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Safe & Sound

by Ferguson Avenue Posted 25th Nov 2013 at 4:23 PM - Updated 25th Feb 2018 at 4:31 PM by Ferguson Avenue
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Inspired to create a vernacular/colonial cottage by a rural home triciamanly mentioned in a message to me, I found myself recreating the abandoned cottage used in the music video for 'Safe and Sound' by Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars for the first Hunger Games film. I found out that the real house is located near the town of Watertown, TN. It's kind of fitting considering the release of the latest 'Hunger Games' film.
Music Video:

My Version:

I don't normally build smaller houses, so I'm quite proud of it. Although I still managed to get 4 bedrooms into it somehow, which is probably a bit unrealistic for the size of house it is. But it would seem that I have a new-found love of the vernacular and colonial homes of rural America as I intend on building and uploading many more. So thank you triciamanly for the inspiration.

Lot Info:
The house is built on a 30 by 30 lot costing 48,360 Simoleons furnished and 37, 345 Simoleons unfurnished, with 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. I'd like to thank missyzim over at TSR for creating the CC windows that I have used on the lot. One thing to bare in mind when I describe this lot as furnished is the context of the lot, which is pretty much the context of the song and the film it was written for. You have to imagine your sims are living in a world that has had its once prosperous society destroyed by a civil war of apocalyptic proportions; "Don't you dare look out the window, darling everything's on fire". This little vernacular cottage is part of what remains of the world your sims once knew. In the music video you could see that there was no electricity, the rooms were all light by portable lamps. So that is how this house is light; apart from the bathrooms which have cheap electric wall lights. Although I'd question whether there were any bathrooms in the abandoned house used in the music video. So overall, what I'm trying to say is that this is a very rural cottage with almost nothing in the way of modern appliances.

To help convey the look I went for, I've written a short story to accompany the upload description:
It was abandoned and left to rot. The house was probably abandoned at the beginning of the war and left empty. Until recently when you discovered it. You and a few others had been walking for days through the cold dark woods of what was once Tennessee, in search of food and shelter, avoiding hostile gangs that prowl the darkness just as desperate to survive as you are. Now you have found a home that could provide shelter during the night when it's not safe to be travelling. It was getting dark and the cold was only getting worse the smoke rising from smoulder fires in the woods ahead of you are becoming much less apparent. This house is just what you need. You see the condensation of your breath as you watch the sun go down. A chilling breeze rushes down your tattered and torn jacket which is growing heavy from the damp. So you leave the front porch and head inside to join the rest of your group. They’ve got a fire going in the fireplace to provide warmth, and also scavenged the kitchen for supplies, but found nothing much of use, Apart from a can-opener to open a few of the cans of food you all have scavenged away in an old sack. The glow and warmth from the fire provides comfort as you all settle down by it, turning down the lamps. You don’t want to draw attention to yourselves but at the same time you won’t survive the night without the warmth of the fire. The net/lace curtains are no good for blocking out the light, partly because they’ve mostly rotted away. The dark and worn wooden floor provides little comfort; neither do the few blankets that were found in the house to cushion you. But for now, and just for now, you are all Safe, and Sound.

I hope you will enjoy this rather simple little house and that it will provide your desperate sims with shelter in their time of need in the fallout of an appocalype. And be sure to check out the comments section as I have added some additional pictures as well as some screenshots to compare to.

Creator Notes
A Package file version has been included in the upload as an alternative to the usual Sims3pack file which you will need to extract and place in your game's Library folder manually.
Thanks go to attuned and Don Babilon for helping me fix the original Sims3.Pack file and get it back online.

