Thanks to a first-of-its-kind study of over 2,408 Wisconsin homeowners, compiled by the Wisconsin Builders Association (WBA) and Avid Ratings, fresh insights are now available on everything from preferred living spaces, amenities, and materials to energy efficiency options and more.
Concerning the most common spaces in every home—the kitchen, bedrooms, and bathrooms—Wisconsin homeowners confirm current design trends while also revealing some new features rising in popularity.
In the kitchen, open concept designs complete with kitchen islands still reign supreme, with 87.5% indicating an open-concept kitchen as a “must have” or “really want” and 87.1% either needing or wanting a kitchen island in their floorplan. Oversized kitchens and walk-in pantries are also rising in popularity, with the majority of respondents noting them as necessary for their dream kitchen. However, formal dining rooms are still on the outs, with over half of respondents indicating them as “not important.”
As for bedrooms, walk-in closets remain exceedingly popular with over 90% of Wisconsin homeowners, while momentum picks up for main floor master suites (49% “must have,” 12.5% “really want”). Double sinks are seen as a must for master bathrooms, and more homeowners are showing interest in oversized showers, especially over their soaker or whirlpool tub counterparts (45.4% and 60% noting as “not important,” respectively).
A final interesting development is current homeowner preference for mudrooms (57.3% as “must have”), far above and beyond their interest in home theater/media rooms or hobby/game rooms. Move over, mancave!
The full WBA Market Study Report is available for purchase at wba.avidratings.com.
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