This page is for Tim...Who can't stand MineCraft :)
If you don't know what minecraft is, google it. There are millions of people writing, youtubing, etc on it. So since I feel left out, here is my 2 cents worth.
First of all, I seem to like my torches/lights every 3 blocks. So I try to make all my room dimensions multiples of 3. Dunno why, just do.
Secondly, I have decided that making a room 5 blocks high is the most useful, 1 for the floor (usually slabs), 3 high room, and 1 for the ceiling.
Third, I find for decorative purposes 2 thick walls are the best. Then my decor in each room can be unique.
Now then, here are the guidelines I build by:
Make it big, 8 high, 12 wide, and 18 long. Or bigger, I mean it's supposed to be impressive right. Balconies along both sides, bay windows, massive fireplace, grand staircase, etc.
Put your table at the center, put as many chests as you can around the outer edge of the room (3 away from your table. Oh yeah, and 6 furnaces.
To brew potions. A couple brew stands and everything I need for brewing right at hand. I also usually stick my water and lava sources in here.
It used to be big...Now it's efficient. etails on the system are here: Minecraft Storage Room.
With a mossy stone/obsidian floor.
Lots and lots of bookshelves. It doesn't serve any purpose other than displaying your wealth. On the other hand, it makes a good place for secret rooms.
Somewhere you can toss in a couple flowers and maybe a water feature.
Water and Lava Sources
I try to fit one on every level.
A chest for food, tables, furnace, fridge, mini bar, etc.
With a double bed, paintings, bookcases, wood panelling, closet...Emergency exit route.
With netherrack as fuel, it looks classy. Make a Zorro style secret entrance.
Who wants to walk anywhere anyways?
It's easier than hunting through caves. I'd draw it out for you, but there are many good youtube tutorials.
Really huge open room to test redstone circuits and minecart tracks. My best ever room was 48x32x12!!!
Add some class.
Escape Routes/Secret Rooms
Because it's fun to have secrets.
So you can actually know what 50m is.
Underground Tree Farm
A row for each tree type.
Underground Wheat Farm
Underground Melon/Pumpkin/Sugar Cane/Cactus Farm
Why should you ever have to see the light of day? Or go exploring for resources??
Indoor Fishing Pond
Why not? It occasional also spawns squid :)
Why should you have to swim with the fish?
Or at least nearby if your base isn't next to a body of water.
Indoor Mine Entrance
Why risk death after gathering all those pretties??
And/or a vault.