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JUN 2018

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WASHINGTON, DC — Demand for new products and features in kitchens and bathrooms remains strong as the residential construction market continues to gain mo- mentum, fueled in part by continued investment in the two most traditionally important areas of the home. That's the key finding of the American Institute of Architects' "Home Design Trends Survey" for the fourth quarter of 2017. The quarterly survey, whose results were released last month, was conducted among a panel of more than 500 architecture firms that concentrate their practice in the residential sector. The AIA survey revealed that homeowners' invest- ments in kitchens and bathrooms "have contributed to improving business conditions for residential archi- tects." Kitchen and bath remodeling, as in past AIA surveys, remains a top performer among construction segments, significantly outpacing such sectors as custom/luxury homes, move-up homes, townhouse/ condominiums and first-time buyer/affordable homes, the AIA reported. "The custom residential market still leans heavily on additions and alterations, as well as kitchen and bath remodels," noted Kermit Baker, chief economist for the Washington, DC-based AIA. "Demand has remained solid for smart-home features in the kitchen, which isn't a surprise as more new systems and products are being introduced at a dizzying pace," said Baker, adding that "ensuring accessibility throughout these areas and promoting convenience remain priorities for homeowners." Among the survey's other findings: • Some 30% of surveyed residential architects say that kitchen sizes are increasing compared to one year ago. By comparison, only 7% report a decline in kitchen sizes and 63% report that sizes are staying about the same. • Roughly 23% of the residential architects polled by the AIA report that the number of bathrooms in remodeled homes is increasing, down from 25% a year ago. The size of bathrooms, surveyed architects report, remains generally stable. • Outdoor kitchens continue to be reported as growing in popularity, as are kitchen products and features tied to technology, storage and water filtration. • Large walk-in showers are reported as growing in popu- larity, taking the lead in consideration for bathroom design features. Survey Looks at Kitchen & Bath Preferences POPULAR KITCHEN PRODUCTS & FEATURES Percentage of survey respondents reporting popularity 'increasing' minus percentage reporting it is 'decreasing' Source: American Institute of Architects 45% 44% 35% 30% 30% 34% 26% 25% 25% 25% 23% 16% 18% 18% Outdoor kitchens Induction cooking appliances Under-counter appliances Built-in appliances Adaptability/Universal Design Integrated with family space Double island Smart appliances Upper-end appliances Wine refrigeration/storage Sensory faucets Larger pantry space Computer area/recharging stations Drinking water filtration systems 12 Kitchen & Bath Design News • June 2018 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 Paul@SOLAbrands.com Eliot Sefrin Publisher Emeritus, ext. 113 Eliot@SOLAbrands.com SALES WEST/MIDWEST Paul DeGrandis Ext. 100 Direct (847) 920-9510 Paul@SOLAbrands.com EAST/SOUTHEAST Joanne Naylor Ext. 114 Direct (201) 891-9170 Joanne@SOLAbrands.com MIDWEST Jessica Fidrocki Ext. 117 Direct (847) 386-2177 Jessica@SOLAbrands.com PRODUCT & LITERATURE SHOWCASE/CLASSIFIED ADS Mike Serino Ext. 102 Direct (630) 699-2004 Mike@SOLAbrands.com EDITORIAL Janice Anne Costa Editor, ext. 116 Janice@SOLAbrands.com Anita Shaw Managing Editor, ext. 112 Anita@SOLAbrands.com Autumn McGarr Associate Editor, ext. 104 Autumn@SOLAbrands.com SUBSCRIPTIONS Kitchen & Bath Design News Circulation Dept. P.O. Box 3007 Northbrook, IL 60065-3007 (866) 932-5904 circ.kbdn@omeda.com KitchenBathDesign.com ®

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