As a child, all vacations were arranged to coincide with a Street of Dreams or Tour of Homes event. Sure, my brother and I thought we were going to Disney World and the crocodile farm, but that was after we took a look at the best housing Orlando had to offer. I thought we would fare better in Europe, but when we got home dad made us watch his video: two hours of crossbeams and stone masonry. (Note: Dad is a builder.) I knew then: It is my fate. I tour new construction. And whether visiting a new-home event in Oregon or Florida, there are some things that seemingly never change. And I've decided to share with builders, designers and architects and all of you: a top 10 list of new-home pet peeves. (Some of these design flaws are apparent in "used" homes, too.) Fix these...
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