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A remodel of the main hall area of Windstad Manor including major changes to the entrance, dining room, upstairs, and back room. Minor changes to the exterior and added functionality to the bedrooms.

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I've always thought that Winstad Manor was the perfect Hearthfires house, with it's misty moors and the sounds of the waves crashing all around. It's the perfect location for a Frost Mage, Necromancer, or Vampire- dark, icy, mysterious and beautiful.

Yet I've always hated the interior of the house! All of the Hearthfire Houses seem woefully drab, absurdly green, and full of useless clutter. Worse still, most of the mods we have focus on Lakeview Manor, so I had no choice but to make my own mod for Winstad. And 6 months later, here is my overhaul of the main hall- including the entrance, dining room, back room, upstairs, and minor changes to the bedroom and exterior.

The end result is a warm, inviting house that feels more fitting of the Dragonborn. Not overly fancy, not overly simplistic. It's just right. I now consider this mod in it's final version, there will be no additional improvements or updates unless some major bug is found.

Major Changes I made:

Exterior
Moved the Horkers away from the shoreline and added functional lighting to the exterior. Now you can actually see the lighting, even if you are using a mod which makes nights darker. Version 1.2 added additional lighting and extra ore mine. Version 1.4 adds a path from the main road near the Dawnstar Imperial Camp, all the way past Highgate Ruins to the house. It's got it's own lighting as well, so you will always find your way back home even in the darkest of nights. Version 1.4 also adds safe storage near the outdoor smelter.
Lighting
Added day and night cycles throughout the house, similar to the lighting system in ELFX. I begged the author of that mod to change the Hearthfire lighting for years now, but since they never have I finally learned how to do it myself. It's not easy in a house like this that is so big, but I didn't want to have any flickering lights or strange issues. Therefore, the Lighting might be too dark or bright for you depending on your ENB or reshade settings. There are areas of the house that don't have much light at all, but that's actually what I was going for. I'm willing to make other versions of the lighting if enough people request it, but so far everyone seems like to it as is. This mod is totally compatible with ELFX, obviously, as of now.
Entrance
Less clutter, more functionality. I added two DLC shrines to the entrance- Mephala and Boethiah. The entrance feels now more like a sitting room than a trophy room, but there is room for your beloved treasures here as well. Added a small bookcase and 3 functional planters, idles, plus Morthal Banners because you're the Thane, after all. 
Dining Room
Added six additional seats, and replaced that hideous fireplace with one slightly reminiscent of Dragonsreach. Less clutter, more organized furniture one would find in a dining room. Bright firelight at night, more toned down during the day. You'll now hear Tavern Music, because if you hire a bard, it just makes sense. Version 1.2 adds additional idles for the bard, pets, and the bard's audience.

 
 Kitchen/Backroom
Added a kitchen with a bar, oven, and plenty of storage, so now you don't have to build one. Your followers and spouse can relax at the bar and have themselves a nice drink too.

Upstairs
Remodeled upstairs to be more attractive and organized. You'll still get the alchemy and enchanting tables, along with some additional storage for ingredients, soulgems, jewelry and potions. Added Azura shrine.

Bedrooms
Added doors for extra privacy, and a Nocturnal shine in very back room. Added an additional bed speficially for the Housecarl, since he didn't have any designated bed. Tagged the single child's beds as actual child's beds, since I used to get really annoyed when someone else would sleep in there and my kids couldn't. More storage and lighting for the kids.

Camping 
Version 1.4 adds a new campsite across the from the fishery. The area has been completely redone and re-navmeshed. You've got a lovely view for three, as well as roaring fire and some choice wines. Take your spouse or follower and enjoy the scenery.

Compatibility/Load Order
Not compatible with anything that changes the main hall or lighting of Winstad, including Improved Hearthfire Lighting. Compatible with mods that changes any of the three wings if they have vanilla lighting. Load this near the bottom of your load order. Be sure to load it AFTER Alternate Start or you won't see the lighting changes. Cleaned and forwarded changes from USSEP.

Upate: If you use Snazzy Furniture Overhaul, the full version adds a rockinghorse chair to the upstairs bedroom and thus, conflicts with Tranquil Windstad. Only choose the replacer version if you want to use both files. 

How to Install: 

If you want the lighting and landscape changes, install this file at the start of a new game. If you don't care about that, you can install it before you build the house. People have reported that when they had never visited the swamp before, the landscape changes still showed up.

Things you can build:

Entrance: Bench, Weapon Racks.
Main Hall: Dining Table and Chairs, Mannequin, Display Case, Chair, Corner Shelves.
Main Hall Bedrooms: All bedroom furniture EXCEPT Tall Shelf , Bookcase , and Tall Shelf With Displace Case. Things will be floating until you build the furniture- that's normal.
Basement: You can skip building the goat horn lights. I have have put in new lighting.

That's it, you're done. Sit back and enjoy your new home!

Future Plans: Adding an additional road from Morthal to Windstad, possibly with a bridge. I'm still debating on whether or not to add a guardhouse, but I might just wait for Hearthfire Extended to come back to SSE. 


Recommended Mods:
Baths for Hearthfire Homes Redone  (By Yours Truly)
More Growable Plants SSE (one of my favorite mods ever!)
                                           Shezrie's Kitchen and Greenhouses SSE (Only Greenhouses are compatible)
Winstad Mine (Completely compatible!)
Water's Edge Fix (For the annoying fog issue)
Northern Marsh Bridges (Keep your feet dry!)
Forests of Dibella (adds beautiful trees)
Commodore's Color Correction Reshade ( Reshade being used in my pics)
Windstad Manor Master Bedroom (By Yours Truly)
Windstad Manor Bedroom Remodel (By Yours Truly)

Textures I am using:
Noble Skyrim (File for SSE)
Various Files by Gamwich
Snazzy Furniture and Clutter Overhaul (Only use replacer version, full version conflicts)
Ruins Clutter Improved
Static Mesh Improvement Mod
High Quality Food & Ingredients
Design of the Nords
Deathbell HD
Silverware Normal Map Fix
Fluffy Snow
Majestic Mountains
Honey Pot SE
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