Today, savvy homebuyers are paying more attention than ever to kitchen and bathroom features, and new homes are reflecting their preferences. A kitchen is no longer an area for cooking, it is a place where people gather to create and share meals. Similarly, function and design also are important in bathrooms. So, which features stand out for homebuyers?


A recent study conducted by the National Association of Home Builders reveals that more than half of homebuyers ranked a walk-in pantry as the top desirable feature in the kitchen. The second most wanted kitchen feature was a double sink, followed by table space for eating, and a central island.


The preferred finishes for cabinets varied. More than one-third of homebuyers preferred a white kitchen cabinet color, followed closely by medium and dark brown. Unlike kitchen cabinets, homebuyers have a strong preference for type of appliance. Two-thirds of buyers say stainless steel is in. They were also decisive when it came to kitchen countertop material: granite or natural stone is their favorite.


When it comes to the bathroom, homebuyers say having a linen closet in the master bath is the most desired feature. The second most wanted feature is both a shower stall and tub in the master bath. Other top preferences include a double vanity and private toilet space in the master bath. Homebuyers increasingly say they want a white toilet, tub, and sink.


Unlike kitchens, there were stark contrasts in bathroom feature preferences among different generations. More than one-third of older homebuyers do not want a whirlpool tub in the master bath, compared to only eight percent of buyers under 45. Similarly, one-third of older home buyers do not want a skylight in the master bath, compared to 14 percent of buyers under age 45.


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