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Charleston Side House

by AudCand Posted 3rd Feb 2009 at 6:09 PM - Updated 1st Jun 2009 at 6:41 AM by AudCand
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I grew up in Charleston, SC and since I was a child, I have dreamed of owning a Historic Charleston Side House. Now I live on the opposite side of the country, so I have to settle for having a Side House for my Sims to live in.

A Brief History of the Charleston Side House:
Not only were Charleston Side Houses excellent space savers on the cramped Charleston peninsula, they also served an important Pre-Revolutionary War purpose - lower taxes! The British taxed Charleston homeowners for, among many things, the number of street-facing windows a house had. The Side House rose to prominence due to the fact that it had few street facing windows, with the majority of the windows facing the secluded side yard.

One of the most prominent features of Charleston Side Houses are the long porches, called piazzas, that run the length of the house and are often on each story of the house. The majority of Side Houses have the front door accessible from the piazza only, with some of the houses having a "faux" front door leading to the street from the piazza. The piazzas often feature ornate columns and moulding, and in updated houses, ceiling fans. As Gullah culture spread in the city, many homeowners painted the ceilings of their piazzas pale blue to ward off evil spirits.

The Charleston Harbor and Peninsula suffered numerous attacks and fires during both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, but many of these beautiful Charleston Side Houses still stand today, though quite a few are in disrepair and condemned. Historical preservation societies continue to restore the once beautiful houses as part of a reclamation project to preserve the rich culture and history of Charleston.

Charleston Side Houses range in color from subtle and subdued to bright and colorful - popularized by the homes in the West Indies. Owners of historic Charleston Side Houses must have permission from the City of Charleston to paint their house and are only allowed to choose from a certain selection of historic "Charleston" colors, but your sims can paint their Side House any color they like!

This particular Charleston Side House has a layout similiar to my uncle's Side House, with spiral staircases and no exterior door facing the street. The picture of the real Charleston Side House below is NOT what I based my design off of, it is merely to be used as a reference for the piazza!

I hope you enjoy this Charleston Side House. I recommend putting ceiling tiles over the piazzas (light blue ones, of course!) if you are going to be taking pictures as the lovely Maxis floors are transparent from the bottom up.

I have used Phoenix Phaerie's lovely Georgian Windows and Doors throughout the home as well as Marvine's Simple Spiral Stairs. With the exception of the garage interior and the brick, all wall coverings are by pktechgirl of Juniper Sun.

You will need to download the Animations for Marvine's Spiral Stairs found here as well as roddyaleixo's Invisible Driveway & Extensions found here.

2 Bedrooms
1 Spare Room
1 Full Bath
1 Half Bath
3 Fireplaces
2 Piazzas
Formal Garden

*This house is furnished*
Please do not upload this house anywhere!

Lot Size: 2x3
Lot Price: 174201

Custom Content Included:
- Decorative Egg Topiary by EA / Maxis
- Cupid Commando's Action Cherub! Statue by EA / Maxis
- Monsun Black Plain (tile) by pktechgirl - Juniper Sun
- Midnight Wall by pktechgirl - Juniper Sun
- Chocolate Wall by pktechgirl - Juniper Sun
- Grass Wall by pktechgirl - Juniper Sun
- Almond Wall by pktechgirl - Juniper Sun
- Wisteria Wall by pktechgirl - Juniper Sun
- Lemon Wall by pktechgirl - Juniper Sun
- Sky Wall by pktechgirl - Juniper Sun
- Tangerine Wall by pktechgirl - Juniper Sun
- Scarlet Wall by pktechgirl - Juniper Sun
- Cobalt Wall by pktechgirl - Juniper Sun
- Navy Wall by pktechgirl - Juniper Sun
- Georgian Oval Window by phoenix_phaerie
- Georgian Round Window by phoenix_phaerie
- Georgian Doorway by phoenix_phaerie
- Georgian Double Doors by phoenix_phaerie
- Georgian Entry Door by phoenix_phaerie
- Georgian French Door by phoenix_phaerie
- Georgian French Double Doors by phoenix_phaerie
- Georgian Interior Door by phoenix_phaerie
- Georgian Shuttered Window by phoenix_phaerie
- Georgian Tall Shuttered Window by phoenix_phaerie
- Spiral Stairs Matching Fence by Marvine
- Simple Spiral Stairs - Left turn by Marvine
- Spiral Stairs - Railing - Right turn by Marvine

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Number of bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms
Custom Content Included: Build content only
Furnishings: Fully Furnished
Special Flags: Not Applicable

Tags: #Charleston, #South Carolina, #House, #sidehouse, #side house, #historical, #southern, #colonial, #gullah, #piazza, #furnished