The Sims Freeplay- Minimum Costs to Build

I often get asked what is the minimum cost for building in The Sims Freeplay, this can be useful if you want to work out the cost for a build before you start or so you can save up to complete a quest that requires you to build something.

Room

Minimum Size- 2×1

Minimum Cost- S40

Find out how to Build, Delete and Resize Rooms here

Swimming Pool

complete the It’s All Going Swimmingly Quest to unlock

Minimum Size- 3×3 (with paver 5×5)

Minimum Cost- S13,620

Find out how to Add Pools here

Patio

complete the DIY Homes: Peaceful Patios Quest to unlock

Minimum Size- 2×1

Minimum Cost- S3,000

Find out how to Add Patios here

Balcony

complete the DIY Homes: Lovey Dovey Balcony Quest to unlock

Minimum Size- 2×1

Minimum Cost- S6,000

Find out how to Add Balconies here

Basement

complete the DIY Homes: Basement of Kings Quest to unlock

Minimum Size- 2×1

Minimum Cost- S8,000

Find out how to Add Basements here

Mezzanine

complete the DIY Homes: All Mezzed Up Quest to unlock

Minimum Size- 2×1

Minimum Cost- S4,800

Find out how to Add Mezzanines here


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The Sims Freeplay- Adding Mezzanine Floors (Indoor Balconies!)

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Once you complete the DIY Homes: All Mezzed Up Discovery Quest you will be able to add mezzanine floors to your houses! Mezzanine floors are partly open floors or indoor balconies, this post will walk you through how to add, resize and delete them.

 

1.Firstly you need to have rooms in your house to be able to add a mezzanine to, you need to have a room below the room which you want to build a mezzanine. I added a basement, a room on the ground floor and a room on the second floor:

2.Go to the house section and find the mezzanine tab:

3.Click on it, the tab says:

To build a mezzanine, touch and drag anywhere WITHIN a room. Ensure there is a room BELOW the room which you want to build the mezzanine. Green means the mezzanine can be built white red means it can’t.

4.Drag in a room to place the mezzanine

Click the green tick to place it there, click the red cross if you want to try again:

5.I built two mezzanines, one on my ground floor and one on my second floor, to build one on the ground floor you need to have a basement (click here for my adding basements guide!)

NOTE: There must be a room below where you want to place the mezzanine but you cannot place one between rooms

The white dotted line shows you where the rooms are located below, you cannot place a mezzanine over these lines:

You can only place up to these lines:

What is the cheapest mezzanine? A 2×1 mezzanine will cost S4,800

Adding Railings to a Mezzanine

Once you have built the mezzanine you can change the railings by going to the railings section and clicking on the mezzanine you want to change:

Resizing a Mezzanine

If you want to resize the mezzanine, go to the mezzanine tab and drag the white arrows on your existing mezzanine, click the green tick to accept the changes or the cross to go back to your original mezzanine.

Deleting a Mezzanine

Go back to the mezzanine tab and click on the one you want to delete, click the red simoleon button to sell that mezzanine:

Related Posts: Adding Patios and Adding Balconies and Adding Basements


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The Sims Freeplay- How to Add Exterior Balcony Stairs and Changing the Stairs Paving

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Once you complete the Love and Treasure Quest you can build a house on the private island and use the exterior balcony stairs we unlock, this post walks you through how to add the exterior balcony stairs and also how to change the stairs paving to be the same as the paving on your balcony

1.You firstly need a balcony, if you haven’t already built one this post may help

You need to have completed the DIY Homes: Lovey-Dovey Balcony Quest before you can build balconies

2.Once you have built a balcony you will be able to add the exterior balcony stairs, you can find them in the exterior stairs tab, the villa stairs are currently the only ones available:

3.When you click on this tab a pop up will appear saying that exterior stairs can only be used to connect to balconies:

4.To place the exterior stairs you need to be on the ground floor and place them on the edge of the balcony, overhanging by one square width, if you try and place them on the same level the balcony is on it won’t let you:

5.Click the green tick to place the stairs

If you change the balcony paving after placing the exterior stairs you may notice that the paving part on the stairs hasn’t changed with the rest of the balcony, these simple steps fix this:

1.Once you have changed the balcony paving click on the stairs and move them one square away from the balcony, you will notice that the paving on the top of the stairs will change to the paving on your balcony

2.The stairs can then be put back into place (see the steps above if you are having trouble placing them)

Check out my video here:

I’m having trouble adding stairs to my balcony, what is the problem? If the balcony is flush with the room below you won’t be able to add stairs unless you extend the balcony so it is sticking out. The exterior stairs can then be connected to the balcony:

The Love and Treasure Quest post contains FAQs and information about the platform on the Island Villa


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The Sims Freeplay- Buying, Selling and Storing Items

Buying items in the sims freeplay is an important part of the game so read this post if you are unsure on how to do it! This post also covers selling and storing unwanted items.

