Disclaimer/Warning: Text intensive, not for the faint of heart! Brave souls....read onward....
You've successfully made it into the game. You have trudged through the beginner zones, battled countless mobs, and have finally arrived at the level 14 milestone. Huzzah!
Your reward? A housing plot to call your very own! (among other things)
Now that you have a housing plot....what in the world are you going to do with it? Not everyone has the luxury of vast amounts of platinum to spend willy-nilly, constantly changing the lighting, roof style or even the base structure on a whim!
Maybe you are Mr/Mrs Moneybags or maybe you aren't. Either way you are likely in it for the "long haul" and willing to invest time and thought into your personal domicile. That said, there are many considerations to keep in mind when planning your home, even before you lay that first "brick".
Do you choose your style of home based solely on your race? Many Aurin will likely go with the Aurin-style home, simply to maintain a closeness to nature, as the Aurin-style home exhibits the more organic/curvy/nature-inspired features.
Or do you take into consideration your class/path choices? An Aurin engineer may feel right at home in a typical Exile-style home, being less concerned about nature and more about where they are going to put their work station or how many nifty gadgets they can fit on their new counter-top area. Perhaps an Aurin settler is more inclined to go with a Granok-style house, as they might appreciate the craftsmanship of a home built from stone.
Once you decide on a basic house style, then comes the really big question. What theme or purpose will your house have?
Is it just a place for you to put your feet up? A simple residence.
Or is it a place meant for "public use"? A typical tavern.
Or is to be both?
Or maybe you have absolutely no idea what you should/could do with your newfound powers as a land owner in Nexus?
Aha! Here's the main focus of this article....
Below is a listing of suggested themes you could consider using for your home. Each suggestion comes with a brief description/concept and often includes a short list of types of decor that might work with it, along with ideas for rooms and makeshift/custom creations. Suggestions made my other posters in this thread will be added to this list as I have time to edit it, and of course will be attributed to them.
Where applicable, my personal experience (i.e. homes I've seen with defined themes) will be referenced. The names of the owners of these homes have been left out to maintain their privacy (as it's not my right to share those specifics), though they are free to chime in here if they so wish.
Firstly though, some general considerations:
Item Requirements! True enough, there are certain items that are locked by level restrictions, reputation levels or cost vast amounts of cash/renown. While it may inhibit your progress until such time as you meet these requirements, you should not let it stop you from working towards your ultimate goal.
Lighting! This is an important, often overlooked, feature that you would be wise to tinker with, as there are a variety of settings that can greatly enhance whatever mood/atmosphere you are aiming for in your house. From fog, to dark, to neon, there's bound to be an option that will best suit your needs.
Item Placement Restrictions: Currently we are somewhat limited on where we can place items on the exterior of our housing plot. Be assured though that we've already heard from the-powers-that-be that these restrictions are to be loosened. In the meantime, do the best you can with the restrictions that are in place and keep your fingers crossed that the coming changes arrive sooner than later.
Multi-Purpose Homes: Alot of the ideas shared below can be mixed, matched or expanded upon, as you like. You might want a private upstairs, but have a type of bed-and-breakfast setup down below. Or perhaps you wish for a local tavern scene, all nice and cozy to the casual visitor, but have a secret gambling room or torture chamber tucked away somewhere. So don't feel restricted to choosing/styling your home after just a single theme, if you feel like you cannot choose or just want to keep things interesting/unique.
Now on to the good stuff!
Frat House/Internet(Cyber) Cafe:
Farm House/Zoo/Pet Shop:
University/School/Place of Learning:
Police Precinct/Department/Jailhouse: (contributed by Nickleyo)
This is just a small sampling of some of the things you could do with your housing plot. You are really only limited by your imagination (and possibly a bit with current placement restrictions, in the sense of being hindered from fleshing out your property as well as you may like to, but that's another story!).
Feel free to openly brainstorm here for ideas if you have a particular theme in mind and would like some help in fleshing it out or wish to elaborate on some ideas that would work for the themes already listed, or would like to contribute new themes for others' consideration.
If you made it this far, thanks for taking the time to read this and hopefully it has inspired you to run wild with housing. It's all in good fun!