Check out this Animal Crossing: New Horizons Switch (ACNH) guide on how to build a residential area. Includes design tips, tips on layout, structure, examples, and more!
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Island Design Ideas - Residential District
What You Need
- Island Designer Tool
- 50,000 Bells per villager
- Fences (optional)
- Custom Designs (optional)
Prepare A Large Location
Assuming you want to have a residential area with a fair number of inhabiting villagers, you're going to need a relatively large space to work with. You'll want to first designate the area you'll be using and clear it of trees or items that might get in the way. Depending on how you've placed your facilities (shops, etc), they may get in the way too, so be prepared to move them.
Move 1 Person Per Day
|Moving Cost||50,000 Bells / villager|
Once you've leveled the ground you're going to use, you can move a villager's house by talking to Tom Nook at Resident Services. A house is 3x4 tiles large, so make sure to factor that into your calculations when deciding how much space you'll use. Also note that you can only move one character per day!
Decorate As You Like
Once you've successfully moved your villagers' houses, all that's left to do is decorate the area to your heart's content. Add fences and other custom designs around the houses. Even just the regular fences you purchase with Miles can be enough to give your island a slick look.Check Out A List Of Fences Here
Tips When Designing Your Island
Plan Out The Structure
Before starting it's important to get a mental picture of what you want your island to look like. Try drawing it on a piece of paper in front of you - plan exactly where you'll move all important facilities first!
Build Ramps And Stairs
Ramps and stairs will add a real flair to your island, making it stand out from other, flatter islands! This isn't a midwest suburb - add some elevation to your neighborhood!
Make Roads With Custom Designs
To really make your town stand out, the color and look of your roads will be key. For this reason we strongly recommend using some sort of custom designs as your ground tiles for roads! Try taking a look at some of the custom designs users have made on the internet and try them out!Check Out Floor and Path Custom Designs Here
Make A Garden And Porch
If you're okay on space, consider expanding the space for each house and giving them a garden, or perhaps even a patio. You can adjust each yard to the villager's personality too!
Get Inspiration From Others
There are heaps of people out there also making unique islands of their own. The best way to get ideas on what to do is to browse social media or forums for design ideas. When you see something you'd like to try, or a custom design you'd like to use, go for it! However, we encourage you to be respectful with how you use the designs of others!Check Out Some Island Design Ideas Here
Island Town ideas - Our Residential Districts
The following are two example islands that writers on our team have put together! Please use them as a reference.
Gorilla Fan's Town
|Gorilla Fan||I've put together a flat neighborhood with no pesky hills that will be easy for even elderly animals to traverse! I plan to have all the gorillas on my island spend the rest of their lives here!|
Writer G's Town
|Writer G.||A two-story setup with plenty of room on the rest of the island. You might miss it if you don't squint, but I've opted to have an outdoor air conditioner for every house - I'm a stickler for that.|
Pros To Building A Residential District
Easier To Keep Track Of Residents
The main advantage to consolidating all houses to one area is of course that they're easier to reach. They'll also be closer to your house and easier to find to talk to. You can finish your daily talk-to-everyone routine much faster with this setup.
Easier To Raise Friendship
The biggest advantage to this is that it'll be easier to raise your friendship level with villagers! Also, since it's easier to get to their houses, you'll be more likely to walk into a Villager doing DIY and get a recipe from them.Check Out Our Friendship Level Guide For Details
It Just Looks Nice
For some people the main motivation will naturally be aesthetics! Bringing houses close together will make your town appear busy, lively, and sophisticated - the area will stand out, especially for visitors to your island! Don't skimp on fences - they really add a cherry on top of your island, plus they're quite cheap!
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