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18 Stafford Terrace - Victorian Townhouse (up to NL required)

by aelflaed Posted 19th Apr 2008 at 4:25 PM - Updated 21st Apr 2008 at 5:36 AM by aelflaed
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This download is part of the Victorian London Creator Challenge
Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.

This splendidly-appointed residence is available fully furnished. The ground floor contains the formal dining room and morning room, where the lady of the house may interview servants and receive callers. The entire first floor is given over to the drawing room, with double fireplaces and a private nook for the master's easel. The second floor contains the principal and second bedrooms, with full bathing facilities. The principal bedroom opens onto the balcony. There is also a spacious and well-lit attic, ready for use as a nursery, or as servants' accomodation. There is a small yard at the rear of the house.

There are water closets on all the main floors. Kitchen, pantry and scullery are to be found in the basement, which has the benefit of ample daylight. There is no external access to the this floor, keeping the comings and goings of the servants firmly under the eye of the mistress.

The house is decorated in fashionable style, with William Morris papers and lavish furnishings. The latest telephony and burglar systems are installed.

Historical Notes:
This middle-class Italianate townhouse was built in the early 1870s. From the website: "The arrival of an artist at no.18 Stafford Terrace was a novelty. The young couple decided to furnish their home in the fashionable 'aesthetic' or artistic style of the period. They lived in the house for the next 36 years and, although they made some alterations, the basic decorative scheme remains the same today." Today, the house is open to the public as a splendidly-preserved example of its time. Much of the furniture and decor are original.

I have built the lot as closely as was practicable to the plans of the real house. Service areas including kitchen, pantry and scullery are in the basement. These and the attic floor are not available for inspection online. However, good plans are available for the three main floors, with detailed descriptions and photos of the interior.

A quick tour of the original rooms: the hall is decorated with dark green paper, with brown linoleum on the floor. The garden door, visible beyond the hall stairs, has a design of stained glass. The colours in the dining room are also dark greens. Shelves of blue and white china decorate the walls of this room (not represented here, in the interests of keeping CC to a minimum), and there is a tall sideboard. There are many paintings and knick-knacks in every room. The morning room is papered with blue and cream William Morris (I used green again, to maintain the colour scheme). The room contains a fashionable laquered Japanese desk. The first-floor landing includes a mini conservatory,known as the Water Garden, which replaced the lower part of the original window. The drawing room contained Linley's easel and other messy equipment, in the bay window which could be closed off from the rest of the room when not in use. I have moved the site of this 'studio' to the front end of the house, still in a curtained alcove. The two white marble fireplaces hint at the removal of an original partition - it was fashionable to combine two rooms into an enlarged drawing room.

Notes for Players:
I used Numenor's Unlevelled walls to make the basement more visible in play. You can install his custom wall separately (follow the directions on the thread). If you do not have the wall installed, the game will cope - either replacing that part of the structure with black iron fencing, or with standard walls. The house should NOT crash.

Likewise, Crocobaura's open stairs. If you install them as per the creator's instructions, you will have them properly. If not, they will work fine in this house, but you will not be able to use them in your own building.

A clone of this house was tested for several days by Matthew Littleton (seen in the view of the drawing room) and his wife. They found it a very satisfactory design, and are looking forward to putting their first child into the crib in the principal bedroom. Linley had a nursery in the attic, but the Littletons don't want to be separated from their little darling so soon.

Lot size 1x2 (Sunnyside Mini)
Cost $123, 946.
Unfurnished, the house still costs over 30,000 simoleons, so it will never be a starter. Sorry; I like to build starters, but this is a different kind of project.

Custom Content Included:
- Steadfast Stairs Open Underneath by crocobaura
- Oasis floor tile by Parsimonious
- Garden Bay Window by macarossi
- Classic window with Round Pediment by Marina
- Classic Window with Round Pediment Large by Marina
- Classic Window Round Pediment (diagonal) by Marina
- Decorative Round Pediment for doors by Marina
- White Brick wall by LyricLee

Additional Credits:
Thanks to Numenor for his custom walls (, and also for the BasegameStarter Pro, which allows as many players as possible to use this house.

