34 Cool Things to Build in Minecraft When You’re Bored
Anyone can get bored of Minecraft and not know what to build next. Thankfully, we have a list of 34 cool things to build in Minecraft to give you some inspiration.
There are so many things to build in Minecraft, such as houses, castles, fancy nether portals, bridges, or even statues. To make sure you don’t get bored or give up on your idea, pick a project that you will have fun building. It is also important to pick a building idea that is a little challenging, but not too challenging.
If a building idea is too ambitious or difficult, you may find yourself giving up after a few hours and getting bored of the game. It is best to divide builds into several smaller projects, so you have a sense of accomplishment after you finish each part. For example, if you are building a castle in Minecraft, it would be a good idea to focus on building the walls first, then one tower, then more towers, then rooms connecting these towers, and so on.
Keep in mind that if you are looking for things to build in Minecraft survival, you will have to get all the materials yourself. For really big projects like a skyscraper, you will have to do a lot of work to get all the blocks you need. But if you are playing in creative mode, you don’t have to worry about this and can build as big as you want!
Here is our list of 34 Cool Things to Build in Minecraft:
Castles are a fun thing to build in Minecraft. Why? Who wouldn’t want to live in their very own castle! Castles are usually easy to build because they use simple materials like stone and wood which are easy to get. Castles can range from a small fortress with a few connected towers to a giant walled city.
There is a lot you can add: a wooden gate, a water or lava moat with a bridge, fountains, statues, gardens, and so on. Bonus: the walls and moat will keep mobs out of your base! Any mobs that get close, you can shoot using a bow from the top of your walls.
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I recommend starting small and adding on as you need more space. There have been so many times where I started building a massive castle which ended up being too much work. You might get bored of Minecraft if you make your project too difficult. For inspiration, see our post with castle ideas and photos.
Building a mansion for yourself in Minecraft survival can be a lot of fun. Design your own bedroom, storage areas, hallways, grand staircases, and more. You can go one step further and build a fancy fence around your property and build a nice garden or fountain in front of your home. For more inspiration, you can easily google examples of real-life mansions to model your Minecraft build after.
Feeling lazy? Try finding a naturally generated woodland mansion and renovating it to your liking.
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Create a collection of buildings in a similar style and connect them with roads to make a Minecraft town. For added protection, consider building walls to protect from creepers and other mobs.
Some building styles to consider can include: medieval stone and wood, asian pagodas, or desert-themed with sandstone. If you are looking for cool things to build in Minecraft, a town can definitely keep you busy since there are so many buildings you can add.
Some ideas for town buildings: banks, hospitals or medical clinics, storage rooms, hotels, and town halls (with courtroom and jail).
4. Modern City
A modern city with skyscrapers, paved roads, lamp posts, parks, and sidewalks is a huge project, but can be quite rewarding if you have a lot of time for building. There is a lot of repetitive building involved (for example, adding lots of floors to the same skyscraper) so it may not be the best thing to build in survival Minecraft.
This kind of build would be way easier to do in creative mode, or using server plugins such as WorldEdit to help. Otherwise, you could always do this in survival mode with a group of friends.
Everyone needs a farm in Minecraft to grow your own food and supplies. You could make a simple farm with places for the essentials like trees and wheat, or a more fancy farm outdoors with a windmill and barn. Another option is to make an indoor or underground farm, but this will be more work. Crops need light to grow, so you would have to make sure there is enough light from torches, lanterns, or lamps.
A cool Minecraft farm idea could be to make a greenhouse of glass, using natural light to grow your crops. The greenhouse would keep out animals and mobs, but you should still light it up a bit so mobs don’t spawn at night.
Gardens go well with almost anything, such as a town, the front of your house, or even just by itself. Try using flowers, trees, gravel pathways, benches, and water to decorate your garden. Fountains are a very nice centerpiece for gardens, but can sometimes be tricky to get the water flowing the way you want.
To get flowers for your garden, you can use bonemeal on grass to grow them or find them naturally throughout the world. Some biomes will have much more flowers than others.
7. Famous Landmark
Look on google for a photo of a famous landmark and use it as a reference for building something amazing in Minecraft. For example, famous castles like Neuschwanstein, the Eiffel tower, Big Ben, the Statue of Liberty, and so on. Hint: if you travel a lot, pick the favorite thing you saw on your travels.
If you are playing on survival Minecraft, maybe try to pick something a little less detailed or build a more miniature version of the landmark. Without the flying and infinite blocks on creative, it may be challenging to build on survival.
