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The Sims 4 House Building Tips, How to Build Perfect House
Building a house in The Sims is one of the first things you’ll be doing, and it is also one of the most creative parts of the game.
The Sims 4 House Building Tips
Depending on your experience with previous The Sims titles, your grasp on the slightly time consuming art and science of buildings homes may limit what you can do, and for most players fresh to the series it can be a challenging and exhausting experience.
This guide should help you get started with building your home in The Sims 4. We’ll look into different methods of creating rooms and how to make your house the most comfortable place possible.
Filtering Your Options
The Filter menu allows you to filter different items according to your preferences, such as their categories, colors, and more. This very useful menu can be accessed by clicking the Filter option over the catalog. This will display options like Styles, Color, and Content, through which you can easily filter out different items for your household.
Methods of Building Your House
There are multiple ways to build your house in The Sims 4. You can either get a pre-made home and just place it on your lot, construct a house using Styled Rooms (pre-made rooms), or you can build everything from scratch.
In this guide we’ll be ignoring the pre-made homes and focus on the usage of Styled Rooms, and then move on to crafting the house from scratch.
At first building a house from the foundations and adding each and every little thing can be an extremely daunting task, but once you get the hang of it, buildings houses is one of the most entertaining and creative parts of The Sims 4.
Before you start things from scratch though, it’s best to practice with the Styled Rooms.
At the start, you’ll have an empty lot with a grid that shows the area of the house.
Don’t worry about it for now as unlike the previous Sims, you can alter the area of this place even after placing the Styled Rooms through a slider (and also adjust the size of the rooms themselves).
In order to start off, you’ll want to select the Styled Rooms option from the Build menu. Here you will have access to all kinds of different rooms, including kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, living room, dining room, study room, and even patios for the external part of your house.
In addition, there are 16 career rooms which are unlocked once you reach a specific level in a Sims’ career.
Once you pick a Styled Room, you will have a few options of changing a few things. The first will be the style, which will basically alter the furniture, decoration, and general structure of the room.
Once you have selected that, it is time to move on to the color scheme. Once you have chosen both the style and the color scheme, you can buy the room, and place it on your lot grid. While placing it on the grid, you can orient it by moving it or rotating, and can also re-size the room to fit your lot.
This way, you can line up multiple styled rooms together and create a complete household. You’ll probably have a few gaps here and there, which can be taken care of with the Room tool or the Wall tool, and by adding a few doors here and there.
Building from Scratch
You probably noticed how simple it is to actually build a house by using Styled Rooms. However, many of us may not be satisfied with the game itself choosing for us and would like more options, in which case building a house from scratch is really the best way to go.
For this, you’ll need to understand a few different sections of the Build menu.
Walls and Empty Rooms
In order to start, you’ll need to set up a few walls and create some empty rooms. For this, click on the wall next to your door to access the Walls and Empty Rooms menu. Here, you’ll have a large set of options to explore.
There are a very large number of tools and options in this menu, ranging from the commonly used Wall Tool and Room Tool to other advanced and rarely used options that allow for different shaped rooms.
You can even build decks through this menu. Here are the various options:
- Wall Tool
- Flat Square
- Room Tool
- Triangular Deck
- Triangular Room
- Square Deck
- Square Room
- L-Shaped Deck
- L-Shaped Room
- Octagon Deck
- Octagonal Room
- Rounded Deck
- Flat Round
- Rounded Deck (Large)
- Flat L-Shape
- Rounded Deck (X-Large)
- Flat Triangle
- Square Deck (Diagonal)
- Flat Octagon (Diagonal)
- Square Room (Diagonal)
For now, we’re going to focus on rooms, and then look into different walls later on. You have a large variety of room shapes to choose from, ranging from the common square or rectangle to the more unconventional Octagon rooms. Select whichever once you like and place it on the grid; you’ll be able to adjust the size of the room.
The best and easiest way though is to use the Room Tool.
Select this tool, then place your cursor on the lot grid where you would like one of the corners of the room. Left click now and drag to create the walls, and you can make a shape of your liking.
With this tool, you can draw the entire shape of the house with different rooms. Don’t worry about the size for now as you can always adjust the rooms once you have drawn them out.
You can further divide large rooms into two by drawing a wall right in between, which would separate them from each other. The Room Tool is easy and intuitive, and allows for fast and efficient creation of the internal structure of your house.
Once you have created these rooms, make sure you adjust their size so they fit together properly. Use the Select Tool to select a room. This will reveal several horizontally pointing arrows, which can be dragged in and out to adjust the size of the walls.
While selected, you can even change the height of the walls of the room (the height of the other rooms will be automatically adjusted), and also rotate the rooms.
Another neat way of going about this is creating one large spacious room that serves as the bordering walls of the entire house, and then divide it into different rooms with the Wall Tool. This is a good way of creating different shaped rooms in your house.