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Subject:  Re: Open question: What to put into a new house? Date:  3/4/2004  8:09 PM
Author:  tatemtn Number:  47195 of 137309

The number one value feature of a house is its overall design ... and
the way that that design fits its site. All the fancy hot-button add-on's won't enhance the overall experience / value of a structure like the structure and site design. After that ... desireability of "upgrades" might logically proceed from those that are more built into the structure
(as you say: insulation and windows/exterior doors) to the somewhat more
permanent (e.g.: cabinetry, hard surface flooring ...) to the readily replaceable (e.g.: appliances, soft floor coverings, decorative surfaces).

Numerous 'value-added' comparision studies exist for what items enhance
marketable value of the house ... these features may not follow your personal interests / desires though. An interesting recent read is Kenneth
Harney's Feb. 08, 2002 article in Detroit Free Press: "Those
little extras can bring a big payoff" ... if you can find it: < ...>.

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