Remodeling projects grow in kitchens, bathrooms

More architects saw improved business conditions especially in the remodeling segment according to recent results from the American Institute of Architects Design Trends Survey from Q4 2011. Within those results, kitchen and bathrooms were the strongest areas of the home.

“During the lowest points of the housing downturn, kitchen design fell as a priority. However, this space is once again the real heartbeat of a home, with open design and integration with other living space,” says AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. “The last few years have seen kitchens take on new functions with dedicated computer areas and recharging stations.”

Demand increased dramatically for universal design features compared to 2010 while it declined for large pantry areas. More than half the respondents said LED lighting is a popular product in their projects. Doorless showers and radiant heated floors continued to be important features.

What are your clients requesting? What rooms and features are they putting their attention and money?