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APR 2016

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WASHINGTON, DC — Homeowners have displayed a marked preference for functionality, accessibility and sustainability over the past 10 years, and residential architects expect those trends to accelerate, with increasing demand for healthy building materials and furnishings, along with designs that provide measures of resistance to weather-related calamities. That was the key fnding on the recent 10 th anniversary of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Home Design Trends Survey, whose results are based on the feedback of a panel of more than 500 residential architects asked to fore- cast key trends over the next decade with respect to home layout; features, systems and products; neighborhood and community design, and kitchens and baths. "Historically, the dominant factors in home design have been economic and demographic shifts," said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker. "Residential architects are seeing these forces at play in their vision for the next decade, as well." Baker noted that anticipated home design trends through 2025 include some that are already in place and others currently in the early stages of adoption. Among the key fac- tors in shaping those trends, according to the Washington, DC-based AIA, will be the aging of America's population – particularly the movement of the baby boom generation into retirement years – the continued upswing from the past decade's housing collapse and a tepid economic recovery that's making it difcult for millennials to form independent households, get married and have children. Other factors – including technological breakthroughs, evolving building code and regulatory issues and changing consumer preferences – will also have a major infuence on how homes are designed over the next decade, the AIA said. According to the AIA, among the leading residential design trends for the next decade will be: • Kitchens continuing to serve as the focal point of house- hold activities, highlighted by open-design concepts that feature the centrality of the kitchen space to family space. • Technological integration becoming increasingly preva- lent, and including both dedicated support for personal devices along with automated controls for temperature and security. Residential architects also anticipate a sig- nifcant increase in the importance of automated systems that can help decrease energy usage through products such as motion-sensor-activated lights. • When it comes to kitchens, many consumers in recent years supplemented their traditional desktop computer with laptops, tablets and smart phones. This trend is expected to continue, the AIA said. • Aging-in-place and Universal Design elements and fea- tures – including wider hallways, lower windows, added handrails and one-level living spaces – to accommodate an aging population. • Increased consumer awareness about environmental health issues – coupled with a growing mistrust of government and industry – leading to more wide- spread use of low- or no-volatile organic compounds for paint and composite wood, natural-fber uphol- stery, carpets without polyvinyl chloride backing and air purifcation systems. • A growing demand for design strategies that strengthen homes against fooding, fres, wind damage and other natural disasters – including elevating residences, win- dows with impact glazing, dedicated "safe" rooms and backup power generation. • Increasing use of energy-efcient and other sustainable design elements and products such as solar panels, water reclamation systems and tankless water heaters. • The need for space devoted to home ofces that refect changing work patterns. • Heavy emphasis and investment in outdoor living spaces that include kitchens and even fully furnished outdoor rooms. • Building in established locations that are more accessible to jobs, public transportation and commercial activities. Since building in these more accessible locations is typically more expensive, new homes will frequently be smaller and feature more innovative designs. Architects Forecast Top Trends Demand for Universal Design is expected to trend upward in the next decade, as seen in this award-winning bath, designed by Russ Glickman of Glickman Design Build LLC. Photo: Morgan Howarth of Morgan Howarth Photography 10 Kitchen & Bath Design News • April 2016 CONSUMER BUYING TRENDS DEMOGRAPHICS & BUYING PATTERNS FOR THE HOME SALES MIDWEST AND WEST MANAGER Paul DeGrandis (847) 920-9510 EAST/SOUTHEAST Joanne Naylor (201) 891-9170 Beth Emerich (781) 710-4745 PRODUCT & LITERATURE SHOWCASE/CLASSIFIED ADS Mike Serino (630) 699-2004 EDITORIAL Janice Anne Costa , Editor (516) 605-1426 Anita Shaw , Managing Editor (631) 581-2029 Ashley Lapin Olian , Associate Editor (847) 440-9317 Patrick L. 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