Neohomes and Gardens Guide: Main - Land - Rooms - Furniture - Gardens - Extensions - Aerials - Related Links - Miscellaneous - Neohomes 2.0
New Items - Furniture Catalog - Garden Catalog - Problem Items - Spotlight - Home Maps - History

BASICS:

Introduction to neohomes: What, why, and what am I getting myself into?

Land: Learn how to apply for a building permit and see full-sized images of all the plots available.

Rooms: Instructions on how to build rooms, with full-sized images of rooms made of all the different materials.

Furniture: Where to buy furniture items and how to place and arrange them in your neohome.

Gardens: How to build gardens and place and arrange items in them.

Extensions: What are extensions and are they worth it?

Classic Neohomes and Neohomes 2.0: a visual comparison of the two types of homes.
EXTRAS:

New items: See the latest releases and announcements.

Furniture catalog: See all the items that can be put in neohomes arranged by category.

Garden catalog: See the great variety of plants and objects that can be placed in gardens.

Problem items: See the items that don't work quite right.

Aerial views: See what items really look like in rooms and gardens.

Related links: Other useful resources for neohomers.

Spotlight homes: The 242 classic homes that won the Neohome Spotlight Award.
This guide was created by cybraria. If you have any comments or suggestions, please neomail her.

Introduction to
Classic Neohomes
Neohomes is a feature of neopets which allows you to build a home for your pets. After purchasing a plot of land, you can build up to 75 rooms and furnish them. You can also build up to 25 gardens on the ground floor, although that will reduce the number of rooms you can build. Some people have gone beyond a simple neohome to build resorts, dude ranches, hospitals, department stores, even a hot dog factory! Neohomes are a great outlet for your creativity.

Why should you build a neohome? Some people think neohomes are worthless. They don't do anything. They're just a waste of neopoints. Your pets can't even go to their neohomes! Then why have I built three neohomes? Because I think it's fun and a challenge. Some people like to collect things. Some people like to battle. I like to build neohomes. And it's an investment of a sort. Unlike stamps, coins and avatars, the items in your rooms and gardens are like money in the bank. When you fall on hard times, you can always sell some furniture or plants.:)

How much will a neohome cost? As much as you want to spend on it. The absolute minimum, a plot of land and one unfurnished room, will cost anywhere from 1,150NP (a cardboard room in Neopia Central) to 95,000NP (a tatami room in Faerieland). The cost of furniture and garden items varies widely also, from less then 100NP to over 100,000NP. If you plan to go for the Neohome Spotlight Award, you should probably expect to spend a few million neopoints, but you can simply enjoy the pleasure of neohoming for much less.

If you're not keen about building a neohome, you could just concentrate on gardening. Each garden costs only 100NP to build and there are many inexpensive plants as well as gnomes, statues, ponds, patio furniture, bridges, and even skating rinks! See the Gardens section below for more information.
If you decide to build a neohome I hope that you will find as much enjoyment in it as I have and that this guide will help you on your way.


Land
To begin the process of building your neohome you must apply for a building permit. You will be asked where you want to build your home. Below you will see the worlds where you can build, how much each location costs, and what your plot of land will look like.

What world you choose may depend on what kind of pets you have, or a theme you have in mind for your neohome, or simply on cost. Keep in mind that if you build rooms and gardens on all the sections of the ground floor, you will no longer be able to see any part of the plot of land.


Neopia Central - 1000 NP

Mystery Island - 2500 NP

Tyrannia - 3500 NP

Haunted Woods - 5000 NP

Lost Desert - 7500 NP

Meridell - 8000 NP

Roo Island - 9000 NP

Brightvale - 10,000 NP

Maraqua (Ground) - 11,000 NP

Maraqua (1 and 2)

Darigan Citadel - 12,000 NP

Shenkuu - 13,000 NP

Terror Mountain - 15,000 NP

Faerieland - 25,000 NP

Upper floors (except Maraqua)


When you have decided where you want to build and made sure that you have enough neopoints in your pocket to pay for the land, go to the Your Items page and click on the neohome icon at the far right on the navigation bar at the top of the page. Then click on any of the "Build a Neohome" links. Select which world you want your home to be in from the drop down menu, then click on the "Apply for Land" button.

It may take up to 24 hours to process your application. When your application is approved you will have a plot of land on which to build. Neopets assigns you an street address at random. Unfortunately you cannot choose your own address.

Your plot has three levels: Ground, Floor 1, and Floor 2. Each level of your plot is divided into 25 sections and numbered as shown below. These numbers are called coordinates.



When you are adding rooms or gardens the coordinates will help you verify that the new room or garden will be in the correct location. They are also useful later when you are directing other neohomers to a particular room or garden. It might be helpful to right click on the grid image above, select 'View Image', print it out, and stick it to the edge of your computer.

