The top 10 features in demand for new homes

04/16/2015

The top 10 features in demand for new homes

NEW YORK – April 7, 2015 – The outdoor kitchen and two-story foyers are starting to lose favor among new home shoppers, while energy efficiency and bigger closets are gaining in popularity, according to a new survey from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

NAHB asked builders to rank home features from 1 to 5 on how likely they were to include them this year in single-family homes.

An increased interest in energy efficiency is dampening interest in two-story foyers and rooms, Rose Quint, NAHB's assistant vice president for survey research, told MarketWatch. "Consumers consider those spaces to be energy inefficient," she says.

Least likely features builders will include in 2015 homes

  • Outdoor kitchen (cooking, refrigeration and sink)
  • Laminate countertops in kitchen
  • Outdoor fireplace
  • Sunroom
  • Two-story family room
  • Media room
  • Two-story foyer
  • Walking/jogging trails in community
  • Whirlpool in master bathroom
  • Carpeting as flooring on main level

Features builders will likely include in 2015 homes

  • Walk-in closet in master bedroom
  • Laundry room
  • Low-e windows
  • Guest room
  • Energy-star rated appliances
  • 9-foot ceiling or more on first floor
  • Energy-star rated windows
  • Programmable thermostat
  • Two-car garage
  • Granite countertop in kitchen

Source: "Whirlpool Bathtubs are Losing Out in New Homes," MarketWatch (April 2, 2015)

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