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What buyers demand in new homes

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In keeping with contemporary design, today's new homes feature more use of natural light and more dramatic entryways, Lohr says.

Windows, for instance, can be positioned to allow more light and privacy, while reducing heating and cooling expenses.

"You can design transom windows, which are long and close to the ceiling for natural light. Older homes don't have that type of architecture," Lohr says.

Modern doors are intended to make a statement rather than merely allowing access to the residence.

"There is more emphasis on entry doors," Lohr says. "A lot of them are glass, they're transparent and people don't mind that there's no privacy. It's the entry, so you might not need the same privacy as you would in (an interior) room. In older homes, you just have a door and that's it."

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