Homeowners say ‘no thanks’ to these design trends

NAHB surveyed homeowners on what they want in new homes and found some things they can do without
Homebuyers have their doubts about these features. (Photo: Georgerudy, Dreamstime)

A study by the National Association of Home Builders identified which features homeowners are happy to do without in a new home.

Elevators remain a niche feature for remodelers and builders that focus on accessibility and mobility. Two-thirds of respondents said they do not want an elevator in their home. Since over three-quarters of respondents surveyed by NAHB had purchased or were shopping for a single-family home, that’s not too surprising.

Another feature whose unpopularity may be attributed to the high representation of single-family homebuyers is green roofs. NAHB found 50% of buyers do not want a roof either partially or wholly covered with plants.

Denver is requiring green roofs on certain buildings including residential buildings larger than 25,000 square feet. However, like elevators, green roofs remain a niche offering for single-family homes.

[Read more about green roofs in our sister publication, Colorado Patio & Landscape.]

Homeowners also rejected wine cellars (57%), pet washing stations (49%) and dual toilets in the master bath (48%).

Materials that homeowners crossed off their must-have list include cork floors (47%) and laminate countertops (46%).

[Related: Engineered quartz overtakes natural stone in kitchen remodels]

Community features that homebuyers expressed little interest in include daycare centers (50%), golf course communities (47%) and high-density developments (46%).

Danielle Andrus

Danielle Andrus was previously the managing editor for Colorado Builder, and is currently Editor for the Journal of Financial Planning.

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One thought on “Homeowners say ‘no thanks’ to these design trends

  • April 6, 2019 at 8:03 am

    Good information. my only contradiction is granite tops are still a very desired item. “Engineered quartz” looks too production. Been building since 1977.

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