Minecraft Houses | The Ultimate Guide, Tutorials, & Build Ideas (2023)

Minecraft is known as an incredible open-world platform that supports creativity and out-of-the-box thinking as it allows players to interact freely with anything and everything they might find. From sourcing rare items to crafting useful items (or sometimes useless junk), there’s no denying how much this game encourages manic hands-on, do-it-yourself energy.

One of our favorite aspects of Minecraft would be building Minecraft Houses. Depending on the mode you’re playing in, you can put up a home of your own unique design just about anywhere.

There are no prerequisites, no set boundaries, and virtually no limits (short of the game’s actual programmed physics). If you want to build your house on the very top of a mountain, you can. If you want to build it under the ground, you can.

That’s the magic of Minecraft, and that’s what we’re going to explore in this article today; Minecraft houses, and just how creatively versatile they can get!

But before that, let’s start with some building basics.

Table of Contents:

  1. Basic House Building Tutorial
    1. Step 1: Build Your Walls
    2. Step 2: Make a Roof
    3. Step 3: Add the Doors
    4. Step 4: Don’t Forget the Light
    5. Step 5: Furnish Your House
    6. Step 6: Decorations & Finishing Touches
  2. 8 Ideas for Cool Minecraft Houses
    1. Minecraft Starter Treehouse
    2. Minecraft Farmhouse
    3. Peaceful Minecraft Japanese House
    4. Intimidating All-Wood Mansion
    5. Urban Contemporary Home
    6. Blue Suburban Build
    7. Underground Minecraft Home
    8. The Odd Diagonal Minecraft Home
  3. Minecraft Houses Conclusion

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Basic House Building Tutorial

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The trick to building Minecraft houses is to start simple. You can upgrade as you gather more resources, but the whole point of a house – at least at first – is to have a safe spot you can retreat to when things start spawning.

But yes; we’re going to give you some lavish/clever/creative house concepts that you can build in Minecraft later on in this article, so stay tuned!

For now, let’s start with a quick tutorial on how to build a house in Minecraft. Just the basics!

Step 1: Build Your Walls

Place blocks down on top of each other to make walls. The height and length of your walls will depend on how many blocks you put down vertically and horizontally. You can use most any block for walls, like dirt, sand, wood, gravel, or cobblestone.

Bear in mind, though, that wood-based blocks will make a building more susceptible to fire.


Step 2: Make a Roof

Once your walls are finished, you can create a roof by placing blocks on top of them. Make sure to lay them side-by-side!

As with walls, you can use almost any material. However, you cannot use sand or gravel for the roof. They’ll collapse.

Step 3: Add the Doors

Doors can be made through crafting. You’ll need six (6) planks of any building material. Arrange them in the first two columns of the crafting table, in a 2-by-3 formation. You can make as many as needed and as many as your resources will allow.

Step 4: Don’t Forget Light

Monsters spawn in darkness, so remember to add plenty of torches in and around your house! Torches are fairly easy to craft, too. All you need is one (1) stick and one (2) coal, or one (1) stick and one (1) charcoal. Either will work.

Arrange the components in the crafting table grid as shown below.

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Make sure the stick is in the middle square and the coal or charcoal is in the square above it.

Step 5: Furnish Your House

Now that you have a safe base, you should consider adding stuff to it to make it safer and more convenient (like a real home)! For instance, crafting some chests for storage can help you stock up on more items and resources. Having a bed of your own can help with your rest and spawn point. And having a furnace in your home can be great for preparing food, smelting ores, and crafting other miscellaneous blocks.

You can craft a bed using three (3) wool blocks and three (3) planks (any wood).

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A chest requires eight (8) planks, also of any wood. And a furnace can be crafted from eight (8) cobblestones or eight (8) blackstones.

As you advance, you’ll want to look into tools and items like enchanting tables and grindstones. But seeing as this is a basic home-building tutorial, a bed, a furnace, and some chests will do for now.

Step 6: Decorations & Finishing Touches

Once you’re in a position where you can easily harvest materials and resources (to the point where you often have excess), you can start adding personal touches to your Minecraft house. Consider fortifying your walls with concrete, crafting buckets to create water pools, and adding some natural light with windows (or even stained glass windows for more color!) These are all fairly easy to craft, too. You just need to get the right ingredients.

