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Regional Trends in Single Family Homes: Size, Price and Design Features Vary

Published November 11, 2014

According to a recent study from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) the regional differences in new single-family home characteristics are substantial. The study was based on an analysis of the 2013 Census Bureau Survey of Construction, and found major differences in building materials, design features, price and financing.


New England homes are the most expensive, with a median sales price for a new single-family home at $400,000. The least East South Central and West South Central regions have the least expensive homes with a median sales price reaching from $221,000 and $223,000. The home size does not necessarily correlate to the prices. For instance, some of the smallest house plans with the median size of 2,240 square feet found in the New England homes were also the most expensive.


Home design differences also show variations in the number of floors, type of foundation and siding, with vinyl being the most common primary siding material at 31 percent used primarily in the Northeast and Midwest as of 2013, followed by brick being a popular home plan design in the south at nearly 24 percent. Stucco was the top choice in the West. Further, most homes in colder climates have basements, while slab foundation are more popular in the South, and Western parts of the country.


Of the homes built last year, 58 percent had two or more stories, primarily those in the Northeast, while 47-65 percent of homes were built with two or more stories the South, and more than half of the homes started last year in the West feature two or more stories such as these popular country style two story house plans.


Porches ranked as the most popular outdoor feature, while outdoor patios dominated new home building in the West South Central region. Decks remain a top choice for single-family homes built in New England at 63 percent.


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Source: http://www.aia.org/practicing/AIAB104581


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