The Sims 4 Speed Build: Fixer-Upper Farmhouse Part 1. See the video and get the full CC at the Snessa Family Blog
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The Sims 4 Speed Build: Fixer-Upper Farmhouse w/ CC Part 1

Happy Thursday! Welcome back to another Sims 4 speed build blog. This week I’m featuring a fixer-upper type house to compliment the Handiness Base Game Starter Home from last week. Links to the custom content can be found at the bottom of the blog.

This build will be in two parts, because it was almost 30 minutes long when it was in one. Plus, the blog got to be really long. So I’ll make sure to come back and add links for Part 2. I hate it when there are two parts to a video and one of the parts can’t be found. It won’t go down like that here.

See the Speed Build Here:

A Few Notes on the Exterior:

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The general look of the exterior is partially inspired by my grandma’s house. Specifically the one she was born in. It’s located in a town that I spent a ton of time in growing up. My grandparents bought a cottage very close to town and we would visit several times a summer. It was one of my favorite places. She was one of my favorite people. And when my aunt shared the picture, I was so happy to see a little piece of her again. To get a new piece.

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So, I made this house to try to encapsulate the general tone of her birthplace. It’s a farmhouse, but the fields are all sold off. A family lived here, though. Parents raised a family together, through thick and thin. Their kids left, but they didn’t change much around the house. It was more fun to spend the money on vacations with their grandkids.

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After the parents died, the house sat empty for some time while their kids tried to deal with all of the estate stuff. The old, terribly dated house fell into disrepair. Finally, they decided to sell it.

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The yard is overgrown. Vines cling to the back of the house. Grass grows tall everywhere. There are all these lovely bushes that need rescuing from weeds.

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I added the weathered siding and missing handrails to show that the house would need repairs as well.

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The Interior, First Floor:

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The inside is meant to be a tribute to a work in progress that stalled out decades ago. (This part is not inspired by my grandparents). I found a lot of completely rad cc for the walls.

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This wallpaper was my favorite.

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That wood stove is also a fave. It’s in the game so I use it all the time.

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The kitchen and dining room are my favorite part of this house. I can see a lot of practicality in this room.

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It also reminds me of a house we saw several years ago when we were looking for our first place. It was this huge, old house with super high ceilings, but the kitchen literally hadn’t been updated since the early 20th century. There were these impossibly old appliances that would never have worked for our needs as a family. So, we had to pass on the house, but I’ll never forget it.

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Old houses with always hold a place in my heart. They are where people’s lives happened. They are shaped by us.

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Anyway, back to the story behind the build.

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The living room has this striped carpet that goes really well with the newspapers covering the walls. (And a mouse hole). I put buoys over the Shabby Chic couch in a little nod to my beloved state of Maine.

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There are cracks in the brick wall behind the wood stove. Somehow, the middle of the wall became super dark, I’m not sure what happened there. In the video you’ll see I tried several times to light it up, but nothing really worked the way I wanted. I ended up leaving it because it fits with the vibe of the room really well.

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I envisioned this being a house that is being sold AS IS. There’s been some staging done around the house, but only with the few random objects still left behind. Likely the furniture (junk mail included) will convey with the sale.

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Can you tell that I’m studying to go into real estate? Lol! I mean, this is actually just how my mind works, so it’s makes sense to lean into that.

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The goal in the bathroom was the word: dingy. I decided that dingy could mean three things. Dirty, dated, and poorly lit. So, I strove to achieve that in here, though in the end I couldn’t resist putting in a bright ass light.

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But the vines covering the window is a nice touch.

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Part 2 Coming Soon:

The next video will cover the second floor with all the bedrooms and the second bathroom. I’ll put all the screenshots at the end of that one instead of this one. The full CC list will be on both blogs, though. I’m not going through effort of splitting that up. Seasons is coming up for the Sims 4 in a couple of weeks, so be prepared for the update to mess up your custom content. At least, that’s what I’ve been hearing. I’ve got some pre-recorded speed builds, so hopefully that will see us through while the content creators are laboring to fix everything.

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This base game starter home is customized for the handiness skill. Check out Snessa Family Gaming for more Sims 4 Speed Builds
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Handiness Base Game Starter: The Sims 4 Speed Build

04-06-18_10-11-34 AM.jpgHello again, and welcome to another Sims 4 speed build post. This week’s build and video continue the Base Game Starter Series I’ve been working on. Our skill of choice for this installment? Handiness.

Watch the Speed Build Video Here:

About the Build:

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This was a really fun one to make, because my concept for the house was that it was a fixer upper. Maybe someone is buying this house to flip it. Maybe they’re buying the house because the want to live in and work on a “project”. Heck, in Maine a property like this would be a summer camp that someone was either updating or converting to a year round residence.

