Steve Kerch recently wrote that Americans are buying smaller houses today than they used to, and while they’ve decided there are certain luxuries they can live without — home theater rooms, for example, there are several “classic” amenities that remain popular among new homebuyers. Pacific Northwest homes are no exception. According to consumer experts at the International Builders Show, buyers are now looking for architecture based on spaces and not necessarily room use, and homes that are designed “green” from the very beginning.
According to Carol Lavender, president of the Lavender Design Group in Texas, “What we’re hearing is ‘harvest’ as a home theme — the feeling of Thanksgiving. It’s all about family togetherness — casual living, entertaining and flexible spaces.”
That said, here are 10 things that are must-haves in new homes today:
1. Large kitchens with an island remain some of the best investments, as this is where people want high-quality appliances and furnishings.
2. Kitchens that open to a family dining area.
3. Home office/study.
4. Main-floor master suites are becoming ever-more popular, especially with empty-nesters.
5. Outdoor living room.
6. Master suite soaker tubs are still a luxury item that homeowners are willing to spend on.
7. Stone and brick exteriors, rather than stucco and vinyl.
8. Energy-efficient appliances.
9. Community landscaping is becoming more popular than clubhouses, etc., as residents look for more green spaces.
10. Two-car garages are a must, though three-car garages are still popular in higher markets.
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