More Buyers Seek Outdoor Features in New Homes

Judie Docs, Executive Officer – CSP, MCSP, CGP, CMP, MIRM
North Coast Building Industry Association (NCBIA) ncbia.com

As the home building industry celebrates New Homes Month in April, recent research shows that the pandemic had long-term effects on buyers’ expectations for their homes. One of the most lasting consequences is the desire to spend more time outside in the comfort and safety of porches and backyards.

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) asked recent and prospective home buyers about the top features they want in a new home. More than 50% of buyers ranked nearly a dozen outdoor features as essential or desirable in a home. Among the most popular outdoor features are a patio, exterior lighting, a front porch, landscaping, and a deck. The survey also found that between 2020 and 2023, outdoor fireplaces and outdoor kitchens increased in popularity.  

Surprisingly, the desired features varied across generations. Boomers are significantly less likely than younger generations to want outdoor features in their homes. Less than half (49%) of Boomers considered an outdoor fireplace essential or desirable, compared to a majority (70%) of Gen Z and Millennial buyers. A similar dichotomy exists for an outdoor kitchen; only 45% of Boomers want an outdoor kitchen compared to most younger generations.

Functional outdoor spaces are one of the many advantages of a newly constructed home. Builders in our community closely follow buyers’ exterior needs and wants, so spring home buying season is a perfect time to find a home that fits modern lifestyles.

There are many other benefits of owning a new home that may be less obvious but just as valuable. For example, builders generally construct homes in new neighborhoods, and when families move into a new community simultaneously, lasting bonds of friendship and neighborliness often form immediately. Many home builders host community block parties to help neighbors meet and connect.

Entertaining new neighbors, friends, or family outdoors or indoors is easier with newer homes. Older homes often have smaller rooms, and therefore can be challenging to host gatherings with friends and family. Today’s home builders are creating more open spaces with higher ceilings, oversized windows, and expansive great rooms for added convenience and modern living.  

To learn more about the benefits of new homes, contact the NCBIA. The North Coast Building Industry Association is your local not-for-profit trade association representing member companies involved in all aspects of home building, remodeling, and other aspects of services available to help you in the future as well as more information on the above topic.   So, you can see it is for your protection that you use a NCBIA member. If you are unsure that your contractor is a member of the NCBIA or you are looking for a list of NCBIA members, you can visit our website at www.ncbia.com or call 440-934-1090.   We also have a job posting board (under the Industry tab).   

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