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Accessibility and Outdoor Property Improvements Top List of Popular Home Characteristics

      Residential architects report improved conditions throughout the residential sector






      Contact: Scott Frank
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      Washington, D.C. – June 19, 2014 –
      The residential market continues to improve with architects reporting an increase in demand for larger homes. Additionally, architects are seeing a greater interest in accessibility features as well as outdoor living space. These findings are from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Home Design Trends Survey for the first quarter of 2014, which focuses specifically on overall home layout and the use of interior and exterior space.

      “Facilitating greater accessibility into and around the home has become the dominant home layout consideration,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. “With home sizes increasing only modestly, households are investing more attention in exterior and property improvements.”

      Overall home layout and size trends

    Residential elements (% of respondents that reported increases)

     

    2014

     

    2013

             

    In-home accessibility

     

    65%

     

    64%

    Access in/out of home

     

    55%

     

    55%

    Informal space

     

    52%

     

    60%

    Open space layout

     

    50%

     

    56%

    Single-floor plan

     

    47%

     

    46%

    Volume

     

    28%

     

    24%

    Square footage

     

    15%

     

    12%

    Lot size

     

    3%

     

    3%

      Outdoor living and landscaping trends

    Residential elements (% of respondents that reported increases)

     

    2014

     

    2013

             

    Outdoor living space

     

    69%

     

    63%

    Low irrigation landscaping

     

    60%

     

    61%

    Blended indoor / outdoor living

     

    56%

     

    55%

    Rainwater catchment

     

    44%

     

    52%

    Exterior / security lighting

     

    36%

     

    35%

      Housing market business conditions

      AIA Home Design Survey Index for Q1 2014 (any score above 50 is positive)

      • Billings: 68

      • Inquiries for new projects: 71

      Baker added, “Business conditions at residential architecture firms continue to show solid gains, as billings, new design contracts, and inquiries for future project activity are all improving.”

    Specific residential segments*

     

    2014

     

    2013

             

    Kitchen and bath remodeling

     

    57

     

    64

    Remodeling additions / alterations

     

    59

     

    56

    Custom / luxury home market

     

    29

     

    37

    Move-up homes

     

    27

     

    33

    Townhouse / condo market

     

    15

     

    13

    First-time buyer / affordable home market

     

    5

     

    13

    Second / vacation home market

     

    -9

     

    -5


      “The trade-up and custom/luxury markets are seeing a fuller recovery, however, for both segments the pace of acceleration has slowed,” said Baker. “Less favorable weather conditions relative to the first quarter of 2013 may have played a role in the slowdown in improvement in these two sectors.”

      About the AIA Home Design Trends Survey

      The AIA Home Design Trend Survey is conducted quarterly with a panel of more than 500 architecture firms that concentrate their practice in the residential sector. Residential architects are design leaders in shaping how homes function, look, and integrate into communities and this survey helps to identify emerging trends in the housing marketplace. Business conditions are also monitored on a quarterly basis. Future surveys will focus on specialty rooms and systems (September 2014), community design trends (December 2014) and kitchen and bath trends (February2015).


      About The American Institute of Architects

      Founded in 1857, members of the American Institute of Architects consistently work to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public well being.  Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. The AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders, and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit www.aia.org.

 

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