Housing related questions.
How do I go about updating my house to a bigger one? Can I place a new one and just let the existing one decay?
Then you must replace the house with the new house you wish to place. I highly suggest revealing the area and being very careful as any player can place a house on that location once the house drops. If you demolish a house all items need to be removed from the home. There is no guarantee a larger plot can fit in the location. It depends on the land mass surrounding the plot.
If you do not lock and item down it will decay like any item in the world.
- The first will lock it down, and in the case of a container such as chests, it will subsequently lock down all items within.
To perform this action, say "I wish to lock this down". Then click the item/container you wish to lock down for permanancy.
- The second will lock down standard items, but when you select containers, it will enable you to set the access requirements for usage. On top of this, you can also move items in and out freely without having to release them individually. To perform this action, say "I wish to secure this". In the case of classic house ownership, you can say "I wish to secure this" and target your door and set the access level, thus negating the requirement of a key.
I'll use this picture to illustrate:
You'll notice that the border is not all the way up in the top left of the play window. When trying to place a house, this can cause the "ghost image" of the plot to actually be out by one tile in each direction.
All you need to do is click that border, and drag it up to the top left of your play window to look like this:
Doing so will synchronize your play window to properly place the house based on the "ghost image" of the plot you have selected.
- There must be a minimum of 5 tiles space between any house in behind, as well as in front of a house you try to place.
- There must be a minimum of 1 tile space between any house beside/adjacent to a house you try to place.
- In the case of world objects such as trees, when it is an object you can not pass through with your character, there must be a 1 tile space between your planned home and this object. This goes for in front, behind and alongside of the walls of the desired plot.
- When selecting a house through the House Placement Tool (purchased in carpentry shops from NPC vendors) the displayed plot size is written in West -> East X South -> North. So a 7x8 house plot would be 7 tiles west -> east x 8 tiles south -> north. It's important to remember that when placing a house, the plot size does NOT take into account the steps. The steps abide by the first rule requiring a minimum of 5 tiles space between houses in behind and in front. For example, the above plot size, 7x8, would actually be placed occupying 8x8 tiles, as the steps would count in afterwards.