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Polstuart

by Ferguson Avenue Posted 21st Sep 2017 at 10:34 PM - Updated 24th Jan 2018 at 1:01 PM by Ferguson Avenue
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Polstuart is a project I have been working on since November 2016. It is very much inspired by the ruins of Poltalloch House in Argyll, Scotland. I've loved it ever since I laid eyes on its forlorn and overgrown shell as a child, and have often fantasized about saving and restoring it. That fantasy has been partially realised through this creation. Poltalloch is a Victorian era Jacobethan style home, but I really wanted to create something a little more authentic, so I drew inspiration from Haddon Hall when adding the finishing touches, I was even fortunate enough to visit Haddon this year which spurred me on to finish it. So Polstuart is the lovechild of a Victorian Wannabe and one of the most magical Medieval and Tudor houses in the world.



The project has had a rather sporadic evolution as I tried to squeeze it all onto a 40 by 40 lot, but when I realised this wasn't going to work I then spawned a larger version on a larger lot. This then meant I was building two houses at once, doing one part on one version and then replicating it on the other, then when the two were nearly finished I then decided to do an even bigger version which involved moving the larger version onto an even larger lot and letting my heart run wild with the gardens. So now I'm able to offer the house in three different sizes, all very similar but each having its own character and quirks. The large and medium versions are practically identical internally, but the large version has the addition of a more substantial garden. Meanwhile their little sister offers the same level of detail and character, but in a more compact form with streamlined furnishing making it slightly more economic and a bit more manageable on a weaker computer.
I've never built something so big before and wouldn't normally consider playing anything larger than a 40 by 40 lot, which is why I kept all three versions so that you can choose something to fit your own gaming habits.







Lot Info:
Small
40 by 40
544, 345 Simoleons Furnished
339,843 Simoleons Unfurnished
Medium
50 by 50
675,692 Simoleons Furnished
436,448 Simoleons Unfurnished
Large
60 by 60
741, 848 Simoleons Furnished
496,964 Simoleons Unfurnished

Creator Notes:
Each version has been play-tested and all of the fireplaces have been upgraded to 'Fireproof' along with the plumbing being upgraded to 'Unbreakable'
While I have had a lot of fun creating this lot, one thing that has fought me at every turn is the curse of the mysterious random floating ceiling tile. I think the evil has been defeated, but if it does rear its ugly head then do let me know and I'll see if I can rectify it.
When playing one of the larger lots you'll find you won't be able to set the Front Door because the game considers it to be an internal door, however this hasn't caused me any issues when playing as newspapers are delivered to the side door and sims will enter the front door and proceed to the side hall when returning home or moving in for the first time.
The internal pictures were all taken in the medium and large versions.
There was an issue with the original versions I uploaded and a piece of rogue CC deciding it was going to tag along for the ride. Thanks to the help of attuned I think I've managed to overcome this issue with the revised uploads.

I hope you will enjoy this creation, it has been labour of love and learning. If you have any issues, feel free to let me know, otherwise, enjoy!

Lot Size: 50x50
Lot Price (furnished): 675,692 Simoleons
Lot Price (unfurnished): 436,448 Simoleons

Number of bedrooms: 5 or more
Custom Content Included: None
Furnishings: Fully Furnished
Special Flags: Not Applicable

You must have the expansion, game version or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

World Adventures Ambitions Supernatural Island Paradise
Built with Game Version: 1.67.2
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
Polstuart - Small.7z 3.80 MB 243 24th Nov 2017
Polstuart - Medium.7z 3.63 MB 252 24th Nov 2017
Polstuart - Large.7z 4.18 MB 393 27th Nov 2017
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
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.


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Lab Assistant
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#2 Old 22nd Sep 2017 at 12:22 AM
Very nice. I doubt if I could play the largest one without game issues and freezes. I downloaded the small one but I may be back for the medium one instead. I like the carriage house on the medium and large ones.
Forum Resident
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#3 Old 22nd Sep 2017 at 1:10 AM
Amazing buildings! <3
Lab Assistant
#4 Old 22nd Sep 2017 at 1:12 AM
I can tell how proud you are of your creation from the sheer number of pictures, and I can see why. You clearly put a lot of time and love into it and it shows. The end result is truly beautiful.
Field Researcher
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#5 Old 22nd Sep 2017 at 1:42 AM
I'm so glad you finished this! Congratulations! The architectural features are amazing, so many fiddly little bits!
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#6 Old 22nd Sep 2017 at 6:08 AM
Oh, the gardens- divine!
Field Researcher
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#7 Old 22nd Sep 2017 at 7:33 AM
Not only beautifully built but you have captured this gloomy atmosphere that I love (I hope you don't mind the "gloomy" phrase, I'm meaning it as a compliment!). The garden is also remarkable, arranged so historically. When the day comes that I want to play a "historical" neighborhood, I will certainly remember this upload - I want that bathroom with a classic fireplace!
Test Subject
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#8 Old 22nd Sep 2017 at 9:44 AM
Atmospheric house! Everything is very thought out, stylish, beautiful. I do not like to play in such large houses, but viewing the screenshots, as well as the history of the house, gave me incomparable pleasure! Thank you!
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#9 Old 22nd Sep 2017 at 10:50 AM
This is stunning! Layout, gardens, detail and three sizes... thank you so much!
Lab Assistant
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#10 Old 22nd Sep 2017 at 1:30 PM
My first impression was "a bit grim, must be a prison or asylum", but you've captured the atmosphere of this sort of old house perfectly. I like to see servants' quarters in real stately homes to show the contrast between the way the occupants live and attics and basements are always a plus point for me.

