I purchased the Rift expansion a few weeks ago thinking I'd jump right in to level and build houses. That's now how it panned out after playing for a bit. Rift is still gorgeous. My cleric is still a fun class but it doesn't hold up to my experiences in GW2, which feels like Rift evolved and then some. I'm not unhappy with the purchase or having done a 6-month subscription. One of my nephews has taken a liking to the game.
This one in particular enjoys player housing and hence, was on my EQ2 account a bit but finds that game too daunting for a 10 yr old. The travel alone confuses him - moving from my houses spread across different racial zones plus the prestige ones was always confusing to him. Rift he gets and likes having a max level character. Combined with the new player housing, it's becoming his favorite. He asked me to make him his first starter house - the basics. A place he could call home and then decorate as he learned the mechanics and discovered new items.
The majority of the basic items are purchased from vendors. I bought a few crafted ones from the auction house too. I found the system easy and intuitive. The most laborious from what I wanted to achieve was laying a wooden floor plank by plank. I must say that I love the built in duplicate feature that makes a replica of the same size and orientation as the item you have selected as long as you have one available in your inventory.
In under an hour I'd built the structure, placed the floors and decorated the house and included a step-up patio on the side. The Freemarch dimension is a very awkward plot. Had I known that you could enter them from anywhere, I probably wouldn't have purchased this one.
I realize this is housing 1.0 for Rift but EQ2 is there as an example so what the hell happened to windows and doors??? Especially, not having doors was a disappointment. But oh well, it was still a decent starter home for a 10 year old running around on someone else's character. *smile*