Late to the party, but I just found these two older pictures and thought I’d share:
I’m really fond of medieval houses built right next to each other. As you can see building with the old builder didn’t always go smoothly. But it’s getting better with the recent changes it seems. The fortress is as old but motivation left me. Plan was to fill the space with lots of little houses like in the first picture. Well, one day, hopefully.
As for how am I deciding on the village, depends. Most of the time I’ve got kind of the perfect idea in my mind which would be sort of like the description above but with more verticality and more water. If I start a new game, though, gaming reality gets me and I’m building what seems cool, trying things out, doing this and that. Sometimes I consider it training for the “perfect” city. Well, let’s see what the future brings.
As others have mentioned already, what’s really holding me back as well is the inability to change existing builds. Where in Minecraft I would add some details and remove others over time, Stonehearth kinda stresses me out a bit because I have to plan ahead painstakingly if I want to create more elaborate village designs.