Lot Size: 3x3
Lot Price: 48,360 Simoleons

Custom Content Included:
- Georgian Double Hung Window by missyzim at TSR

Number of bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms
Custom Content Included: Build content only
Furnishings: Starter Furnishings
Special Flags: Not Applicable

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

Sims 3
Built with Game Version: 1.63
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
Safe & Sound.7z

Size: 2.10 MB · Downloads: 178 · 25th Feb 2018
2.10 MB 178 25th Feb 2018
Safe & Sound (Package Version).7z

Size: 1.79 MB · Downloads: 200 · 9th Jan 2018
1.79 MB 200 9th Jan 2018
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
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.
2. Select the .sims3pack file you got from extracting.
3. 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.
5. Load the game's Launcher, and click on the Downloads tab. Select the house icon, find the lot in the list, and tick the box next to it. Then press the Install button below the list.
6. Wait for the installer to load, and it will install the lot to the game. You will get a message letting you know when it's done.
7. Run the game, and find your lot in Edit Town, in the premade lots bin.

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 Game Help:Installing TS3 Packswiki for a full, detailed step-by-step guide!
 
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#2 Old 25th Nov 2013 at 9:53 PM
And here's some additional pictures as well as some screenshots to compare to.
Edit.
The screenshots don't appear to load properly, so you shall have to view the music video instead. I'll leave the screenshots attached just incase they should decide to work.
Screenshots
Alchemist
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#3 Old 26th Nov 2013 at 6:10 PM
Looks really dark, yet lovely. I didn't know you uploaded it. I think I should check the download section more often
Forum Resident
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#4 Old 26th Nov 2013 at 10:32 PM
It's really simple - but also great! I like the cottage as well as the background story! Thank you so much for sharing it with us.
Test Subject
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#5 Old 1st Dec 2013 at 4:37 PM
I have been looking for a house like this for a LOOONG time now! Thank You SO Much!
Test Subject
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#6 Old 8th Dec 2013 at 9:28 PM
It's lovely, thanks for this!
Test Subject
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#7 Old 27th Dec 2013 at 5:00 PM
Lovely! Thanks, I love the Hunger Games and Taylor Swift!
Top Secret Researcher
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#8 Old 6th Feb 2014 at 12:03 AM
Reminds me of a lot of houses in my home town. Thank you :)
Test Subject
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#9 Old 7th Apr 2014 at 2:30 AM
very cool. has a great back-country/small town vibe.
Test Subject
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#10 Old 1st May 2014 at 12:19 PM
Hoooooooold on toooooooooooo this luuuuuullaaaaabyyyyyy eeeeeven when hooope is gooooooooooooooooooooone
Scholar
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#11 Old 29th Sep 2014 at 7:08 PM
I love this house!!!
Top Secret Researcher
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#12 Old 26th Oct 2014 at 1:23 AM
Great job, thank you.
Test Subject
#13 Old 8th Jan 2018 at 8:36 PM
Default Love this lot....however
I love this lot...however I can't get it to show up in my launcher to download it. Any advice.
Scholar
Original Poster
#14 Old 9th Jan 2018 at 3:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Lovemesomesims
I love this lot...however I can't get it to show up in my launcher to download it. Any advice.

Well that is a real mystery, I had an issue with rogue cc which I thought I had resolved successfully, and it appears I have with all of the other uploads I updated, except this one. I've uploaded the package file version which you'll have to extract and place in your game's library folder, instead of installing via the launcher. As for the Sims3Pack. version, I'll have to look into the issue further.
Test Subject
#15 Old 10th Jan 2018 at 2:58 AM
[QUOTE=Fergus' Mind]Well that is a real mystery, I had an issue with rogue cc which I thought I had resolved successfully, and it appears I have with all of the other uploads I updated, except this one. I've uploaded the package file version which you'll have to extract and place in your game's library folder, instead of installing via the launcher. As for the Sims3Pack. version, I'll have to look into the issue further.[/QUOTE
] Thank you for your quick response. I will try this and let you know if it works.
Test Subject
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#16 Old 12th Jan 2018 at 1:10 AM
It worked thanks so much for the help
Scholar
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#17 Old 12th Jan 2018 at 1:22 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lovemesomesims
It worked thanks so much for the help

You're welcome! Thank you for letting me know there was a problem. Enjoy!
Test Subject
#18 Old 24th Dec 2020 at 1:57 AM
this reminds me so much of my great-grandmother's house! thank you!