Larger Homes Popular According to AIA

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Popularity According to AIA

As the housing market continues its recovery, homeowners are increasingly seeking more square footage while simultaneously looking for more accessibility inside and outside of the home, according to new findings  from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Home Design Trends Survey for the first quarter of 2015, which focuses specifically on overall home layout and the use of interior and exterior space.

All of the data can be accessed through AIA’s newly redesigned home design trends survey infographic.

“An increase in home square footage with the rising popularity of accessible design concepts points to a population that is preparing to age-in-place, or, perhaps, is anticipating responsibility for caretaking of older relatives in the future,” says AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. “As homeowners prepare to stay in their current homes, investment in outdoor living spaces has also increased.”

Interest from homeowners in in-home accessibility has grown five percent since last year, according to the survey of architects. Interest in accessibility inside and outside the home has grown by four percent. Much of that interest may be expressed in an 11 percent increase in interest in open space layouts. Interestingly, homeowners’ interest in single-floor plans dropped by one percent during the period.

Volume ceilings have lost a bit of popularity (from 28 percent to 26 percent) since 2014, while there’s been a five percent growth in interest in larger homes.

Also of interest to those taking the survey are outdoor living space, low irrigation landscaping, blended indoor/outdoor living, outdoor features, and exterior and security lighting.

Most segments of homeownership have shown growth including remodeling/additions/alterations, custom/luxury homes, move-up homes, first-time/affordable home markets, and second/vacation home markets.

The survey further demonstrates gains across all major housing sectors, except for new construction. “The lag in new construction, taken together with the increases in remodeling, may be another indicator of homeowners wanting to remain in their current residences for the long haul,” according to Baker.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 2015), community design trends (December 2015) and kitchen and bath trends (February2016).

About The American Institute of Architects
Founded in 1857, the American Institute of Architects consistently works 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 wellbeing. 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. For more inofrmation visit

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