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Fountains can be simple or large and complicated. They make a good decoration for gardens, castle courtyards, or even indoors. Try using ‘steps’ for water to flow down and glowstone or glass within the water. With the changes Mojang made to water flowing, fountains are a bit more tricky to make now and may need some experimenting to get the water flowing perfectly.
For added beauty, you should light up your fountain so it is more visible at night. This can be done with blocks like glowstone or redstone lamps. If you are using lamps, you could even link it to a daylight sensor so the fountain light only turns on at night.
For more fountain building ideas and examples check out our guide here.
9. Underground City
To build a city underground, look for a large underground ravine or carve out a huge hole with TnT. Put windows in the walls, hang vines, and have columns of water or lava (if you want). This one can be a lot of work, especially if you need to dig out larger areas for farms or growing trees.
On a Minecraft server I played on a long time ago, there was a very cool underground “vault” city that was dug out by the players. There were lots of hallways with doors to rooms and a massive atrium with trees and a garden. It is possible to make secret hallways and rooms as well. If you like digging, something like this can be fun to build!
Pyramids are usually built in desert biomes using sandstone or sand. They are a nice place to put a beacon, and can be built in other biomes too using various materials. If you want to keep an Egyptian theme, decorate the outside with pools, columns, and sphinxes.
Building a pyramid is really easy for most players, even in survival Minecraft. The building plan is very simple, you just have to make a really large square and then keep building smaller squares vertically until you reach the tip of the pyramid.
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Archways can be used as a grand entrance to a town, base, or other build. They are a fun thing to build and can be made of simple materials like stone or more luxurious materials like diamond or gold. They can be a big, impressive monument or they can be a smaller doorway to an area.
Create a building decorated with bookcases, wood, red carpets, and stained glass, or even just a side-room in your base and make that your enchanting area. For extra fun, use pistons to make some hidden passages behind the bookcases. Check out our inspiration on library designs and layouts for more ideas.
Libraries are the perfect place to put all your enchanting tables and even potion brewing stands. Even if you don’t want to build a large library, you can still build a small one close to your storage room for enchanting and potions.
There are so many impressive churches and cathedrals in the world and building one in Minecraft can be quite difficult, especially in survival mode. However, they can make for a busy and satisfying project. For inspiration, find an image of a famous cathedral online for your reference as you build. Don’t forget the stained glass!
14. Fancy Nether Portal
Nether portals don’t need to be boring and there are so many different ways to design them. Try making a decorated room just for your nether portal or make an even larger nether portal and decorate it (nether portals can be much larger than the standard small size).
As an added bonus, keeping your nether portal in a separate room will keep away any mobs that walk through it. For building materials, I recommend using materials found in the nether such as quartz, netherrack, nether brick, or lava. This will make sure your portal still has a nether theme to it.
15. Fancy Storage Room
Storage rooms are an important part of any Minecraft house. They can be large, very organized, and decorated (if you want!). If you have the materials, use expensive blocks in your storage room to show off your wealth like gold, diamond, and emerald.
For more ideas about building a Minecraft storage room, check out our article for storage room design here.
16. Floating Base
Floating bases are not just for Skyblock, they can be a fun thing to build in survival Minecraft too. Build a large platform for yourself up in the clouds, bring up some construction materials, and start building a base up there. Make sure you have a safe way to get down though, such as a jump to a pool of water, a ladder, or slime blocks to fall on.
As an added bonus, if you are playing on a pvp server, a floating base high up in the sky can keep yourself hidden from other players. It is a good way to maintain privacy, as long as the base is not too big!
Sky bases make a good challenge for survival Minecraft. Also, definitely check out our list of the best Minecraft modpacks to play in 2020, which includes Sky Factory!
Try building a village right on the water with wooden sidewalks connecting the buildings. You can also build boats out of wood as decoration for your docks. Docks make a relaxing place to go fishing as well (another thing to do when you’re bored of Minecraft).
You should build docks where there is a lot of water, preferably on the land next to an ocean biome. Building docks in a river does not really make much sense, after all.
18. Tree house
Find a jungle biome and build a base in the trees, or build your own giant tree with wood then build a Minecraft base inside the tree. Watch out if fire spread is on though. It would only take one fireplace or mean player to burn down your entire build.
If you are building up in the trees, it is also a cool idea to build wooden bridges linking different tree houses together. However, this may make your house less private and more obvious if you are on a server with other players.
