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Sawgrass House - Basegame Family Residence with Swimmable Lake

by aelflaed Posted 16th Aug 2007 at 9:37 AM - Updated 29th Oct 2008 at 5:27 AM by aelflaed
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Welcome to Sawgrass house.
This lovely country home overlooking the lake makes a perfect Summer getaway for all the family. Or, escape the rat race, and move in permanently!

The Sawgrass is entered via a generous porch, set high to avoid Spring flooding. Inside, turn left for the formal lounge, with views of the lake.

Set behind the staircase, the downstairs bathroom has doors onto both the lounge and the foyer.

To the right of the foyer is a good-sized kitchen, with a pretty nook big enough for a six-seater dining suite. Beyond the dining area, another doorway leads to the family room.

Up the split-level stairs you will find three large bedrooms, two of them sized for double beds. One full bathroom is at the head of the stairs, and another opens off the master bedroom at the private end of the landing.

The entire house is painted in restful greens, blending into the landscape. A swimming platform has been installed on the lake, as well as a delightful BBQ patio. Walk out over the water and see for yourself!

Notes for Players:

Requires basegame.
3 bedrooms
3 bathrooms
Swimmable pond, BBQ patio
3x2 lot

The house has been playtested for about seven sim-days, by the Wilson family. Their three boys made sure everything was structurally sound, while Mum and Dad worked on son number four. Good thing they got out of that little beach cottage!

The swimming platform works. Just a caution - as with any non-standard building, there can be glitches. I have found that occasionally, a Sim will dive off the board, and get frozen on top of the water. Looks kind of cool, until eventually they die of exposure (which upsets the residents). I haven't found any way to prevent this, and if it happens, the only way I know to fix it is to either exit without saving, or use the MoveObjects cheat and delete the frozen sim. (Don't worry, they will return safely next time.) I have only had it happen with sims visiting the lot, not with residents. Just be sure to rescue them before the Reaper arrives.

The house design is based upon a real plan, found here:,00.html

I have kept the outside as close as I could, but the inside is different.

Possible alterations:
A fireplace can be added to the formal lounge.

There is little excess space on the lot, so the house is not readily extendable. Also, the compressed floor level in the middle will cause problems in altering, unless you are knowledgable about the method used.

The house is fully furnished (Maxis) for up to six people, and includes skill objects.

Hope you enjoy this one.

Lot Size: 2x3
Lot Price: 51, 684

Custom Content Included:
- Puerta De Cedro Con Cristales "La Clásica" by temptress
- Ventana " La Gran Vista " Con Rejas Integradas by temptress
- Steadfast Stairs Open Underneath by crocobaura
- Wooden Stairs Open Underneath by crocobaura
- Ventana De Cedro " La Clásica " by temptress
- Lafenêtre Round Window by windkeeper
- Log Deck  by Lollipop69_69
- Paddio Stone Tile by Holy Simoly
- Green Etchings Bathroom Floor by simdebster
- Victorian Siding 4b by Komosims
- Yellow Bathroom Wall by simdebster
- Herbal Garden Wall by Witchboy
- Bog Arum by macarossi
- Nengi's Big Rosebush by Nengi65
- Rocks Recolour - Sandstone by Nengi65
- Thalia Dealbata by macarossi
- Pond Plant by macarossi
- Victorian Siding 4c by Komosims
- Green Check lino by JLonier
- Independent Expressions Privacy Window by MaryLou
- Independent Expressions Double Window by MaryLou
- Independent Expressions Central Window by MaryLou
- Invisible Tile by moonlight_muse
- Pond Rocks by macarossi

Additional Credits:
Many thanks to all those wonderful people who have shown me how to make things work.

In particular this time, The Swimmable Lake Tutorial by JustTheBast, and
Niol for ever-present troubleshooting.

Number of bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms
Custom Content Included: Build content only
Furnishings: Starter Furnishings

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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Size: 2.89 MB · Downloads: 8,035 · 16th Aug 2007
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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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13 Comments / Replies (Who?) - 12 Feedback Posts
Test Subject
#2 Old 16th Aug 2007 at 5:59 PM
WOW! When you compare your house to the real one... It's just so alike!
This has to get featured! Really!
Field Researcher
#3 Old 16th Aug 2007 at 6:00 PM
Yeah! first to download this beautiful house!

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Sims Love to Run with Scissors, Simmers Love to Download.
Forum Resident
#4 Old 16th Aug 2007 at 6:18 PM
This is a very beautiful house and it looks almost the same to the house in the picture. That's clever done, good job and thank you!
Top Secret Researcher
#5 Old 16th Aug 2007 at 11:08 PM
great lot! thanks!
Lab Assistant
#6 Old 16th Aug 2007 at 11:26 PM
Beautiful house. Thank you very much.

Greetz picy
Lab Assistant
#7 Old 17th Aug 2007 at 6:58 AM
Very nice, I love the dock/pond and the design of the house is wonderful.

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Watch it here.

#8 Old 17th Aug 2007 at 9:29 AM
Default wonderful house!
Thanks for this Beauty!
Test Subject
#9 Old 17th Aug 2007 at 10:24 PM
can u make the download file in .zip,please?!I can't download the house,and she is so beautiful
Original Poster
#10 Old 18th Aug 2007 at 4:07 AM
Originally Posted by RiCh`G1rL
can u make the download file in .zip,please?!I can't download the house,and she is so beautiful

Sorry, I'm not supposed to upload the same thing in both zip and rar formats. rar files are smaller, keep the site costs down, etc.

You can get a free rar utility, and you will want one if you are downloading from here - most files seem to be done that way now.

Thanks to all for your kind remarks, especially for wanting the house featured - but have a look at my new Stony Lake, which is a similar idea but (in my opinion) much better in the swimming department.

happy simming!
Test Subject
#11 Old 30th Aug 2007 at 3:33 PM
simply marvelous thank you.. now where can I find out how to make these swimmable lakes and such? I tried desperately for hours last night to make my own . I just cannot figure it out..
Original Poster
#12 Old 30th Aug 2007 at 3:53 PM
k1mm0, JustTheBast made the tutorial. You'll find it in the creator's tutorials section here.
Test Subject
#13 Old 19th Nov 2007 at 12:10 AM
This looks great! I love the pic included, it looks so much like it! Can't wait to play it :D
Test Subject
#14 Old 2nd Jul 2008 at 6:46 AM
Thank you for this! So cutee!