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#1

sedentarygecko

Posted 17 May 2011 - 06:17 PM

As part of a continuing series, I am creating step-by-step instructions for building structures in minecraft.

I've been struggling with building in sand and sandstone. Wood and stone seems to me easier to design. This is an early attempt of mine to design for a desert climate.

This building includes an underground well for water.
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Mossy cobble used for the base of the well.
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Edged with mossy cobble, water is added.
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Half-height cobble rings the well. A chest and fence (which will act as lamp) are added.
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A layer of sandstone wall added. The glowstone lamp was added to the fence post. A ladder is added which will span the three levels.
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Perspective changed to account for the height of the building. The footprint seen here will be the maximum size of the structure above ground
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Sandstone and a colored wool patterned floor added to fill the footprint from the previous step.
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The first level of walls (sandstone) are laid, with interior accouterments added. The ladder is continued from the underground well.
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Fence-stand lamps and door added. The door sits inside the wall threshold.
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Another layer of sand and sandstone. Gaps are made for the windows, though this build does not use glass.
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Another layer of sandstone with notches for the wood rafters. The ladder continues.
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Wood plank rafters added.
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Half-height sandstone is laid. (Apologies for the darkness of the image.) The gaps in the roof are intentional.
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Full sandstone blocks added around the half-height sandstone.
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Additional sandstone added. Ladder continued.
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Another layer of sandstone.
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Wood plank rafters and half-height wood plank over the door and back window to shade the sun.
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Half-height sandstone covers the roof of the upper level.
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The following post will include interior images and some exterior profile shots.
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#2

sedentarygecko

Posted 17 May 2011 - 06:19 PM

Additional exterior and interior images:

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Interiors:

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The underground well.
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#3

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 07:18 PM

Love it ! :SSSS:
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#4

BasiltheBatlord

Posted 17 May 2011 - 08:34 PM

NICE! Perfect for my desert area!

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#5

Brownies_MC

Posted 18 May 2011 - 01:41 AM

Love it :D Can you make a small house for a snowier biome? I never seem the correct materials to make a nice snowy home

#6

DarkerFalz

Posted 18 May 2011 - 01:45 AM

Very nice!
Keep up the good work!

deathguardian97 said:

Let's suffice to say I don't think using frickin flint and steel is going to light moss on fire...

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Posted 19 May 2011 - 01:37 AM

I like your use of the half steps, it makes things more compact and less bulky looking. Very proportional.  At first I thought "This is simple and lame." but then I saw it come together and its very cozy and humble. Nice work!

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#8

GiovanniVerdura

Posted 19 May 2011 - 03:24 AM

How about an Igloo tutorial? For fun purposes, eh? :GoldBar:
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#9

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Posted 19 May 2011 - 05:30 AM

View PostBrownies_MC, on 18 May 2011 - 01:41 AM, said:

Love it :D Can you make a small house for a snowier biome? I never seem the correct materials to make a nice snowy home

I find wooden planks and stone make for the best snow houses :)

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Posted 19 May 2011 - 04:27 PM

How'd you put those pressure plates on top of the double chest in the interior?
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Posted 19 May 2011 - 10:18 PM

View PostAlpha-Beta-Gamma, on 19 May 2011 - 05:30 AM, said:

I find wooden planks and stone make for the best snow houses ;)
Yeah, but the only problem I have with that is putting it together. I can't find a nice house design to put everything together.
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Posted 20 May 2011 - 05:32 PM

View PostBosco_TM, on 19 May 2011 - 04:27 PM, said:

How'd you put those pressure plates on top of the double chest in the interior?

Put glass above it i.e

glass
air
chest

then try to place the pressure plate on the bottom of the glass and it will "bounce" off and go on top of the chest.

#13

GiovanniVerdura

Posted 20 May 2011 - 06:01 PM

I doubt he will care, but, if you could, could you tell me what you think of my interpretation of a 3-story version of this, Gecko? Anyways,Thanks.

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My dog will be named Cat. I will only provide milk buckets for it to eat and will not be its friend until it becomes a cat.
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Posted 21 May 2011 - 02:29 PM

Looking great, like always! These threads are so helpful :) !
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#15

sedentarygecko

Posted 24 May 2011 - 03:01 AM

View PostBrownies_MC, on 18 May 2011 - 01:41 AM, said:

Love it :D Can you make a small house for a snowier biome? I never seem the correct materials to make a nice snowy home

I'll see what I can do...

View PostGiovanniVerdura, on 19 May 2011 - 03:24 AM, said:

How about an Igloo tutorial? For fun purposes, eh? :GoldBar: :)

That could be fun. I'll look into it...

View PostBosco_TM, on 19 May 2011 - 04:27 PM, said:

How'd you put those pressure plates on top of the double chest in the interior?

If you stand next to the chest, and target the wall block above the chest (e.g. if the chest is on the floor, target the 2nd row of the wall) and place the pressure plate.

View PostGiovanniVerdura, on 20 May 2011 - 06:01 PM, said:

I doubt he will care, but, if you could, could you tell me what you think of my interpretation of a 3-story version of this, Gecko? Anyways,Thanks.

I had two thoughts about your Adobe house. The first was about space. With Minecraft not furniture ready, a builder has to build large to fit a lot of interior furniture. I think you may be able to realize some less compact internal spaces with a larger building footprint. This can be justified by appealing to the natural nature of sand, that desert buildings are not often very tall and narrow because of the load bearing capacities of the available materials.

Second, I noticed that your bedroof had the bed flanked by bookcases. Are you able to actually sleep in the bed (since usually you have to be standing on the same block as the bed to activate sleep)?

I liked the idea of building your home near a desert oasis. That's something I hadn't thought of.
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Posted 24 May 2011 - 03:56 AM

Looks nice not really adobe though..

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Posted 28 May 2011 - 03:41 AM

Aha!  So this is what subconsciously inspired my desert island town.  I didn't build any vigas since the small scale of my houses doesn't allow for them to be aesthetically pleasing, but I really love the sandstone slab roof design.
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Posted 28 May 2011 - 04:33 AM

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 01:37 AM

Well written and easily followed, as usual :)  One suggestion, if you had given the starting dimensions for what to dig out or placed the vertical ruler underground as well it would have saved some time when following the instructions.  I had some difficulty determining how deep and the exact dimensions of the well part of the first few steps.  Overall it was great though.  Looking forward to seeing what you're teaching next!
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sedentarygecko

Posted 15 June 2011 - 09:38 PM

View Postkelsec, on 31 May 2011 - 01:37 AM, said:

Well written and easily followed, as usual :)  One suggestion, if you had given the starting dimensions for what to dig out or placed the vertical ruler underground as well it would have saved some time when following the instructions.  I had some difficulty determining how deep and the exact dimensions of the well part of the first few steps.  Overall it was great though.  Looking forward to seeing what you're teaching next!

A good suggestion. I have used a vertical ruler in other builds...not sure why I omitted it here. I think you're right to say that simply stating the dimensions of the foundation in addition to showing them in the image would be helpful reference. I shall adopt that for future step-by-steps. thanks!
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