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Hearthfire

Hearthfire is the second DLC for the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and brings home ownership to a new level. With this addon, you can seak to own land in three different areas of Skyrim (Hjaalmarch, Falkreath, and the Pale) and on this land you can custom build your own house. Starting with a small base, you can add an entry way, cellar, and wings to your house, as well as a garden or blacksmithing area outdoors.

The DLC also adds the ability to adopt children but to do so, you must first have a room for them in your house. Building a house and then a wing with a bedroom will give the Orphanage caregiver enough reason to trust you. You can also change certain rooms in the houses you already own into bedrooms (such as the alchemy room in the Breezeway home in Whiterun).

After installing the DLC and entering a city, you'll be approached by a courier with  letters for you, provided you either own a home already (like Breezeway) or have satisfied the requirements to become a Jarl in one of these holds. The first is a letter from one of the Jarls of those Holds that mentions a house up for ownership while the other letter will direct you to the Orphanage in Riften to adopt. Visit the Jarl's house in whichever city is mentioned (either Dawnstar, Morthol, or Falkreath) and talk to the Steward or Jarl there to buy the house. From there, head to your newly owned (and marked) property to start bulding.

Falkreath: Lakeside Manor

To first purchase the house in the Falkreath Forests, find the Jarl's Longhouse in Falkreath. Inside, you're looking for either Tekla or Nenya (depending on the Civil War), who is the Jarl's Steward. You should have an option to buy a house from her for 5,000 septims. After buying the house from her, you can head to the land which is North of Falkreath. You'll see a row of mountains just to the North with a small pass leading between them. The house is just North of the mountains on the edge of that pass.

When you get there, you should find that the logs have been removed (they appear if you haven't bought the land yet) and that instead, there's a work station with a drafting table, carpenter's bench, anvil and chest. Inside the chest will be quarried stone, clay, iron ingots and more that you will need to craft the beginnings of your home.

Once you've collected your materials, head over to the drafting table. At the drafting table, you can pick the next part of the house that you will craft. Once you've picked the next part, go over to the carpenter's bench to find out what you need to craft it. Some walls or doors will require you to craft things like iron hinges and nails from the anvil nearby (under building materials instead of iron). Once you've crafted certain parts, more will become available and the same holds true of the drafting table. Once you've fully built the "small house" that you can start with, the drafting table will allow you to build an entrance way and so on. You can only have one project picked at a time (for instance, you can't have selected both an East and West wing to build).

  • Clay - If you walk out of your home and slightly to the right (about 45 degrees), you should see a small clay vein on the hill side. It's hard to see. If you've already built stables, it just off the front most corner of the stable.
  • Stone - If you walk out the front door and turn left, there will be a cliff face. turn left and follow the cliff face until you see piece of the cliff that looks like it's been smashed away.
  • Iron - From your work bench, follow the path just beyond and look left. Not far from the work bench should be a large iron vein in the ground. Once that's depleted and if it hasn't returned, Iron is a rather common item at Blacksmiths under misc. The best way to get Iron is by Fast Travelling between the Blacksmith in Riften and the Blacksmith in Solitude. They are just far enough away that their stock has replenished by the time you get back.
  • Sawn Wood - You can get Sawn Wood from almost any Sawmill in Skyrim. You may want to go a little further to get your goods since the nearest Sawmill, Half-moon Mill, might be empty from a quest during the Dark Brotherhood where you had to kill the Vampire owners. The wood will be "delivered" to your home when you buy it (basically, it follows you everywhere but you aren't required to carry it).
  • Corundum - Similarly to the Iron, there is a Corundum Vein nearby. If you go up the hill to the right and go all the way to the highest point, you should see some tucked away under a rock. It's kind of hard to see as it isn't entirely revealed. Corundum, like Iron, can be bought from Blacksmiths (later in the game). You should only need 10 or so ingots to complete your house.
  • Straw - The best place to find this is at the General Goods Store "Bits and Pieces" in Solitude.
  • Glass - The best place to find this is at the General Goods Store "Bits and Pieces" in Solitude.

Of course, you can also buy clay, stone, or wood from a Steward if you have one (bring a follower to your home and ask them to become your steward).

Hjaalmarch: Windstad Manor

To purchase the house in Hjaalmarch, visit the Jarl's house in Morthol. Inside, you're looking for the Jarl's Steward, Pactur. You should have an option to buy a house from him for 5,000 septims.

When you get there, you should find that the logs have been removed (they appear if you haven't bought the land yet) and that instead, there's a work station with a drafting table, carpenter's bench, anvil and chest. Inside the chest will be quarried stone, clay, iron ingots and more that you will need to craft the beginnings of your home.

