Information obtained from the US Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction (SOC) and tabulated by NAHB, shows the share of new homes with a two-story foyer increased in regions where we saw a decline in 2019. However, most new single-family homes were still built without a two-story foyer nationally and regionally.
According to the Census, a two-story foyer is defined as the entranceway inside the front door of a house and has a ceiling that is at the level of the second-floor ceiling. In the United States, the share of new homes with two-story foyers rose from 27% to 29% in 2020. A two-story foyer has been an unwanted feature from both buyers’ and builders’ perspectives since 2012, as many homebuyers consider two-story foyers as energy-inefficient. However, the increase in 2020 may be associated with the pandemic, as foyers provide an additional perspective of space.
Regionally, the share increased in five of the nine divisions. Among these divisions, the South Atlantic and the East South Central have the highest share of new homes started with two-story foyers (30%). The New England, Middle Atlantic, East North Central and West South Central are the four divisions to see a decline in the share of two-story foyers from 2019 to 2020.