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This article is about the Construction skill. For information on training Construction, see Construction training.
For a list of all items and upgrades within the Construction skill, see Construction/All milestones.
Construction

Construction icon

Also known as Con, Cons
Release date 31 May 2006 (Update)
Members only? Yes
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Construction

Construction is a members-only skill that allows players to build their own houses and provide furniture for them. To begin Construction, players must buy a house from one of the estate agents. A starter house will cost 1,000 coins, and will be in Rimmington. A level 40 Magic spell can then be used to teleport to the house, or players can walk to Rimmington, where there is a portal (House portal icon icon on the map) that will teleport players to their house.

The house starts off with only a small room and garden, but more can be built. To build, go to the options menu, select house options, and set the build mode to on. Players will then see what looks like ghost-like "Hot Spots" where new objects can be built. See the Constructed items list for details on what you can build at what level. Players can also visit a friend's house if they are home and using the same portal. Construction is widely regarded as one of the most costly skills to level up.

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Construction level-up (link)
The first music that can be played when levelled up.
Audio options icon
Construction level-up (link)
The second music that can be played when levelled up.

Significant milestones

Estate agents

Estate agents are located (identified with the house Estate Agent icon icon on the map) in

House portals

Estate agents can move a player's house from its starter location Rimmington to a new location identified by the portal House portal icon icon on the map. Your house cannot be moved to Yanille on the Deadman Mode servers.

Location Level Cost to move Map
Rimmington 1 5,000 POH location - Rimmington
Taverley 10 5,000 POH location - Taverley
Pollnivneach 20 7,500 POH location - Pollnivneach
Great Kourend 25 8,750 POH location - Great Kourend
Rellekka 30 10,000 POH location - Rellekka
Brimhaven 40 15,000 POH location - Brimhaven
Yanille 50 25,000 POH location - Yanille

Additional house location info

Location Advantages Disadvantages Skill Usage
Rimmington
  • Relatively far from a bank.
Taverley
  • Far fewer nearby resources compared to Rimmington.
  • Nearest bank is the Rogues' Den.
Pollnivneach
Rellekka
  • You will need many house teleport tablets to use Rellekka effectively, as there is no bank in town.
Brimhaven
Yanille
  • Takes a long time to reach this location without teleports.

House styles

Estate agents can also redecorate the outside of your house for a fee.

Style Level Cost Styled like
Basic wood 1 5,000 Rimmington
Basic stone 10 5,000 Burthorpe
Whitewashed stone 20 7,500 Pollnivneach
Fremennik-style wood 30 10,000 Rellekka
Tropical wood 40 15,000 Brimhaven
Fancy stone 50 25,000 Falador
Deathly mansion 1 35,000 Great Kourend

It is worth noting that for each new style of house you get, the enter tune for the house changes, based on the style your house has.

Rooms

There are many different rooms that can be added to houses. The house a player buys will begin with a garden and parlour, but more rooms can be added. Different rooms will require different Construction levels and will cost money.

RoomLevelCost
Garden11,000
Parlour11,000
Kitchen55,000
Dining Room105,000
Workshop1510,000
Bedroom2010,000
Skill Hall2515,000
Games room3025,000
Combat Room3225,000
Quest Hall3525,000
Menagerie3730,000
Study4050,000
Costume Room4250,000
Chapel4550,000
Portal Chamber50100,000
Formal Garden5575,000
Throne Room60150,000
Oubliette65150,000
Superior Garden6575,000
Dungeon707,500
Treasure Room75250,000
Achievement Gallery80200,000

Maximum number of rooms and area

Up to level 49 Construction, a maximum of 23 rooms and gardens can be built. This rises to a maximum of 33 rooms at level 99 Construction.

There is also a maximum area that can be built on that also goes up with Construction level, starting at 3 rooms by 3 rooms up to 8 rooms by 8 rooms.

As your maximum house dimensions goes up, so does your yard space. Yard space increases by adding a row to the top of your current yard space, and a column to the right. You should plan accordingly should you desire a centered house, as increasing your construction over time will off-center it.