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  • Concrete – 1x Dye, 4x Sand, 4x Gravel
  • Buckets – 3x Iron Ingots
  • Glass Panes (for windows) – 6x Glass Blocks

Check out how to craft dye, carpets, banners, stained glass and more in our comprehensive 2020 Guide to Minecraft Recipes!

Now that you’ve got the basics for building a Minecraft house down, how about some really cool housing concepts? You’ll be surprised just how lavish, complicated, and downright sprawling some builds can get! As long as you’ve got the time, the creativity, and – most importantly – the resources to craft everything you need, you can definitely create some incredible housing projects, too.

8 Ideas for Cool Minecraft Houses:

Minecraft Starter Treehouse

If you’re smack-dab in the middle of creeper spawns and night is swiftly approaching, get to high ground – in style! Minecraft Treehouses are as nostalgic (think sunny summer afternoons in the park or hiding from your pesky older siblings in your own backyard) as they are tactical. The high vantage point gives you a significant advantage against any enemies and mobs that come a-calling. The altitude will keep you safe from most ground-based swarms.

And if you decide to build the house in an existing tree – instead of from scratch – surrounded by other trees, you’ve got plenty of sources for your building materials already.

This Minecraft house is also pretty beginner-friendly, all things considered. All you really need is wood, wood, and more wood. As long as your base is solid, your house will be, too. But we’ll let YouTube user TheMythicalSausage show you how it’s done:

Minecraft Farmhouse

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If you’re worried less about mobs and more about self-sufficiency, consider building your very own farmhouse. You’ll need a lot of materials, initially, but it’ll be so worth it in the long run. You’ll be able to grow as much food as you like, harvest plenty of raw materials for future crafting projects, and maybe even raise a couple of animals.

And the actual living quarters can be as simple or as over-the-top as you’d like it to be.

Check out this beautiful farmhouse designed by JUNS MAB Architecture:


Its raised, modular design gives it such a unique aesthetic. Plus, the foundation is roomy enough for later expansions.

Don’t let the 362 pieces of Oak Log and 733 pieces of Oak Planks intimidate you. As we said earlier, the long-term results will be totally worth it.

Peaceful Minecraft Japanese House

Up for a little challenge? Why not try designing a Japanese-style Minecraft house?

Not a Japanese-themed one, okay? That one’s a little different.

Implement and incorporate Asian design elements into your blueprints to create a peaceful and tranquil two-story home with plenty of torches, chests, and blossom trees throughout. The initial base and shell of the house may be a doozy to build – what with all the pillars, platforms, and sunken areas – but it’s a great way to test your Minecraft-house-building acumen. Try using cobblestone, sandstone, or acacia wood for the foundation to really achieve that one-with-the-earth vibe.


We also recommend checking out this tutorial by JermsyBoy:


Intimidating All-Wood Mansion

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The folly many beginner Minecraft players fall prey to when they start building homes is overcomplicating the process. When they think “starter home,” they think the most basic of material blocks: wood, glass panes, and maybe a cobblestone roof. When they think “mansion” (or a house that’s equally as big and sprawling), they think more complicated building blocks are needed: concrete, sandstone, stone bricks, and obsidian.

Not necessarily.

Just check out TheMythicalSausage’s stunning mansion – made entirely out of wood!

Three stories and several dozen rooms of just plain wood. It’s strong, defensible, detailed, and just as visually stunning as any large Minecraft house made of obsidian and red brick.

Urban Contemporary House

Think a white-walled, crisp-edged, contemporary high-rise condo doesn’t belong in the world of Minecraft?

Think again.

JUNS MAB Architecture wows us once again with this striking modern Minecraft build:


This four-story open build looks like it belongs in a current Home or Interior Design magazine as blueprint inspiration. Bright lights, unique shell, frosted spine, and floor-to-ceiling windows. This may not fit Minecraft’s common aesthetic, but there’s no denying that it is such a treat to look at!

Blue Suburban Build

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If you want a modern build without going full contemporary or full urban, why not hit the best compromise? A suburban home in Minecraft is completely doable – white trim, sunny blue walls, street-facing garage door, and all! Just check out Rizzial’s comprehensive tutorial on it:

Too cute!

