1. Avoid cubes – It’s easy to build a blank cube and try to add detail afterwards, but it’s better to use a mixture of circles, rectangles and octagons.
2. Make sure you give your buildings depth – Buildings, especially large walls, in Minecraft tend to look very boring and flat. Use fences, windows and overhanging upper floors to add depth to the structure.
3. Mix materials, but don’t go overboard – Never build something from all one material. Always mix in a few logs, fences, iron bars etc., especially when the main building material is stone brick. However, you should always keep one material (usually brick, stone brick, planks or cobblestone) as the main material, and checkerboard patterns almost never look good.
4. Use a mixture of stepped and flat roofs – Castles and forts tend to have flat roofs you can walk on, while houses tend to have peaked or sloped roofs, but don’t be afraid to mix between the two.
5. Don’t be afraid of cobblestone – Although generally considered an ugly material, it can be used effectively if mixed with planks and logs when building poorer medieval-style buildings.
6. Find a good texture pack and stick with it – Texture packs which don’t try to change what the block is are best. Good examples for building are Dokucraft, Sphax, Photo Realism, Painterly and Faithful.
7. Use the terrain – If your building is on a hill, incorporate that. Make the top floors extend back further onto the hill, or set the lower floors into the hill. Build stepped farms and gardens to keep a mountainous feel.
8. Avoid mods – This means that anyone can use the buildings, without the need to install mods. This also means you are never left waiting to update to a new version because the mods aren’t updated yet.
9. Keep a theme – When building a village, town or city, pick a theme when you start, and stick with it until the end. This will make it look more like a settlement and less like a random selection of buildings.
10. Form follows Function – Think about what the building is used for. Make sure there is enough space, and then plan your design around that. Even if you don’t plan to use the building for anything, having a function in mind helps keep the design realistic and natural.
11. Use real-life references – Copy designs and ideas from real life structures. This is especially helpful if you are unsure what you want the building to look like.
I hope this helps people! :D
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