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How to Use Free Build Mode in The Sims 4

Hey friend! Have you ever wanted to dive into the creative possibilities of The Sims 4‘s build mode, but felt limited or constrained? Well I‘ve got great news – there‘s a secret cheat code that unlocks virtually unlimited building freedom called Free Build mode!

In this comprehensive guide, I‘ll teach you everything you need to know about using Free Build mode, from activating it to landscaping tips to building epic mansions. Get ready to unlock the true creative potential of The Sims 4!

What Exactly is Free Build Mode?

Let me start by explaining what Free Build mode is. Essentially, it‘s a cheat code that removes restrictions and costs when building and decorating homes and lots in The Sims 4.

When you activate Free Build, here are some of the cool things you can do:

  • Place objects anywhere outside the grid system, like angled, overlapping, or sinking into the ground.

  • Move and rotate any object, even those fixed in place by default.

  • Build rooms, landscapes and add furniture without spending any of your Simoleons.

  • Access normally locked decorative objects like columns, rocks, bushes and more.

According to data from SimsVIP, Free Build gives you access to over 1,200 additional in-game items when used alongside the bb.showliveeditobjects cheat!

The bottom line is that Free Build allows you to build whatever you can imagine, without limitations or costs. It unleashes total creative freedom to design incredibly unique homes that would be impossible otherwise.

Step-By-Step Guide to Activating Free Build Cheats

Ready to ditch the restrictions and start building freely? Activating Free Build mode is simple. Just follow these steps:

  1. While playing The Sims 4, press Ctrl + Shift + C to open the cheat console.

  2. Type bb.enablefreebuild and press enter to activate the cheat.

You‘ll see the confirmation message "FreeBuild Mode Enabled" pop up indicating it worked!

Some other handy build cheats to use along with Free Build are:

  • bb.ignoregameplayunlocksentitlement – Unlocks career and skill objects.

  • bb.showhiddenobjects – Access 1000s of debug items like plants.

  • bb.showliveeditobjects – Unlock all 1200+ live edit decorative objects.

  • freerealestate on – Disables home bills so you can build freely.

When you‘re finished building, simply re-enter bb.enablefreebuild to turn the cheat back off. I also recommend hitting the T key frequently while building to quick save your progress!

Pro Building Tips to Use Free Build Mode Like a Pro

Now that you‘ve unlocked the power of Free Build, let‘s go over some pro tips to use it effectively:

Map Out Structure First

Having a mental blueprint of the layout and number of floors/rooms will make construction smooth. You don‘t need actual floor plans, but brainstorm the basics before diving in.

Build in Sections

Tackle one room or area at a time when building. Complete the outer shell and landscaping first, then add interior rooms. Decorating also works best done section by section.

Use Grids Strategically

The default grid system keeps items neatly aligned, so use it when appropriate. But feel free to disable the grid when placing objects more precisely. Find a balance between order and creativity.

Customize with Clutter

Little details like books, plants and clutter make homes feel lived in. Use bb.showhiddenobjects to access 1000s of fun debug items to personalize with.

Constantly Playtest

While building, constantly playtest by having Sims use items. Make sure things are functional, accessible and your layout works smoothly.

Save Multiple Versions

When making major changes, save a new version in case you want to revert. The T key quick saves the lot while in build mode.

Watch Out for Lag

Placing thousands of plants and objects can overwhelm your game, causing lag. Use clutter judiciously to avoid performance issues.

Unleash Your Inner Landscaper with Free Build Gardening

One of my favorite things is using Free Build to create stunning landscapes and gardens. You can place plants, trees, rocks and outdoor decor with complete freedom. Here are some of my landscaping tips:

  • Use bb.showhiddenobjects to access tons of flower bushes, trees, rocks and other decorative greenery. Go wild!

  • Pathways, benches and fountains make spaces feel vibrant and lived in. Develop the areas into scenic parks.

  • Unique touches like sculptures, yard gnomes and playgrounds add personality.

  • Use lighting like lamp posts and tiki torches to make landscapes magical at night.

  • Gardening planters let Sims plant their own produce to improve areas over time.

  • Just beware overloading lots with dense foliage causing routing issues. Allow plenty of open space.

With Free Build, you can create sprawling mansion gardens, vibrant rooftop courtyards, and any outdoor oasis you dream up! The only limit is your creativity.

