Monday, August 2, 2010

14 Features Homeowners Want in 2010 Learn what features consumers are looking for in design and construction this year.

By Hannah Shipley, | Published: 7/20/2010

During a panel at the 2010 International Builders Show, Eliot Nusbaum, executive editor for home design for Better Homes and Gardens, explained that practicality and price are fueling decisions on how homes are designed and built.

Nusbaum says the homeowner of today is "looking for a home that fits the entire family -- from a multi-tasking home office, to expanding storage space needs, to a living room that can adapt to advancements in home entertainment and technology."

1. A Smaller Home
Today's consumers are buying homes with less square footage. Purchases of smaller homes are up 36 percent from last year.
But just because a home is small doesn't mean homeowners are sacrificing precious living space. Open concept floor plans are the resounding trend in smaller homes, where higher ceilings and an easy flow maximize perceived living space and allow rooms to serve multiple purposes.
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