Energy efficient & functional features hot in 2014 homes

Posted by Tom Kalinski Founder RE/MAX of Boulder on Thursday, April 10th, 2014 at 1:20pm.

April is New Homes Month, so what better time for the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) to share what’s hot in new homes this year?

The NAHB surveyed builders from across the country on what features they were most likely to include in a typical single-family home this year and found that convenience, livability and energy efficiency are at the top of the list.

Home builders are including features that are practical and functional for the daily lives of today’s home buyers including:

  • a walk-in closet in the master bedroom

  • low-e windows

  • a laundry room and

  • a great room.

Energy efficiency is a key theme with Energy-Star rated appliances, programmable thermostats and Energy-Star rated windows taking priority, the NAHB reports. Not only will these features help make the home more comfortable, but they can save the home owner significant money over the long term: on a median per square-foot basis, home owners spent 78 cents per square foot per year on electricity, while owners of new homes spent 65 cents per square foot per year, according to data from the 2009 American Housing Survey (AHS).

Builders also list features such as granite countertops, a double sink and a central island as popular elements in new-home kitchens, and a linen closet and a private toilet in the bathroom, according to the NAHB. Additional features likely to be included throughout the home include first-floor ceilings at least 9 feet high, a front porch, outdoor lighting and a patio.


Tom Kalinski 
Owner and Founder
RE/MAX of Boulder

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