Starting a new adventure in Minecraft comes with some uncertainties. Will you like the world’s seed? Should you build away or near the spawn area? Where is the best place to build a base? Whatever the case, you will need to make many decisions as you work to build your base.
When you are first starting out you will not have much at your disposal. Everyone loves a high-end wizard tower made with rare materials that would take you hours on end to gather, but you can actually come up with some neat starters (and other catchy constructions) using only the essentials.
Updated on December 29, 2021, by Matthew Pentleton: Minecraft 1.18 – The Caves And Cliffs Update Part II – released in November 2021 and brought a whole host of new features to the game, the most notable of which was the selection of new biomes, all of them brimming with potential for cool and useful things to build.
If you’re searching for some simple, but aesthetically pleasing builds to settle into these brand new environments with, look no further! This list has been updated with additional entries to give you all the building ideas and inspiration you need to come up with some cool things to build in survival Minecraft.
The Modern House
Most Minecraft players tend to go for traditional wooden homes and medieval builds. However, sometimes having something more modern and unique can be a fresh breath of air. Getting concrete and wool early on in survival isn’t that difficult, since sheep, sand, gravel, and dyes of nearly every color are simple enough to get.
WiederDude has a really nice modern build to share for anyone interested in making a more contemporary-style starter house. It’s easy to build and doesn’t require you to build very high or use a ton of materials.
Houses aside, getting a good source of food early on is vital in survival. Initially, you’ll probably just want a nice little fenced-off area for your cows, sheep, chickens, and pigs, but it’s always nice to make things prettier. Plus, it doesn’t take a lot of work to build a simple wooden barn for the animals.
This barn design by Folli uses mostly wood, which is probably the easiest material to get early on in the game. There’s an indoor and outside area for the animals as well, and you can tweak the size of it easily depending on how much space you need for your livestock.
The Mountain House
One of the biggest parts of 1.18 was the changes it brought to mountain biomes, so living among the taller-than-ever peaks is especially appealing. However, fitting a house on top of, or among, the towering hills can be a difficult task, so this mountain house design by SheepGG will come in handy for many starting builders.
The good thing about this design is that you don’t need to build roofs. You can just carve out the space needed for the home and not worry about the walls or ceilings. Most of it is made with wood, so the resources are cheap and easy to get. It’s also one of the safest homes to build and live in.
An Underground Starter Base
While the mountains account for the “cliffs” part of the Caves and Cliffs Update, “caves” involved the addition of numerous underground biomes – something entirely new to Minecraft. If you want to do as much exploring as possible of these exciting new caverns, an underground base could be the way to go.
This design by YouTuber Spudetti is simple and easy to build, but still looks great. What’s more, it would be super easy to connect the base to an existing cave network you found, allowing you to take full advantage of those great new biomes.
A major issue with many starter home designs is that they’re quite small and lack space. As you progress in your survival journey, you’ll accumulate a lot of resources and loot. It can be very tough to accommodate all of that inside a simple starter home with extremely limited chest space.
Building a separate storage building is a great idea while you gather resources for a bigger home. There’s a nice, aesthetically pleasing design made by Folli that will cover most of your storage needs towards mid-game, and it mostly uses wood to build as well, making it cheap to set up.
Underwater Starter Base
In case you’re looking for something much more ambitious but still beginner-friendly, why not try and build a home underwater? Since the aquatic update, underwater living has become a popular choice due to gorgeous coral biomes and tropical fish. Plus, underwater living doesn’t always need a ton of glass or a conduit to work.
Folli’s underwater home uses mostly wood, so as long as you have a good supply of both oak and spruce wood, this build is doable. It even has an enchanting room in the basement, which can be upgraded to a level 30 enchanting space.
The Simple Survival House
This lovely wooden house is fairly simple to build, since it will mainly require whatever wood you like and stone — both are easy to come by. This original design by Youtube user Zaypixel is extraordinary, and it looks better than most other builds you could come across.
Another wonderful creation by Zaypixel is this small bridge, which requires stone, wood, and a small quantity of iron if you prefer lanterns to torches. The floor for this construction is especially good-looking since it’s made from unlit campfires — a surprising way to make a unique wooden pattern.
