According to data presented by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) at the International Builders’ Show, the size of new homes is up 13.4% in the last four years alone, with a massive rise in 4+ bedroom homes being sold. Regardless of size, the NAHB says that features builders are most likely to include in a typical single-family home this year are a walk-in closet in the master bedroom, low-emissivity windows, a laundry room and a great room.
Energy-efficiency is also a key theme, as Energy-Star rated appliances, programmable thermostats and Energy-Star rated windows also rank high on the list. This is no surprise, given recent data from the Home Industry Leadership Board indicating that “Millennials” prioritize green features regardless of the cost. Fully 58% of Millennials surveyed stated the “re-use of old materials in [their] home improvement projects is important,” and 47% believed that going green made them better people, while 41% stated that going green was already and existing part of their lifestyle.
New research released by the National Association of Home Builders suggest home size is going up, and with more room come more amenities. Below, the 15 features builders predict will be most popular in 2014 for 4+ bedroom homes (in no particular order):
1. Walk-in closet in the master bedroom
2. Laundry room
3. Great room
4. Energy-Star rated appliances
5. Programmable thermostats
6. Energy-Star rated windows
7. Granite countertops
9. Central island
10. Linen closet
11. Private toilet in the bathroom
12. First-floor ceilings at least 9 feet high
13. Front porch
14. Exterior lighting