Every year Professional Builder magazine conducts a national design innovation survey of its readers, asking on a scale of 1 to 5, with five being very important, what features homeowners want in their next home. These are the 2015 elements to consider including in your next home remodeling project, to keep your house current with market demand.
Overall universal design is at the forefront of designer’s minds, as the population is aging, for both seniors themselves, and their adult children who may add their parents to their household. As one respondent reported, he puts in decorative grab bars to disguise their utility much like Mom’s would hide vegetables in a sauce so their kids wouldn’t realize they were there. Another new standard that one builder reported that all age groups want granite countertops in their homes.
Here are the top 21 features that can be easily incorporated in a remodel that can be a good investment in making your home more marketable when it is time to sell. Others, like having 9 ft ceilings, or a 3 car garage are not easily added to an existing home, and are not included here.
4.58 walk in closet in master bedroom
4.55 great room for kitchen, dining, and family rooms
4.44 dual vanities in the master bathroom
4.15 kitchen island
4.06 energy efficiency
3.92 additional storage in bathroom
3.78 pantry storage in kitchen
3.71 first floor master suite
3.67 master suite retreat
3.57 large laundry room/organization center, recycling
3.56 casual outdoor living space
3.52 breakfast bar
3.48 breakfast nook
3.48 kitchen island with a sink
3.32 butlers pantry
3.19 food prep area/service kitchen
3.16 walk in closet in second bedroom
3.15 informal office
3.13 separate bathtub from walk in shower in master bathroom
2.99 universal design
2.97 dual sink in kitchen
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