and simple, no. ^^

This set has counters, doors, drawers, cupboards and cabinets, and some various bits, for you to create unique and interesting rooms. All of the pieces are made to go together, so you'll have "endless" choices. Please read the post carefully, I'll try to explain what this is all about.

The counter, cupboards and cabinets are "host" objects, with slots for the rest of the pieces. So when you compile the item the way you want it to look, you can then move it around freely - all objects placed on the host will stay put. There are slots in the front corners for doors and drawers, and then there are slots in the middle for shelving, dividers, and clutter. The framed doors and drawers also have slots for the glasses/planes, and for handles of course.


This is a big set, that consist of 119 object files + one master texture file, making the total number of files in the set 120! Most of the objects are repo-linked to the master texture file armiel_DIY_Buy Set_Textures.package, to keep the file sizes small.

Two of the files are sims3packs and have their own textures within their files, they are the DIY Counter Top and the DIY Counter Island. The objects are made as sims3packs due to how making them as package files in TSRW breaks the textures in the corner pieces and any pieces placed after those. Thank you to the mods who allowed me to upload them as sims3packs, as while I can make objects, making modulars in S3OC/S3PE combo is too much for my head.

Below are the detailed informations about object names, prices, recolourable channels, polycounts, number of slots, number of presets, and catalog location. A word of warning! It's a big list.


Here are the instructions on what to download, how to install, and most importantly, how to use the set!

What to download?
I have tried to make this as easy as it's possible for you. All of the files come in one rar, thanks to the repository method which allows us to keep filesizes small.

Contents of the file:
armiel Buy Set - DIY -folder containing subfolders for object types, and the texture file.
The two sims3packs

How to install?
Download the file
Extract the sims3packs to Downloads-folder and install them via the Launcher (If you don't know how, read here)
Extract the folder containing the package-files to Packages-folder (If you don't know how, read here)

Note about the sims3packs: As explained above, I made those two items sims3packs on purpose. You can try extracting them to packages if you feel you don't want to install/use sims3packs, BUT - making them package-files may (and most likely will) break the corners and cause the textures to act oddly. Using CC Magic by grathes causes the same issue, as it fiddles the sims3packs. You can use it, but prepare yourself for some ugly corners and islands (You can cast them back to normal)

Note about the texture file:Do not in any circumstances delete the texture file (unless you want to get rid of whole set of course). If you delete it, you can't CAST the objects, at all. Are warned.

Note about the rest of the files:You can safely delete any file you do not wish to use from the folder.

How to use?
I have both written instructions, and a video, for you. It's a bit long, and has a staggering Finn blabbing on it, but it should still show you how you can use the set. See the video here: LINKY
If you prefer written instructions, click the button below.

You can see the closeup pictures of the objects, and read a bit more of the various uses, in comments.


Once again I have a huge list of people and programs I am thankful to - without them this set would not exist! So, not in any special order...

Thank you to
My kid, Leefish (Leesester), Inge, Jaguwar, Heaven, Missroxor, PharaohHound, Whiterider, HystericalParoxysm, #create and #supersekritchannel in general, the developers of the tools

Tools that made this possible
Dashboard, Photoshop, Paint.Net, TSRW, S3PE/S3OC, TT3, Milkshape 3D, UVMapper, Lithunwrap

You may include the sims3packs to lots you upload to THIS site. Do not include my files to any lot you upload to other site, especially the Exchange and TSR.

Final thoughts
Please enjoy this set, and have fun exploring its possibilities. I did hours and hours of testing, and could not run to a boring moment where I would have used all the options the set has. I have attached few pics below, they are just few choices of what you can do with the set.

/me shuffles off to plan part 2.
Please do not ask what and when - You'll see if and when it's up.
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
armiel_Buy Set - DIY.rar | Description: The sims3packs (two of them, put them to Downloads-folder and install in launcher), and a folder containing the rest of the files (put the folder to your Packages-folder) 2.48 MB 108,592 9th Feb 2012
Quick Guide:

1. Click the file listed on the Files tab to download the file to your computer.
2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file. Now you will have either a .package or a .sims3pack file.

For Package files:

1. Cut and paste the file into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Mods\Packages folder. If you do not already have this folder, you should read the full guide to Package files first: Sims 3:Installing Package Fileswiki, so you can make sure your game is fully patched and you have the correct Resource.cfg file.
2. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).

For Sims3Pack files:

1. Cut and paste it into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Downloads folder. If you do not have this folder yet, it is recommended that you open the game and then close it again so that this folder will be automatically created. Then you can place the .sims3pack into your Downloads folder.
2. Load the game's Launcher, and click on the Downloads tab. Find the item in the list and tick the box beside it. Then press the Install button below the list.
3. Wait for the installer to load, and it will install the content to the game. You will get a message letting you know when it's done.
4. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).

Extracting from RAR, ZIP, or 7z: You will need a special program for this. For Windows, we recommend 7-Zip and for Mac OSX, we recommend Keka. Both are free and safe to use.

Need more help?

If you need more info, see:
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Test Subject
#326 Old 30th Jul 2013 at 5:27 AM
wow~ omg!!! thums up!! wonderful~!! gorgeous!! design perfect~!! thanks for sharing
Lab Assistant
#327 Old 25th Oct 2013 at 9:04 AM
This is very usefull. There's nothing to say, this is perfect! Thank you! :)
Veteran Finn
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Original Poster
#328 Old 25th Oct 2013 at 9:19 AM Last edited by armiel : 25th Oct 2013 at 9:30 AM.
Nope, still a no. All files excluding the counter master pieces are under same category in the game, so I fail to see the point of one.

