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'Katrina Cottages' Homes for Your Post-Disaster Sims -No CC!- (1-5 of 25)

by Phaenoh Posted 19th Dec 2007 at 11:20 AM - Updated 9th Jan 2009 at 3:58 AM by Phaenoh
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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.
Note: My Katrina Cottage series got Featured! Make sure you check them all out. The trophy is on the last one. It wouldn't be fair to give five trophies for work that is worth one, so I don't want to hear any comments on that. EEK!

Hurricane Katrina left a lot of people homeless. The Katrina Cottages were designed to replace the degrading FEMA trailers. Their purpose was to be fast to build and cheap, while still looking nice. Read more about them here. I've built all the plans found on that site, including all the 'add-ons' for the plans that have them. In total that made 25 houses. Instead of posting 25 different threads forcing you to jump from page to page, I'm uploading them in sets of 5. The first and second sets require only the BaseGame, sets 3 and 4 need Pets, and set 5 needs Pets and OFB. The reason behind this is the building cheats I used to get all the roof lines they way they are supposed to be, and five houses had turning stairs (requires the stage tool). If you don't happen to have Pets, hopefully 10 Katrina Cottages is enough for you.

None of the cottages are furnished, with 25 it started getting redundant, and plenty of times people redecorate the houses they download anyways, so I went with unfurnished instead. This also assists in making them CC FREE! YAY! Each cottage is built on a deck (helps escape a bit of high water now and then). They all have the same roof material (real ones have tin roofs, we just get the Slate Grey color). They each (mostly) have a different color of aluminum siding (cheap, quick, and weather resistant!) They all have the same hardwood floors and tile in the bathrooms. They all have the same Beachy Keen Wallpaper with beadboard in the public areas of the house, plain kick and crown molding in the bedrooms, and gray with a chair rail in the bathrooms. (This is to help you remember how to furnish it 'according to the plan'.) In addition to all this they all have the same stairs, fence/railings, and columns. The landscaping is minimal at best, many of these lots are too tiny for much, but they all have a Mixed Pebbles terrain paint walkway and many have a Birch tree or two.

I find these houses make great little homes or vacation homes in Beach community's, like Sand Simolean Point, or homes for your less than fabulously wealthy sims, or college campus houses. If you redo the interior walls many of them will make great little shops. Small houses are indispensable! Collect them all! Make sure you check out the others in this set! 1-5, 6-10, 10-15, 16-20, and 21-25!

Now, on to the specifics, names were based on plans from the previously referenced website, and letters were added for the variations of each plan. Click on the pictures for larger versions. These five cottages are all Base Game compatible.

Katrina Cottage 544 - $9,897, 2x2

Katrina Cottage 576a - $8,889, 2x2

Katrina Cottage 612a - $6,973, 1x2

Katrina Cottage 612b - $10,753, 1x3

(click for pic, cottage is an extension of the house above)

Katrina Cottage 1080 - $10,927, 1x3

These pictures are of cloned houses hanging out in Sand Simolean Point my sub'hood of Pleasantview. Your versions were created in a sterile testing environment game and I assure you they are still BaseGame houses. A nice beachy town just makes for better pictures. Plus, they are fitting in nicely with my Nana Series houses!


P.S. My parents always had us write 'Thank You' Notes as kids, maybe that's why I prefer reading replies better than seeing how many people bothered to click the 'Thanks' button...

Additional Credits:
Even though there is no CC involved, I actually have more people to thank this time than usual. These particular cottages were built on my Mac (BG Only) but I've just started using Numenor's AnyGameStarter, and the rest of the set is definitely thanks to his wonderful tool.

In the Base Game there are no 2x2 lots! I have to thank plasticbox and his 2xN lots for saving my butt there. There are also no 1x2 lots. These particular minilots came from aelflaed, but I'd only have found them from using Andi8104's and MaryLou's original ones.

