Classic Neohomes too old-school for you? Well then, step right up and get ready for a crash course in the new and improved Neohomes 2.0!
Neohomes 2.0 exists in addition to, rather than as a replacement of, Classic Neohomes. It gives you a chance to customize your home rather like you customize your pets! Unlike Classic Neohomes, NC items are available for 2.0 homes, and you have the option of viewing your pets and petpets within your home.
First, you'll want to head over to the "customise" section of the navigation bar, and click on Neohomes. There, you'll find a host of destinations to choose from: Neohomes Shops, NC Mall Neohomes Shops, FAQ, Neohomes Board, Neohomes Spotlight, and Classic Neohomes, all of which take you where you'd expect--places to buy furnishings, answers to your questions, discussions with other homeowners, prizes, and those old-school Neohomes we mentioned earlier.
What you're looking for if you want to find a nice plot of land on which you can begin construction, however, is the "Create a New Neohome" button. This will take you to a page that allows you to choose which land you'll reside in for the rest of your Neopian life. You won't be able to change your mind once you've chosen, so choose carefully!
Can't decide where to live? Check out the options below:
Once you've chosen the land you want to build your Neohome in, click "Create This Neohome," and poof! you have a new house! (And this time around, the land is free!)
Making a House a Home
Having a house is great and all, but I imagine you probably want to decorate it a bit. You'll actually be able to spruce things up a bit right away--you're given a Starter Pack of Neohome items when you create your Neohome. This starter pack comes in five colors--red, yellow, blue, green, and purple. You receive a random color, but if you want the others, as well as basic floors and paints, you can check out the Neohome Superstore. This store is a bit unusual, though: the wallpapers are no-trade, so you can't sell them or buy them from the Shop Wizard, nor can you haggle for any of the items at the store.
To customise your Neohome at any point, simply head over to the Neohomes page and select "Customise My Neohome." You'll be taken to a page that allows you to fiddle with your furnishings to your heart's content. There's even a Tutorial that'll guide you through the process if you get stuck. You can set it so that the Tutorial doesn't pop up every time you try to customise your Neohome, but if you ever need it later on, simply click on the question mark button at the bottom right of the screen.
You can customise both the outside and the inside of your home. Mind you, the outside customisation isn't that exciting compared to the inside, but you can indeed move your home around the your plot of land, among other things (like extensions, which we'll talk about later).
To switch from outside view to inside view (or vice versa), simply click the large house icon with the arrow pointing in or out of the door.
You may remember from Classic Neohomes that items are added to your home directly from the inventory. For Neohomes 2.0, you have to collect all your items in your Storage Shed, then drag them into your home from within the Neohome editor. Remember how you customize your Neopets? It works like that--the Storage Shed is the Neohome analog of the Closet.
Your starter pack comes with a matching bed, table, sofa, chair, lamp, rug, and end table. You can start the design process by placing these somewhere on the floor. Simply drag and drop to place the items in your home or to move them around.
To select an item in your home, simply click it. A yellow glow will appear around the item, along with a set of three options. The third option rotates your item 90 degrees. The other two will adjust the height of your item. This is useful in many ways: if you, for instance, wish to place your nice, new starter lamp on top of your nice, new starter table, you'll have to place the items on top of each other, then raise the lamp so that it appears to be on top of the table.
Or you can do silly things like make your bed float or have flying carpets.
The dialog at the bottom of the screen (which, incidentally can be minimized with the button at its top right) allows you to browse your items by type: Neohome and Neohome Additions, Fences, Seating, Appliances, Tables, Beds, Lighting, Decorations, Wall Hangings, Plumbing, Storage, Garden, Water, and Heating. You can choose which category to view by clicking on the icons to the left.
Note that some items can only go in either your home or your garden. (Some can go in both.) Items that cannot be placed in one region or the other will be greyed out in the list of Storage Shed items at the bottom of the screen while you're editing that region.
Here's a screenshot of the editor with several labels to help you get acquainted with what is actually an oddly complicated system of Neohome editing:
DIY Projects and Adding Pets
Also on the left of the item dialog are the images of a hammer and a Kacheek. These will allow you to complete your DIY projects for home improvement, and place your Neopets and Petpets in your home, respectively.
The possible DIY projects are as follows: adding walls to separate rooms, painting the walls (or rather papering them), updating your flooring, adding doors and windows, and inserting columns. Except for floors and wallpapers, these are added rather like the items: drag and drop. For floors and wallpapers, simply select the desired decoration, then select an area of the floor or walls to paint. You can select more than a single square by dragging your mouse to paint a large region at once.
If you'd like to see your Neopet in its new abode, select the Kacheek at the left, then drag and drop your pets exactly the same way you did with your items. You can even raise and lower them to sit them on sofas or beds (or have them generally flying around). You can also add your Petpets to your Neohome.
Flying pet floating on flying bed...hmm....
Wondering how your items will look inside your Neohome? Head over to our ItemDB! Did you know we have Neohome Previews for many Neohome items, often for both Classic and 2.0 homes? (For a 2.0 home, you're looking for the items with the little house icon in the bottom right corner.)
We all know everyone likes to show off their hard work, so why not try for the Neohome Spotlight trophy? Simply head over here to fill out the submission form. If you have previously entered the contest, visiting that link will automatically re-submit your entry. You will not have the opportunity to re-submit a title and description.
The rules are pretty simple: give your home a title and a short description (about 125 words), and send it off! And keep in mind all that fine print you'd expect--no plagiarism (i.e., all your own work), no inappropriate language or topics of discussion in your description, etc. One bit of fine print you might expect, however, isn't there--you can decorate your Neohome with all the NC items you want! (Although you might have a better chance of winning if you don't completely rely on NC items.)
If you're the lucky winner for the week, you'll get a shiny trophy for your userlookup (and of course fame and fortune, and everything that goes along with that ;-) )
I shall name him shiny, and he shall be my shiny....
This article was written by: Zelda