Dan K is an avid Minecraft player, who has enjoyed Mining, Crafting, Exploring, and turning NPC Villages into sprawling cities since 2011.
Minecraft is a game of style; whether it be artistic, architectural, or the multitude of play styles the player has at their disposal. One of the main ways of expressing these styles is through architectural choices, and there are a near-infinite amount of possibilities when designing a build. In a previous article, we looked at five real world house styles recreated in Minecraft. However, there are so many different house styles in real life that can be recreated in the game. We have only scratched the surface. With that in mind, these are five real world house types recreated in Minecraft.
1. National House
The National is a style of house that can be found throughout the United States. They have a simple design with a narrow footprint. A key design element of the National is their front-facing, gabled roof. These houses often have a covered front porch, with a centrally-located door leading directly into the living room or den. National houses are typically 2-stories tall, with bedrooms on the second floor. This style of house became popular with the growth of the railroads in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The house that I have built here is a standard National house, but there are a few different varieties of this style depending on the number of rooms and stories within the house.
2. Cape Cod
Cape Cod style houses are almost the opposite of the National house. The Cape Cod is wide and symmetrical, with front-facing gabled dormers jutting from their steep, gabled roofs. This house style gets its name from the Cape Cod, Massachusetts area, where the style originated. Designed to withstand harsh New England coastal conditions, the Cape Cod is a sturdy, resilient house design. These houses can be found all around the US, but often have slightly different designs to meet the needs of the climate where they are found. Because of this, there are now many different varieties of this style, but they are all referred to as the "Cape Cod" style.
Cottage style houses come in all shapes, sizes, and designs. However, they all have a few elements in common that define the style. Cottage style houses are typically made from natural materials, such as wood and stone, which gives them their rustic appearance. Cottage houses are often built low with a small, asymmetrical footprint. This style takes a simple, minimalist approach to design; creating a warm, cozy, comforting feeling within the house. The many variations of the Cottage style make for many unique designs that stand out, while harking back to simpler time. This Cottage house has a closed floor-plan, with a central hallway leading to multiple rooms on the first floor, while having a more open plan with three of its four bedrooms located in the second story.
Apartment, flat, housing unit; whatever term you wish to use, we are all familiar with combined housing. Whether they are built to create affordable housing, to allow more people to live in a town or city, or to be used as luxury condos or penthouses; simply speaking, an apartment building is any structure that combines multiple housing units into a single building. With so many differing reasons for the construction of an apartment building, there are many different designs, features, and varieties of this style of building. For this build, I took inspiration from the Saxony Apartment Building in Cincinnati, Ohio. Its brownstone style, bay windows, and dormers sitting atop the building really drew my eye, and made me want to recreate the building in Minecraft. An apartment building can be very useful in the game, as it allows for multiple living spaces for villagers to call home. This apartment building is a split style, with each side of the building housing units on the second and third floors. There is also a lobby on the first floor, with amenities such as a gym and laundry room.
In my previous article, I mentioned that there are many different styles of what is commonly referred to as the "Victorian" style house. This style is often recognized for their turrets/towers, Mansard roofs, and covered porches. Victorians typically have a large footprint and are often adorned with elaborate ornamentation, making them stand out against contemporary houses. This example is a medium-sized, relatively simple, Victorian with a centralized turret and large wrap-around window on the second floor.
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