Build Your Dream House and We'll Guess Which Part of the Country You Should Live In

By: Steven Miller
Estimated Completion Time
7 min
Build Your Dream House and We'll Guess Which Part of the Country You Should Live In
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About This Quiz

While life circumstances and financial limitations tend to keep us from actually engaging in the construction of our dream house, it's the fantasy that is truly the fun part anyway. We encourage you to throw out your usual, realistic way of thinking and unleash your creative thoughts on the home you would live in if money was not a concern. The architectural firm is on the way over, and they have a blank slate ready for you to fill in with your heart's desires.

While not every person fits completely in with the stereotype of the different regions of the country, we will pair you up with an area where your priorities and design choices fit the best. For example, if you are going to include water-saving and environmentally-conscious features in your design, there's a good chance that you will feel the most supported and comfortable in the western region of The United States. If you absolutely must have a porch, and you'd prefer that this porch wrapped all the way around your home, we think there's a good chance that your design would be a perfect fit in the south.

Just remember, money can't buy happiness...but it doesn't hurt either. Let's get started on the house you were always meant to live in.

How many stories will your home be?
I would like my home to have three levels.
Two, but only if you include the basement.
Two stories would be great.
Just one floor, please.

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Is your dream house going to be in the city or the country?
Ideally, I'd like to be in a small college town.
I think I would like to be in the suburbs of a major city.
I definitely want to be in the heart of the city.
I would prefer that I was out in the country.

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How many bedrooms will your house have?
Just one is fine.
Four or five bedrooms should be perfect.
I want more than five bedrooms in my house.
Two or three bedrooms should do nicely.

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How many bathrooms are there in your ideal home?
There will be more than five bathrooms. You have to be ready for the holiday guests.
Three or four bathrooms will be perfect. The master bathroom will definitely have some cool features.
One bathroom should be plenty. It will have lots of cool water conservation features in it.
Two bathrooms would be fine, but one has to be spectacular.

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How big will the backyard be?
It will be a decent yard, but not so big that it's a nightmare to take care of.
I would like it to be rather large, but it will be limited due to the location.
The lot would be a few acres, so there would be plenty of room.
It will just go on for what seems like forever.

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Which description best fits your ideal kitchen?
Simple and efficient.
Huge with every possible gadget you can imagine.
Plenty of space and all new appliances.
Sleek and modern.

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How much modern technology will there be in your dream house?
I'd rather keep things simple. Technology just complicates things for me.
I want all the latest innovations integrated into the design.
I might include a few pieces of technology, but that stuff can be added later.
I definitely want to include technology that will improve efficiency and sustainability.

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How many square feet sounds about right for your home?
1,200 to 1,500 square feet should be plenty.
I'd say 1,500 to 2,000 square feet would be ideal.
Less than 1,200 square feet.
We're going for more than 2,000 square feet.

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Which color scheme best matches your vision for the interior of your home?
Lots of black, white, and gray.
Neutral tones.
There's going to be some warmth in there.
Earth tones.

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Which color sounds ideal for the exterior of your home?
I always wanted to have a brightly colored home.
It will just fit into the color scheme of the neighborhood.
It will be a light color to reflect the sun.
I would just want the color to blend in with the natural setting.

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Will you have a garage?
Yes, and it will be big enough for three or four cars and additional space as well.
That is an absolute must-have.
An open-air carport sounds better.
Maybe, but it's not a top priority for me.

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Will you have a basement, and if so, will you finish it?
I don't think I want to have a basement.
Maybe, it really just depends on the land.
I absolutely want to have a finished basement. That will be my go-to spot.
A basement would be great, but I don't really care if it's finished or not.

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Are you going to have a pool?
Sure, but I'd like it to look more like it was part of the natural environment.
I'd love to have one, and I'd like part of it to be indoors and part to be outdoors.
Yes, and it's definitely going to be indoors.
I don't think I would use a pool enough for it to be worth it.

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Are you going to have waterfront property?
That would be nice, but it's not necessary.
That is my dream, for sure.
That's non-negotiable. I need to be near water.
I'd actually prefer to be away from the water.

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Will you integrate solar power and other green technology into your home?
I'll definitely put stuff like that in there where it makes sense.
I would like to, but I'm not sure that it is worth it in my location.
I think I'll pass on that.
That will be a major part of the design.

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What will the home entertainment setup be like?
I'll just have one decent TV. I don't really watch many movies or TV shows.
I'll have multiple high-quality TVs throughout the house.
I'm going to have a room that is devoted entirely to being a home theater.
It is going to be very high-tech and it will have cool features where the TVs disappear into the wall.

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Will there be a garden on your property?
I want to grow most of my own food in my home garden.
I might have something small, but it's not my biggest priority.
I might have a rock garden or something that doesn't require much maintenance or watering.
The grounds are going to definitely be featured in gardening magazines.

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Is a formal dining room something that you want to have in your ideal home?
I would want a room that could morph into that function if necessary.
That is a priority for me.
I wouldn't mind having a room like that.
I don't think that would be necessary.

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Are you going to have a game room for things like a pool table and classic video games?
I might have a small room like that.
That is going to be the room I spend the most time in.
That is pretty much what is going to be in the finished basement.
Nah, I don't think so.

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Which style of artwork would most likely be on display in your home?
Impressionist landscapes.
Rustic or primitive artwork.
Modern art.
Does college football stuff count as artwork?

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Would you include a secret room in your house?
I never even thought of that, but it does sound fun.
I've always wanted to have a secret room. That's definitely in the design.
No, I think I'll pass on that.
It's tempting, but I probably won't do it.

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Will you include a secondary cabin on your property?
Absolutely, I want to be able to get away to my retreat when necessary.
I might add that for long-term guests.
I'm a writer or artist, so this would be an amazing feature to have.
I wouldn't really have room for that on the property.

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Do you want to have a workshop of some kind on your property?
I'm very much into woodworking and stuff like that, so a workshop would be amazing.
Maybe a small one, but it's not at the top of my list of must-haves.
I don't think that would be necessary.
Sure, I need a place to work on my cars.

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Will you have a porch on your home?
I'm not really a fan of the porch look.
Yes, and it will wrap around the whole house.
I'd like to have a front porch with a swinging bench.
If there's room, but I doubt there will be.

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How vital is having a fire pit somewhere on the property?
Seriously though, that has to happen.
I don't think that's going to fit into the overall plan very well.
I'd like to have a couple fire pit locations on the property.
I'd actually rather have it in a covered location.

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Will your home include a library?
So, there's this thing called the internet. Why would I need a library?
I don't think so. That seems like a waste of space.
I'll probably have a small study with some of my favorite books.
My house is going to have a huge library. I love books.

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Do you pretty much need to have a hot tub?
That is mandatory.
I wouldn't say that I need to have it, but it would be nice.
I really have no use for a hot tub.
Those things are a total waste of water and energy. No thanks.

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Will there be special features for your pet in your dream house?
It wouldn't be anything special, but they are a part of the family and we'll include some convenient things for them.
I would include some pretty cool features in there just for them.
There will be a whole room devoted to their entertainment.
I don't have any pets.

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Which climate would you rather have your ideal home in?
Seasonal temperatures and mostly rural.
Seasonal temperatures and mostly urban.
Warm and mostly arid.
Warm and plenty of lush greenery.

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Will you have a meditation room in your home?
Yes, I would definitely like a whole room devoted just to meditation.
What? No.
I've been interested in trying meditation, but I haven't done it yet. So, at this point I'd pass on the room.
I don't know about a whole room, but there will be space for reflection and meditation.

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