The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Washington, DC, has released the results of the Home Design Trends Survey for the second quarter of 2005. The survey focused on “special function” rooms, along with business conditions reported by residential architecture firms.
The rise in telecommuting and the continuing escalation in the price
of gasoline have led to home offices becoming the most popular special
function room that architects are being asked to design, with almost
half of the survey respondents saying that they are increasing in
demand. The drop in price and the increased availability of audio
and video technology options have translated into a surge in popularity
for home theaters as well.
“The overall theme that was discovered from these survey results
is that home features are now emphasizing convenience and informality.
Upscale entryways and hallways have waned a great deal in popularity,
while home features such as siding, decking, countertops and floor
and wall finishes are being designed for flexibility and ease-of-use,”
said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA.
The AIA Home Design Trend Survey is conducted quarterly with a panel
of 600 architecture firms that concentrate their practices in the
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5 Design Trends Among AIA Architects
1. Rising gasoline prices and the increase
in telecommuting have led to home offices becoming the most
popular special function room followed by hobby/game rooms and
au pair/in-law suites.
2. More consumer technology options and lower prices have led
to an increase in home theaters.
3. Architects are seeing a dramatic increase in requests for
more energy-efficient systems within the home (solar, geothermal,
4. The housing market continues to be strong based on the business
conditions reported by survey respondents.
5. The increase in inquiries for new projects and an average
backlog of projects in the pipeline of more than five months
points to sustained construction activity in the coming months.
Source: American Institute of Architects (AIA)