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Cabinets, counters, and appliances: What the dream home looks like by generation

Aly J. Yale
The Mortgage Reports contributor

Top dream home features

The American dream home has white cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and granite countertops. According to a new study, Americans across all generations overwhelming prefer these features when buying a home.

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The dream home by generation

A new survey from the National Association of Home Builders looks at aesthetic preferences by generation. Across all groups — Millennials, Gen Xers, Baby Boomers, and Seniors — stainless steel appliances were the clear favorite.

Nearly three-quarters of Generation X buyers said they prefer stainless steel appliances, while 65 percent of Boomers and Seniors did. Millennials were close behind at 64 percent. About a quarter of Millennials like black appliances, though they rank low among other cohorts.

On countertops, there’s also a clear-cut favorite: granite or natural stone. These features are preferred by more than 60 percent of Millennials and Gen Xers and over half of Boomers and seniors. Only a small fraction of each generation prefers laminate countertops. More than a quarter of seniors also like quartz.

When it comes to cabinetry, white is the top-ranking preference among all generations. Nearly 40 percent of seniors say they prefer white cabinets, while around a third of Millennials and Boomers say the same. Gen Xers like white cabinets or medium brown ones. 

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Other preferences

NAHB did a deeper dive into the Millennial dream home early last month. The analysis showed younger buyers largely prefer suburban living.

They also want full-size laundry rooms, hardwood exteriors, patios, and walk-in pantries. 

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What Millennials don’t care about? Wine cellars, golf course access, laminate flooring, or stucco. These all rank among Millennials’ least-wanted features according to NAHB.

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