Originally published by JaiGuru
This thread is going to be an ongoing, multipurpose guide that will cover a broad range of categories aimed at helping newer players build their dream structures. I want to be clear that the contents of this thread do not represent objective facts. This is not an attempt to outline the “right” way to build, nor is it presented as being authoritative. It is a way to build, one of many. I have a lot of growing left to do myself! I’m simply presenting what I’ve learned about building, as I’ve learned it, and as it applies to my particular style. Hopefully, this will help you develop your own unique style of building.
Without further adieu, my first post will be on a super exciting topic that all your friends are talking about: Walls! Everyone’s got ’em, but not everyone’s happy with them. I’m going to show you an example of how to add depth and detail to your walls which will allow the textures and shapes in Minecraft to do the heavy lifting for you.
The problem is that so many people’s walls look like this.
Sure it’s got a nice border and it’s not a bad selection of materials which contrast but also compliment each other. But it’s also flat. To remedy this we want to think a little about the parts of a wall. Walls aren’t just the outer paneling we put on them. They’re a framework which is filled in, buttressed and braced to stand the test of time.
Let’s look at the framework first. You may be tempted to try something like this.
This is better. The beams break up the face of the wall nicely. But this is still very flat. What you want to do is move your beams out by one, letting them stand out and create lots of depth, like this:
Now we’re getting somewhere! Keep in mind that in old beam construction, the ceiling joists laid across the wall beams, resting on them. They often jutted out on the exterior. Try adding these joists to your structure and see how much more depth they add:
Now keep in mind, the vertical beams were often braced at the ground by struts to help spread out the weight of the structure. Stylistically, we have a need to tie the structure to the ground in a way that transitions smoothly instead of just goings straight down to the grass. Struts can help us do just that. I suggest you use stone or cobble to mix up the texture a little bit, but any option that helps tie in other elements of the house would be good too. This is just one example of how you could set them up, so be creative:
Finally, we add some decoration. You could maybe brace the joists sticking out of the wall with upside down stairs. You could use stairs to create arches or frame window openings. You can also use them to fully line the bottom of your wall so that you have a totally smooth transition. Between each beam, I’ve set it up a little differently to give you some ideas. Obviously, you want to be fairly consistent with your choices.
So there you have it. In a single post we’ve gone from a flat, boring wall to something that has depth, uses Minecraft’s textures to create detail that is size-appropriate to your structure, and which will set your build apart from those of others.
Again, be creative! Try different types of wood and stone. Mix and match the log colors with the wood plank colors. See if you can create a modern variant on my medieval style. Always be thinking about layering, and how to transition from a flat surface to one with nooks and crannies. Don’t be afraid to try something and then decide to remove stuff to try another approach. A good building does take time but leaves you with structures you will enjoy so much more as you tend to the business you’ve set yourself to on your property.