The Sims 4 Island Living
New Build/Buy Mode Options Like Stilts and Clear Floors
A house with stilt foundation is now possible for all players, but looks best out over the ocean.
Given the Island setting of Sulani, The Sims 4 Island Living naturally comes with a ton of new build mode items to complete that whole, "Tropical Paradise" look you might want. New stilt foundations are available to all players, and there's a new type of "floor" that can be used which is see-through. Here's a quick guide to using the new build mode features and dealing with problems that might come up.
Using Stilt Foundations (Free for All Players)
You can find the foundation button down at the bottom of the house diagram used to navigate build mode.
Rather than leave Stilt Foundations for beach houses locked behind a purchase of Island Living, the developers have given it to base game owners as a free treat. Taking advantage of this is not very difficult if you know where to look. Head to Build Mode (F3). There you'll find that the base of the house in the example picture bottom left of the interface has a click-able "Foundation" spot.
Separate rooms, separate foundations. It's that easy.
Simply click the wooden stilt foundations and hover over your own foundation. A problem that might come up is if you are building the shape of your house but not rooms. Separate rooms can have different foundation types. It looks bad with all stilts, but..
A home with the new stilt foundations over the ocean and a separate solid foundation near land.
...If I separating the rooms, I now have an area with a regular foundation and a stilt foundation.
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Using Ocean Ladders
If you think placing ladders is annoying, wait until you've tried the boat. Ladders require a space of 3 blocks for the small one. I don't know what the big one does yet, if it does anything. It looks a bit more "professional" though.
A new, longer type of ladder is available if you own Island Living. These are much bigger, and because you're likely to use a fence on the deck, they can be somewhat hard to place. They're great as they give you the ability to do cannonballs or climb up them to get back up on your deck.
In the case of the smaller one, you can simply use the Sledgehammer Tool (K hotkey) to destroy enough fence once you've already placed them. An annoying thing about this is the fence tool will overwrite the ladder if you attempt to use it again, so it's better to figure out exactly how many fences need cleared for small (3) and large (5).
Glass or Clear Floors
Well, you can see through them... not sure why they are in misc decorations, but there they are.
We saw evidence of clear floors before the launch and couldn't find it initially in the build mode area with floor coverings. This is the wrong place to look. See-through floors are available in a 2x2 called Crystal Clear that is found in Decorations > Misc. It's better to just search the name as that clutter category is very cluttered.
Outriggers/canoes/boats.. whatever you want to call them. They can go in your Sim's quite large pockets, yet they have to be placed in the perfect spot. Meanwhile, floating devices can sit on water just fine. I'm still salty.
About boats... well, docking them isn't really a thing. On many lots they can be an absolute bitch to place. One of the best things you can do is leave at least a 4x6 full blocks of space if you'll want one of these. It must also be in shallow water that doesn't have too steep a hill. Finicky, I tell ya... it's really annoying that way. Something that helped me was to rotate my camera. The game can't quite figure out what elevation it wants to place them at, so moving about a bit while you're struggling to buy the damned boat is highly recommended.
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