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Building on a Budget: Tips for a Stylish 10k Starter Build

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One of the things I struggle with most while building is money restrictions. Designing an amazing house using all items from the many DLC packs without worrying about how much Simoleons (The Sims’ currency) you’re spending.

I put myself to the test with this build. Not only did I want to spend under 10K Simoleons, which is hard enough for me, but I also wanted to make sure it was trendy, chic, and a starter house that my sim-self would be happy to call home. Also, the lot price has to be factored into the 10k price-tag.

All-in-all, it was a fun experience. I’m trying to experience more build challenges and it was a different build experience since I don’t usually worry about money. Here are a couple of tips I have for building a small starter home using as little money as possible.

Build Inside Out

Okay, follow me here; Usually starting with walls, floor, and a roof would be step number one, however we’re going to leave that until later. I placed my furniture first, then worked my way out, starting in the centre. This helped me visualize the usable layout and could adjust placement without building any walls. Then you can build the walls around everything, using the minimal amount.

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Enlarge Objects

Have a small TV but want it to look bigger? Select it, press the right bracket key ( ] ) and viola! Instant big screen. I didn’t add a TV in this build (I seriously could afford it), but I did enlarge the curtains on the wall to fit the window, and to take up some space as wall decor.

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Get Creative with Wall Space

One of my favourite things to add to the walls are the arrow decals from Get to Work. Seriously, they look cool. Paintings and framed pieces are pretty expensive, so using these can add some character to a room without breaking the budget. You can also use wallpaper or tile to make the walls seem less boring.

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Debug is Love, Debug is Life

I didn’t use any debug items in this build (I wanted to keep it simple), but most of the items in the debug catalog are priced at zero and will allow you to add some clutter for free! To find debug items you can type in the cheat: bb.showhiddenobjects and filter debug on in the search options.

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Although this took a lot more time to build than I would like to admit, I really love how it turned out! Do you like Sims 4 build challenges? Let me know in the comments some of your favourites!

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HollieBB is a full-time content creator and a passionate Simmer. She livestreams daily on twitch.tv/holliebb

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