2011 Home Design Trends Survey | Accessibility and Simplicity Popular Home Design Aspects

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Accessibility and Simplicity are Popular Home Design Aspects


According to the American Institute of Architects's home design trends survey for first quarter 2011, accessibility and ease of movement throughout the home continue to be important home design trends.

AIA's survey showed that "home layouts have generally been simpler and floor plans more flexible". This survey includes design features like:

  • In home accessibility
  • Open space layout
  • Access in and out of home
  • Informal space
  • Single floor design


Here is a chart of AIA's survey results:

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James Lyon
LyonSF - San Francisco, CA

Interesting points on the design. One thing that I have heard a lot about lately is the overall size and that consumers are demanding smaller homes.

Dec 09, 2011 04:24 AM #1
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Stanton Homes - New Home Builder - Raleigh, NC
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James - there is some movement towards smaller homes, definitely.  Part of that is budget driven - homebuyers are more interested in a home that meets the monthly budget rather than stretches it.  

Between 2005 and 2010, architects reported that desired home size was shrinking.  Architects surveyed in the first quarter of 2011 for the first time in 5 years showed desire for slightly larger home.   Does that mean the McMansion is back?  No, but home sizes may be stabilizing.   Hmmm - sounds like a blog article, trends in home sizes!  Will be posting on this soon!

Dec 09, 2011 04:32 AM #2
Kathy Burke
Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA - Danville, CA
S.F. East Bay Home Staging

Penny.....Not surprised with the single story emphasis growing!  As us 'Baby Boomers' age who wants/can go up & down all those stairs!

Dec 09, 2011 04:35 AM #3
Kevin Martini
DNJ / Gateway Mortgage - Raleigh, NC

80% of the late baby boomers (56 -65) are  more liklely to be downsizing and who would not want ease of movement in the place you call home

Dec 11, 2011 11:44 PM #4
Stanton Homes
Stanton Homes - New Home Builder - Raleigh, NC
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Kathy and Kevin - absolutely, one story and main floor master homes continue to grow in popularity.  And the size of the home needs to make sense! 

In 1973, the average home size was 1660 square feet.  In 2007, home sizes peaked at an average of 2,521 square feet.   And in 2010, the average new home built was 2,392 square feet.   So new homes in 2010, though a bit smaller, were still 44% larger than new homes 37 years ago! 

Dec 12, 2011 01:13 AM #5
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