I was intrigued by a new challenge called “Try Your Luck” in the 4Sims4 Builder’s Contest thread, in which creators were asked to do random dice rolls to determine the build type, lot size, and budget for their builds. As usual, my luck was a mixed bag. I rolled Asian style, which is a style I do enjoy, and I rolled 30×20 which is a good size to work with, but of course, I rolled the lowest budget possible, 20k. Well, I do like a challenge!
I started exploring Pinterest and chose this image as my inspiration:
I particularly liked the idea of placing the home over the water, but given that we don’t have terrain tools in The Sims 4, I would normally be stuck placing the home a full level above the water, which to me looks odd and unnatural.
I had already been toying with the idea of implementing mini levels using basement spaces, so I decided to try my hand at it using the free debug ponds. It took some doing to get the height that I wanted while still keeping it natural (and in the meantime eating up my valuable budget on landscaping!), but I’m pleased with the end product, Chīsana Hōseki (Little Gem):
Here are additional shots of the exterior. Front:
Here’s a closer look at the balcony:
Here is a night shot where you can better see the money I invested in sprinklers to give an effect of the water cascading from upper pond to lower. It’s pretty subtle, and perhaps I shouldn’t have bothered spending the money on them…:
I had fun with debug objects here constructing a little deco dock with tackle box and fishing pole:
Left Side (which is the entry):
I constructed some custom stepping stones out of mailboxes:
Moving inside, you’ll first find the living room. In order to help make this room pop, I had my sims take photos of a couple of unique Asian CC pictures I liked. I had some fun with MOO in here too:
From the living room, you can turn left into the small full bath, which also sports a photo of CC art:
Or head straight on into the kitchen, which features a dine-in island, in case you’d prefer not to eat on the balcony:
The kitchen opens to the bedroom, which is kept private by a unique combination of fencing and blinds. Another photo of CC art in here:
I came up with the name “Little Gem” in no small part due to the custom night stands I set up using debug rings.
Here are images of the property layout, roofs up:
Main level, roofs down:
I couldn’t afford rugs, so I tried to do something special with the flooring design.
Closer look at living/kitchen:
Closer look at bathroom:
Closer look at bedroom:
Overhead view of tiered ponds:
Chīsana Hōseki is a 1 bedroom, 1 bath home that costs $19,979 and is situated on a 30×20 lot (I used Hallow Slough in Willow Creek). It has been thoroughly play tested, and I found no issues with it. I do want to note that due to limited funds, I did not place an outdoor trashcan on the property. However, there is a nearby community trashcan that my sims used without a problem, and as soon as you have the funds, you can of course add one to the property itself. Also, the photos are pictured with frames, but the Gallery always strips the frames, so if you’d prefer them back on, just have your sim click on them to replace them (it doesn’t cost anything).
Credits: I had my sim take photos of wall art created by JomSims2 from her Sulfure Zen Living Room 1 and 2 sets. Note that there is no custom content in the build itself.
If you’re interested in taking a look at Little Gem in game, click here to download the build from the online Gallery. Or, if you prefer, you can search for it in the game Gallery by its name, or by my hashtag, #bryscreations. Please be sure to place the home in build mode, so that lighting colors and intensities are preserved. Thanks for visiting!