You can build a room on each section of all three floors. Gardens can only be built on the ground floor.

Now you are read to start building!


Rooms
There are three key decisions you have to make when you build a room: 1) on which section of your plot you want to build it, 2) what building material you want to use, and 3) where to put the doors. To make these decisions you need a plan.

It is a good idea to plan your neohome on paper before you begin building rooms. Once you have built a room you cannot move the room to another section, change the building material, or change the position of the doors except by destroying the room and building it again. You will lose the neopoints you spent to build it and have to pay again to build another one.

Here is a grid that you can print out and use to plan the layout of your neohome. (Right click on the image, then select view or show image.)


Here are the building materials available and their cost.

Cardboard - 150 NP

Straw - 250 NP

Twigs - 300 NP

Bamboo - 400 NP

Wood - 500 NP

Chocolate - 650 NP

Jelly - 750 NP

Stone - 800 NP

Brick - 1000 NP

White Chocolate - 1200 NP

Marble - 1500 NP

Silver - 2500 NP

Cloud - 4000 NP

Gold - 7500 NP

Transparishield - 14,500 NP

Iced - 30,000 NP

Asparagus - 60,000 NP

Sand - 65,000 NP

Tatami - 70,000 NP
Garden - 100NP

To build a room in your neohome click on "Add/Remove Rooms or Gardens", then click on the section of your plot where you want to build a room.

A window will open where you must make two choices. First you must select what material you want your room to be made of. The first drop down menu lists the choices, ranging from cardboard (150NP) to tatami (70,000NP). Then you must select where you want doors in the room (north, south, east and/or west, or no doors) on the second drop down menu.

Once you have selected the position of the doors, you will see the results in the image above the menus. Check carefully to be sure the doors are in the right place! Also check the location numbers to be sure that you have the room on the correct section of your plot.

When you're sure everything is right, click the Build It! button. You will be told how many hours it will take to construct your room. You can check on the progress of construction at any time by clicking on "Building Status" on your neohome page.


For people who are planning to cover the entire floor of a room (tiling), the following information may be useful. Most of the floors are square and range from 329-331 pixels. However, the white chocolate room is bigger at 334 x 334 and tatami is much smaller at 322 x 322. Three rooms are not square, the difference in sides ranging from 8 to 14 pixels: bamboo 323 x 331, iced 321 x 329, and asparagus 322 x 336.



This is what the rooms of various materials look like on your plot of land.


Gardens can only be built on the Ground Floor. And you cannot build a room on Floor 1 or 2 if there is nothing underneath it. However, if you want a room over nothing, you can build a garden or inexpensive room underneath first, build the room you want above it, and then demolish whatever is under it.

Before you start putting furniture into your rooms you should name them. (You'll understand why later.) To name your rooms click on "Add/Remove Rooms or Gardens", then click on the room you want to name.

In the window that opens, type a name for the room in the Room Name box, for example, Living Room, Kitchen, Fido's Bedroom, etc. The room type seems not to make any difference, so you can skip that. Click Update Room and close the -blocked- Now when you move your mouse over the room you should see the name. People who come to look at your neohome will also see it. (Note: The mouseover doesn't work in Netscape or FireFox, but there is a plug-in for FireFox called Popup ALT Attribute which will make it work.)

When you have built a room, you can start putting furniture in it.


Furniture
(Jump to the
furniture catalog.)

Where do I get furniture? - There are eleven shops in Neopia that sell items for neohomes.
Fine Furniture - Neopian Bazaar (2nd shops map)
Tyranian Furniture - Tyrannia
Spooky Furniture - Deserted Fairgrounds
Kiko Lake Carpentry - Kiko Lake
Kreludan Homes - Kreludor
Faerie Furniture - Faerie City
Roo Island Souvenirs - Roo Island
Petpet Supplies - Neopian Bazaar (2nd shops map)
Brightvale Glaziers (windows) - Brightvale
Osiris Pottery - City of Sakhmet
Chesterdrawers' Antiques - Neovia

The Igloo Garage Sale (on Terror Mountain) often has a few pieces, too. You can also find neohome items in user shops by searching on the Shop Wizard, or at Auctions and the Trading post.

About 10% of all furniture items are not sold in neopets shops. These include Advent Calendar and other retired items, game and plot prizes, and rare item code prizes. However, they can usually be found in user shops via the Shop Wizard, or at the Trading Post or in Auctions. For a list of most of these items, click here.

How do I put furniture in my neohome? - Click on the item in Your Items. In the item window the drop down menu will list the rooms in your neohome (which is why it is a good idea to name your rooms before you start furnishing them.) Click on the room that you want to put the item in.

