Saturday 2 June 2018

Cats & Dogs Build Mode Expanded - 55 Fixed, Additional, or New Doors, Arches, and Windows

Well it is finally done; my Cats and Dogs Buildmode addon. Let me tell you this was no easy project. With the release of the Pre-EP patch came cc updates but it also messed with the way windows were made which meant waiting for S4S to update. Then I had a vacation, and then this blew into a lot bigger project then I was expecting. However, now it is done the objects are not only more useful then before (thumbs up to Maxis for giving us a very decent sent of buildmode items to start with) but you now get even more options for building. Win-win. Hopefully you will all get as much use out of it as i have, and will continue to into the future.

What you need to know:
  • It should go without saying, but this does require you to own Cats & Dogs
  • There are 2 tile versions of a lot of 1 tile items because I need half tile placement. Don't like them? everything is individual so you can pick and choose
  • there is no merged version because of above point
  • There are 2 default replacement files: one for the cutout for the 2 tile archway, and one for the single barn door because it moved when the door animation played. If you already have a default replacement for the archway, feel free to remove mine. It seemed silly not to include it
  • 28/10/2020: Now compatible with patch 1.66 new cutout system
The Build/Buy items feature:
  • non-default
  • 55 meshes in total all in their original swatches
  • find items easily using phrase "C+D" in search bar (try this tutorial to easily find my sets)
  • style (found under "basics" tag) and colour filter compatible
  • custom thumbnails
  • Pricing  and polycount as follows:
    - 4 pane casement window ($36, 176 polys)
    - Crossed-shaped casement window ($41, 176 polys)
    - Small lemon slice lunette 1&2 tile  ($40/41, 602 polys)
    - Small porthole pane 1&2 tile ($55/56, 808 polys)
    - Great wall hole 2 tile ($71, 336 polys)
    - Greater wall hole 2 tile ($76, 336 polys)
    - Grand Wall Hole 1&2 tile ($85/86, 480 polys)
    - Greater wide wall hole 1&2 tile ($80/81, 336 polys)
    - Grand wide wall hole 1&2 tile ($85/86, 478 polys)
    - Great/Greater/Grand dual wall hole ($79/99/119, 504/488/760 polys)
    Great/Greater/Grand broad wall hole ($80/100/120, 552/536/684 polys)
    - Normal and grand sailors site 1 tile ($105/125, 300/452 polys)
    Grand sailors site 2 tile ($145, 484 polys)
    Normal and grand sailors site 3 tile ($145/165, 548/700 polys)
    - Short seaside shorelight 1&2 tile ($120/121, 372 polys)
    Narrow seaside shorelight 1&2 tile ($140/141, 488 polys)
    Seaside shorelight 2 tile ($160, 668 polys)
    - Transparent grand tryptych ($190, 1116 polys)
    - Transparent and grand quadtych ($190/210, 1048/1560 polys)
    - Great/Greater/Grand lit levelled lookout ($175/195/215, 1220/1212/1590 polys)
    - Short arch support ($190, 256 polys)
    - Short arch-e support ($240, 280 polys)
    - Barn door arch 2, 3, & 4 tile ($75/85/95, 284/356/356 polys)
    - Windowed view archway 3&4 tile ($155/175, 514/548 polys)
    - Cape crystal windowed archway ($125, 1202 polys)
    - Good ol' barn door 2 tile ($111, 438 polys)
    - Good ol' double barn door ($160, 826 polys)
    - Clear ol' barn door 2 tile ($156, 448 polys)
    - Clear ol' double barn door ($205, 840 polys)
    - Single diamond door 1&2 tile ($135/136, 380 polys)
    - Simple windowed view door ($225, 1022 polys)
    - Cape crystal french door ($185, 536 polys)
    - Clearstory portal door  ($265, 908 polys)

CC credits:
  • All custom content is mine, so feel free to browse through my downloads to find it. 
To install, extract the archive using WINZip/WinRAR/7Zip/Unarchiver and place the folder or package files in your mods folder, then look for them in your game. If you are having issues check out my Installing Content help page.


My content will always be free, but if you are so inclined and able, you can show your support and buy me a coffee


  1. Thanks Mate, this will help me improve the houses I have already built in the Dogs and Cats town.

  2. Thanks a lot!!! I'm sure that getting this done has required a lot of time and effort. They are so good for creating colonial houses, they look great!

  3. Awesome! I love the house you used to show off the new CC. You should definitely make your house builds available for download!

  4. Omg, you're awesome, thank you!

  5. You are absolutely amazing! Thank you!

  6. I`s wery beautiful! Thank you!

  7. Generous as ever Peacy! Thanks a million!

  8. I use these a lot. Thanks so much for the add-ons and fixes.

  9. Wow, absolutely fabulous, thank you so much for all the hard work that has gone into this beautiful collection!

  10. I am so excited to start building with this new set! thank you so much for sharing your beautiful creations

  11. Gorgeous set!!! Thank you so much!

  12. I am forever indebted to you and your wonderful creations!!! I have almost every build set and other build mode item you have made, they make my game 100 times better. Love them. I don't know how you do it! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

  13. You make me want to buy cats and dogs, even though I dont want pets in my game! :) Nice job!

  14. Omg, am once again SO grateful for your update .. since the last patch i have been using the C&D windows a lot more and never realised until then how much i missed your add-ons! Thank you for the hard work and dedication you put into your CC.