The issue is you all are thinking too small, stop trying to build a base in 1 plot.
what ever number you all have in your head when making a base multiply it by at least 2… like absolute bare minimum… it would be better if you would multiply it by 4 or even 10.
also make sure you build flat like a pizza box, no more of this tower stuff because the game punishes you for building anything complex within the same vertical column…IE dont build up build out… if you need to build up the your plots are too low and need to move up.
Its just smart use of what plots you get versus how much xp its going to take to level… if you all are tired of wasting 1 plot on a 1 block of foliage stop building so low to the ground.
workshops need to have everything on the same level, if you are traversing stairs to go to a 2nd floor above your existing one… you basically wasted complexity and space…
When building in boundless, imagine a garage, then imagine all the dishes and utensils in your kitchen. Now imagine storing all of that stuff in your kitchen in the garage on the floor. Make sure nothing touches anything else and nothing stacks… This is how you should be building in boundless… wide and flat…maybe 2 plots high…
then once you are done putting down all the complex stuff go back and waste plots building up(or down) to make it pretty.