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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."