Modern Home Builder - Winter 2016 - Volume 2 - 1
It's the start of a new year, so it's a great time
to think about the trends that may impact
your business. Economic trends, advances in
technology and green building materials are
all likely to have an effect on the home design
and construction business.
But the American Institute of Architects (AIA) is
looking even further into the future, and how com-
ing trends will affect the industry. For the 10th anniversary of the AIA Home Design Trends Survey, the
association asked more than 500 residential architects what they thought would be the most significant home design elements over the next 10 years.
The top results included:
) Technological integration will become more
prevalent with support for personal devices
and automated controls;
) More widespread use of environmentally
friendly products and systems;
) Growing demand for designs that strengthen
homes against natural disasters;
) Elements that accommodate an aging population;
) Open-design concepts with kitchens serving
as focal point of the home;
) Greater investment in outdoor living spaces;
) Space for home offices; and
) More infill development with smaller, better
"Homeowners have indicated a strong preference
for functionality, accessibility and sustainability over
the last 10 years and architects expect that to accelerate," says AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker,
Hon. AIA, Ph.D.
Modern Home Builder has seen a greater focus
on home design, but not always in smaller homes.
Buyers still seem to enjoy those larger footprints. It
will be interesting to see what the future brings.
LET TER FROM THE EDITOR
COVER PHOTO CREDIT: © Michael Grimm
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