Sims 4 build tutorial: Split level loft and Tiny Living tile restriction cheat

The addition of ladders to The Sims 4 has made it possible to build more realistic split level lofts and cheat (or work around) the Tiny Living tile restriction too.

The Sims 4 finally got ladders in the base game before the release of the Eco Living expansion pack. These have been very useful for crafty space-saving builders. But the ladders have also made it possible to build a more realistic-looking split level loft.

Builders who have been around for a while will know that this split level trick is not new.

It is the same method used to build the “sunken” rooms. But it’s also another crafty way to ‘cheat’ or get around the tile restriction in the Tiny Living Stuff Pack.  

Please do not lecture us on the morals of cheating the restriction, we’re not here to judge anyone. We’re just the sharers of this valuable information. That’s why we say ‘cheat’. Some call it cheating, others will call it being resourceful.

We have previously shared a tutorial on how to cheat the tile restriction by using the A-frame roof, but this method is a bit less finicky.

The Sims 4 Split level tutorial and Tiny Living tile restriction cheat tutorial roof

We have given the build in this tutorial a very quick playtest and there was no angry and frustrated stomping from the Sim we used, so there shouldn’t be any problems as long as you make sure your flooring is level.

We’ll upload the house to the gallery in a few days (Origin ID: mspr1nt) partially furnished, so you can grab it play around with it yourself.

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Right, let’s get to that tutorial.

Sims 4: Split level tutorial for a loft

Start by placing a square on the lot you’re building. Then increase the foundation height to roughly the height of the “short walls”.

You can go higher if you want. After that, use the terrain tool to increase the terrain height around the foundation so that the bits that stick out are covered up a bit more.

sims 4 Split Level Loft Tutorial tiny living tile cheat

Use the room tool to add your loft level to the foundation and remove the floor. Leave some space for your entryway to the side. Don’t worry about getting this 100% perfect, you can still adjust it later.

The Sims 4 Split level tutorial and Tiny Living tile restriction cheat tutorial

You can add your roof at this stage or leave it for later. Or add it now it change it later.

The Sims 4 Split level tutorial and Tiny Living tile restriction cheat tutorial roof

There are was to better hide the foundation, but that will require a tutorial on its own. Debug cheats will be your friend here.

You can also add your foundation now. The foundation is one of the more challenging parts of using this build method to cheat the Tiny Living tile restriction – quite simply because the options are quite limited if you do not use custom content. Oh for the ability to pain the foundation to match the walls.

sims 4 split level loft tiny living tile cheat build

Once you have refined the terrain outside your build, you can start adding the finishing touches. Firstly, you will need to level the terrain where you removed the floor inside.

You also need to add some stairs to the entryway. This might take a bit of trial and error, but angular stairs work best.

sims 4 split level loft tiny living tile cheat build stairs

Fill in the floor of your build by painting the terrain with your floor tile of choice. This won’t add to the Tiny Living restrictions.

Add furnishings and use the split level for any rooms (like a bathroom) you want to keep completely private. Pop a ladder and a fence down around the bedroom area for the super loft like feel.

The Sims 4 Split level tutorial and Tiny Living tile restriction cheat tutorial floor

One of the challenges with using this split level method is that it can be quite dark. Using a glass roof in part and adding hanging ceiling lamps makes all the difference though.

Furnishing the lower level of this split-level loft in The Sims 4 can be a bit challenging. Objects will sometimes snap to the grid above it – so keep an eye on your placings to avoid angry Sims.

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Antoinette Muller
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