Cozy Raffia Quinta reno with basement

Oasis Springs has always been my least favourite map in the Sims 4. I don’t know what it is, maybe the giant tacky dinosaurs or the complete lack of grass unless I spray-paint it onto my lots.

So for the longest time, it was the only map I never bothered to renovate—or even visit.

Then, one day, as I was meandering around the Sims Resource and Peacemaker’s site looking for new window options, I found one that finally inspired me to try renovating some of the homes in Oasis Springs.

Raffia Quinta: My first Oasis Springs reno

I decided to start with Raffia Quinta because it was such a cute little lot, and one of the few on that map that was unoccupied at the time. It was also the perfect test subject for my new window set because it had a nicely angled roof facing the front of the house.

The vaulted part of the windows was actually what I was most curious about. I’d never put windows on a roof wall before—in fact, I don’t think I’d ever even thought about it until I saw the demo images for the set I’d found.

It did take some adjustments to the roof’s angle to get it just right, but I loved how it turned out!

And well, if I was going to change the windows and the exterior, I might as well change the interior, too.

A cozy home with space for entertaining

If you know Raffia Quinta, you know it’s not a huge lot—but I did want the house to be bigger. So when I was working on my reno, I decided not to change the house’s shell too dramatically, and instead opted for building a basement below the main house with a bar, home theatre, and gym area.

I also need to credit Shane for inadvertently helping with the design inspiration for this home!

See, when I’m feeling particularly stuck, I’ll ask him to randomly choose a colour, and that becomes the theme for décor. He’s the mastermind behind the purple accents, which I think went really well with the home’s updated vibe.