Before you can get the tools to add a pool to your sims gardens you need to have completed the Its All Going Swimmingly Quest. Once that quest is complete in the garden section of the home store you will see the new pool tabs which includes building the pool, pool interior, pool paving, paver width and pool items.
Building a pool is a lot like building a room but you need to remember you need at least one extra square around the pool for the paving so even though the pool can be as small as 3×3 with the paving its 5×5.
What is the cheapest pool? A 3×3 (or 5×5 with the paving) will now cost S13,620
And unlike rooms you can join pools together to make different shapes!
Once you have built the pool you can add items to it such as inflatables and a diving board (if you have completed the diving hobby collection for the first time) and items around the pool such as beach towels.
Building a pool with an island
Click on the paver width tab and select the width you want to increase/ decrease the paving around your pool, the picture below shows the widths:
If you have a weather machine at your house where your pool is when you put it on snow it freezes the pool so you can complete the figure skating hobby!
Cleaning the pool
When the pool is green it will need to be cleaned, otherwise your sims will not be able to use the pool, click on the pool and select the option clean pool.
Watch this video for more information on cleaning pools and using the weather machine!
Adding Diving Boards
Diving boards have to be placed with one square over the water and 2 squares on land, like the picture below shows:
You can unlock diving boards by completing the diving hobby for the first time.
Using the pool
Go swimming, click somewhere in the pool and your sim will swim there:
If you have two sims you can interact with the other sim:
- Flip- 4 seconds
- Splash- 10 seconds
- Chat- 4 minutes
Toddlers can play in the pool with the help of a teen, adult or senior.
NOTE: You need steps for your sims to be able to use the swimming pool
When you want your sim to get out of the pool click on the ground above some steps and they will get out and get changed.
Deleting a pool
To delete a pool go to the outdoor section of buy mode:
Then click on the pool, click the red simoleons symbol to sell it: