I’m excited to present a new build for The Sims 4, a modern home inspired by The Brick Wall House, which was created by architectural firm 123DV in the Netherlands.
I’m a big fan of the cube structure and clean lines of this home.
I don’t care for the landscaping as much. While it certainly lets the home be the star of the show, it is too harsh for me, and I didn’t think that would work well in game. However, I tried to make sure that any landscaping I did would not detract from the structure itself.
The owner was big on privacy, as you can see from the curtains all around. I tried to preserve that to an extent while also letting in more light. Unfortunately, The Sims 4 does not have any functionality to open and close curtains, so it would not have worked to take that part of the design literally.
Here are some exterior shots of the structure I created:
While I did not publish it first, this was the first build I completed in The Sims 4, and I did get a few unpleasant surprises as I worked my way through it. One of them was that I could not color window frames and door frames black – the darkest color available was a sort of orange/red. That was quite disappointing as many moderns use a lot of black in their window and door frames. What I found I could do was use black shelving placed just above and below the windows to at least give the illusion of black framing.
Another challenge I discovered was the roofing – there is no flat roof in The Sims 4. However, there is one type of roof, the hipped roof, that can be flattened using the new roof tools. When you recolor it black, it doesn’t look too bad, but with any other color, the roof lines are way too visible. Fortunately, this house called for a black roof! I really like the new roof edging – it helped to give a nice, solid eye line.
I also found the fencing choices pretty limited. There was nothing along the lines of a chain link fence like in the original (not that it was super pretty, but it didn’t interfere with the view of the house), so I opted for using the smallest fence available but only in portions and offset by hedges in order to blend it in to the landscape.
123DV furnished the interior in a modern minimalist style, almost entirely in white. I tried to stick mostly with that, but with all of the new décor available in TS4, it was a real struggle. I found myself constantly adding and deleting things!
They did use black accents in some areas, so I used some black and other color accents as well.
There were no house plans available, so I developed my own interior layout. Here are some shots of the living area, follow by kitchen/dining, which are on the ground floor:
Moving on up to the second floor, we have the landing and an open area that I currently have set up as an office/library, but it could work quite well for any set of sims’ hobbies/activities:
There is a small but open bathroom available to the entire household:
Next, we take a look at the master bedroom and en suite bathroom, which is again small but open.
And the last of the interior, the second bedroom on the third floor, which includes an adjoining balcony.
Here is the home’s floor plan – ground floor, second floor, and third floor:
And I always like to take a few exterior shots in the evening. I make it a point to pay attention to the lighting at both times of day:
The Brick Wall House is situated on a 30×20 lot and costs $95,294 (sorry, it’s definitely not a starter!). I think it’s perfectly set up for young adult roommates or siblings, but the second bedroom could also easily be converted to a child’s bedroom. If you’re interested in seeing more of this home in game, you can download it from the online Gallery here or take a look in game (Just search by name or for my hashtag, #bryscreations).
One word of warning: I used resized objects in this build, and in order to preserve their new size, you should download the home from the gallery onto the lot where you want it; if you download it from Manage Worlds and place it that way, the re-sized objects will return to their original size. Sorry! I hope that EA will fix this issue.