Is this your dream home?

Emma Woollacott
The timber-and-glass exterior
The timber-and-glass exterior

Every year, thousands of people embark on building their own home, hoping to create a space that will be perfect for them and their family.

Some people have their own unique requirements, whether it's an indoor waterfall or a garage with room for 25 cars.

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Most of us, though, have surprisingly similar tastes, as a survey from 4media Group reveals. We're after a family house with a garden and a fairly traditional design.

Using the survey findings as a brief, GoCompare Mortgages has commissioned architect Marc Sawan, from visual creation studio eye-kon, to design the nation's perfect home using CGI.

"This project was unlike most projects - normally the design of an individual home would take shape around a client's needs and desires," he says. "These needs would also be constrained by the plot, the area and the budget."

Here, though, there are no such constraints: we take a look at the house you'll probably adore.

The timber-and-glass exterior
The timber-and-glass exterior

The most popular location for the perfect home is in a village, chosen by a third of people, with one in five saying they'd choose a small town. If you're a Londoner, though, you'll be concerned about staying connected to city life, with 70% saying they'd need to live within commuting distance of a big city.

"Factors which largely increase demand include school catchment areas, good transport links, the health service provisions available, employment opportunities as well as areas of natural beauty," says estate agent CPS Homes, commenting on the results.

The airy interior
The airy interior

Style and interior design
In terms of the exterior, most people are keen on a modern, simply-designed sustainable home. Inside, though, we're a bit more old-fashioned, with more than half of people plumping for either a traditional or country house style.

The stylish kitchen
The stylish kitchen

Most people are pretty traditional when it comes to layout, too, with 55% opting to have the living accommodation and kitchen downstairs, with the bedrooms upstairs.

Scottish homeowners, though, were more open to breaking with tradition, with a third picking a mixture of rooms across both floors. Meanwhile, more than 14% of Londoners pushed traditional boundaries even further by opting for communal rooms upstairs and bedrooms downstairs.

Extra space
Storage was a big concern for the people in the survey, with nearly two thirds saying they wanted a storage shed in the garden. Nearly half said they wanted a garage - Marc Sawan's design has one integral to the house. Meanwhile, 40% of people say their perfect home would have to have a conservatory and 36% say they'd like a utility room.

The modest garden
The modest garden

We're a nation of gardeners, but all the same a quarter of people want something simple and fuss-free garden was favoured, with a quarter (24%) opting for simplicity. Around a quarter of us want a wildlife-friendly garden - especially in the north, with Yorkshire and the Humber proving the biggest nature lovers. Water features are popular, too - and a quarter of people dream of a hot tub.

Eco credentials
Nine out of ten people say they'd want to include eco-friendly features in their ideal home. Solar panels are the most popular eco-feature, but around half of people also said they'd include rainwater harvesting features and eco-friendly lighting.

Marc Sawan has produced a 3D fly-though of the house, and says this is an excellent way for self-builders to really visualise their plans.

"The still 3D visuals are useful to inform on the proportions of a space, the locations of openings and the potential for furnishing the space," he says.

"If you were to build your own home, both of these assets are invaluable and cost-effective design tools for an architect and a prospective home owner to refine the design before it's turned into reality."