Home buyers want more time, not more space. They don't pine for more luxuries and more of the good life. They want time to enjoy what they have now. This was the central finding from focus groups convened by Builder magazine to develop the concept for its show house at the 2007 International Builders Show in Orlando, Fla., last month. Concluding that salvation for these woebegone, time-crunched homeowners lay in technology, Builder brought in the latest gizmos and gadgets for its InSnyc Home. But judging by the results, it appears that technology can save only so many hours, and we have already reached that point. The time-saving devices in this 6,600-square-foot house would astound our great-great grandmothers who were keeping house 100 years ago, but today most households in America, including, I assume, the woebegone focus-group members, already own them -- washer, dryer, dishwasher, gas or electric range, microwave oven, refrigerator and freezer. To have more time to...
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