Construction
level
Maximum number
of rooms
Maximum house
dimensions
Yard space
1233 x 35 x 5
15234 x 46 x 6
30235 x 57 x 7
45236 x 68 x 8
50246 x 68 x 8
56256 x 68 x 8
60257 x 79 x 9
62267 x 79 x 9
68277 x 79 x 9
74287 x 79 x 9
75288 x 810 x 10
80298 x 810 x 10
86308 x 810 x 10
92318 x 810 x 10
96328 x 810 x 10
99338 x 810 x 10

Materials

Many different items are needed for Construction, especially planks, nails, cloth, bricks, soft clay, and steel bars.

Sawmill operator

Main article: Sawmill

There are two sawmill operators in the game and can be identified by the Sawmill icon icon on the minimap, their main purpose is to exchange logs into planks for a fee. They also sell other construction supplies such as bolts of cloth, some nails, and saws, by trading with them. A saw is essential to begin construction.

The Sawmills are located at Varrock Lumber Yard and in the Woodcutting Guild.

Nails

Nails can be made using the Smithing skill from all types of bars. Additionally, the sawmill operator sells bronze, iron, and steel nails for 2, 3 and 5 coins each, respectively. When constructing objects using nails, there is a possibility that players will bend a nail. With higher level nails such as rune, this possibility becomes less likely. Because higher level nails are expensive, most players prefer to use mid-level nails such as iron or steel.

Stonemason

Players can buy various stoneworking materials from the stonemason in Keldagrim.

ItemCost
Limestone brick26
Marble block325,000
Gold leaf130,000
Magic stone975,000

Limestone bricks (21 coins) and limestone (10 coins) can also be bought from the Mort'ton building/general store.

Players can also mine their own limestone east of Varrock or Arandar and use a chisel to make it into limestone bricks.

Bagged plants

The Garden supplier in the Falador Park sells a variety of different plants that can be used by players in their Gardens and Formal Gardens.

PlantCostGarden
Bagged dead tree1,000Garden
Bagged nice tree3,200Garden
Bagged oak tree 5,000Garden
Bagged willow tree 10,000Garden
Bagged maple tree15,000Garden
Bagged yew tree20,000Garden
Bagged magic tree50,000Garden
Bagged plant 11,000Garden
Bagged plant 25,000Garden
Bagged plant 310,000Garden
Thorny hedge5,000Formal Garden
Nice hedge10,000Formal Garden
Small box hedge 15,000Formal Garden
Topiary hedge 20,000Formal Garden
Fancy hedge25,000Formal Garden
Tall fancy hedge50,000Formal Garden
Tall box hedge100,000Formal Garden
Bagged flower5,000Formal Garden
Bagged daffodils10,000Formal Garden
Bagged bluebells15,000Formal Garden
Bagged sunflower5,000Formal Garden
Bagged marigolds10,000Formal Garden
Bagged roses15,000Formal Garden

Stuffed heads

Players can get monster heads, randomly dropped from monsters, turned into frightening trophies at the Taxidermist in Canifis. These trophies can then be displayed in the Skill Hall.

ItemCostLevel
Crawling hand1,00038
Cockatrice2,00038
Basilisk4,00038
Kurask6,00058
Abyssal demon12,00058
King Black Dragon50,00078
Kalphite Queen50,00078
Vorkath 50,000 82

The taxidermist can also stuff your big bass, big swordfish and big shark, which are randomly obtained through fishing the correct type of fish.

Herald

Players can buy maps, landscapes and portraits for decoration by talking to Sir Renitee in the White Knights' Castle - he's upstairs on the east side of the building. Additionally, the Herald can change a player's family crest, which appears on decorations throughout the house and on armour created by the player.

Servants

Servants can be hired at the Servants' Guild, the very northeastern building in Ardougne. There are five different servants, which can perform various services. All servants are able to greet guests entering a players' home, but some will have different abilities, such as taking items to and from the bank or sawmill. The higher level servant a player has, the faster his or her service is, the better food he or she provides, and the more items he or she can carry to or from a bank or sawmill.

After using a servant's services seven times, the servant will ask the player to pay him or her. After using a servant's services eight times, the player is required to pay him or her or the servant will quit. A player can build a Servant's moneybag and put coins in it to automatically pay his or her servant.

A player must have at least two bedrooms with beds in them in order to hire a servant. A player may only have one servant at a time; if a player wants to hire a new servant, he or she must fire his or her current one first.

