The outdoor kitchen and two-story foyers are starting to lose favor among new home shoppers, while energy efficiency and bigger closets are gaining in popularity, according to a new survey from the National Association of Home Builders. NAHB asked builders to rank home features from 1 to 5 on how likely they were to include them this year in single-family homes they build this year.
An increased interest in energy efficiency is decreasing interest in two-story foyers and rooms, Rose Quint, NAHB’s assistant vice president for survey research, told MarketWatch. "Consumers consider those spaces to be energy inefficient," she says.
Here are some of the least likely features that builders say they will include in new homes this year:
Outdoor kitchen (cooking, refrigeration, and sink)
Laminate countertops in kitchen
Two-story family room
Walking/jogging trails in community
Whirlpool in master bathroom
Carpeting as flooring on main level
On the other hand, these home features, builders say, are most likely to be included in a new home this year: