In an earlier piece we touched on what to consider and what you need to know if you’re thinking about remodeling versus buying a new home. This time, we’ll look at specific features being incorporated in to new homes as well as newly remodeled homes. When we say specific features we mean appliances, amenities and upgrades. Below are two lists that compiled for “least likely to be found in new homes” as well as “most likely to be found in new homes.” Keep these lists in mind for specific projects you could be considering when making your decision.


Here are the “features least likely to be found in new homes and communities” according to


1. Outdoor kitchen
2. Laminate countertop
3. Outdoor fireplace
4. Sunroom
5. Two-story family room
6. Media room
7. Two-story foyer
8. Whirlpool tub in master bath
9. Carpeting on main level

The trends in newly remodeled homes tend to lean towards thinking about expansion and customization, increasing space in large gathering areas, and outside additions. Overall, remodeled homes seem to be trending toward maximizing space, both inside and outside, which enables homeowners to have exactly what they want in their existing home.


Here are the “features most likely to be found in new homes” that found.



1. Walk-in closet
2. Laundry room
3. Low-emissivity windows
4. Great room
5. Energy Star appliances
6. Energy Star windows
7. Ceiling 1st floor 9’
8. 2-car garage
9. Programmable thermostat
10. Granite countertops

The trends in new homes tend to lean towards energy minded, environmentally friendly projects. In addition they tend to be smaller but not necessarily less expensive, while offering upgrades like granite countertops and walk-in closets.



What else should you consider?

One thing to keep in mind is that there are many remodeling projects that don’t adhere to the results found. For readers deciding between a new or newly remodeled home in the Chicagoland area, the team here at Airoom includes designers who are Certified Green Professionals, as well as Energy Star certified. Airoom’s build teams are also experienced in green and energy efficient building practices, and ensure that nothing gets missed in the process.
In addition, it’s important to consider the environmental impact of a new home building project versus the benefit of having an old home brought up to modern standards and fitted with Energy Star appliances and windows. Where it could takes decades for a new home’s environmental impact to break even, a newly remodeled home begins to reap those benefits immediately.

So I think I’ve made a decision, what should I do?

If you’ve made the decision to remodel your home or are considering building a new home, and are ready to sit down with an Airoom designer, send an email to [email protected] and we’ll be in touch!