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Most Popular Special Features - Efficiency, Easy Living Top the List

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Jan 16, 2012 @ 10:01 AM

Most Popular New Home Special Features

Energy Efficiency and Accessible/Easy Living

According to The American Institute of Architects (AIA) second quarter 2011 report, here are the most popular home design special features:

Extra insulation in the atticFirst Floor Master

Alternative insulation

First floor master bedroom


Easy to use features (universal design)


These can be divided into two main categories: energy efficiency and easy living.


NC Energy Efficient Homebuilders

1. Energy Efficiency

Extra insulation in the attic, alternative insulation

Energy efficient features have remained popular home additions from 2010 to 2011.

Some popular energy efficient features include:


2. Accessibility and Easy Living/Universal Design

Accessible New Homes

Features that promote accessibility and easy living have also remained popular home additions.

Some of the features architects are seeing requested more and more often are:

- First Floor Master Suites

- Elevators

- Ramps 

Pictured to the left is an accessible custom home with elevator.

Watch a video tour of the home pictured here - The Dugan.



Accessible Homes with Ramps

Examples of popular easy living special features include:

First floor master bedrooms


Easy-to-use handles and faucets

Watch a video tour of the home pictured here - The Greenhaven.


For more information about trends in popular new home special features, read the full survey and article here: The American Institute of Architects's (AIA) Home Design Trends Survey for the second quarter of 2011

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Most Popular Green Features - Top Requests

ADA and Wheelchair Accessible Homes

One Story Floor Plans

Universal Design Kitchen

Universal Design Laundry

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