My desire to build in a living relation to nature has a long history in my life. Some of the books I fell in love with at an early age was the Lord of the Rings, which I am sure most people are familiar with after the success of the movies. What especially appealed to me in these books were the lengthy detail and language used to describe nature and the environment, and how alive and immersed I became when reading these parts.
Today's post is inspired from these stories, since it is a partly submerged building akin to the style of hobbit homes.
Flower Valley desperately needed a place to store flowers and plants, as well as dirt, gravel and other simple natural materials. The farmed land next to the lake also required a nearby building for collecting and storing its resources. The solution was to imagine three-four different occupations which would take care of using and gathering these materials:
- A landscaper
- A herbalist
- A planter/grower
- A harvester
These would reside in a common building dug into the hillside between the stonemason and the potter.
In this build I really want to create a greater depth of the exterior than I my previous builds. I also want to use different interior wall materials from the outer ones. I use mostly of terracotta for the inner rooms, mixed with spruce and dark oak wood for the outer rooms as well as for wooden panels which I think are essential for a more cozy hobbit feel. Without them, the rooms would feel to sparse and perhaps even modern.
The building process
I place building materials in chests at the site before starting the work, as shown in the last image in this post.
To start I dig out the rooms and lay out the floors. Cobblestone as wall support both add to realism and helps visualize how the walls would connect best.
Site dug out with floor and wall support placed
In this picture you can already somewhat see where the rooms go:
Where the temporary bed is, the kitchen. From the kitchen, a corridor follows parallel to the exterior to the bedroom of the grower and harvester, which also has a door to the outside.
In between these, I later add a small closet for storing equipment, to fully utilize the space available. From the kitchen, another passage leads down to the bedroom of the landscaper and the herbalist. That passage continues to a staircase and a back exit .Both bedrooms are connected to a common storage room, which is partly hidden behind dirt in the middle of the picture above.
Next I build up the walls, alternating with both the exterior and the interior. After all the walls are built, I proceed to create the ceilings, trying to make as realistic as possible a wooden support structure, which I then cover in dirt (covering everything up in dirt is somehow extremely satisfactory!).
It is important that the dirt roof has proper support, hence I have ubiquitously made use of trapdoors and also placed the fence-posts on andesite and other stone blocks. A magma block is a simple way of giving the impression of a fireplace with smoldering coal.
To make the resulting hill more interesting, I lay out a small park on top, including a pond which serves as a skylight for the bedroom of the herbalist's and landscaper's bedroom. I think this feature turns out really well!
Roof garden/view from back
This park can use some improvement, but I am very pleased with the overgrown chimney and the pond! The glass block has benches around it and is precisely above the middle of the storage room, giving it some access to daylight.
Grower/harvester's bedroom with views to storage room and kitchen
Tripwire hooks as cloth hangers and wooden buttons as clogs or wooden shoes <3
The storage room
I am not entirely satisfied by the sign placements in this room, I would prefer something more coherent. The way the chests are placed prevent the use of item frames or signs in front of all of them. I want to redesign this at a later point. But I like the general symmetry, the colors, lighting and ceiling pattern (not visibile) as well as the crafting table in the floor.
While building the closet, I was disturbed by groaning mobs, so I dug down a bit and discovered a cave system underneath! I decided to keep this as a fun feature, so the closet has a hidden staircase down to the case under the trapdoors to the left!
To summarize, here is a picture of how the building lies in relation to the ones nearby
I hope this lengthy showcase of my thoughts and the process while constructing this building inspires you and gives you new ideas, for both interior and exterior decoration. Let me know what you liked or disliked about it, any suggestions for improvements are also warmly welcomed!