Dan K is an avid Minecraft player, who has enjoyed Mining, Crafting, Exploring, and turning NPC Villages into sprawling cities since 2011.
Here's the Scoop!
What's better on a hot, sunny day than a delicious, refreshing ice cream? Whether you prefer a bowl or a cone, traditional or soft serve, chocolate or vanilla, most of us can agree that ice cream is a wonderful treat! Now that spring has sprung, and summer is just around the corner, people will soon be rushing out to their local ice cream stand for the sweet relief of a cone or a bowl. It just so happens that, in my Minecraft world, I had a small lot of land next to a cafe, a gym, and a grocery store that I thought would make for the perfect location for an ice cream shop. I had a design and palette in mind for a while, so I decided this was the perfect time of year to build it.
I am Dan K, and in this article, I am building an ice cream shop!
This small strip of land seemed to really stand out to me in its emptiness, especially as it left the back of the house just down the hill wide open to view. I considered adding a custom bush or fence to act as a privacy wall; however, I thought it might be more appropriate and fun to build another shop in this section of my town. As there is a gym, cafe, grocery store, and a park in this area, I felt as though an ice cream shop would fit in quite well and provide another layer of depth to the story of the town.
Once I had decided on an ice cream shop, I knew that I would have to expand the piece of land slightly for it to fit. In doing so, I wound up expanding the hill all the way to the walls of the house down below. I spent some time trying different solutions to the new problem that this expansion caused, only to come to the conclusion that the best solution would be to cut the hill off and add a retaining wall to hold up the land. This turned out to be the best solution, and is one that you may see in real life for the same reasons.
After building the wall, I decided to add some character and texture so it wouldn't just come off as a flat wall. I did this by utilizing the cracked and mossy variants of stone bricks. This makes the wall appear as though water has been building up and leaking through, which would result in damage and the growth of moss. These small details really help to bring a build to life, and it is always worth the extra effort to create a life-like Minecraft world. With the setting now complete, it was time to move on to building the ice cream shop.
Design and Palette
After setting the landscape for this build, I began designing the shop to fit the area. I chose a light blue, white, and pink concrete palette because these colors make me think of things such as candy and ice cream. The design, itself, is rather simple; an 11 x 9 rectangle that is framed by corner pillars. I used wool to act as an awning, and to act as backing for the banner sign that I plan on adding to the build at the end. On the back-side of the build, I created a set-back area that will house "freezers" that I have designed to look like those you'd find in a grocery or convenience store.
With the walls up, I moved on to building the roof of the shop. I chose a design that I had used previously on a build in the "tourism district" of my town. This design is achieved by stacking stair blocks on top of one another, and then moving inward a block to put another layer of stairs with slabs stacked on top of them. This creates a very gradual slope, while also adding depth and detail, to the roof. I then added a slight roof to the set-back, "freezer" area that I had built earlier. I also included some detail on this area, using iron blocks, grindstones, and carpet to create the appearance of freezer units protruding from the wall.
These small details may not be the most noticeable aspect of a build, but they really help to bring the scene to life. While the build would still look great without them, it wouldn't feel as realistic and lively if the details weren't there.
Ice Cream Filling!
Speaking of details; what would an ice cream shop be without an interior? As nice as the exterior of the build looks, it's what is inside that counts. Ice cream shops typically have large dipping cabinets that hold the creamy goodness and I was able to recreate these using a combination of barrels and composter blocks. I also finished off the freezers in the back, using barrels, dark oak trapdoors, and acacia doors to represent the glass-door freezers that would be common in an ice cream shop. I used shroomlight blocks to light up the inside of these freezers, and hid them behind the dark oak trap doors.
One other thing that many ice cream shops have in common is the large, colorful menu board hanging behind the counter. These menu boards are meant to create a sense of excitement and anticipation while ordering an ice cream cone. Using white concrete, sea lanterns, chains, and paintings, I was able to recreate these exciting menu boards, fairly accurately.
The Cherry on Top!
With the ice cream shop's interior finished, I knew that it was time to put the last finishing touches on the build. Many ice cream shops also feature outdoor tables to sit at while enjoying your cone or bowl, and that was what I wanted to include in this build. I added a small table with chairs, making use of spruce trapdoors, slabs, and six-sided wood blocks. I then used end rods, string, and carpets to create an umbrella in the center of the table. Finally, I created a sign using banners for lettering and a design that looks kind of like an ice cream cone. I chose the name "Kohnz," as a take on ice cream "cones." These extra details, once again, really helped to bring the build to life.
With these final touches now complete, my ice cream shop was finished. Taking a step back to admire my work, I really felt as though I was about to buy an ice cream on a hot, summer day. I would take that ice cream cone to the park across the street, and have a nice, relaxing time sitting under the gazebo and watching the sun set. This build is exactly the reason I love Minecraft, because you can create more than just a build, but a fully immersive, interactive, living scene.