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The sluggish economy and the sluggish housing market of the 2007-2010 influenced homeowners’ preferences as to home space, designs, and floor plans.

The most dominant home features that homeowners look for in the homes now are affordability, and function over extravagance, according to the latest American Institute of Architects Home Design Trends Survey for the second quarter of 2010.

Here are a few highlights from the report, based on nearly 300 residential architects who were surveyed by American Institute of Architects Home Design Trends about the design preferences of U.S. households.

WHAT’S IN                                    

Home offices: More people are working out of their home or telecommuting, prompting more home owners to want a dedicated workspace in their homes.

Outdoor living areas: Home owners want to expand their living space into the outdoors and are seeking to incorporate more outdoor living elements into their lifestyles, AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker said in a public statement about the survey.

Mud rooms: The need for additional closets and other storage space, as well as the increasing informality of space in the home, is driving more home owners to want mud rooms, according to the report.

Energy-saving features: Home owners are seeking energy efficient products and systems that will reduce their rising utility costs. Those energy efficient products and materials that have boasted the greatest increase in interest in recent months include items such as double and triple glazed windows, tankless water heaters, and low maintenance materials.


  • Media rooms/home theaters
  • Exercise/fitness rooms
  • Hobby/game rooms
  • Home workshops
  • Kid’s wings/guest wings
  • Interior kennels
  • Interior greenhouses

NOTE from Vivianne:  I must say that I do NOT necessarily agree with the result of the survey which indicated that home exercise and fitness rooms are on the way out – to the contrary, I believe that exercise/fitness rooms will gain in popularity simply because they are closely tied to our HEALTH and, therefore, not merely a passing fad.  I would definitely keep the space available for exercise/fitness room.

As for media rooms/home theaters, they are very popular with some home buyers, but like fireplaces, swimming pools, or wet bars, media rooms and home theaters are a matter of personal preference.




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