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No Wood Boxes: A Building Guide

Lycos Hayes

Plantera
I like the use of varied materials both in and out of the house, but my one critique I will give is the spike ball on the right of the house can be raised 1 higher so it doesn't interfere with the roof's shape adjacent to it.
 
I'm looking to make my crafting station + storage underground. How is it going in your opinion?

PS: My style is medieval on a(n) snowy ground, ill break the dirts and put snow blocks there.

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00lewnor

Terrarian
Oh, I like this thread. Well here, have a look at my latest attempt


Firstly the igloo that I built as I wanted to try to build an igloo:
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Not sure about the sloping on the sides, if I could make half blocks like on top but cut vertically not horizontally then I would use that but I can’t so I haven't. The platforms are marble painted (I’m fairly sure) sky blue due to ice platforms not existing; windows are stained glass (any) painted white.




The main building at day and night:
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The igloo is just out of sight to the left.

My biggest problem with this is the roof; I started with just the lower section then decided I wanted more space so dug out the two uppermost floors. I started with all blue shale except the walls of the rooms but didn't like that so turned it into this which I still don't particularly like; I may try all boreal wood except the surface layer next.

The dresser and mirror (just below, right of the bedroom) I believe I stole from somewhere in this thread; In the dining room (far left) I started with a bigger window but shrunk it so I could fit the paintings as the room looked to empty; The bookcase in the living room could do with being moved one or two over; for the far right of the upstairs balcony I kind of want a boreal bench as I don't like a boreal sofa or default wood bench there; The column for the spiral staircase is shadowed wall painted brown and the switch in the bedroom toggles all of the lights and shuts the door (the wire triggers a tile to the right of the doorframe that the door only occupies when open).



Finally the underground segment:
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Starting top left is my storage room, nothing of note. Right and above is the tavernkeeper wondering what's wrong with his wood box? Just below that is emergency NPC housing as I was bored of running to my housing tower and back (5% humane or your money back). Bottom left is the sauna and attached hot tub built off of a single reference image from google, I'm not to impressed by them. Next to that 100% humane* NPC housing. Far right my herb farm; white painted stained glass and ultrabright torches, after building that I want a transparent ice block that I can use for windows in builds like this instead of glass.


* Scientifically proven to be 100% humane **

** Research financed by alternate housing methods LTD
 
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2403Titan

Terrarian
I am very bad at building, but I think this helped, xD (my profile pic was along time ago, so don't look at my items xD)
 

Ryan "Sway"

Terrarian
Hi, I am newish to Terraria and am not good and designing much of anything. In minecraft I was ok at designing stuff. Well I'm not sure what kind of house I want to build. I was thinking a modern house or maybe a medieval one. My favorite colors are Blue, White, Green and Yellow in that order. Any ideas would be appreciated. Also love the guide.

P.S. Maybe this is just me but, when working on a sky build in minecraft. I got this idea. I think it would be cool to have a like Great Wall of China that reaches to the sky.
 
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Wurm

Terrarian
A wild necromancer appears! And they bring offerings of a HAUS.

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Trying to go for a sort of modernist/ancient rome hybrid on this one but I ran into a creative slump when it came to what kind of material to use for interior trim, I'm thinking gold brick since gold tends to work pretty well with a blue/white color scheme but this is an earlygame build so gold hasn't exactly been available.

Anyone mind telling me how to make it better?
 

Alex_Games

Terrarian
This is a pretty cool thread. Just spent like half an hour looking at all the cool houses. Maybe once I finish my World Terraforming (just check my profile if you wanna see), I'll post some stuff here. Planning on doing some artistic stuff, if I can, so It'd be cool to check out the kind of stuff likeminded people have to share.
 

Iamdarkbowser

Terrarian
A wild necromancer appears! And they bring offerings of a HAUS.

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Trying to go for a sort of modernist/ancient rome hybrid on this one but I ran into a creative slump when it came to what kind of material to use for interior trim, I'm thinking gold brick since gold tends to work pretty well with a blue/white color scheme but this is an earlygame build so gold hasn't exactly been available.

Anyone mind telling me how to make it better?
I'd be very proud if I built something as good as that.
 

Alex_Games

Terrarian
A wild necromancer appears! And they bring offerings of a HAUS.

c9OOu5V.png
Trying to go for a sort of modernist/ancient rome hybrid on this one but I ran into a creative slump when it came to what kind of material to use for interior trim, I'm thinking gold brick since gold tends to work pretty well with a blue/white color scheme but this is an earlygame build so gold hasn't exactly been available.

Anyone mind telling me how to make it better?