Dig underground tunnels near your base and fill them with a little bit of water. Add iron fence gates or plants such as vines and lily pads for decoration and you’ve got yourself a sewer system. If you want, you could also put minecart tracks in here for transportation. A sewer system can be a cool way to link different houses together underground, as well.
For an added sense of adventure, add secret hallways with treasure for visitors. These hallways could be hidden with pressure plates, levers, pistons, and so on.
A minecart subway system is the perfect way to transport yourself around your city or between builds. Simply dig a long hallway underground and add ‘stops’ or ‘stations’ along the way with exits to the world above. The subway system can be used to link different bases from different players on a server as well.
Mazes can easily be built out of leaves/hedges and placed into a garden. They can also be made underground or inside buildings. For more fun, consider adding traps and surprises using pistons like drops, changing walls, and dispensers shooting arrows. Don’t forget the reward chest at the end of the maze.
If you are playing on survival mode, you’ll definitely want the Silk Touch Enchantment to gather leaf blocks from trees!
If you have an empty hallway inside your build, you can fill the space by building some statues. Make statues dedicated to your favorite items, mobs, animals, or players. Statues as shown in the photo also make a nice decoration for an entrance to your build.
See our full list of statues to build in Minecraft for more ideas.
Is there a large river by your base? Or even a deep canyon? Build a fancy bridge to get across! Decorate the edges and supports for the bridge and add some lighting as well. Use nice materials like stone, brick, or wood instead of dirt and cobblestone. Your bridge can be as simple as a walkway or as grand as the Golden Gate bridge.
A lighthouse in the distance glowing in the night is a cool decoration if your base is by an ocean. A lighthouse does not look very nice in a field or by a river, so make sure you build it on a beach by the ocean! For a classic look, build your lighthouse out of white material and with some touches of red (like concrete, wool, or terracotta).
If you’re good with redstone, you can even make a piston-based system to make your lighthouse revolve with light. See this YouTube video for more information on a redstone lighthouse.
Unfortunately if you build a boat out of blocks in Minecraft, you won’t be able to sail it yourself. But it does make for a good decoration on the water by your base. Built boats are usually made of wood and the sails made from wool. The boat can be as simple as a sailboat, or as large as a cruise liner with sleeping and dining cabins.
26. Penthouse Suite
If you are building a city and have skycrapers, make your home up in the sky as a penthouse suite. You would be able to easily watch over your whole Minecraft build from the top of a skyscraper. This one might be a bit more work if you don’t already have a skyscraper.
For an authentic look, keep a modern design and draw inspiration from those New York TV shows with penthouses.
27. Clock Tower
Clock towers are a cool thing to build in any medieval themed town, or even a modern city (think of Big Ben in London). They are usually very simple to build and can be made from a variety of different building materials like logs or stone.
Unfortunately, it won’t be able to tell you the time (unless you are a redstone wizard), but it’s a great decoration anyways.
28. Bank and Vault
The vaults of a bank are a unique way to store your items in Minecraft. Build up a bank, and in the back, have an entrance to an underground vault area with your items. What better place to store your gold and diamonds than locked up in an underground vault?
To make your vault more realistic, secure it with a very strong material. I like to build my bank vaults out of obsidian and have different rooms for different items. If you want to be even more creative, each floor can be locked and only opened from a lever in a secure office.
29. Restaurant or Tavern
You will need a place to store your Minecraft food and access it easily. Sure, you could put it in your storage chests, but what fun is that? Try building a restaurant, kitchen, or tavern with a seating area and a place to order and obtain food. Your friends and visitors will love it as well, if you play on a server with other people.
For more fun, you can try building a fast-food restaurant like Subway or McDonalds.
A cool thing to build in Minecraft survival is a large urban hospital for yourself and your visitors. Organize an emergency room, waiting area, and wards on the upper floors. If you want a smaller project, try making a small clinic building for your town.
I recommend building with whiter materials such as white wool or quartz to really make that red “H” or cross stand-out. Concrete would also be a good building material to use.
To make the hospital more realistic, add some beacons which automatically “heal” any player that enters the building.
Build a courthouse to deal with rule-breaking players on your server, or just make one for fun. The inside should contain an area for people to watch the proceedings, and a front-area for the judge and the accused. Don’t forget to build a jail underground or attached to the courthouse.
Most courthouses today are traditional with wooden interiors (wall, ceiling, floor, benches), even if the exterior is made of something else like stone.
