This is an idea in need of refinement before I post it in the suggestions forum.
My idea consists of creating a new housing system that could be bought of your own free will. This will leave the basic/current housing the way it is for those that enjoy it and would not like to pay extra.
In doing research of other games with housing they mostly consist of hours of collecting materials and spending too much in-game money.
-So I had the idea to base the size/structure/room#s upon completion of Epic Volumes.
Enabling you to expand your house as you quest within a storyline.
The Introduction ~ lvl 10
-Grants land for the building of your Homestead.
-I cant decide if the new houses would be in neighborhoods, or your own 'instanced' area where people can visit upon permission via an npc or something....Feedback needed.
Volume I The Shadows of Angmar ~10-50
-15 Books- Each one granting a specific part of your house. (Floor, Walls, Roof....)
-Basic house ~3-4 rooms?
Volume II Mines of Moria ~ 50-65
-9 Books- Upgrading your house (Second Floor with several rooms.) +Epilogue (Attic? -extra storage area)
Volume III Allies of the King ~ 65-85+
-9+Books- Adding Extra Wings and Outbuildings. (Personal stable for a couple of your mounts, Personal Wardrobe mannequins/room, Ideas needed)
My approach to tying the house in with the Epics is that it is something most people have already done. Thus instantly rewarding you upon purchase and not requiring further effort beyond what the game already holds. With the added benefit of watching a house grow as you level up.
Things that would be nice to see within this expansion-
(Any of these can be edited upon constructive feedback.)
-New 'Hook' System
-Either you own an old home or a new one not both
-Account based- only one character needs to have completed an Epic quest to gain that portion of house.
Work in-progress any and all constructive feedback is welcome