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Houses are a vital aspect in the success of a player in Minecraft. They offer not only protection from hostile mobs, but a place in which to conduct most (or even all) of any necessary operations, such as Crafting, Smelting, and Enchanting.
Houses can be built into cliffs, underground, in the sky, or even underwater. However, due to long building time, complexity, and the risk of Drowning, building underwater is not recommended for beginners.
The material from which a house is built is largely up to a player, although a tough, incombustible substance is strongly recommended to avoid the risk of Lightning, Fire or Explosions. Stone, Cobblestone, Diorite, Andesite and Granite are plentiful materials and ideally suited for house construction. Wood, while aesthetically pleasing, is flammable.
- A house should have no holes in it, and should be well-lit to prevent Mobs from Spawning inside. It is recommended (but in not essential) to make the ceiling no more than 2 blocks high, so Endermen cannot teleport inside.
- A Bed is a necessity, because it not only resets the spawn point after use, but also speeds the passage of Night.
- A house should always have Trapdoors or ordinary Doors (which should always be kept shut) to prevent monsters from entering the house. On Hard difficulty, it is recommended to have more than one exit, in case one door is broken down by a Zombie.