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JUN 2019

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WASHINGTON, DC — Outdoor cooking spaces are topping the list of kitchen trends for the second year in a row, while the share of residential architecture firms reporting an increase in their number of kitchen and bathroom projects continues to grow. Those are among the key findings of the latest "Home Design Trends Survey" conducted by the American Institute of Architects. The quarterly survey, which focused on kitch- ens, baths and market conditions in the fourth quarter of 2018, was conducted among a panel of some 500 architecture firms that specialize in the residential sector. According to the Washington, DC-based AIA, its fourth-quarter 2018 poll found that the share of surveyed architecture firms reporting an increase in the number of kitchen projects continues to grow, while kitchen sizes continue to stabilize. The AIA survey found, for example, that 31% of surveyed architects reported that their number of kitchen projects was rising. In contrast, only 9% said the number of kitchens they're working on is declining, while 57% reported the number remaining about the same. Kitchen sizes, the AIA reported, increased among 22% of the architects surveyed, declining among a mere 1%, and remaining the same among 74%. In a similar vein, bathrooms "remain a popular feature in homes," with a growing number of architectural firms reporting that bathroom size is increasing, according to the AIA. Specifically, 28% of the architects surveyed noted an increase in the number of bath projects, up from 23% last year. In contrast, only 3% reported a decline, while 70% said the number of projects they're handling is about the same, the AIA added. Some 31% say that bath sizes are increasing, while only 3% report they're declining and 66% say they're remaining about the same. In terms of major kitchen trends, outdoor kitchens and kitchens that are open to household living space led the list features and products that were reported to be most popu- lar by surveyed architects. Doorless, no-threshold showers, larger walk-in showers and stall showers without tubs were once again reported as the leading products and features for bathrooms (see graph at right). ▪ AIA Poll Spotlights Key Trends Source: American Institute of Architects 'Home Design Trends Survey,' 4th Qtr., 2018 MOST POPULAR REPORTED KITCHEN, BATH PRODUCTS & TRENDS % of Survey Respondents Reporting Popularity 'Increasing' Minus % Reporting 'Decreasing' Kitchens Outdoor Kitchens Kitchens Open to Household Living Space Butler's Pantry Wine Refrigerator Storage Computer Work/ Recharging Area Smart/Connected Kitchen Recycling Center Double Island Bathrooms Doorless/ No-Threshold Shower Larger Walk-in Shower Stall Shower Without Tub Adaptability/ Universal Design Freestanding Bathtub Radiant-Heated Floor 49% 46% 37% 33% 33% 27% 20% 18% 62% 61% 61% 55% 34% 32% This Fieldstone kitchen illustrates the trend toward kitchens open to household living space, which was cited in the most recent AIA study. Photo: Fieldstone Cabinetry 10 Kitchen & Bath Design News • June 2019 CONSUMER BUYING TRENDS DEMOGRAPHICS & BUYING PATTERNS FOR THE HOME ® PUBLISHING SOLA GROUP, INC. 1880 OAK AVE., SUITE 350 EVANSTON, IL 60201 (847) 440-3000 Paul DeGrandis Publisher, ext. 100 Eliot Sefrin Publisher Emeritus, ext. 113 SALES WEST Paul DeGrandis Ext. 100 NORTHEAST Dan Miklosz Ext. 118 SOUTHEAST Dan Agostinacchio Ext. 101 MIDWEST David Ayala Ext. 119 MIDWEST Zach Stenberg Ext. 115 PRODUCT & LITERATURE SHOWCASE/CLASSIFIED ADS Mike Serino Ext. 102 EDITORIAL Janice Anne Costa Editor, ext. 116 Anita Shaw Managing Editor, ext. 112 Autumn McGarr Associate Editor, ext. 104 SUBSCRIPTIONS Kitchen & Bath Design News Circulation Dept. P.O. Box 3007 Northbrook, IL 60065-3007 (866) 932-5904

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