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1920's Vintage Home Design ~ 2-click Foundation English Cottage, 48th in the Series

by CatherineTCJD Posted 15th May 2020 at 9:32 PM
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The forty-eighth house in my "1920s Series" - inspired by 62 Beautiful Vintage Home Designs from the 1920s - is the "Cantwell," an English Cottage with "...individuality without eccentricity." Intriguing? Indubitably! The brochure also tells us it has "5 Rooms, Bath, Nook, Alcove and Sewing Room." ...and it also has a full basement, nice yard space, and parking for two on the extended driveway.

While I was building this house, the Cantwell, I not-so-affectionately called it the "Cant-build-the-dang-roof-well" House. The roof looks simple, right? *sigh* That is THE classic case of deceiving looks - if you want it to look exactly like it does in the picture (like I do) then, it can't be done (not in the Sims 2!) *grrrrrr* First, the 'JERKinhead' bits on either end... Nope. Then, those two front gables (that the write up says give it the individuality without eccentricity) neither of them is on the same elevation as the main roof section. Oi! Oh, and the main roof - is waaaay to tall. But, I can't shorten it without loosing more functional space inside. Anyway, after countless rebuilds and sleepless nights, I finally got something close enough that I can live with. However, I'm pretty sure the front two bedrooms leak along the very front of the house. And, I recommend playing those two rooms with the roof off. The penultimate picture (above) tells the tale...

This lot has been adjusted with Mootilda's GridAdjuster to have a cute little 2-click foundation.
AND it has a basement (a regular dug-out basement, not a no-slope/page-down-to-the-Nether basement.)
It is also Big Dog approved - thank you Balin for being such a good sport! As he'll show you in the pictures above, he had no problems getting inside once he learned the "secret" LOL! (The side door is at ground level - show your big dogs where their "special door" is, and they can get inside.)






Please scroll through all the above pictures to see everything this house has to offer. Furniture includes a double bed, a nightstand with an alarm clock, two single beds, a sewing machine/table, two easy chairs, a side table, two loveseats (in the fireplace nook,) and a dining set. All appliances, plumbing and lighting are included. The telephone is located by the front door. The front door is burglar alarmed. The range and fireplace have smoke alarms.


This is a clean copy of this house/lot; no sim has ever lived here. The package has been cleaned with Mootilda's Clean Installer. Pictures were taken with Invisible Fire Alarms in place, but the lot is packaged without that mod. So, you will see the fire alarm over the range in the kitchen and over the fireplace in the living room.

There is parking for two vehicles on the driveway.

I don't usually use sets from TSR in lots I plan to upload - but, MsB's Old World set just fit this house too perfectly not to use it. It is all free (of course, everything at TSR is, now days ) and all in the same set - so there's only 1 thing to download. Sorry to do that to you, but it's worth it - I promise!


CC list - used but NOT included - so, GO get it:
- Unlevel Wall - #90 by Numenor @ MTS2 - used to fix wonky wall issues. Some people weren't sure how to install this wall... Click the info button down below to see how I did it
- Lifestyle Build Bundle - It's the second link in the top post - extracted from Lifestyle Stories by Argon @ MATY. Many of the wallpapers used in this 1920s series come from this bundle.
- Nook Folly MASTER by Buggy Booz
- Balustrade/Steadfast Stairs made Recolorable by HugeLunatic (HL) @ MTS2 - These are not used in this build, but are needed for the open underneath ones (which are used) to work properly. No script file needed for these as these override the original stairs.
- Bohemian Window 2T REC in White by Shasta @ Sims2Artists
- SSNs Flowerboxes REC in Whitewood by Michelle @ MTS2
- Double Eloquence Door REC in AL_Darkwood by Michelle @ MTS2
- MsB AL Old World Windows and Doors Expansion Set - specifically, these 8 files:
MsB_AL_OldWorldWindowSingle
MsB_AL_OldWorldWindowSingleNoBars
MsB_AL_OldWorldWindowNoBarsLg
MsB_AL_OldWorldWindowSingleTallNoBars
MsB_AL_OldWorldWindowLargerNoBars
MsB_AL_OldWorldWindowSingleNotSoLgNoBars
MsB_AL_OldWorldWindowNoBarsNotSoLg
MsB_AL_OldWorldDoorSingle_StoneWoodPane

...and I highly recommend getting:
- Invisible Smoke Alarm by pfish @ MTS2


Custom Content Included:
- Balustrade Stairs - Open Underneath by HugeLunatic (HL) @ Sims2Artists - these do need a script file so follow the link and make sure you install them properly!
- Niche Fullwall by Buggy Booz now @ SFS
- Folly Garden Brick Fence by Buggy Booz now @ SFS
- Brick Arch 1T by Spaik/slaved by HA @ Dreamwidth
- Open Me Shutters MESH by Huge Lunatic (HL) @ MTS2
- Open Me Shutter REC in DepthCharge by Raynuss/RDN now at simpearls
- Country Flowerboxes by pbox @ MTS2
- Classical Curves Door Straight by Leesester/LeeFish @ MTS2
- Deck Fence in Gravel Pit by iCad @ MTS2
- Mauritania Arches by Leesester/LeeFish @ MTS2
- Window Brasserie/OpenMe 1on2T by Leesester/LeeFish @ MTS2
- Manor Roof REC24 - Dark Wood by Honeywell (HW) @ MTS2


Standard mods I use that are not necessary nor included - but were probably used whilst building/photo-ing/prepping this house for upload...
If you need help installing Numenor's Unlevel Wall #90, click this info button:

I use Niol/Moi's Roof Shader for brighter roofs
And, HW/Honeywell's A Little Greyer: Roof Trim Defaults
Then, if it's a Bespoke Roof recolor - it will be THESE adjusted versions by The Llama Park/Tumblr that you see used in the pictures.
(However, what you get in the packaged file, will either be the plain EA roof or the straight, un-modified Bespoke roof from the set here on MTS2.)
Maranatah's White Wall Top texture replacement
Moo's Turn On/Off Lights
Menaceman's Lunatech Lighting Fix
BeosBoxBoy's no-red-pause-mod
Nopke's Go Under Spiral Stairs mod for proper spiral stair usage
And, of course, everyone needs Numenor's CEP and SEP!
I also use FRAPs to take in-game pictures, and PhotoShop to clean/collage said pictures.
And, I highly recommend using gummilutt's Invisible Medicine Cabinet to add features to any mirror - as per her policy, it's not used or included in this lot.


Lot Size: 2x2
Lot Price (furnished): $48,276


Additional Credits:
Thank you EAxis for this wonderful game
And, MTS2 for this terrific website!



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Number of bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms
Custom Content Included: Build content only
Furnishings: Starter Furnishings
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Tags: #1920s, #English, #Cottage, #Colonial, #2-click foundation, #brick house, #3 bedroom, #sewing room, #vintage, #1920's, #floor plans, #real life, #CatherineTCJD