Prison servers are getting pretty popular on Minecraft, so why not build your own? Don’t forget the fence around the prison with the watch towers.
A prison can have so many things, as it needs to be mostly self-sustaining. You’ll need cell blocks, a cafeteria, security rooms, and anything else you can think of. You should definitely make use of redstone to create a full security system with lever-activated doors.
33. Pixel Art
2-Dimensional art can be made in Minecraft just by using colored wool or other colored blocks like concrete. Pixel art may look easy, but trust me, once you try it you may find it to be pretty challenging while still fun.
For pixel art ideas, people often make flags, slogans, minecraft items (like a diamond pickaxe), or other players.
A cottage on lake or river is a nice and cozy place to call home. You could make one just as a vacation house and connect it to your base with a road or minecart rail system. If it’s on the water or at least has a lake, you’ll have a relaxing place to go fishing.
And there you have it, 34 cool things to build in Minecraft! Do you have more suggestions to add? Leave a comment below.
24 things to build in Minecraft: building ideas for 1.17
Looking for ideas for things to build in Minecraft? We all know that Minecraft is filled with infinite possibilities, particularly when it comes to building. With the right types and quantities and structures of blocks, there's really no limit to what can be made. The trick is figuring out what to build next!
Below you'll find 24 amazing Minecraft building ideas to inspire you, ranging from small, practical builds such as bridges and storage rooms, to massive aesthetic projects like castles, towns, and skyscrapers. Have a browse below and see if anything captures your imagination!
Things to build in Minecraft
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Note: if you're after inspiration for your next house then be sure to check out our dedicated Minecraft house ideas page!
Minecraft Volcano build
What better way to make an impression on your Minecraft server than to find an unassuming island in the middle of nowhere and turn it into a scene-stealing volcano dripping with magma? If you find the right mountain then much of the landscaping work will already be done for you - but if you want to create one from scratch, you can do that too! That's exactly how YouTuber "Shannooty" created the above volcano build, after all.
Minecraft Castle build
For architects who want to think big with their next building project, let this magnificent gothic castle build by YouTuber "Geet Builds" inspire you to embrace your inner medievalist. A big, bold, rustic castle is a builder's dream, with endless design opportunities in the battlements, the windows, the archways, and more.
Minecraft Modern Skyscraper build
Creating a modern-looking build in Minecraft is always an interesting challenge, as it forces you to think hard about the types of blocks you need to use. For those looking for the ultimate challenge, why not create a realistic modern skyscraper like those above, created by YouTuber "Alpine". Just make sure you get planning permission from others living nearby!
Minecraft Floating Base build
Floating bases aren't exactly a new concept in Minecraft, but they've stood the test of time because they're just so versatile. You can make a cute little floating island with a cottage like YouTuber "Rake" made (pictured above), or you can hop into Creative Mode and use mods like WorldEdit to create colossal floating mountain bases if you like (more on mountain bases below!).
Minecraft Bridge build
Ah, the bridge. Delightfully practical, but also a chance to create something truly beautiful. Like many other builds in this list, you can be as simple or as ostentatious as you like. If you don't want to get bogged down with a huge building project, a bridge might be a perfect mini-project for your latest world. The above bridge, by YouTuber "Zaypixel", can be completed in just a handful of minutes.
Minecraft Ship build
There's nothing quite as eye-catching in Minecraft as a magnificent ship on the horizon. The above ship was created by YouTuber "IrieGenie", and gives off some strong Pirates of the Caribbean vibes. And they didn't even resort to black sails! But you could with your ship, of course. It'd look incredible with the realistic water you get by installing one of the best Minecraft shaders, too.
Minecraft Lighthouse build
If you're looking for a similarly nautical build, there's a lot you can do with a nice tall lighthouse. The actual real-life function of a lighthouse is to be a landmark, so it's the perfect opportunity to put your own unique style into a build. Just as long as it shines at the top, you can do what you like. If you need some inspiration, check out YouTuber "Meddi"'s video on creating the above lighthouse.
Note: if you want to inject some more life into your latest Bedrock world, why not check out our guides on the best Minecraft Bedrock seeds and the best Minecraft Bedrock Texture Packs?
Minecraft Cathedral build
Depending on who you ask, a cathedral can be even more grand and opulent than a medieval castle. A cathedral is a huge block of architectural splendour which gives you so many opportunities for interesting designs, patterns, and block choices. The above cathedral was built by YouTuber "Lanwan Builds", and it's a recreation of Winchester Cathedral, a building I've walked around many times and been inside once or twice as well. It's an incredible building, and such a build in Minecraft will be worthy of the blood, sweat, tears, and Diamonds you put into it.
