Quiz: Do You Know How to Build a House From the Ground Up?
Do You Know How to Build a House From the Ground Up?
By: Annette
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About This Quiz

Do you know the different buildings plans needed to build a house or the names of the different people involved in the process? Know what footings are used for, or what HVAC stands for? Any idea where you should use drywall, or which type of insulation works best in your area? If you know the answers to all of these questions, see if you have what it takes to ace this home building quiz!

Your house is your most valuable asset. Not only does it protect your family and belongings, but it also keeps you dry, warm and comfortable no matter the weather. Even more importantly, the house is the center of family life -- a home where memories are made and family bonds forged. 

Of course, all that homeyness doesn't come cheap. A 2017 report by the National Association of Homebuilders estimates the cost of building an average home at $428,000 -- with $238,000 of that going only to construction costs and materials. Knowing how a home is put together, and the steps involved in the process is a valuable skill, whether you're planning to build your own home or simply looking for the best way to maintain the home you have.

Think you know what it takes to transform dirt, concrete and wood into a family home? Take our quiz to find out!

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When you're in charge of building your home, you're _____ ?
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Do you need a permit to build a house?
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How much are you saving by taking the lead?
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Who stakes out the lot?
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What will you need to have on-site when the building begins?
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Once the land is ready, what happens?
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What happens after the foundation is set?
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Which of these is a type of foundation?
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What do you call the floor, wall and roof systems?
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What is the protective barrier applied to sheathing?
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What is installed first?
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Once the roof goes on, the house is ____?
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Which of these will need to be inspected?
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Which of these is a form of insulation?
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What do you get after your final inspection?
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What is important to understand about your buiding site?
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Do you need construction insurance?
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Who lays the foundation?
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Who determines the thickness of your foundation?
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Which of these is a common floor type?
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What is potable water?
33 of 35
Can you build a mini house in your backyard?
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Can you build your own home without any help?
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