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Level 47 : Master Architect

How to make a building look great

Everyday I see a lot of builds who, although they are original, just dono t look good, because of a few simple reasons. And it kind of makes me feel sad. In order to help the ones new to the community or the ones who areno t as good as they want to be. I will teach you to build great stuff with just 4 steps.

1. Take your space
2. Depth
3. Color/materials
4. Water and Lava

1. Take your space

Let me explain this one with an example. Say, you want to build a throne room for your castle. The idea is to make it big, so it will be impressive. What do you do first, you start with an outline of the hall. You think ito s okay and you start building up. You work for a few hours until ito s complete, only to realize that from the inside it isno t as big as you expected and that with all the furniture and decorations in place ito s rather small.
Now, I know we all have been in such a situation before and with somethingo s ito s impossible to avoid it. But there are a few tricks to avoid such a situation.

1. Before you start building a house, do the outlines first. So you can feel how big it will be, without having to actually build it yet. An outline is way easier to delete or to move then an actual wall.

2. Put the furniture in the outline to. This will give you a feel of how much space there will be left after you decorated your house.

3. Dono t forget the inside walls. This is a though one because if you were to do this with an outline it wouldno t work because you wouldno t see them instead you could place one beam of blocks horizontally through the middle just to fill it up a bit. This step is extremely important because rooms take up quite a lot of space.

4. If you want Redstone leave a lot of space for it. Redstone takes up quite a lot of space, more than you often think you leave space for it in you actual design.

These tricks will help you build the things you always wanted to build. But believe me they are not the Holy Grail to building great stuff. You can use these tricks not only in castles but also in statues or any other kind of build.
Building something in Minecraft is often finding a way to make the interior look immense without making the exterior too big. Because you dono t want your throne room to be higher than your tower

These tricks also work (especially number one) when you are building a castle and that mountain in the distance isno t that far away as you expected.

2. Depth

Our world exist of 3 dimensions, Height, Width and Depth. Depth is the one often forgotten while building a house. This may sound weird to you, but let me explain it you.


This is your typical Minecraft house. It has a door a balcony, a few windows, 4 walls and a roof. Now this house doesno t look so good to be honest. Why, because the walls have no depth. They are just flat walls.


This house looks way better. Why because of the different colors. No, because of the depth. He used several layers of walls and you can see that it looks way better than the first house. This is a thing you need to learn by yourself you need practice with this and over time you will be better at it. This also applies to rooftops and many other things in Minecraft even statues look better with depth in them. Also Stairs and slabs are you best friend, they really help creating depth.

If you need some more examples, watch this video he uses depth in the walls in a simple yet effective way.

3. Color/Materials

This is an important part of the build. Because it will affect how your build looks. In Minecraft you are limited to a certain set of blocks and materials. You must learn to use all of them, if you do they will allow you to build the most marvelous structures with the most beautiful colors. Trust me color adds a lot. Although I warn you to stay away from lapis lazuli blocks and blocks like that, because they areno t that pretty. Unless you are using a texture pack.

Make sure you do not make your building out of 1 material. It will not look good. Always try to use at least 4 or 5 just for the outside. This will improve the quality, and it will look instantly more attractive. A great example for color use is fyreuko s red rock video.

Also dono t overdo it. A diamond house maybe cool but really ito s not. Been there done that now move on.


4. Water and Lava

Water and/or Lava can really add something to your build, but use it in a respectable way. Dono t go out there and make an entire roof out of lava. It wono t look good. Instead create small flows. Ooh and do not create a floor of lava and put glass above it. It looks stupid and it has been done already move on. Same thing applies for water.


So here you go. This is my tutorial for making a great build. I hoped you learn something from this and I am looking forward to all the great builds.

YESN95, from www.youtube.com/blackdoormovies

P.S. If you see a grammar mistake please say it in the comments. I am from Holland, so English isno t my native language.

02/22/2014 1:41 pm
Level 32 : Artisan Dolphin
saying isno t, that needs to be changed to isn't or is not
09/11/2013 4:57 am
Level 4 : Apprentice Crafter
Thanks but some images don't load....
12/23/2012 5:51 pm
Level 20 : Expert Engineer
Thanks alot.I diamonded and favourited
This helps alot.This should have been in a higher place in the contest :))
08/16/2012 9:20 am
Level 1 : New Miner
diamond and subscribe, also thanks for choosing this kind of tutorial. I've been looking for a good one on this contest. i hope you win! :)
08/16/2012 2:00 am
Level 7 : Apprentice Architect
08/12/2012 6:39 pm
Level 4 : Apprentice Crafter
08/09/2012 4:06 am
Level 22 : Expert Architect
this tutorial has changed the way i build !!!! thx man awesome !!
08/06/2012 9:50 pm
Level 31 : Artisan Mountaineer
Captain Minecart
pretty good but i don't know how u got 95 diamonds! This is only like 5 microscopic paragraphs!
08/06/2012 2:50 pm
Level 7 : Apprentice Skinner
this is so good! how do i give diamonds? i have to give this one i diamond but i dunno how D:
08/08/2012 6:36 am
Level 42 : Master Mage
Sharp Pixels
click the diamond in the top left hand corner of the page. but you can only diamond if you have a account

hope this helped
03/10/2013 4:02 am
Level 4 : Apprentice Toast
actually he would have to have an account to post the comment.
08/09/2012 5:45 pm
Level 7 : Apprentice Skinner
thanks so much! I gave it a diamond :D
08/06/2012 9:08 am
Level 34 : Artisan Pixel Painter
Niice! You know what that means dia!
08/06/2012 8:57 am
Level 37 : Artisan Narwhal
diamond 4 u good sir, this is very helpful :)
08/05/2012 8:27 pm
Level 24 : Expert Narwhal
Grammar mistake: Under step two, "exist" should be "exists."

