One strange obsession I have that hasn’t been discussed on Bio Break is my weird fascination with the tiny house movement. I’ve always loved small, cozy spaces, and ever since discovering that tiny houses were a thing, I’ve been hooked on the fantasy of downsizing to a small, compact, and cozy home. I lurk on the Tiny Houses reddit and peruse floor plans and watch videos and generally indulge in a fantasy that I could never achieve. At least until my kids all grow up and graduate, and at this point, that’ll put me at 59 years old. Which is not an exaggeration.
Now I’ll be able to take that fantasy to a virtual level, thanks to the upcoming Sims 4 stuff pack, Tiny Living:
Actually, The Sims 4 has a rather passionate tiny house community already, which was probably why EA Maxis decided to go this route. It’s the smallest of that game’s DLC tiers, so we’re not talking a massive gameplay shift, but there’s some cool stuff here. The idea is to build houses on these new tiny lots of no more than 100 tiles, forcing compact and ingenuity. There will be some new toys to help with this effort, like the the murphy bed and other two-in-one items.
The community isn’t pleased that there weren’t — to our knowledge — the much-desired bunk beds, pullout couches, spiral staircases, or ladders, all of which would be ideal for this type of home. Still, it’s fired up my imagination. Our home is pretty Sims 4 crazy right now, to tell the truth. I’m going to have to take some pictures of the homes my nine and ten year old created, because I’m pretty sure that these would be ideal chambers to drive normal people insane.
I did have some fun designing a small — but not tiny! — house using a split-level technique that I picked up from a YouTube guide. It’s not nearly as decorated as it could be, but I’m reasonably proud of it for an evening’s work. Tried to rely more on country decorations for that feel, but I know I have a long way to go to really making a place stand out.