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Keeping that in mind, I wanted to make a space that was clearly lived in. Dingy and old was the main aesthetic I was going for, but while keeping it visually interesting as well. So, the outside is landscaped, but overgrown. There’s a nice area for lounging and grilling, because my idea of a tinkerer is that they’d relax by being outside. If you get your hands dirty, you’ve got to have your feet on some soil as well.

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Inside, I kept the floor plan open. There isn’t a way to put stripped out walls in, aside from plaster. So, instead I chose to give the home a studio feel, as if the walls had been removed already to reconfigure the space. This also keeps with the vibe of a summer camp in need of updating.

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Aside: I love Maine. There are so many good houses here. And nature, but that’s off topic.

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I loaded the house with cheap appliances and a working table so that there would be no shortage of things that needed fixing. That’s also why I spent part of the budget on both a computer and TV for this build.

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The kitchen turned out pretty cool in this one as well. The distressed effect on the stove and refrigerator add a lot to the room. So does the tile. The awkward transition between rooms makes the house seem like it was built by someone’s well meaning, but sort of bland dad. It’s a cool effect.

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I wanted there to be a sense of temporary in the way the space was used as well. That’s a weird way to word it, but because everything is in transition, the furniture should reflect that. All the clutter is buy debug stuff accessed with the show hidden objects cheat. There’s a couple of plants, and an old tea kettle. But other than that, nothing especially personal.

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That’s why the bed is tucked off into the corner as well. I got the idea after scrolling through house listings on Trulia. There were a couple of houses where repairs were clearly ongoing and a cot was tossed in one of the rooms with some random personal effects. Maybe the Sim who lives in this house actually owns the house, so they’ve got more stuff, but still.

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Everything is in flux.

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The Beige Room of Bathing:

One of my favorite touches in this house is the curtain over the bathroom door. That might be an element I revisit in other builds. It has a cool effect, and the Sims just walk right through it to enter rooms.

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The bathroom itself is a masterpiece of beige and boring. The dated, dingy, barely-lived-in-anymore feel rings out hard in this room. The plunger in the corner is an amusing touch. I don’t know, maybe this Sim likes a lot of cream cheese.

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My question to you is this: How would you remodel this house if it were in your game? I’m very curious about what you would do with the layout. Where would the bedroom go? Would you add on or try to make the current space work?

If you end up using this lot in your game, send me some screenshots of the changes you make. The best places to contact me would be on Tumblr or Instagram, but you can also reach out to me on Twitter. I would love to get a good conversation going about this game.

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How To Find This House on The Sims 4:

I’ve uploaded the house to the gallery in game. You can find it by searching for handiness, handiness starter, or for LadySnessa.

Feel free to follow me on any of my social media, or in the Sims gallery. I’ll follow back and comment on your pics and stuff. Like I said, let’s get some conversations going!!




Origin ID: LadySnessa

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Autumn Sunset by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (


In this latest Sims 4 Speed Build, Leonora Hesse has renovated her apartment, and her life. Check out the video here!
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Leonora’s Apartment

Welcome! I hope all finds you well. Today’s Sims 4 speed build is my first apartment remodel. If you’re here for custom content, scroll to the bottom.

Check out the video here:

This build is a little bit different than builds I’ve done in the past. This one has a story, and a specific Sim in mind. Her name is Leonora Hesse. She’s newly single, moved to a new town, and starting her life basically over from scratch. Her divorce left her with about 15,000 Simoleons to her name, which she chose to invest in a new business.

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The Origins of Leonora’s Name:

I like to name my Sims after real people, or otherwise give them names with meaning to me. Leonora Hesse is named after two historical figures in the art world. Leonora Carrington and Eva Hesse. I picked these two women for a couple of reasons.

  1. I was drawn to Carrington’s work because her medium and style spoke to me. I wasn’t drawn to Hesse’s work as naturally because she sculpted most famously and that isn’t a medium I naturally look to. So, one is a comfort zone inspiration, and one is a mind expander.
  2. Both women were rebellious in nature. Hesse and her family escaped Nazi Germany in 1938 (when she was a small child) and Carrington was kicked out of multiple schools in England, until finally being sent to an art school. She pursued a career in art despite the fact that her father disapproved.
  3. Neither women were known to me before this project. It’s my goal in life to expand my knowledge of influential women throughout history, and it would be rad if I could pass some of that on to others.

Leonora Hesse’s Story:

Leonora is going to use her savings to start an interior design business. She’s going to network and find investors who want their spaces renovated. She’s going to market herself via social media in order to attract potential clients who want professional staging services.

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Her limited savings meant she had to be wise with how she started her business. So, she found a rundown apartment and talked the landlord into letting her fix it up and live in it. Then, she used the rest of her money to redesign the entire interior. This way, she had a place to live and a portfolio to start promoting her design skills with.

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To align the story with game play, the bedroom is stocked with sewing supplies and painting supplies. The actual gameplay doesn’t really have a way to level a character up in interior design, so I chose the painting and handiness skills to focus on. Once I have Get to Work, I’ll add photography. She’s got to have room to expand, right?

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The apartment is customized to her personal tastes, with lots of art, dramatic color, and dark flooring. She’s in her 30s, so there’s an element of retro appreciation. I used the Friends custom content pack to sort of root her in millennial territory. That, and that content pack is really awesome. (See the CC list below for link)

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There is a weird shadow on the sink, but we’ll look past it because the rest looks so cool.

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Aside from handiness and painting, Leonora is going to have to develop a high level of charisma. She’s going into sales, after all. To create tension and challenge, I gave her the loner trait, which means she’ll be really stressed out by meeting and networking, yet forced to do it for her survival.

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She’s cool with that though and sees this as an opportunity to grow as a Sim. Working with clients in groups of one or two at a time seems like a less daunting task than working in large groups, and she’s always been really into houses and design. The strengths she possesses in talent and passion will support her as she bumbles her way through the early stages of networking and socializing. Or so she hopes.

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It will help that a lot of her actual work is done alone, so she’ll frequently have the lone wolf mood boost while decorating, photographing, painting, and promoting online.

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I haven’t figured out all the mechanics of the game play yet. Like, how is she going to get paid for the work she does? Once I figure out a system for payment, I can use cheats to give her what she’s owed. But she offers multiple services, so there will need to be a scale.

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And rules for what she has to do to “land” a job. So far, I’ve had her talk on the phone to her landlord and spend some time chatting online to simulate setting up details and an appointment with his assistant. She’ll also have to meet new people to get new work quite often. Obviously, repeat customers is important, but so is generating new clients.

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With the actions she’s done so far, she’s managed to land a second job from her landlord. He liked the way she photographed her renovated place so he is going to have her work on another apartment that just became vacant and could really use a remodel.

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I’ll upload Leonora’s apartment to the gallery. Just search for Leonora’s Apartment, or for LadySnessa in the EA Id tab of the search bar.

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Now, it’s time for the CC.

Custom Content Links:

Music Credits:

Song: Trees Are Green by Manon Mano (This album is awesome.  Get it in your ears)

Painter's Mini Victorian: A Sims 4 Speed Build with CC Links.
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Painter Mini Vic

Last week’s video was a Rustic Kitchen , and a bit of a departure from the starter home series that I’ve been doing. I’m trying to space the series out a bit, because it’s fun and I don’t have an idea to replace it just yet. Plus, making rooms lets me get in deep with the clutter, which is one of my favorite parts.

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This week, we’re back on track with the Painter’s Mini Victorian, the CC infused counter to the Painter’s Base Game Starter posted two weeks ago.

About the Build:

Going into it, I had a few ideas, but for the most part the Victorian aspect of the house came together organically. I wanted an old house that was bound to have character, lots of windows, but where living space was a bit more limited.

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Smaller builds is a challenge I’ve been setting for myself, because I want to think more mindfully about how space is used. The living room and kitchen reflect that with this build. Tucking the counters under the stairs, and cramming the seating, storage, and entertainment into the living room were quite challenging.

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Full disclosure: the kitchen doesn’t really work with this build. I was going to go in and fix it, but I’m trying to set boundaries with myself so that I actually finish things. I think the problem is a lack of counter space for food prep, though. It should be easy to fix if you download it. The counter by the refrigerator is an end piece and could be switched out for a normal counter. That should do the trick.

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I was so focused on making a smaller house, that I forgot to put on the bathroom. Once I went and added it though, it was my favorite room in the build. The shower pops against that purple wall, and I love that the sink will let you stack stuff on it.

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Side Note: The majority of the artsy clutter came from two sources: Kardofe and Soloriya. Their stuff packs were the reason I was so excited to get started on this build.

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The artist who lives in this house is there to paint, so the walls needed to be covered in art, the house needed to be a statement. This Sim organizes their mind by building collages on the walls.

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Art is restorative; it is coping through expression and mindful cultivation of skill. The house needed to reflect sanctuary as much as inspiration. It was a delightful challenge to find a balance in that regard. I think that is partially why the color scheme downstairs is light while the colors upstairs are bold.