Home Store

The home store is where you buy, sell and store items in the sims freeplay.

Opening the home store– click on the furniture button on the panel shown in the picture below. It will look different depending on what device you are playing on:

When opened, the home store itself will also look different depending on what device you are playing on.

If you are playing on a larger device the home store will appear as a bar across the bottom of your screen with different sections for furniture, house (building rooms, decorating, etc) outdoors and inventory with tabs for different categories in each section.

For example in Furniture you will find the tab for Living Room, clicking on this will show you all the living room items:

If you are playing on a smaller device the home store will appear in a box filling half the screen, there are no individual sections for furniture, house and outdoors on this one, the tabs for different categories are all in this box.

For example the tab for Living Room can be found when you open the home store, clicking on this will show you all the living room items:

However, there is still a section for inventory which still contains all the tabs for the different categories of the items you have stored:

Buying

To buy an item, open the home store, select the item you would like to buy, find a space on the house lot to place it (it will flash red and the green tick will be greyed out if you cannot place the item), click on the green tick to buy it.

NOTE: some items can only be placed inside or outside

The picture below shows how it looks when you cannot place an item:

 

Sometimes you will get a goal in a quest that requires you to buy something, for example in the DIY HOMES: Peaceful Patios Quest one of the goals is to buy S5,000 worth of outdoor decorations. So to complete this:

On a Larger Device:

  1. Open the home store
  2. Click on the Outdoors section on the right of the bar
  3. Scroll across the bar until you find the Outdoor Decorations tab, click on this
  4. Scroll across the bar to find an item you would like to buy (remember you can buy one item that costs S5,000 or a selection of items that add up to S5,000) I am going to buy Black Double Garden Screen that costs S3,000 and the Black Single Garden Screen that costs S2,000)
  5. Click on the item, find a space on the house lot to place it and click on the green tick to buy (it will flash red and the green tick will be greyed out if you cannot place the item)

 

 

 

On a Smaller Device:

  1. Open the home store
  2. Scroll across until you find the Outdoor Decorations tab, click on this
  3. Scroll across to find an item you would like to buy (remember you can buy one item that costs S5,000 or a selection of items that add up to S5,000) I am going to buy the Bamboo Lamp as this costs S5,000
  4. Click on the item, find a space on the house lot to place it and click on the green tick to buy (it will flash red and the green tick will be greyed out if you cannot place the item)

 

 

 

Selling

To sell an item you need to open the home store, then click on the item in the house you want to sell. A price will appear next to the red simoleon symbol, this is how much you earn when you sell the item. Click on the red simoleon symbol then a pop up will appear asking if you want to sell the item, click yes if you do.

If you want to sell items that are in your inventory you need to click on the item in the inventory like you are placing it in your house to get the option to sell it

 

Storing

You can store items in your inventory that you no longer want in your house, this is really helpful if you want to use the item later (I wouldn’t recommend selling everything you don’t want to use right now!)

You can also use it to move items to a different house:

I am going to show you how I moved the preteen bookcase but it will work for any item you can store!

  1. Press the home store button
  2. Click on the bookcase, click the inventory button, the bookcase will then be removed from the house
  3. Go to the house you want to place it in and click the home store button again
  4. Find the inventory section
  5. Then the tab where the item will be found (preteen bookcase will be in preteen tab)
  6. Click on the bookcase and position where you want it in the new house, click the green tick to place it

Follow steps 1 and 2 if you just want to place an item in your inventory.

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The Sims Freeplay- Adding Basements

Once you complete the Basement of Kings Quest you can build a basement under your houses, this post explains how to add a basement and all the ways you can customise it!

NOTE: you will not be able to resize a basement or add more rooms until you have completed the quest

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Building a basement

Building a basement is a lot like building a room except it is underneath your existing house. You can build the basement anywhere inside the grid area (unless there is a pool above) even if it is larger than the rooms above.

The second orange tab in the house section of the home store is basements. Hold and drag anywhere on the ground to build a basement. Green means the room can be built.

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The white dotted lines show you were the rooms are above (the blue line is the outline of the pool):

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Drag the white highlighted edged to resize.

What is the cheapest basement? A 2×1 basement will cost S8,000

Adding Stairs

You need to add stairs to the basement to be able to access it. The red areas as shown in the picture below show you were items are on the floor above so the stairs cannot be placed there:

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If you want to place stairs somewhere you can’t, you have three options:

    1. Move items from the floor above so you have room
    2. Choose smaller stairs or an elevator that may fit
    3. Build another room in a clearer area (outside the house space so you can access the basement from outside)

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Decorating the basement

You do this the same way you would decorate a new room

Deleting a Basement

While on the basement tab click on the basement room you wish to delete and select the red simoleon symbol to sell it. You can delete basement rooms even if there are rooms on the floor above.

For more details you can watch my video, Building Patios, Balconies and Basements:

Related Posts: Adding Patios and Adding Balconies and Adding Mezzanine Floors


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