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September 28, 2015 2:09 am
According to a recent survey by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), home design trends favor automation and outdoor living – and don’t count on that changing any time soon.
“With the tremendous interest in well-designed outdoor living spaces, it’s a pretty strong indication that the days when houses were viewed as a way to flip for a big profit are long gone,” says AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. “Signifying a renewed interest in practicality and use, demand for mud rooms and dedicated guest rooms are also quite high.”
In addition to those features, homeowners are seeking to upgrade their homes with first-floor master bedrooms, home offices and fitness rooms, the AIA reports. On the automation side, architects say smart thermostats, backup power generators, electrical car docking stations, central audio mechanisms, air purifiers and security systems top homeowner wish lists.
“Automation is on its way to becoming standard functionality within homes,a s there are systems available to regulate temperature, lighting, home audio and energy usage,” adds Baker.
Published with permission from RISMedia.