One of the fundamental parts of your Minecraft experience is building your forever home. You might be focused on the basics, like building nice houses (we see you, cottagecore), and simplicity might be key for you. On the other hand, you might be the type to continually expand and use your home as a canvas to show the extent of your travels. Anyway, if and when you run out of ideas on how to add a touch of elegance to the bland and stereotypical four-wall wooden approach, you can start here from our list. of 8 favorite Minecraft House builds.
If you’re just starting out, here are three simple starter home bases to consider:
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Below are some of our best Minecraft house ideas; from simple and cute builds to elaborate castles, it’s time to make your next home epic; whatever that means to you.
A natural progression for many people due to the importance of farming as you progress through your game, a farm is a wonderful way to naturally expand your home. From building paddocks and stables for your animals to outlandish waterways that run through parts of your home to hydrate your crops, you can get really creative while still being functional here.
With the limited scope these types of constructions allow, farmhouses often lend themselves to cute, quaint, and quirky projects that blend in really well with whatever environment you choose to build them in.
For those who wish to live more lavishly, a mansion is an excellent project to display the wealth of resources and items you have accumulated during your exploration. As you’d expect, the more detailed and expansive the build, the harder it will be to execute in Survival, but if you plan it out, you can easily have a modular approach to your mansion; build room by room, floor by floor, and add connective tissue and aesthetic decorations after the fact.
While you can still discover and take over gigantic woodland mansions that appear in your world, it will more than likely feel like a hollow victory. It is only through hard work and perseverance that the decadence of a mansion can feel truly deserved.
The age-old build that everyone has tried at one time or another. Whether you’re an expert builder or just barely know how to build a house in Minecraft, a castle has probably crossed your mind as a long-term goal. Particularly excellent alongside other medieval-style construction (even more so if you apply a free texture pack), castles can feel restrictive in your approach to building them.
Free yourself from these constraints! You can choose to create a completely unique castle, or you can take inspiration from famous real-life or fictional castles. Whether it’s Windsor Castle in England, Kaer Morhen from The Witcher series or Hogwarts Castle from Harry Potter, pick something you have a personal affinity for. Not only will this make you want to keep going with those long builds, but it can also give you specific things to build on. Start with the Great Hall of Hogwarts, the drawbridge at Castle Greyskull, whatever it takes to start the process off with a memorable section, and flesh it out from there.
4. Modern house
With the structures that are naturally generated in Minecraft (at least at the time of writing), almost all of them lean heavily towards rudimentary medieval-style structures with wooden supports and stone accents. Attempting to build with similar materials, which happen to be most abundant early in your gameplay, can start to feel iterative and too similar to the last time you started a new world.
With this in mind, why not make bold choices, not only in the design and layout of your home, but also in the materials used? Make a mark on the world that stands out, instead of blending in. With many modern homes, you see architects aiming to build a cool home that is unique. Get your own architect hat and be weird! After all, Minecraft being the ultimate creativity tool should give you some self-expression. (If you’re just starting to plan your modern home build, we love this simple video tutorial on how to build your first modern house in minecraft).
A seemingly simple building idea that can actually be quite difficult to pull off effectively, treehouses can be an eco-friendly way to leave your mark on the world. Often quite small and cute (think an Ewok hut in Return of the Jedi), you’ll probably want to use all-natural materials for these builds so they blend together as much as possible.
These can be especially fun if you’re on a multiplayer server, where you aim to hide from other players. For a game that involves digging, it’s not very often that you think to look up. Add to that the benefit of often having a much better and wider view of your surroundings, and it seems there are only benefits to building a house high up in the treeline. To descend, you can use vines to be as unobtrusive as possible, or ladders/waterfalls if your build is aiming to be taller.
To see all the types of treehouses you can create, check out our Minecraft Treehouse Ideas too.
6. Underwater House
If you like having an aquarium at home in real life, why not build your Minecraft house under the waves? Keep in mind that underwater builds often require a lot of planning and a fair amount of endgame materials such as sponge to help clean up the water effectively once you’ve sealed the room.
Also keep in mind that for underwater homes, you often have to build a tunnel to get to the house, either straight into the water or underground and then back up. in the House. Either way, it allows you to come up with unique ideas on how to conceal the entrance so those who aren’t looking too closely won’t even realize you live below them. Sneaky, challenging and fun.
7. Sky Island
If living under the waves doesn’t appeal to you, how about in the clouds? There are many advantages to creating an airbase: you’ll be away from most threats (aside from gravity), it’s quiet, and you’ll have breathtaking views.
Using lots of dirt and stone, build and create your own perfect place in the sky. What you’ll definitely want to have is a source of water to allow you to swim up and down from your base without risk of fatal damage from falling, so one tip is to incorporate it into a man-made stream to accentuate your island in the air.
8. Hidden Underground Base
The ideal solution for the more discreet among you, having an underground base makes you completely undetectable from the surface. This advantage is further exaggerated if you use a redstone contraption with hidden doors and movable walls to make your entryway look completely natural – nothing wrong.
Here is an underground house when it is locked:
It can even be beneficial when soloing, as having a secret Redstone-controlled base ensures that no monster can break down a door and invade your private safe space.
Here is the underground house once opened:
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