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A simple, cheap, aesthetically pleasing and thematically fitting first home for the starting Terafirmacrafter.

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Thought Id share this simple, cheap and decent looking first home design I developed loosely based on the long barrows and roundhouses of stone age Europe.

It can be built quite quickly with readily available materials and holds everything you need for the early game. (havnt reached late game yet myself so not sure on whats needed there :P)

Start off by clearing a reasonable sized flat area, 20x20 is more then enough.

Lay down logs as shown, I find 13 long to be a good number for interior space without being overly large.

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For the next section I find using fence posts as scaffolding quite handy, they are easy to make, dont react to gravity and break easily with an axe unlike logs.

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Add on the roof like so.

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With sidewalls and roof done all there is left to keep the nasties out is a front and back.

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Now you have a safe place to call home its time to get onto the aesthetics, a log box is safe- but its not very pretty,

Dig out the floor except for a 2 wide section at the end for your bed. Use some planks to build some steps and a railing.

Add in some chests, tool racks, cooking bench and cut out a litte alcove for a fireplace (you can use fence posts for the fireplace framing until you get a saw to make support beams,) This place is starting to look like a home.

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Cover the outside of the building in the dirt you picked up clearing the land, in time grass will spread over the builing and it will begin to blend into the environment.

Now we have the basics down, time to move on to the next level. A simple extension off the side using the same building methods.

Add in a chimney set back into the wall for the forge, setting it back allows for the forge to see the sky while not being directly exposed to rain.

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You can use planks as braces to stop dirt falling down where you dont want it- in this case the chimney- but also on the building ends to hold the dirt up. The forge doesnt count the planks as a solid block so they dont block the chimney.

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Inside set up your forge, some storage and tool racks, to save space you can use your stone anvil as a part of the Forge construction. Note the postioning, the chimney is not directly above the forge, but above the middle back block.

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Adding on a small scale bloomery is simply a matter of cutting away some dirt cover near the chimney and putting it in the gap. Add in some supports to pretty up the entrance and there you have a smithy with everything you need.

Over time grass will grow over the entire building, leaving only the wood ends exposed, blending into the landscape organically leaving you with a fully functional cosy home to wait out the coming winter, or at least until you build something better :)

Here's one I prepared earlier.

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Hmmmm i bet i could do better .....

Thought nice build , i thank you on the behalf of the terrafirmacrafters xD

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Im sure you can do fancier, but stone age isnt fancy :P Trying to stick to the theme of stone age/early bronze that can be done with the only resources you have in those 1st few days, logs and dirt.

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Much better than my usual slope-roofed plank boxes, I'll have to try this on my next world. Thanks!

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Another thing I could see, just as a cheap and easy idea is either tepees or wigwams as a collapsible form of shelter for short term use.

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Hey :) thanks for this guide i like this house pretty much and already built one ;) but what is this "cooking bench" mentioned there? i cant find anything about it :( would be nice if someone could inform me about

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Click on any non dirt block with a knife, it will turn it into a food prep bench where you can combine 4 different ingredients in a wooden bowl to make a meal you can heat up for extra hunger/duration/effect

http://terrafirmacra...wiki/Food#Meals

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Just a little update with a house Ive been in for a few days showing how you can customise the interior to make it more a Home then a Hovel.

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I really like this house, so I just made one much like it. I added some cross-beams in the roof and made the front wall out of clay (dissappointed I couldn't bake it). I love your alternating wood flooring, I'll have to do something like that too.

One of the challenges I really like about TFC is that building underground is sooo much more difficult. But starting from a bare ground and building a log house, only to cover it with dirt, is a great way to "be underground" without starting subterranean. Besides, it's a big hobbit home, isn't it? Working on round wooden halls next.

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i made my first house out of nothin but logs, its a really basic and quite crappy looking shack compared to what ive been working on about 100 meters away from it xD

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Thank you for this guide. I love it! I just re-downloaded the mod to give it another go and will follow this guide for my first home :)

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very nice, i will make my next home like this

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My first house ends up being a weakly fortified dirt hole, this grand hobbit house makes most of my stuff look nooby XD

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That looks cool!   Very comfortable looking.  How is it against mobs?

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It looks nice, I've made cheaper, and smaller. I usually build a house on the first day... well a shack.

 

 

As long as it has wall on all sides and he adds a perimeter fence it should very, very safe. With the closest threat a spider

 

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The only problem I can see is wood. If you don't find tall trees like kapok, sequoia, or something, getting wood can take a bit of a long time(took like 2~3 giant kapok to build). But a good size and not too resource consuming. and looks really nice. The fact that you can expand it as much as you like without making it look too weird is also a plus

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Not sure if you still check this, but could you tell me how you made that chair by the fire? i cant seem to replicate it :/

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Not sure if you still check this, but could you tell me how you made that chair by the fire? i cant seem to replicate it :/

 

It appears to be created using the detail mode of a chisel on a solid wood plank block, not with individual plank items.

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Amazing, inspired to get back on the TFC horse and start playing again. I'm the worst builder without doubt.

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