House Renovations

Chapter 20
That’s one new room to decorate.

The interior design subject still continues, but it’s time to move onto another aspect. This chapter is on remodeling and house renovation ideas. In games past, it is one of the core features of Animal Crossing, as it measures progress.

Prior to New Leaf, players didn’t really have too many rooms. Back in the GameCube Version, everyone had their own house, but the limits to expansion take them all the way up to a two-story house with a basement, as well as a monument in front of the train station. The earlier they finish, the larger and more valuable the monument is (I could assume that the fourth one is made of chrome or whatever that material is). The basement was only for extra storage, but the rest was for designing big time. Regardless, everyone only had two rooms (three if you include the basement).

In Wild World, we had bigger houses. However, they were big for a reason. You could have only one house per town. Everyone has their own room, plus a large 8×8 room they share. And in City Folk, everyone had their own house again, but back in smaller houses.

I’m guessing that people liked larger houses, so we went back to the same orientation Wild World had. However, they were not exactly the same. This time, every room had a maximum size of 8×8 spaces, as houses included a basement. Another major difference was that everyone had their own houses. So instead of decorating just 12 rooms (or 5 in Wild World), we get a maximum of 24 rooms, and we still have four more in the Museum.

After playing Happy Home Designer for so long, I think it’s time to take it up another step. This chapter is about house remodeling ideas and steps to working on it.

The Layout

At first, like in ACNL, you’ll start out in a tent where you’ll have to pay the down payment. Then you’ll be working on maxing out the main room’s size. But once you get there, you will have a lot of opportunities.

12×8 Rooms:

No, not all rooms are going to be that big. In Happy Home Designer, when you max out a villager home’s size, the main room is 12×8 spaces. But you only get two additional 6×6 rooms after that. According to the idea I have in mind, I agree that the main room (first floor central room) should be up to 12×8 spaces, but there are two other rooms that will need it too.

The second floor had always been a secondary room like the other rooms on the first floor. Not anymore, at least to me. It should be another primary room, but only for the second floor. So the first room you see when you go upstairs, you will see a huge 12×8 room.

The main rooms of both the first and second floors aren’t the only ones that should reach that size. The basement should be just as big too. So there we have it. Every time you go up or down a stair, you will be in another 12×8 room.

Additional Rooms:

Other than the basement and second floor, the other three rooms in ACNL were all on the first floor, one on the left, one on the right, and one in the back. Now that the main room is larger, it’s time to have another room.

On the left side, there is an 8×8 room, like always. The door isn’t at the center of the right wall (or left wall in the main room), but it’s actually two spaces away from the front wall and four spaces away from the back wall, on both sides of the wall. The windows are in the center on both the left wall and back wall in this room.

The room on the right of the main room is the same as the room on the left, but it’s mirrored. The door is on the left as the side window is on the right.

The other two rooms are in the back. If the main room was split into two halves, the doors would be at the center of each half. The room in the back, but towards the left has the same window orientation as the left room, but the door is on the front wall. It’s four spaces from the left wall, but two from the right. The other room (the back room towards the right) is a mirrored version of the room on the left, where the side window is on the right and the door is two spaces away from the left wall and four away from the right. And by the way, both rooms are 8×8 spaces.

And that’s not all. The second floor also has those same rooms, with the same size and orientation. Before ACHHD came out, I thought that housing renovations would need to get even bigger, where the second floor has the same main room and three additional rooms as the first floor does. But after ACHHD, the second floor should be the same as the first floor (including those rooms). Yes, that may sound like a lot, but more space is needed.

Customizable Plot:

In Happy Home Designer, you can design the outer yard for the animal house. This gives us a maximum of four areas per house to decorate. I think the same plots should return to the next game. If they do, your house will have an additional 12×8 area, and this time, it’s all around the house. You can even place your house wherever you want to without worrying about costs. Back in New Leaf, when you go to your house, you simply press A to open the door and enter. If this renovation makes it to the next game, then you will enter the yard as soon as you walk towards the door of your house and in town. But this only happens if you have the extra space.


With all these changes made, here is what each human house has:

  • A 12×8 main room with four additional 8×8 rooms (left, back-left, back-right, right) on the first floor.
  • A 12×8 main room with four additional 8×8 rooms on the second floor.
  • A 12×8 basement.
  • A 12×8 customizable plot.