Number of bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms
Custom Content Included: None
Furnishings: Unfurnished

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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Katrina Cottage 1080.rar

Size: 386.0 KB · Downloads: 3,179 · 19th Dec 2007
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Katrina Cottage 612b.rar

Size: 390.6 KB · Downloads: 3,138 · 19th Dec 2007
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Katrina Cottage 612.rar

Size: 336.1 KB · Downloads: 3,161 · 19th Dec 2007
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Katrina Cottage 576a.rar

Size: 467.2 KB · Downloads: 3,384 · 19th Dec 2007
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Katrina Cottage 544.rar

Size: 433.7 KB · Downloads: 3,370 · 19th Dec 2007
433.7 KB 3,370 19th Dec 2007
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.

3. Install: Double-click on the .sims2pack file to install its contents to your game. The files will automatically be installed to the proper location(s).
  • You may want to use the Sims2Pack Clean Installer instead of the game's installer, which will let you install sims and pets which may otherwise give errors about needing expansion packs. It also lets you choose what included content to install. Do NOT use Clean Installer to get around this error with lots and houses as that can cause your game to crash when attempting to use that lot. Get S2PCI here: Clean Installer Official Site.
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#2 Old 19th Dec 2007 at 11:41 PM
This is a nice upload, thank you. :] Quite sentimental due to the fact that my best friend's father's live was lost because of Katrina. ;_;. Thank you.
Lab Assistant
#3 Old 19th Dec 2007 at 11:46 PM
Even while I was a victim of Katrina, we could have a house from day 1 after the disaster. Nice job anyway.
Test Subject
#4 Old 19th Dec 2007 at 11:53 PM
You've done a great job of recreating these cottages! Thanks for sharing them with us!
Test Subject
#5 Old 19th Dec 2007 at 11:59 PM
i have a ad with the 544 i was going to make it but you beat me to it
#6 Old 20th Dec 2007 at 12:39 AM
I really like the simplicity of them, and so will everyone's Simmies. I have a series of shotguns in my game and the Environment scores are always high - so long as they keep the place neat!
Test Subject
#7 Old 20th Dec 2007 at 12:42 AM
These are great! Thanks for sharing them.
Top Secret Researcher
#8 Old 20th Dec 2007 at 1:24 AM
cute little cottages
#9 Old 20th Dec 2007 at 3:19 AM
Thanks, Phaenoh, these cottages are exactly what I've been looking for for vacation houses. They look great, I'm looking forward to using them.
Unsocialized Homeschooler
#10 Old 20th Dec 2007 at 5:49 AM
Wow, these look great!
I need more simple houses.
Field Researcher
#11 Old 20th Dec 2007 at 6:35 AM
These are terrific. I really appreciate what you did here! I definitely appreciate the little houses, too. Would it be out of line to request a couple of these to be built on medium-size or large lots?
Doing all the things, and *mostly* not failing.
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#12 Old 20th Dec 2007 at 6:45 AM
Not out of line, but may I recommend using the LotExpander? I figured that would be the way to grow with them. In the coming sets there are a lot of 2x2's and some are 2x3, or were you hoping for bigger than that?
#13 Old 20th Dec 2007 at 9:45 AM
these look great the mess still hasnt been sorted out by Hurricane Katrina
Field Researcher
#14 Old 20th Dec 2007 at 12:04 PM
I didn't know about the Katrina Cottages, even though tons of people still live in the FEMA trailers in my Mississippi town and we've absorbed quite a few temporary evacuees and new permanent residents from the coast.

Wow, your Katrina Cottages make me want to try to build a replication of Hattiesburg in the game!

