Whiterun Farmhouse (Skyrim Mod)
Role: Level Designer
Team Size: Solo Project
Time: 1 Week
Tech: Skyrim Creation Kit
Platform: PC - Steam Workshop
Genre: Open-World RPG (Player Housing Mod)
Whiterun Farmhouse is a player home mod for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim which provides the player with a large farmhouse that includes a weapon room, armor room, cooking room, and bedroom loft with tons of storage. This was the first project I ever attempted as I was beginning to get into the idea of becoming a game developer. Since I was only a beginner at the time, creating a player home seemed to be one of the simplest things I could do with creating a mod. This allowed me to learn my way around a 3D game engine for the first time and gain some basic level design skills.
As for the design of the house, I wanted to design something that I myself would enjoy as a Skyrim player, as I knew there had to be other players that appreciate some of the same things as I do. I thought about the things that I like about player homes in Skyrim (e.g. showing off cool weapons and armor), and I made it a point to include those things. Since it was also supposed to be a farmhouse, I added a kitchen with a fire pit to add a warm feeling to the house and give it some authenticity. I also wanted to fit as much as I possibly could in a small space without it feeling too crammed, so I decided to include a loft for the bedroom right above the kitchen. I was able to utilize that space to create two rooms rather than creating an entire second floor.
I put a lot of thought into not only how the interior of the house was going to be designed, but also the exterior and the placement of the house in relation the rest of the world. There were a few reasons as to why I placed the house where it is: