I used to think that building a house was the ultimate American dream. You get to pick your floor plan, flooring, paint, cabinets, etc. But I think there might be something to taking an existing home and making it yours. In many cases you can still pick your flooring and paint colors if you buy an existing home. And in most cases you get more for your money if you buy an existing home, not to mention trees that aren't twigs. I am not sure which is better and if the American dream is building or buying.