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Cozy Cape Cod Cottage

by iCad Posted 3rd Dec 2010 at 3:05 AM
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Picked Upload! This is a picked upload! It showcases some of the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
I tried to make a no-CC lot. I really, truly did.

I failed. Miserably. I don't know how you people manage to make decent-looking Maxis-only houses. I can't do it for the life of me, probably because of my insistence on exterior elements that match or that at least coordinate reasonably well. However, even though my original mission for this lot failed, I ended up really liking the house anyway, from a playing standpoint. Then I used a pic of it as an example house in my upload of the set of siding from which this house's siding comes, and since then I've had a surprising number of people asking me where they can download the house. So, I am finally caving to "demand" and uploading it. So here it is:

This is a small house in classic Cape Cod style in a rather un-classic color. It sits on a 2x2 lot and eats pretty much all of it, so you won't be able to expand its footprint, as is. However, the house expands nicely and logically if you put a bit of thought into it and use Mootilda's Lot Adjuster to make the lot bigger. Or, if you fear the Lot Adjuster, the upstairs can be finished fairly easily, which adds quite a bit of space. With a combination of both of those things, I have expanded/enlarged/remodeled this very lot to create a monster 6-bedroom house on a 4x4 lot that can easily accommodate a family of 12.

But "out of the box," this is what you get:

The front:

The back:

Inside there are:
2 bedrooms of about equal size. Either or both will accommodate a double bed. So, this lot as is will very comfortably house a family of 3. Or 4, if you have the kids share the second bedroom.
1 bathroom
A small-but-adequate living room
An eat-in kitchen that's partitioned from the living area with half-walls and that will comfortably seat 4

All CC shown in the pics is included EXCEPT the small round window in the gables, which is from Phoenix_Phaerie's Georgian add-on window set. It requires another of the Georgian windows to function, so I deleted it from the house as packaged. Many people already have this set, I'm sure, but if you don't and you want the round window, then you'll need to go download the set that it comes in separately. Sorry about that! Then, to place that window as shown, you'll also need to temporarily raise the pitch of that individual roof in order to make the gable walls tall enough to place the window, then place the window, and then lower the roof pitch back down again. I think it's a pitch of 40, perhaps 35. If you have no idea how to do the above, feel free to PM me, and I'll give you detailed step-by-step instructions.

Other things you might want know before downloading:

1) The bathroom and the kitchen are fully fitted-out with counters/fixtures/appliances, and the bathroom has a mirror. There is at least one light fixture in each room, mostly ceiling fixtures. There is a phone. THERE IS NO OTHER FURNISHING AT ALL. Why? Because I totally suck at interior decorating. Plus, my feeling is that people like to put their own stamp on that sort of thing anyway.

2) There is no driveway on this lot because I play what I build, and I rarely give my Sims cars. However, if you must have a driveway, one will just fit in front of the smaller front porch, although I believe you would have to use "move_objects on" because the steps of the porch will sit on the front-most tiles of the driveway. The driveway should still work fine because I've done similar things before without a problem. And of course you'd have to remove the flags/flowers/border currently occupying that space, and that won't, IMO, look very nice.

3) Speaking of flowers: This lot has a fairly high number of flower squares and 2 Maxis birch trees that will need maintenance, but it's all Sim-maintainable and is not SO much that you'll need a gardener. However, I should mention that the one CC tree included is NOT Seasons-enabled, so it won't drop leaves and turn color in the fall, and snow won't sit on it in the winter. This doesn't bother me at all, but if it will bother you, by all means change it out or delete that file from the package before you install the lot. I like that tree because it's realistic-looking and TALL, unlike Maxis's things-that-pretend-to-be-trees, none of which is taller than a little 1.5-story house like this one. *rolls eyes*

4) The price of the lot is $31,381, once you add in the two round windows in the gables on either end of the main roof. (Or $30,931, if you don't add those windows back in.) Which is pretty darn steep for a small, unfurnished house! *laughs* That said, there are many things that you could delete/change on this lot to get it down to "$20,000 starter house" levels, if that's what you'd rather that this lot be. For a start, you could delete the very-pretty-but-$500-apiece gable decorations, for a savings of $2000, and/or you could delete the rear dormers entirely without sacrificing the Cape Cod look from the front.

