NAHB - National Association of Home Builders

10/01/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 10/01/2019 08:48

How Millennial Layout Preferences Differ From Other Generations

Millennials are more inclined to want features such as two-story homes, open layouts, and a greater number of bedrooms and bathrooms than other generations, according to data from NAHB's 'What Home Buyers Really Want ' report. The report is based on a survey of prospective and recent home buyers about the preferences they want in a home and community.

Additional space is important to millennials, who have an eye toward homes with at least three bedrooms (87%) and two bathrooms (86%). These home buyers also want a half basement (36%) or a full basement (37%), and prefer open kitchen and dining room layouts (50%) and family room and dining room layouts (43%) more so than older home buyers.

What they don't tend to want are single-story homes (35%) - which, in contrast, are much more popular with boomers (80%) and seniors (74%). Three-bedroom homes are also popular among boomers (52%) and seniors (56%), but interest in four bedrooms or more drops for these generations - to 23% and 13%, respectively - and increases for millennials.

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NAHB economist Carmel Ford attributes millennials' increased interest in additional bedrooms to potentially accommodating growing families. Read more about millennial layout preferences in this Eye on Housing post.

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