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.
If you want to remove any specific wall, you can always do so with the Sledgehammer tool. Select the tool, then use it on the wall you want to get rid of, and it should pop out of existence.
This can be useful for areas that you want as combined, such as maybe the kitchen and the dining or living rooms, or a common hallway that leads up to the main living room.
Now that you have the skeletal structure of your house set up, you want to connect the different rooms through doors. To access the Doors, you need to either click on an already present door or go to the menu through the catalog.
Once you’re there, you’ll have several kinds of doors to choose from. Some of these doors will obviously be for the main access to the house, while others are more appropriate for transitions inside the house.
After choosing a door, simply select it and then drag it on to a wall to install it there. Note that some doors have a wall height requirement, and may not fit your house if the walls don’t have enough height. The same is true for Windows.
Wall Patterns and Floor Patterns
Now that you have your walls and doors set up, it’s time to give them some nice patterns. Remember, Sims care a lot about how their surroundings look, as the environment plays a large part in giving out emotional moodlets that can affect a Sims productivity and lifestyle.
Click on the textured wall square on the side of the house in the Build menu to open up all of the wall covering options. There are several kinds of patterns available to you for your walls, and you can put them up one wall at a time or for the entire room. Here are the options:
- Rock and Stone
Start adding these to the walls once you have selected the desired patterns. The patterns will be quite dark for now, but that’s mainly because you haven’t added lighting or windows. Once you’re done with the walls, it’s time to move on to the Floor Patterns, which can be accessed from the Builds menu. This include the following options:
Once you’ve picked out a pattern, select it and lay it out on the floor. Again, it will usually appear dark, but that’s only because of a lack of lighting through lamps and windows.
If you don’t want to be painting the entire room manually with the pattern, simply hold SHIFT and click, and it will be pasted on the entire room floor.
In order to conserve energy during the day, your house needs to make use of sunlight to keep the internals well lit. For this, you’ll need windows. There are two ways to add windows: manually placing them one by one, or by adding them to entire rooms.
From the builds menu, select the windows and choose which placement method you want.
Once you have selected the windows, place them along the exterior of your house, ensuring that every room gets enough sunlight during the day to keep it well lit.
If there are central rooms like the living area or dining in the middle that aren’t too well lit, you might want to consider using glass doors between them and another room that has a window.
Roof and Exterior Walls
Once you’re done with the interior, it’s time to add a roof and maybe change the design of the exterior walls.
Changing the design of the exterior walls is the same as for any other wall, and you can select similar patterns to make your house look stylish and exotic.
For the roof, click on the Roof option in the Build menu, and you’ll be presented with a wide variety of choices:
- Gabled (Diagonal)
- Hipped (Diagonal)
- Half Gabled
- Half Gabled (Diagonal)
- Half-Hipped (Diagonal)
Select the roof you want, then place it on the corner of the top of your house.
Once you do so, you can drag the length adjustment arrows to cover the entire house with your roof. In fact, you should actually make the roof of the house slightly larger and extend it for a proper overhang.
After placing the roof, you’ll have an option of adjust the pitch, height, and curvature by dragging the arrow on top of the roof. Experiment with it to give your house a nice unique look.
Once the roof is put on, it’s time to give it a proper pattern. For this, you’ll need to access a separate option from the Builds menu. Once you have selected a pattern of choice, click on the roof and the entire roof will become pattern.
You can now put a roof trim, which has a separate set of options:
- Angled Roof Trim
- Square Roof Trim
- Stepped Roof Trim
- Beveled Roof Trim
To further add to your home, you can choose roof sculptures like a chimney on top of your house, and even air vents for air-conditioning, and much more.
Stairs and Railings
Next thing you want to do is add some stairs to your house if it multi-story. Select the stairs option from the Builds menu and choose which stairs you want. When you place them in your house, they will automatically adjust to the proper required height.
Note that the higher the stairs are, the more expensive their cost.
Stairs can also be used externally on the main door as steps if you elevate your house’s foundation, so if your house is slightly above ground, make sure you have a few steps up to the front door.
Your house is almost ready now, and all that remains is a few finishing touches, after which you can move on to Furniture and Décor. For the finishing aspect, you want to first have a look at the foundation of your house.
Having a house that is slightly elevated is never too bad, and you can raise the foundation of the house by selecting the option from the Builds menu.
Use the slider to raise and lower the foundation of your house, and then decorate the foundation with some pattern afterwards. Make sure to add steps to the entrances and exits so Sims don’t have trouble getting into the house or tripping when exiting.
Another bit of exterior sculpting you can do is add friezes and exterior trims to your house. Select a frieze and color it as you like, then select the exterior and the type of trim will appear on the house.
Exterior trims also provide to be the base of the second floor of your house. If you’re a fan of Roman architecture, you might enjoy some columns and spandrels in and outside your home.
Columns can be placed both inside and outside your home, and will automatically adjust to the height of the wall. Spandrels can then be used to connect columns or placed in open hallways in your house.
Many homes have fences and porches, and an additional larger gate that seals the area from the rest of the world. These can also be added to your house to make it more attractive and maybe even give better security.
You have to go to the Walls and Empty Rooms menu and select one of the Deck options in order to get started. If you want, you can even create balconies by using the same option on the second floor.
You might also want to build a nice enclosed fence in front of your main entrance, and place a large gate as you would place a door on a wall.
If you think you can afford some extra bit of luxury, add up a nice Fountain to your home. Fountains are separately accessed from the Builds menu, and come in different shapes and sizes.
You can even design your own fountain through this option by drawing it out on your lot. You can then add water emitters and other decorations to the fountains to finish the externals.