April 25, 2018

Builders Tweak Home Features to Lure Buyers

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Builders Tweak Home Features to Lure Buyers

As new-home builders seek new buyers, the list of features for 2016 construction includes materials and features that increase energy efficiency and generous spaces for both living and storage. The National Association of Home Builders recently surveyed builders to find out the top features they were planning to put in new single-family homes this year.

What were last year's most popular new-home amenities? Compare the list to this year's.

The following are the features most builders are bringing to new single-family homes in 2016:

  • Walk-in closet in master bedroom
  • Laundry room
  • Great room (kitchen–family room–living room)
  • Low-emissivity windows
  • Energy Star–rated appliances
  • Programmable thermostat
  • 9'-plus first-floor ceiling
  • Central island in kitchen
  • Granite countertop in kitchen
  • Energy Star–rated windows

These features are least likely to appear in new homes this year, builders say:

  • Cork flooring in the living areas of the main level
  • Pet washing station
  • Laminate countertops in the kitchen
  • Outdoor kitchen (cooking, refrigeration, and sink)
  • Outdoor fireplace
  • Sunroom
  • Two-story family room
  • Two-story foyer
  • Media room

Source: “Features Most Likely to Show Up in Typical Single-Family Home in 2016,” National Association of Home Builders (Feb. 2, 2016)