Is this your dream home?

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 exteriorLocation
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

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

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

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."

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This five-bedroom, £4.5 million property was built in 2009, and designed to impress - with an indoor pool, sweeping staircase, a state of the art kitchen, feature fireplaces, a gym, and a bathroom for each of the five bedrooms. It seems to have worked, as the property had 14,000 views in a month.

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At the other end of the affordability spectrum, there’s a good chance that the attention this two-bedroom flat is getting (17,000 views in a month) has something to do with the fact that it costs just £113,000. In Newport that buys you two double bedrooms and an allocated parking space near the city centre.

This is a stunning home in Padstow, boasting six bedrooms, an impressive vaulted entrance hall, open-plan living, and an outdoor pool.

However, the most striking aspect of the property has to be the incredible views all around.

It'll set you back £2.25 million, but that hasn't put 20,000 people off viewing the property in a month.

This stunning eight bedroom property is set on an estate owned by the Crown in Oxshott in Surrey.

For your £5.5 million, you get an impressive indoor gym and pool, plenty of entertaining space, a master bedroom suite complete with mirrored dressing room, and separate staff accommodation. The grounds are fitted with extensive security and CCTV, so nobody will ever get inside. While it's on the market, of course, we all get a chance to have a look around, and in one month 34,000 people have.

This beautiful four-bedroom house on the Isle of Skye is just £100,000, which makes it a reasonable proposition as a holiday cottage or bed and breakfast.

It has been recently renovated too, so you won't have a maintenance mountain to climb before you start. It’s a great place to view while you dream of a remote island life - which may be one of the reasons why 41,000 people have viewed it in a month

This six-bedroom newbuild looks fairly traditional from the outside, but inside has opted for a sea of shiny white flooring, a shiny white kitchen, and a master suite that comes with its own (shiny white) dressing room.

It’s well worth a look - after all 42,000 people have viewed it in a month - but if you want to move in, it’ll set you back £2.65 million.

This four bedroom detached new build in Grimsby comes with some footballer essentials - including a shiny white kitchen, Bi-fold doors onto the terrace, master bedroom suite with dressing room and a free-standing bath in the family bathroom.

And because it’s in Grimsby, all this comes with a very reasonable price tag of £379,000. It’s such a good deal that 58,000 people have viewed it in a month.

This new build in Cheam, in Surrey, is advertised without a price. But given it has six bedrooms, a swanky kitchen and bathrooms, a games room, several sitting rooms, and Bi-fold doors onto an impressive garden (built for entertaining ), you can safely assume you’re looking at several million pounds. You can have a look yourself, and decide what it’s worth, after-all, 92,000 people already have in the past month.

Tucked into a cul de sac in Gerrards Cross, this five bedroom detached home (built in 2011) comes with an imposing triple garage.

For the petrol head who moves in, there are also three reception rooms, five double bedrooms (four of which are en-suite and one of which comes with a dressing room). It’ll cost you £2 million, so take your time having a look first - joining 150,000 people who have nosed around in the past month.

This five bedroom detached home in Lanark is the most viewed property in the country, with 212,000 views in a month.

Clearly people are intrigued as to how they can get an immaculate detached five bedroom home for less than £200,000 - over £500,000 less than the average asking price for a five bed house in the UK. The answer is, of course, that Lanark is home to some incredibly affordable property - so this constitutes a pricey property for the area.


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