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What buyers demand in new homes

Specialty rooms
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One more trend in today's newly built homes is specific spaces dedicated to purposes other than the traditional bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, dining and living area activities.

Lohr cites living quarters for in-laws or other extended family members as an example, as well as studios and mud rooms, which she says have moved from the garage into the house.

These rooms typically are smaller than bedrooms or home offices and are customized to suit specific functions.

"The studio is a smaller area, and it probably has more than one purpose," she says. "It could be a work room like a study, but it could also be a crafts room as well."

A mud room might be used to store shoes, backpacks, tools or sporting equipment like fishing rods and other outdoor gear.


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