Minecraft Museum build
What better way to show off everything you've collected over the course of your Minecraft journey than to store it in a museum? Much like castles and cathedrals, the grandest museums are tourist attractions in the real world, and so they're bound to attract attention on your Minecraft server. You can check out the interior of the above museum build by watching this video by its architect, YouTuber "MegRae".
Minecraft Statue build
Minecraft's default blocks offer so many different types of stone that you don't even have to use any of the best Minecraft texture packs to create a truly phenomenal statue. Statues are a great thing to build in Minecraft, because you can make a statue of just about anything, and it can be as realistic or as abstract as you like. Check out the above dragon statue build by YouTuber "thebigbaron" for some inspiration. I bet you could make a similarly awe-inspiring statue out of Netherite to give it some extra sleekness.
Minecraft Aquarium build
There's a lot more going on in the sea in Minecraft nowadays than when I started playing. Kelp and sponge and fish and blocks of wild and wonderful colours. Put all that together, house it in some glass, and you've got yourself an aquarium! Of course, there's more to it than that if you want to design a really good-looking aquarium such as the one above, built by YouTuber "Blorg The Saint".
Minecraft Pyramid build
A Pyramid is a fantastic template for an awe-inspiring Minecraft build. Its shape makes it easy to create complexity just by introducing and repeating patterns around the pyramid, which is how you can go from a regular old desert pyramid to a towering behemoth like the one above, built by YouTuber "FallenQbuilds". You can make life easier for yourself by using certain Minecraft commands (or better yet, WorldEdit), but there's nothing stopping you from getting stuck in building a massive pyramid in your survival world instead!
Minecraft Famous Landmark build
When you're thinking about Minecraft builds, it's always best to take inspiration from real life architecture. The truly spectacular creations are often the landmarks that are known all over the world. Places like the Taj Mahal, recreated above by YouTuber "Vexel Design". Or the Eiffel Tower, or Stonehenge, or the Statue of Liberty. Hell, why not the Grand Canyon if you're in the mood for some landscaping? You could even try recreating the Library of Alexandria (although that would take a lot of books)!
Minecraft Mountain Base build
If you're looking for a new thing to build in Minecraft, why not create a new base somewhere? An outpost from which you can explore new lands. And what better place to make one than to embed it into the side of a mountain, so you can see and scout for miles around? There are all sorts of wonderful ways that you can build into the side of a mountain or cliff. The above build is but one of the ideas showcased in this video by YouTuber "Tentango".
Minecraft Underground Base build
An underground base is something we've probably all made at one point or another in Minecraft. Digging down and setting up a subterranean camp is one of the easiest ways to keep yourself safe from surface-dwelling mobs on the first night. But why stop with just a camp? Why not turn it into a sprawling underground base filled with everything you could ever need to survive, like YouTuber "Spudetti" made above?
Minecraft Underwater Base build
As I mentioned before, aquatic life is much more interesting nowadays in Minecraft, which makes the idea of an underwater base all the more appealing. There's nothing much stopping you from building an underwater base; just make sure you bring some ladders with you so you can stop to catch your breath every so often! The above build from YouTuber "Zaypixel", who also created the above bridge build, combines underwater and mountain base ideas by building into the side of an underwater mountain.
Minecraft Farm build
A good farm is a wonderful sight in any game, Minecraft included. There's something so satisfying about rows upon rows of neatly organised crops. If you're after a more practical build then why not set to work making a new farm that can house all the carrots, potatoes, and wheat you could ever hope for? There are plenty of tutorials on creating compact farms in Minecraft, like the one above made by YouTuber "disruptive builds".
Minecraft Clock Tower build
Just look at that clock tower. Isn't it a beauty? It was made by YouTuber "IrieGenie" (who made the ship build higher up in this list) and it tells you everything you need to know about why a clock tower is the perfect thing to build in Minecraft. Cross a skyscraper with a cathedral and you've got a clock tower - and the best part is that you can make it in any style you like. You want to lean into the Steampunk side and fill the tower with gears and pistons? Go ahead! Or do you want a dark gothic clock tower that would look at home in a Tim Burton film? Who's stopping you?
Minecraft Pixel Art build
I don't know, this one looks sus... When it comes to the question of practicality, there's really no build less practical than a piece of 2D pixel art. But there's also nothing quite like logging onto your survival server to see that your friend has "griefed" you with a massive pixel art creation outside your house. YouTuber "RocketZer0", who created the above art, has put out multiple videos on different pieces of pixel art to inspire you.