Thanks to the people who maintain the wonderful information and online tour of Linley Sambourne house -

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

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Size: 1.68 MB · Downloads: 11,647 · 19th Apr 2008
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Lab Assistant
#2 Old 21st Apr 2008 at 2:52 AM
It looks great!!!!!

Thank you sooooooooo much!
I'm downloading right now!

Lab Assistant
#3 Old 21st Apr 2008 at 3:35 AM
beautiful. Great Job!

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#4 Old 21st Apr 2008 at 4:49 AM
This is exceptional! Very nicely done.

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Original Poster
#5 Old 21st Apr 2008 at 5:35 AM
Thank you for your lovely comments. Enjoy the house!
Lab Assistant
#6 Old 21st Apr 2008 at 5:44 AM
Beautiful. Nailed the period on the head. I think I'll be putting this a little ways down the street from my pub in my game. Good luck with the contest!

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Test Subject
#7 Old 21st Apr 2008 at 6:17 AM
Oo, I love a good townhouse - looks fantastic! And I'm always in favour of more Aestheticism on MTS2. I might even have to recreate and upload my old Oscar Wilde sim... -D
Field Researcher
#8 Old 21st Apr 2008 at 10:15 AM
Splendid job, Aelflaed! It looks not only authentic but playable. Indispensable in our London neighbourhoods.
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#9 Old 21st Apr 2008 at 3:44 PM
Oooh, this is lovely and looks very playable indeed!

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#10 Old 21st Apr 2008 at 5:38 PM
Charming creation. Thanks for sharing with the rest of the community.
Field Researcher
#11 Old 21st Apr 2008 at 7:20 PM
#12 Old 21st Apr 2008 at 7:43 PM
Nicely done! I particularly like the exterior finish and the authentically cluttered interiors. But are there really that many WCs in the original or was that a necessary concension for playability?
#13 Old 21st Apr 2008 at 8:00 PM
oh wow great 4 my downtown...thnx..
#14 Old 21st Apr 2008 at 9:26 PM
Charming and adorable, a house with a history, thanks,
Lab Assistant
#15 Old 22nd Apr 2008 at 12:46 AM
What a gorgeous townhouse! Oh i DO hope you make more homes like this one! You're quite good! *huggles*

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Original Poster
#16 Old 22nd Apr 2008 at 1:41 AM
Originally Posted by Sophie-David
But are there really that many WCs in the original or was that a necessary concension for playability?
The bathroom on the bedroom floor is in its place, the rest are for the convenience of your sims.

Thanks to everyone for your comments. I appreciate you taking the time to compliment my work!
Lab Assistant
#17 Old 22nd Apr 2008 at 7:37 AM
Very nice! I love it!

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Life is a racer rife with anger and time is a wall."

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Test Subject
#18 Old 23rd Apr 2008 at 6:16 PM
AWWW Wonderful, perfect for my english town <3
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#19 Old 25th Apr 2008 at 3:14 PM
I love the look of this lot. Most of the terrace-styled lots are dark, so this is quite refreshing as their were quite a few light brick Victorian homes in London. Thanks for sharing this wonderful creation.

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Wiki Wizard
#20 Old 26th Apr 2008 at 5:41 PM
This is so cool, i love it!

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#21 Old 2nd May 2008 at 1:05 PM
Truly beautiful. What a marvelous place you have made. Spendidly done.
Test Subject
#22 Old 11th May 2008 at 8:33 AM
This really depicts the meaning of Victorian styled houses. Thanks!

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Original Poster
#23 Old 11th May 2008 at 11:58 AM
Thank you all for commenting!
Field Researcher
#24 Old 11th May 2008 at 4:10 PM
Great looking townhouse.
Test Subject
#25 Old 14th May 2008 at 10:26 PM
Aeflead - the house is lovely, true, very even. But tell me, is it just me, or does this townhouse lack one quite important room... the kitchen? It's not mentioned anywhere in your description and neither any of the screenshots show it.

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