Building has always been the thing about The Sims 4 that appeals to me more than anything. But I struggle to complete full house builds, because I always want to start the next house and the next house and the next house.
Building rooms in The Sims 4 is a good middle ground, though. Lately, I have been having a ton of fun building gardens and patios. As you might have guessed, patience is not my strong point.
Real life gardening, lovely as getting my hands dirty is, is just… well, it just does not give me a dopamine hit fast enough. I love seeing the joy it brings to other people, especially when they harvest something, but patience is something I am still learning.
Obviously gardens or gardening in The Sims 4 is a good alternative, then. And these gardening builds – including the zero tile greenhouse with base game hanging baskets – is something I’ve enjoyed challenging myself with.
I love using custom content in The Sims 4, but because I want to share these gardens to the gallery,
I do not use any CC. In fact, as often as I can, I try to keep these Sims 4 gardens as base game friendly as possible, using debug objects in different ways.
For this build, I wanted to build a patio that is low maintenance, made for a Sim living in a desert climate. But I also wanted to make sure that the build would not look out of place in a greener landscape.
Sims 4 patio build: Low maintenance garden
It’s the kind of place where I imagine a Sim living in Oasis Springs will sit and enjoy their coffee in the morning before the heat of the day sets in.
The little fountain just adds a bit more of that oasis feel to it. No pun intended.
But if you wanted to take this out of the desert and into the suburbs, it doesn’t look all that out of place in Newcrest. Keep the sandpit for the authentic desert chic look, if you like.
If you like this build, you can grab it from the EA Sims 4 gallery over here or simply search for mspr1nt in-game.
Antoinette is a recovering journalist, having written for Sports Illustrated, The Guardian, Daily Maverick and others. She has won multiple SAB Journalist of the Year awards, across a variety of categories. She thinks it’s strange writing about herself in the third person, unless she’s playing as herself in The Sims…which she’s been doing for over 20 years.