Home Remodeling Features Not Found in New Homes

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Outdoor kitchens are “out” and closets are “in,” according to a recent survey by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) on the most and least common home remodeling features in newly-built homes. The survey found that practical features trump leisure-focused niceties. In other words, built-in shelving is the new fire pit.

The shift towards pragmatism may be due to the post-recession reality of time-strapped families where everyone is forever in a rush. “If a working couple is trying to get out of the house in the morning, they need a walk-in closet in the master bedroom, they need a laundry room that’s well lit and well-organized,” said Stephen Melman, NAHB economic services director, in an interview with Realtor.com.

Environmentally-friendly features, like low-emissivity windows and programmable thermostats, are also in demand. These trends seem to point towards a future where the space-hogging McMansion is no longer a part of the suburban landscape, don’t you think?

Check out the lists below and decide for yourself.

The 10 features least likely to be found in newly-built homes:

  1. Outdoor kitchen
  2. Laminate countertop
  3. Outdoor fireplace
  4. Sunroom
  5. Two-story family room
  6. Media room
  7. Two-story foyer
  8. Walking/jogging trails (Note: This was listed as a “community feature”)
  9. Whirlpool tub in master bath
  10. Carpeting on main level

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The 10 features most likely to be found in newly-built homes:

  1. Walk-in closet
  2. Laundry room
  3. Low-emissivity windows
  4. Great room
  5. Energy Star appliances
  6. Energy Star windows
  7. Ceiling 1st floor 9′
  8. 2-car garage
  9. Programmable thermostat
  10. Granite countertop

Features most likely to last

  • Solar panels: “With their increasing availability and affordability, solar panels are going to be the next big thing,” Melman says.
  • Garages: “People love their garages for storage space even if they don’t put cars in them,” he says. “I think at least the two-bay garage is here to stay.”
  • Additional bedrooms: “We have boomerang children, we have aging parents, we have caregivers who live with us, so we need the extra space.”
  • Decorative aging-in-place features: They include decorative handrails in bathrooms, higher toilets, and step-free showers, Melman says. – From Country Living
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