This bridge fits perfectly between two riverbanks in biomes that have plenty of trees (that also facilitate the wood gathering process). If you gather the listed materials beforehand, building this should only take about ten minutes.
The best way to get a nice and steady supply of food in Minecraft is to set up a farm near your base. Players have come up with incredibly creative ways to do this, making the most intricate builds that exploit the properties of Redstone.
Sometimes, these projects can be time-consuming and hard to approach. Luckily, Zaypixel made a video showcasing how you can achieve awesome results with very little Redstone and time. The best thing about this build is that it will allow you to quickly collect all your crops.
If building a separate farm sounds like a bit much work for your liking, then perhaps you could incorporate your farms into your house itself? Adding the farms out the front like this stunning build By JUNS MAB gives the house a charming, rustic aesthetic that really helps it feel like a home.
It’s functional too, as whatever crop (or mix of crops – it could look cool to devote each layer to different produce) you choose to farm will be an invaluable source of food in the early game.
Quick And Easy Desert Home
If you do find yourself in a vast desert with relatively little resources to spare, you can actually make the most of the sand around you. YouTuber Meg Rae showcases exactly what you need to achieve this design, which is surprisingly fast to complete, even in hardcore survival.
Her tutorial is clear and super easy to follow, so you shouldn’t get stuck wondering what kind of blocks to use or where to place them. Do bring some wood from a forest with you, if you want to achieve the same result.
Fast Winter Cabin
It’s hard to come by something so simple and yet so natural, yet this build by YouTube user FenX Builds is both affordable and quick. The overall aesthetic is very much in tune with the surrounding spruce forest. If you end up wanting to build a bigger home in another biome, you can always come back to this one and use it as a hunting hut.
Overhaul Your Outdoor Area
Building the perfect base is a daunting enough task that often takes days and days of work in survival worlds. When you are finally looking at your finished creation, you might start to think the surroundings look a little barren compared to the very detailed build you just completed.
Youtube user Typface shows how you can bring to life your yard, garden, or simply the outside of your house in this video. This guide is long, but it showcases a variety of smaller projects you can tackle individually, at your own pace.
Make Your Sleeping Look Cool
One thing every player undoubtedly needs to craft is a bed. Sure, you could settle with a plain white one and call it a day, but if you are looking to spice up your home décor or your furniture, then check out this video made by Typface.
Did you know you could achieve some incredibly faithful bunk beds using barrels and trapdoors? Typface gets creative with interesting combinations of blocks that are easy to come by in survival mode. Minecraft is literally built on little known facts and mechanics that are incredibly fun to explore, and Typface’s video explores some building possibilities that are unbelievably easy to achieve.
Immersive Horse Stable
The 1.18 overhaul to Minecraft’s overworld will likely leave you wanting to travel for thousands of blocks at a time to see all the new biomes, and there’s no better way to do that than with a horse. You might want to give your trusty steed a proper stable to stay in back home, though, to keep it safe from mobs.
According to this quick video guide by Typface, you only need some hay and wood to get away with a fantastic result. Honestly, if you have about five minutes to spare while you play, and don’t have a stable yet, this is one of the best options in terms of time investment and resource spending.
Add A Fountain To Your Town (Or Garden)
Originally designed by YouTube user Minecraft Sekai, and showcased in this video, this beautiful water fountain fits perfectly within most settlement-oriented builds, especially large-scale towns.
Since build projects of this stylei can prove exhaustingly long, building something completely out of stone and water is a nice change of pace from having to gather many different types of resources.
Secret Storage Basement
One of the best things to build in Minecraft is your own secret hideout to use as storage for your most treasured belongings. This does require some level of skill and particular materials, however. As you progress through survival, you will be able to craft more expensive block types that can supplement your base.
A great way to spend your valuable resources is on this survival basement (with a secret passage) designed by Zaypixel. This project is fairly extensive, though by no means impossible to achieve. You can lay the foundations for it and come up with your own decorations for it.
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