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The tall stone foundation and raised porch are absolutely perfect, but it’s really just the highly-saturated blue walls that get us. They’re almost unnervingly accurate! If you want three floors of spacious, well-lit interiors and all the modern comforts a Minecraft player could want, try your hand at building a modern Minecraft suburban.

VII. Underground Minecraft Home

Instead of towering over every approaching player or mob in six stories of glass, brick, stone, and concrete, why not go the completely opposite direction? Underground bases are cool, secretive, and highly defensible. And based off of this spectacular tutorial by YouTuber ItsMarloe, they can obviously look stunning.

ItsMarloe’s build is incredibly roomy and strikes all the items on the Ultimate Underground Bunker checklist. If put in the context of a zombie (crawler?) apocalypse, this could be the safest place to be. And if you follow their tutorial to the letter, you’ll notice that the modular design gives you plenty of room for future expansions.

VIII. The Odd Diagonal Minecraft Home

With enough time, experience, and resources, anyone can build a mansion, a cottage, a cabin, and even a red-brick townhouse.

But can you build diagonally?

Reddit User and Minecraft Architect Swordself_MC apparently can. He challenged himself to literally think outside the box for some fresh Minecraft house ideas. This is what he came up with: a home with a diagonally-built side right next to the front-facing entrance. The overall result gives the home incredible depth, dimension, and definitely character.

Minecraft Houses Conclusion

Wow, that was a long guide! We covered the basics as well as some great examples of Minecraft houses!

Let’s go over what we covered!

Table of Contents:

  1. Basic House Building Tutorial
    1. Step 1: Build Your Walls
    2. Step 2: Make a Roof
    3. Step 3: Add the Doors
    4. Step 4: Don’t Forget the Light
    5. Step 5: Furnish Your House
    6. Step 6: Decorations & Finishing Touches
  2. 8 Ideas for Cool Minecraft Houses
    1. Minecraft Starter Treehouse
    2. Minecraft Farmhouse
    3. Peaceful Minecraft Japanese House
    4. Intimidating All-Wood Mansion
    5. Urban Contemporary Home
    6. Blue Suburban Build
    7. Underground Minecraft Home
    8. The Odd Diagonal Minecraft Home

What were some of your favorite styles? Which Minecraft house design do you feel like tackling? Don’t be too hard on yourself if your first build doesn’t go exactly as you envision. Given enough practice – and a lot of sourcing, mining, crafting – you too can build some creative and breathtaking builds!

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What is the easiest house in Minecraft? ›

Simple Square House is the easiest and simplest house that you can build in Minecraft. It only requires basic materials and can be built without any hard work and or expertise.

What is the simplest house to build? ›

The simplest design — and also the cheapest — to build is a box with a straight roof. That means to avoid any protrusions or nooks and crannies in the walls of the house as those add design and construction costs.

What is the biggest base in Minecraft? ›

1 Space Valkyria 3

2b2t is Minecraft's largest anarchy server, which means there are no rules and no moderation. Bases will be griefed as soon as they're discovered, so to keep something this huge hidden for so long is incredible.

Who has the biggest house in Minecraft? ›

The biggest house in Minecraft is by Redditor Sampanyo known as Tempest. Not only did he create a gorgeous ship sized at approximately 2,000 blocks long and 256 blocks tall, but he even sculpted the ocean waves it's caught up in.

Is it rare to find a mansion in Minecraft? ›

Minecraft's Woodland Mansions are generated structures that only appear in Dark Forest biomes, and are some of the rarest and largest in the game; they are less common than the Mushroom Fields biome is.

What rooms should I put in my Minecraft house? ›

There are several things that are useful to include in your house in Minecraft.
  • Foyer.
  • Crafting room.
  • Smelting room.
  • Storage room.
  • Entrance to your mine.
  • Bedroom.
  • Brewery.
  • Enchanting room.

How do you make a secret base in Minecraft? ›

Place a redstone torch to the right, redstone dust under the raised block, redstone comparator, detector rail and a minecart with hopper in the rail. Place the sticky piston on the top of the torch. Cover the redstone and pistons using dirt blocks. To open the entrance, throw an item on the block near the hopper.

What is a 6 sided house called? ›

Hexagonal home plans is one of our most popular design types which showcases many exterior styles.

