New home buyers want energy efficiency and according to a new survey from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), builders are listening. It appears that energy efficient features and closet space were more important to new home buyers than two-story foyers, outdoor kitchens and whirlpools.
The NAHB asked builders which features they were most likely to include or not include in newly built 2015 homes. Here are the results.
Least likely features included
- Outdoor kitchens
- Laminate countertops in kitchens
- Outdoor fireplaces
- Two-story foyers
- Walking/Jogging trails
- Carpeting as flooring on main levels
Most likely features included
- Walk-in closets in master bedrooms
- Laundry rooms
- Low-e windows
- Guest rooms
- Energy-star rated windows
- Programmable thermostats
- Two-car garages
- Granite countertops in kitchens
I must admit to being a little sad to see that whirlpools didn’t make the cut, but the energy efficient features are a perfect fit for Florida’s year round sunshiny weather. Besides, with the most beautiful gulf beaches just minutes away, who needs a whirlpool?
New home buyers want energy efficiency, but we would love to know what features our readers would consider important and which would you just assume leave out?