Hey, you! Are you in a building right now, one with a comfortable ambient temperature? Is the floor level under your feet? Does the roof keep the water out when it rains? Have you, say, not died recently from a fire or a carbon monoxide leak? All these things, though you might take them for granted, are the hallmarks of good construction.
It takes a lot of people and a lot of expertise to make a building safe, comfortable and durable. This includes architects and carpenters, plumbers, electricians, building inspectors and more. The methods they use to create buildings depend on factors as varied as the climate, soil type, water table, and, of course, the budget.
Maybe you've spent some time working in construction. But even if you haven't, we suspect you've picked up a bit of knowledge here and there about the trade. Are you curious to see just much? Do you know, for example, what the purpose of a joist is? What kind of tool has a "chuck"? Or, if your house has a "cripple stud," does that mean it's faulty and needs to be removed?
Settle into your favorite room in your (hopefully well-constructed) home and take our quiz. It might get you thinking about what you want in a dream home, if you can afford to build one from scratch!
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