Master bedroom walk-in-closets and a laundry rooms are the top features that builders are most likely to include in a new home this year, according to a survey of builders conducted by the National Association of Home Builders.
"Both features speak to improving organization and storage characteristics of new homes," according to NAHB on its Eye on Housing blog.
Greater energy efficiency amenities also were ranked more important, with low-E Windows coming in No. 3 on the most likely amenity list on new homes. Energy-Star rated appliances and windows as well as a programmable thermostat also rated high.
The following were ranked as the most likely features and amenities to be included on an average single-family home in 2015:
Walk-in closet in master bedroom
Great room (kitchen-family room-living room)
Energy-Star rated windows
Ceiling height on the first floor of 9 feet or more
Granite countertop in the kitchen
Central island in the kitchen
Bathroom linen closet
On the other hand, the features identified in the survey as the most likely to be included in new homes this year are:
Outdoor kitchen (cooking, refrigerators and sinks)
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