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The pumpkin orange is also a bit of a tribute to our old house. Almost the first thing we did when we moved in was paint the living room pumpkin orange. It was like that for seven years, and I loved every minute. Dark brown curtains hung on both walls, with dark brown wood accents on the trim and flooring. It was a lot for one room, but it was also warm in there. We spend years as a family hanging out in there, making art in there.

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We moved at the end of last year, so I wanted to pay a little homage to the orange room and the start of my interior design dabbling. I know from experience that a bright orange room is a great room to create in.

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So, if the bedroom/studio reflects our tastes of old, the balcony is definitely there as a way of looking forward. Mostly because I’d love to have a potted garden dressing up my own porch until it became a mindfulness sanctuary. In tying this to the game, I picture a Sim who needs to be surrounded by nice things. Things that breath their own forms of breathe. Plants, paintings, momentos, that type of stuff.

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How to Find This House on The Sims 4:

I’ve uploaded the house to the gallery in game. You can search for it by looking for the Painter’s Mini Vic. Make sure to include the cc option in the advanced search options. You can also find all of my creations by searching for LadySnessa and peeping my profile. Add me as a friend on there and I’ll friend back.

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Sims 4 Speed Build: Rustic Country Kitchen. Slightly retro, definitely home to an avid baker, and draped in greens, this kitchen is a hub of homely activity. CC links in the blog.
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The Sims 4: Rustic Kitchen Speed Build W/ CC Links

Hello, everyone! First, let me apologize for being a day late with the video and blog. I’ve been struggling with a sudden influx of excessive free time, and fell into a rabbit hole of coping yesterday. You can see what I spent the day on at my Instagram: LadySnessa

Today’s TS4 speed build is a retro kitchen that clearly belongs to a family of bakers. Or at least one really prolific baker. The build was envisioned to feature the Rustic Romance stuff pack from Plumbobteasociety.

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If you haven’t seen the pack yet, check it out. It comes with a ton. of. stuff. Things like plants, wreaths and garlands with lights, tables, cakes, candles, and lanterns. Also included (though not really utilized by me in gameplay yet) are hair and outfit choices for CAS.

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I envisioned this kitchen as being some place full of history and happenings. Probably part of a large farmhouse with a large, very active family inside. Someone in the house loves to bake and has been baking nonstop lately.

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Maybe they’re preparing for a wedding. The way the kitchen is draped in greens from outside says country kitchen and wedding prep for sure, but maybe it’s almost the holidays. Who knows?

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One of my favorite touches in the room is the boots by the fire. I picture a farmer coming inside after a hard day of physical labor and sitting right there by the fire to relax.

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Or maybe it’s someone coming in from the garden. I picture there being an extensive garden as part of the complete house. Hence, the plants in cans scattered all around the room. Over the kitchen sink are plants in cans stacked in decorative buckets. These, I would assume, are the beginnings of the next generation of garden life.

The Maine Inspiration for This Build:

Because I am from Maine, and used to work for a wreath store, all the pine inspired decor really speaks to me. The idea that all of the greenery draped around this room could have been gathered by hand is thrilling to me. It’s kind of a tradition around here; something called a cottage industry. People prune the trees in the ample forests (it’s called tipping) and then sell the tips to wreath making companies who ship wreaths to people around the holidays.

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What I love about the practice is that it is born of practical purposes. Logging and forestry are among the oldest industries here in Maine, and tipping keeps the trees healthy. This seasonal side industry of wreath making is born out of Maine’s long history of hard work and careful preservation of its natural resources.

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I think that is why I went so overboard with that element in this kitchen. It just really felt like home to add that touch. Plus, the greens hanging from the chandeliers was just a really awesome touch on the content creators’ part. Well done.

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One last thing to note is that there are some inconsistencies with the pictures. You’ll see in the video that I ended up going in at some point and taking the succulent planter out from under the giant picture by the entrance. I like the ladder and cake display there better. Sometimes, it’s hard to stop puttering around with these builds.

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Okay, now onto the admin bits. This room has been uploaded to the gallery on the Sims 4. You can find it by searching for Rustic Kitchen (make sure to include cc in the Advanced Search tab). You can also find it by searching up LadySnessa under the EA id tab in the search bar.

As always, the CC list is as complete as I could make it. I am really careful and organized, but I’m sure there are some things that fall through the cracks. Also, everything I link to I have downloaded myself with no problems, but I can’t promise there aren’t nasty things attached to the links.

CC for Rustic Kitchen (The Sims 4):

Made with Base Game only build materials, this house is customized to an artist Sim. Check out the screenshots in the blog.
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The Sims 4 Speed Build: Painter Base Game Starter Home

03-07-18_6-23-28 PM.jpgHello, everyone! Welcome back to the Snessa Family Blog. This week’s Sims 4 speed build is from the Base Game Starter series that I’ve been doing, and it’s the painter’s house. So, it’s a house worth fewer than 20,000 Simoleons that has been specialized to a specific skill or career.

