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Picked upload! Pixel Gatehouse

by hazelnutter100 Posted 26th Mar 2016 at 10:54 AM - Updated 25th Mar 2016 at 9:19 PM by hazelnutter100
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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.
Tixall Gatehouse, near Stafford, is the only remaining part of Tixall Hall and now stands alone, surrounded by fields.

The gatehouse was built around 1580 in the Elizabethan Classical style and is a Grade I listed building. It was in danger of following both the Tudor hall and its successor into oblivion when it was bought by the Landmark Trust (for only 300 pounds!) restored and converted into self-catering holiday accommodation.

Incidentally, it's hard to find pictures of the front of the gatehouse online, probably because the scruffy drive and piles of stone left over from the renovation aren't as photogenic as the view from behind across the fields. The front and back are almost identical, anyway.

The Sims 3 version

Pixel Gatehouse is a mixture of the current state of the gatehouse (the roof terrace, some furnishings and decor) and some older features (fireplaces at both ends of each floor and the chimneys to go with them. The chimneys were demolished in the 1800s but can be seen in old illustrations.) The building had to be scaled down a little to look right within the limitations of the game, which made the authentic floorplans too cramped for Sims to move around easily. The living accommodation in the real gatehouse is essentially all on one floor. In this one, the kitchen has been moved down to the ground floor, the two bedrooms relocated to the second floor (replacing the huge table tennis room) and the main part of the first floor left as a single open-plan living/dining room. The real-life corner turrets house two small bedrooms and three bathrooms; in the Sims 3 version, there's still (just) enough space for a useable shower room but the beds had to go and the bathtub's been moved into the master bedroom. A second spiral staircase was added, to allow both halves of the ground floor to be accessed from the living room. Above it, a ladder leads up to the roof. The Long(-ish) Gallery on the second floor is authentically Tudor but there's no evidence that the gatehouse ever had one - it just fitted with the rest of the floorplan.

Required/optional content

The only expansions that are really required are Supernatural and Showtime, for the windows and arches respectively, and arguably also Ambitions, for the Corinthian columns on the second floor. The other expansions and stuff packs listed provide a few furnishings/decorative items each and are optional.

The two Supernatural cookers in the kitchen fireplace are pretending to be an Aga-type range cooker. The cooker from the Provence store set works better for this, if you have it.

Lot Size: 40x40
Lot Price (furnished): 182,131
Lot Price (unfurnished): 105,796
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
Pixel Gatehouse.rar 2.96 MB 1,219 26th Mar 2016
Quick Guide:

1. Click the file listed on the Files tab to download the file to your computer.
2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.
2. Select the .sims3pack file you got from extracting.
3. Cut and paste it into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Downloads folder. If you do not have this folder yet, it is recommended that you open the game and then close it again so that this folder will be automatically created. Then you can place the .sims3pack into your Downloads folder.
5. Load the game's Launcher, and click on the Downloads tab. Select the house icon, find the lot in the list, and tick the box next to it. Then press the Install button below the list.
6. Wait for the installer to load, and it will install the lot to the game. You will get a message letting you know when it's done.
7. Run the game, and find your lot in Edit Town, in the premade lots bin.

Extracting from RAR, ZIP, or 7z: You will need a special program for this. For Windows, we recommend 7-Zip and for Mac OSX, we recommend Keka. Both are free and safe to use.

Need more help?

If you need more info, see Game Help:Installing TS3 Packswiki for a full, detailed step-by-step guide!
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Expansion/Stuff packs required:
World Adventures Ambitions Late Night Generations Pets Showtime Supernatural + 2 SPs

Built with Game Version: 1.67

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

Tags: #gatehouse, #Tudor, #Elizabethan