10 Home Feature Trends for 2014

Here's a look at 10 trends in home building that may change the way we see the future of our homes.

1.  Energy Star-rated appliances, programmable thermostats and Energy-Star rated windows.

2.  Living area is increasing, up by 317 square feet since 2009.

3.  Buyers still prefer a second-floor master bedroom. Only 18 percent were interested in one on the first floor.

4.  A walk-in closet in the master bedroom is a must.

5.  The dedicated first-floor laundry room is becoming the standard feature of many new homes, because buyers overwhelmingly prefer it.

6.  Low-E windows, short for low-emissivity windows, are glass windows that have a special, transparent coating that minimizes the amount of ultraviolet and infrared light passing through the windows, without compromising visible light.

7.  The kitchen continues to grow in modern homes, with more space for cooking and cleaning.  Buyers most desired table space for eating, a double sink for dishes and walk-in pantry for storing food.

8.  A front porch, outdoor lighting and patio are popular, while the outdoor kitchen and fireplace are fading from new homes.

9.  The living room has been replaced with the open, TV-centered family room or great room, which have both become more popular in recent years.

10.  The most unpopular home feature:  The elevator.  According to NAHB's survey, elevators are the least desirable home feature, followed shortly by living in a golf course community. Luckily, those options are fairly rare in single-family homes today.