Like most things with The Sims, building homes is an art not a science. Don't be ashamed of building "block" houses. Some of us just need a little extra help building. Keep reading for tips on building your own and what makes a home suitable.
Time Required: Varies
- When designing a layout, think about how the Sims move about their daily lives: from the bedroom to bathroom, to the kitchen. Make those rooms close together so not to waste time walking, and make 2 or 3 tiled hallways to avoid "traffic" problems.
- Simple layouts are usually more playable, yes its neat to add closets, pantries, but they serve no real point and just make the house bigger than it needs to be.
- Use diagonal walls when possible, eliminates boxed feeling and adds point to room score.
- Make a large room for kitchen/living/dining rooms. This is great for sims with low income and improves the room score. You could also leave spaces (no walls) where you would place doors to create the feeling of rooms.
- Cramped houses leave no room to move, while in large houses Sims take many Sim hours moving from one side of the house to the another. It's important to strike a balance.
- To improve traffic flow (especially with dining and kitchen areas) use place two doors next to each other. There will still be some confusion, but it does help alleviate the problem.
- If you are completely drawing a blank, look at house plans and make them workable for sims. Real house layouts are usually too large to be practical.
- Use your house or a friends house as a layout and improve it to fit the Sims lifestyle.
- Draw layouts on graph paper to help you get ideas, using boxes as tiles.
- Download an empty house and make it your own by adding and removing walls.
What You Need
- "The Sims"