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[edit] Build Mode

The Build Mode of The Sims (PC) game has 12 different parts known as the tools you will use to build a house. These 12 tools include: Terrain Tool, Water Tool, Wall & Fence Tool, Wallpaper Tool, Stair Tool, Fireplace Tool, Plant Tool, Floor Tool, Door Tool, Window Tool, Roof Tool, and the Hand Tool. You will use each of these tools when building your sim a house.


[edit] Terrain Tool

The terrain tool is used to change the level of height and depth that you can give to the terrain area of where you will build your sim house. There are four options to changing the terrain. You can move the terrain up so that it rises, this can be good for when you want to make small hills and bumps on your sims property. You can move the terrain down so that it builds a hole in the surface of the property; this is good for making ditches. You can simply move the terrain by clicking in a place where the terrain is high leveled, when you try and move the terrain it will level it down or up, depending on the size of the terrain that your choosing it to be like, whether that’s low or high. And last but not least is leveling the terrain. You can level the terrain so that it will be all one length and not bumpy and hilly. A property that has leveled terrain is good for building your house on.


[edit] Water Tool

The water tool is used to make pools and ponds on your sim property. You can use the pool option in the water tool section to make a pool for your sims to swim and play in. This will add a ton of fun to your sims lives but before you try having them swim in the pool you will need to add in ladders for them to climb in and out of the pool. A diving board can also be added to the pool to make it more fun for sims. Besides making a pool for your sims you can also make a pond. The pond doesn’t have many uses besides making your property look better, you can also place lily pads and water weeds into the pond to give it more personality. Sims cannot swim in the pond or even walk in it like they could for the pool.


[edit] Wall & Fence Tool

The wall & fence tool is used to create walls and/or fences for your sim house. The walls are a key concept and required in order to build a house for a sim. Use the wall tool to create walls and to shape the area of the sims house. If you really want to get creative make fences to act as the border of the house. Fences can make a house look more organized and professional. They are mostly used to show the property limits and boundaries of the sims house.


[edit] Wallpaper Tool

The wallpaper tool is used to decorate the walls of a sim house. There are many different types of wallpapers that you can use to cover the boring, dull, and gray colored walls of a sim house. These include: wallpaper siding which is best used to cover the outside of a sims house; wallpaper stone which is best used to cover the outside of a sim house that is styled like a castle or a sim dungeon room; wallpaper wood which is best used to cover the outside of a sim house that is country-styled like a cabin; wallpaper tile which is best used to cover the walls of a bathroom or kitchen; painted walls which are best used to cover the walls of children and/or adult sims rooms; wallpaper paneling which is best used to cover the walls in a hallway of a house; fancy wallpaper which is best used to cover the walls of a dining room, living room, or family room; and regular wallpaper which is best used to cover up entertainment, skill, and sitting rooms.


[edit] Stair Tool

The stair tool is used to make stairs running from the first story of a house to the second story. Stairs are the only possible way for a sim to go from the first story of their house to the second story, there is no other way besides using the stairs. Use stairs when building a house that will have two stories, using the stairs for a house that only has one story is quite pointless since they will not lead the sim anywhere else. There are different types of stairs such as wood stairs, iron stairs, rug stairs, and carpet stairs. Use these different type of stairs to help add to the style of house you are trying to build whether that is a castle, cabin, spaceship, business, or just a regular house.


[edit] Fireplace Tool

The fireplace tool is used to put fireplaces into a sims house. Fireplaces are best used to make the inside and/or outside of a house more nice and organized while it also keeps sims inside quite warm. The fireplace is commonly used to burn things such as when you place paintings, plants, or other objects by them they will catch fire even though this is quite fun for sim players to see. I do not suggest doing this since once a fire breaks outs a sim’s house could be destroyed or worse a sim could die!


[edit] Plant Tool

The plant tool is used to place outside plants around and on your sim’s property. There are many different types of plants that you can place outside your sims house, these include flowers, bushes, and trees. Use the many different plants to decorate the outside of your sims property to make it look exactly as you want it to.


