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Top New-Home Features in 2020

Closets, energy efficiency, and laundry rooms appear to be home builders' top priorities in the single-family homes they're constructing this year.

The National Association of Home Builders conducts a nationwide survey each year to find out what home features builders are most likely to include in a typical new home. The walk-in closet in the master bedroom was the most popular home feature builders cited, according to the survey. Energy-efficient features were popular, too, such as efficient lighting, programmable thermostat, Energy Star–rated appliances, and windows. Kitchens were most likely to have a central island, a walk-in pantry, and granite countertops, the NAHB survey shows.

On the other hand, the least likely features builders were to include in the price of the home were cork flooring for the living areas on the main floor, geothermal heat pumps, solar power systems, and dual toilets in the master bath. Also, specialty rooms unlikely to be included were sun rooms, media rooms, and two-story family rooms or foyers.

(Sources: and “Most Likely (Unlikely) Features in New Single-Family Homes in 2020,” National Association of Home Builders’ Eye on Housing blog (March 25, 2020))

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