Why doesn't all my furniture appear in the room? - Sometimes all the items don't load the first time. Refresh the page. You might have to do it a couple of times.


NOTE: Some furniture items will not load in rooms or don't load properly. See the problems section in the Furniture Catalog for details.

How do I arrange my furniture? - Go to your neohome page and click View Rooms or Gardens, then click on the room where you just put the item. You will find the item in the upper left corner of the room. Place your pointer on the item and hold down the left click button to drag and drop it. You can also rotate, raise and lower items by using the item's control panel (see below).

To make items stay in the position you want, be sure you click on the 'Save Room' button before you refresh or leave.


Controls

When you first open a room the room information panel will appear under the room. Click on the View Item Info button to toggle to the item control panel. This is where you do all your furniture moving.



This panel gives you the name and description (or partial description) of the "active" item. If you click on another item, the information will change. It also gives you the item's cost and weight, which you can ignore.
Click the lock control button to lock and unlock an item. Locked: 1 means locked, Locked: 0 means unlocked. It must be unlocked to change the item's position, depth, or action. It is generally not necessary to lock an item. Save will keep it in it's place.
The action button controls items that turn on and off, like lamps, speakers, and robo-pets. As of this writing, it's not working too well.
You can position an item by dragging and dropping, or by using the position control arrows. The arrows are good for tiny moves. If you hold the Shift key down while clicking these arrows, the item will move a greater distance.
The rotation arrows will rotate an item 90 degrees. To rotate an item in smaller amounts, hold the Shift key down while you click the rotation button. This is how you position furniture on a diagonal.
The depth control layers items. If you want the rug to be under the sofa, the rug should be at a lesser depth than the sofa. The depth button increases or decreases depth by one. If you hold the shift key down while you click the button it will increase or decrease by ten.
Always click this button before you reload or leave a room. If you don't, all your careful positioning will be undone.
Click this button to view your room information. It will toggle to the room information control panel.

The window on the left lists all the items in your room. If you click on an item to highlight it, the boundary line of that item will appear in your room and make that item your "active" item. It will also bring up the item information panel.

This control panel will appear when you view a room in someone else's neohome. If you click on one of their items, the item information panel will appear. This is very useful for identifying items that you don't recognize.

The buttons on this panel are pretty self-explanatory. The View Item Information button takes you back to the item control panel. The Mute/Unmute Room button turns off speakers, which is very nice when you're working on a room and the music loop is driving you nuts.:)

How do I position furniture on a diagonal? - See information on rotation in the item control panel instructions above.

How can I position furniture high on the wall? - This doesn't always work the way you want it, but here are a couple of things to try. Click on the left rotation button until the item is at -180. Or hold down the Shift key as you click on the rotation buttons. Items that are at -180 or slightly tilted will stay up on the wall.

I didn't know that chair was going to look like that! - Items in neohomes are seen from an aerial viewpoint. Some of them look quite different than you would expect. Here is an example:





The Stone Chair and Rock Chair as seen in the shops

The same chairs seen in a neohome


To avoid unpleasant surprises like this check the Aerial section of this guide to see what items look like in an actual neohome before you buy.

I want a grand piano in my neohome! - Sorry, that item is a toy, not furniture. But when neopets doesn't provide items that you want for your neohome you can improvise. See the Related Links section for some useful sites on this.

How do I remove furniture from a room? - Go to the room from which you want to remove an item. Click on the button below the room labelled Go to Remove Items from Room. You will see a display of all the items that are in that room with check boxes under each one. Click on the boxes of all the items you want to remove. They will be sent back to Your Items.

NOTE: If you do have to destroy a room for any reason, the items in the room will be returned to your inventory (Your Items page).

Now that you have some furnished rooms, why not try some landscaping?


Gardens
(Jump to the
Garden catalog.)

How do I make a garden? - To make a garden click on "Add/Remove Rooms or Gardens", then click on the section of your plot where you want to have a garden. In the window that opens, click on the Build a Garden! button. You will be told how many hours it will take to prepare your garden. You can check on the progress at any time by clicking on "Building Status" on your neohome page.

Before you start planting and decorating your gardens you should name them. (You'll understand why in a minute.) To name your gardens click on "Add/Remove Rooms or Gardens", then click on the garden you want to name. In the window that opens type a name for the garden in the Room Name box, then click Update Room.

Where do I get items for my garden? - The only Neopets shop that carries garden items is the Gardening Supplies shop on the Neopian Bazaar map. The Igloo Garage Sale (on Terror Mountain) may have some, too. You can also find neohome items in user shops by searching on the Shop Wizard, or at Auctions and the Trading post.

About 10% of all garden items are not sold in Gardening Supplies. These include Advent Calendar and other retired items, game and plot prizes, and rare item code prizes. However, they can usually be found in user shops via the Shop Wizard, or at the Trading Post or in Auctions. For a list of these items, click here.

