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Minecraft house ideas 2022 – Ultimate guide to grand designs (including beginner-friendly tutorials)

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Updated: Jun 20, 2022 1:32 pm
Minecraft house ideas 2022 – Ultimate guide to grand designs (including beginner-friendly tutorials)

Part of the fun of Minecraft is building, and it’s just as necessary as it is entertaining. While you can dig yourself a hole in the ground for your first survival night or two, it’s no long-term solution – you’re going to need a more permanent base. But how do you make that Minecraft house look as good as it is crucial? Well, read on for a few Minecraft house ideas, tips and tutorials.

Whether you’re a Creative-mode Minecrafter, a multiplayer server fan, or a single survival player, you’ll need to build. Really, as we touched upon above, the only Minecraft experience that doesn’t require a nice home to spend the night in is speed-running. Here, we’ve got ideas that will suit those of you honing your skills in creative mode, just getting started in Minecraft, or wanting a spectacular survival base that will suit single or multiplayer worlds. And, whatever you’re looking to build, all of these Minecraft house ideas can be used for inspiration. You can recreate them block-for-block, or take a few small ideas from each to apply to your own building style.

5 cool Minecraft house ideas

Modern Minecraft house

One of the most common themes for a Minecraft house is the sleek, modern style you see in the tutorial image. This makes sense – not only is the flat, angular shape easy to build (a flat roof – yay!), but it also lends itself perfectly to the blocks available in Minecraft. They’re all straight lines, after all. And, with the range of colors available in Minecraft’s smooth Concrete Blocks, your choices for a modern concrete house are almost endless.

Modern Minecraft house tutorial and featured image by WiederDude on Youtube.

The other great thing about this modern style is that you can make it bigger or smaller depending on your skill and requirements. Thanks to the angular shape and the ability to add or remove floors or rooms, you can go from a simple one or two storey build to a three or four in no time, or build out to the side or back. You can even do this as you play, so you might want to build a small one or two room house to get you off the ground during your first few nights, then build out as you need an enchantment room, storage room or brewing room.

If you’re thinking about building a Minecraft modern house design out of concrete – a pretty easy block to gather early game – then you might want to take a look at our guide on how to make Concrete in Minecraft.

Wooden Minecraft house

Being one of the easiest blocks to farm, as well as being incredibly versatile, it’s only natural some of the most magnificent Minecraft houses are built from wood. Wood is completely renewable, so you should never run out (if you remember to collect those saplings), comes in a variety of colors, and can be used for detailing with everything from fences and fence gates, to trap doors, and stairs and slabs available in matching wood. Add to that the ability to add contrast with logs, stripped logs and planks, and you’ve got yourself the perfect building material. So much so, that many players build their houses entirely from wood.

A huge oak wood starter base by SheepGG on Youtube.

There are so many examples of phenomenal Minecraft wooden house designs available that it’s hard to narrow it down. The above design by SheepGG is just one of many, but perfectly balances simplicity with grandeur, showcasing just how you can build a functional and gorgeous, multi-level Minecraft base from (pretty much) wood alone. As with the modern house, you can easily see how this design could be tweaked to your own build style – as well as a different size or shape.

Hanging Minecraft house

If you want something really unique, or a good way to keep the mobs away, then maybe a hanging house is for you. While a hanging Minecraft house looks awesome, the downside is that it will probably be fairly small. But, then again, don’t let that limit you, why not build multiple hanging rooms that interconnect with bridges?

Hanging Minecraft house ideas
Hanging Minecraft base by WalktheWaffle.

Reddit user WalktheWaffle shared this hanging Minecraft house, which is suspended from wall blocks, making it look fairly sturdy. However, you could use Minecraft chains to hang your building, or get creative and make more bulky looking chains from Grindstones, like reddit user Marloe.

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Another hanging Minecraft house, this time by Marloe.

Cute Cottagecore Minecraft house

What is Cottagecore in Minecraft?

Before we take a look at a Cottagecore base idea, you might want to know what Cottagecore even is. You might have heard the term – or farmcore, fairycore etc – over the last few years as the aesthetic gained popularity in the very early 2020s. The style was popularised in fashion and decor, but was soon adopted by Minecraft fans building cottagecore bases and areas.

As for what it looks like, cottagecore is inspired by rural, countryside living and fairytales – lots of natural colours and materials, flowers, toadstools and the like. And, with the new floral blocks released with Minecraft’s Caves and Cliffs update, there’s now even more availability for cottagecore builds.

That leads us into Cottagecore Minecraft houses. There are lots of options here. You could go as literal as building a giant toadstool as your base, subtly introduce cottagecore with colors and a heavily flowery garden, or somewhere between the two. Frogcrafting perfectly demonstrates the latter with their stunning Minecraft cottage, utilising mushroom blocks, leaves, contrasting wood and barrels to decorate their build.

Cottagecore build by Frogcrafting – just look at that adorable toadstool chimney!

While open to interpretation and individuality, a good place to start if you’re a cottagecore beginner is using oak and birch wood, greenery and a mixture of reds (and maybe some pinks and yellows). Again, Frog’s above design demonstrates this perfectly with a texturized red mushroom roof. It’s also worth noting that, while Frog has used a texture pack and shaders in the above images, this cottagecore Minecraft house is buildable in vanilla Minecraft to a very similar effect. Below is a very quick, five-minute house front inspired by Frog’s build to give you an idea of just that!

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Cottagecore in vanilla Minecraft.

Minecraft ravine base

While the first four Minecraft house ideas revolve around actually building a building, this final idea is a much safer bet if you don’t like building buildings. Apologies if the word “building” has lost all meaning now. Anyway, if you struggle with the shape, size, or just plain effort that goes into a ‘normal’ Minecraft house, why not make one out of a naturally-generated ravine?

This is another awesome idea as it can just be added to as you progress through your Minecraft survival world. If you’re looking for somewhere to set up camp on your first or second night, you can simply dig one little hole into the side of a ravine. As you gather more materials and need more space, simply build out as you go. A ravine base has a really great, natural aesthetic to it, as well. While you can build staircases up and down, vines take up less space and work nicely into the surroundings. And, like Smallishbeans did here, why not flood the bottom of your ravine and turn it into a beautiful, peaceful stream.

One thing you do need to be aware of when building a Minecraft base out of a ravine is being surprised by mobs, but you can always just blocks off any openings to prevent mobs from entering (and potentially blowing up) your gorgeous ravine residence.

5 Beginner-friendly Minecraft houses

Simple wooden survival house

If you’re just getting started in Minecraft survival, then this tutorial from Folli is perfect for a simple, rectangular, one-room starter house. Made entirely from wood, it’s also easy to farm the materials in your first day or two meaning you’ll be able to stay safe from harm. And, while this house idea may look complex, the basic design is very easy to build, made to look more difficult with detailing. If you wanted, you could even leave most of this out, like the roof windows and the fence gate and campfire details.

Easy village house

If you’re lucky enough to come across a village near your Minecraft survival spawn, then another easy starter house idea is your own Minecraft village house. This way, you can use the surrounding villager houses around you for style ideas – or even a direct, block-for-block copy. Of course you can always just take over an existing villager house, but this could negatively impact villager spawn mechanics. So, in contrast, you could actually build multiple village house replicas and increase villager spawns.

Back to your own Minecraft house, though, and while it’s easy enough to build a replica of the other Minecraft village houses, they’re all pretty small, and might not be sufficient for all the resources and items you’re going to fill it with. With that in mind, you can use the basic design of the village house, and build it out – perhaps using some of the techniques, tutorials and ideas in this article. And, while the above YouTube tutorial from Peachester is for a plains village, it’s just as simple to recreate a building in any of the village biomes.

Underground base

Like the ravine base, this can be a little dangerous, but a great idea for a simple starter base is to make it underground! One way is to find a nice little cave area and block it off/build it out, but you can always just dig one out yourself – at least then you’ll know you won’t be surprised by a Creeper! Either way, an underground base is not just easy to build, but it’s also super simple to make it look nice with some texturizing (read about this further down), and some well placed wood and greenery. If you struggle with creating actual houses or buildings, an underground base is perfect.

I’ve turned to Grian for inspiration on this one, and his gorgeous underground base tutorial that, again, can be redesigned to your own unique liking. Grian’s build may be a little difficult for beginners, but you can see how you might be able to tweak it to make it easier. Also, you can start small and, by mining a few different caves and linking them together with stairs and tunnels, you can easily build on this underground base whenever you need more space! Grian also has a more complex underground base tutorial that’s definitely worth a watch as well.

Easy hill-side mountain base

If you’re afraid to mine underground to create a building-less Minecraft house, then why not try digging into the side of a mountain, instead? You’re very unlikely to hit a cave with this one unless you build deep into the mountain. We’ve another YouTube video tutorial from SheepGG below, and as you can see, you can keep it pretty shallow – and safe.

We’ve touched on this a lot in this article, but it’s pretty useful – this is yet another build style that you can expand upon. Early game, you can start with the two small rooms above, but the more space you need, the more you can build out. As long as find yourself a big enough mountainside.

Flat-roofed beginner house

Finally, here’s a neat little Minecraft house idea for beginners who might find roof building tricky. While the underground and mountain base ideas don’t involve a roof either, you might still want an actual house. Perhaps you’ve found the perfect flower meadow to build in just prefer to live out of the ground. This tutorial from ZayPixel on YouTube features a lovely flat-roof design, that’s easy for any beginner builder to master, while looking like you’ve put in more effort than you have.

How do I make a good house in Minecraft?

This is a common, but rather broad question. However, the main things to think about when making a “good” house in Minecraft is what you need in it, and where you’re going to put those things. Perhaps write a list of all the different rooms you are going to want; a bedroom, an enchanting room, a storage room, and how big those rooms are going to be. Do you want it to be just big enough for the essentials, or do you want everything to have its own area? For example, you could have your brewing stand, furnaces, chests, crafting table etc all in the same room, or separate them out as part of a bigger build.


From there, mark out your house on the ground, or even build it in creative mode first if you have the time. Ensure everything has its place. Having said that, don’t panic if you’ve forgotten something, because you can always build a room on (a great way of adding depth, contrast and interest to your build anyway), or add a secondary building.


Finally, if this is a build you’re really wanting to put effort into and something you’ll be proud of, then don’t forget interiors. Do you need a living area or kitchen in a Minecraft house? Of course not. Are those bookshelves or potted plants doing anything? Not at all. Does it make you Minecraft house instantly look nicer? Absolutely.

How do I make my Minecraft house look better?

We’ve just touched on this with the mention of interiors, as that’s one way to improve your Minecraft build. We’ll take a look at some great sources of inspiration when it comes to decorating the inside of your Minecraft house shortly. But you also want to make sure the exterior of your build looks nice, too, and there are plenty of great but simple tricks to making your Minecraft house look better down below.

Making the outside of your house look better


This is the easiest way to instantly make the outside of your house more appealing – chuck some greenery about! Of course this should match your build, so a cottage or wooden build could be overgrown and messy, while a modern house might have trimmed trees and hedges. Either way, a bit of flora can really perk up your build.

Overgrown Minecraft house ideas
Design from lunabeanz on reddit

If you are looking for an unkempt, overgrown look, then leaves and vines are your best friend. You can obtain both vines and leaves in survival mode by using shears or any tool enchanted with Silk Touch. We recommend just placing them wherever, the best way to make it look natural is to just spam, then go back and tidy up, rather than carefully and deliberately placing the blocks. What’s more, with the Caves and Cliffs Update in full swing, you can now use great items like Moss Carpet, Dripleaves and Azalea to add even more variation to your overgrowth.

In contrast, a modern build will benefit from man-made trees and hedges, which are also pretty simple. Find a variation that you like and that fits in with your build, but you could try three leaf blocks on top of a fence, two leaf blocks on top of an azalea, or simply leaf blocks in a horizontal row. Even better, light them up from below and they’ll look spectacular at night!


Roof design

This is one of the first tips you’ll hear when researching how to make your house look better, but there are variants depending on your skill-level. Take a look at the image below for the very first roof alteration that makes a world of difference. If you’re already doing that, then think about making your roof taller, adding texture with different (similarly) colored blocks dotted around, or replace all stairs except those on the end with full blocks, which will add different levels to your roof design.


While these two roof designs may look different, the are actually the same. The roof on the right just comes out one additional stair for an overhang, and has another stair placed upside down on the underside of the overhang. It’s a simple method, but a complete gamechanger when building any type of roof design in Minecraft. You can then also add additional details, like hanging lanterns from the corners.


Windows are another great way of adding some much-needed details to your Minecraft house. Beginners can start simple, try putting some flower boxes under your ground-floor windows and windowsills on higher floors. A flower box is simply made with a grass block surrounded by trap doors, and you can plant something pretty in it. With just an upside-down stair or a slab under a window, you can create a windowsill on which you can place a flower in a pot or a lantern.

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Left images by us, right images by rale_design. We know, theirs is much better than ours…

For something altogether more complex, you can go crazy with some really detailed window designs. The more detailed you want your windows, though, the bigger your window – and thus your house – will have to be, so you might be limited if you’re detailing your windows after the fact. A great place to go for window design inspiration is rale_design, a fantastic Instagram profile full of truly incredible Minecraft design ideas, including the two windows on the right in the above image. The terrible ones on the left are ours. *hangs head in shame*


This one’s easy for anyone to do, but make’s the world of difference to the overall look of your build. by texturizing, all we really mean is adding different materials into one block area of color. You can see it in practise in Grian’s video and the cottagecore images above, and another inspiring person to turn to on this one is Youtuber and Hermitcrafter BDoubleO100 – a phenomenal builder and avid user of texturizing. For a rough idea of what we mean, though, here’s an example…

Texturizing your Minecraft house ideas

While it’s not the best example, you can see that adding a few blocks of similar colour to a large space just make it a little easier on the eye. Once this is actually part of a build, it goes to add a certain level of depth to even the simplest of bases. This can be done with almost any block, as well. Both cottagecore example use varying shades of red, and while not all colours have a mushroom block, there are different wools, concretes and terracottas that all work together. Texturizing can also be done with wood, too.

Another level to texturizing then comes in the form of different shapes as well as different colors. For example, if you want a wooden or stone wall to look old and worn, try replacing the occasional block with a stair block or wall to create a broken, holey look. And where there’s stone, don’t forget there’s always some mossy cobblestone or cracked bricks that can be added!

Terraforming and gardens

Finally, you shouldn’t just be looking at the building itself when trying to make your Minecraft house look better, but the area around it, too. Make a path to the door. As with greenery, make a rough path with path blocks, grass blocks and coarse dirt for a cottage. For a modern build, use something like polished diorite (rather than chucking all that diorite away) or bricks to make a straight, tidy pathway. Go one step further and use stairs to add neat and angular texture to your path. And why not add a pond or swimming pool, too, for additional outdoor style.

Decorating the inside of your Minecraft house

While we’ve spoken a lot about the exterior of your house, never neglect the inside. Again, there’s a lot we could go through here, so we’ll just touch upon some good places to start. Firstly, you can instantly perk up the interior of your Minecraft house design by placing small, decorative items. Perhaps you have space for a bookshelf or two in your crafting room? Or what about an Armor Stand for your spare Gold boots and helmet? Pop some lanterns hanging from chains in your enchantment area and a warped fungus in a pot in your brewing room. It really can be as simple as that.

For something more complex, though, look about at some inspiration sites like Rale_design which we mentioned above. And not necessarily to copy ideas block for block, but rather to see what can be done that you might not have even thought of. For example, have you thought about a bunk bed design for a small bedroom, or a wardrobe to display your armor stand in a unique way? Think about items and blocks you might want to include, what color palette you’d like throughout your Minecraft home, and start playing around with different combinations.

We hope this has helped you with some ideas for improving your Minecraft building or with some ideas for your next Minecraft house. If it has, let us know in the comments below which bit was most inspiring and what you plan to do with these new plans! Also, check out our Minecraft hub, which has many more guides or progressing through survival Minecraft, including how to make Scaffolding, and how to harvest honey in Minecraft.

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