By Michael Gruber, President, Building Industry Association of Stark & East Central Ohio
New home buyers have a variety of choices when it comes to modern home design. Two areas of the house, kitchens and bathrooms, usually attract the most attention.
While styles, sizes, and decor can vary, there are some key features homebuyers want in kitchens and bathrooms.
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recently surveyed potential and recent home buyers and found that the most popular kitchen and bathroom features offer flexibility and comfort.
Most Popular Kitchen Features
During the pandemic, many people spent less time entertaining themselves in the kitchen and more time cooking. With a variety of kitchen gadgets and cooking ingredients, it’s no surprise that double sinks and pantries have stood out as must-have items in the kitchen.
In fact, more than four in ten buyers think the double sink is so essential that they would be unlikely to buy a home without it.
The survey also revealed buyers’ preferences for more space to accommodate the time spent preparing and tasting meals. The results of the survey showed that more than 70% of buyers wanted a table space to eat (78%); a central island (77%) and drinking water filtration (76%).
The survey results also revealed that buyers would like features that are both practical and customizable in a kitchen. More than two-thirds of all shoppers said they wanted recessed lighting (69%), custom backsplash (69%), and sliding shelves (68%).
Guy Bolon of Bolon’s Custom Kitchens says, “This survey is accurate for both new builds and renovations. Most of the work we do involves at least a bit of custom or high-end gadgets and tech in common applications.
Most Popular Bathroom Features
The four most popular bathroom features are all related to the home’s master bathroom. Top of the list: a linen closet in the master bathroom, deemed essential or desirable by 76% of homebuyers.
Other features that were among the most popular in the master bathroom were a shower stall and tub (74%) and a double vanity (69%).
The shower and tub combination in the master bathroom ranked as the most ‘essential’ feature, with more than a third (36%) of buyers saying they would be unlikely to buy a home without it. this characteristic.
“Kitchens and bathrooms are special and personal places in the home,” says Joe Laure of Accent Home Improvement, “so it shouldn’t surprise a builder or renovator when they meet a client with specific requests. . “
The BIA has many members involved in the design, construction and renovation of kitchens and bathrooms. Indeed, as I went through our membership list, I remembered how many components are actually involved in building kitchens and bathrooms!
Countertops, cabinets, lighting, flooring, plumbing fixtures – the list goes on and on. We have the right professionals to help you get it right, the first time.
For more information on modern kitchens and bathrooms in new and renovated homes, contact the BIA at 330-494-5700 or [email protected]