My favorite biome for building a house: Plains. It's just a nice, flat biome with a lot of easy spots to build a house. Also the view from a plains biome is usually pretty nice (with the adjacent forests and such).
My least favorite biome for building a house: Jungle. Just too many trees. Unless it was a tree house, but even if it was a tree house, I'd prefer Mega Taiga over Jungle.
My favorite biome for scenery: Savanna Plateau M. Must I say much more? HUGE MOUNTAINS!!!
My least favorite biome for scenery:
The Void Deep Ocean. Not much is there at all. Pretty much just water and gravel and that's it.
My favorite biome for usefulness: Forest. Everything you need is in a forest. Lots of wood, animals, everything.
My least favorite biome for usefulness: Mushroom Island. I mean, really? No wood at all? How is a person supposed to survive in one of these biomes? And mushrooms are kinda useless...