A great creation that I'm going to have fun exploring.

Thanks
Lab Assistant
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#11 Old 23rd Sep 2017 at 2:28 PM
Downloaded this to put in Midnight Hollow or Moonlight Falls <3 lovely house.
scotland ftw
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#12 Old 23rd Sep 2017 at 7:11 PM
I don't know whether you know this already but all three versions come with a second house attached, Quarryton Pub by Jaguwar, and that building comes with some third party cc attached - a roof, I think.
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#13 Old 23rd Sep 2017 at 10:21 PM Last edited by Fergus' Mind : 24th Sep 2017 at 1:12 PM.
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Originally Posted by Don Babilon
I don't know whether you know this already but all three versions come with a second house attached, Quarryton Pub by Jaguwar, and that building comes with some third party cc attached - a roof, I think.

Thanks for the feedback. This isn't something I've come across, I'll look into it.
I've taken down the files until the problem has been rectified.
That issue should now be fixed. Thanks for the heads up.
Test Subject
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#14 Old 24th Sep 2017 at 4:53 PM
This is a magnificent build! It encapsulates the quaint charm that my families have when I create and style them. Thank you!
Test Subject
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#15 Old 25th Sep 2017 at 3:45 AM
This is stunning! And the gardens are gorgeous, oh my goodness
Scholar
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#16 Old 25th Sep 2017 at 1:23 PM
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Originally Posted by scoopy_loopy
I'm so glad you finished this! Congratulations! The architectural features are amazing, so many fiddly little bits!

Thanks! Yeah there was a lot of fussing about over little details...
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Originally Posted by attuned
Oh, the gardens- divine!

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Originally Posted by Vincent T.
This is stunning! Layout, gardens, detail and three sizes... thank you so much!

Yeah, I had a lot of fun at the end when it came to the gardens. I drew a lot of inspiration from Arts and Crafts style gardens which were very popular with the owners of these kinds of properties when 'restoring' them.
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Originally Posted by Floraflora2
Not only beautifully built but you have captured this gloomy atmosphere that I love (I hope you don't mind the "gloomy" phrase, I'm meaning it as a compliment!). The garden is also remarkable, arranged so historically. When the day comes that I want to play a "historical" neighborhood, I will certainly remember this upload - I want that bathroom with a classic fireplace!

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Originally Posted by Collector
My first impression was "a bit grim, must be a prison or asylum", but you've captured the atmosphere of this sort of old house perfectly. I like to see servants' quarters in real stately homes to show the contrast between the way the occupants live and attics and basements are always a plus point for me.

Thanks, I don't mind at all, these kinds of houses are often dark and gloomy, especially during the winter months when they're also very cold. I seem to be spending more and more time in these kinds of houses recently for both work and leisure so I feel much more informed now when it comes to recreating them. There's just something about them that gets under your skin.
Space Pony
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#17 Old 26th Sep 2017 at 6:56 AM
Thanks!These look like they might make great assylums or community houses.
Lab Assistant
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#18 Old 15th Oct 2017 at 1:04 PM
Amazing, it looks like a haunted mansion. I love it
Lab Assistant
#19 Old 18th Oct 2017 at 4:23 PM
Is the CC from Quarryton Pub bad? I mean if Quarryton attaches itself to another file it's got to be bad CC, right?
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#20 Old 18th Oct 2017 at 5:15 PM Last edited by Fergus' Mind : 18th Oct 2017 at 5:36 PM.
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Originally Posted by Mayor-Of-Mustard
Is the CC from Quarryton Pub bad? I mean if Quarryton attaches itself to another file it's got to be bad CC, right?

Yes, that was the issue, it's not so much bad as it is a nuisance. The present uploaded files are clean and have been vetted with Delphy's Multipack Extractor to make certain of it.
Instructor
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#21 Old 29th Nov 2017 at 11:37 AM
Wauw.... just ... wauw! That must've taken forever! Looks amazing! :D
Field Researcher
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#22 Old 5th Oct 2018 at 4:51 PM
This is beautiful! The attention to detail and the story you provided were so touching- feels like a real home after you read it even though the outward impressions of the place are cold and dark. I wonder how this house would fair in different game environments? (For example, under the Aurora Skies or brightness of the French sun?)
Either way, you gave me a name for my favorite type of garden, that I've loved ever since I was a child and saw a city hall that was once an old mansion-Parterre. No one could ever tell me what that was, and being in America, there certainly aren't many around. I think I've seen this type of garden twice in my life, and only once done in the classic style without being re-imagined in a museum setting. I really love that you included this, it's actually a personal blessing on a very deep level- I can't tell you why I love these, but they've always felt magical to me, and now I can use them in my legacy for my little sim people. It may be just a game, but it's a really special feeling. Thank you.