The Ultimate Home Design Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

From picking out the best materials and colors to staying on a budget, home design can be a full-time job. Being a well-rounded expert requires knowledge in energy efficiency, feng shui and even chemistry. Do you have what it takes to design a home?

The baby boomer generation is embracing universal design of homes, meaning:

Baby boomers are embracing universal design -- a design that's meant for people of all ages and abilities -- because they want to plan for the possibility of being in a wheelchair without spending years living in a home that looks like it was designed for a wheelchair.

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Which kind of prefab home consists of units constructed in factories?

Modular homes consist of units or modules that are constructed in factories and joined together on site. They often use costlier materials and are bigger than manufactured homes (mobile homes).

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Which of the following would be a bad place to keep a home library?

Attics and basements heavy with humidity will cause mold and attract insects. In addition, basements are prone to flooding.

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If you want to design a room to feel calming, what color would be best?

Blue has been seen to actually trigger the body to produce calming chemicals.

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Which of the following is the greenest furniture choice?

Antiques are probably the greenest furniture choice. This recycled furniture doesn't require any additional environmental impact. Also, when you buy an antique that's more than 50 years old, it lacks the toxic chemicals and substances that some furniture can emit.

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Which of the following is not an advantage of laminate kitchen countertops?

Laminates are cheaper than alternatives and have good stain, abrasion and moisture resistance, but scratches and nicks do show and can't be repaired. (An dark pattern minimizes visible marks, and color-through laminates show less evidence of wear.)

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Which of the following versions of feng shui have to do with proper placement in relation to topography and water formations?

The Form School, which originated in southern China, is based on the environment and proper placement in relation to topography and water formations. Sometimes referred to as "classic feng shui" because it is the oldest, the Form School is founded upon the ancient need to find a safe place to live.

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Which of the following is not an advantage to building a straw bale house?

Although straw is cheaper than building materials like brick or lumber, constructing a straw bale home will usually cost the same as a conventional home because the wall budget is only about 10 percent to 15 percent of the total building budget.

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What do you call pre-fabricated, triangulated wooden structures used to support the roof of a house?

Trusses are pre-fabricated, triangulated wooden structures used to support the roof. They are popular because they're strong, customizable and inexpensive.

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What's the name of the map used in feng shui?

Practitioners who use the bagua map will overlay this diagram on a room or house to determine what should be placed in each area

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