Hattie’s House is named for my maternal grandmother, so I’m hoping the build has some of her sourthern charm, with both guts and grace!
I once uploaded this house–then called Hattie’s Hovel–as a shell on the Simmers Society. There was a thread where you could share your unfinished projects and see how other simmers completed them. I believe it has been well over a year since I started this build.
Originally, however, I started it based on a place that I dreamed about many, many years ago. I think it was when I was young enough to have been really immersed in the Anne of Green Gables book series. I wanted the lot to be mysterious, yet enchanting. I don’t think the lot turned out exactly as I imagined, but I think it still has some element of the original feeling. It certainly evolved into so much more.
This rustic, yet very comfy, homestead sits on a 60 x 60 lot. The house is almost hidden from the road and can only be accessed by a long, winding gravel driveway. Be careful crossing over the pond—the driveway may flood its low-sitting “bridge” if there’s been a lot of rain! (Not really, of course, but the road has ruts/puddles that make it seem like that!)
Once you reach the bike shed, you are at the end of the driveway. After you exit your vehicle, you can take the woodland foot path to the back side of the horse barn or walk across the foot-bridge and path toward the front porch of the cottage.
Before we go inside, let’s take a look at some of the property surrounding the cottage, starting with the horse barn. The horse barn contains one stall, but there’s extra room for storage or useful objects. There’s even a a hay loft full of hay and extra space!
This lot is a great place for horse-lovers, but gardeners will think they’ve died and gone to heaven! On the far end of the house is a fully-packed garden, orchard, and greenhouse.
In fact, there is even a mushroom cellar for your garden-loving sims! Mushrooms are actually grown deep under the earth where it is dark and damp, so I decided to add this touch of reality. The cellar also serves as a location for making and storing nectar.
The path leading from the greenhouse to the cellar is covered by a mixture of archways (wedding arches) and shady trees, and this is one of my favorite spots in the yard at Hattie’s.
This same path connects to the back yard and the patio.
Here’s a view of the entire back of the house (patio on lower left side of image):
Before we go back around to the front entrance and look inside, let’s see a few more pics of the property surrounding Hattie’s cottage.
O.K., so let’s head inside and take a look at the interior of the cottage that is Hattie’s House. The interior has a blend of golden rough-hewn woods and stonework, with touches of teal throughout each room.
The living room is accessed through a small foyer. You can sit and play dominoes with the family, relax in front of the fireplace, do some writing at the roll-top desk, play the upright piano, curl up with a good book, watch some telly, or bust a groove to some tunes on the stereo.
The kitchen offers plenty of space for prepping meals, as well as a reading corner and two eating areas. The breakfast nook is surrounded by windows looking out over the patio. Use the pizza oven or the old-time stove to cook up your favorite dish. The center sink island is convenient and attractive.
There are two rooms for your Sim children. One is a children’s room that has a subtle train theme and sleeps two sims (in bunk beds).
The other child’s room sleeps one sim. It is a tiny nursery with a not-so-subtle “leaf” theme.
The downstairs bathroom is located near the living room and the children’s rooms.
And now let’s head upstairs to the Master Suite! As soon as you reach the top of the stairs, you’ll see a peaceful, luxurious lounge with plenty of windows for enjoying a gorgeous view.
The bedroom features a spacious dressing area near the fireplace to keep your simmie warm as s/he tries on various outfits. There is a (non-functional) walk-in closet for an added special effect, mirrors, and accessories to give this otherwise rustic space a touch of glam and glitz. The bed makes a welcoming focal point for a tired sim at the end of a long day.
The adjoining bathroom is equally glamorous, and it’s a bit exotic in its style.
Just off of the bathroom, your sim can step on to a secret bridge that overlooks the living room–a nice way to keep an eye on the kids (or whatever) without having to run downstairs!
I have all SPs up through Diesel , but I didn’t use any Diesel or Katy Perry items for sure. I have all EPs up through Seasons. I do use a lot of Sims 3 Store items in my game, so you may see that the game changes these items to base game items if you do not have the same ones I have in my game. Sorry about that, but, structurally, I think you’ll still have the core of the build even if you don’t have a lot of the Store stuff. There was, however, no 3rd party CC used in this lot. The lot has been fully play-tested.
Finally, I will end this tour with a couple of overhead shots. Recommend if you download it from the Exchange. Thanks, and happy Simming!