After you finish designing a building, there should be a few more options before you start building it. These could easily be skipped, so they wouldn’t hurt the current workflow, but they’d make other related tasks easier.
The current resources tab should have a “Queue crafting” checkbox for each item that’s not just a raw resource. With auto-queuing off in your game settings, these will all be unchecked by default. With auto-queuing on in your game settings, these should all be checked by default (except if it’s not craftable, maybe even if you don’t have the right crafter. In which case, it should also tell the player they won’t be able to craft them. If it’s just a higher level item, it should still be able to queue.)
Example uses: When I play as the Ascendancy, I start by crafting beds to level up my carpenter. At this point, I can’t play without most items being auto-queued, but I have to navigate to my carpenters’ queue and remove orders for extra beds if I don’t want them to waste time/space/material. When I play as Rayya’s children, I order my potter to maintain bricks in storage, and the separate craft jobs from each building clog up the queue, making it hard to order items I need for quests and trading.
Building Stockpiles/Construction Bins
After selecting that, and before Hearthlings start building, you’d have the option to create temporary storage for some of the building materials. This could either involve dragging out a stockpile, or placing bins (which might be a little more streamlined, but it wouldn’t look quite as cool.) Once construction started, some Hearthlings would prioritize moving items to this storage, sort of like the crafter supply bins. But rather than setting an item filter, they would automatically be filled with the as many raw materials and then items needed for the building as possible. After the building’s finished, this temporary storage would go away. Stockpiles would be unmarked, or if this feature uses bins, they’d be undeployed if you had to place actual bins, or destroyed if they were just placeholders automatically summoned in.
Example: While Payten is busy digging the foundation of the new stone keep, other workers are busy hauling stone to the construction site so the builders won’t have to go far. This also gives the player a better look at what’s going into the building. Storage emptying as the building completes shows progress, while empty storage earlier on is a further indication of a problem.
While this should be easily skippable, it does add a workflow between building design and construction. So are there any other options that could be added to this workflow, making it more useful and powerful for your own playstyles without overcomplicating it?