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"The Sims 4" Building for Beginners: Shipping Container Homes and Rooftop Gardens (Without "Eco Lifestyle")

Kenzie needed a quick escape from real-life pressures, and found "The Sims 4." She now enjoys playing, writing, and YouTubing the game.

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Shipping Container Homes and Rooftop Gardens

Shipping container homes are a big trend these days, so it's no wonder that the developers of The Sims 4 decided to add them to their new environment-themed expansion pack, Eco Lifestyle. And who doesn't love a rooftop garden?

While this pack does look like it's going to have a lot of cool things, we already were able to make shipping container homes and rooftop gardens. If you don't have this pack, or can't afford to get it yet, you can still make these fantastic builds.

Shipping Container Home Speed Build for Inspiration

Build a Shipping Container

  1. Use the Room Tool to draw a long, skinny box. I like to make mine about four grid-squares wide and 10-20 grid-squares long. I also prefer to set the wall height for medium.
  2. Copy and paste more boxes, if desired. This will allow you to combine or stack crates for a more interesting layout.
  3. Stack the boxes in exciting arrangements. This way, you can have a second (or even third) floor or a loft. Stagger them to give yourself little porches and balconies.
  4. Cover the outer walls with a pattern. What pattern you use is up to you; you can put up some kind of siding or paneling if you like as if your Sims renovated the container. If you want texture, add columns along the side, or use a verticle slat divider from The Sims 4: Spa Day lined up along the sides to make the container look ridged. If you want something grungy looking, use the rusted, corrugated metal from The Sims 4: Strangerville. Play around and find a pattern you like.
  5. Don't put a roof on it. This will keep it flat. Cover the roof with some kind of metal, paneling, cement, or paint pattern.
  6. Add doors, windows, stairs, or ladders. This will help you begin to get a feel for your layout.

Experiment to Find Something You Like

I combined different wall patterns, columns and items to come up with more industrial looking crates, but I could always use siding or paneling, as if my Sims refinished their walls to make them more attractive.

I combined different wall patterns, columns and items to come up with more industrial looking crates, but I could always use siding or paneling, as if my Sims refinished their walls to make them more attractive.

Decorate as Desired

Once you have your structure to your liking, begin decorating the inside and out to reflect how you want your Sims to live. Perhaps you will use off-the-grid items and natural wood to make it feel as though your Sim is roughing it. Perhaps you prefer to make these shipping container homes like some kind of renovation that came out of a home and garden magazine. It's up to you.

So Many Possible Styles!

From radically rustic to a quaint container cottage, the possibilities are endless.

From radically rustic to a quaint container cottage, the possibilities are endless.

Rooftop Gardens

While the game developers built up rooftop gardens as a feature for The Sims 4: Eco Lifestyle, they're already easy to build. You can have one on your shipping container home, or on top of any structure.

  1. Nix the actual roof. You can't have a rooftop garden if you add a roof because Sims can't go onto a roof. You don't need to top an enclosed structure with a roof, though. Leave a portion (or all) of the top of the structure clear for your garden.
  2. Make sure you can access the roof. Add stairs or a ladder (coming soon in the next patch update), or, if it's a balcony, add a door so your Sims can walk out onto their garden. You might wish to put a rail or fence around it as well, but don't worry—your Sims can't fall off and hurt themselves.
  3. Cover the structure top instead with a natural grass floor pattern. These are found in the base game; you can choose one with flower blossoms, or just plain green grass.
  4. Add planters, trees, shrubs, or flowers. Any landscaping items you can add on the ground can be placed on top of a structure. You can even grow interactive flowers, fruits, vegetables, or other plants in the planters.
  5. Decorate it. Add some lounge chairs, a barbecue area, or some potted plants. You might wish to keep a cooler up there for sunbathing on a hot day, put a bar and stereo out for parties, or a hot tub for relaxation.

Rooftop Garden

Grow fruits and veggies, decorate and let your Sims relax and enjoy their rooftop garden.

Grow fruits and veggies, decorate and let your Sims relax and enjoy their rooftop garden.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Kenzie Cartwright