Crafting the Perfect Minecraft Home
Minecraft is a massive game that is specifically designed to allow the player the opportunity to be as creative as they can possibly muster from within. You can build seemingly anything that pops into your mind -- everything from sprawling mines to triple-story mansions, grand cathedrals to an aqueduct spanning the length of an entire Roman-style city. Of course, it all takes work and time, and not everyone has a tried-and-true method for building. We're here to help all the same.
The Planning Phase
To begin building your perfect Minecraft house, you want to start off outside of the game. Yeah, you heard that right! Grab a pen and a paper and begin plotting out exactly what types of rooms you want to construct in the game. This can include, but is not limited to, the following:
- Front Entrance
- Storage Room
- Living Room
- Pool Room
- Indoor Garden
- Waste Incinerator
- Art Gallery
Obviously some of these rooms are far more useful than others. In terms of aesthetics, though, you really cannot beat a nice indoor garden or an art gallery to show off with.
The Most Useful Rooms
As we previously mentioned, some rooms are far more useful in their own right. These are the rooms you want to focus on when building your newfound dwelling:
- Storage Room - While playing on Survival Mode, gathering as many resources as you can possibly find is ideal. Having an entire room dedicated to such items is even better, especially in terms of organization. Crafting multiple double-chests with signs displaying what is inside each one is a great way to keep organized clutter.
- Kitchen - Obviously you will require food by the bucketful in order to survive in the world of Minecraft. You should know by now that cooked food tends to offer far more benefits than raw meat. Keeping a "fridge" chest nearby with a few well-prepared furnaces is very helpful.
- Waste Incinerator - The waste incinerator room does not need to be large, but it is still incredibly useful. No one really uses all of those dirt blocks that come from excavation, so they need to be disposed of in a clean, efficient manner. Tossing an entire stack of dirt or anything else into a small lava pit will eliminate the issue entirely.
The materials you craft your home in can be quite varied depending on the style and usefulness you're looking for. A few choice options include:
- Wood - Wood is incredibly plentiful and easily found and harvest throughout the game world. Unfortunately, this crafting material is also highly susceptible to fire and can be destroyed by creepers quite easily.
- Dirt - Dirt has the benefit of being completely inflammable, but remains vulnerable to Creeper explosions and Endermen, who will often leave holes in your newly crafted walls. Dirt is also quite ugly, but easily found and harvested with a shovel.
- Brick - Brick is quite an aesthetically pleasing block in many regards. It also has the added benefit of being resistant to creeper explosions, but is somewhat hard to obtain - especially during the early game.
- Cobblestone - Cobblestone is easily mined from mountains and deep under the ground, making it an ideal starting material for your first home. An exploding Creeper can easily blow a small hole in the wall, but it can be quickly patched up with some spare parts laying around.
- Sandstone - For those players who opt to build in a desert biome, sandstone could be the right choice. Sandstone only has a blast resistance of 4, however, which means a Creeper will make short work of the material.
The Building Part
The ideal size of a home in Minecraft is said to be 7x7, but you are free to use your imagination when it comes to the size of your own house. With the 7x7 model, however, you can perfectly place a single door in the center of one wall. Your house should be 3-4 blocks tall, which will offer you space to move around inside of effectively.
Of course, every home will require a nice looking roof, too. This prevents hostile mobs -- including spiders, zombies, skeletons, and slimes -- from entering the home from above. Spiders are especially susceptible to climbing up straight walls and entering your dwelling mysteriously.
Light sources are ideal for preventing mobs. You will want some windows and torches spread evenly throughout the entire premises. Torches especially will keep the monsters at bay, while windows will offer a look into the depths of the darkness for your own defense and reassurance.
Everyone will have their own idea of a perfect home, so be sure to share your own tips and build style in the comments below.