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The Sims 4 Build Tutorial: How to Build a Loft

Hey Guys!  I thought I’d take a break from my modding and CC tutorials to show you guys some fun things you can do in building.  I adore Industrial Style interiors and what works perfectly with those?  Lofts!  Lofts can be tricky; especially since the game just loves to poke those roof pieces right through your lovely and carefully placed walls.  I’m going to show you via screenshots how I build my lofts.

I started with this house that I built for the Sims Community Designer’s Challenge.  It’s a modern build and will look great with a loft.  To begin, you will go to the second floor and use the room tool to make a room where you want your loft.  Then you click on the floor of that room and select the option to remove the floor.  You will be left with a lovely gaping hole that allows you to view the room below.

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Your next step will be to add the fence and then the stairs.  This type of loft is super easy but looks really cool in most builds.  It also allows you to experiment with various architectural details and move away from building blocks.

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Now what about a more challenging build?  Like a multi-level Farmhouse?  The challenge with this type of build is the way rooms are designed in Sims 4.  The second you place that fence, the roof pops through your walls and completely ruins your build.  Is there a way to cheat around this?  Sort of, I will show you next how I fix this so the roof isn’t as obtrusive and you can still design your rooms.

I built this house to show how to work around the roof issue with lofts.  As you can see, the roof angles are fairly pronounced.  When you attempt to add a loft following the same method above, the roof pops through the walls once you add a fence.

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So what can you do?  First you can decrease the pitch of the roof (how steep it is) and you can also draw it back some more from the walls.  Then you try to add the fence again and see that the roof sticking through isn’t as pronounced as before but it’s still there and still getting in the way of designing that loft.

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At this point, what I do is I add a fake room that separates the roof from my loft.  The roof will pop through that room and I won’t see it in the loft area.  You can add windows so that light shines through.  It’s not a perfect solution but it’s a solid work around that allows you to design your build without that unsightly roof poking through the walls.

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And there you have it, how I like to build my lofts.  Have any questions? Reach out to me on Sims Community Social!

About the author

Tatiana

I’m Tatiana AKA HarmonySims/Simlish and Dreams on Tumblr. I’ve always been interested in graphic design, photography, and computers. I played Sims Freeplay for years before discovering Sims 3. An obsession was born when I pushed myself to become a better builder and learned how to make CC and mods for Sims 4.

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  • I realize that this article is a year and a half old, and maybe some things have changed! But you can always hold down the [alt] key and then click on those little long arrows that adjust the size of the roof’s soffit (the “overhang”). By holding down the [alt] key, you just adjust one side at a time, instead of all sides at once. I do this all the time!