There are a ton of places in Stardew Valley where you’ll spend a lot of time, but none of them more than your own home, the farmhouse. Initially, you’ll reside in a small, one-room cabin, but you can upgrade it to a huge house with several different rooms, designed however you please.
It’ll cost you quite a bit of money and resources to fully upgrade your farmhouse, and there are other changes to make along the way. Here’s every upgrade and change for the farmhouse and how to obtain them.
Standard Farmhouse Designs
The initial layout of your farmhouse and the furniture it starts with are determined by which farm layout you choose. For example, if you choose the Standard Farm, you’ll have some basic wooden furniture, flooring, and wallpaper; if you like the Forest Farm, expect some trees, leafy garland, and leaf-motif wallpaper; and so on.
All of this furniture can be obtained regardless of the farm you choose, so don’t let this determine which layout you select when making a new file.
How to Upgrade
There are a few different changes that will be made to your farmhouse as you play through your in-game years. But, the most direct way to upgrade it is by visiting Robin at her Carpenter Shop on the Mountain, north of town.
There are three total upgrades that Robin can make, plus a few renovations and cosmetic changes. Each upgrade costs money, and a couple of them require you to gather resources as well.
First Upgrade – Kitchen And Bedroom
The first time you upgrade the farmhouse, it’ll cost 10,000g and 450 pieces of wood. This upgrade separates the main living area from the bedroom, placing the bed in a separate room to the right and upgrading it to a double bed (which you can now move in the newest update). It also adds a small kitchen.
This kitchen can be used to cook meals and refill your watering can, and it also comes with a fridge where you can store items like a chest. You can prepare meals if the ingredients are in the fridge, acting as a sort of extension to your inventory when cooking.
With this upgrade, you can now get married. Prior to this, you cannot marry anyone, as the house is too small.
Second Upgrade – Nursery
The second time you upgrade your house, it’ll add two new rooms. One of them is an empty room that you can do whatever you want with. The other one is a small nursery-like room with a crib and two single beds.
With this upgrade, you can now have children with your spouse. In addition to the new rooms, the existing kitchen and bedroom are made slightly larger. This upgrade costs 50,000g and 150 pieces of hardwood.
Third Upgrade – Basement
This third update doesn’t add more rooms to the main floor but instead introduces a basement to the house. In the basement, you can place casks to age certain artisan goods, increasing their quality and therefore their value. Casks will only work if placed here.
Initially, Robin provides you with 33 casks, but you can fit almost 200 if you fill every space. Some players completely fill the entire basement with casks, then pick them all up when they’re ready, placing them back down and filling them while backing themselves out.
This upgrade doesn’t require any materials but will cost you 100,000g.
When you marry one of the six bachelors or six bachelorettes in town, they’ll move into your farmhouse and add a small room to the right-hand side next to the bedroom.
Each of these rooms is themed around that particular character. For example, Maru’s room will have a telescope and some gadgets that she’s building, while Elliott’s will have a large bookcase.
If you decide to ask Krobus to be your roommate instead of marrying someone, he’ll also add a room to the side of your house. His room resembles his Sewer shop, complete with the green ethereal glow and brick walls.
With the recent 1.5 update to Stardew Valley, you can now make even more changes to the farmhouse. There are a few renovations and some cosmetic changes that Robin is happy to make for free. These include the following:
“Remove crib” will take the crib out of the nursery, for those who do not want children. This frees the room up for other uses.
“Open bedroom” gets rid of the separating wall between the bedroom and main living room. This opens the space up into one large room.
“Add southern room” and “Add corner room” both add new rooms, one on the bottom wall of your bedroom and another in the northeast corner of the farmhouse with entrances into the nursery and bedroom.
Additionally, when you choose the option in Robin’s menu to construct farm buildings, you can now paint some of them, too. This includes the farmhouse. You can change the roof, siding, and trim to basically any color you want. Until you fully upgrade the exterior, though, you can only change the roof color.
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Michael is a journalist with several years of experience writing about video games, television, and social issues. He loves indie platformers, Pokémon, and Hack ‘n Slashers.
Currently playing: Cities: Skylines, Hyrule Warriors, and Stardew Valley.
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