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14 Features That Homeowners Want

Learn about the top trends in homebuilding.
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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.
Eliot says the homeowner of today is "looking for a home that fits the entire family — from a multitasking home office, to expanding storage space needs, to a living room that can adapt to advancements in home entertainment and technology."

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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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Energy Efficient Appliances

Saving energy and money go hand-in-hand when using Energy Star appliances in the home. These eco-friendly products use less electricity, thus helping to lower your utility bill.

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Efficient HVAC Systems

Today's HVAC systems are far more efficient than those of a few years ago. Not only do they bring increased comfort and improved air quality to the home, but they also use less energy and help to lower utility costs.

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