When your lifestyle reflects market trends, it’s possible that if you sell yourself, you can sell your home. How can unfinished rooms in a basement be turned into a selling point? Lots of people are looking forstudio space. Mary’s basement rooms became studios with a drafting board for design work and a potter’s wheel for making ceramics. Her husband set up an area for making wine. Think charm, not glamor.

Cook at home. Selling point: Chef’s kitchen. A real cook makes the kitchen work no matter what kind of cabinets are used. Kate shows the good use of space and storage in her kitchen. She organizes shelves and arranges furniture so it’s easy for her to make an inviting environment around meals.

Cultivate a garden. Selling point: Curb appeal. Cut flowers in vases display a domestic touch. Don’t go overboard in the yard. Too much may intimidate those who don’t garden. Low maintenance perennials are lovely.

Check out the nine-foot basement ceilings atNewport Cove, a waterfront community of custom homes on the Chain O’ Lakes in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Kitchen space is well-designed for busy cooks. Professionally designed landscaping uses prairie plants and grasses to accent roads and pathways. Models are open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from noon until 5 p.m.

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