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A Cape Dutch House for your Sims (no CC)

by Justpetro Posted 22nd Dec 2019 at 7:51 PM
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Cape Dutch refers to architecture which started in Cape Town, South Africa, in 1652, when the Netherlands colonized the Cape of Storms. The first houses built was made from whatever they could find, but the basic shape of the Cape Dutch house, with a front and back door opposite each other, took shape from the start. While the gables were due to the builders being Dutch, they soon developed into something uniquely South African.

As the early colonists planted vegetables and fruit trees in order to feed the sailors on the trade route to India fresh food, after many had died from food poisoning, a vineyard started popping up here and there. In 1685, the French Huguenots arrived, Protestants who were then prosecuted, and the South African wine industry started. Over the years, as British colonization followed, many of the original Cape Dutch houses were bulldozed to make way for British colonial buildings, but many still stand, most of them national heritage sites. If you take one of the wine routes from Cape Town (and in the city itself), you can taste our excellent wine and gaze at gables at the same time. On the Spier wine farm, there are gables from every era.

The style is still popular, and most architects can offer you a plan with a choice of at least 12 gables. If you search, you may find a Cape Dutch home in your country or state or city somewhere, whether in the original or the modern form, and perhaps modern with old-fashioned fabulous gables. We have houses, apartment blocks, restaurants, wine cellars, hotels and guest houses all over the western Cape in this style today, but it was originally a farm house, and so you may often find a pergola with vines, a vegetable garden, fruit trees and a herb garden at them.

Here are some examples of real ones:

The Sims are getting a modest one, but it has the basic things of the historic ones - 4 gables, a front and back door directly opposite each other, with a carpet leading all the way, panel walls, wood floors (and ceiling), painted in white stucco and windows with shutters. As in the real ones, there is a mix of furniture from different eras available from the buy catalog I was not sure that I would be able to build this one without any cc, but in the end, it worked out.

This is my contribution to #catchup2019 - #themevintage - because vintage refers to something that stood the test of time

And a look inside:

The floor plan:

I have used no custom content, but I do have the following defaults in my game (you don't need any of them, but your lot may look slightly different than mine):
Roof trims by Honeywell :
Ceiling Default Replacement by Honeywell :
Concrete wall replacement by Maranatah :
Wall top texture replacement by Maranatah :
White Floor Edge Replacement by Feenwald :
Deckstairs from Numenor :

I play tested a copy of the lot and found no problems. You may notice that there is a bit of a gap on the sides of the house under the roof - that is the best I could do with a house of this (smaller) size, but the house is completely weather proof.

If an ugly thing pops up on the gables, you only need to take the walls up and down and it should vanish - I did not see them while playing, but when I took my pictures, I had to do it 3 times.

The lot has been cleaned and compressed with tools by Chris Hatch.

I plan to build a number different Cape Dutch houses in the new year, from fisherman's cottages to grand restaurants I hope some of you will enjoy this one!

Lot Size: 3x3
Lot Price (furnished): 136,129

Additional Credits:
EA, Maxis, the Sims 2
Chris Hatch for the lot compressor and the lot cleaner

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Number of bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms
Custom Content Included: None
Furnishings: Fully Furnished
Special Flags: Not Applicable

Tags: ##catchup2019, ##themevintage, ##Cape, #Dutch, ##residential, #lot