5) The white-edged roofs shown aren't CC and therefore aren't included. Instead, I have Phaenoh's white-trimmed default replacement roofs in my game. If you haven't/don't want to replace your roofs, then this lot will have the standard yucky grey-edged roofs. When I put this lot into my otherwise CC-free testing neighborhood, it really, truly wasn't a pretty sight at all. The white-edged roofs make the lot, really. So please, for the love of Mike, do yourself a favor and default-replace your roofs.

All that said...Enjoy! And I hope that those of you who wanted me to upload this lot aren't disappointed with it.

Lot Size: 2x2
Lot Price: 30931

Custom Content by Me:
- Deep Teal Clapboard Siding with Right Trim
- Deep Teal Clapboard Siding with No Trim
- Deep Teal Clapboard Siding with Left Trim

Custom Content Included:
- Lush Grass Terrain Paint by 4 Ever Simfantasy
- Recolorable Deck Stairs by Numenor
- Chrome Edition Shower/Tub Duplex by eris3000
- Stones Terrain Paint by HabboArwen
- Limber Timber Deck Flooring, White Recolor by Reyn
- Gable decoration for 2 tiled roofs by Marina
- Independent Expressions Double Privacy Window by MaryLou
- Ash Tree by Murano
- Outdoor Lantern by Numenor - MTS
- Small Shrubby Shrubs by HystericalParoxysm
- Deck Stairs White Recolor by Patty3428
- Wood Fence #13 by Piggi
- Craftsman 1-Tile Door by tbudgett
- Craftsman 2-Tile Door by tbudgett
- Pensive Sky Paint by Danikat
- Aura Interior Paint with Crown in Granite by reflects
- Aura Interior Paint with Crown in Mysterious by reflects
- Aura Interior Paint with Crown in Schooner by reflects
Tags: #cape cod

Number of bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms
Custom Content Included: Build and Buy Mode Content
Furnishings: Fixtures Only
Special Flags: Not Applicable

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: 1.60 MB · Downloads: 8,199 · 3rd Dec 2010
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1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

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Field Researcher
#2 Old 3rd Dec 2010 at 3:30 AM
Very nice! Absolutely love the color. It looks sharp!
Test Subject
#3 Old 3rd Dec 2010 at 3:56 AM
this house is going to be perfect for my newlywed sims when they graduate from uni! Thank you very much for this upload!
Field Researcher
#4 Old 3rd Dec 2010 at 4:39 AM
This is totally adorable! Thank you so much!
#5 Old 3rd Dec 2010 at 6:51 AM
Love it, its so quaint and love the colour and really like the way you present your lots!
Mad Poster
#6 Old 3rd Dec 2010 at 8:53 AM
This is so absolutely perfect. <3
When can I move in? : D
#7 Old 3rd Dec 2010 at 1:33 PM
So cute! Glad you uploaded it!
Top Secret Researcher
#8 Old 3rd Dec 2010 at 4:22 PM
It amazes me that some people can make small, simply-designed houses look this stunning...I love it!

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Top Secret Researcher
#9 Old 3rd Dec 2010 at 6:18 PM
I was wondering when you would get around to sharing lots. I've been lost in building medieval lots and everytime I see modern house entries...especially ones that spark my imagination...I get envious. Although I totally understand the need to create the build mode sets prior to building lots. So, I appreciate those sets as well.

About this creation...This is a fantastic example that simple need not be bland. I giggle about the no car the US it is almost mandatory to have a car unless you live in an overpopulated city or within walking distance of necessities and entertainment. Here where I live in Canada, I only need a car if we are going out of village. I feel so closed in in the car within the village...perhaps it has something to do with the massive mountains and the towering trees. Walking is quite liberating for me.