Once you've collected your materials, head over to the drafting table. At the drafting table, you can pick the next part of the house that you will craft. Once you've picked the next part, go over to the carpenter's bench to find out what you need to craft it. Some walls or doors will require you to craft things like iron hinges and nails from the anvil nearby (under building materials instead of iron). Once you've crafted certain parts, more will become available and the same holds true of the drafting table. Once you've fully built the "small house" that you can start with, the drafting table will allow you to build an entrance way and so on. You can only have one project picked at a time (for instance, you can't have selected both an East and West wing to build).

  • Clay - You'll find a deposit of Clay behind your house. Go behind your property and turn left. You'll see a path leading down to the water and on the left near the wall will be a Stone Quarry and just beneath that will be a clay deposit.
  • Stone - You'll find a stone quarry behind your house. Go behind your property and turn left. You'll see a path leading down to the water and on the left near the wall will bea Stone Quarry and just beneath that will be a clay deposit.
  • Iron - Iron is a rather common item at Blacksmiths under misc.  The best way to get Iron is by Fast Travelling between the Blacksmith in Riften and the Blacksmith in Solitude. They are just far enough away that their stock has replenished by the time you get back.
  • Sawn Wood - You can get Sawn Wood from almost any Sawmill in Skyrim. The wood will be "delivered" to your home when you buy it (basically, it follows you everywhere but you aren't required to carry it).
  • Straw - The best place to find this is at the General Goods Store "Bits and Pieces" in Solitude.
  • Glass - The best place to find this is at the General Goods Store "Bits and Pieces" in Solitude.

Of course, you can also buy clay, stone, or wood from a Steward if you have one (bring a follower to your home and ask them to become your steward).

The Pale: Heljarchen Hall

To purchase the house in the Pale, visit the Jarl's house in Dawnstar. To get the land from Dawnstar, you actually have to go through the Jarl him/herself. Unfortunately, this quest definitely requires you to be the Thane of the Pale. To do this, you have to finish Waking Nightmares and Kill Giants quests plus three minor deeds around Dawnstar. After that, talk to the Jarl to buy it. If you got your Thaneship before finishing the Civil War quests, you may have to re-earn it.

When you get there, you should find that the logs have been removed (they appear if you haven't bought the land yet) and that instead, there's a work station with a drafting table, carpenter's bench, anvil and chest. Inside the chest will be quarried stone, clay, iron ingots and more that you will need to craft the beginnings of your home.

Once you've collected your materials, head over to the drafting table. At the drafting table, you can pick the next part of the house that you will craft. Once you've picked the next part, go over to the carpenter's bench to find out what you need to craft it. Some walls or doors will require you to craft things like iron hinges and nails from the anvil nearby (under building materials instead of iron). Once you've crafted certain parts, more will become available and the same holds true of the drafting table. Once you've fully built the "small house" that you can start with, the drafting table will allow you to build an entrance way and so on. You can only have one project picked at a time (for instance, you can't have selected both an East and West wing to build).

  • Clay - If you go behind your carpenter's bench area, you should be able to find a clay deposit. Immediately under the small outcropping that the bench is on, against the wall will be both a stone quarry and a clay deposit.
  • Stone - If you go behind your carpenter's bench area, you should be able to find a stone quarry. Immediately under the small outcropping that the bench is on, against the wall will be both a stone quarry and a clay deposit.
  • Iron - Iron is a rather common item at Blacksmiths under misc. The best way to get Iron is by Fast Travelling between the Blacksmith in Riften and the Blacksmith in Solitude. They are just far enough away that their stock has replenished by the time you get back.
  • Sawn Wood - You can get Sawn Wood from almost any Sawmill in Skyrim. The wood will be "delivered" to your home when you buy it (basically, it follows you everywhere but you aren't required to carry it).
  • Straw - The best place to find this is at the General Goods Store "Bits and Pieces" in Solitude.
  • Glass - The best place to find this is at the General Goods Store "Bits and Pieces" in Solitude.

Of course, you can also buy clay, stone, or wood from a Steward if you have one (bring a follower to your home and ask them to become your steward).

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  • Iron - Iron is a rather common item at Blacksmiths under misc. The best way to get Iron is by Fast Travelling between the Blacksmith in Riften and the Blacksmith in Solitude. They are just far enough away that their stock has replenished by the time you get back.
  • Sawn Wood - You can get Sawn Wood from almost any Sawmill in Skyrim. Particularly for those in Falkreath, you may want to go a little further to get your goods since certain Sawmills play part in quests where the owners may be killed leaving the mill empty (like Halfmoon Mill which is part of a Dark Brotherhood quest to kill the Vampire owners). The wood will be "delivered" to your home when you buy it (basically, it follows you everywhere but you aren't required to carry it).
  • Straw - The best place to find this is at the General Goods Store "Bits and Pieces" in Solitude.
  • Glass - The best place to find this is at the General Goods Store "Bits and Pieces" in Solitude.

