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Houses give your Refugees a place to rest, be safe, and take care of their families. As your Village progresses to higher Technology Levels, it is possible that your Villager will slowly grow accustomed to a higher standard of living. Better houses, better beds, and better Community Buildings are a recipe for success.

Pro tip: 3D Printers can be used to easily construct buildings as your village expands, and Power Tools can quickly tear down buildings to replace them with more advanced structures.


Houses need a few basic things to be livable: 1) They shouldn't be open to the outside world. That's just not safe. 2) They need a Door to enter. 3) They need a Bed of the matching Technology Level. 4) They need to be structurally sound.

Once your house meets the basic requirements above, the Technology Level of your house will be determined by if it is constructed with the correct materials and if it has the right type of Bed. As you advance through the ages, the construction materials become stronger and able to support larger structures, which in turn allows you to place more beds and increase the density of your population. Another benefit of advanced materials is that stronger materials need to make up less and less of a structure's walls, allowing you to be more creative with adding windows and using other aesthetically pleasing materials in your buildings to increase Villager Happiness. There is also no minimum size required for a valid structure, aside from an open space behind the door. This means your Community Buildings may be very small if you wish, but your Houses must be large enough to fit Villagers.

In order to fit more beds in a single building, you need to make sure they have enough space. That means having at least 9 floor tiles inside your house per resident. For example, if you are building a wooden house, a 6x6 house (4x4 interior = 16 tiles) can fit one person, but a 5x8 house (3x6 interior = 18 tiles) can fit two people! Keep this in mind as you design your houses in order to create the most efficient village plot. Note that the room configurations in the table do not include every possible configuration.

For the exact requirements needed for a house to qualify for a given Technology Level, see the table below:

Tech Level Required Construction Material Required Bed Type Maximum Structure Footprint (including walls) Possible Room Configurations Allowable Height of Doors (# of blocks above the Village Plot Blocks) % of Walls that Must be Construction Material (not including corners/floor/ceiling) Max Population Capacity per Floor
1 Dirt Hay Bale Bed 25 sq. meters 5x5 blocks (3x3 interior) 4 blocks (~ 1 story) >= 85% 1
2 Wood Acrylic Wool Bed 40 sq. meters 5x8 blocks (3x6 interior) or 6x6 blocks with overhang (4x4 interior with 2 block overhang) 4 blocks (~ 1 story) >= 75% 2
3 Stone(not cobblestone) Olefin Wool Bed 55 sq. meters 5x11 blocks (3x9 interior) or 7x7 blocks with overhang (5x5 interior with 2-6 block overhang) 8 blocks (~ 2 stories) >= 65% 3
4 Polexiglas Polyester Wool Bed (Beginner) 70 sq. meters 5x14 blocks (3x12 interior) or 8x8 blocks (6x6 interior) with overhang 8 blocks (~ 2 stories) >= 55% 4
5 ABS Bricks Polyester Wool Bed (Intermediate) 85 sq. meters 5x17 blocks (3x15 interior) or 9x9 blocks (7x7 interior) 12 blocks (~ 3 stories) >= 50% 5
6 Bronze Nylon Wool Bed (Beginner) 100 sq. meters 5x20 blocks (3x18 interior) or 10x10 blocks (8x8 interior) 16 blocks (~ 4 stories) >= 45% 7
7 Stainless Steel Nylon Wool Bed (Intermediate) 115 sq. meters 5x23 blocks (3x21 interior) or 10x11 blocks (8x9 interior) 20 blocks (~ 5 stories) >= 40% 8
8 Carbon Fiber Resin Nylon Silk Bed (Advanced) 130 sq. meters 5x26 blocks (3x24 interior) or 11x11 blocks (9x9 interior) 24 blocks (~ 6 stories) >= 35% 9

Pro tip: Second floor housing not working? Try moving the entrance to a different side of the building


Every Bed in a House counts as 1 Population Capacity for your village. Similar to the construction material upgrades, every Technology Level upgrades the quality of the Beds your Villagers will sleep in. To count towards your Challenge Score, any Bed must match the Technology Level of the House it is in.

Multistory Houses

As your construction material advances (starting at Technology Level 3), you can start to 3D Print multi-story structures and build your Village vertically! While this gives you increased opportunities to skyrocket your Population, the Refugees must still be able to safely enter each home. For any Door to valid that is more than 2 blocks above the Village Blocks, it must have a ladder nearby that extends safely to the ground.

Useful Internal Links

Polycraft World Main Page | Refugee Crisis Challenge | Polycraft Island | Polycraft Village | Village Plot | Villagers | Housing | Community Buildings | Happiness | Population Capacity | 3D Printer | 3D Scanner | Challenge Score | Beds | Technology Level | Scavenger Hunt | 2023 Challenge cheat-sheet