Minecraft Nether Hub build
A good Nether Hub is a thing of beauty, combining the grand with the practical in a way that few other builds on this list can manage. Travelling by Nether is the fastest way to travel long distances in Minecraft, but it's also a very dangerous place, as you'll know if you ever tried to obtain ingredients for making Minecraft potions, or the items that you need to start a fight with the Wither. A Nether Hub should make you feel safe to travel for long periods in the Nether, but there's also no reason for it not to look fantastic, like the above hub designed by YouTuber "Kemit".
Minecraft Storage Room build
A storage room is just about the most practical build you could ever make. It's all about practicality, about organising your things so that you always know exactly where to go to find what you're looking for. Minecraft gives you lots of tools like signs and item frames to help with such a build, and if you're putting in that much effort then you might as well make the place look nice! Check out the lovely storage room build above by YouTuber "TheMythicalSausage" and let yourself be inspired.
Minecraft Fantasy Town build
If you're a Creative Mode player (or team of players) who is looking for a truly colossal building project, then one of the most satisfying and incredible things you can make is a full-size fantasy village or town. The above build is a recreation of the town Orario from the DanMachi series, and it was created by the "Varuna" design team. As builds go, it doesn't get much more breathtaking, does it?
Minecraft Nature Reserve build
Parks and nature reserves are some of my very favourite places to go in the real world, and both places make for great building projects in Minecraft. If you're tiring of big blocky creations and you're looking for a more landscape-oriented build, then a nature reserve is a chance to create a truly beautiful area of land, and then fill it with foxes, horses, and all other animals you'd like. Take a look at this video by YouTuber "Keralis" for inspiration.
Minecraft PvP Map build
For the game devs and level designers among us, it can be incredibly interesting and rewarding to design a PvP map or arena build in Minecraft, one that is specifically designed for players to fight inside. You have to think not only about how everything will look, but also about whether the sides (if there are sides) will be balanced, how much cover there is around, whether there are any traps or drops that it's impossible to jump out of, and so on. And you can make it any size or shape you want. The above build was made by YouTuber "Gamarudo", and opts for the traditional gladiator arena approach; but you can make a PvP map out of just about anything you want.
That wraps up our list of cool Minecraft building ideas! If you're looking for the perfect world to house your new builds, check out our list of the best Minecraft seeds Alternatively, if you'd like more textures to play around with, be sure to check out our list of the best Minecraft texture packs.
20 Brilliant Minecraft House Ideas
There are few things Minecraft doesn't offer to its players. With nearly infinite and unique worlds, there are options to either stick with the classic survival experience or just turn on the cheats, switch to creative mode, and build away. With more blocks and variety on the way, the options are bound to expand.
However, building in the game isn't always easy. A lot of it requires thinking outside of the box and using blocks in a creative way to simulate structures. While everyone has their own style, it's always nice to get inspiration from other builders. Here are great Minecraft house ideas to inspire players in their next survival or creative game.
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Updated on August 18th, 2021 by Anastasia Maillot: Thanks to the upcoming Caves and Cliffs update Part 2, and the 1.18 version of Minecraft, building is about to get much more interesting. Minecraft worlds will receive a terrain generation overhaul the scope of which the game hasn't seen in years.
With the overhaul, new blocks, terrain and plants have already inspired by Minecraft house ideas among the building community. Some of these cool Minecraft houses are definitely worth building, whether players are on 1.17 or playing on the 1.18 snapshot.
20 Moon-Shaped Mountain House
Mountain homes are a long time favorite among Minecraft builders. It gives a solid foundation to work on, but even then, players shouldn't feel restricted by their environment. The proof is in this moon-shaped mountain-side house that looks gorgeous despite its humble size.
The home not only has a great view, but the shape itself makes it a unique and cool Minecraft home, and a great build idea for Minecraft. To see the original photo that does the build true justice, check out the builder's, Artic_Uno's, post on Reddit.
19 Modern Mansion Base
Most players tend to favor traditional building styles and medieval homes when building their bases, but when looking at new Minecraft house ideas, it's a good idea to step outside of one's comfort zone. That's why modern bases are a great option.
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This modern mansion built by Bladjomir on Reddit is massive in size but is big enough to house everything one could need in a survival Minecraft base. It's always better to have a bit more space than not enough.
