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Most Popular New-Home Amenities in 2015

Amenities that home builders are more than likely to offer in a newly constructed home this year are master bedroom walk-in-closets and a dedicated laundry room, based on a survey of builders done by the National Association of Home Builders.

It probably coincides with the expansion of both men and women's wardrobes as well as maximizing storage areas of new homes.

The following amenities are deemed as the most likely to be included on the average single-family home in 2015:

  • Walk-in closet in master bedroom
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  • Laundry room click to enlarge
  • Low-E windows
  • Granite countertop in the kitchen click to enlarge
  • Great room (kitchen-family room-living room)
  • Energy-Star rated windows
  • Ceiling height on the first floor of 9 feet or more
  • 2-car garage
  • Programmable thermostat click to enlarge
  • Central island in the kitchen
  • Bathroom linen closet
  • Front porch

On the other hand, the features identified in the survey as the most unlikely to be included in new homes this year are:

  • Outdoor kitchen (cooking, refrigerators and sinks)
  • Laminate countertops in the kitchen
  • Outdoor fireplace
  • Sunroom
  • Two-story family room
  • Media room
  • Two-story foyer
  • Walking/jogging trails in the community
  • Whirlpool in the master bathroom
  • Carpeting as the flooring on the main level

Source: "What Builders Are Building," National Association of Home Builders Eye on Housing Blog

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