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Kitchens and baths do more with less
Current kitchen and bath designs stress efficiency and simplicity, as these areas of the home are being somewhat downsized in the face of continued weakness in the housing market. In spite of more pressure on space, kitchens are taking on more functions—such as recycling centers and electronic recharge and storage areas—and remain the command center of the home. For both kitchens and baths, households are placing a premium on features and products that promote energy efﬁciency, environmental sustainability and adaptability. These are some of the key ﬁndings of the American Institute of Architects’ Home Design Trends Survey for the fourth quarter of 2009. With a focus on kitchen and bath design trends, this effort surveyed residential architects on emerging developments they are observing in their work relating to residential design and/or home remodels. surveyed. Pantry areas, computer workstations and areas devoted to recharging laptops, cell phones and PDAs also remain very popular functions within the kitchen. Integrating kitchens with family space remains a popular option, as does designing them for accessibility and adaptability. Sustainability continues to be a popular consideration for kitchen products. Renewable material countertops and flooring still enjoy increasing popularity, while that of drinking water ﬁltration systems and natural wood cabinets is beginning to stabilize.
Trends in the number and size of bathrooms in homes are similar to those for kitchens. Just 17% of respondents reported that the number of bathrooms was still increasing, while 8% saw a trend toward fewer bathrooms in homes. Percentages were similar for the size of bathrooms. Both number and size saw peak growth rates in 2006, according to previous AIA surveys, with the pace slowing signiﬁcantly over the past three years. With bath sizes stabilizing in homes, fewer features are being added. One exception is radiant-heated ﬂoors, which are sparking growing interest due to energy efﬁciency and comfort considerations. Also sustaining interest are bath features that enhance accessibility and adaptability.
With homes becoming smaller and more efficient, kitchens and bathrooms have also been downsized despite continuing to be a central focus of homes. Historically, home sizes have shrunk somewhat during economic recessions, but an emerging consensus contends that in the coming decade, new homes will be smaller on average than they were in the past decade. As home sizes moderate, space in the kitchen is being used differently. According to the Home Energy efficiency and comfort remain popular Design Trends Survey, 14% of surveyed residential even in a weak market architects reported that the number of food preparation and food storage areas in the home was increasing, while 19% saw them decreasing. This Radiant-Heated Floors pattern was very similar for the size of kitchens: 14% reported gains while 18% reported declines. Just a year ago, the reverse was true, with more respondents reporting an increase in the number and size Adaptability/ of kitchen areas than those who saw a decrease. Universal Design Cumulatively, since the survey began in 2005, there has been a fairly signiﬁcant reversal in the growth of kitchen areas in the home. While space is at a premium in the kitchen and 29% Linen Closet/ architects need to do more with less square Storage 25% footage, some functions have retained their importance and others have even increased in impor0 10 20 30 40 tance. Areas devoted to recycling are finding Source: The American Institute of Architects’ Home Design Trends Survey growing favor, according to most of the architects
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