If you had all four human houses maxed out, you will end up decorating 48 rooms in total.

Remodeling Sequence

Now here is the sequence of remodeling your house. If these changes were made, this is the step-by-step process. You won’t have as many debts to pay, but you do have a lot more Bells to spend in order to keep remodeling the house. The estimated cost is between 14 million to 15 million Bells to pay off the house completely while maxing out renovations.

Like in New Leaf, you’ll start out in a tent. You don’t start having a regular house until you pay the down payment. After this, you will begin your debt quest.

  • Beginning – you’ll start out in a small 4×4 house. It might be small, but some people prefer to have a small house. After you pay off your debt, you’ll be free, until you start asking to remodel.
  • After 1st debt – you’ll be living in a 6×6 house, which is the standard house size for each animal. Unlike the other animals, you can move further.
  • After 2nd debt – your house is now 8×8, which was the maximum in New Leaf. Even so, your large room hasn’t maxed out in size.
  • After 3rd debt – the main room of your house has maxed out to a 12×8 room rather than an 8×8 room. At this point, you cannot expand your room any further, but once you pay the next debt, you’ll have more choice in expanding your house.
  • After 4th debt – the 12×8 room has been paid off. You can choose any expansion at this point. The only options are expanding the plot so you can decorate your house outside, adding a basement, adding a second floor, or adding one of the four additional rooms to the first floor room. (left, back-left, back-right, and right).

After maxing out the first floor’s main room, the cheapest debt would be from expanding the plot, while additional rooms in the second floor are the most expensive. You can choose to add rooms in any order as long as you fulfill this requirement: if you want to build an additional room in the second floor, the first floor must already have an additional room in that same location. That means, if you don’t have any additional rooms in the first floor, you cannot build one in the second floor until one has been built on the first floor. If you built only the room on the right in the first floor, the only additional room you can add in the second floor is the room to the right. If there’s no back-left room on the first floor, you cannot build a back-left room on the second floor. I’ll stop here, but you know the story.

Another thing to bring up on adding additional rooms, there’s no individual expansion like in New Leaf. When a room is built, it starts out as 8×8, and it does not expand any further. As for the second floor and basement, they start out as 12×8, meaning that you’ll have less debts to pay, but still more Bells to spend.

After the first four debts, you’ll have 11 more debts. Each debt represents an additional room you want or plot expansion. The earliest possible debt that pays off a second floor additional room should be your 7th debt (3rd after maxing out first floor) since you’re required to have both the second floor room and a specific additional room. The latest possible debt that involves adding the second floor is the 11th debt (7th debt after maxing out first floor). The latest possible debt that pays off a secondary room on the first floor should be your 14th debt. The rest, can be paid off between the 5th and 15th debts (or 7th and 15th debts in reference to the second floor additional rooms).

The Best Sequence:

  • First debt – 4×4 house
  • Second debt – 6×6 house
  • Third debt – 8×8 house
  • Fourth debt – 12×8 house
  • Debts 5 to 8 – first floor additional rooms
  • Ninth debt – second floor
  • Debts 10 to 13 – second floor additional rooms
  • Fourteenth debt – basement
  • Fifteenth debt – plot expansion

You don’t have to follow this sequence, but you know the rules. You can even make the second floor, plot expansion, and the basement your next three debts when you have more choice. But after getting to that point, all you’ll have left to work on are additional rooms on both floors.

Once you pay off fourteen of the fifteen debts, you will realize that your house cannot expand any further. So after paying off your fifteenth debt, you’re free from Tom Nook, as you can qualify for the classic HHA challenges as you like. And you can come up with multiple ways of decorating your house as long as it’s this big.

Traditional Mode

No matter what tier you pick, you will not start out in a tent since all four houses are already set. However, the remodeling sequence is the same as Sandbox Mode if you’re on the first tier of Traditional Mode. It’s just that the first debt will be larger due to the down payment being combined. On the second tier and third tier of Traditional Mode, you will have the same housing orientation as New Leaf’s where you only have six 8×8 rooms. The remodeling sequence is the same as New Leaf’s, except that the rooms don’t face individual expansions. And Tom Nook won’t charge as much.

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