[edit] Floor Tool

The floor tool is used to cover the floor of a sims house. On the first story, the floor appears as the ground so you must use this tool to cover it with one of the many different types and styles of flooring that this tool offers. These include wood floor, tile floor, carpet floor, cement floor, stone floor, and regular floor. All of these floors can be used to cover the ground of any room that you may make in the house. The wood floor is commonly used to cover the floor of a hallway, den, and study. The tile floor is commonly used to cover the floor of a kitchen or bathroom. The carpet floor is commonly used to cover the floor of a sims room, living room, or play room. The cement and stone floor is commonly used for covering the ground outside and inside an exercise room of a sims house. The regular floor is commonly used on many of the rooms that will appear in a house, these floors look good anywhere. When building a second story you will use this tool to make it, since there is no ground to support it like there was with the first floor.


[edit] Door Tool

The door tool is used to make doors in a sim house. Use this tool to put front and back doors in a house so that a sim can come in and out. Also use this tool to construct doors inside the house so that sims can go into each individual room, without doors, there is no way for a sim to go from one room to the next.


[edit] Window Tool

The window tool is used to make windows in a sim house. Place windows on the outside of a sim house so that the sun can shine into the sim house, this helps with saving electricity, lowering your bills. Also use windows to make a house look more neat and organized but make sure to not over do the use of windows or the house’s appearance may suffer.


[edit] Roof Tool

The roof tool is used to put a roof on top of a sim house. Without a roof on a sim house the house may look weird and distorted and what would shelter the sims at night when it could rain? Also, use this tool to change the steepness and color of the roof. There are four different types of steepness and many different colors of roofing to choose from when changing your roof.


[edit] Hand Tool

The hand tool is used to freely select whatever it is you may want. Use the hand tool to click on something to bring up it’s profile menu, the small screen that shows info on the object such as it’s name, description, and price. You can use the hand tool to click on whatever appears on your sims property, except for the sim itself without using cheats.


[edit] Buy Mode

The buy mode is used to furnish a house with the many items and objects that will make the sims lives more enjoyable and fun. The buy mode consists of many sections that divide the available objects to furnish a house with. In these sections, objects that are similar to what motives they effect on a sim will be categorized together. These sections include: Seating, Surfaces, Decorative, Electronics, Appliances, Plumbing, Lighting, and Miscellaneous.


[edit] Seating

The seating section of the buy mode consists of all objects that a sim can ether sit on or sleep on. This section divides it’s objects even further into smaller categories, these being Dining Chairs, Lounge Chairs, Sofas, and Beds. In each of these categories there are several different types of objects with different colors, sizes, and motives that will effect a sim. Most of the objects in this section effect a sims comfort and energy.


[edit] Surfaces

The surfaces section of the buy mode consists of all objects that a sim can set something on, eat on, write on, read on, or study on. This section divides it’s objects even further into smaller categories, these being Counters, Tables, End Tables, and Desks. In each of these categories there are several different types of objects with different colors, sizes and motives that will effect a sim. Most of the objects in this section effect a sims room.


[edit] Decorative

The decorative section of the buy mode consists of all objects that a sim can look at and touch. This section divides it’s objects even further into smaller categories, these being Paintings, Sculptures, Rugs, and Plants. In each of these categories there are several different types of objects with different colors, sizes and motives that will effect a sim. Most of the objects in this section effect a sims room and fun.


[edit] Electronics

The electronics section of the buy mode consists of all objects that a sim can look at, entertain themselves, touch, talk with other sims, listen to, and have fun with. This section divides it’s objects even further into smaller categories, these being Entertainment, Video, Audio, and Phones. In each of these categories there are several different types of objects with different colors, sizes, and motives that will effect a sim. Most of the objects in this section effect a sims fun and social.


[edit] Appliances

The appliances section of the buy mode consists of all objects that a sim can cook, mix, store, and dispose food with. This section divides it’s objects even further into smaller categories, these being Stoves, Refrigerators, Small Appliances, and Large Appliances. In each of these categories there are several different types of objects with different colors, sizes, and motives that will effect a sim. Most of the objects in this section effect a sims hunger, bladder, and room.


