June 1, 2015 by Jeff Lowen
According to a recent article in Realtor Mag, the new kitchen or the new deck is a thing of the past… Here’s a quick look at the features most likely to be found in new homes:
1. Walk-in closets
2. Laundry rooms
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 thermostats
10. Granite countertops
And the features that are most likely to last
- Solar panels: With increasing availability and affordability, solar panels are going to be the next big thing. Lots of cool stuff happening there (See my article on Solar).
- Garages: People love their garages for storage space even if they don’t put cars in them.
- Additional bedrooms: Boomerang children, aging parents, caregivers who live with us… Yes, we need the extra space.
- Decorative aging-in-place features: They include decorative handrails in bathrooms, higher toilets, and step-free showers.
If you’re looking for a new home, perhaps these trends get you excited. If you’re not in the market, this may adjust your next project. Either way, love your home. New or not, and make it your paradise!
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