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"Minecraft" Building Tutorial: How to Build a Log Cabin With Lofts

Melissa has been a gamer ever since her grandpa introduced her to Yoshi's Island on the SNES when she was 3 years old.

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A Cabin in the Woods

Are you looking for a beautiful house that's a fun challenge to build in Minecraft survival mode? This log cabin home is mostly made of wood, and it features two spacious lofts to use as bedroom areas or storage. The back loft has two dormer windows to let in the sunlight, so that's where I put my master bedroom. The bay window in the front provides a good area to place your dining table or a cozy nook to read your favorite books. The corner porch in front and the overhanging roof provide fancy finishing touches. Finish this house off with plenty of torches to keep the monsters away and survive in style.

Total Materials Needed

In total, you will need:

  • 200 Cobblestone blocks
  • 316 Spruce Planks
  • 602 Oak Planks
  • 32 Glass Panes
  • 8 Oak Stairs
  • 259 Spruce Stairs
  • 10 Spruce Fences
  • 14 Oak Fences
  • 10 Ladders
  • 3 Doors of your choice (I used spruce!)

It seems like a lot, but if you're deep in the forest, there's plenty of wood to go around! In other biomes, like a birch forest, you can replace your wood with other types to change the look of the house.

Layer 1

Materials for this layer:

  • 200 cobblestone blocks
  • 2 spruce stairs
  • 2 spruce planks

For the first layer, make a 10x20 rectangle of cobblestone. This will be your foundation. In the bottom right corner, along the shorter end, place a spruce plank, two spruce stairs, and another spruce plank like in the screenshot. This will be part of the corner porch.

Layer 1

Layer 1

Layer 2

Materials for this layer:

  • 202 spruce planks
  • 2 spruce stairs

For this layer, cover over the cobblestone with spruce planks. Add stairs going up from the stairs in the first layer, and build up the porch like in the picture below.

Layer 2

Layer 2

Layer 3

Materials for this layer:

  • 8 oak fences
  • 4 spruce doors
  • 68 oak planks

For this layer, we'll start building the walls of the rooms. The bay window area in the front is 6 blocks wide. The porch area has fences that are 4 blocks long. For the two back rooms, one is 3 blocks wide and the other is 4. I used spruce doors, but you can use whichever doors you have available.

Layer 3

Layer 3

Layer 4

Materials for this layer:

  • 10 glass panes
  • 60 oak planks
  • 2 oak fences
  • 4 ladders

I realized I forgot to add the ladders in the last layer, so they have been added in this layer. The second ladder is on that bumped out block area by the bay window, facing towards where the loft is going to be. In this layer we're also adding some posts where the porch roof is going to be attached. The bay window is 2 blocks wide. The two back windows in the back rooms are 2 blocks wide, and they are spaced so that there's 3 blocks on either side of the wall.

Layer 4

Layer 4

The second ladder.

The second ladder.

Layer 5

Materials for this layer:

  • 63 oak planks
  • 2 ladders
  • 10 glass panes
  • 2 oak fences

This layer pretty much adds the same things onto the previous layer, except for covering the door frames with oak planks.

Layer 5

Layer 5

Layer 6

Materials for this layer:

  • 73 oak planks
  • 2 ladders
  • 2 oak fences

This layer builds upon the previous layer except you're covering the windows with oak planks.

Layer 6

Layer 6

Layer 7

Materials for this layer:

  • 69 oak planks
  • 76 spruce planks
  • 12 spruce stairs
  • 2 ladders

Now it is time to build the ceiling of the first floor and the floor of the lofts. Place your oak and spruce planks like in the picture below, and add your ladders to the walls. For the porch roof, place stairs around a square of 4 spruce planks on top of the fences.

Layer 7

Layer 7

Layer 8

Materials for this layer:

  • 56 oak planks
  • 4 spruce stairs
  • 10 spruce fences

Build a wall around the outside of the building with the oak planks, and then add spruce fences as a railing for the lofts. Finish off the porch roof with 4 spruce stairs, as pictured.

