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Construction is a very flexible skill, you use it to help build your very own house or make items to sell to other players. Building a good quality house with Construction is not only fun and easy, but also beneficial to a variety of other skills.

Starting out - the Estate Agent

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The Estate Agent's location

To first build a house, you will need to buy a plot of land. To do this, you need to visit any of the estate agents and pay them 1,000 coins for a house.

The exact location of the Estate Agent in Varrock is shown to the right, he can sell you a house, magically re-decorate your house, or move its location.

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Rimmington portal location

If you are stuck, he also provides a useful book to guide you through the processes.

You can also buy a house from the Construction master in Taverley. He stands close to Taverley's POH portal, by the construction site. By doing this your first house will be in Taverley, not Rimmington.

As your construction level increases, you will notice that the Estate Agent can provide more involved services. Please see the NPCs page for more information.

Now that you have bought your house, you probably want to visit it and start building!

Your first house is located in Rimmington, south-west of Falador.

The highlighted area on the map is a portal. If you click on it, you get the options below:

Menu Option Use
Go to your house This will take you directly to your house, where you can walk around and fully interact with your house's features. Visitors can only come into your house if it is in this mode.
Go to your house (building mode) Read on further for building mode. Basically, to construct items, rooms and ultimately your house, you must be in this mode. Visitors cannot come in if you are in building mode.
Go to a friend's house Upon clicking this, you are prompted to enter your friend's character name. If they are in their house, not in building mode and have allowed visitors to enter (explained later), you will be allowed to go to their house.

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Alternatively, you can use the Teleport to House spell to arrive. Depending on the settings you have in your house options menu, you can choose to arrive at the portal, beside the exit portal in your house, and in building mode or normal mode.

When you have selected the option it is likely you will see the screen to the right. This screen means the game is loading your house, or the house you are visiting.

Welcome to the house you have purchased! It isn't much yet, just a garden and one room, but with a limit of 32 rooms, you will easily be able to build a mansion! Note that the number of rooms you can build depends on your Construction level.

Please note: If you die in your house you will spawn outside the portal, retaining all of your items.

Building a house

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The house settings from the game settings interface

To start building your house, it is essential that you are in building mode. If you didn't enter your house in building mode, open the game settings interface, find the 'Building Mode' checkbox in the top-right (under the 'House Settings' heading) and toggle it on. If you have a bank PIN, you will be prompted to enter it here.

When in building mode, you will see that there are many items in the room that are semi-transparent, these are referred to as Hotspots. Wherever there is a hotspot, there is a possibility of building a room, or furniture for a room.

When you have decided what you want to build, go to your chosen hotspot and right-click it. You will see the 'Build' option. Building on door hotspots will give the option of making a new room.

When you select the 'Build' option, you will see a 'Furniture Creation Menu' appear. A creation menu for the chair hotspot is shown below. This menu displays the items that can be constructed here, and what Construction level you will need to make it, as well as the items you will need. Further to the items displayed in this menu, you will always need a saw (see the Sawmill operator), and a hammer.

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A furniture creation menu

Nails work slightly differently from other materials. You will sometimes find you break nails, especially if you have a low Construction level, so you may need to bring more nails than the furniture requires. Nails made of stronger metals will break less frequently. As you can see from the menu image to the left, with higher level planks you will not need nails as you construct the item differently, using joints.

You can remove a piece of furniture if you wish to build something else in the same space. To do this, right-click on it and select 'Remove'. You will not get any of the materials back. Some pieces of furniture can be upgraded to better pieces of furniture without having to remove them first.

To build a new room, you must use one of the door hotspots at the edges of rooms or garden squares. Right-click on it and select 'Build'. This will bring up a list of rooms. Different rooms cost different amounts of gold and have different Construction level requirements. If you select 'Build' on a door hotspot that already leads to a room, you will be asked whether you want to delete that room. You can have up to 32 rooms in your house.


Construction is not a skill that you want to rush with, as it is expensive. Plan out your house then figure out what you want to build and where and calculate how much money it's going to cost, you can even ask a friend to help you plan out your house and give you tips on what to build and where. You don't get your items back from removing something so if you build something that's expensive to build, make sure that it is going to be used. You don't want to buy a Dagganoth for your dungeon then change your mind and get a Steel Dragon! What a waste of coins.