This house isn’t my favorite. I went into it with a bit of an attitude problem. I had a great idea for the custom content version of the house for this skill, and wanted to get this one over with a little bit. It’s possible that there was a bit of a confidence crisis over trying to get it done.03-07-18_6-42-51 PM.jpg

Okay, it was a lot of the confidence thing. Making this house, I told myself I had to do everything differently than I usually do. It needed to be more modern, with a flat, green roof, and it needed a unique bathroom.

For some reason, I decided there needed to be a really weird bathroom. Like, since I’m going out of my comfort zone, might as well go extra with it. So, I tucked it off into the corner of the loft and added lots of windows and no door. Why not?03-19-18_9-50-27 AM.jpg

It honestly wouldn’t suck to take a nice bath looking out those windows, though. Especially as an artist. And I like how the sink corner turned out.03-07-18_6-44-25 PM.jpg

I wanted there to be artwork in the house for the Sim to view in hopes of getting them inspired for painting. If you use the show hidden objects cheat, you can get all those postcards that I used to build the collage by the bed. It’s a budget friendly way of decorating, but I don’t know how it works with the game. Do they have any emotion auras?03-07-18_6-44-42 PM.jpg

Downstairs, I set up a painting corner by the front windows. There’s an island with seating for eating and a nice couch, but no TV. Probably should have added a radio or something, but I didn’t so…

As far as the kitchen, it’s pretty standard. The plant and bookshelf area could be reconfigured to add more dining space or something, but I like the way it looks with the large cactus. 04-02-18_12-48-06 PM.jpg

My favorite part of the downstairs is the little nook with the table and the paintings. That’s cute.04-02-18_12-48-15 PM.jpg

Outside is pretty minimal. I left a little space off to the side where you could add a grill and some seating. Maybe even put in a door by that cactus. I don’t know. The way the second level hangs out over the first is pretty cool. Using columns is new to me, but I like the way they look.

I did remember to make sure that there were skill books on the counters and lot traits set to artist friendly ones before I uploaded it into the Sims 4 gallery. You can find all my shared builds in the gallery by searching for LadySnessa in the gallery id search.

Check out the build video here:

The Sims 4 Speed Build Custom Content Series: Goth Geek Studio Apartment - Read about the inspiration behind the design, get cc links, and check out the killer screenshots.
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The Sims 4 Speed Build: Goth Geek Studio Apartment (With Custom Content)

The Sims 4 Speed Build Custom Content Series: Goth Geek Studio Apartment - Read about the inspiration behind the design, get cc links, and check out the killer screenshots.Hello again!  Welcome to another Snessa Family blog.  Today’s is another speed build from the Sims 4.  This build is the complimentary one to the build from last week: the Writer’s Base Game Starter.  Where the first one was a base game only build, this one is full of custom content, has no budget limit, and was more inspired by the cool artwork I found than by the original goal of making a house fit for a writer.

But folks, it turned out amazing.  See the video here:

The person I envisioned living here was a guy who was really into horror and literature.  He writes for a living, but also entertains enough that his place needs to be functional for both.  Enter the small-ish patio with that amazing grill from the Jungle Adventures Pack and the half wall between the kitchen and living space.

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He’s still a single dude, so there’s a bit of clutter and mess, dishes sitting around, strategically placed lotions…you get the idea.

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Because of the Goth theme, I used a lot of Halloween based content.  The walls and floors I made dark and dated. There are pops of color here and there, but only to offset the black furniture and tiles.  I used candles for lighting and skeletons and skulls for decor.

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He’s a writer, so there’s a computer, music nearby, and a pad and pen right by the bed for quick note taking.  

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Geeky items include a record player that has a talk radio station on it, the piles and piles of books in the corners and in the hall, and the fact that most of the seating is arranged around the video games.  

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The pictures over the desk are references to the trilogy His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman.  The pictures over the bed are all references to classic horror movies as well. I got both sets of pop culture artwork from Tumblr.  You can find links to these and the rest of the custom content down at the bottom of the blog.

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I wanted to convey that he was a well rounded person, so I tossed in some house plants and herbs on the patio.  That spilling green plant — the masterpiece of the Jungle Adventures additions — was added to the interior because it’s dramatic and over the top, which seems appropriate for a goth geek writer.  It’s also beautiful, and I want to look at it all day long.

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Finally, I made it a studio apartment to keep with the starter theme.  That, and it was fun to peruse the internet and piece together a layout based on interior design photos I found.  I imagine that this guy grinding out short stories, poems, and critical analyses of Mary Shelley and Bram Stoker. This place seems like the best environment for a guy like that.

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I’ll upload this to the Gallery as a room for any who might want to download it.  You can find it by searching for LadySnessa or Goth Geek Apartment.  I used the hashtags #customcontent #goth #geek and #apartment

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Okay, now to content links bit. I can’t promise that everything is in there, but I did my best to get it all.  Also, I am not responsible for any viruses that end up on your computer as the result from downloading any of this.

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CC Links:

Indigo (bedroom):

Indigo Add-on:

Shinokcr Bathroom Pottery Barn:

Peacemaker IC Mid Century Abode:

His Dark Materials:

Cherry-sims Backsplash:

Tatschu Rugs:

Tatschu Pictures:

BuffSums Halloween 2017:

BuffSums Halloween 2017 Clutter:

Halloween 2015:

BuffSumm Retro Office: ttp://

Pulp & Classic Horror (walls):

Xyra Ubai Set Study:

Plumbobteasociety Rustic Romance:

Gardening Foyer Plants:

That’s the Spirit Living Room set:

Kardofe Cookware:

Kardofe Art Studio:

Virgo Bedroom:

Gothic Decor:

DOT Rock and Pillow Set:

Sims 4 Speed Build: Writer's Base Game Starter Home by LadySnessa of Snessa Family Games.
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Sims 4 Speed Build: Writer’s Base Game Starter Home

Sims 4 Writer's Base Game Starter Home. You can download this in the gallery. #sims4 #ladysnessa

Hello!  Welcome to Snessa Family Game’s blog.  This is where I talk about videos that we’ve posted to the channel.  Today’s video features a starter home for writers.  It’s the first in a series I’ve started, called the Base Game Starters Series.  

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There are two parts of the series.  Part one is to build a home for less than 20,000 Simoleans that is customized to a skill and/or career path in the game.  I use base game build/buy materials only so that everyone can just download and go, regardless of their specific stuff collections.

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The other series will be homes that are built with the same skill in mind, but there’s no budget and I can go crazy using CC and game packs.  I’ll provide a list of the CC I use for each build, probably in the video description, definitely in the complimentary blog.

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I’m also planning on starting a renovation series after I get this one underway.  If you’ve got a house, room, apartment, or lot you want to see me redo, leave a comment telling me where to find it and I’ll go check it out.  You can find this house in the Sims Gallery by searching for LadySnessa or using #basegame or #starter.  

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Anyway, the basic idea of the writer’s base game starter build was that someone just starting out a career in writing wouldn’t necessarily have a lot of start-up capital.  So, the house is a bit dated (orange and mint green in the kitchen, woo!). There’s a small amount of shabby landscaping, and a few basics inside, but otherwise the house is a blank slate.

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There’s no tv.  This helps with the budget, and with the narrative that a productive writer might find television distracting.  There is a computer and a radio so that the Sim can listen to music while writing. This lets them write longer without getting stressed out.  There’s also a chess table in the bedroom so that stress moodlets can be cured quickly. I know they could just play games on the computer, but who it just seems awful to spend the whole day working at a computer and then have that as the only entertainment in the house.

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To further help with skill development, the lot traits have been set to Private Dwelling, and Fast Internet.  That way you can just drop a loner Sim in and let them get to work. Finally, I left a copy of Volume 1 of the writing skill book on the counter, to jump start the Sim’s skill.

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Anyway, I hope you enjoy the video.  There will definitely be more. I have like 10 pre-recorded while I work out kinks and learn the process of video editing.  Next week will be the other version of a writer’s pad: The Goth Geek Studio Apartment. It’s crazy cool.

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If you download this house and play with it in the game, let me know.  It would be cool to see how you renovated it to fit with your gameplay.  Drop a comment down below with some pics of the house in action.
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Here’s the video for your viewing pleasure.  Until next time!

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Sims 4 Speed Build: Maine Cabin

For this speed build, I chose the Granite Falls vacation map in the Sims 4 because the giant pines reminded me of the forests in Maine.  One of the things I love about living here is the cabin culture.  Trees grow with abundance and ease, and Mainers have always been industrious and self sufficient.  The rustic tones of the architecture reflect both practicality and a working relationship with the land and its resources, something that I think many find very grounding.

Maine Cabin front viewThe Cabin Concept

To capture a rich, earthy atmosphere, I went with dark woods and the most quintessential cabin green for the outer doors and some accent windows.  This is a vacation home that is rented in the game, so I wanted to keep the cost down while making it cool still.

It’s camp, so the aesthetic really needs to incorporate an element of second hand.  Like, the new towels, dishes, couch, etc go in the house and the old ones go up to camp.  Even shabby can look good, though and the balance for this house was to make it look cramped and used but still give the impression that you could relax while you’re there.

