The reasons behind this figure?Most folks who build their dream barndos only have the money to finish it out at that magic number. They consider the primary costs of construction, then add or subtract their amenities to fit their budgets.
What constitutes an “amenity?”Many of us might think of cabinets, flooring, counter tops and plumbing fixtures as important amenities. And they are. But here are the top 5 home amenities, according to a recent survey of builders in the NAHB (National Association of Home Builders): (Source: constructiondive.com)
- Huge closets.
Builders and remodelers said the single, most-requested amenity is a walk-in closet in the master bedroom. In a PulteGroup survey of 1,000 homeowners, 31% said they would happily sacrifice some other household feature for his-and-hers closets in the master bedroom.
Most new homes feature at least a couple of walk-in closets, but house hunters want them bigger and more elaborate.
- An efficient laundry room.
Second on the house-hunters’ wish list is a state-of-the-art laundry room, according to the NAHB survey of 400 homebuilders. “A good walk-in closet or laundry room might not be sexy, but they do make a household run better—and what’s the point of moving to a [newly built] home if it’s not going to make your life easier?” asked Stephen Melman of the National Association of Home Builders’ surveys and housing research division.
Homebuyers are looking for laundry rooms with skylights, built-in ironing boards, room for folding clothes, storage and upgraded appliances.
- Energy-efficient everything.
That includes low-e windows, programmable thermostats and Energy Star appliances, which will save the homebuyer money on future energy bills.
- A great room.
Much more than a dining room, the absence of a great room is a deal-breaker for many would-be homebuyers. The bigger and brighter, the better, the NAHB study revealed, especially for couples with children who live at home.
- Nine-foot ceilings.
This family favorite is only for the first floor. Buyers are asking their builders for the elevated ceilings—the standard is nine feet high—to open up living rooms, dining rooms and other shared spaces. Some home buyers request a vaulted ceiling of 15 feet or more.
In many barndos, of course, owners are opting for side walls as high as 25 feet to accommodate their desire to display a 20-foot tall Christmas tree once a year.