Architects Reveal Latest Home Design Trends

Filed in Design by on April 13, 2015 2 Comments
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This modern kitchen in Boca Raton, Fla. designed by Affiniti Architects, won the Gold for kitchen design in the Best in American Living Awards.

Architects are busy, a new survey has found, and demand for kitchen and bath projects is “extremely strong.”

The American Institute of Architects reports that its members have plenty of new design work coming into their firms, and the average backlog for projects has surpassed five months.

The group recently released the results of its quarterly survey of residential architects, and its indexes for both billings and new-project inquiries are in positive territory.

“Business conditions are as prosperous for residential architects as they have been since prior to the Great Recession,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. “In recent years, the remodeling and renovation market was providing the bulk of the billings, but now the custom design market is also on more solid footing and positioned well for the months to come.”

The Home Design Trends Survey for the fourth quarter of 2014 also revealed some interesting movement in kitchen and bath designs.

“The kitchen has become what we call the ‘activator,’ the main space in the residence, and the design requirements often include high functionality to accommodate multiple activities,” said, James Walbridge, AIA, chair of the AIA’s Custom Residential Architects Network. “The aesthetics of the kitchen have also changed as the composition and material selections have elevated the space to become an essential focal point of the total design.”

Other growing trends in the hearth of the home:

  • Increasing overall size
  • Greater pantry space for storage
  • Butler’s pantries for meal staging
  • Double islands
  • Under-counter and high-end appliances
  • Wine storage and refrigeration
  • Computer desk/electronics recharging station
  • Accessibility
  • Drinking-water filtration systems
  • Energy efficiency, from LED lighting and induction cooking to sensor faucets

The survey also reveals that architects are seeing a trend towards bigger bathrooms, and more of them. Accessible or universal design, larger walk-in showers and water conservation features like dual-flush toilets were among the trending bath features.

As in the kitchen, LED lighting has dramatically increased in popularity, and sensor faucets and radiant floor heating are on the rise too.

Read the survey results for additional details.


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  1. Modern kitchens are in strong demand within the higher-end Southern California housing markets. Buyers want the kitchen to be the main focal area when entertaining. Walnut cabinets with clean lines, glass or cement counter tops, high end appliances.

  2. As a Realtor I am seeing kitchens atop most people’s wish lists. It is a focal point that people always gather in, so people want on that they can entertain in and be proud of.

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