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Homeowners Prioritizing Kitchen and Bathroom Design

Friday, March 15, 2013  

Homeowners Prioritizing Kitchen and Bathroom Design 

Continued strong demand for energy-efficient products and universal design elements   

 

Des Moines, IA – March 15, 2013 – With the housing market improving over the last year, households are concentrating more on kitchen and bathroom design in general as well as on emerging products used in these areas of the home.  There has been an increase in the size and number of kitchens and bathrooms in U.S. homes, after staying relatively flat in recent years.   

 

Residential architects are reporting the best business conditions since 2005 for custom design projects, along with high demand for remodeling and renovation projects.  These findings are from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Home Design Trends Survey for the fourth quarter of 2012, which focused specifically on kitchens and bathrooms.   

 

"Kitchens are often the highest priority for our clients when remodeling their homes. When working on an interior remodel with a client this week I was told ‘This [referring to the kitchen] is where we live- so we have to get this right.’ Kitchens have reclaimed their place as the focal point of the home,” said Mindy Aust, AIA, AIA Iowa Secretary.

 

Popular kitchen products and features*
20122011



Computer area / recharging stations
47%43%
Integration with family space
43%42%
Recycling Center
36%35%
Adaptability / universal design
35%34%
Larger Pantry Space
31%
33%
Renewable countertop materials
25%
31%
Renewable flooring materials
23%36%
Drinking water filtration systems
19%29%
Upper-end appliances
16%11%


 * Index score computed as % of respondents reporting increasing minus those reporting decreasing popularity

 

Popular bathroom products and features*
2012
2011



LED Lighting
68%
57%
Doorless showers
57%
44%
Accessibility / universal design
54%
51%
Water saving toilets
43%
53%
Dual flushing toilets
41%
47%
Radiant heated floors
33%
41%
Hand showers
33%33%
Specialty upscale shower
21%26%

 

* Index score computed as % of respondents reporting increasing minus those reporting decreasing popularity 

 

Housing market business conditions 

AIA Home Design Survey Index for Q4 2012 (any score above 50 is positive) 

  • Billings: 54  
  • Inquiries for new projects: 63  

Specific construction segments (index score computed as % of respondents reporting improving minus those reporting weakening conditions)

  • Additions / alterations: 59 
  • Kitchen and bath remodeling: 57
  • First-time buyer / affordable home market: 16
  • Move-up home market: 19
  • Custom / luxury home market: 14
  • Townhouse / condo market: -4
  • Second / vacation home market: -27 

 

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 overall home layout and use (June 2013) specialty rooms and systems (September 2013) and community design trends (December 2013).

 

About The American Institute of Architects

For over 150 years, members of the American Institute of Architects have worked with each other and their communities to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings and cityscapes. Members adhere to a code of ethics and professional conduct to ensure the highest standards in professional practice. Embracing their responsibility to serve society, AIA members engage civic and government leaders and the public in helping find needed solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit www.aia.org.

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