If any of you remember, over two years ago, I created a tutorial on how I build my medieval houses (you can view it here). Since then, my style has obviously changed, and I've become a much better builder. The old tutorial is still suited for villages and smaller towns and cities. However if you want the prime of medieval buildings for your metropolis, then this is the guide for you. Without further ado, let's jump in:
Create your foundation using logs. The red and blue wool is just for measurement. You don't need to include it.
Start building up your vertical beams. The wool is, again, for measurement. Notice the line of stone bricks set into the ground. You'll want those.
We're going to build up the first-floor walls. The layers should be made of stone brick stairs (upside down), then stone bricks, then stairs again (this time, right-side up). Leave the gap in the middle of that section for the door.
Now would be a good time to build up the fireplace. Because there are so many designs out there, I won't go into detail. But this is made with cobblestone, and is in the back of the house (right across from the doorway).
Finish the walls.
Place the horizontal beams directly over the wall. This is also the level at which your ceiling will go.
Go out one block and up one block, and place the foundation for your second floor. This is called jettying, and is the technique of pushing the second floor out from the space of the second floor, to allow more room in the house.
Build up your vertical beams for the second floor. Wool is for measurement.
Place your second floor pargetting. Pargetting is a white, clay-based material used in the middle-ages as a wall material because it provided a lot of insulation, and was cheap to work with. In my pack, I have blocks that help by adding timber-frames. If you're using the default textures, white wool will work just fine.
Now would be a good time to build up the fireplace to the second floor, and put in the floorboards (as well as ceiling; remember step 6 for placement of that). I used oak wood planks for the floors, and white wool for the ceiling.
Place your horizontal beams on top of the walls, and put up your roof structure. Notice that there are five roof structures you'll be placing. It's key.
Start building your actual roof. Also notice that on the third stair level, you should put slabs. This way, your roof will still go straight up, instead of bellying out at the top.
Now's a good time to build the back of the fireplace, and the chimney. Do it as seen in the picture, or try your own method.
Add in your windows.
Add in your details. The ones displayed are upside-down oak stairs under the jettied horizontal beams, spruce stairs at the base of the house around the log columns, and spruce slabs in various places.
If you want, add flowerpots and some flowers around.
And there is your beautiful medieval home. Furnish it how you wish, include what you want, and have fun with it. Customize parts of it with different materials, or curves, or however.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial as much as I enjoyed making it. Use this for personal projects, on a server, or wherever. Just remember to give credit where it's due. Have fun, post comments, questions, or other things in the comments below, and if you make something inspired by this, I'd love to see it!
Gorgeous house, gorgeous tutorial! I have always tried to make homes in this style, but they never came out right. Hopefully I can try working on some of your ideas in this to try to improve my home designs!
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Yeah, I agree with both of the above statements, and want to add something. Medieval houses, if in any place poor, had thatched roofs and cobbled sides. Now, I can see that this is a rich mans house, but even a rich man wouldn't complicate his roof like this. A roof in a medieval home was often simple and angular, with the occasional support for the roof. Which is another point. A house with this many roofs would simply collapse. with this little proper timber support, and this much roofing, which would also be heavier than the simpler and lighter thatch, the roof would be extremely heavy. Now, I know your not going for reality, but doing your research could make the house look better. Which is my final point. The chimney should be in another house section. If you research medieval kitchens, the kitchen was often separated from the house because fire was rampant in those days, and people wanted to minimize any danger of fire. The kitchen was often in a different wing of the house, but this house has no room for wings.
Just some advice and facts for you, no intention to criticize. Its nice and looks ok, but it's quite stereotypical and not that realistic. Nice for a tutorial though.