How to build a house in Skyrim: 10 steps (with pictures)

How to build a house in Skyrim: 10 steps (with pictures)
How to build a house in Skyrim: 10 steps (with pictures)

Wandering the frozen wastes of Skyrim can be exhausting, and sometimes an adventurer needs a welcoming home they can call their own. When Bethesda released Hearthfire, the second official expansion for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, they allowed players to build a house in their own little corner of the Nordic lands. Building your own mansion using Bethesda's unique interface can be fun, and it also gives your character some distinct advantages.


Build a House in Skyrim Step 1

Step 1. Purchase and install Hearthfire

This expansion can be purchased directly from the Elder Scrolls website if using a PC or, for console players, from PlayStation Store or Xbox Live.

Build a House in Skyrim Step 2

Step 2. Buy a land

To do this, speak with a Chamberlain from Morthal, Dawnstar, or Falkreath. 5000 Gold will be removed from your inventory.

  • You may need to complete a few quests for each respective city before the Jarl allows you to purchase land.
  • If you can't decide where you want to build your house, keep in mind that buying one plot won't stop you from buying the other two.
Build a House in Skyrim Step 3

Step 3. Find your site

Follow the quest indicator to the site of your new home. There you will find everything you need to build your house: a drawing table, a carpenter's workbench, and a treasure chest filled with the materials you will need to start building your house.

Build a House in Skyrim Step 4

Step 4. Learn how to manage a property by reading the Beginner's Guide

This book, found on top of the carpenter's workbench, will help you understand how to build your new home.

Build a House in Skyrim Step 5

Step 5. Use the drawing board

Select "Little House" to get the various components of the Little House to build it with the Carpenter's Workbench.

Selecting projects to build on the drawing board doesn't use resources, so don't worry if you don't have all the wood, iron, and other materials you need

Build a House in Skyrim Step 6

Step 6. Build the components of your small house

You will need to use the carpenter's workbench. Once your tiny house is built, you can decorate the interior using the carpenter's workbench found inside.

Build a House in Skyrim Step 7

Step 7. Continue to expand your home

To do this, select “Main Hall” on the drawing board. This will dramatically increase the size of your house and transform the small structure of the house into a hallway.

Being a larger structure, the main hall will require you to collect other materials

Build a House in Skyrim Step 8

Step 8. Collect the materials needed to continue building

  • Timber can be purchased from any of Skyrim's many sawmills including Deadwood Mill in Falkreath, Agna's Mill which is west of Windhelm, or the Loneliness Sawmill in Haafingar.
  • Clay can be found near your home. Look for a reddish-brown deposit on the ground, and collect clay like other minerals in Skyrim.
  • Carved stone can also be found near every home. Look for a gray deposit on stones or mountains. Similar to clay, you will need a pickaxe in your inventory to collect it.
Build a House in Skyrim Step 9

Step 9. Complete the main hall

Choose the extensions you want to add to your home. These expansions can bring both utility and a touch of personalization to your character's housing.

  • On the north wing, you can choose between a storage room, a trophy room, or an alchemy lab.
  • On the west wing, you can choose between a greenhouse, an extra bedroom or an enchanter's tower.
  • On the east wing you can choose between a kitchen, a library or an armory.
Build a House in Skyrim Step 10

Step 10. Decorate

You will be able to work the interior of your main hall and your extensions using the carpenter's workbench, in the same way you decorated the small house. When you select the element to build, the necessary components will be displayed.

  • There are many aesthetic decor options, including wall mounted deer heads and iron chandeliers.
  • There are also many functional decorating options, including enchantment tables and alchemy tables.


  • Once your house is built, you can hire a chamberlain, invite your wife to settle in, and even adopt children.
  • When building and furnishing your home, you will need to maintain a large stock of iron. Between 238 and 301 ingots will be needed to build and fully furnish your house, depending on your choice for the wings.
  • Build your house to complement the type of character you are using. For example, a "Warrior" character would make the most of an armory, while a "Thief" character would benefit from a garden to use the ingredients to make poisons.

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