Convenience, livability, and energy efficiency are top priorities in the construction of new homes in New Jersey this year. New Jersey Modular home builders and the factories that supply them are adding more custom features to new homes than they ever have.Among the features that are most likely to be included in a typical single-family home this year are:
- A walk-in closet in the master bedroom
- “Low-e” windows
- A laundry room
- A great room
- indoor jacuzzi tub
Also, New Jersey builders report more attention to energy efficiency in the construction of new homes. For example, Energy-Star rated appliances, programmable thermostats, and Energy-Star rated windows also were among the top of the list for features most likely to be included.
On a median per-square-foot basis, owners of used homes spent 78 cents per square foot per year on electricity, while owners of new homes spent 65 cents per square foot per year, according to data from the 2009 American Housing Survey.
Other popular features that builders listed included granite counter-tops; a double sink and a central island in kitchens: a linen closet and private toilet in the bathroom; first-floor ceilings that are at least nine-feet high; a front porch; outdoor lighting; and a patio.