Re the house you received as reward from the King.Here is an image to give you an idea what they look like
Each house is set on a 3/4 acre block in the nicer area of Castle Blackwell, but outside the walls of the keep obviously. Each house has one large living hall, a small anti chamber, a small study/library, four bedrooms, and a kitchen. They also include a separate outhouse, small stable and servants hut. Each house has a live in servant family of about 4 or so members who act as groundskeepers, cooks, maids and butler.
A hundred years from now, D&D 99.5E will have pared the game down to four skills - Hurting, Breaking, Living, and Talking. Talking will be a dump stat for most classes.