Anyway, enough of my rambling. These are very nice, great work! I know I have need for them in my game!
#15 Old 20th Dec 2007 at 1:15 PM
Oh Dear lord I had to dl/ed all of them!

afterfurbishment they'll be Perfect for this new 'hood in my game! (Amazeingly made be someone elce? *Gasp* My games crashing, so i wanted something a bit smaller XD Found here )

I always have to do 'thank-you' letters too, It was my birthday on the 13th and I had to do TWENTY:
Dear -Name-
Thanks for the -Thing- I had a great birthday, Hope you have a merry chrismass -etc-

BodyShopped /// ShoofleedSims
♦ // Jack.exe // ♦
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#16 Old 20th Dec 2007 at 7:01 PM
Petchy, you got off easy, we always had to make them a bit longer and say stuff about what we had been doing lately, or if we got money how we were going to spend it (always say saving it for college! and later when you are in college you will wish you had!)

Everyone else, thanks for comments, but keep in mind that I didn't design them, or come up with the idea behind them. I just found a lot of really cute plans on the internet, liked the idea, and went to town with it.

The next set is up!
Test Subject
#17 Old 20th Dec 2007 at 11:08 PM
I'm a Katrina Surivior , I wanna say thank u for sharing this Download, My hood is New Orleans in my game and it's perfect for my hood....

Thank u !!
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#18 Old 21st Dec 2007 at 12:33 AM
Originally Posted by mishmish0759
Hi ! Happy holidays.

I just wanted to let you know how much I REALLY REALLY love your Katrina houses. They are perfect for my Beach,coastal neighborhood called Cocomo_(yes the name came from the Beach Boys song) _ yeah,so when are the rest going to be posted.... Cocomo still has lots of room for LOTS!!
I just got this as a PM, thought I'd post it. Maybe I'm not the only one who enjoys reading replies? And just so you know, they are getting posted as quick as they can get through moderation queue!
#19 Old 21st Dec 2007 at 2:25 AM
o another phae creation! and a pack to! gotta love it! and CC free! i just reset my game the other day im trying to play CC free so this is a plus! woots! thanks for all your great creations!
Field Researcher
#20 Old 21st Dec 2007 at 3:37 AM
these are very nice, thanks. and the people affected by katrina are always in our prayers

my personal life can be supported by veiwing this video: and others on my youtube page. I believe there's a few building tutorials there aswell. I create rather sporadically, so excuse me if I'm gone from this website for months or years at a time.
Lab Assistant
#21 Old 21st Dec 2007 at 5:00 AM
What a clever download! *applauds* Love these very much! Maybe you could make small, 2 bedroom homes maybe? Or are there no Katrina houses like that? Either way these are great houses! xoxoxoxoxo

If you're not saying what's on your mind,
you're as good as dead!
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#22 Old 21st Dec 2007 at 5:08 AM
Originally Posted by Jynxthehobbit
What a clever download! *applauds* Love these very much! Maybe you could make small, 2 bedroom homes maybe? Or are there no Katrina houses like that? Either way these are great houses! xoxoxoxoxo
Go check out the others in the set, many of them have more than one bedroom, I think one even has like 5. Glad you like them!
Test Subject
#23 Old 22nd Dec 2007 at 12:44 AM
from another New Orleans rez, thank you!
Lab Assistant
#24 Old 30th Dec 2007 at 6:16 PM
Aw, these are so cute! Thank you!

Courage is not defined by those who fought and did not fall; but by those who fought, fell, and rose again. --Ralph Waldo Emerson
Lab Assistant
#25 Old 4th Jan 2008 at 3:47 AM
What an amazing task! Of course, I have to have all of them (pernicious downloader, here). I love the way you did these little houses, and the meaning behind them gives pause for reflection.

When I was little, all my thank you notes were like, "Dear Aunt Pearl, Thank you for the doll. It is pretty and I like it. Mom got me a tea set and three books. Aunt Lois got me some shapeys (building toys) and a comb and brush set. I have three dollars. Thank you for the doll. Love, Pennie". Now they are a bit more sincere, although it makes a difference, growing up and actually caring about the thank-you's that you write

So, thank you, Phaenoh, for this amazing set of Katrina Cottages. They are pretty and I like them.

centime (aka Pennie)
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