Falkreath

  • Clay - If you walk out of your home and slightly to the right (about 45 degrees), you should see a small clay vein on the hill side. It's hard to see. If you've already built stables, it just off the front most corner of the stable.
  • Stone - If you walk out the front door and turn left, there will be a cliff face. turn left and follow the cliff face until you see piece of the cliff that looks like it's been smashed away.
  • Iron - From your work bench, follow the path just beyond and look left. Not far from the work bench should be a large iron vein in the ground. Once that's depleted and if it hasn't returned, Iron is a rather common item at Blacksmiths under misc.
  • Corundum - Similarly to the Iron, there is a Corundum Vein nearby. If you go up the hill to the right and go all the way to the highest point, you should see some tucked away under a rock. It's kind of hard to see as it isn't entirely revealed.

The Pale

  • Clay - If you go behind your carpenter's bench area, you should be able to find a clay deposit. Immediately under the small outcropping that the bench is on, against the wall will be both a stone quarry and a clay deposit.
  • Stone - If you go behind your carpenter's bench area, you should be able to find a stone quarry. Immediately under the small outcropping that the bench is on, against the wall will be both a stone quarry and a clay deposit.

Hjaalmarch

  • Clay - You'll find a deposit of Clay behind your house. Go behind your property and turn left. You'll see a path leading down to the water and on the left near the wall will bea Stone Quarry and just beneath that will be a clay deposit.
  • Stone - You'll find a stone quarry behind your house. Go behind your property and turn left. You'll see a path leading down to the water and on the left near the wall will bea Stone Quarry and just beneath that will be a clay deposit.

Steward

By bringing a non-essential follower to your home, you can have them become your Steward. The Steward can get Clay, Stone, and Sawn Wood for you as well as purchasing special services like a Carriage or Bard. They can also furnish rooms in your house and buy livestock for your home.

Adoption

After you download Hearthfire, you'll get a letter from the Orphanage in Riften via Courier looking for someone to adopt children. If you go to visit and talk to the woman in charge, she'll tell you that you can't adopt without a house and a children's bedroom.

You may already own a house in one of the cities in the game. If you do, you can convert one of the rooms in your house (make sure to clear your storage!) into a bedroom. Once you stock it with childrens beds and dressers, you'll be able to adopt.

If you don't own a home or want to build a new home, you'll have to buy the land from one of the three holds that offer it. Some of these may require you to become Thane of the Hold first. After you've bought your land and built your home, you must make one of the wings a bedroom. This isn't available until you've made your house big enough and only one of the wings can be converted in each house. If you've already built all three wings and you're dead set on having your bedroom in this house, you can revert it to just the entry way.

After you've built your bedrooms, you must stock them with childrens beds and dressers. You may also want to put a double bed and full size closets if you'd like your spouse to move in. After you've gotten all these things in order, head back to Riften and talk to the person in charge of the Orphanage again. They should tell you that you've got everything and can adopt now. At this point, you can adopt any of the children in the Orphange or you can even adopt some of the children in Skyrim.

Being a parent, you can give gifts to your children, play games and so on. This isn't required but there are some minor benefits like the "Gift of Charity" effect. You are only allowed to adopt two children total so you'll only ever need one bedroom. To buy gifts, just visit a General Goods store. They will carry all manner of toys (like wooden swords or dolls) and clothes (like dresses) for your children.

Achievements

  • Proud Parent - Adopt a Child. See the Adoption Section for more details.
  • Landowner - Buy a plot of land. You can buy any of the three plots to satisfy this condition. Follow the guide above for one of the plots of land.
  • Architect - Build three wings on a house. This will require a fair amount of building to accomplish. After buying a plot of land, see the Building Materials section for information on where to get materials and then use the work bench on that plot of land to build. You'll need to build several parts of the house before you'll be able to start building wings. You can only pick a design for one wing at a time from the drawing board.
  • Land Baron - Own all three plots of land. Similar to the Landowner achievement except that you just need to follow it through for each of the three plots.
  • Master Architect - Build three houses. For this achievement, you may not need to build three wings on each house but you will at least have to build everything up until that point. If it doesn't unlock then, make sure you build every wing that you can. When you have nothing more on the drawing board, you're done with that house. Repeat with each house until the achievement unlocks.

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