I'm sure all of you know what a starter house is. In theory, it's a house that you build shortly after starting a new game. Its looks may vary from person to person. Some don't care about decoration and feel satisfied with a huge wooden cube, while some prefer making it both good-looking and useful. I'm part of the latter. I love giving my builds as much detail and decoration as I can, whether it's survival or creative. But recently I've realised a big problem with this mentality. Now, I'm sure that whenever anyone hears the term "starter house" they imagine a small, humble house that has a roof with curvy sides and a pointy top, windows that are surrounded by fences, slabs and stairs, and an interior that has furniture and utilities that you'd see in a normal house like furnaces, couches, wardrobes and all that. This is the type of house I usually make. And its biggest letdown is the space. Starter houses always lack space. It may look good, it may make you want to live in it forever, but it almost never has enough space to put things like a storage system or a supersmelter inside because the whole thing is covered by blocks that are purposed for cosmetic usage, not utility. I can think of only one plausible solution to this problem, that is to make the house very big, I mean, insanely big; but that creates the problem of: How? Because at the start of the game you don't have a lot of resources. Building a huge house will take lots of time that you may not have because you're surrounded by mobs or because you constantly need to pause your progress and go foraging for building material. I'm sure there's an easier way to fix the problem, but I don't know it.
So, with that, I decided to come here and ask people who are much more experienced than me how they deal with this problem. How do you make a starter base that both looks good inside and outside, and is actually usable for survival purposes?