How do I put items in my garden? - Click on the item in Your Items. In the item window the drop down menu will list all your gardens (which is why it is a good idea to name them before you start planting and decorating.) Click on the garden that you want to put the item in.

NOTE: Some garden items will not load in gardens or don't load properly. See the problems section of the Garden Catalog for details.

How do I arrange my garden? - Go to your neohome page and click View Rooms or Gardens, then click on the garden where you just put the item. You will find the item in the upper left corner of the garden. Place your pointer on the item and hold down the left click button to drag and drop it.

You will notice that items in gardens work a little differently than furniture in rooms. You see gardens items from the front instead of from above. Also, they become larger when you drag them forward, which allows you to make some interesting 3-dimensional effects.

Garden items have two control features:
This is the move control and is near the upper left corner of the item. This is the control you must grab to drag and drop the item.

This is the flip control and will be a little below and to the right of the move control. This control allows you to flip the item vertically.

In the lower left corner of your garden you will see a white triangle. If you move your pointer over the triangle this menu will appear:

When you have your garden arranged the way you want it, click on the Save box.

The other boxes allow you to change the background color of the garden by increasing or decreasing the amount of blue, red and green. For instance, if you want your grass to be more of a bluish green, click the blue + sign until it is blue enough. If you want a desert garden, click the red + and green + until you have a yellow/tan color you like. Clicking on the Reset box will return the background to the default green. You can have a lot of fun playing around with this feature.:)

Gardens allow you to be wildly creative. You can make a traditional flower garden, or a garden full of the more bizarre examples of Neopian flora. You can make themed gardens, e.g., by color or type of plant. Try combining different plants -- or two or more of the same plant -- to invent new plants. You are limited only by your imagination! Here are some examples to get your creative juices flowing:


Here Budseeds are combined in several different ways and a couple of Tami Veggie Plants are used to create a "new species".


Two images, one flipped, make a lovely variation of the White Lulu.


A floral choir of Song Flowers and Bluebells.


Two rubber plants make a whimsical archway.


A tunnel of Cobblestone Bridges for your pets to play in, over and through

Now browse through the Garden catalog to pick out the perfect plants for your own garden.



Extensions

Extensions are enhancements to your neohome. A table of the available extensions and their levels appears below. Which extensions are available to purchase depends on the number of rooms you have. You can see which extensions you are eligible to purchase by clicking on Extensions on your neohome page.

Extensions are a slightly controversial feature of neohomes. They have, at this time at least, absolutely no effect on the appearance of your neohome. If you purchase plush carpet or chandeliers or royal wallpaper you don't seem them in your rooms. The only place extensions turn up is in your user lookup, listed under your neohome link.

Also, extensions can be very expensive. You have to buy them in order, e.g., to get to plush carpet you have to purchase all the lower levels of carpet first. Each level costs more than the previous level, and the cost is applied to every room. It will cost more to buy Satellite Security for a 10-room home than for a 3-room home. If you have extensions and you add rooms later, the cost of the extensions will be added to the cost of building the new room.

So, should you buy extensions? At this time it seems like just a waste of neopoints. However, it's possible that in the future the Pant Devil may attempt to burgle neohomes, in which case security and/or insurance may be useful. Or your pets' mood may be lowered because their rooms aren't heated. Or your pets' friends will refuse to come to visit them because your floors are dirt and weeds. This is all probably in the very far future, if it ever comes, so it's up to you whether or not to spend your neopoints on extensions.
Carpet
Bare Floor
Dirt and Weeds
Straw
Linoleum
Wood
A nice Rug
Imitation Brick
Quality Carpet
Plush Carpet
Marble
Lighting
Darkness
Candles
Torches
Gas Lamps
Electric Lamps
Fashion Lamps
Chandeliers
Wallpaper
Nasty Ripped
Cheap Blue
Green Pattern
Retro
Nice Patterned
Stainproof
Royal
Central Heating
Basic Heating
Heat Lamps
A Warm Fireplace
Immersion Heating
Electric Radiator
Neo Heating System
Security
Clanking Cans
Barbed Wire
Iron Bars
Electro-Secure
Satellite Security
Insurance
Basic Insurance
Sharky Insurance
Buzz-Extra Protection
Complete Chia Cover
Peophin Platinum

This guide was created by cybraria. If you have any comments or suggestions, please neomail her.

A big thanks to secret3191 for the aerial views of furniture and garden items. Many other people have helped by identifying unnamed items, pointing out errors, making suggestions, etc. They are too numerous to list, but my heartfelt thanks to all of them. Special thanks to the members of ~Guild of Booklovers~ who helped in the beginning and to the chat board neohomies who are a constant source of information and inspiration.

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