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An idiot article, it's funny that you see people wanting all these things or adding them to their homes all the time.
Jul 24, 2014 9:29AM

recycling 2 year old articles--hardly keeping up on Trends.

Jul 19, 2014 6:16PM
And good riddance to all of them!!!
Jul 15, 2014 11:24AM
As a retired broker and appraiser some of the items listed were never popular. Jetted tubs, sunrooms, media rooms and wine cellars never added value. These items may have made for appeal but the sunrooms were usually valued as an enclosed porch (it probably lacked heat and ac) media rooms were considered part of a finished basement which has also gone the way of the dodo bird. Wine cellars are a total waste of money.
Mar 23, 2014 7:59PM

Narrower hallways?  First, a well-designed house shouldn't have lengthy expanses of hallways.  Second, the concept of universal design ought to be the standard and not something people have to pay extra to get. 


It's like builders don't think people won't want to stay in the home for decades and that they will age as they live there.  Or buyers truly believe they are immortal and bad medical things will never ever happen to them or their offspring or their parents.


ALL homes ought to come equipped with minimal hallways, 32" doorways, wide enough staircases to add in a chair lift, extra room in the garage for the adddition of a ramp, a sloped, ridged concrete exit to the patio instead of a couple of steps down, at least one roll-in shower, and room enough for a wheelchair spin or maneouvering a walker, plus grab bars, in that bathroom.


I'm surprised sunken family rooms/living rooms didn't make the list.  Even one step down can become an insurmountable obstacle if someone suddenly becomes disabled.

Jan 22, 2014 8:48AM
It's the beginning of 2014, why are you still showing articles from 2012??????
Get with and up to date on these things, I'm sure it will keep/attract more readers.........
Nov 14, 2012 4:11AM
I agree with a lot of the posters.  Builders are cutting this out not because they are "lazy" but because they want to keep their building cost low and the price low, enabling them  to keep their capital risk lower.  Everyone expects a bargain because of the housing meltdown.  People building custom still want these features.
Nov 14, 2012 3:28AM
At 250k it would be a great starter home, that would be it. Also all of the homes were mostly in small to med towns. If that home was in a large city I bet it would be over 400k.
Apr 17, 2012 8:36PM
While there's nothing wrong with any of these features individually, it's one thing if someone who has the money chooses to upgrade/install such home luxuries. It's another when home builders gild the lily and build unnecessary extremism, then expect homebuyers to pay up, simply because of a "trend" and people's egoic need to "live large". An extra kitchen outdoors or a media room is simply frivolous when you just want a comfortable roof over your head. As for impressive two-story foyers and family rooms coming with equally impressive utility bills... who didn't see that coming?
Apr 17, 2012 7:49PM

All of you "haters" of "american Gigantism" whatever the hell that is, would be the first in line to "belly up to the bar" if you were invited to a party from someone who had the desire, courage and the almighty dollar to purchase such an upgrade.

jealousy is the obvious motivation for anything and everything you have to say in life.

go get a job!!

Apr 17, 2012 7:07PM
As someone who lives in a home with a cheesy jetted tub, I can honestly say good riddance. They're unattractive and completely impractical. 20 minutes to fill up. Water gets too cool before it's full. And who has that kind of time anyway?
Apr 17, 2012 5:24PM

Please spare us these kitchens smack in the middle of a big public space (be it the family room or the "great room") with no way to close the door and cook in peace (or to contain a puppy who is being housebroken). In any case, the "great room" always makes me think I'm expected to walk in and say "Hey, this is a GREAT ROOM!".


And, since the main public room of a house used to be the living room (before "family rooms" were invented), if one of these spaces is to be eliminated by builders it seems like the one that is left is the living room.

Apr 17, 2012 5:24PM
Oh, and I know someone with a media room.  
Apr 17, 2012 5:22PM
I think people should have what they want.  This is just lazy builders and stupid media saying this stuff is out.  I will admit, though, that an outdoor kitchen seems a bit much.
Apr 17, 2012 3:10PM

What is the appeal of great rooms? Seriously.


Apr 17, 2012 3:01PM
These over the top building ideas reflect both ostentatious poor design taste and the cult of American Gigantism. Duplicating interior features in an outdoor environment is beyond bad taste and plain wasteful. The ultra bathrooms are also a complete waste of money and resources. How about taking the money needed to build such pointless designs, and use it to build better designs and better materials.
Apr 17, 2012 2:42PM

I foresaw the demise of the outdoor kitchen... wasteful to duplicate all those applainces when a well designed house would allow a good flow from the mian kitchen to the outdoor space.  Media rooms also seem over the top... why not sit in your comfortable couch and watch a movie!

Apr 17, 2012 1:39PM
thats bullshi##, all of those are cool, and dont frickin tell me whats out! if its what i like, stay outta my business, frickin morons who came up with this add.
Apr 17, 2012 1:12PM
article should be 10 things builders dont want to include in your house anymore.
Apr 17, 2012 12:59PM
I live in Lago Estancia, beautiful area, what a nice surprise to see our lake in the article. It's also in Gilbert - NOT Phoenix!!
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