I know, I know… it’s been forever since I’ve updated the blog.
I’ve been playing a lot of survival single player on my legit file, along with a bit of the new Mortal Kombat — which, in its own respect, is a great game. I highly recommend it to anybody who grew up with the originals.
I also took some time to make a trip home to see my mom for Mother’s Day weekend. It was nice to get away from the city for a while and clear my head.
But that’s not why I’m updating today. Since the original tutorial post seemed to get such a positive reception, I figured I’d take some time to give you another one.
If you haven’t already read the tutorial for the cabin, I suggest you go back and do so now because this tutorial builds on top of what I’ve established already with the first one.
A Minecraft treehouse — to me, at least — it basically your average house you would build, but utilizing trees as stilts to provide some elevation to your base.
The treehouse should be as organic as possible. And by that, I mean, you should shape the leaves as much as possible to create your structure. The finished product should not simply be a house built on top of a tree. But rather, to combine the two elements harmoniously. You’ll see.
- Lots of wood blocks
- Wooden planks
- Saplings, at least 5 (and preferably the default saplings)
- Sugar canes
- Lots of bone meal
Firstly, you’ll want to find the ideal spot for this project, which is an area of grass on the water.
Something like that. Don’t use sand — search around for an area like this. It’s perfect for what you need to do later on.
Clear any trees, and flatten any land that you need to.
After you finish that, you’ll want to extend the land a bit into the water, so that you have some dirt surrounded by water. Again, this is important for later.
In this case, the lot we’re going to be working with is 11x11. Remember what I said in the previous tutorial — it’s important for projects like this to be working with odd numbers!
The dirt/grass blocks that are raised +1 relative to the rest of the area there are markers I’m using to show where the corners of my treehouse will be. I will remove them once I’m ready to plant my saplings.
For this project, you’ll ideally want these trees to grow into the big, monstrous ones that sometimes spawn naturally. By applying bone meal to these saplings, you’ll run the chance of spawning some of the puny, pathetic trees that I absolutely hate. They are useless.
So to combat this, you’ll need to force them to grow into the biggest possible tree they can. To do this, we’ll build a guide. Rather than trying to explain this first, I’ll show you a screencap.
That contraption there is three blocks above the saplings. The empty row in the middle is directly above the sapling — this is crucial. Having this opening allows the sapling to grow, but forces it to grow into the massive trees. There are a few variations on how to build this, but I go with standard dirt blocks and this pattern.
Now, you’ll want to apply your bone meal to the saplings. Unforunately, you may have to spam the bonemeal on the sapling until it grows. Sometimes it takes a few, sometimes it takes a stack. Hopefully you’ll get lucky.
Once you’ve finished, it should hopefully look something like that.
Go ahead and remove the dirt from around the trees.
Next, you’ll want to begin placing some wooden blocks — not planks — along the inside of the tree trunks. Place them about four blocks above the ground.
The reason we’re using wooden blocks is to break up the monotony of using wooden planks for the floor. It will also serve as a marker soon.
Next, begin placing wooden planks inside the wooden blocks you just placed. This will be your floor.
Once you’ve finished that, find the very center of the grass and place a torch to mark its place.
Then, remove a 3x3 area of wooden planks from directly above the torch, making sure that the middle of the 3x3 area is directly above the torch.
Once you done that, replace the torch with another sapling. Repeat the steps you did before with the original saplings — spam bone meal until it grows. The trunk of this tree will provide you with a place to put your ladders to get into the treehouse.
I should also take this time to say that your trees will, in all likelihood, be completely different shapes to mine shown here. The trees spawn randomly, and as such, you’ll have to improvise a bit in terms of how you apply these techniques. So be aware of that as you’re building.
You will need to remove some leaves around the top to get into the house.
Also, removing leaves will cause other leaves to despawn. Be cautious of how much you’re removing, but also don’t let it discourage you if you see a lot despawning. This is going to happen regardless of what you do at this point, so just roll with it.
Also, very important, try to refrain from removing too much wooden blocks that naturally spawn within the tree. Removing these causes a lot of leaves to die off and despawn, and if you remove the wrong one or too many, the entire tree will die off. I’m not sure exactly how the algorithm works for this, but I’m pretty sure if you remove the very top wooden block from a tree, most of the leaves die off. Don’t quote me on that though.
You may want to take this opportunity to place some fencing within the perimeter of the trees. This may make the area a little bit safer if you’re playing with hostile mobs on.
Ascend your ladder and try to get into your treehouse. There should be a lot of leaf blocks inside here preventing you from moving about too much. Don’t be afraid to clear some of them out to make room.
Now, remember when I said you’ll be using the wooden blocks as a marker? Well, here’s where that comes in handy. Begin removing the leaf blocks within that area of the wooden blocks. Try not to remove any from outside that area. Remove some from about three blocks high.
Now, start clearing out any of the wooden blocks within the wooden blocks you placed earlier. Kinda confusing, but use the screenshots to your advantage.
You’ll see what I meant when I said removing the wooden blocks and leaves will despawn more of the leaves in the area. This is okay. Don’t obsess over it. That’s pretty much what I tell myself when I build these.
Next, begin putting up a wall around the wooden block perimeter. Don’t remove the wooden blocks in the corners that are coming up through the floor. You want these.
Now, leave one layer above that wall empty, and place some more wooden blocks directly above the wooden planks.
Here’s something like what you should have, at this point.
Here’s where reading the previous tutorial comes in handy — you’ll begin doing the roof the same way as you would with a cabin. The only exception is that you won’t have an extra row of wooden blocks hanging down the side of the building, as it will end up covering the opening you have where your windows will be going.
Repeat this step on the opposite side of the house. Continue constructing the roof the way I illustrated in the previous tutorial.
Also worth mentioning — do not remove any leaves that prevent you from placing a wooden block for the roof. You want this. It gives the house a more organic look, and it obscures the roof a bit. Trust me.
It’s also okay if you have some leaves inside your house. I think it suits the overall feel of the project.
Next you’ll want to add some wooden stairs outside the house, above the windows. Like so.
Adding some windows above the stairs also looks pretty nice, and it provides a bit of natural light inside your house.
At this point, anything you do is really up to you now. The essence of the project has been completed. I’m just going to show what I usually do when I build these types of bases now, but feel free to go at it your own way. Experiment and have fun with the concept.
In my mind, the purpose of this kind of project is to create a house that looks very Earthy, so I like to use a lot of natural materials. Another thing I do, is I like to add a sugar cane/bamboo privacy fence around the real fence on the ground. It adds a nice touch.
Catch ya next time!
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