Whether you have played The Sims before or are new to The Sims 4 you may find that building your own lots can seem difficult or just a little bit overwhelming with all the different features. Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered with some helpful tips and tricks on how to not only get started with building in The Sims 4 but also help you improve your building skills.
Pre-Built Rooms (Styled Rooms)
The Sims 4 comes numerous pre-built styled rooms that you can drop straight into your game. Each styled room comes in several different colour swatches and there is plenty of variety for each room type. You can also use the Styled Rooms as a starting point and swap out the interior to reflect your Sims personality even more.
The Gallery is another great resource to discover pre-built rooms and homes from other Simmers across the world. With millions of uploads, there really is something for everyone. You can even upload and share your creations for others to see.
The Gallery is located in the top right-hand corner of the screen and is the icon with the photographs on.
To upload your own creations to The Gallery simply go to the “Save To My Library” icon at the top/center of your screen. Select either the room or lot to be saved and either select “Share Lot/Room to the Gallery” which is at the bottom left-hand corner of the pop-up or “Save Lot to My Library” which is on the bottom right-hand corner of the pop-up.
Remember: If you are uploading to The Gallery, don’t forget to add a description to your build!
Lot traits are very similar to your Sims traits. They can be applied to most lot types and can help with increasing certain skills and relationships as well as some lot traits changing the way certain aspects of the game happen.
Great Acoustics and Homey are examples of Skill building lot traits whereas Teen Neighbourhood and Private Dwelling can have an effect on gameplay.
Gone are the days of flat terrain! Now you can have your Sims live on top of a mountain or at the bottom of a valley. Terrain manipulation can seem a little difficult to start with so it may be best to practice on an empty lot until you feel more confident with the tools.
Terrain Tools can be found under the Terrain Tools option in the Build Menu and then by selecting the shovel at the bottom of the menu.
Terrain Paints really can help take your builds to the next level. By simply using a Dirt and Sand terrain paint on flower beds or using a different Grass and Flowers terrain paint from the default one on the lot you will notice how much difference it makes. You can even go as far as mixing several different terrain paints together if you want!
You can find the Terrain Paints under the same Terrain Manipulation option in the Build menu and by selecting the paintbrush to bring up the different terrain paints. If you don’t like the way the terrain paint looks or you make a mistake all you have to do is hold down CTRL and you’ll notice a little eraser appear by your cursor instead of the paint brush.
Start Small or Dream Big
You may already have an idea of what kind of home you want to build your Sims but you might not. You might want to start small with a starter home for your Sims, a family home or even build a mansion for them. The possibilities are endless. Most importantly, don’t be afraid to experiment. A lot of building in The Sims is trial and error until you find what works for that particular build or room. You may even find that you like to build in a certain style. The more you build the more you will get used to the different features of building and you’ll find what works best for you and each of your builds.
Build Mode would not be complete without some super handy shortcuts. You’ll soon find yourself swapping between them during builds with no issues.
|H||Hand Tool - Allows to grab objects|
|K||Sledgehammer Tool - Allows you to delete specific objects.|
|E||Eyedropper - Allows to Copy object|
|R||Design Tool - Allows to recolor objects|
|Ctrl+Z||Undo last action|
|Ctrl+Y||Redo last action|
|B||Selects Wall Tool|
|Hold Ctrl||While using the Wall Tool, will delete walls and rooms.|
|Hold Shift||While using the Wall Tool, will toggle between rooms.|
|+ on numberpad||Cycle through current held objects color options|
|Hold Shift||While placing build/buy objects to place more of the same object.|
|Delete||While object is selected, to sell/delete object|
|Bakcspace||While holding object, will place in household inventory.|
|,||Rotate selected object left|
|.||Rotate selected object right|
|Hold Alt||While holding object, allows to rotate freely.|
|Toggle F5||Position objects 1/2 and 1/4 distance on grid|
|Ctrl+F||While laying floor, allows 1/4 of a tile placement.|
|Hold Alt||While placing wallpaper, fills straight section of wall.|
|Hold Shift||While placing floor/wallpaper, will fill entire room|
|[||Makes terrain brush smaller, cycle through brushes.|
|]||Makes terrain brush larger, cycle through brushes.|
|;||While using Terrain paint, makes brush softer.|
|'||While using Terrain paint, makes brush harder.|
|Ctrl||While using Terrain paint, changes to eraser|
|L||Cycle through lighting|
|U||Rotate or move structure/house|
This is just an overview of what Building in The Sims 4 looks like. Below are some handy links to more building tutorials.
- How to use the MoveObjects Cheat
- How to Resize Objects
- How to Place Items off the Grid
- Building a Stylish Starter Home on A Budget
- Basement Tips & Tricks
- Pool Building Tips
You can find all these tutorials and more by heading over to our The Sims 4 Tutorials and our Building Library pages on the website.