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Well, okay, while your Sim is there.  I do realize that real people won’t be staying in the house.  It’s just part of the fun to envision a story behind the things I build in the game.  The improved and simplified build tools in the Sims 4 has opened up this whole new aspect of the game for me, and it’s really tickling my storytelling urges.

But I digress.  The point is, the people who I imagine would own this cabin are not the type of people to let practicality erode their style.  Look, for example, to the front porch to see the simple ways in which the house is dressed up.  Even the most modest abodes come with nice porches in this state.  So, the front porch seemed like a great place to set up a quiet, semi-private place.  A few tasteful plants subtly draw your attention to the bench, which then encourages you to sit and enjoy the view.  It’s a quiet corner for the introvert to find solace, or to sneak in a few minutes of making out.

The Interior

Should you chose, for the time being, to use the porch simply to enter the house, you’d find yourself in the main room of the cabin.  The room has a mostly open floor plan but is broken up by the stairs into a kitchen and living area.  Directly inside the front door is the living room.Snessa Family Gaming

The dark wood is continued in the paneling inside, but the lighter floors eliminate any sense of gloom.  The furniture is intentionally rustic: plaids, wood, antiques.

Actually, the layout of this space was specifically inspired by a real estate listing I found online.  It doesn’t seem appropriate to share the link here, because it’s someone actual home, but the arrangement of the furniture was an effort to recreate that home’s staging.  That’s why there’s a TV on a dresser.  The picture above the TV was included as a nod to Maine’s historic dependency on water and forests for their industries. Living Room Maine Cabin Sims 4

Here’s another angle of the living room, from over the small dining area.  To the left is the kitchen and directly behind the camera view is the bathroom.  Looking at this shot, I can see that I should have added some lighting to the back wall by the ship, but alas, I did not.  But from this angle, you can see the love seat, which is once again arranged specifically with a real cabin in mind.  I included the storage tub in the corner because it’s a vacation home, so the people showing up for vacation are going to need to bring their essentials with them.  The idea is that they show up and dump the tub by the door as they arrive.

It’ll need to be cleaned up within minutes of anyone actually playing the house, but I also added a used coffee cup to the table.  Like, whoever stayed here before you didn’t quite clean up all the way.  This little detail is a bit of a nod to my grandma, who always left her coffee cups around.  It was most common to find hers in the microwave, but this was the closest I could get in game.

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Here’s a screenshot from over by the TV.  You can see the stairs breaking up the room, a bit of the kitchen, and the back door.  The stairs and the kitchen were really hard to get right because the space was small and the loft above limited where the stairs could go.  This solution was hard to come by, but ultimately used the meager space very cleverly.  Like, I wanted a back porch that was meant to be the part of the main hub of entertainment, but I couldn’t find a place to put the kitchen, let alone a back door.  Putting the door in the tiny space left behind the stairs ended up being a really efficient use of the space.

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It wasn’t easy to get screenshots of the bathroom.  In the Sims 4, you can drop some of the walls to help see the house more clearly.  It’s very useful for gameplay, but I try to avoid doing that when doing the screenshots.  I like the images to be as immersive as possible — we’re telling a story, after all — but it just wasn’t possible for the camera to get into that small space with all the walls up.

So, in the first shot, you see the toilet, sink and artwork on the walls, but in the second the wall beside the toilet is cut out.  It sort of diminishes the effect of the finished bathroom, but it also allows the camera to shoot the bathroom from the living room.

Ah, the sacrifices involved in making a cabin earn its cozy qualifier.  Hahaha!

The video of this speed build really demonstrates how much I struggled with the kitchen of this house.  But once I got things arranged, I was able to have a really good time utilizing cheats I had just learned and adding clutter to make the cabin look a bit more authentic.  A couple of the cheats specific to the Sims 4 build mode include move objects and show hidden objects.  The show hidden objects cheat is how I was able to place the used coffee cup on the table (and also why it will start to stink and need to be cleaned up once the house goes into live mode).


I used these cheats to unlock things like the bottle of flavor, which I think is vanilla extract, that is in the back corner by the dishes.  By the way, how cool is that dish rack?  It’s in the game — not from a cheat — but it’s one of my favorite clutter items.

Anyway, I also used the cheats to lift the pots and pans up to the top of the refrigerator.  The measuring cup next to the cook books may also one of the hidden objects.02-08-17_1-08-53-pm

I also like how you can see the porch out the window.  The Sims really lends itself well to great screenshots.

