If you ask any other blogger or entrepeneur, they would tell you to hire an illustrator to draw a mascot for you to maximise the effectiveness or the design which sounds completely reasonable. But the problem is with this approach is that I don’t find it an effective way of “self-expression” which is one of the key aspects in my opinion of having a personal blog. Make no mistake, it’s often highly recommended for anyone to hire a professional to design things for you because they have the knowledge and experience necessary to design effectively but where’s the fun in that? Not to mention, the amount of money you’re going to have to pay which is well above the budget for small blogs and paying hundreds of dollars to someone to do something that is better off enjoyed by yourself is not an option I would take. The solution? Learn to draw, illustrate and design your own mascot.
A chunk house is basically a house built inside a Minecraft chunk, and one Minecraft chunk is exactly a 16*16 blocks in area. When building a chunk house, it can be as tall and go into the ground deep as you like however it must not step step outside the chunk you’re building in. With this simple restriction it gives you enough creativity to design and build something inside a chunk. I’ve never built one before, and I also never used modern styling on any of my houses in Minecraft so it was time to change that.
I installed Sonic Ether’s Unbelievable shaders and Dokucraft: The Saga Continues Light resource pack and here’s what I came up with.
The Design of the House
Working with a 16*16 area is easy, there’s literally so much space I could use. I knew I wanted a modern looking house so I had a look at a few photos from google, and I tried different building materials. I was aiming for a house that felt open, close to nature, simplistic, has adequate lighting and easy to build. When I finally started, I laid out the foundations using stone brick with the house 12*12 in size in the center of the chunk.
I didn’t want to use wool for the walls because it would be boring, and so I decided to use nether quartz, however placing it purely vertically horizontal is too generic so I decided to make it a criss-cross pattern. This gave the walls a nice feel to it and the wall textures weren’t too plain at all thanks to the alternating vertical and horizontal lines.
For the edges, I tried using just pure oak wood at first, however it looked a bit strange, so I decided to switch to dyed clay which I ultimately scrapped in favour of oak wood for pillars and oak planks for horizontal edges which looked quite nice so I kept it. The wood and planks gave the house a bit of natural feel and it fit in with the modern styling.
The lower balcony is made of spruce slabs, while the inside flooring used acacia wood to imitate a varnished look, there’s also a a cobble stone path surrounding the rest of the house. The upper balcony uses dark oak wood for flooring. The use of different woods is an easy way to make a house look stunning without having to change to a different type of material.
For the lighting, I had to somehow integrate glowstone and since this was a modern house, I wanted to avoid using torches entirely. I broke holes in the wall, and filled it in with glowstone to light up the outside as well as the interior. I also broke holes in the roof and floor and also filled these with glowstone so I could light up the ceilings, floors and the top of the entire house.
With loads of glass, I used glass panes for small windows on the lower floor and on the second floor I used them for big windows and fences and there’s dyed blue glass for the balcony roof as well. Glass is mostly transparent so it gives an illusion of a wide open space if used correctly. Speaking of wide open spaces, A high ceiling in the in the living/dining room gives the house a nice open feeling to it.
For decorations, I didn’t want to go overboard, I placed a few paintings, used book shelves, a couple of pot plants, sugar cane, and instead of a chandelier, I used leaves since I had no where to put them and I wanted to use leaves somewhere. I added vines to the leaves just to add a bit of extra detail. With all those indoor plants, it gives off a nature vibe without too much clutter, and clutter always ruins the openness. I placed just enough plants to give a good sense of nature without impeding on the openness of the house.
Finally there has to be a water feature somewhere, and so under the glass flooring I placed a pool of water which doubles as lighting. It has mossy cobblestone and it’s like a watery closed terrarium. On top of this is a glass flooring which supports tables made of fences and stone pressure places, and chairs made of birch stairs.
I hope you like my modern style chunk house! Until next time.
Good Luck, Have Fun!