I love having homes in Skyrim. One of the first things I do is pick a hold, and get a home. But Hearthfire DLC lets you build your own, even better! Or so I thought, until I built my fist one and found the limitations. Each side of the house has a strict set of options. The east wind can be an armory, kitchen, or library only. North wing can be storage room, alchemy, or trophy room only. The west wing can be bedroom, enchanting tower, or greenhouse only. Might I add that the bedroom is shared with your kids, awkward.
I always thought it silly that behind the main hall was a room full of storage, yet the option for expanding that area was also storage. It made that messy little room a bit silly. But I found a mod that solves that, as well as eliminating the need to build a kitchen on the east wing. Because I wanted a kitchen, but not on that wing. Then I found Shezrie’s Hearthfire Kitchens! Low and behold, a kitchen, nice and neatly organized, in an area that was previously wasted!
Perfect! Problem solved. You see, I wanted the wrap around landing on the second floor. The kitchen, and greenhouse, and towers don’t allow that. I wanted the bedroom for my character’s husband a herself. Not shared with the kids. So I set out to experiment. I built the bedroom wing, with no kids beds. I put the two single beds in the upstairs section of the great hall addition. And…it worked! My kids sleep in the beds, play in that room, etc. All it needed was two beds and a dresser. I had previously only found info saying you had to build the “child bed” specifically. Thankfully, not so. The kids sleep upstairs, on the opposite wall is my very large steward/nanny. Husband and Dragonborn downstairs.
My full house layout is West Wing- Bedroom, East Wing- Armory, North Wing- Storage. This gets the wrap around deck. But what about a library? I hoard books. My character is also the Guild Master of the Thieve’s Guild, a studying apprentice at Winterhold, and as such needs a study. All my houses currently have studies modded in. Well, someone made an alternative library for the hearthfire houses! It is shockingly named “Alternative Hearthfire Libraries”
Now, that is a home. And if you’re curious, the mods that add studies to other playerhomes.
Hearthfire Proudspire Manor Upgrade adds a study below the kids room, and a wine room in the cellar. Also adds hearthfire food items throughout the house.
Honeyside Improvement this one adds a secret room to Honeyside in Riften, downstairs. In there is a desk and chair, bookshelves, display cases a safe, and mannequins. I love it.
To see all the mods I used for Honeyside as well you can see my Tumblr post here.