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Originally published Friday, June 21, 2013 at 8:01 PM

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Shopping for a new home through 3-D glasses

To make the most of your choices, think about the home you are considering in three dimensions. You may find that buying a bigger home isn’t necessarily the best answer. Instead, look for a home that has added character, charm and visual interest on all levels.

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When it comes to home design, it’s all about choices. There are endless designs, architectural styles and products available that speak to who you are and what you value in your home.

To make the most of your choices, think about the home you are considering in three dimensions. You really start to see great potential by thinking in 3-D. Is the architectural detailing in a room highlighted? Is a room enhanced by natural light, adding brightness and interest?

You may find that buying a bigger home isn’t necessarily the best answer. Instead, look for a home that has added character, charm and visual interest on all levels.

Often we look at the cabinets, counters and flooring but forget all about the ceiling. Picturing your new home in 3-D means looking at the ceiling for detailing such as beams, wood cladding or soffits.

Archways or different ceiling heights can create transitions throughout today’s open floor plans.

When purchasing or building a new home, there is often a list of the design features you want to include. Maybe it’s granite or natural stone counters, stainless steel appliances or hardwood floors.

When visualizing your home in 3-D, look beyond just the surfaces for value-added items. Add a niche at the end of a hall or in a stairwell, or use the spaces next to a fireplace for built-in shelves or an alcove. Construct a focal wall with a signature paint color or an interesting wall covering.

In the past, we often looked for grand rooms and volume ceilings. Instead, think about rooms that fit the human scale and are designed with detail for a “wow” factor. Your plan might have a corner window that adds visual interest and naturally increases the sense of space from inside to outside.

Imagine beyond the typical list of features and amenities when searching for your new home, and start assessing the three dimensions of the homes you tour.

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