Successful businesses stay on top of what their competitors are doing. For home builders, this involves knowing what features other builders are putting in their new homes. In December 2015, 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 in 2016.
Using a scale from 1 to 5, where 1 meant not at all likely to be included in typical home and 5 meant very likely, builders reported the following as the most likely features to show up in the typical 2016 home:
- Walk-in closet in the master bedroom (avg. rating 4.9)
- Laundry room (4.8)
- Great room (4.7)
Several features that help owners with energy conservation are also very likely to be included in new homes built this year: low-e windows, ENERGY STAR® appliances and windows, and a programmable thermostat. Other likely candidates: 9’+ ceilings in the first floor, a central island and granite countertops in the kitchen.
On the other hand, builders reported the following features as the least likely to appear in homes in 2016:
- Cork flooring in the living areas of the main level (1.3)
- Pet washing station (1.6)
- Laminate countertops in the kitchen (1.7)
- Outdoor kitchen (1.9)
Two-story spaces (family room and foyer) also seem to be unlikely features, as well as an outdoor fireplace, a sunroom and a media room.
In our area of Western North Carolina (Highlands/Cashiers area) we see the biggest request from home buyers is the Open Floor Plan. Buyers also want a large deck and garage.
Different regions have different requirements. Living in the mountains, buyers want a deck to view and entertain guests. Decks with a fireplace are more attractive as the evenings can be cool in the mountains, where homes in Florida do not want a fireplace on the deck. Maybe all they want is a yard with no deck.
It would be interesting to see this broken down by geographical region.
People will be disappointed to find out they don’t get a tax credit for energy star rated windows when installed in new construction.
Thanks for your information on the features that most likely to be present in a typical single-family home. I’ve been looking through single-family homes online, and I’m thinking of buying one next year. It’s interesting to know that there’s a possibility that there’ll be a walk-in closet in the master bedroom as well as a laundry room. With that considered, I’ll then ask a realtor about the features these homes have.