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      With Upturn, Households Placing Greater Emphasis on Kitchen Design

      Demand for energy-efficient products and universal design elements remain high

      Contact: Matt Tinder
      202-626-7462
      mtinder@aia.org

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      Washington, D.C – March 9, 2012 –
      There is more space being devoted to kitchens in U.S homes. Emphasis on bathrooms, which didn’t see as much decline during the downturn, has remained stable. Households continue to desire products and features that promote energy efficiency and adaptability in the use of space for seniors and those with accessibility concerns.

      Residential architects are reporting that business conditions are improving and there is a strong 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 2011, which focused specifically on kitchens and bathrooms.

      “During the lowest points of the housing downturn, kitchen design fell as a priority. However, this space is once again the real heartbeat of a home, with open design and integration with other living space,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. “The last few years have seen kitchens take on new functions with dedicated computer areas and recharging stations.”

    Popular kitchen products and features*

    2011

    2010

         

    Computer area / recharging stations:

    43%

    43%

    Integration with family space:

    42%

    38%

    Renewable flooring materials:

    36%

    35%

    Recycling center:

    35%

    40%

    Adaptability / universal design:

    34%

    26%

    Larger pantry space:

    33%

    43%

    Renewable countertop materials:

    31%

    32%

    Drinking water filtration systems

    29%

    26%

    Natural wood cabinets:

    14%

    19%

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

      Baker added, “For bathrooms, minimizing utility costs is a principle concern for homeowners and products such as LED lighting, dual flush and water saving toilets are in increasing demand.”

    Popular bathroom products and features*

    2011

    2010

         

    LED lighting:

    57%

    46%

    Water saving toilets:

    53%

    58%

    Accessibility / universal design:

    51%

    44%

    Dual flush toilets

    47%

    43%

    Doorless showers:

    44%

    42%

    Radiant heated floors:

    41%

    41%

    Hand showers:

    33%

    34%

    Linen closet / storage:

    21%

    21%

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

      Housing market business conditions

      AIA Home Design Survey Index for Q4 2011 (any score above 50 is positive)

      • Billings: 48 (up from 45 in Q3 2011)
      • Inquiries for new projects: 57 (up from 52 in Q3 2011)

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

      • Additions / alterations: 46
      • Kitchen and bath remodeling: 44
      • Custom / luxury home market: -8
      • Move-up home market: -18
      • First-time buyer / affordable home market: -19
      • Townhouse / condo market: -23
      • Second / vacation home market: -51

      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 2012) specialty rooms and systems (September 2012) and community design trends (December 2012).

      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. Twitter: http://twitter.com/AIA_Media

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