Build Your Dream Home and We'll Guess What Your Job Is

By: Jennifer Post

Build Your Dream Home and We'll Guess What Your Job Is
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About This Quiz

Even if you're not actually in the market to buy a home, how fun is it to pretend to build your dream home with every fixture you've always wanted and all the space you could ever need in life? There are practical things you need to consider, sure, but it really should be all about the fun. Once you get your budget figured out, time to go shopping! Imagine being able to go into all of the home design and decor stores that you only window shop in and now being able to pick things up and put them in your cart or special order them? Sounds like you're doing something right in life.

Have you thought about what kind of vibe you want your dream home to have? Will it be light and airy? Rustic industrial with raw wood and dark stones? The possibilities and combinations are endless, and this is your opportunity to completely customize your home to who you are. And since your job is a big part of who you are, the way you design your dream home might just be able to help us guess what job you have! Want us to do it? Build your dream home and we will!

Starting with the not-so-glamorous stuff, are you hiring an architect?
I can't afford that.
Maybe!
I'll have the builders design the home.
That would be ideal.

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How do you want the floor plan set up?
All the bedrooms on the second floor
Large, open space
Every bedroom on a different floor
I haven't narrowed that down yet.

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When do you want to be able to move into your new home?
Before summer
Doesn't matter
In less than a year
As soon as possible

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Did you buy an empty lot or knock down a home to build it back up?
Empty lot was cheaper.
I found a home with a solid foundation already.
Knock down so I could avoid the "new build" tax
Totally empty lot with lots of trees

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How many bedrooms are you planning for?
Two
Three
Four
I only need one, but I'll put in three.

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What material will the outside of your home be?
I love brick.
Cedar shake siding
Classic vinyl siding
I want all stone like an old farmhouse.

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Do you have an overall style for the look of the home?
Colonial, I think.
I want it to look like a beach shack.
Lots of angles and windows
I want just a classic suburban look.

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When it comes to curb appeal, what are you putting for a wow factor?
Sod
A big apple tree
Japanese Maple
Lots of colorful flowers

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How do you feel about bay windows?
I need one!
They're a little outdated.
I'd love one in the master bedroom.
I don't need it.

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Are you having decorative molding put in to jazz the walls up?
I love that classic look.
I might put it in later.
Not my style
I could see that looking really nice!

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What overall color scheme are you going for in the main living area?
I want it to feel light and airy.
Shades of gray
I want lots of color.
Mostly chic black and white

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Thinking of your kitchen, have you always dreamed of having an island people can sit at while you're preparing food?
Yes!
I want an island, but I don't care if people can sit at it.
I prefer a galley style kitchen.
I don't cook that often, so I don't think an island is necessary.

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Will you put a separate pantry in the kitchen for all your food storage?
Yes, and a big one
Maybe just some shelves
All I need are cabinets.
It'll just be all around kitchen storage.

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Some people put the washer and dryer in the kitchen. Will you?
If that's the only space for it
I want a laundry room.
No way!
It needs to be upstairs.

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For those chilly winter nights, what kind of fireplace do you picture yourself cozying up with?
A big wood-burning one
Gas is fine.
I have no preference.
One of those cute chiminea ones

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Is having a spacious backyard on your must-have list?
Enough space for cookouts
I basically want a backyard oasis.
As long as I can put in a pool, I'm good.
My pups need to run around.

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What kind of access to the backyard do you want?
A sliding glass door
French doors off the kitchen
A sliding barn-like door
One of those half doors where the top opens separately from the bottom

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Natural light can make or break the vibe of a home. How many windows, at minimum, do you want in each room?
No less than two
Depends on the size of the room
I want one side of the house to be all windows.
I'll take as many windows as I can get.

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Which flooring do you want under your toes in your dream home?
Carpet everywhere
You can't go wrong with hardwood.
I like carpet in the bedrooms.
Hardwood, but with plush rugs

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How fancy are you getting with your appliances?
Midrange, I'd say.
I want the best stove money can buy.
As fancy as I can afford
All I know is I want stainless steel.

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In your master bathroom, have you always dreamed of having a big soaking tub?
I actually want an old-school clawfoot tub.
That's the dream.
Yes, along with a huge shower
There's nothing wrong with a classic tub/shower combo.

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Let's talk landscaping. Are you hiring a professional?
For the garden design
I like doing it all myself.
They're expensive, but I'm considering it.
I want to keep it simple so probably not.

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If a pool is on your list, how elaborate are you going with it?
Attached hot tub and waterfall
Not crazy, just a normal built-in pool
I want it surrounded by a patio with luxurious lounge chairs.
I want a long, skinny lap pool.

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Have you built this home as a space you can entertain in?
Not necessarily
That was definitely on my mind.
It has to be welcoming and big enough for parties.
Maybe the outdoor space

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This seems like a no-brainer, but how crucial is central air to you?
It's the most important.
I like to have the option.
I could probably live without it, but why have to?
In my dream home, there's nothing more important.

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To finish off your living room decor, what piece are you adding to the space?
A sectional couch
A huge mirror
Built-in bookshelves
A stylish coffee table with storage

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Where are you sourcing most of your furniture from?
Ikea
A regular furniture store
All different places
Online marketplaces

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When you imagine your dream home, is there a basement for games, sleepovers or storage?
Definitely a basement, but it will be all storage.
I'd love a finished basement.
It'll be a great place for kids eventually.
Sounds like more space to keep clean

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How will you christen your brand-new dream home?
A housewarming party
Spending a quiet night there alone
Spill something on the carpet
Spend my first morning there with great coffee and a delicious breakfast

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Is your new home everything you wanted it to be?
And so much more
It is!
I finally feel like I've made it.
I couldn't have done it any better.

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