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This is a hard question to answer. I think it really depends on the building. Some buildings look great sharing land, while others get their own space. If suggest spending some time in the showcase for ideas.

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  • annettemarc
    7747 posts Member
    edited January 2015
    How much land do you give your houses, shops, gardens etc?

    Is one piece of land enough or do you use more depending on cost of land?

    I base mine on (my perception of) real life. Shops are in strip malls, side-by-side. Residential areas of the average suburb have houses with a modicum of space between them, and yards approximately the size of the home. (Eg, the home takes up about half of the property area.)
    Residences of the extremely wealthy take up huge expanses of land, and command complete privacy from neighbors, and are set back from the road, isolated from the sights and sounds of the riffraff. Factories and large businesses take up more space (need parking for large numbers of customers and employees.)
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  • djcenturio629
    101 posts
    edited January 2015
    Been there already :)

    So far I am happy with my Elementary school although temporarily have the ski lift using the school playing field.

    The school was my first proper complete section.

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    My Power Plant I am very pleased with.

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    My Krustyland Bus is located opposite the pier.

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  • 4junk3000
    5618 posts Member
    edited January 2015
    Oh i thought we were licking toads in here. :P

    Never mind.
    "You're the most negative person I've ever seen on here. Constantly."
  • roshigoth1
    1601 posts Member
    edited January 2015
    How much land do you give your houses, shops, gardens etc?

    Is one piece of land enough or do you use more depending on cost of land?

    I base mine on (my perception of) real life. Shops are in strip malls, side-by-side. Residential areas of the average suburb have houses with a modicum of space between them, and yards approximately the size of the home. (Eg, the home takes up about half of the property area.)
    Residences of the extremely wealthy take up huge expanses of land, and command complete privacy from neighbors, and are set back from the road, isolated from the sights and sounds of the riffraff. Factories and large businesses take up more space (need parking for large numbers of customers and employees.)

    This is a good answer. I like to build my town in themed blocks with buildings that go together. I very rarely give one building a great deal of space to itself. Not only is there not enough land to do that often, but I think it's more fun to group them together.

    The best answer is: Whatever makes you happy. It's your town, you make it look how you like.
  • izabellatrix
    1612 posts Member
    edited January 2015
    Like everyone else has said, it really depends on the building. I like to make sure all of my public buildings have enough parking, and depending on the building some of them get more land for decorations (like a playground for the elementary school, justice statues at the courthouse, etc.) My houses all have fenced in backyards. Looking at my SF, I seem to have 3 coloured houses per 2 plots of land, and 5 brown houses per 2 plots of land. My other buildings don't really have any consistency to them though. Some are grouped together, others get their own block.

    I use up a lot of land for my event buildings though. My **** area is 12 plots of land (it's like a LARP/camp ground), and my Stonecutters, Halloween, and Christmas areas use 6 plots of land each.
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  • TT_Degnan
    471 posts Member
    edited January 2015
    How much land do you give your houses, shops, gardens etc?

    Is one piece of land enough or do you use more depending on cost of land?

    I base mine on (my perception of) real life. Shops are in strip malls, side-by-side. Residential areas of the average suburb have houses with a modicum of space between them, and yards approximately the size of the home. (Eg, the home takes up about half of the property area.)
    Residences of the extremely wealthy take up huge expanses of land, and command complete privacy from neighbors, and are set back from the road, isolated from the sights and sounds of the riffraff. Factories and large businesses take up more space (need parking for large numbers of customers and employees.)

    ^ this! exactly :)
  • velinadelinis
    2093 posts Member
    edited January 2015
    Whatever happens, happens when I am designing. It depends how much land I have to work with and what I am willing to clear.
  • mattruns84
    2819 posts Member
    edited January 2015
    It depends. Not every building has a parking lot, but my Buddhist temple has a garden, my school has a playground, etc. It just depends on my ideas. I tend to make bigger areas for events/ special occasions. I'm going to be saving even more room so as to expand my railroad.
  • efin98
    5856 posts Member
    edited January 2015
    For businesses I go by what I know and it's usually very little spacing, at most two or three blocks. For houses I give a little bit of space for fencing in front, depending on the house- between two and four blocks on each side, with much more behind.

    For the government buildings and the mansions I gave a lot of room allowing for more trees and decorations and for some premium decorations and limited time items.
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