Since it comes packed with the base game and its three expansions, there is no shortage of things to do in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Special Edition. Besides looting caves, battling bandits, and slaying fire-breathing dragons, players can also partake in some less dangerous activities, like building their very own house. There are three different places in Skyrim where players can plant their roots, and here is where to find them.
The plots of land for sale in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim are located in Morthal, Dawnstar, and Falkreath. Players will need to be in good standing with the locals before they’re allowed to purchase any land, however. This typically means completing tasks like radiant quests for the townsfolk. Once the citizens are satisfied, speak with the steward of the town of choice and pay 5,000 gold to become a proud owner of your own little corner of the world.
Once a plot of land has been purchased, players will be led to the plot by objective markers. Players are gifted with a workbench, a drafting table, and treasure chest that contains some materials to get started. Another object of note at the building site is the important book The Beginner’s Guide to Homesteading. Read the book to get some additional tips on the proper way to construct a house in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
The next step will be gathering additional materials necessary to actually build the home. The main materials players need for home-building are lumber, clay, and quarried stone. To acquire lumber, purchase it from lumber mills such as Agna’s Mill in Windhelm, or cut the wood yourself. Clay deposits are scattered throughout Skyrim, but there’s some located near the player’s house as well. Quarried stone can be mined from cliffsides near the home.
With the necessary materials in tow, players can return to their home to begin building. At first, the game will guide them through constructing the base of the home as well as the wall frame necessary to hold up the roof. From there, players are given a bit more freedom to experiment, with the choice of adding a main hall, along with additional rooms that sometimes serve special purposes.
For example, each potential wing of the house can be customized to serve a distinct purpose. Here are all nine choices players have when adding wings to their houses:
Building a house in Skyrim is somewhat confusing, but hopefully this clears things up. The most tedious part will be collecting enough building materials necessary to actually construct a home. But the effort is worth it; not only can players unlock achievements by building houses, but they also create a permanent part of the game world that can be useful to them in a number of ways.
In the Hearthfire expansion content for Skyrim, building a home means having a place to store extra loot. Players can also have their spouse and children live there, as well as use some of their cooler souvenirs from their journeys to decorate their home. All things considered, building a house is a worthwhile activity for anyone looking to squeeze some more game time out of Skyrim.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Special Edition is available now for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.