This Year’s Most Popular Home Features

\n\nWhat’s in?\n\nA recent survey from the National Association of Home Builders found buyers are focused on size, shop advice family, ampoule form and function. The features that builders said they are most likely to include in a typical single-family home this year are walk-in closets in the master bedroom, low-e windows, laundry rooms and great rooms. Energy-efficiency was also a popular theme. Energy-Star rated appliances, programmable thermostats and Energy-Star rated windows all ranked high on the list. Granite countertops, a double-sink and a central island are poised to make the cut in the kitchen. Function also took over the bathroom with linen closets and a private toilet hitting the list of must-haves. What else could you see this year? Builder said homes are likely to include first-floor ceilings that are at least nine-feet high, a front porch, exterior lighting and a patio.\n\nWhat’s Out?\n\nOne day you’re in, the next you’re out. The most unlikely features to show up in 2014 homes are laminate kitchen countertops, an outdoor kitchen, an outdoor fireplace, a sunroom, a two-story family room, a media room, a two-story foyer and a whirlpool in the master bathroom.

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