NAHB Reveals Most Popular Features Found in New Homes
During New Homes Month in April, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is sharing the most popular features in new single-family homes in 2014. Builders from across the country were surveyed on what features they were most likely to include in a typical single-family home this year, revealing that convenience, livability and energy efficiency are top priorities.
“Newly constructed homes can suit the specific requirements of today’s home buyers,” said NAHB Chairman Kevin Kelly, a home builder and developer from Wilmington, Delaware. “And now is a great time to consider buying a new home, as consumers can take advantage of competitive home prices and low interest rates to find the perfect new home for their families.”
Home builders are including features that are practical and functional for the daily lives of today’s home buyers. The features that are most likely to be included in a typical single-family home this year are:
- Walk-in closet in the master bedroom
- As of late, walk-in closets are seen less as just a storage space and more as an aesthetically pleasing feature in new homes. With features such as florescent lighting, designated jewelry drawers, shoe racks, and double hanging racks, walk-in closets are evolving, and becoming a key feature in new homes.
- Low-e windows
- Low- emissive glass is treated with a metal coating that works to reflect heat while allowing light to pass through. Benefits of including low-e glass into your new home include, decrease in fading of fabric, reduced energy consumption, and lower cost for air-conditioning, while still allowing visible light to come into your home.
- A laundry room
- Laundry rooms have been an integral part of homes for years, but they are getting a makeover in new homes this year. More storage, energy-efficient appliances, and light colors are all making their mark on laundry rooms in new homes. Mud rooms are also becoming a fixture in homes this year, and homeowners are showing interest in having them connect to laundry rooms for easier access.
- A great room
- With the fast-paced lifestyle that families have today, a great room offers a space where everyone can come together. Designed around the families interests, they may include televisions or a reading space, and are typically built to have an open layout that accommodates the needs of all family members.
Energy efficiency is a key theme with Energy-Star rated appliances, programmable thermostats and Energy-Star rated windows at the top of the list. These features help make the home more comfortable and can save the homeowner significant money over the long term. On a median per square-foot basis, home owners spent 78 cents per square foot per year on electricity, while owners of new homes spent 65 cents per square foot per year, according to data from the 2009 American Housing Survey (AHS).
Builders also list features such as granite counter tops, a double sink and a central island as winning elements in new home kitchens, and a linen closet and a private toilet in the bathroom. Additional features likely to be included throughout the home include first-floor ceilings at least nine-feet high, a front porch, outdoor lighting and a patio.