Garden Paws

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Garden Paws: Building Tips
By lydocia
In this guide, I will post screenshots of random things I have built that may inspire you for your own creations.

Feel free to share your takes in the comments, or join us on the official Garden Paws Discord:
Extra big wardrobe storage.

Sheds are my go-to storage solution so I will shift them and decorate them as much as possible. They go extremely well with the wardrobe, creating a stylish closet space. Extrude the shed a bit more for a walk-in closet.
Vertically placed pillars as railings.

For example, for the above bridge, I rotated the wooden pillars (alternating left and right so they align properly), painted them with a Stone Paint Brush and offset them with Stone Display Stands.
Outhouse makes for a good poop shed.

I put a shed over my outhouse, built 4 walls and a roof over it and hid a compost bin in there for good measure. The result is a big poop shed to fertilizer in.
Shelves and chests for storage.

I organised all my produce and other storage on two of these tables. The chests are easily accessible as well. Behind the shelves are some painted walls, pillars and stone display stands to "fix" the broken-looking original outer wall.
Use your barn as storage.

I closed my barn with some walls and left a doorway to access my sheds. The front bit of the barn became my apiary area, the backside a shed with spare animals that I'm hoarding. What else will you do with this much open space?
Ladders save lives (and time).

This is a pretty straight-forward and simple tip but: add ladders to places you need to take the long way around for regularly. Grabbing the above chest, for instance, has been a pet peeve of mine. I had to go the whole way around all the way to Frank's and back, but thanks to this super simple ladder... hop, hop, and done.
Free your chickens.

Adding extra coops is all find and dandy, but it keeps your chickens locked up in that tiny area. Free them by shifting their habitat halfway into the ground, hiding the fence and effective freeing them to wander around the rest of your coop. You're welcome, chickies.
Hide your delivery crates.

I *really* didn't like the chests lining up on my front lawn, so I hid them underneath some stones and
hedges. They're still accessible, just less ugly. (I really like hiding storages. I think I have a problem.)

I have plopped down this setup in multiple places in my world, for when I am taming animals in that area, need to have a quick nap or just want to wake up close to the addictive summer games.
Stop trees / bushes from regrowing.

Have that one tree you always run into? That one bush obstructing your perfect view? No matter how often you cut it, it keeps growing back. Ugh, annoying! But fear not, this simply trick will stop it from growing back! Chop it down, bury an item in its place et voilà, that spot will be barren for eternity. Any object will do, so whichever thing you have laying around and / or is cheap to craft does the trick.
Display cases rotated are wall displays.

Want to display some items but don't feel like cluttering your room with display stands? Then rotating them and shoving them into your walls may be the perfect solution for you! Only downside: once they're in the walls, you can't access their inventory anymore, until you shift them back out.
Drinking throughs for your animals.

With a little bit of imagination and some clever positioning, the Heverli Hot Tub makes for a makeshift animal drinking through.

A similar case can be made for the bathtub, which even comes with baby ducks bathing, for that extra immersion.
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lydocia  [author] Jan 26 @ 8:58am 
Very welcome! :-)

If you have Discord, consider joining the Garden Paws (Bitten Toast) server. We're all super active and helpful over there and exchange tips like this on the daily!
Elon Foster Jan 26 @ 7:23am 
You're the absolute best! Thank you so so much! <3 I was literally only holding back on getting more chickens because I was annoyed about the fencing lol thank you again!
lydocia  [author] Jan 26 @ 1:21am 
Ah, you need to use CTRL to *lock* your shifter onto an item. With it unlocked, you can only shift what you see and as soon as it's down far enough, your shifter can't reach it anymore. Lock it, and you can continue shifting it up or down or as far away as you want.

As for the ladder in my screenshot, yes, that's a spot you can't *technically* build on in town. There is a spot where the shed/bed/workbench (in another screenshot) is located where you can build. I placed the ladder there and shifted it over.
Elon Foster Jan 25 @ 3:38pm 
I'm trying to figure out how to lower objects while building. For some reason even while trying to place the ladder I couldn't place it near the chest by Frank's. I'm not sure if it's a bug or if I'm just being super dumb and not hitting the right keys. ;-;

I also did want to free my chickens from the fencing but when I tried it wouldn't go any lower than the grass. D:
lydocia  [author] Jan 25 @ 3:01pm 
Elon, are you using a shifter? What isn't working?
Elon Foster Jan 25 @ 11:04am 
I can't figure out how to sink my chicken coops D:
lydocia  [author] Jan 11 @ 8:36am 
I keep having the underground spawning thing, indeed. I'll try again!
Laska-Eira Jan 11 @ 6:05am 
Lydocia, I'm having trouble accessing the discord right now. Are the animals spawning below ground for you after sinking the barns? That was the biggest issue I had. There's a very tiny sweet spot where the fence is hidden and they won't sink. Take all the animals out of the barn, then put them back. If they sink, move the barn up by 1 increment and try again. Baby animals will always spawn below ground in sunken barns till they grow up.
lydocia  [author] Jan 10 @ 12:43pm 
Hi Laska! Funny, I couldn't get it just right for the barns! If you're in the Garden Paws Discord, can you share share a screenshot there?
Laska-Eira Jan 10 @ 12:34pm 
That bridge is gorgeous! I need to build something like that instead of the half-foundation walkways I use now!

I've sunk my barns halfway to free my animals, didn't know it worked on coops too!