There’s an interesting article on MarketWatch touting the must-have features buyers are demanding from new homes now. An annual survey reveals what is gaining in popularity among home buyers, and what is no longer as important. I thought it would be interesting to take our own little survey to see if you agree–or disagree–with some of their findings. What would be important to you in a new house, and what could you live without?
1. Large Kitchens with Islands. Kitchens are still the best place to spend your design dollars. They’re one room that buyers aren’t willing to downsize. Paul Cardis, CEO of AVID, says granite countertops are a must for move-up buyers and buyers of custom homes, but for others “they are on the bubble.”
2. Home Offices. People say they’d rather have a study than a formal dining room.
3. First-Floor Master Bedrooms. This used to be most important for people who didn’t have young children living at home. Now it’s becoming more popular across the board.
4. Outdoor Living Rooms. The survey shows that even people living in colder climates like Canada are spending more time outdoors and want their homes to accommodate them.
5. Soaker Tubs. Losing popularity in the bathroom: whirlpool tubs. Gaining: oversize showers with seating.
Are there features in a new home that would be more important to you than any of these listed here? What would they be?
The annual survey is conducted by AVID Ratings Co. You can read the article with the rest of their findings at MarketWatch. Photos: Coastal Living’s Idea House at top; kitchen via the MLS; home office Country Living; bedroom by Phoebe Howard; screened porch photo designed by Jane Coslick; bath by Sarah Richardson.