18 Rustic Savanna Home
While searching for Minecraft house ideas, an important decision to make is the choice of biome. Biomes and environments can significantly affect the way the build looks and what kind of materials and resources look good.
The savanna biome is not the first choice for many, but it does have a lot of potential. While this house built by RavenTheDawg only has a savanna in the background, it still fits in perfectly into the arid environment as a more traditional and medieval Minecraft house. Plus, it uses some of the new blocks introduced in 1.17 to its advantage.
17 Minecraft Amethyst Geode Home
Players who hate building houses and prefer furnishing might choose to build their new Minecraft home inside an existing structure, such as an amethyst geode. Added in the 1.17 update, these geodes are pretty commonly found underground or underwater, and are very beautiful from the inside.
This brilliant Minecraft house idea was made by Reddit user widici. It uses some of the best purple blocks in the game to create a really unique and cool Minecraft base with the basics included. The side of the geode which is typically broken open has been turned into a large window that looks out into the ocean, so it's a cheap underwater home at the same time as well.
16 Multiplayer-Friendly Minecraft Base
Minecraft is a lot of fun with friends, and taking on massive building projects becomes more feasible with multiple people onboard. Players building on survival multiplayer servers who plan on making a joint base with friends have a lot of options when it comes to house ideas in Minecraft.
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Reddit user AmazingCandle shared their Minecraft SMP server build, a huge Minecraft base suspended in the sky with multiple circular rooms. The sheer size of it is impressive, and the best part is, everyone living there has plenty of space for everything they need.
15 Diagonal Minecraft Home
When building a Minecraft house, most players tackle the challenge with a very straightforward mind. However, building an old regular box and then expanding on it isn't the only way to make a fabulous house in the game. Those who want to spice things up only need to switch directions.
Swordself_MC decided to go for a diagonal build instead, where the actual house has a diagonally built side right next to its front-facing entrance. This cool Minecraft house design creates an unexpected depth to the build that looks absolutely amazing, especially with this classic cottage style.
14 Wooden Mansion
Large Minecraft house designs tend to be difficult projects because they take a lot of planning and decoration to actually look good. Most of the time they end up looking too boxy, unless the player manages to create shape and depth in a way that gives the house a much more interesting look.
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Zach4455 nailed it with this wooden mansion of four levels, using just some of the basic blocks available in the game. The shaped windows and the use of fences, gates, and lanterns really help to make the build look gorgeous and detailed. They even have a tutorial included for their build.
13 The Palo Alto Lantern House
When all else fails, there's no better place to look for inspiration than the real world. Translating that into Minecraft, however, is no easy task due to the various limitations the game puts into place with blocks and placement. That being said, this Minecraft house idea definitely is close to its real world version.
Doodlemerson was inspired by the Palo Alto Lantern House located in real-world California. A gorgeous, luxurious modern build, it actually translates brilliantly into the game and looks just as luxurious as the real deal.
12 Island Temple
No matter how simple a Minecraft house idea is, great landscaping can make a world's difference. In this case, even the build is absolutely fantastic, showcasing a somewhat Asian style architecture with its curved pagoda style roof.
This temple build was created by besafewearshoes, who put a lot of attention to the small details of the gardens by including tons of flowers and lanterns to give this build that ethereal look. Moreover, rather than growing actual trees, they just made one of their own by constructing an organic trunk and adding the leaves in.
11 Cat House
A house doesn't always have to look like a house. In fact, it can look like anything the player wants. Sky's the limit when it comes to Minecraft house ideas, and this white kitty-shaped house surrounded by cats and made of glass and concrete definitely proves that point.
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Xxcutebuildxx lives up to their name by gracing everyone with this absolutely adorable cat shaped build. It actually also works on the inside, the cat face only being the front facade of the house. Combined with a cutesy texture pack, this house will look even better.
10 Desert House
Deserts are well known to be one of the most hated biomes in the game. Due to lack of plants and other structures, it's pretty bland to live in a desert. Plus, it's difficult to get food when a desert biome is the spawn point of the world. However, after a good start, there are some cool Minecraft house ideas build.
By using the different kinds of sandstone available, houses like this one by Antonio_M8 really stand out in the biome. It even looks a bit like a holiday home with its airy second floor balcony and the amount of windows that open the home up a bit. It's also a nice touch to add some plants to spice up an otherwise dry build.
There are generally two kinds of players in Minecraft: those who love building tiny, delicate houses and those who love going all in and becoming rulers of their land. It might be nice to take up a challenge and do something different for a change. By varying size and style, new building styles can be learned and players can easily come up with new Minecraft house ideas.
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Building a nice mansion with an actual estate like player DTH217 did here, from gardens to dungeons to even a lighthouse might just be all the inspiration needed for a survival game that's starting to turn stale. Not only is the project challenging, but it also demands a lot of planning and gathering the right resources.
8 Mountain Hut
Flat ground isn't always the most ideal place for a house. When it comes to a perfect location, sky's the limit, and sometimes building in places where it would otherwise seem impossible to imagine a house just might be the perfect spot for one.
Player and builder Goldrobin proves this time and time again in his incredible creations. This tiny wooden hut that hugs the side of a mountain, actually going into the mountain is a perfect place for a Minecraft survival home design. Plus, mountains are pretty easy to come across, so just pick your favorite and get building.
7 Ice Spike Mini Home
Minecraft has some pretty unique biomes, including the very rare but aesthetically pleasing Ice Plains Spikes biome. This cold, snowy biome is filled with icy stalagmite-like structures that rise up quite high towards the skies. And yes, they can be turned into crazy Minecraft house ideas, as DrillTrill did.
One think to note, however, is that ice melts with nearby torches. Instead, using End Rods as lighting is much better and suits the general style of the build as well. No one will ever suspect that one ice spike is someone's house, but even if they do they'll probably be too impressed to grief the house or steal its contents. Not to mention, mobs will have a hard time getting in here.
6 Wooden Starter House
Sometimes going simple is the right way to go about things. Wood and stone are the bread and butter of Minecraft, which is why so many starter homes out there are based on those two resources. They're also easily available, and with a few tricks and design ideas they can be made to look really good, like Dekunaa's house here.
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Next time, when looking for Minecraft house ideas, try building a really traditional rustic house. It might be surprising just how good the results look, especially with the addition of lanterns, barrels and other villager items that really pull the build together into a cozy little lodge.
5 Tuscan House
With so many different blocks and color schemes available, it would be a shame not to make use of them when possible. However, knowing what to mix and how is very important. Similar colors but different patterns will often create surprisingly good results, like this Tuscan-style home by AjaxIbrahim.
The great thing about this Minecraft house idea is the use of two different colors of clay, coarse dirt, brick and granite. Add in a few different kinds of wood and some leaf blocks, and the house not only has texture and character, but also fits a certain color profile.
4 Tree House
One of the many popular house ideas in Minecraft is a tree house. In many ways, it's a childhood dream of many players, and finally it can become a reality. Tree houses can either by very rustic and shack-like, or they can be ultra modern like this one by AnuTCS.
The best biome to build a tree house in is the jungle, but if no such biome is nearby, a mock tree can be first built to mimic a regular tree. Once the foundations are down, the house can be built in different levels on the branches to give the illusion of the tree growing around the house.
3 Modern Beach House
Considering that Minecraft has a very traditional and rustic look to its blocks, it's challenging to make any truly modern-looking builds. However, it might be surprising just how good they turn out with just a hint of imagination, just as this beach house by KugioMC.
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When building a modern house, it's best to prioritize materials that are very plain. Concrete is one of the best materials for modern Minecraft house ideas, paired with wooden planks of almost any color. Glass will also serve most modern builds well to make glass railings and large windows. Plants like sugarcane tend to fit the modern aesthetic, too.
2 Underwater Hideout
For builders looking for the ultimate Minecraft house idea, look no further than thesleepingtigress' magnificent build. Building underwater is very difficult in survival, unless the player has a Conduit nearby, tons of potions and proper enchanted gear, as well as a bucket load of sponges to drain any builds.
Despite that, underwater builds tend to look absolutely amazing. Not only does it allow you to hide a base, but it's also an opportunity to experiment with different shapes and materials like Prismarine and Stained Glass. Plus, the Coral Reef biome is no doubt the most beautiful water-themed biome to build in.
1 Abandoned House At Sea
If building underwater isn't an option in a survival game just yet, building a house floating on water might just be the next best Minecraft house idea.Tkapplez graced the Internet with a breath-taking photo of his abandoned house at sea, paired with really nice realistic shaders.
This build shows yet again the power of wood and stone, but also the importance of knowing what the palette of the build is. While this house uses a ton of different blocks and patterns, nothing breaks from the color scheme. If anything, the variation brings much-needed texture and shape into an otherwise oddly shaped build that comes together beautifully.
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