02-08-17_1-14-20-pmThe last part of the interior to explore is the loft.  There’s only one sleeping space in the cabin, so privacy isn’t really an option.  The idea came from a cabin my husband stayed in once.  He slept in a room that had lots of beds and really low ceilings.  Like sleeping in the rafters.  I kind of liked the idea that you don’t go to camp for privacy, you go to exhaust yourself outside and then go to sleep.  So, I added a double bed for the adults, a dresser for storage, and some minimal lighting.  At the last minute I added a lantern and a book case for rainy day entertainment, because cozy isn’t comfortable if everyone is bored and crammed in together.

The mounted fish were a delightful find from the hidden objects cheat.  I think in the game you can catch fish and then send them away to get them mounted, but the cheat lets all the options show up in buy mode, so I went crazy.  There aren’t antlers or bear rugs in the game, so this was the only hunting inspired decor available.  Each one has a confidence mood boost that you can turn out, so the potential to feel awesome in this bedroom is quite high.02-08-17_1-14-02-pm

I also used the move objects cheat to make these bunk beds.  I’ve since learned that the camping beds I used often have monsters under them.  At night, tentacles will come out from under the bed and wiggle a bunch.  Not sure if it will work if there are no kids on the lot though.  The kid I had with me when I found out about this feature was the one who seemed to notice them.  It would be very interesting to see if there are tentacles coming out of that top bed at any point.

Where the Magic Happens


Back down and under the stairs is the back door, which leads to the back yard.  This is the best part of the whole property.

The back porch is large and meant for entertaining, at least yourselves.  There’s a bunch of landscaping around the house and yard, but it has a neglected feel to it meant to indicate age, but also because plants thrive in Maine and plants can get overgrown between visits.  Also, it’s a bit of an homage to how lazy I am with my own yard.


Here’s a better view of the back deck.  There’s an area for grilling and eating.  There’s also a nice little seating area off to the side that is sort of a coffee nook.  The idea that a loving couple would sit and sip coffee together as the sun comes up is terrifically romantic to me.  I can see them grabbing a few seconds of peace before the kids (and maybe grandkids) start wandering out, rubbing the sleep from their eyes.  02-08-17_1-03-13-pm

The white building up against the far side of the porch is a wood shed.  No cabin in the Maine woods is complete without some wood for the fire.  Below is a view of the yard from the very back of the property.  Since there is so little room inside, the back yard is set up to be enticing, day or night.  I thought about adding fishing pond, but there wasn’t room.

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The Plants

One of the areas of the Sims 4 that I’m the newest to is the landscaping.  I’ve plunked plants down for my Sims before, but I’ve never really taken the time to plan or ask myself why the plants are there or even how they would look in different situations.  For example, how would the landscaping look if a person owned the property, but rarely visited it?  How would that change if the property was being rented frequently?

I decided that this house would have pretty decent landscaping that was a bit overgrown and under tended.  However, it wouldn’t be left to take over the yard or, in general, run amok, because the house has to feel used and welcoming.  At least not abandoned.  So I went with a bunch of cluttered plants around the porch and side yards.  Then I included signs of wear in the high traffic areas of the yard.

There’s a tree in a planter box, to encourage gardening.  This admittedly does take advantage of the fact that public plants don’t die from neglect in the Sims.  There just needed to be a little extra entertainment in the yard, and there is little as grounding and connected to nature as gardening.02-08-17_1-01-52-pm

Here’s a pulled back shot of the side of the yard.  I wanted to show the layers of trees, ground plants and boulders.


Here’s a different angle of that same side of the yard.  The boulders were added by using rocks and sizing them up with the [ and ] keys.  I added lots of them because Maine’s soil is super young, and we are at the tip of the Appalachian Mountains, so there are tons of glacier-smoothed boulders jutting out of the ground.


So that’s house.  Thanks to the simplified building tools, the Sims 4 has been a source of powerful inspiration for not just the visual artist in me, but also the story teller.  If you want to check out the speed build videos for this build, head on over to the YouTube channel.  It’s a two part video, so check out both halves.


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Sims 4 Speed Build: Staycation Station


I made my first speed build video in the Sims 4.  The sounds a little harsh on the voice-over work, but I’m still learning about this whole process and I’m struggling a little bit with the audio aspect.  There are just hours of video that we’ve made that have had terrible audio issues.  So, yeah.  This one is at least tolerable to listen to, and I’m really proud of the build itself, so it’s up.  We’ll only improve from here!!

Anyway, here’s the video.  Enjoy!

There should be a blog of some sort about the build as well.  I’ll link to it here when I’m done with it.  That way, the audio won’t keep you from the glory of the house.  Hahaha!!

Check back for more Sims 4 builds, as well as Let’s Plays.  I’ve got one, Gidget Lucille, started (see home page for part 1), but another one is on the way.  I got really creative on the next one, too.