Eleanor’s house (The Good Place)

I don’t often go on about my TV obsessions, but when I do, it’s because I’m outright obsessed. And one that I’ve been obsessed with lately is the Good Place.

Even if you haven’t seen it, chances are you’ve seen the ripples of it around the Internet, especially Janet. But one that’s a little lesser known—though still entirely iconic of the series—is Eleanor’s brightly coloured, minimalist home.

Ever since I first saw the cute little house in the pilot episode, I’ve been wanting to build my own version in the Sims 4. But while the exterior might have been completely doable, the interior was a different story altogether—and it wasn’t until platforms got introduced into the game that I could do what I wanted with it.

Deciding on the design

If you’re familiar with the Good Place, you’ll know that one of the most iconic features of Eleanor’s house—aside from its primary colours and lack of stairs—is its clown nook. Horrifying.

I…couldn’t bring myself to build that.

So instead, I decided to create a hybrid design between the pilot’s house design and what we see of the house in the final episodes. And don’t worry, I won’t spoil it! Actually, I hadn’t seen season four yet when I did this build; I was just working from some set photos I found, and it actually made me want to know what happened.

Working with set design

One of the most interesting aspects of working on this build was that it’s originally a set design. Set designs aren’t usually built the same way you’d build a house; they need to have open, blank areas for cameras and crew to be while filming takes place.

So my big challenge was taking a set design and translating it into something that would be more livable for a Sim, because I won’t be surprised if I make one to live here!

Overall, I think I got a good balance, even if there are some parts that aren’t quite canon. Even CC has its limits, it would seem. But in any case, it definitely gets the point across!