American Institute of Architects Introduces Home Design Trends Survey Results
Greater Demand for Accessibility, Informal Space;
Healthy Housing Market among Key Findings
WASHINGTON, June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Institute of Architects (AIA) announces the results of its first-ever Home Design Trends Survey. Reflective of an aging population and the "baby boomer" generation approaching retirement, the survey results highlight an increasing demand for greater accessibility and single-floor design which promotes easier mobility within the home. Fueled by a strong housing market, architecture firms working in the residential sector have reported favorable business conditions; with 44% of respondents indicating that their overall billings increased by more than 5% in the first quarter of 2005, while only 10% reported declines in billings from the fourth quarter of 2004. "Our data demonstrates that the remodeling market, for both additions/alterations and kitchen/bath renovations, were the strongest sectors in the residential market for the first quarter of 2005," said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. "Additionally, the condominium and town house market was nearly as strong, with over half of firms reporting improving conditions for these units. We have found that the primary drivers in this particular market are young adults and empty-nesters who are interested in moving into urban neighborhoods." Click here for the full report: http://www.aia.org/econ_designsurvey_results Baker also stated that, "There has been a significant shift in consumer preference from formal living and dining rooms towards more 'informal spaces' featuring an open space layout of family rooms, dens, and activity rooms." Key residential design trend findings: * Accessibility: 62% of firms reported that homes are becoming more accessible with features such as wider hallways, fewer steps, and the growing popularity of single-floor design * Informal space: 66% of firms reported that "informal space" is increasing, along with a trend towards an open space layout in the home * Home size: 40% of firms reported square footage of homes is still increasing, while only 13% report declines * Home layout: 49% of firms reported that finished basements and attics are increasing in popularity, as owners of older homes are looking to increase their living space * Outdoors: 48% of firms reported upscale landscaping is on the increase, as is the popularity of outdoor living space with features such as decks, porches, and patios * Amenities: 30% of firms reported the increase in other outdoor amenities including swimming pools, tennis courts, and gazebos Firms in all regions reported positive business conditions, with those in the South experiencing the greatest gains and those in the Midwest lagging behind the other regions. Another contributing factor to the continued health of the housing market is the backlog of projects that firms have reported. The average project backlog of work under contract necessary to keep an entire staff fully employed is five to five and one-half months. This figure is especially significant due to the relatively short design period and tight schedules of many residential projects. The AIA Home Design Trend Survey is conducted quarterly with a panel of 600 architecture firms that concentrate their practice in the residential sector. Future surveys will cover home features (special function rooms and special features in homes), emerging design trends (design of communities, use of technology in the home, new residential products), and kitchen and bath features and products. About The American Institute of Architects Since 1857, the AIA has represented the professional interests of America's architects. As AIA members, nearly 75,000 licensed architects, emerging professionals and allied partners express their commitment to excellence in design and livability in our nation's buildings and communities. Members adhere to a code of ethics and professional conduct that assures the client, the public, and colleagues of an AIA-member architect's dedication to the highest standards in professional practice. CONTACT: Scott Frank of the American Institute of Architects, +1-202-626-7467, or email@example.com
SOURCE American Institute of Architects
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