Ask buyers what they want in new homes and you will get a laundry list of items.  This article in the Washington Post is based on a survey of homeowners planning to buy again in the next 10 years.  This is what they were looking for in a newly constructed home.

Here’s What Buyers of New Homes Want

Ashton Woods, a home builder in multiple markets in Florida, Texas, Arizona, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, recently surveyed homeowners who plan to buy a new residence in the next 10 years.  They wanted to find out what they were looking for in a new homes.

The Washington Post‘s Michele Lerner presents some highlights about the buying preferences that emerged from the survey:

• All-white kitchens are now second choice. The survey found an overwhelming majority of buyers prefer natural wood cabinets for their kitchen.  This pushed white cabinets to second place followed by distressed wood cabinets.

• Living space is more important than bedroom size. Sixty-one percent of homeowners surveyed said they would trade a larger bedroom for larger living areas.

• Hobby rooms become a priority. Bonus rooms on the main or upper level.  Basements set to be transformed to match the hobbies of homeowners. From yoga rooms to craft spaces or wine-tasting rooms, 76 percent of the homeowners surveyed said they would spend extra to incorporate a hobby room in their next house.

• Designated home office is important for home buyers of all ages. Sixty-seven percent of buyers say they want a home office in their next home. Despite wireless technology allowing people to work anywhere, the majority want a designated space in their home for work.

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