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Sound Off Ruth DeVilliers What latest design trends are home buyers interested in?

August 6, 2018

The typical buyer today tends to have a list of features they are looking for in a home that is different than buyers from even just 10 years ago. It’s important to keep these in mind if you are buying, selling or renovating. From my experience, especially in the higher-end of the market, the following amenities have trended toward “must-haves” for buyers.

Mudroom

Many buyers are now looking for this to be a room, not just a hallway or single closet. They want built-in cubbies for each family member, storage for gloves, hats and boots, plenty of hanging space for many coats and even storage for sports equipment.

Walk-in closets

Many high-end buyers today want two walk-in closets in the master bedroom and a walk-in closet in each of the other bedrooms. These closets accommodate all the clothing, readily available to see and reach, with plenty of shelving, hanging space and display areas for the accessories. They prefer this space big enough so that they can get dressed in the closet, not the bedroom.

Kitchen and family rooms

These are combined to make for the popular “hang-out” area for family and guests. Storage in the kitchen for all the gadgets and appliances is something people crave to keep the kitchen organized. The large island is still popular to sit around to watch the chefs at work.

A “Costco closet”

Buyers want this for the storage of big quantity purchases. This room makes the rest of the house less cluttered.

Outdoor fireplace and grill area

This enables buyers to extend their family’s living space outside.

A few other notable trends

Buyers also are increasingly looking for the garage on the same level as the kitchen; a full bathroom on the first floor for future needs or just for when the muddy dog trots right in and two dishwashers.

Ruth DeVilliers, Halstead Connecticut, (203) 219-1860, rdevilliers@halstead.com

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