I started building a house in Skyrim and I got most of it done but it won't let me build the rest. When I go to the Carpenter's Workbench it is just a menu with nothing on it.

  • What isn't done about it? You build interior decorations at workbenches indoors. The workbench outdoors is for building the main hall and the wings of the house. Were you able to build all three wings? – Lord Harkon Jun 6 '16 at 8:04
  • @armadillo There's no opitions in the carpenter's workbench outside of the house – ThatGuyLandon Jun 6 '16 at 8:05
  • Look at the drafting table and see if you can select a new wing to build. – Lord Harkon Jun 6 '16 at 8:08
  • @armadillo I tryed that there's still no options – ThatGuyLandon Jun 6 '16 at 8:10
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    Related: Missing options in carpenter's workbench – galacticninja Jun 6 '16 at 13:52

It seems like this is a bug. The UESP writes about a possible fix:

  • The menu for the exterior carpenter's workbench may be blank, even if there are items available.
    • Exiting the menu and selecting the workbench again may fix this. If the problem persists, try this fix multiple times.
  • The carpenter's workbenches may have items that you already have built listed as being available.
    • Exiting the menu and selecting the workbench again may fix this. If the problem persists, try this fix multiple times.
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  • Thats not working but I'll keep trying – ThatGuyLandon Jun 6 '16 at 11:40
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    For what it's worth, I've had mixed success across playthroughs, platforms, and rooms. Sometimes re-entering the menu is only necessary once; sometimes the correct menu will not appear even after re-entering several times. (The storage room seems to have a real problem with this on my current PC playthrough.) Usually, building an existing item (and losing those resources) will cause the correct, smaller menu to appear. – Dave DuPlantis Feb 20 '17 at 22:29

I've encountered this bug on most of my playthroughs. A lot of time I'll build the foundation, then notice the option to build subsequent parts of the base house disappear.

What I normally do to fix it:

  • Make sure there isn't an animal/npc on the building plot. A lot of times butterflies/rabbits are the culprit. If it's trapped under the foundation, sometimes a Fus-Ro-Dah can clear it.

  • Sometimes leaving the work bench and running onto the foundation,
    then back to the work bench fixes it for me. I'm unsure if the object moves by the time I get to the foundation, or if there is a mod that isn't rendering/updating items outside of the players view and this action causes it to update. I've found this method more reliable than constantly exiting and re-entering the menu.

  • If all else fails, fast traveling to another location, waiting an extended period of time (48hrs?), and fast traveling back seems to fix it (7/8 times for my game).

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