Here's a picture tutorial of a simple forest cottage. I created this in survival mode, and even though it may be old hat, I'm rather proud of it. The cottage fits nicely into the Roofed Forest environment. I used dark oak and birch, but spruce and oak also work great. The following pics were taken in creative mode for clarity, but the final pic is of my own survival mode house.
Some wool blocks to get your measurements right.
Start out by digging a basement.
Lay a Dark Oak log foundation. Notice the base of a brick fireplace in back.
Install the floor and fireplace. There is a hole in the corner to get to the basement with a ladder.
Build the wall frames.
The walls are made of Birch logs, which contrast well with the Dark Oak.
Install some doors and window panes, and stairs up to the second floor.
Install the upstairs flooring. Don't forget to light up the downstairs with torches or creepers could spawn and ruin your creation before it's finished.
Create a front porch, and place some short log extensions at the joints. This adds a lot of character to the design.
The upstairs roof framing. The odd logs in front are for a gable.
Fill in the bits of the upstairs walls. The rest of the structure will be roof.
The first course of dark dak stairs for roofing.
During construction of the front gable. It can be a bit tricky to get it right, but it adds a lot to the house.
The finished front gable. The eaves are finished off underneath with stairs, and slabs line the peak. Notice an extra stair at the point of the peak.
Constructing the back of the roof. A chimney has been added.
The basic house is now complete.
Finish it off with some detail work. The details make all the different. Trapdoors make window shutter, dark oak slabs for tiny awnings, stone slabs to top off the chimney, and some foliage to round it out.
Some pics of the interior (furnish to suit your tastes).
The completed house in its natural survival mode setting!
This is a great house! Built it in creative on my computer to make sure I knew how, and now I'm building it on WiiU for my brother (he begged me). One question, not about the house though. How did you get the grass in creative? It doesn't look like you just ran around with bone meal to me... It's really pretty and I just wanted to know. The house is cool. We're using spruce instead of dark oak planks.