ETA: Errr, jump to last post seems to work like a charm.. The above was a reply to the last page's question about collection files :P
Test Subject
#329 Old 29th Oct 2013 at 11:42 AM
I love to built my own stuff ♥ Thank you
Lab Assistant
18th Nov 2013 at 7:12 AM
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#330 Old 18th Nov 2013 at 7:13 AM
Hi! Armiel, I've used your BuySet-DIY, and it's really amazing! I love it so much,and I've seen your tutorial of this set on YouTube. Now I can get well with the totally 119 Pieces parts. And I used them every where in my sim house. They all look amazing,and never look the same, different combinations suitable for the variety of rooms. I just wanna say a big thank you for your amazing creation. Here is one thing that it should be used with "moveobjects on" when we place the cabinets and the inside shelves or dividers, which you didn't mention with. However, It's a great set! Looking for your new creations!
Field Researcher
#331 Old 29th Dec 2013 at 12:50 PM
Regarding the video tutorial:

"At first you might actually panic (there's a ton of pieces)... but please don't"
I still panicked xD Not only due to the large amount of set pieces, but also because my game runs very slowly so I kept thinking how long it'd take it to load all that, plus how long it'd take me to actually build something.
Still, the tutorial was very useful, you explained everything in a simple and easy to understand way. I giggled when you said the handles could be stubborn, sounded like me playing xD
So far I've been afraid to download this set due to its complexity, but now I can't wait to actually try it myself and see what I can come up with :D

Also, that link also led me to your youtube page, that I had never came across before, and you have really useful stuff in there. I'll be busy watching your tutorials for a while ^_^
Test Subject
#332 Old 13th Jan 2014 at 8:50 AM
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21st Jan 2014 at 9:42 AM
This message has been deleted by Minaki. Reason: nvm, i'm silly xD
Test Subject
#333 Old 26th Jan 2014 at 5:52 PM
Too awesome, can't wait to set up in my Sim child's room...yaaay...thank you so much for such a wonderful download...please keep them coming
#334 Old 31st Jan 2014 at 11:41 AM
#335 Old 31st Jan 2014 at 8:40 PM
Very nice! Thank you.
Test Subject
#336 Old 10th Mar 2014 at 3:23 AM
Thank you for this. But I am confused about the folders in the package folder. I hope to install it right, just hard to think straight with a fever and a 6 month old keeping me up half the night. Sorry.
#337 Old 4th May 2014 at 2:31 PM
amazing set
Test Subject
#338 Old 12th May 2014 at 5:27 AM
omg this rocks!
Lab Assistant
#339 Old 16th May 2014 at 9:13 AM Last edited by Crystallyne : 16th May 2014 at 10:16 AM.
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Hi Armiel,

I love your set and I've been using it a long time. However, I'm having an issue that is pretty much keeping me from using the set at all, anymore. I took some time to watch your video to see if I was doing something wrong. However, there is one point in your video where you do exactly what I'm trying to do, and I get an error message.

This is the spot in the video that I'm trying to duplicate: http://youtu.be/3s_Ax4WGamA?t=5m6s

I've got the "DIY Cupboard Full Shallow" set in my room. I'm trying to use either "DIY Shelf Cabinet Divider" or "DIY Shelf Cabinet Inside" to create shelves in the cupboard. As near as I can tell these are the exact same pieces you used in your video. When I put either shelf inside the cabinet, it snaps in place at the bottom and can be placed there. But as soon as I try to drag the shelf up higher, I get the loud "can't do that" sound affect, and the message "Must be against a wall" comes up!

I really hope you can help me out here. I really love your set as a simple storage solution for the stuff my Sims collect. There are other mods I can use, but I prefer to use this set if I can.

Edit: With a bit more testing, it seems to only be the "DIY Cupboard Full Shallow" that has this issue. I can use the DIY Cupboard Full with it's wider shelves okay. Bigger then I want for what I'm doing, but still workable.

Second Edit: Okay there are further issues I'm finding. There are a several base cabinet pieces that can't be placed at all. When I pull them out, they are red and can't be placed. These pieces include:
- DIY Cabinet Small
- DIY Cabinet Medium
- DIY Cabinet Full

Also, with the "DIY Cupboard Full" all of the shelves listed as Dividers, that appear to be of the correct size, either give the "Must be against a wall" error, come up red and can't be placed, or they appear to be placed but don't stay fixed inside the cupboard if I try to move it. (They're fastening to the wall instead of the cupboard, I guess.)

I've searched through the comments here thoroughly and haven't find anyone else reporting these issues. But on further reflection, this has ALWAYS been an issue for me. There's very little I can actually do to utilize the entire set. I can't understand why. I've got the folder with all the files inside Documents > Electronic Arts > The Sims 3 > Mods > Packages. I've double clicked on both of the sims3packs and installed those files. I'm no stranger to installing these mods, so I don't understand why it's not working for me.
#340 Old 19th May 2014 at 9:11 AM
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#341 Old 17th Jun 2014 at 5:18 AM
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#342 Old 21st Jun 2014 at 10:57 PM
This is fantastic!
Test Subject
#343 Old 5th Aug 2014 at 12:26 AM
What a Great Set Keep Making More !!
Test Subject
#344 Old 2nd Sep 2014 at 4:05 AM
I'm not sure if you're still around for this mod, but I have an issue that is driving me crazy! The shelves do not snap to the correct height no matter how I try, which makes it impossible to put a top drawer on anything - they only go horizontally 3/4 of the way and cannot be dragged further to fit perfectly in the cabinet, something I suspect has to do with the shelf height.
Field Researcher
#345 Old 12th Sep 2014 at 2:41 PM
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#346 Old 23rd Oct 2014 at 11:23 AM
thank you <3 I do enjoying your creations OuO
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#347 Old 12th Jan 2015 at 12:39 AM
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#348 Old 13th Jan 2015 at 12:09 AM
Beautiful looking set!
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