Monday, April 5, 2010

The Top 10

We want smaller houses and are willing to strip some of yesterday’s most popular rooms – such as home theaters – from them in order to accommodate changing lifestyles, consumer experts told audiences at the International Builders Show held last month in Las Vegas.

After the recent economic strain, most homebuyers are looking for authenticity. Buyers want cost-effective architecture, plans that focus on spaces not rooms and homes that are designed green. For many of today’s buyers, their new homes will be smaller than their current one and high on the list are things like large kitchens that open to the main living area, old-fashioned bathrooms with relaxing elements and small, unique spaces such as wine grottos.

The home is all about family togetherness – casual living, entertaining and flexible spaces. If you are buying a new home or planning a remodel, here are the 10 Must-Have Features in homes today according to the annual survey of homebuyer preferences by AVID Ratings Co.

  1. Large kitchen with an island
  2. Energy-efficient appliances, High-efficiency insulation and High window efficiency
  3. Home Office/Study
  4. Main-floor master suite
  5. Outdoor living space
  6. Ceiling fans (yes, they’re back)
  7. Master suite soaker tub
  8. Stone and brick exterior
  9. Community landscaping with walking paths and play areas
  10. Two-car garage


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