ServantWagesLevelFood providedServicesItems
Rick50020ShrimpBank6
Maid1,00025StewBank10
Cook3,00030Pineapple pizzaBank, Sawmill16
Butler5,00040Chocolate cakeBank, Sawmill20
Demon butler10,00050CurryBank, Sawmill26

Strategy

Building oak furniture at your workbench provides a nice balance of cost and experience. You could also break down and build oak larders in your kitchen, which uses 8 planks each build and is thus as fast or faster than building oak furniture at your workbench which you have to drop.

You can use noted oak logs with your servant, who will exchange them for unnoted oak logs, and then send him to the sawmill to get oak planks.

At level 28 Construction, players can make Skill Hall armour stands, provided that they have either full Castle Wars armour or have 68 or higher smithing. These stands provide from 67.5-80 experience per oak plank (2 needed), and can be taken apart, allowing players to regain their armour. As most things made with oak planks provide only 60 experience per plank, this provides more experience, however, it is much slower than building oak larders which use 8 oak planks instead of 2.

For level 33-40, limestone seems to be a cheap option - building lots of fireplaces. After you have reached level 40 or above, you should switch back to oak because the experience will be too slow after this for you to level.

At level 74 Construction, dungeon oak doors (10 oak planks) will be faster than oak larders (8 oak planks); 4 dungeon doors instead of 5 larders for the same experience. In the skill room, or elsewhere, build a stairway going down to a dungeon stair room. Costs would be same as armour stands.

# Strategy Raw materials cost Butler costs Planking costs Cost per experience point (larders/workbench) Cost per experience point (rune or cw3 armour stands)[1]
1 Buy oak planks for 500 coins each, use them with your butler to exchange them for unnoted ones. 500 52 0 9.2 6.6
2 Buy oak logs for 50 coins each, use them with your butler to exchange them for unnoted ones, and then send him to the sawmill. 50 104.2 250 6.73 4.4
3 Use the Balloon transport system to go from Castle Wars to the Varrock sawmill (cost: 1 willow logs each time), cut your own oak logs and turn them into planks yourself, using a ring of dueling to bank. Same as strategy 1 in all other respects (rings of dueling and willow logs assumed to be largely free in calculation) 0 52 250 5 3.5
4 Use the Balloon transport system to go from Castle Wars to the Varrock sawmill (cost: 1 willow logs each time), cut your own oak logs and turn them into planks yourself. Teleport to your house with a tablet to do some construction work and use a ring of dueling to bank. Transport cost per log/plank is 840/24 or 35 coins. 0 35 250 4.75 3.45
5 Use same method as 4, but this time with teak logs from Managing Miscellania. 165 35 500 7.78 N/A
  1. Butler costs roughly halved if you're doing armour stands, because you only have 20 free inventory spots you may as well have a normal butler rather than a demon butler.

As we can see from the table, Construction costs at least 3 coins per experience point, and in practice, getting fast experience will mean spending closer to 6-7 coins per experience point.

Have a Dining Room near the Kitchen (if you're doing larders), the Workshop (if you're making flatpacks) or the Skill Hall (if you're making armour stands) and therefore a butler bell-pull so you can summon him quickly when he wanders off around the house. You can also keep him near you while training by starting to build before completing conversation with your butler. This will usually prevent them from moving.

Experience

This chart shows the experience given per object when each object is used.

Item Experience
given
Cost per Item Cost per Exp
Plank & Nails29310 - 1,110
(Depending on nail quality)
10.69 - 38.28
(Depending on nail quality)
Oak plank6061110.18
Teak plank901,05411.71
Mahogany plank1402,14315.31
Soft clay1021221.2
Bolt of cloth1595363.53
Steel bar2052726.35
Limestone brick2020410.2
Gold leaf300132,797442.66
Marble block450329,265731.7
Magic stone1,000982,929982.93

Get there fast

Levels Strategy
1-14 Buy 500 iron nails and 109 planks then make crude wooden chairs.
14-17 Make rocking chairs.
17 Build a Workshop for 10,000 coins.
17-22 Buy 230 oak planks (no nails needed from this point on) and build pluming stands.
22 Build Dining Room for 5,000 coins.
22-32 Build oak dining tables (4 oak planks).
32 Build oak workbench (5 oak planks)
32-38 Build carved oak tables (6 oak planks). at your workbench. You will need around 235 oak planks.
38-46 Build teak tables, at your workbench, which you will need around 420 teak planks.
46 Build a steel framed workbench (6 oak planks and 4 steel bars).
46-52 Build carved teak tables (6 teak planks and 4 bolts of cloth) at your steel framed workbench. You will use around 620 teak planks.
52-99 Build mahogany tables in your Dining Room. You will use 92,140 mahogany planks
99 Build your house the way you want it.

