Kitchens and bathroom top the list in consumer decision-making process when it comes to buying or remodeling a home, a newly released research study reveals.
The research study was conducted by Better Homes and Gardens magazine. Participants in the survey included more than 2,200 home enthusiasts from across the country who bought a new home in the past 10 years or plan to build one in the next 10 years.
The study reveals that the top five priorities for people who own a home are:
1. An all-new kitchen “that looks great and is fun to work in.”
2. The right amount and type of customized storage.
3. A master bath and bedroom suite that feels like a luxurious hotel room.
4. Well-designed spaces that can be personalized.
5. A separate and convenient sizeable laundry workroom.
An additional key finding; more than half of all home enthusiasts want Green building and remodeling options presented to them. Green and Eco-Friendly design are key functions in the planning process at Monarch Kitchen and Bath Design, LLC. Some features are included in the cabinet construction, some items require a commitment from the consumer. How Green and How Eco-Friendly is a personal decision based on goals and budgets.
Other findings from the Better Homes and Gardens research study reveal that consumer priorities include:
- When home enthusiasts were asked the one thing they would want to tell a homebuilder, 70% said, “No more cookie-cutter houses. I want a house that has character and charm.”
- Specialty Storage: According to Butler, specialty storage “could not be more key today.” She states: “With families going in so many directions all at once, women value storage and organizing tools that help them keep life in control and clutter at bay.”
- Outdoor Kitchens: Entertaining space is no longer limited to the indoors, as 40% of survey respondents said that their outdoor living areas are almost as important as those inside. “Home is a hive and people want an inviting space that allows them to gather with family and friends,” Butler observes. “Outdoor spaces have also gone beyond the barbecue to include dining rooms, entertaining areas and full cooking and refrigeration capabilities.”
- Flexibility for the Future: The pace of change – in families, in technology and life itself – is so fast that “consumers demand homes that will change with them,” Butler points out.
Baby boomers, particularly are planning for these changes. In the next five to 10 years, about one in three boomers expects an aging parent to move in; many are planning for an adult child or relative to move in (23%), and most demand guest accommodations in their home for grown kids and grandkids (66%). More than half of baby boomers expect to have a need for one-floor living as well.