How to build a settlementA settlement starts out with a single house/room. The process is pretty simple:
- Find a place that allows for building.
- Put floorings, walls, a roof and a door on it.
- Craft and install furniture, starting with a bed.
House improvements in Fallout 4When your house is done, you can expand and upgrade it to the point where it becomes an actual settlement, with a bunch of people doing various jobs. There’s a bunch of stuff you can add to your settlement, like water pumps, trading stalls, workshops, etc.
Once other people start moving in, there are factors you’ll have to keep in mind – they need food, water, power and beds. You’ll also have to tend to their happiness and safety. Setting traps and arming the populace will suffice for safety, but it’s still unclear how you can influence their happiness. If you’re roaming the world and your settlement is attacked, the game will notify you, so you can run back and defend it.
Building materials in Fallout 4Common materials include rubber, steel, aluminum, concrete, wood, cloth and screws. They aren’t weightless, so you won’t be able to lug around infinite amounts of concrete in your pockets. Luckily, you’ll have the option of stashing building materials in your workshop.
When you decide to build something, the game will show you which materials (and possibly how many people) you’ll need for it. If you don’t have what it takes, you can tag the recipe, which highlights the required materials in the world.