Want to have a taste of Farmville in Skyrim? Play Skyrim: Hearthfire. The second DLC for the game primarily focuses on house building where players are supposed to construct a permanent house of their own. You will acquire a land first and then start building.
When we talk about construction, the most important part is the resources needed to build the particular structure. Since we are talking about building houses in Skyrim, there are multiple ways to gather materials.
Although you can go for materials hunting yourself, the easier option is that your hire a Steward, who will buy the materials for you.
If you are playing as thane, the housecarl will play the role of Steward, e.g. (Lydia, housecarl to the Dragonborn in Whiterun). For other classes, one of your followers can play the role of Steward for you.
For more help on Skyrim Hearthfire, read our House Building and Plot Finding Guide. Now, before we head to the items crafting, let’s have a look at the basic materials you can find easily around you:
Skyrim Hearthfire Building Material Locations
Note. Don’t forget to retrieve 30 Clay, 1 Corundum Ingot, 6 Iron Ingot, and 30 Quarried Stone from a chest in the your newly bought properties.
Clay Location. For the startup, you will get 30 clay that can be found in the chest placed just beside the Drafting table. You can harvest more from the Clay veins found on your land. Explore the area near the logs.
Glass Location. You can contact some vendors to purchase glass. Vendors in Dawnguard Sanctuary is one good place to buy this material.
Corundum Ingot Location. You will find some in the starting chest, and if you want more, you can smelt it from the corundum ore or contact some Blacksmith and purchase it directly.
Hinges and Iron Fittings Location. You can create them at any anvil.
Horns Location. Vendors dealing in General goods can supply the horns, e.g. the one in Riverwood named Lucas.
Lock and Nails Location. These are the anvil crafts like hinges and fittings.
Iron Ingot Location. You will get some from the starting chest. If you want more, you can either smelt it from Iron ore or you can contact the blacksmith or the vendors dealing in general goods.
Quarried Stones Location. Apart from the initial supply, you can look for this material around the rocks in front of your land.
Swan Logs Location. To get the wooden pieces, you should contact people working or dealing in the lumber mills. For example, Hert, in the Half-Moon Mill north of Falkreath is one place you can visit.
Straw Location. Not a hard material to find as you can buy it easily from the general traders at various places.
Skyrim Hearthfire – Building Material Requirements
To build the house, you will need these materials during each step of the house building. You need to perform these steps exactly as they are stated.
For example to build the walls, you must first build the foundation and the Wall Framing. Furthermore, once you have finished the initial structure of your house, you can add Misc. Exterior at any time.
House, Foundation – Requires: 1 Sawn Log, 10 Quarried Stone
House, Wall Framing – Requires: 6 Sawn Logs, 10 Nails