How To Avoid Major Bug In Skyrim: Hearthfire

Just a heads up: I've experienced a significant bug in Skyrim's newest downloadable content that seems to be avoidable.

When you get your plot of land in Hearthfire, you'll be using two major devices: the drafting table and the carpenter's workbench. At the drafting table, you can select blueprints for buildings and wings in your new home. Once you've selected a blueprint, it moves over to the carpenter's workbench, where you can actually piece it together in stages: first you build a door, then a floor, then walls, etc.

After you've built an entryway and a main hall for your manor, you can start selecting optional rooms like a library or kitchen. Each set of rooms is attached to a wing of the house — you can only build bedrooms in the west wing, for example — but you can only start planning out one room per wing at a time.

This is where the problems start. If you pick a plan from the west wing, start building parts of it over at the workbench, and then select another plan from the west wing at the drafting table, everything goes wonky. You can lose progress and even deny yourself access to entire rooms. (One of my blueprints disappeared entirely, and I can't get it back.)

So what's the solution? Build one thing at a time. Don't pick multiple blueprints from the drafting table at once: just select one, finish all of its pieces at the workbench, and then move on to the next plan. Don't get cute and experiment with drafting, or you might lock yourself out of some of the game's content.

I've reached out to Bethesda to inform them of the bug and ask if they have plans to fix it. If you've experienced any other bugs (and know how they can be avoided) link to them here!


    I know how to avoid another bug.

    See that spider thing in the hallway there? Don't go in that hallway.

      Maybe part of this issue., or maybe a new one..
      But when i was using my house of Breezhome in Whiterun..
      I split most of my stuff up into different piles., even using a barrel located under the stairs.. Well when i got the DLC Heartfire., this barrel vanished., even with a previous save showing the barrel in picture., but when loaded it was gone., an removing the DLC component just made the item i stored vanish..
      Has any one else experience this too..

      Maybe Bethesda., should of put a disclaimer saying the users should start from scratch before downloading..

        Try disabling the mod, then loading up a save from before it was enabled, retrieve all your stuff then save, exit and re-enable the mod. Should work then.

        Also, it could be that the barrel resets. Don't use barrels. Check the Skyrim Wiki for safe containers.

      Ha! Good one =D

    A bug in a Bethesda game?? Say it isn't so!!

      My thoughts exactly.

      /with a Yorkshire accent

      Back in MY day, we didn't call them bugs. They were referred to as 'unintended features!'
      We fell through the floor in Daggerfall's dungeons, and we LIKED IT

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      oh boy, people getting free mods on a PC you can support the developer by buying official DLC

      step up madatom from being a freeloader and spend some money.

      High chances your skyrim is pirated anyway.

      Really, funny I haven't seen the equivalent of Hearthfire as a mod. Could you link it?

        didnt see this when it came out?

      I don't get the "step up kotaku" part. The article author is trying to prevent a lot of people from encountering a serious bug in official Skyrim DLC. There is nothing wrong with this at all.

    Yeah but are the mods of the same quality as the DLC? That's what I am keen to know.

      some aren't, but some are. some are huge too and come with voice actors and everything

      Is that a trick question? considering the article is about bugs in the DLC.

      Some mods massively overshadow official DLC in terms of quality. Anything Bethesda can do, modders can do better.

    I whant to build my house in my favorite spot not where the jarl tell me!!!

    My husband was kidnaped, after going and saving him, he walks backwards every where he goes! Lmao does anyone know how to remove items that you don't want in your house...i have 2 alchemy tables...i want an enchanters table!

    The 2 alchemy tables is a bug - you are offered the option for an enchanter but end up with 2 alchemy.

    Who cares if its bugged who wants this crap anyway skyrim has a 15 rating and if your over 15 your not going to want this unless your a girl or you want to be called Loretta.

    It's not a bug! You can only have one; west wing, east wing, and north wing that's why the remaining blueprints for example on the east wing disappear when you buy an extension on that wing!

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