By The Hartford Courant > SOUTHINGTON – Large houses on big lots are losing their appeal to homebuyers who are gravitating toward properties that are easier to maintain and less costly to heat and cool. But today’s busy women want something more – homes that help simplify their lives.
“Women are the primary decision makers in 91 percent of new home purchases,” says Joanne Carroll, publisher of Connecticut Builder magazine and producer of the HOBI Awards for the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Connecticut. “They want homes designed to help hem relax, entertain and most of all organize their lives.”

These designs include “drop-zones” adjacent to an attached garage for mail, coats and boots. Pantries with lots of space and island eating bars, where kids can grab an after-school snack and do homework. Second-floor laundry rooms with lots of storage space and soaking tubs for de-stressing are also popular.
These home trends are popular with young families as well as Baby Boomers, Carroll says.

“Homebuyers are focused on price, value and the amenities that make their lives easier and less stressful,” Carroll says.

Other home features that have not only retained their popularity with buyers but have become more popular each year include high ceilings, open floor plans, hardwood floors, mud rooms, kitchen islands with barstools, large walk-in showers in master baths, as well as porches, decks, outdoor kitchens and fireplaces. Carroll says.