What's hot--and not--with home buyers.

Modeled after a Swiss army knife, this kitchen island has a retractable table and cutting board that make it ideal for small spaces.

High-gloss wood floors and cabinets and shiny countertops can cause glare problems, especially for older homeowners.

A sitting room off this first-floor master can be opened to the living room beyond, creating a "swing room" configuration.

Extra storage in the form of pull-out drawers can be hidden under the stairs.

Carve out small spots for quiet reflection.

Universal design elements such as this wheelchair-accessible vanity are critical to attracting aging buyers.

Bookshelves and a window seat turn the stair landing into a destination of its own.

Built-in dining booths bring extra seating space to the kitchen.

Retractable Phantom screens keep bugs away from the porch without blocking views.

Side elevations and even the back of a home (shown here) should look as good as the front, says architect James Wentling.

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