Layer 8

Layer 8

Layer 9

Materials for this layer:

  • 50 oak planks
  • 6 glass panes
  • 8 oak stairs
  • 36 spruce stairs

Here is where you'll start to build the dormer windows in the back loft. You will have to build the window ledge out of the window hole, so make sure you don't fall out (holding shift to crouch if you're on pc will help keep you on the ledge). The dormers are 4 blocks wide, spaced 3 blocks away from the back wall. The glass panes will go in the middle row of the dormers, where the normal wall would be. The oak stairs go along the bottom of the dormer ledges, so you will need to go outside to add those. See the pictures below for guidance.

It's also time to start working on the roof. Very carefully, place spruce stairs around your oak planks on this layer, like in the picture below. Also add a 2 block wide window on the other loft.

Layer 9

Layer 9

Building the dormers.

Building the dormers.

The glass placement in the dormers.

The glass placement in the dormers.

Adding stairs to the bottom of the dormer ledges.

Adding stairs to the bottom of the dormer ledges.

Layer 9 completed, with the roof added.

Layer 9 completed, with the roof added.

Layer 10

Materials for this layer:

  • 4 spruce planks
  • 37 spruce stairs
  • 43 oak planks
  • 6 glass panes

For this layer, you will need to put the next part of the roof one step inwards from the last layer. So when you are in the back of the house, place 8 oak plank blocks instead of 10, like in the picture below. Then you build long beams across to support the roof, and place spruce stairs on the outside of those beams to continue the outside of the roof. For the outer part of the dormers on this layer, use spruce planks instead of oak, like in the second picture.

The roof will go inwards one block on each side, as you go up the layers, like a pyramid.

The roof will go inwards one block on each side, as you go up the layers, like a pyramid.

How the dormers should look at this point.

How the dormers should look at this point.

Layer 10

Layer 10

Layer 11

Materials for this layer:

  • 48 oak planks
  • 45 spruce stairs
  • 16 spruce planks

In this layer, start at the back and do six oak blocks along the back wall, then build out your roof beams with oak planks. After that, do spruce stairs around the outside as pictured. For the dormers, top them off with spruce planks and spruce stairs facing outwards like in the picture below. Fill in the front loft ceiling with more oak planks

How the dormers should look at this point

How the dormers should look at this point

Layer 11

Layer 11

Layer 12

Materials for this layer:

  • 45 spruce stairs
  • 16 spruce planks
  • 38 oak planks

Almost done! Go to the back again and place your oak planks and spruce stairs in the same pattern as before, continuing the staircase pattern of the roofline. Add the final layer on the dormers, a line of stairs at the top with spruce planks behind it. Complete the roof over the front loft as shown in the picture below.

Layer 12

Layer 12

Layer 13

Materials for this layer:

  • 34 oak planks
  • 38 spruce stairs

Continue the previous pattern and close off the open roof with 2 long rows of oak planks, and add the stairs around it. Now, for the final layer...

Layer 13

Layer 13

Layer 14

Materials for this layer:

  • 38 spruce stairs

To finish the roof and the building, simply place your spruce stairs on top of the oak planks. Congratulations, you did it!

Layer 14

Layer 14

You've finished the house!

Congratulations on finishing this build! Now it's time to decorate it to your heart's content, fill it with treasure from your mine, and enjoy having a safe base to come home to. If you'd like, you could split the rooms further to create smaller spaces like a closet or bathroom. There's a lot of space in this house to add things, and you could also extend this design to add more rooms.

The finished product!

The finished product!

Some Ideas for Decorating

Add chests to the nooks in the loft for maximum loot storage!

Add chests to the nooks in the loft for maximum loot storage!

Make a cute dining area by the bay window.

Make a cute dining area by the bay window.

Make your bedroom stand out with matching furniture.

Make your bedroom stand out with matching furniture.

What would you rate this house?

© 2021 Melissa Clason

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