Well, I'm certainly not an expert on this stuff, but I'm a paid artist, so I guess that gives me a tiny bit of credit on design stuff. (apologies if I critique too heavily. I'm used to rather critical ones from peers, so my standards may be unnecessary)
Anyway, my only suggestion would be to add a little bit of depth to the foreground blocks. like, I think that the dark blue you used for a foundation would look really cool as a floor on the other levels. Of course, that could also change the theme rather drastically, adding that much dark into the mix, but you could certainly benefit from a darker spot connecting the roof to the foundation. Having it only on the outside kinda makes the white pop out as something separate, if that makes sense. I can understand if it clashes with your theme, but darkening the pillars under the overhang would pull it together as well.

well, that's my two cents. But it's your thing, so make how you like it. looks pretty good if you ask me (I just make hotels and boxes, cuz I'm more focused on completing playthrough's currently.. but I'll be going artsy in a couple weeks lol)
 

Wurm

Terrarian
Well, I'm certainly not an expert on this stuff, but I'm a paid artist, so I guess that gives me a tiny bit of credit on design stuff. (apologies if I critique too heavily. I'm used to rather critical ones from peers, so my standards may be unnecessary)
Anyway, my only suggestion would be to add a little bit of depth to the foreground blocks. like, I think that the dark blue you used for a foundation would look really cool as a floor on the other levels. Of course, that could also change the theme rather drastically, adding that much dark into the mix, but you could certainly benefit from a darker spot connecting the roof to the foundation. Having it only on the outside kinda makes the white pop out as something separate, if that makes sense. I can understand if it clashes with your theme, but darkening the pillars under the overhang would pull it together as well.

well, that's my two cents. But it's your thing, so make how you like it. looks pretty good if you ask me (I just make hotels and boxes, cuz I'm more focused on completing playthrough's currently.. but I'll be going artsy in a couple weeks lol)
I was about to write a nice thought out reply but windows crashed so :red:IT. Basically the idea of granite flooring occured to me as an afterthought but by then the only way to facilitate that in a way that would still satisfy the a e s t h e t i c I wanted would've required me to :red: with the internal dimensions of the house, Which I didn't really wanna do. I like that you thought about that tho, Shows that people notice when I cut corners >o>
 

Alex_Games

Terrarian
I was about to write a nice thought out reply but windows crashed so :red:IT. Basically the idea of granite flooring occured to me as an afterthought but by then the only way to facilitate that in a way that would still satisfy the a e s t h e t i c I wanted would've required me to :red: with the internal dimensions of the house, Which I didn't really wanna do. I like that you thought about that tho, Shows that people notice when I cut corners >o>

Haha, I like the attitude. As I said before, I'm a paid artist and I've taken numerous art classes over the years, so stuff like visual composition and aesthetics are engrained into every last brain cell that hasn't rotted away from too much terraria.

I took a class about design a couple years ago that said to "look at it, not as a 3 dimensional object that has a purpose, but a 2D pencil drawing. it has a specific view point, an intended feeling, and the entire image must be balanced and tied together." which pretty much means "use the rule of thirds for architecture too."



er.. if you don't know what the rule of thirds is, imagine the cropping thing where the image is cut into 9 equal squares. the focal point goes on a corner of the inner square and something exactly opposite of it must balance it out.



As much as I'd like to ramble about art stuff, my point is I look at it and judge it the same way I would a painting or drawing.. art is art.
 

Wurm

Terrarian
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DAMMIT CLETUS AH TOLDJA NOT TO PARK HERE.
Went for a cheap old trailer on this one, With furniture made out of 100% real particle board! (except the tub, Gotta love faux marble fiberglass)
Sometimes a wood (read: Metal) box is alright as long as you can spice it up with a fun theme, In this case the theme is wood veneer wall paneling that smells like mold. Perfect place to cook up your cousin-daddy's recipe for gofast.
 

Alex_Games

Terrarian
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DAMMIT CLETUS AH TOLDJA NOT TO PARK HERE.
Went for a cheap old trailer on this one, With furniture made out of 100% real particle board! (except the tub, Gotta love faux marble fiberglass)
Sometimes a wood (read: Metal) box is alright as long as you can spice it up with a fun theme, In this case the theme is wood veneer wall paneling that smells like mold. Perfect place to cook up your cousin-daddy's recipe for gofast.


That's a lotta slime.
like the carpet lol (copper?)
 

Wurm

Terrarian
Y'know, when you stumble upon some ancient temple the word "why" usually comes to mind first, Like "why" is this temple flying around in the air. And "why" is it upside down, Or maybe "why" did a deep one and some little kid refurbish the inside and make it the base of their illegal bait selling operations?
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This is what happens when you take a relatively generic building design, The mayan pyramid, And make it into something infinitely more interesting. I made this one by just making a generic step pyramid upside down then carved out the rooms with no real plan, Throw in some gold, Smash away some of the exterior to make it look old and beat up and ya got an upside down pyramid where who knows how many precious memes were sacrificed on the alter of crimson, Which in the pyramid's inverted form makes a perfect mood light for the bar.

Moral of the story: Standard design+gimmick(upside down+sky island)=fun, ridiculously expensive for pre hardmode, and almost invasion proof
 

PurpleDjango

Skeletron Prime
Looks wonderful, also don't forget color schemes if you're new to building. Making a block lighter when it's supposed to appear closer to the screen adds 3d effects.
 
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