How do you make a roller coaster house in Minecraft? ›

  1. Step 1: Lay Out Your Track. Design the layout for your track. ...
  2. Step 2: Adding the Rails. Once you design your track, add the railing so you can move across the track. ...
  3. Step 3: Powered Rails. ...
  4. Step 4: Adding Redstone Torches. ...
  5. Step 5: Back to the Start. ...
  6. Step 6: Enjoy the Ride. ...
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How do you make latex x6 in Minecraft? ›

Latex is a compound that can be created in the Compound Creator. You can craft it by combining 5 carbons and 8 hydrogens (C5H8). Six latex compounds, helium, a lead and a dye can craft a Balloon.

How to build Minecraft castle? ›

How to make a castle in Minecraft
  1. Make two 15-block long walls directly opposite one another.
  2. Build four 3x1x3x1x3x1x3x1 towers at both ends of the first 15 block wall.
  3. Create two 9-block walls.
  4. Place two 3x1x3x1x3x1x3x1 towers at the end of both the 9 block walls.
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How can I build a cheap house fast? ›

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  1. Simplify Your Home's Design. ...
  2. Try A Tiny Home. ...
  3. Hire An Experienced Home Builder. ...
  4. Save Costs By Becoming A General Contractor. ...
  5. Get Your Design Plans Approved. ...
  6. Budget, Plan And Price Out All Items. ...
  7. Choose Building Materials Wisely. ...
  8. Buy Materials At A Discount.
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How to make room without bricks? ›

Light Gauge Steel frame construction has come up as a fast-adopting alternative to brick and mortar construction. In this type of construction, steel frames are used to form the backbone of the structures instead of conventional rebars and brick structures.

Is it cheaper to build or buy? ›

The short answer is it's often cheaper to buy a block of land and then build a home on it, compared to buying an established property.
On average, building a house is cheaper than buying.
DifferenceBuilding = $277,171 cheaper than buying
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What are the 10 steps to building a house? ›

A Step-by-Step Guide to the Home Building Process
  1. Prepare Construction Site and Pour Foundation.
  2. Complete Rough Framing.
  3. Complete Rough Plumbing, Electrical and HVAC.
  4. Install Insulation.
  5. Complete Drywall and Interior Fixtures; Start Exterior Finishes.
  6. Finish Interior Trim; Install Exterior Walkways and Driveway.

What should I build first in Minecraft? ›

Step One: Build a Crafting Table. The first objective to set for yourself is simple: Build a Crafting Table. In order to do so, you'll need to attack a tree to gather some Woodblocks. You can obtain wood by holding down the left mouse button on PC or the right trigger on your console controller.

What are the 5 basic parts of a house? ›

The basic structure of many modern houses includes a foundation, frame, roof, door, chimney, windows, garage, yard, driveway and mailbox.

What is the first thing to build a house? ›

The first step in the construction process is getting the land ready. This includes clearing the area, digging trenches and making sure utilities are installed. Your foundation will be made of poured concrete reinforced with steel rods.

What is the best block to build a house in Minecraft? ›

Cobblestone is a strong block and is easy to acquire, making it great for building houses.
  • Obtained by crafting it from Stone (which in turn is obtained by smelting cobblestone), making it renewable.
  • Has a good blast resistance of 6.
  • Not flammable.

Is it cheaper to buy or build? ›

In general, buying an existing home is cheaper. According to the National Association of Home Builders and the U.S. Census Bureau the median cost to buy a house today is $410,600 which is $28,800 less than building one.

Is it cheaper to build up or out? ›

Building up is always the least expensive option for increasing your home's square-footage because it requires less material and labor.

What is the cheapest state to live in? ›

Here is a list of the 10 cheaper states to live in the U.S. in 2023:
  • Kansas (86.4)
  • Alabama (87.5)
  • Georgia (87.8)
  • West Virginia (88.5)
  • Missouri (88.6)
  • Indiana (88.9)
  • Iowa (88.9)
  • Tennessee (89.5)
Jan 23, 2023

What is the most useful structure in Minecraft? ›

Villages are one of the best structures that Minecraft players can come across after a lengthy expedition around the Overworld, as they provide shelter, food, important blocks, and sometimes weapons, armor, and tools as well.

What are the most useful builds in Minecraft? ›

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