Top Home Buyer Preferences Include Patios & Outdoor Kitchens

top home buyer preferences include patios and outdoor kitchens

Two of the current top home buyer preferences include patios and outdoor kitchens according to recent reports from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and Forbes Global Properties, a curated consumer marketplace of luxury homes and top real estate firms.

In their article about top features and design trends for 2023, the NAHB reported that builders saw a large increase in the demand for patios and other exterior amenities in 2022.  A recent Forbes Global Properties Luxury Agent Poll discovered the most sought-after home amenity in 2023 as an outdoor kitchen/entertaining area.

Outdoor Living Space is Important to Home Buyers

Outdoor living space has always been a selling point for homes. In recent years, the desire to have comfortable outdoor living space has increased and is something a large percentage of home buyers are looking for. According to What Buyers Want in a House in 2023 by Stuccco, a virtual staging company, “82% of home buyers want a patio” and “home buyers rated patios even higher than rear porches, decks and even front porches”.

Additional reasons outdoor living space is important to home buyers:

  • Increases the usable area of your home
  • Makes entertaining easier
  • Benefits of spending time outdoors
  • Can increase the value of your home

Beautiful outdoor patios and courtyards with fireplaces, kitchens, and lounge areas are becoming increasingly popular. They make spending time outdoors as comfortable as being inside and increase the usable area of your home. With thoughtful lighting and furnishings, these spaces can create a special atmosphere, especially in the evenings.

Using a combination of inside and outside areas greatly increases the available space when entertaining. and helps keep the inside of your home cleaner. Using outdoor areas for cooking and dining will keep any mess or accidental spills outside where they are easier to clean up.

According to the National Institute of Health (NIH)spending time outdoors can induce a number of health benefits. Having easy access to outdoor living spaces as well as natural light in your home can have a positive impact on your life.

The versatility of outdoor living spaces offers ample room for personalization and there are many ways to revamp your existing outdoor living space if desired. Homeowners can tailor patios and courtyards to reflect their personal tastes and fit their lifestyles. The choice of furnishings, lighting and landscaping can transform these areas into aesthetically pleasing extensions of the indoor living space, contributing to the overall appeal and value of the property.

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The Popularity of Outdoor Kitchens, Bars and Entertaining Areas

Outdoor kitchens, bars and entertaining areas offer the perfect setting for hosting gatherings, family dinners and parties. Guests can mingle in the refreshing open air, savoring grilled delicacies and cocktails, while creating lasting memories.

An outdoor kitchen and bar effectively extend the living area, providing additional space for dining, relaxing and socializing. This extended space allows homeowners to enjoy the beauty of nature while having the convenience of modern amenities at their fingertips.

With a range of appliances like grills, smokers and pizza ovens, outdoor kitchens offer versatility in cooking. This variety allows homeowners to experiment with different cuisines and cooking techniques, bringing the gourmet dining experience right into their backyard.

Outdoor kitchens also offer opportunities for implementing sustainable practices, such as using solar-powered appliances, incorporating recycled materials in design, and growing herbs and vegetables in hanging pots or garden areas conveniently located for easy inclusion in a meal.

Cooking outdoors during warmer months helps reduce the indoor temperature, thereby cutting down on air conditioning usage and energy costs. The reduction in odors and smoke inside the house decreases the need for air fresheners and purifiers as well.

Outdoor kitchens and entertaining areas can be customized to reflect personal style and preferences. The integration of stylish furniture, decorative lighting and artistic elements can enhance the aesthetic appeal of the outdoor space, making it a focal point of the home.

Ultimately, having an outdoor kitchen and bar area increases the enjoyment of the home. Whether it’s a quiet evening with a book and a glass of wine or a lively weekend barbecue with friends, these spaces contribute to a richer and more diversified home life.

Investing in a well-designed outdoor kitchen and bar can increase a home’s value and appeal. Home buyers often view these spaces as luxurious additions, demonstrating the homeowner’s attention to detail and commitment to quality living.

With all the benefits they offer, it’s easy to see why top home buyer preferences include patios and outdoor kitchens.

Epcon Communities

Many of the thoughtfully designed floor plans from Ecpon Communities include large windows that provide beautiful views of an included private courtyard from the main living areas in the home. With few steps between indoor and outdoor spaces, enjoying your private courtyard is convenient. Some communities and floor plans may even offer zero-entry patio doors between the living area and the courtyard.

The large courtyards can easily be furnished with outdoor furniture, a built-in grill, a fire pit or fireplace, fountains and other water features or whatever brings you joy! If you love to garden, there’s plenty of room for large planters, hanging baskets and border areas around the courtyard for flowers, herbs and vegetables, perfect for cooking outdoors.

Our luxury single-family homes offer floor plans starting from 1,300 square feet to over 3,000 square feet with 2-4 bedrooms. Many communities even include resort-style amenities and landscape maintenance provided by the HOA so you can spend more of your time doing what you love!

If finding a modern home with beautiful, relaxing outdoor living areas is appealing to you, explore Epcon Communities in locations around the country and learn about all the benefits we offer. We make it easy for you to pursue an active lifestyle and gain a sense of community. Contact us to discover all the advantages of buying an Epcon home including why top home buyer preferences include patios and outdoor kitchens!