At any rate..Thanks for sharing this! I shall play in it for a bit to get a little sample of your design style!

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Undead Molten Llama
Original Poster
#10 Old 3rd Dec 2010 at 8:05 PM
Hey guys. Thanks so much for the comments! I'm really glad that people like the house. I tend to keep things small and fairly simple, especially compared to some of the gorgeously-complex lots that others build, and I'm glad that others can appreciate small and fairly simple.

@StephSim: Bah! Who needs a car when you have a horse? Seriously, on nice days when I have the time, I'll take my horse to the little grocery store in our "town" or on other in-town errands when I just need a few non-perishable and/or smaller items. My horse is young, big, and strong, and he's placid and completely unfazed by car/truck traffic when we have to use the shoulder of a road. My saddle has nice-sized saddlebags for hauling crap, and the fifteen-mile trot/canter/occasional gallop round-trip gives us both some exercise and different things to look at. He loves it, and I love it. Ah, the joys of Western rural living, where there are still hitching posts "downtown." Walking's good too, but I'm very rural, and walking fifteen miles round-trip would take...a bit of time. *laughs*
Field Researcher
#11 Old 3rd Dec 2010 at 8:23 PM
This house is absolutely adorable, and it's logically expandable and laid out in a way that suits the way I play. Even better, you have the same combination of expansion packs that I do, so that I can actually download and use it . Thanks so much for sharing.
Test Subject
#12 Old 3rd Dec 2010 at 8:45 PM
I absolutley ♥ The Colour, I promised myself that i would'nt play the game anymore tonight but thanks to you, i have too and wierdly enough the expansions that are required are the only expansions i have got. it seems as if this download was made for me =D . Thankyou so much for sharing this.
Test Subject
#13 Old 4th Dec 2010 at 3:39 AM
AND.. i commented on the wrong one first! I wondered why the outside looked different.. , well i suppose thats just me being slow again! haha. anyways Thanks again!
Forum Resident
#14 Old 4th Dec 2010 at 7:23 AM
Luv it!
Lab Assistant
#15 Old 4th Dec 2010 at 3:49 PM
AWESOME choice of the Exterior colour !!!
Test Subject
#16 Old 4th Dec 2010 at 5:32 PM
This house is lovely, you should decorate more Maxis houses, most of them look a bit boring...
Forum Resident
#17 Old 5th Dec 2010 at 9:21 AM
Cute house! I love the second porch from the kitchen. :D
Test Subject
#18 Old 7th Dec 2010 at 8:07 PM
I can't even begin to describe how much I love this house. The colour is gorgeous, the layout's great. Just, omg.

Dream house, for serious.
Thanks for sharing it~ ♥
Test Subject
#19 Old 11th Dec 2010 at 3:15 PM
This house has given me nothing but glitches and bugs and I have all expansions
Undead Molten Llama
Original Poster
#20 Old 11th Dec 2010 at 7:07 PM
Originally Posted by Princess Rabbit
This house has given me nothing but glitches and bugs and I have all expansions

What sort of glitches and bugs? If you can let me know, and it's something wrong with the lot, maybe I can fix them. Thanks!

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Test Subject
#21 Old 22nd Dec 2010 at 5:20 PM
Yet again I am suprised by your work! Keep it up! I'll keep downloading!
Test Subject
#22 Old 18th Feb 2011 at 3:39 PM
This house looks so pretty, it's a shame the only expansion back I don't have is Uni. Book marking this for the day I do get it.
Field Researcher
#23 Old 14th Mar 2011 at 12:34 PM
Thank you vm for your all great work , all is wonderfull.
Test Subject
#24 Old 26th May 2011 at 10:39 AM
Cute! Can't wait to get it in my game!
Test Subject
#25 Old 2nd Jun 2011 at 12:01 PM
It keeps saying error!! an i wanted the cute cottage!!
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