In some of my worlds, I dont have a house. I travel to new locations and settle there for a bit.
Once I find somewhere that has lots of trees, a good view, and a good cave filled with , , and I build my house.
In my opinion, wooden cube houses are extremely unattractive, so when I created a new game in survival I explored until I found a small, sort-of bay area (Surrounded by mountains, mind you) and built my home right there. It's also next to a cave that is my main mining area.
I usually dig a house into a large mountain. This way, it is easy to expand, and I even get resources from expanding. In addition, it is easy to have a mine connected to my house, and I can enjoy the benefits of an above-ground house (such as windows, etc.). If my house runs into a cavern, I light it up and incorporate it into my house. The only disadvantage I can think of is that I don't know exactly how much space I have to expand.
I tried to do something different and dug my house in the side of a little mountain. i currently have 1 stair all the way to bedrock with little strip mines of about 100 blocks from lvl 16 up to lvl 4, a little mineshaft under my house, a slime farm, a chicken farm and a wheat/sugar cane farm. still working on an underground tree farm and on a sheep/cow/pig farm
That excavation site (inverted pyramid look) is insane. Did you literally have to dig every block out for that? Jeez i dug out a 50x50x2 and was tired, yours looks like 100 x 100 and god knows how deep.
The equation I've used to estimate how many blocks that are being excavated is 153 x 153 x 58(.5) + 26100 - so around 704961 blocks.
I came up with the equation after making this post:
The mine isn't even finished yet. I still haven't finished the massive Staircase to Hell. (Which was the mine.)
As for how wide and long it is? I'll go count.
Top Left Corner is X = -183 Y = +254
Top Right Corner is X = -30 Y = +254
Bottom Left Corner is X = -183 Y = +407
Bottom Right Corner is X = -30 Y = +407
So it seems it's about 153 x 153 in width and length.
As for materials? I won't even pretend I know. I estimate around 200,000 blocks from the central quadrant, and currently around 150,000 blocks from the four quadrants of the staircase currently completed. I'm looking at another 150,000 blocks being excavated before I'm done.
Since the slope is uniform from top to bottom and the depth is from level 6 to level 64 (64-6 = 58, halved due to slope), I came up with 153 x 153 x 58(.5), as opposed to simply being 153 cubed.
Since 30 x 30 is actually without a slope, meaning it's not halved, we tack on 26100 more to the previous estimation. 30 x 30 x 58 is 52200, halved (because we already added half to the existing equation) it comes out to 26100.
Well, on the SMP server I lounge around on (haven't actually logged in there for 2 weeks) I live in a nice little wizard's tower in an abandoned forest biome. I felt the need to spruce the biome up a bit, as you can see.... After that screenshot was taken, I actually covered the entire biome with floating islands (coming to a grand total of maybe 15-20 islands; that's a lot of stone and dirt! It's not very easy, safe or fast to do when you can't fly, take fall damage and have monsters stalking you.) Getting the grass blocks up to the islands started as a horribly slow process of letting it spread on dirt stairs until I had a moment of clarity and realised I could hoist a grass block with a piston in just a few minutes,which made the last half of the islands a lot quicker to complete.
I found out long after I settled, it was a truly golden location: I got a zombie spawner for XP *right* under the house, and a skeleton spawner a mere 30 blocks below that for an endless supply of arrows and bones. Too easy.
This is Brookfall:
It's important to have a nice garden, though it may be overkill to terraform an entire biome one block at the time.
- Oh, oops, where do I live when I START? Well, that's different! I should read the OPs more carefully. My apologies.
Day one - in a dirt hole in the side of a hill. No construction needed, no preparation needed, and you can dig some extra stone and whatever you find during the night - while the oven cooks whatever poor creature you were able to chop up while looking for wood.
As soon as possible, I try to find a cozy scenic place where I can begin to settle more properly - usually a small house at first, to be replaced / expanded at a later date. I tend to prefer forests and mountains for the scenery, but sometimes go for grass plains for the open space. I can't stand icy, marshy or desert areas.
1.2 will see me relocating into jungle biomes, I bet. My first houses in 1.2 will no doubt be little wooden platforms hanging in the canopies of giant trees.
on my smp sever i live in a gint maison with a larde garen in the back and a floting dimen made out of dimends flotingabove it and whn some one ask about it i tell them thats my anti grief shield scine my home is proteced
I usually just go wandering around gathering wood and other supplies,and when I fall int a cave (not ravine) I board up the opening and make it my home, occasionally go out to get supplies, light up the cave like crazy though.