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The Sims 4: 10 Things Build / Buy Mode Needs!

Sul, Sul Simmers, ourdazedsims here, but you can call me Jack!

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Firstly I’d like to start by introducing myself, so here goes… Hey, I’m Jack I’m a 24 year old Simmer and have been for the last 18 years, I’m currently studying for a Psychology and Counselling degree with hopes of being a therapist, along with that I also love to read, and I’m heavily obsessed with all things Harry Potter. I love all aspects of The Sims but these days you’ll probably find me in CAS or recreating builds from movies and TV shows such as The Burrow, Hagrid’s Hut and Lorelai Gilmore’s House, or obsessing over Pleasantview.

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10 THINGS BUILD/BUY MODE NEEDS!

Like… Yesterday.

1. BEING ABLE TO PLACE WINDOWS AND DOORS ANYWHERE

Anywhere? Yes anywhere, as I’m sure you all know we can place windows on walls with the alt key, but only on the y axis. I would love to be able to place them anywhere on the wall, along with doors, it’s so frustrating when you’re building a house and you’re going to place a door, you’ve found the perfect one for your build but wait… it just… doesn’t fit, it’s too narrow or too wide. Let me choose where I put my windows or doors, you can alt place pretty much everything else, so why not this?

2. HALF WALLS

No, not that kind of half wall, I’m talking half width. Hear me out the current walls in game are kinda wide, imagine being able to half it, this would allow for so much more detail and realism to be added to builds, if like me you like to build using real life blueprints you know the struggle of trying to emulate it perfectly it’s near impossible, because in reality not all walls are one size. I’d like more realism.

3. PLACING FENCES AND WALLS ON THE EDGE OF THE LOT

So maybe this isn’t a huge deal, but you lose so much space on your lot by having to build fences and walls one square back, I know at times when I’ve finished building my house and I’m going to add a fenced in backyard and I have plans for this backyard, a pool, a swing set, hey maybe even a sandpit and you start doing your thing, and soon come to realise there’s not enough space, after that realisation you also realise if you’d have been able to build to the edge of the lot there would have been, UGH!

4. CONNECTING ROOMS AT DIFFERENT FOUNDATION HEIGHTS

This is something I’d love to be able to do, I’ll touch on why I want real garages in my next point but if ever I’m building a garage for my Sims I’d love to be able to just stick it on the side of the house without any issues, right now you either have to have the garage as a completely separate building or if you do have it connected to the foundation it’s raised up and looks very unrealistic, I feel like the Sims team have come leaps and bounds with their build mode updates recently, I mean configurable stairs? An absolute dream come true, should this be next on their list?

5. GARAGE DOORS

I know, I know, everyone wants cars, but me? I’m happy with the decor ones we got with the bb.showliveeditobjects cheat. However, what I would like is garage doors, why? Again for me it’s realism, it just seems so odd to me that they aren’t a part of the game, so many people have garages and sure we can make fake ones with the door we got from City Living or by using a sliding wallpaper and adding some small windows, I for one feel as though I should be able to make real ones, especially since they were included in previous instalments.

6. CHANGING COLOUR AND INTENSITY OF LIGHTS IN BUILD MODE

So as you might know, different lights in the game shine different colours or emit more light than others, and when I’m building I’ll generally use The Subtle Saucer Light, it’s great, it lights up the whole room with a bright and natural light that looks great. Placing lamps is a different story, while yes they look great and fill up surface space they often give off this horrible yellow light, it looks terrible. Now to change the colour and intensity of the light I’ll have to leave my build, go back to the neighbourhood, place a family on that lot, load it back up, go into live mode to be able to access this feature… Why is it so tedious? Please just let me do it from build/buy.

7. FLOORS AND TERRAIN PAINT TO MATCH THE WORLDS

Why is this not a thing? I’m going to use Windenburg as an example, the old quarter, y’know where the Behr sisters live? It’s entirely covered in cobble stone, every last inch of it, and the lots are built right up to it, but there’s no matching floor or terrain paint in build mode… Because of this it doesn’t blend seamlessly and looks odd, it’s annoying. This is not the only world this is an issue in, please give us things that match the surrounding worlds.

8. SEPARATED BEDS

If there’s one point I hope the Sims Gods see in this post this is it. Please can we have the option to change the bed frame and the comforter separately? I like my furniture to match and so often I’ll be furnishing my bedrooms and be looking for a bed and hey there’s one I like, but wait the wood colour doesn’t match the rest of the room, what do I do? Stick with the mismatched swatch or change the entire room to a wood swatch I’m unhappy with just so it matches? No thank you. This seems to have been such an oversight during development, especially since The Sims 2 did it in 2004, why am I still waiting for it to be included in The Sims 4 over 5 years after release?

9. FULL COUCH SETS

Need I even explain? The Hipster Hugger is still to this day my favourite couch in game, it’s base game, and it only comes in three swatches, and has no counterparts, where is the two seater version? Where is the matching chair? EA please give us full sets in the future, I’m talking couch, love seat, chair. PLEASE.

10. MORE CLUTTER

Give me all the clutter, bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, living room clutter, cups and books, everything. Would I buy a stuff pack filled entirely with clutter? You bet your little pixelated booty I would.

Before I head out I’d just like to say a huge thank you to Jovan for this opportunity, I’m incredibly grateful and so happy to be a part of the team!

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ourdazedsims

Hey I'm Jack, 24 long time simmer, you can probably find me somewhere in Pleasantview.

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