Today I thought I'd share, as promised, with you my recreation of a house I passed and stayed on the land of whilst on an expedition in India. It's different to your average victorian homes, but it's victorian none the less. India was beautiful, and was very impressive and eye-opening, whilst staying near Delhi and Agra you could see the contrasting modern Indian culture such as Mac Donalds and Pizza Hut reasturants standing side by side with slums and run-down buildings. But this only proves the saying they have; "Anything is possible in India". I found it correct as the site I was staying on in Sitlaket in the north of India in the Himalayan foot hills, had this beauty of a house as the original estate owner's house from when India was part of the British Empire.
They build houses differently in India compared to older homes in the western world. For example, on the rural houses I saw the roof slates were actually flat rocks arranged on top of each other with out being held in position by nails, as seen on this house. Wooden furniture doesn't last very long in older Indian homes as it is constantly under attack from bugs and beetles due to the climate. But in the north, where this house is, temperatures drop close to 0 degrees centegrade when the sun goes down, and so bugs cannot survive the in the climate, they even get snow!
In my recreation I had to take a few liberties, for example most of the houses in the area don't have kitchens of bathrooms. For one house we visited across the valley, the kitchen was a few bowls and a small camp fire under a tarpaulin sheet next to the house. And as for the bathroom, you can guess what they do as there was no built in bathroom, partly because their toilets are holes in the ground which you have to squat over to use, and that was quite an experience.
I tried to keep colours and textiles used in the interior authentic as they were the kinds of bold colour choices I saw in similar homes too.
I added a rear veranda to replace the shanty extensions made of corrugated iron and various timbers as I felt it would be more appreciated by the sims.
I designed the house on a smaller lot so that it could be transferred onto a larger lot if needed, then you could alter it and add the garden you want. I would have pictured my house in Egypt or France but haven't really had chance, although it would make a great holiday home when placed in these locations. The lot is a 30 by 30 sized lot which costs 135452 Simoleons furnished and 66167 Simoleons unfurnished.
I hope your sims enjoy this insight into another culture as much as I did