Building a Modern House in Minecraft: 11 Steps (with Pictures)

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Building a Modern House in Minecraft: 11 Steps (with Pictures)
Building a Modern House in Minecraft: 11 Steps (with Pictures)

Take a look at any Minecraft server and you are guaranteed to come across some medieval castles, fortified fortresses and large stone walls. One way to deviate from the standard is to create a modern house in the game. Learn a few trends in modern architecture so you can start new projects that will set you apart from all those boring cobblestone and wooden buildings.


Part 1 of 2: The basics of modern architecture

Build a Modern House in Minecraft Step 1

Step 1. Use sharp lines and rectangular surfaces

This isn't exactly a problem within Minecraft's block-based building system. An easy way to recreate this design style is to give the walls of your home different heights. It doesn't matter if one of the walls goes right through the roof; in a modern home this is considered art!

  • An existing example:

    This page is a good example of the right angles and lines approach often found in modern homes. Note that the house sits on a simple rectangular plot of land, but the creative placement of the scattered rectangles makes the design a lot more interesting.

  • Many modern homes are designed to create clean, visually appealing contrasting places. This is achieved by incorporating squares, rectangles and straight lines into the exterior. Although it may seem as if the house has become a medley of shapes as a result, the effect is striking. This is a way to visually add complexity to a house while still using a rectangular floor plan.
Build a Modern House in Minecraft Step 2

Step 2. Combine white walls with natural materials

Wood and stone are easy to find in Minecraft. White building materials, on the other hand, are a bit more difficult to find. Chances are higher with quartz, sandstone, wool, or lighter types of stone.

  • An existing example:

    This is an interesting example of using contrasting building materials. The clean white surfaces of the roof 'collide' with the brick retaining walls and the wood-clad chimney, creating a look that is both natural and man-made.

  • A frequently used theme in modern home architecture is the link between the orderly world of man and the chaotic beauty of nature. Modern houses often have undecorated white concrete surfaces on the outside of a house to give it a 'pristine' character. Combining this with panels or walls made of rich, natural materials such as wood and stone creates a contrast. It is more rare that another neutral color such as gray is used instead of white.
Build a Modern House in Minecraft Step 3

Step 3. Place large glass windows in it

You need a lot of sand for this. Building your house on a beach gives you a nice view and an easy-to-use sand supply for your windows. Remember, you can always make more stoves to speed up glass production!

  • An existing example:

    The famous Stahl House in the Hollyhout Hills is an example of this type of design. The house's countless glass walls offer incredible views and make you feel like you're living in a cloud over Los Angeles - quite an experience.

  • Modern architects love to use large, rectangular glass panels. This offers the residents of your house a beautiful view - a must if you have built a house in a cool place. It also gives the impression of a clean, open space and can be used to create rectangles and squares on the outside of the house.
Build a Modern House in Minecraft Step 4

Step 4. Don't worry too much about symmetry

Feel free to let your imagination run wild when it comes to the shape of the house. You should avoid the standard 'box with roof construction'. Your house can be skewed, uneven or even look totally bizarre - let your imagination run wild!

  • An existing example:

    This modern house in Mexico is a typical example of this trend. The main entrance and hallway can be found on the left, while the large box structure on the right looms over the rest of the house. The way it juts out creates a powerful impression - it's almost intimidating.

  • Houses and mansions of earlier times were often designed with a grand, impressive symmetry as the goal (see: the Palace of Versailles). Modern houses sometimes achieve the same thing, but with a diametrically opposed approach. Many modern homes seem to deliberately not want to be symmetrical, challenging the viewer with skewed designs.
Build a Modern House in Minecraft Step 5

Step 5. Make sure the interiors are tidy

The interiors of modern homes are usually designed to give the effect of large, open spaces. Use empty, neutral-colored floors and natural materials like wood and stone to create the same kind of spatial contrast you've used for the exterior of the house. Simple staircases, high ceilings, minimal furnishings and glass openings to awnings and balconies enhance this effect.

