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How To Remodel Your Villagers’ Homes In Animal Crossing: Happy Home Paradise

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons fans were understandably thrilled to hear that a new update and a DLC were being released for the game in late 2021. It came with tons of things that fans had been clamoring for, and some that they didn’t even know they wanted.

RELATED: Animal Crossing New Horizons: How To Make A Fruit OrchardHowever, while you may know that these new features have been added, you may not be sure how exactly to access them. In this article, we cover exactly how to do one thing: remodel the homes of the villagers living on your island!

Unlocking The Ability To Remodel Your Villagers’ Homes

Animal Crossing New Horizons - DJ KK Concert on left, Talking to Tom Nook about remodels on right

In order to get the ability to remodel the homes of the villagers who live on your island, you need to have finished the story of the Happy Home Paradise DLC. After successfully building 30 vacation homes and all of the facilities, D.J. K.K. marks the end of the story by visiting the island for a concert!


The day (or, whenever you next log in) after the concert, Tom Nook will give you a phone call. When you meet with him at Resident Services, he says that the locals are open to letting you redecorate for them!

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The Process Of Remodeling A Villager’s Home

Step 1: Talk To Tom Nook

Animal Crossing New Horizons - Resident Services on left, talking to Tom Nook on right

Your first step, as usual, is talking to Tom Nook in Resident Services.

  • Say: “Let’s talk homes.”
  • Then: “A resident’s home.”

Animal Crossing New Horizons - Talking to Tom Nook on left, Resident List on right

Tom will review the cost and the rewards for you, and then check that you’re sure you want to proceed!

The Cost The Reward

Once everything has been confirmed, Tom asks you whose home you’d like to redecorate. Once that villager has been called and has agreed, Tom asks whether you want to start by redesigning the interior or the exterior of the home.

Redecorating The Interior Of A Home

Animal Crossing New Horizons - Remodeling Azalea's house

Tom Nook will take you to an imaginary version of the villagers’ home and ask you to redesign it however you like. Everything is the same as when you decorate an animal’s vacation home. You’ll have access to any furniture items, wallpapers, etc. that you’ve unlocked so far, as well as soundscapes, new entry hallways, the ability to toggle windows, and coloured lights.

There are a few differences, however, including…

  • Tom Nook is present.
  • You cannot change the size of the villager’s room.
  • You can toggle the presence of the villager by pressing down on the left control stick.
  • The “Order” tab has become the “Base Design” tab, which includes any items that were already in their home before you started to change it, as well as the villager’s favourite song (even if it wasn’t playing before).

When you’re done, want to quit, or are suddenly struck by inspiration for the home’s exterior, talk to Tom Nook.

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Redecorating The Exterior Of A Home

Animal Crossing New Horizons - Remodeling Azalea's house (exterior)

Just like the interior, redecorating the exterior of a villager’s home is basically the same as when you do it for vacation homes in the Happy Home Paradise DLC. You can choose the roof, the siding, the shape, the door, and the wreath that will appear on the outside! The only notable difference is that you have fewer design options because you can’t use the larger home shapes.

Finishing Up

Animal Crossing New Horizon - talking to Tom Nook about Azalea's remodel

When you’re done, talk to Tom Nook! If you haven’t changed the exterior yet, Tom will prompt you to do that. (If you want to keep the exterior as is, just hit B.) You’ll be transported back to Resident Services and Tom will tell you that all will be as you’ve planned by the next day.

Something important to note is that, unlike moving buildings, you can do as many remodels as you want in one day!

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