Anyway, I love this tutorial, I need to work on depth.

Thank you! :)
08/05/2012 3:48 pm
Level 36 : Artisan Pony
By the look of the first picture, all you need to do to make a building look good is use a lens flare
08/05/2012 4:46 pm
Level 3 : Apprentice Miner
08/05/2012 12:34 am
Level 1 : New Miner
Very helpful! Diamond!
08/04/2012 5:00 pm
Level 8 : Apprentice Artist
Awesome but maybe change the white house
+1 diamond
+1 subscriber
08/03/2012 4:43 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
Some sentences that should be together are separated, but other than that I love the information! Thanks!
08/03/2012 4:18 pm
Level 36 : Artisan Dragon
Wish all of the idiots who swear in the same sentence as asking for a build review would read this...
08/04/2012 3:43 am
Level 47 : Master Architect
Well said
08/05/2012 11:16 am
Level 13 : Journeyman Network
Couldnt agree more.
08/03/2012 7:11 am
Level 28 : Expert Narwhal
Nice very helpful for people that are not so good at building
08/03/2012 6:05 am
Level 13 : Journeyman Archer
Thanks for the tutorial its really good
08/02/2012 8:30 pm
Level 2 : Apprentice Crafter
You, good sir, are very helpful. And the "Red Rock"? Holy shit.
08/02/2012 10:53 am
Level 5 : Apprentice Miner
08/02/2012 8:47 am
Level 14 : Journeyman Engineer
diamond for you
08/02/2012 4:05 am
Level 29 : Expert Scribe
Great tutorial!
08/01/2012 9:18 pm
Level 35 : Artisan Geek
That wool house looks almost like something I just built the other day. O.o
08/01/2012 7:56 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
That white wool house looks sloppy.
08/01/2012 9:20 pm
Level 8 : Apprentice Ranger
I agree, but it was just a demonstration.
08/02/2012 4:08 pm
Level 1 : New Miner
It will give some people the impression that sloppy things look good. And It is made of all wool, ew.
08/04/2012 9:53 pm
Level 8 : Apprentice Ranger
All wool could look good, if people use it right. He also said its not because of the color, but because of the depth.
08/01/2012 4:17 pm
Level 29 : Expert Geek
Great tutorial, and I love the avatar. Keep up the good work!

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08/01/2012 4:10 pm
Level 60 : High Grandmaster Network

Always try to use at least 4 or 5 just for the outside. This will improve the quality, and it will look instantly more attractive.

4-5 Colours look stupid in most way, to be honest. Not in every, but the most new builds using 4 or 5 or more different blocks, look overdone,indeed.

08/01/2012 6:25 pm
Level 47 : Master Architect
4 or 5 different blocks/materials.
Those can be 5 different shades of grey, for example use snow, stone, stone brick, cobblestone and clay.
08/01/2012 6:56 pm
Level 60 : High Grandmaster Network
a solution of taste, I guess.
08/01/2012 2:42 pm
Level 30 : Artisan Goblin
Proud to be a member of bashcraft (Set-builder) and a member of Fyreuk Bitchnozzle :3
08/01/2012 1:44 pm
Level 21 : Expert Network
move then an actual wall.

Make it "than"
Other than that, a lovely tutorial! There's a few others, but too lazy.
08/01/2012 1:22 pm
Level 27 : Expert Engineer
Spelling error.

1. Take your space.
3. "Don't forget the inside walls. This is a though one"

Should be tough.

Good tutorial though. I would suggest expanding on the last part with the water / lava on how to improve these messes. Expand that, use your own pictures, and you have a good chance at winning the contest!
08/01/2012 11:30 am
Level 16 : Journeyman Dragon
You really should use your own pictures by the way... taking stuff from Google Images makes it seem like you put little effort into it.
08/01/2012 1:12 pm
Level 47 : Master Architect
Maybe you are right, but I made the thumbnail myself it's from an floating island I created a while back ago.
08/01/2012 3:05 pm
Level 16 : Journeyman Dragon
I understand that, but I was referring to the pictures used in the tutorial. They were from different versions of Minecraft and from different computers, which didn't blend well together.
08/02/2012 6:52 am
Level 1 : New Miner
wow... way to nitpick something completely irrelevant to the tutorial...
08/02/2012 5:31 pm
Level 16 : Journeyman Dragon
Well, first of all, I'm not trying to be rude but rather give constructive criticism, unlike you. And it is indeed relevant to the tutorial, since the images are what explain the point he is attempting to create. By using outdated images, he is not only showing poor quality in the pictures, but he is also using ways to quicken the production of said tutorial. This then shows a lack in effort and quality in his work, which I was trying to help him avoid. So no, you're wrong.
08/01/2012 10:24 am
Level 36 : Artisan Dragonborn
ive never thought about depth...this is a really good tutorial
08/01/2012 10:21 am
Level 36 : Artisan Droid
adding water and lava isnt really that important tbh
08/01/2012 10:26 am
Level 47 : Master Architect
It's just something that I found to be often implemented in a bad way
08/01/2012 10:18 am
Level 42 : Master Nether Knight
lol just use Sonic shaders period done XD yea cuz sonic shader makes it more fancy i see lots of people use it and it seems that it attracts other people to view it.. hmm
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