[edit] Plumbing

The plumbing section of the buy mode consists of all objects that a sim can empty it’s waists, wash, clean, and drink with. This section divides it’s objects even further into smaller categories, these being Toilets, Showers/Tubs, Sinks, and Hot Tubs. In each of these categories there are several different types of objects with different colors, sizes, and motives that will effect a sim. Most of the objects in this section effect a sims bladder and hygiene.


[edit] Lighting

The lighting section of the buy mode consists of all objects that will brighten, lighten, and make sims see each other and objects from around their house better. This section divides it’s objects even further into smaller categories, these being Table Lights, Standing Lights, and Wall Lights. In each of these categories there are several different types of objects with different colors, sizes, and motives that will effect a sim. Most of the objects in this section effect a sims room.


[edit] Miscellaneous

The miscellaneous section of the buy mode consists of all objects that will help sims gain skills, and store clothes with. This section divides it’s objects even further into smaller categories, these being Recreation, Knowledge, Creativity, and Wardrobe. In each of these categories there are several different types of objects with different colors, sizes, and motives that will effect a sim. Most of the objects in this section effect a sims fun and social. The objects in this section also will help a sim gain their skills. They can use the objects such as looking through the mirrors, playing the chessboard, painting on the easel, and playing the piano found in this section to gain skills.


[edit] Live Mode

The live mode is where you will control your sim as they live their lives. You can make them move, interact with other sims, eat, sleep, talk, gain skills, watch TV, and do many other things. Everything that you would be possible for a sim to do can be done in this mode of the Sims game. This mode also consists of many buttons that can be clicked to see certain things on the sims lot, or the sim itself. These include, the sims house story, the time/date, the walls, the roofing, the zoom in/out, and the sims funds.


[edit] The Sims House Stories

The portion of the sims live mode menu has two buttons that look similar to a small house icon. The first button, that looks like it has a door and two windows, will allow you to view the first story of a sims house. The second button, that looks like it has three windows, a chimney, and a roof, will allow you to view the second story of a sim house. Use these buttons to see the individual stories of your sims house.


[edit] The Time/Date

A portion of the sims live mode will show the time and date of the sims current life. It will show what time it currently is as you play through your sims lives and if you place the cursor over this part of the live mode a small box will appear showing the current date, but the date only being the day such as Monday, Tuesday, etc. This box will not show the month or year.


Tip: Use this to help keep track of your sims life or the amount of days they have worked their job.


[edit] The Walls

There are three small button icons on the live mode in the Sims Livin’ Large game. These buttons all look different than each other, one looking like it is a small square with walls, the other being similar to the first button except it’s walls are see-through, and the third being a box but with no walls. These buttons will show different parts of a sims house when clicked on. If you were to click on the box with walls the walls in your sims house will not be see-through and all you can see from the inside is parts that are not covered by the wall, you will then be able to see what the walls of the house look like without them showing the inside portions of the house. If you were to click on the box with the walls that are see-through this would change the walls from being just walls but to showing you the inside rooms of the house that the walls block. You can click this button whenever you wish to see what the inside rooms of a house look like that are covered by walls around it. If you were to click on the box that has no walls at all this would change the walls so that they do not show and you can see everything, including the objects inside a room that were previously covered by walls. Use this to get a clear glimpse of the inside of a room.


[edit] The Roof

The roof button can be used to show the roof portion of a house. Use this to get a clear look at what the color of a roof is and it’s steepness. This button can also be clicked to get one large look at what the house looks like from it’s full view where you cannot see anything inside it but outside it.


[edit] Zoom In/Out

There are four different zoom buttons that will ether move the camera in, out, left, or right. Use the zoom in button to get a closer view of what sims, houses, and objects look like up close. Use the zoom out button to get a full or faraway view of what sims, houses, and objects look like from afar. Use the right or left cursor button to move the camera to the left or right. This can help to allow you to see sims, houses, and objects at different angles, some that you may have never seen them at before.


[edit] Sims Funds

This portion of the sims Live Mode menu allows you to see the current funds of a sim family. Such as how much money they currently have to spend on objects, food, and their bills. This menu will also show how much money sims have spent, lost, and made.


Tip: Use this to help you calculate how much money a sim family can make from their jobs in a week or what-not.

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