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By default, the home area is automatically expanded as colony structures are built. However, this is a setting that may be toggled by clicking the house icon directly above the Overview button.
The home "area" does not have to be one connected zone, it can include many separate, unconnected areas; all are considered your "Home Area".
Note that broken down items in your Home Area(s) will be automatically repaired (eventually) by any pawn with Construction enabled, or you can give a specific command to a pawn to prioritize that repair. Items not included in Home Areas cannot be repaired.
Adding home area
To add others parts of the map to your home area click the Architect button in bottom left corner, then click Zone/Area and click Expand home area.
Now you can mark cells as home area by dragging the mouse. This is useful when you need your colonists to engage in a behavior like firefighting near your structures.
Removing home area
If you want to remove parts of the home area, go to Architect - Zone/Area and click Clear home area.
As when adding, drag the mouse to remove sections of the home area.