we should mark this as spoilers, i would guess. I was worried that the game just ENDED..I thought I read that here.
Nope, you are ok. just a little beat up, but ok at the end,
I tried to look for the 30+ quests I missed, but I did not have the heart, because many of them were back in the starting sections, I had no desire to spend time there.
Yep, new house, not that that matters. Houses in this game are kinda lame. the ones that seem cool. like the castles. are SOOOOO big, you have to run from one end to the other to get anything done, and you can get all that done in town anyways.
I still like the starting house, you fast travel right to the door, the chest is right inside the door, and there is a person to buy stuff very close.
I was not sure now to even fight that thing at the end, I was making NO damage on it, sO I was kinda ticked off, THEN I figured it out, and things went MUCH better.
I sort of like the houses, but like you said the first house is incredibly compact and useful. Everything in it's right place. I do like having the option of playing thru the game uberpowerful and just cleaning up the side quests I missed and experimenting with different abilities. I didn't want to screw anything up on my first play through so I didn't mess with my build much...