Interior Design Tips for Building Dream Homes

Let‘s move inside to talk interior design. Removing wall restrictions with Free Build lets you construct open concept, multi-story and uniquely shaped rooms.

Get Creative with Room Shapes

Build octagonal dining nooks, rooms with curved walls, sunken conversation pits – anything you can think up!

Make Multi-Level and Sunken Rooms

Try open concept designs with balconies between floors. Or make a sunken home theater with tiered seating.

Explore Unconventional Structures

Ever wanted to build a glass dome greenhouse or an upside down house? Let your imagination run wild!

Build Real-World Architecture

Replicate real buildings like Roman villas, medieval castles, log cabins or industrial lofts. Study photos for inspiration.

Divide Open Spaces

Use railings, half walls and columns to segment large spaces instead of walls. Keeps it feeling airy.

Decorate Cohesively

Design each room around a central theme for a cohesive feel. Use color, furniture styles and decor to tie spaces together.

With practice, Free Build gives you the power to construct one-of-a-kind dream homes. Keep trying new things to hone your skills!

Inspiring Examples of Creative Free Build Homes

Need a spark of inspiration for your next Free Build project? Here are some ideas that ignite my creativity:

  • Ultimate Gamer Haven – Arcade room, streaming setup, gaming PCs, neon lighting and display shelves for collectibles.

  • Holistic Retreat – Yoga spaces, sauna, massage room, zen garden and indoor pool with waterfalls.

  • Sustainable Desert Oasis – Rammed earth eco home with solar panels, windmill and cactus gardens.

  • Modern Mansion – Huge home with grand foyer, indoor basketball court, glass walls overlooking infinity pool and balconies.

  • Cozy Cottage – Charming home with stone fireplace, flowerboxes on windowsills, rustic wood interior and ivy covered brick exterior.

  • Urban Penthouse – Sleek high-rise apartment with floor-to-ceiling windows, rooftop hot tub and glass staircase.

Let your wildest ideas loose and use Free Build to construct incredible, one-of-a-kind homes!

Troubleshooting Issues with Free Build Mode

Free Build works seamlessly much of the time, but occasional issues can arise. Here are some troubleshooting tips:

  • Can‘t open cheat console? Check for other programs using Ctrl + Shift + C hotkeys in the background.

  • Cheats not activating? Double check your typing and make sure to hit enter to submit codes.

  • Objects still costing money? Did you remember to enter bb.enablefreebuild again to deactivate Free Build?

  • Objects disappearing when you save and exit? Use the T key to frequently quick save your progress.

  • Lag or performance issues? Limit excessively cluttered areas and dense landscaping.

  • Weird visual glitches? Report any major graphic issues occurring due to Free Build to EA.

  • Want to undo changes? Reload recent saves or access saved versions in Your Library.

If problems persist, try repairing your game through Origin and back up your saves just in case. This usually resolves technical issues with cheats and mods.

Using Free Build Responsibly for Fun and Fair Play

While cheating can be enjoyable, it‘s best practiced in moderation. Here are some wise ways to cheat responsibly:

  • Avoid using Free Build on your main saves to prevent disabling achievements. Keep it to test saves.

  • Don‘t go overboard on normal home lots – extremely huge houses can corrupt saves.

  • Build logically so sim routing works smoothly without failures from clutter blocking paths.

  • Playtest sight lines – trees covering doors and windows cause headaches.

  • For regular gameplay, only briefly use Free Build to tweak finished homes instead of fully constructing.

  • Upload great Free Build designs to the Gallery for others to download and enjoy! Share your creativity.

The goal is enhancing your gameplay experience creatively, not replacing gameplay entirely. Have fun but use Free Build thoughtfully!

Unlock Your Creative Potential with Free Build Mode

As you can see, mastering Free Build mode provides almost limitless creative possibilities when constructing your dream Sim homes. By following this guide, you now have all the knowledge needed to start building incredible, one-of-a-kind houses and landscapes.

So open up The Sims 4, input bb.enablefreebuild and let your imagination run free! Break through restrictive budgets and grid systems to design whatever your heart desires. Remember to build responsibly, playtest thoroughly and quick save often.

I hope these tips help you unlock the true potential of The Sims 4‘s building tools for yourself. Now get ready to construct the home of your dreams! The only limit is your creativity – so build away!



Michael Reddy is a tech enthusiast, entertainment buff, and avid traveler who loves exploring Linux and sharing unique insights with readers.