Daniel is an avid Minecraft player, who has enjoyed Mining, Crafting, Exploring, and turning NPC Villages into sprawling cities since 2011.
When it comes to architecture in Minecraft, players have nearly limitless styles, techniques, and time periods to choose from. From fantasy worlds and medieval castles, all the way up to modern builds, the choices are endless. There are so many options that it can be difficult to know where to begin when deciding what to build in a Minecraft world. This is why it can be beneficial to take inspiration from the world around you. Modern houses come in a wide variety of styles, and learning how to recreate some of them can teach you a lot about design and architecture. And so, in this article we will be taking a look at 5 real world house styles recreated in Minecraft.
5. Ranch House
The ranch style house was popular in the United States in the mid-20th century, and it is often what one thinks of when considering suburban 1960s America. These houses are long and low, often only one story in height. They have an open layout, usually arranged in an L- or U-shape. These houses are quite easy to re-create in Minecraft due to their simple, yet appealing, design and aesthetics. Also, the roofs of these houses tend to be either low-pitch gabled or hipped style, and they are fairly straightforward to replicate in-game using either stairs or slabs.
Bungalow style houses are similar to ranch houses in that they tend to be one-story tall and have low, sloping, hipped, or gable roofs. Bungalows are small and cozy houses, designed to resemble traditional Bengali huts. While these houses are often a single story high, sometimes they will have a dormer built into the roof, adding a second story without changing the height of the house. Bungalows have a simple layout, with a square or rectangle footprint, and are very easy to recreate in Minecraft.
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3. Craftsman House
Craftsman houses are slightly larger and more complex than either the bungalow or ranch style house. These houses are two stories tall, often with an attic, and they are able to be identified by their dormers and covered porches. As the name implies, craftsman houses are designed to appear hand-crafted; typically making use of multiple materials, such as brick or stone, stained wood, and shingled siding. The structures that hold the craftsman house up are utilized as both functional design elements and decoration, giving these houses a unique style and flair. The craftsman is a difficult house to reproduce in Minecraft, but it adds style and variety for builders looking to show off their ability.
2. Modern Prairie
Modern prairie style houses come in a variety of styles, making them a great option for creative Minecraft builders. These houses have an open layout with a lot of large, open windows. They're designed to allow air and light to flow freely into the home. The roofs of these houses have a low pitch, or sometimes no pitch at all, giving them a flat appearance. The modern prairie often has a simple, minimalist design that uses mixed materials to give the impression of elegance; with the large windows adding another element of extravagance to the building's facade. Minecraft builders looking to channel their inner Frank Lloyd Wright should consider building a modern prairie style house.
1. Victorian Style
Outside of the United Kingdom, the Victorian style is used to describe many different styles of architecture, many of which were not of the Victorian era but have similar design elements. These houses are large and extravagant, featuring turrets and Mansard style roofs, adorned with elaborate decorative designs made of wood or wrought iron. Covered, wrap-around porches add to the already large footprint of these houses. Standing three stories high, with many rooms, Victorian houses were designed for large, middle class families at the height of the Industrial Revolution. The complexity of these houses make them quite difficult to replicate in Minecraft, but the results are rather satisfying for builders willing to take on a challenge.
What is your favorite style of house to recreate in Minecraft? Have you ever built in any of the styles listed above? Suggestions for future follow-up articles? Please, let me know in the comments!