Minecraft house building guide – 5 tips to turn your house into a home

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Minecraft can be a little intimidating – an endless procedurally generated world where vines wait around every corner, and it's easy to get lost because you can't remember if the Taiga biome you're lost in is the same one you were lost in before . Part of the fun of Minecraft, though, is turning that cold, empty space into your own – somewhere memorable and welcoming. Below, we've detailed five essential tips to help you establish a home in Minecraft.



Take your time to find a permanent place

There are dozens of biomes in Minecraft, and each one has its appeal and rarity. The openness of deserts and plains is offset by the relative scarcity of building materials; the lush density of a jungle or dark oak forest makes it easy to get lost, but you'll have enough wood at your disposal to build a city.

At the same time, if you wait to find something like the super-rare Eroded Badlands biome, you might be able to hold your breath for a long time.

Build tall and long

Unlike in real life, there are no property taxes or mortgages in Minecraft unless you play on a really weird server. You can build wherever you want, and the only limit to how much space you take up is you.

Keep your orientation by building high. Go above the tree line, higher than the nearest mountains. The last thing you want to say to yourself after spending hours building a place is, “I thought my home was right here…”. Building tall structures will make it much easier to find your place again when you go exploring.



Likewise, don't hesitate to build broadly. It's easy to want to put everything in one room so that it's all close and easy to reach, but just like in real life, having dedicated spaces for different things can give them meaning and ensure you're not looking at the same places all the time. . Variety is the spice of life, and this is no different. There's no reason you can't have a chest storage separate from your workshop filled with various crafting tables.

Illuminating or The Place Up

While update 1.18 promises to overhaul lighting in Minecraft in some pretty significant ways, for now, there's not too much light. At first, you'll want to use torches, but as you dig in, flashlights help make your home feel less like a makeshift shelter and more like a place you want to stay.

With the current version of Minecraft, you really can't go overboard with lighting. Make sure you light up every nook and cranny. This is crucial to prevent monsters from spawning in large places.

Aesthetics are important! Don't build a cube!

This tip goes back to the idea that you will be using this place for a long time. Don't just make it reasonably functional; work to make it awesome.

However, not everyone has the vision of an architect. If your first instinct is to make a cobblestone cube, it's time to turn to Google, Pinterest (yes, I know), and YouTube.

Start with a theme: Epic treehouse, mountain castle, desert castle, steam wave mansion. Look for real-world examples for inspiration and try to bring them to life. If you want a little more guidance, start looking for tutorials on YouTube. All you have to do is type “nice Minecraft house” and start scrolling to get limitless videos, whether it’s how to make an aesthetically pleasing path or make a roof that does more than keep crowds out.



The more you build, the more you learn and the more ideas you have. At the same time, don't feel obligated to a certain topic. And never stop experimenting.

Choose the right materials

With all that said, there's more to consider than aesthetics! Choosing the right materials will help you build a stronger home. For example, dirt is a great starting material because it is plentiful and easy to collect, but it is a very weak material that cannot withstand a vine blast; the Minecraft wiki rates Dirt as having a hardness of 0,5, while Creeper's blasts have a power of 3.


One of the newest materials to be added to Minecraft, Deepslate, has a base hardness of 3, while “crafted” Deepslate, like Deepslate Bricks, has a hardness of 3,5, enough to withstand an explosion like this. Also, when you start mining deeper into the overworld, Deepslate becomes quite plentiful.

Wood is a common and good-looking material, quite durable, with a hardness of 1,5, but it's important to remember that it can catch fire. So if you're building near lava or want to put a lava dump in your home, it's vital to make sure it's well insulated from any wood in your home, or you could see the whole thing catch fire.

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