Chibi Builds: Village Home Improvement

If you’re looking to move in with your neighboring villagers but don't want to offset the simple vibe, or you’re starting your own village. This rough guide to a decorative yet simple home might prove helpful. So, buckle up, put on your crafting cap, and let's get building.

Large, improved village

The reference I’m going to be using is based off of a couple villages that I’ve built in a separate world. Just for perspective, I’ve had this world for so long that I got bored and started developing original characters and lore. This build can be broken up into three parts. Those parts are the common area, the bedroom, and whatever needs to happen outside. This can include a garden, chicken coop, those booths that look like lemonade stands, basically whatever you feel like putting out there.

These houses will be bigger than the average villager home. Not to mention about ten times more decorative and colorful on the inside. The example I’ll be showing you is no exception. However, the concept can be fun to build and play with until you make it your own.

Example home with inventory

In this build, you’ll want to gather the inventory shown in the image. This is using materials that you’d see in a plain's village and then some. If you want to do this sort of thing in a different biome, tweak it however you need to match the respective biome and you’re all set. If you need item names, here they are.

Cobblestone, cobblestone stairs, oak wood planks, oak log, oak stairs, oak wood slab, oak door, ladder, oak wood pressure plate, oak fence, oak trap door, grass block, glass pane, lightning rod, tulips, flowers of choice, crafting table, furnace, chest, bookshelf, lantern, bed, item frame, painting, armor stand, jukebox, flowerpot, medium amethyst bud, clock, book and quill.

I know she’s a chonk of a list. So, if you need to take out some items or replace them with something different go for it. This’ll be more of a rough guide rather than a step by step anyways. Make sure you skim over the article at least once before getting started. That way, you’re not going in completely blind.

Step 1: Layout

Get a feel for how you want the house to be set up. Use the Cobblestone to lay out the floors outline with oak wood planks to fill in as your floor. Use oak logs to mark corners and doorways for that signature villager home look. The room on the right side is 7X9 while the room on the left is 6X8. The flower bed is in front of the smaller room to use the excess space. Use oak trap doors as a lining for the flower bed the same way villagers have theirs set up.

The entire build is going to be above ground. Knowing that, you’ll need to place cobblestone steps at the front of the building, leading up to the door. Oak logs, standing from ground level to ceiling, need to be five blocks tall.

Step 2: Hollow build

Hollow build collage

Start the walls off with oak planks on the top of the cobblestone blocks that make up the layout of the home. This excludes doorways both inside and out. While doing the first row, take a minute and fill in the inner walls with oak planks. When you’re done with the first row of planks, take logs and glass panes for the second row on the outer walls. It’ll be easiest to make the entire second row logs placed on its side before taking out the blocks where you’ll be placing the panes.

In this case, the glass is placed in a row of three at the front of the build. The right-side wall has panes placed in rows of two with a log between them. Glass panes at the back of the building are placed one by one. The placement of the glass allows two back windows for the larger room with another two allotted for the smaller room. The panes on the left side of the building are placed next to each other. Forming a window with two logs on either side.

A third row of oak planks makes up the top of our wall. Oak stairs are placed in an upside-down position over both of the doors. Oak doors are placed were the stair lines up with the top of the door. To phrase it differently, the inside of the cobblestone block.

After that, top off the building with cobblestone blocks with the exception of the outer logs and one block on the inside of the larger room. This will give you later access to what will become the attic. Start your roof with oak stairs on the outside of the front and back walls. Continue up and in by one block until you reach a point where there is one block of space on the thinnest point of the roof. Fill in that space with oak planks

The typical villager roof isn’t complete without one extra stair pointing out from each row. Thickening up the area with another oak stair underneath. Place them upside-down under each one that sticks out from the sides. This excludes the very bottom row. Add oak slabs to connect the ends at the top. Top off the roof with your lightning rod to reduce the risks of damage from lightning strikes.

Step 3: Decorate

Interior Collage

For this step, you really can do whatever you want. However, you’ll see that I used the larger room as a common space while the smaller room became a bedroom. The attic is used for storage and can be accessed via ladders. Everything is lit up with lanterns, and the outside flower bed is filled up with a few tulips.

The common room:

I used the windows as a guide for where I would place the crafting tables and the furnaces. The rest of that wall is lined with oak stairs placed upside down. Chests sit above the counters on oak trap doors. You really can't use these, but you can trade them out for barrels if you want to make them functional. Just be ready for a bunch of fishermen visiting throughout the day.

A clock, in an item frame, sits between the two windows while paintings are placed over the dining set up. The jukebox is placed between the counter and another oak stair placed normal. An oak pressure plate on top of a piece of oak fence makes a small table. Another stair on the other side of the table completes the dining area set up. A couple bookshelves and a chest are placed near the front door and a couple flowers are placed in pots around the room.

The Bedroom:

Windows are used as a guide again as the beds are placed underneath the two panes on the far end of the room. A desk is made up of stairs placed upside down from the corner to the second pane in the front window. A book and quill are put into an item frame on the desk. Another stair is placed in front of the item frame to finish the look. Chests are placed one on top of another on the far corners of the bedroom with bookshelves between them and the beds. A flower is placed on one bookshelf and a medium amethyst bud is placed on the other. More bookshelves are put on the corner opposite of the desk and an armor stand is placed between it and the door.

Each room is well lit with lanterns inside. Two more lanterns are placed on either side of the door outside of the building. Chests line the longer walls of the attic and can be used due to the stairs placed above them. Move in with your materials and ta-da! A functioning yet decorative village home for you or your villager friends. I’ve been on a bit of a home improvement kick for villagers, so you may see more variations of these homes in the future. Aside from that, I hope you’ve found this rough guide useful. Thank you for reading.



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