For constructing most items of furniture, your material resource will be planks. Planks come in a few varieties, increasing in quality: wood, oak, teak and mahogany. To find out about planks, it is advised you visit the Sawmill Operator. Aside from planks, he also sells saws, cloth and nails.

During your normal construction you'll find that having a selection of basic materials will make your building work go much more smoothly and you'll have your home looking warm and welcoming in no time at all. These materials are all standard materials used in Smithing and Crafting so you'll find them easy to acquire and include: limestone bricks, bolts of cloth, soft clay, molten glass and iron and steel bars.

When your Construction level gets higher, you may want to look into obtaining marble blocks, gold leaf, or even magic building crystals. These are sold by the Stonemason, found in Keldagrim.

The Rooms

Room Level
Cost Use
garden.gif Garden 1 Construction 1000 The garden is largely decorative but it also contains the exit portal, you must have at least one exit portal in your house area.
parlour.gif Parlour 1 Construction 1000 This is the lowest level room, where 3 chairs can be constructed around a fire.
kitchen.gif Kitchen 5 Construction 5000 This room can be used for preparing food. As you build better furniture in it you will find yourself able to prepare better meals in it. There is space for a pet cat here, too!
dining.gif Dining Room 10 Construction 5000 Eight people can sit around the table you build in this room, you can also summon your servant to prepare food.
workshop.gif Workshop 15 Construction 10000 This room allows you to train Construction without modifying your house, by making furniture that can be sold to other players. It also provides space for you to train Crafting and Smithing.
bedroom.gif Bedroom 20 Construction 10000 Some of the furniture in this room can be used to change your hair and clothes. You will also need two of these rooms in order to hire a servant.
hallskill.gif Skill Hall 25 Construction 15000 These are primarily used to connect other rooms, but they also provide space to show off your skill achievements.
gamesroom.gif Games Room 30 Construction 25000 Various games can be built in this room to allow friends to play and train together.
combat room.gif Combat Room 32 Construction 25000 With this room you can challenge your friends in a personal duelling ring.
hallquest.gif Quest Hall 35 Construction 25000 These are primarily used to connect other rooms, but they also provide space to show off your quest achievements.
menagerie.gif Menagerie 37 Construction 30000 An outside space that's an ideal home and playground for the pets you can gain from Summoning.
study.gif Study 40 Construction 50000 You can use the lectern in this room to create clay tablets recording magic spells. The elemental sphere in this room can be used to change the element of an elemental staff.
oak cape rack.gif Costume Room 42 Construction 50000 You can use the furniture in the costume room to store holiday items, minigame rewards, random event costumes and toys.
chapel.gif Chapel 45 Construction 50000 This room can be dedicated to any of RuneScape's major gods, and the altar can be used to offer bones.
portal chamber.gif Portal Chamber 50 Construction 100000 In this room you can build portals to various places around the world.
formal garden.gif Formal Garden 55 Construction 75000 The formal garden can contain various plants and ornaments to beautify the grounds of your house.
throneroom.gif Throne Room 60 Construction 150000 This room can be used to hold audiences with large numbers of friends. It also contains the lever that turns on challenge mode.
oubliette.gif Oubliette 65 Construction 150000 If you build an oubliette below your throne room you can drop people from there into a cage which you can fill with various horrors.
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70 Construction 7500 Dungeon corridors, junctions and stairs can be built to create an underground maze full of monsters, traps and doors.
treasureroom.gif Treasure Room 75 Construction 250000 You can place a prize in this room for visitors to your dungeon to try to reach.

House Controls

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It is important that you read this information, so you understand how access to your house or your friends' houses can be controlled. Please remember that you can only visit/be visited when you are not in building mode.

Locking the portal

When you are in your house, you can simply right-click your entrance portal (this is where you come in and visitors will appear), and select 'Lock portal'. Locking the portal denies everyone access to your house (except yourself, of course). To unlock, simply right-click again and select the option.

Private Chat/Friends List

You can also control access with your friends list/private chat options. If your private chat is set to 'On', then anyone can come into your house. If your private chat is set to 'Friends only' then only players on your friends list will be able to enter. Having private chat set to 'Off' is similar to locking your portal.

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