  • An existing example:

    This page shows the empty, stylish interior of a modern house. The simple yet elegant placement of the furniture and the large contrasting black window panels create a space that feels open and cozy at the same time.

  • A wall without all those windows? Show your modern, artistic sense by exhibiting a selection of paintings. You can make your own from eight wooden sticks wrapped around a block of wool (of any color).
Build a Modern House in Minecraft Step 6

Step 6. Add a pool (square or rectangular)

Modern homes often have a pool in the backyard - perhaps because this gives architects the chance to indulge in one more surface, adding an extra dimension to their design. Remember, you'll need a bucket or two and a water source if you want to fill the pool. You can make a bucket from three iron bars arranged in a 'V' at the bottom of the crafting grid.

  • An existing example:

    This beautiful mansion in Brazil has a simple yet elegant rectangular pool, just a few steps from a rectangular extension, which serves as a relaxation area - the perfect example of modern luxury.

  • Use a square or rectangular shape for your pool to match the rectangular lines of the house. Make sure it is flush with the ground.

Part 2 of 2: Ideas for creative projects

Build a Modern House in Minecraft Step 7

Step 1. Include round shapes and surfaces in your design

Minecraft block building style makes it easy to imitate the right angles and lines of modern architecture. More abstract living spaces with rounded lines are trickier. This guide to making circles and spheres in Minecraft can help you a lot when you want to use those tricky shapes.

  • An existing example:

    This house has applied a curvilinear twist to the standard 'white planes and right angles' design of a modern house. The curved shape of the roof and overhang gives this chic place a smooth finished look - a bit like a giant iPod.

Build a Modern House in Minecraft Step 8

Step 2. Make bold mashups of geometric shapes

If you want to get a little more adventurous when designing your home, don't limit yourself to squares and rectangles. Mixing up combinations of shapes and surfaces can give your home a unique look. This works best on larger homes, as it is difficult to create clearly defined geometric shapes from no more than a few blocks.

  • An existing example:

    This rather bizarre house gives you the idea that it rises out of the earth through sharp angles.

Build a Modern House in Minecraft Step 9

Step 3. Think about 'impossible' constructions

If you want to push the boundaries of what a 'house' is, you can go quite far within architecture. You don't have to worry about your house falling over in Minecraft, so let your creativity run wild. If you want you can even build a house on a bridge, then remove the bridge!

  • An existing example:

    While this building was clearly not "impossible" to build in real life, it does look like that. The various different structures jut out at unpredictable angles that defy logic.

Build a Modern House in Minecraft Step 10

Step 4. Place well cared for plants in your home

A well-placed tree or garden can add a little flair to your modern home. In addition, it is a good way to imitate the 'green' designs that have become popular in modern architecture. If you connect a grassy spot to an area where it is mostly sandy with a string of soil blocks, the grass will spread very slowly over the new spot. You can use this to create unique gardens, such as a lawn on the roof of your house. You can also collect wildflowers for your garden.

  • An existing example:

    This modern house has a very minimalist garden. The grass and trees are used in much the same way as other surfaces - carefully boxed in to create a striking contrast, not allowing them to just grow where they want.

  • You probably won't opt ​​for lavish gardens that spill out in all directions - modern architecture tends to keep everything neatly contained when it comes to plants.
Build a Modern House in Minecraft Step 11

Step 5. Consider carefully where you want to put the building for maximum impact

When it comes to creating an amazing home, true you build are as important as what you build. There is no 'right' place to put a modern home, but see if there are places that you find particularly exciting. Some ideas for fun locations are: on the beach, on top of a hill or mountain, dug into a mountain wall, on a platform in the ocean or deep underground.

  • An existing example:

    Falling Water, the famous modern home built by the architect Frank Lloyd Wright, sits atop a narrow creek and waterfall. The water flows under the house, making it not only a beautiful sight, but also quite an architectural feat.


  • All these ideas are easiest to realize in Creative Mode - then you don't risk dying from hostile mobs or having your work sabotaged by other players.
  • If you do want to try to build a house in Survival Mode, find a location that is far away from an apparition point to reduce the chance of your house being found by griefers.

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