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A new feature in Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the ability to have full control over the layout and design of your town. Players are now able to choose where villagers homes, and other structures are placed, as well as change the location of those homes and structures. With the addition of the Island Designer app, players now have the ability to landscape their islands' waterways and cliffs, as well as lay paths. These new features allow for much more freedom in creating the perfect island for you.

Moving Structures[]

After Resident Services has been upgraded, players will have the ability to build bridges and inclines, as well as move different structures on the island. This feature is accessed by walking up to Tom Nook in Resident Services, talking to him and selecting the "Let's Talk Infrastructure" option. This opens up another dialogue box in which you will be offered "About bridges/inclines" and "I want layout changes." If a player wants to move their personal home, they must choose "About my home" instead of "Let's talk infrastructure," and then choose "I want to relocate."

"I want to relocate"[]

When selecting this option, there will be two options, "I'm ready to move!" and "I changed my mind." If the player wishes to move forward with moving their home, they must have 30,000 bells in their wallet or inventory, as payment is upfront, and the player will not be able to move their house without payment first. After the confirmation, Tom Nook will place a relocation kit into the players inventory. If this kit is placed and the location is confirmed, the construction may not be cancelled. Cancelling the project is only possible with the kit still in the players pockets.

Player Home Dimensions[]

Structure Width (East/West) Length (North/South) Price
Player Home 5 blocks 3 blocks 30,000

"About bridges/inclines"[]

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When selecting this option, Tom Nook will offer 4 choices, "Let's build a bridge," Let's build an incline," "Demolish something," and the option to go back. When selecting one "build" options, Tom Nook will pull up a list of the bridges or inclines with pictures of the finished structures as well as their price. After choosing a bridge or incline and confirming that you chose correctly, a construction kit will be placed in the players' pockets. If the player chooses to build a bridge/incline, but decides against it before placing the kit, they can return it to Tom Nook for no charge by following the same dialogue trail as before. Only one action can be taken for this option per day. These actions include: starting a bridge project, starting an incline project, cancelling a bridge project, cancelling an incline project, demolishing a bridge,and demolishing an incline. The payment for these projects (other than demolition) is done at the site of the bridge/incline through Lloid the Gyroid and can be done either all at once or in increments. Villagers will donate, although not very much. Cancelling projects is only possible if it has not reached it's goal in donations. If a player cancels a project that has not reached it's goal, none of the bells donated to that point will be returned to the player. After full payment of any project (or decision to cancel a project), the project will be completed by the following morning at 5:00am.

Bridge Dimensions:[]

Note: Width is the direction that the player walks over the bridge. This can be either East/West, North/South, or diagonally. Bridges also need a 1 block wide, 4 block long space available on either side of the bridge. This space cannot intersect with any buildings.

Bridge River Width (Min-Max) River Length (Min) Price (Bells)
Log 4-5 blocks 4 blocks 98,000
Suspension 4-5 blocks 4 blocks 129,800
Stone 4-5 blocks 4 blocks 168,000
Wooden 4-5 blocks 4 blocks 168,000
Brick 4-5 blocks 4 blocks 198,000
Iron 4-5 blocks 4 blocks 228,000
Red Zen 4-5 blocks 4 blocks 228,000
Zen 4-5 blocks 4 blocks 228,000

Incline Dimensions:[]

Note: Length is the direction the player walks over the incline. This can be either East/West, or North/South. There is no option to place inclines diagonally. Inclines also need to be placed flush against the flat side of a cliff. They will not place if the cliff is not straight. Inclines cannot intersect with buildings.

Incline Width Length Price (Bells)
Natural Ramp 2 blocks 4 blocks 98,000
Blue-Plank Ramp 2 blocks 4 blocks 128,000
White-Plank Ramp 2 blocks 4 blocks 128,000
Log Staircase 2 blocks 4 blocks 168,000
Stone Staircase 2 blocks 4 blocks 168,000
Brick Staircase 2 blocks 4 blocks 198,000
Red Steel Staircase 2 blocks 4 blocks 228,000
Blue Steel Staircase 2 blocks 4 blocks 228,000

"I want layout changes"[]

When selecting this option, Tom Nook will ask what you would like to move. These options are based off what structures you have on your island. At the moment, the final options are "An island home", "The shop," "The museum," "The tailors," and "Campsite". These are subject to change, as future updates may add new structures.

