How to Design a Home for Resale
Most Requested Home Design Features
The most important things your home must have to increase your resale value are design, location and price according to a survey of home buyers conducted by John Burns Real Estate Consulting. Here's why this holds true across regions, markets, and demographic categories.
Most requested home design features
Award winning custom builders like Stanton Homes design and handcraft every detail to fit homebuyer requirements. Here's what's hot:
- Island kitchens that feel open and spacious
- Large great rooms with a fireplace
- His-and-hers style master bathrooms
- Staircases with overlooks; two story rooms
- Ample storage, built in cabinets, tucked-away nooks
- Divided space for work and play, such as first floor offices and outdoor living areas
Most Requested Home Design Feature #1: Island kitchen open to great room
Island kitchen floor plans allow for a tremedous amount of flexibility.
This custom kitchen design features an island angled towards the great room - ideal for integrating cooking and conversation.
A secondary island prep sink is convenient and efficient. And an island that's set back a bit like this also allows space for individual projects.
Other special features add to the ambience of an island, such as:
- Trey ceiling with reflective shaping
- Custom tile backsplash with listello accent
- Cut-out opening to sunroom with serving counter
Most Requested Home Design Feature #2: His-and-hers style master bathrooms
His-and-hers style master bathrooms are a top requested floor plan feature that provides personal space and conveniece.
A his and hers bathroom can include two completely separate vanities (usually on opposite walls of the master bathroom) or connected vanities set apart by a cabinet or shelving.
The master bathroom featured here comes from a version of the Peay - a home designed and built by Stanton Homes.
Most Requested Home Design Feature #3: Staircases with overlooks and two story rooms
The desire for homes that flow with a lot of space often include soaring ceilings - and in today's more energy efficient homes this kind of airiness can come with the comfort of reduced energy bills.
This two story great room with overlook is a focal point of this version of the Treehouse - a custom home designed for the ultimate flow-through design so open that it invites the eye to explore beyond the horizons of its walls.
Most Popular design features in two story rooms with overlooks can include:
- Entire wall of windows
- Fireplace with built in storage shelves
- Second story overlook with wrought iron railing and ebony posts
- Maple hardwood flooring
Most Requested Home Design Feature #4: Ample storage
No matter how much square footage a home has, innovative designs that provide ample space to tuck things away are extremely popular.
This picture taken in the Treehouse design built by Stanton Homes shows how toys or other items can be popped away in built-in bins that help to quickly eliminate clutter.
Ask your buider how to integrate extra storage space in built-in benches, window seats, closets cabinets, shelving, cubbies and tucked-away nooks.
For example, long walls like this provide lots of space for bookcases that can hold virtually anything you want to organize - without taking up a lot of floor space.
Most Requested Home Design Feature #5: Divided space for work and play
A big advantage of building your own custom home is the ability to provide separated spaces for varied activities.
Whether you want to make sure the kids have a place to play indoors and out, or you need to incorporate a home office that can be shut away from family activties, your new home can be created with everything just the way you want it.
For more information, read the full article from Professional Builder's July Design Innovation Report: click here.