Minecraft Building Mistakes to Avoid as a Beginner

A lot of new players install Minecraft thinking about all the cool things they’ll build. Then once they actually start, they realize that creating something awesome is not that easy, not even in Creative.

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Let’s tackle the most common beginner Minecraft building mistakes. The goal of this article is to help you become better at building. We’ll think about functionality as well as beauty.

Starting Too Small

Whenever you start building, especially in Creative, lay a large foundation first. You’ll come up with loads of cool home improvements while building.

If you start with a tiny cottage, you’ll soon realize there’s no space for the dining hall or trophy room. Then, you’ll have to delete large chunks of the house to make it bigger.

After this happens a few times, the house will end up looking like a hodgepodge with no clear style. Frankly, it will look ugly.

Out of all the Minecraft building mistakes, this one eats the most time. Save yourself some trouble and start big.

Forgetting about Fire

Wool is a favorite among builders because of the wide color palette. I like to use wool myself, but there’s one thing you need to remember: It’s highly flammable.

Wood burns slower, but it still burns. If you’re on a server, a big flammable house is a perfect target for griefers. Common Minecraft Griefing Tactics and How to Prevent Them. If you’re dead-set on making it out of wool or wood, make sure it’s protected.

Even singleplayer survival can be dangerous. A lightning bolt, explosion or poorly placed lava pool can set your house ablaze. You could even accidentally set your house on fire with flint and steel.

Don’t make these Minecraft building mistakes. If you’re gonna play with fire, do it in a non-flammable building.

Staying in the Dark

This mistake affects both functionality and beauty. New players tend to underestimate the value of light. There are three main ways this affects your game:

  • A dark house is not a pretty house. You invested time and effort into your creation so let it shine. If you find torches ugly, use glowstone or redstone lamps.
  • The night is dark and full of terrors. You know that mobs spawn in darkness, right? If you have dark rooms in the house, they may spawn inside. Stay safe by using light. Minecraft building mistakes are not always about your house burning down. Sometimes it’s a creeper spawning inside and blowing it up.
  • Light helps you find stuff. If you don’t have a map, your best bet of finding your house while exploring is to place light sources. No light means that the house is extremely hard to find in the night.

Staying Vanilla

Unmodded Minecraft has its charm, but mods can make it stand out. If you’re unhappy with how your buildings look, there are ways to change it.

Some mods can make the game look absolutely stunning.


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While the other Minecraft building mistakes can lead to frustration, staying vanilla leads to boredom.

Just take a look at a mod hub and search for things you’d like to have. Just don’t go overboard since too many mods can really lag the game down.

How to Avoid Minecraft Building Mistakes

As you become a seasoned player, you’ll become a better builder. There is no workaround. Watch out for these early blunders and you’ll be set.

If you’re looking for inspiration, look at other players building, and you may get some awesome ideas from them.

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