When choosing "An island home," Tom Nook will open a window with the face and name of each villager living on the player's island. When the player chooses a villager to move, Tom Nook will confirm this with the player, before "talking to" the villager about it. Before he brings in the villager, the player must have the appropriate amount of money. The villager will always say yes to the player moving their home, and Tom Nook will take the money and put a relocation kit into the player's pockets

Only one structure can be moved per day, including the player's home. Bridges and inclines are not included in this particular section. The payment for these projects is upfront, so you must have the bells in your inventory/wallet to move ahead with the project. Any time before placing the kit, the player can return to Resident Services, follow the same dialogue trail as before and cancel the project. The player will get their money back. After placing the kit, the project can not be cancelled.

Keep in mind, some structures have differing dimensions in front of windows compared to in front of the entrance. These dimensions are from the widest part to the longest part.

Structure Dimensions:[]

Structure Width (East/West) Length (North/South) Price (Bells)
Villager Home 4 blocks 3 blocks 10,000
Nook's Cranny 7 blocks 4 blocks 10,000
Museum 7 blocks 4 blocks 10,000
Campsite 4 blocks 4 blocks 10,000
Tailor 5 blocks 4 blocks 10,000

Fixed Structures[]

There are certain features of the island that cannot be changed no matter what. The island the player chooses will determine the placement of many of these features. Resetting for different maps will allow the player to "change" these features, but once an island is chosen, these features are permanent.

Structure Width (if applicable) Length (if applicable) Location (if applicable) Variety (if applicable)
Main Island Area 5 acres (80 blocks) 4 acres (64 blocks) N/A Variety on outskirts
Airport 9 blocks N/A Base of island Precise location
Resident Services Plaza 12 blocks 10 blocks Varies Precise location
Resident Services 6 blocks 4 blocks Rear center of plaza, one block gap behind Tent, Building
River Mouths N/A N/A One always at base, other varies Left, Right, Base
Beach N/A N/A Around outskirts of island Shape and size
Rocks on beach N/A N/A On beach Shape, size, amount
Outcropping of land N/A N/A On outskirts of island Left, Right, Shape and size
Dock 2 blocks Varies Left or right side of island Length, precise location
Secret Beach N/A N/A Back of island Left, Middle, Right

Island Designer App[]

After hosting the K.K Slider concert, Tom Nook will visit the player's home and install the Island Designer app to their Nook Phone. At first this app only allows the player to place dirt paths, but by accessing the Nook Stop and selecting "Redeem Nook Miles," the player can spend Nook Miles on different options to add to the app. These include the Waterscaping permit, the Cliff Construction permit, and different path types.

Permit Prices[]

Permit Price (Nook Miles)
Waterscaping 6,000
Cliff Construction 6,000
Dirt Path Free
Arched Tile Path 2,000
Brick Path 2,000
Dark Dirt Path 2,000
Sand Path 2,000
Stone Path 2,000
Terra-cotta Path 2,000
Wooden Path 2,000


NH-Island Designer-Waterscaping Permit
NH-Island Designer-Cliff-Construction Permit
NH-Island Designer-Stone path

The waterscaping permit allows the player to create and patch rivers and ponds. A river is only considered a river if it is connected to either a river mouth or a waterfall. For fish to spawn in a river, the river must be at least 3 blocks wide, otherwise it is considered a stream. Ponds must be at least 3 by 3 for fish to spawn. The waterscaping permit cannot be used on the beach, on rocks, or directly beside structures or trees. Players can hop over bodies of water that are one or two blocks wide. Rivers cannot be created if there are flowers or weeds in the way.

Cliff Construction[]

The cliff construction permit allows the player to create and tear down cliffs.There can be as high as 4 levels of elevation on an island, but the top level will be unusable. When layering cliffs, the next level must be at least one block in from the layer below it. Cliffs cannot be constructed on the beach, on rocks, or directly beside structures or trees. The player will not be able to destroy a cliff with a tree, flowers, a building, or water on top of it.


The different path options available do different things. Dirt and dark dirt paths act like grass, so the player can plant flowers on it, dig holes in it, and plant trees on it. The sand path acts like sand, so the player can plant coconut trees on it, dig holes in it, and plant flowers in it. The rest of the paths do not allow for wildlife to be planted on them, nor do they allow the player to dig holes in them. Paths can go directly beside buildings and structures with no issues. If a path cannot be placed, it is because the place the player tried to place the path was either in a building's area, or under a fence or piece of furniture. Fences and furniture can be placed on paths after they are laid down, however.