The house of the future
What will the typical new house be like in 2010? According to the National Association of Home Builders, it will feature:
*2,200 or more square feet.
*Three or more bedrooms.
*A garage for two or more cars.
*An average lot that's 11,870 square feet; 1,000 square feet smaller than lots today.
*A master bedroom and laundry on the main floor.
*A more energy-efficient heating and cooling system.
*More flexible and adaptable interior designs with spaces that can easily be converted for a variety of purposes, including home-office space.
*A modular wiring system.
*High-speed data access, a security system, multiple phone lines, and lighting control systems.
*More factory-built components, which reduce on-site labor costs.
*More engineered wood products and increased use of steel and concrete.
*Greater use of recycled products and low-maintenance materials.
*An average sales price of $270,000 to $280,000.
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