The current building trend to downsize square footage, but not skimp on quality or amenities, continues to be the norm. The smaller home means cozier rooms for family gatherings, finished basements for entertaining, exercise rooms and where the kids can hang out with their friends. Open floor plans, first floor master bedroom suites and all the bells and whistles in the kitchen are number one priority.
Energy efficiency is also a top priority. The Builder/American Lives New-Home Shoppers Survey indicates that nearly half of new-home shoppers will pay at least an extra $5,000 for energy-saving features, particularly high-performance windows, high efficiency HVAC and insulation that exceeds code.
According to a Better Homes & Gardens survey, 91% want an energy efficient HVAC system, and 65% of buyers want a front porch and outdoor features, even in smaller homes. These sentiments are a common theme with the Home Construction, Inc. customer.