Total supplies

Temporary boosts

Depending on the type of shelf, tea will give a 1, 2, or 3 level bonus. With a normal cup, tea gives +1 Construction. With a porcelain cup, tea gives +2 Construction. With a gold-rimmed cup, tea gives +3 Construction.

Tea cup Shelf Bonus
Clay Wooden 1-2, Oak 1 +1
Porcelain white Wooden 3, Oak 2, Teak 1 +2
Porcelain white with gold trim Teak 2 (Teak 1 with Butler glitch was fixed) +3
Other itemsNotes
Crystal saw Obtained from the The Eyes of Glouphrie +3
Evil Dave's spicy stew Made by adding orange spice to stew -5 to +5

The crystal saw will only work with items that require a saw to build them (it will not work when building rooms, placing monsters, or growing plants.) It will also work simultaneously with bonuses from tea (to get max of +6) or Evil Dave's spicy stew, allowing for a maximum boost of +8 to Construction.

For the maximum effect in Evil Dave's stew, add the orange spice 3 times.

Quests rewarding Construction experience

Quest Experience
reward
Construction req. Other requirements
The Eyes of Glouphrie2505 Construction icon46 Magic icon, 45 Woodcutting icon (Ironman chat badge)
Tower of Life1,00010 Construction icon -
Cold War1,50034 Construction icon10 Hunter icon, 30 Agility icon, 30 Crafting icon, 15 Thieving icon
Darkness of Hallowvale2,0005 Construction icon26 Agility icon, 20 Mining icon, 22 Thieving icon, 32 Crafting icon, 33 Magic icon, 40 Strength icon
The Great Brain Robbery2,00030 Construction icon16 Crafting icon, 50 Prayer icon
Making Friends with My Arm2,00035 Construction icon66 Firemaking icon, 72 Mining icon, 68 Agility icon
The Fremennik Isles5,00020 Construction icon 40 Agility icon, 56 Woodcutting icon, 46 Crafting icon
Total 13,750

Skill choice

Upon completing any of the following quests, players may choose to allocate experience to Construction. These rewards usually come in the form of items, such as lamps or books, and are independent of any experience rewards directly received for completing the quest.

Quest Experience
reward
Skills available Skill requirements
Client of Kourend500 twiceAny-
Fairytale II - Cure a Queen2,500 Any skill above 30 49 Farming icon, 57 Herblore icon
A Tail of Two Cats2,500 twice Any skill above 30 -
The Great Brain Robbery5,000 Any skill above 30 16 Crafting icon, 30 Construction icon, 50 Prayer icon
King's Ransom5,000 Any skill above 50 65 Defence icon
Darkness of Hallowvale2,000 three times Any skill above 30 5 Construction icon, 20 Mining icon, 22 Thieving icon, 32 Crafting icon, 33 Magic icon, 40 Strength icon
Curse of the Empty Lord
(miniquest)
10,000 Any skill above 50 Some players will need 31 Prayer icon
One Small Favour10,000 twice Any skill above 30 36 Agility icon, 25 Crafting icon, 18 Herblore icon, 30 Smithing icon
Recipe for Disaster
(The final battle)
20,000 Any skill above 50 175 Quest point icon, 48 Agility icon, 50 Mining icon, 53 Fishing icon, 53 Thieving icon, 25 Herblore icon, 59 Magic icon, 40 Smithing icon, 50 Firemaking icon, 40 Ranged icon, 40 Crafting icon, 10 Fletching icon, 10 Slayer icon, 36 Woodcutting icon
Total 74,500

Trivia

  • The watch, sextant and chart cannot be used in your house, trying to use it will give the message: "The sextant doesn't seem to work here".
  • In RuneScape Classic, there was a skill that had no use called Carpentry. The skill today of Construction was an updated version of this unused skill.

See also