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Two fifths of us covet a custom-built house, but what would it look like? GoCompare Mortgages has revealed the features most in demand for ‘Britain’s ideal home*’. Working with Marc Sawan, an architect from eyekon, a visual creation studio, they have designed and built the UK’s ideal home, using CGI. There’s no place like home and for more than half (52%) it’s a place to seek solace away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, with a third placing their ideal home in a village and one fifth in a small town. While most desire a slower pace of life, for Londoners, staying connected to city life was important with 70% saying they’d need to live within commuting distance of a big city. Although a modern, simply designed sustainable home was favoured by more than a quarter (28%), a more traditional route was taken when picking interiors. Over half (52%) selected either a traditional or country house style for their interior. Along with traditional interior design, 55% preferred a conventional layout. Scottish homeowners were more open to breaking tradition, with a third (33%) picking a mixture of rooms across both floors. Meanwhile, more than 14% of Londoners pushed traditional boundaries even further opting for communal rooms upstairs and bedrooms downstairs. Naturally storage was an important factor. When it came to selecting additional rooms, the three most sought-after spaces were a garage (46%) a conservatory (40%) and a utility room (36%). The need for storage wasn’t just limited to the house as nearly two thirds selected the option for a storage shed in the garden. All image credits: Ideal Home


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