I find that, while I buy the properties, it seems a burden to be building them and furnishing them. My kids are happy in Solitude, I really don't collect all that much and there are forges, smelters and grinders a plenty throughout Skyrim and most of the homes I acquire as Thane (or to be Thane) already have enchanters and alchemy labs. Is anyone else vaguely dissappointed in Hearthfire? It's so expensive to build anything! It's cheaper just to buy and, if you let your steward do your decorating you'll be waiting around for months before he/she gets them fully furnished. I will admit that, the homes do end up looking very impressive, but, really, for the expense, does all the work seem worth it? Me, I think I may just build Hljerchan and leave the rest. Thoughts anyone?