Hi Sims 4 Lot gurus! I just wanted to get some tips on how to build lots in a methodical way.
Right now, I'm assuming the best way to build is this:
Walls > Doors > Windows > Lighting > Furniture/Objects > Floor > Wallpaper > Decorations > Roof
Is that close? I'm curious if you folks have a build order, and if so, in what order do you do them. Also curious if you don't have a build order, and just wing-it. I'm hungry for tips as I'm starting to build more lots that have stories in them.
I never thought about a specific order. It depends on the house I say. Sometime I want to recreate a curb appeal I've seen in real life or one that I had in mind. Sometime I try to build a house I've seen somehwere and so I often find myself starting from the outside and work myself to the interior layout. Then of cause furniture and decoration.
Inside I start with all the simple necessities, this kind of furniture sims can't live without, then I give them some skill objects and then I clutter the houses. Room by room, area by area.
But my order usually would be: Walls - Doors - Roofing - Windows - Siding - Landscape- Layout of the rooms - Floor - Wallpaper - Furniture - Objects - Clutter
Sometime I build an entire house around a specific color of an object I like (say a bed or a couch or so...)
I hope that helps.
Please excuse my English and feel free to correct any mistake you find. It is not my native language.
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Once that's done, it's: Walls - refining the layout - windows - doors - roof - wallpaper/floor together - furniture/objects for the kitchen or bathroom, whichever one I see first - furniture/objects for the rest of the house - clutter/decoration - landscape - lighting.
It's only by accident that I leave lighting to the end: unless we're talking about standing lamps in the living room or an especially grand chandelier that I want for the dining room, I always forget about lighting in general until I'm in the middle of doing the landscape. Lighting is more important than clutter, so by rights it should be dealt with before clutter ... but, like I said, I always forget.
Also, I have this thing about nice, round building costs. My last step is always to edit to bring the cost either up or down to a multiple of 1000, which generally means trading clutter for more essential items, and often involves slight changes in the floors and wallpaper as well.
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When you say floor plans, do you mean actual sketches or drawings?
I was watching Deligracy and made notes on how she builds her amazing creations. At a glance it looks like this:
Yikes! A list, you say. But I enjoy me some lists.
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That's awesome! I may have to look at some just to understand the flow of things.