Rose Quint, assistant vice president for NAHB's Survey Research Economics and Housing Policy Group, told the media at the 2010 NAHB International Builders' Show that builders were given a list of 40 features and asked which ones they were likely to include in new homes this year. Here's what's hot and what's not.
Items most likely to be found in new homes for 2010:
Also on the chopping block this year are energy-guzzlers like the high-ceiling entryways. Builders hope nine-foot ceilings will give the buyer a feeling of more square footage, which has been reduced.
Buyers will be looking for ways to save money. For example, water-saving toilets use an average of 39,000 fewer gallons of water annually for a family of four. That's enough for a lifetime of drinking water for three people, said Shane Judd, senior marketing manager of water conservation for Kohler.
NAHB conducted a consumer survey to compare the wants of older buyers with others.They found that those age 55 and older have a slightly different "want" list in a new home: