The first house most players build in Minecraft is little more than a wooden box built in a panic as the sun sets for the first time. Everyone has to start somewhere, however, people will quickly look for a lot more beyond the basics as they seek to build something visually interesting in Minecraft.

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There are plenty of beautiful designs out there, but many are extremely complex and would be difficult for beginners to get to grips with, even with a tutorial. These players need a middle-ground, a set of smaller and easier house designs that have their own little techniques and intricacies to teach them how to build the massive stuff and come up with cool ideas.


10 House With Storage Space

Minecraft Raised House With Farm & Stables

Uploaded by Zaypixel.

The main section of the house doesn’t do much to improve on the box with a roof design that most players will have already built. However, the extra features around this house are what make it much nicer to look at.

Raising the main section of the house makes it nicer to look at and safer from Creepers, not to mention it gives lots of space underneath. This space below can be used to keep animals, store lots of items, or as a bedroom for a 2nd player. It allows the space around the house to be extended for other purposes, as shown in the image, which has attached a stable and a couple of farms.

9 Remodeled Village House

Minecraft Remodelled Village House

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Villages are a brilliant place for new players to hunker down. They already have pre-built houses and beds aplenty; they’re a safe place to spend the first few nights. However, the houses aren’t the most interesting to look at, no matter what wood they’re built with. Thankfully, they can be improved with a few simple additions.

Changing the ratio of wood to stone gives a lot less grey in the building, and adding in more logs and trapdoors gives the design plenty of variation. The roof gets spiced up, too, with sections protruding for windows, making the house prettier on the outside and brighter on the inside.

8 Roundhouse By The River

Minecraft Circular House

Uploaded by Jeyger.

What’s the easiest way to ensure players avoid the box design? Build a circle! As expected in a game all about cubes, building circular structures takes a bit of finesse. Thankfully, there are plenty of tools online that can give players blueprints to work from.

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This building has a smaller circle on top of a bigger one to add some layers and variation to the interior design. The open feel this design gives the interior is perfect for people who like everything they need in one centralized location. If more space is needed, it would be effortless to build another layer underground or make the existing layers bigger and go further upwards.

7 Inside A Mountain

Minecraft House Inside Mountain With Windows Looking Out

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For the players who didn’t build a wooden box on their first night, it’s likely because they dug into the side of a mountain instead. Hollowing out a few rooms in a mountain is a fairly easy task, and the interior can be designed pretty much any way the player likes. However, the exterior can be so much more than a door on a mountainside.

This design extends the room’s overall feel out onto the side of the mountain and made the whole thing open with a window. Not only does this look nice on the outside, but it means that players no longer have to rely solely on artificial lighting for the inside. Everything can have a nice sunny feel.

6 Multiplayer Bunkhouse

Minecraft Symmetrical House With Two Living Areas

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Minecraft is lots of fun to play with friends, especially if everyone is experiencing the game for the first time. However, it means that whatever house someone builds (unless built separately) will need to have enough room for both players, which is where this design shines.

A satisfyingly symmetrical design, this raised house gives each player their own space, complete with a living area and bedroom. The open walkway is positioned to be safe from monsters and providing fresh air, while a neat little farm is tucked underneath. Players could also use the bottom layer to make more interior space, like a communal area, for example.

5 Over The Sea

Minecraft House Floating On The Ocean

Uploaded by Shock Frost.

Want to be safe from monsters at night? The sea is the place to be! As long as players aren’t foolish enough to build near an ocean monument, living a short distance from the shore in Minecraft will be a rather peaceful existence.

This design can be quite a modular one, as whenever players need more space, they can build off what they’ve already created. In the image, there is the main house, a smithing area, and a farm, but so much more could be built on top of that. It could be layered outwards and upwards infinitely, creating a towering raft with lots of intricacies.

4 Roomy House With A Basement

Minecraft Roomy House With A Basement

Uploaded by Greg Builds.

There are no fancy building techniques on this house. However, it still manages to look fairly interesting, which is mostly thanks to its shape. It’s rectangular, but the way it dips inwards and outwards gives the impression of several rectangles stuck together, making for a great house when combined with the solid roof design.

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The basement layer is well done too. The small amounts of stone poking out through the leaves add some color variation without overwhelming it with grey, and the windows make it visually interesting both inside and outside.

3 Tiered Farmhouse

Minecraft Tiered Farmhouse

Uploaded by JUNS MAB Architecture Tutorial.

Players will need a farm fairly quickly in their world, and they’ll eventually need quite a big one, so why not build it into the house? This tiered design makes it pretty to look at and practical for whatever crops need to be grown. Players could even trade some of the crop space for animal pens if they wanted.

The house itself is long and thin, but there’s nothing to say that can’t be altered easily. For example, in the image, the section underneath everything is left hollow, which would look weird from the back, but players could easily build the house downwards into the ample space available there.

2 Modern House On Stilts

Minecraft Modern House On Stilts

Uploaded by Greg Builds.

Modern Houses are often quite easy to build in Minecraft as they have square designs. Compared to medieval houses, which have a lot of complexity, modern houses just have weaved rectangles. This is an example with a few less complicated weaving to get players familiar with the style.

The way each section slowly fans outwards and backward gives a feeling that is simultaneously sharp and rounded while still leaving plenty of interior space and working in windows for lots of light. If that isn’t enough, there are a couple of skylights too that make the roof more visually interesting and light up the interior.

1 Easy Castle Living

Minecraft Small & Simple Castle

Uploaded by A1MostAddicted Minecraft.

A castle is a very common desire for Minecraft players. However, those who have seen the ridiculously complicated and massive ones may think there’s no way they’ll ever achieve that dream. That’s not the case, though, as nothing says a castle has to be massive or complicated.

While it’s not quite the same as living in a complicated weave of rooms and corridors, there are plenty of ways for simple buildings to still feel like a castle. This design has the essential turrets, which give way to a big entranceway to an open middle room. If this feels too simple for players, then it’s simple to add more turrets or extend the gaps between the existing ones for a more interesting shape.

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