15 Most Popular Features of New Homes in 2014

Linen closets, programmable thermostats, high ceilings, and more.

New research released by the National Association of Home Builders suggest home size is going up, and with more room come more amenities.

Below, the 15 features builders predict will be most popular in 2014 for 4+ bedroom homes (in no particular order):




1. Walk-in closet in the master bedroom
2. Laundry room
3. Great room
4. Energy-Star rated appliances
5. Programmable thermostats
6. Energy-Star rated windows
7. Granite countertops
8. Double-sink
9. Central island
10. Linen closet
11. Private toilet in the bathroom
12. First-floor ceilings at least 9 feet high
13. Front porch
14. Exterior lighting
15. Patio

Most popular features in new homes in 2014 [American Genius]

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  • Daniel

    How about garages with water hoses to wash your own car.

    • Liz Spikol

      A good suggestion!

  • justthetruth

    Using granite, the most common material in the earth’s surface, for kitchen countertops? What won’t they think of next. And a linen closet – wow. Boy, I wish the modest home I grew up in had a linen closet. Oh wait, it DID have a linen closet.

    • Liz Spikol

      The builders are just predicting what people will want this year — or continue to want. They’re not suggesting these are new features. Lord knows, linen closets have been around, and granite countertops? Yawn.

  • jussayin’

    A huge 4+ bedroom home with energy star appliances is like drinking a 32oz “diet” soda.

  • Clank

    This is why my wife won’t let us subscribe to Philadelphia Magazine. But I do love ya, Liz.

    • Liz Spikol

      Hey, I didn’t pick the items on the list; the National Association of Home Builders members did. But thanks for your love, Clank. I love you too.