The Kitchen is Still King!
American’s want smaller houses and they 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 this week.
Buyers today want cost-effective architecture, plans that focus on spaces not rooms.
Large kitchens that are open to the main family living area, old-fashioned bathrooms with clawfoot tubs and small spaces such as wine grottos are design features that resonate today.
It’s all about family togetherness-casual living, entertaining & flexible spaces.
Paul Cardis, CEO of AVID Ratings Co., which conducts an annual survey of home-buyer preferences said there are 10 “must” features:
1) Large kitchens with an island
2) Energy-Efficient Appliances, High-Efficiency Insulation & High-Window Efficiency
3) Home office/study
4) Main floor Master Suite
5) Outdoor living room
6) Ceiling fans
7) Master Suite Soaker Tubs
8 ) Stone & Brick Exteriors
9) Community Landscaping with Walking Paths & Playgrounds
10) 3 Car Garage
‘Til Next Month,