Knowing what your competition is up to is a must in any industry. In residential construction, that includes having a clear picture of what other builders are putting in their new homes. In December 2013, a nationwide survey asked builders about the likelihood that a number of features would be included in the typical single-family home they will build this year.
Based on ratings from 1 to 5, where 1=not at all likely and 5= very likely, builders reported the following as the most likely features to show up in the typical 2014 home:
- Walk-in closet in master bedroom
- Low-e windows
- Laundry room
- Great room
Also likely are a number of energy efficiency features: Energy-star rated appliances and windows, a programmable thermostat, and insulation higher than required by code. In the kitchen, a double sink, granite countertops, and a central island are highly likely to make the cut. A few outdoor features are likely candidates as well: a front porch, outdoor lighting, and a patio.
In contrast, the two least likely features builders will include in their new homes this year are:
- Laminate countertops in the kitchen
- Outdoor kitchen (cooking, refrigeration, & sink)
Two-story spaces (family room and foyer) also seem to be unlikely features, as well as an outdoor fireplace, a sunroom, a media room, and a whirlpool in the master bathroom.