Declining Trend of Two-Story Foyer

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 decreased in 2021. For 2021, most new single-family homes were 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 fell from 29% to 25% in 2021, the lowest level in the last 5 years. A two-story foyer has been an unwanted feature from both buyers’ and builders’ perspectives since 2012, as many homebuyers consider two-story foyers energy-inefficient.

Regionally, the share declined in seven of the nine divisions. Among these divisions, the West South Central has the highest share of new homes started with two-story foyers (35%). The New England and West North Central are the only two divisions to see an increase in the share of two-story foyers from 2020 to 2021.

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