Small Is the New Big: Home Size Preference Shrinks

First-time homebuyers are shifting housing industry standards when it comes to home design preferences—and, according to the latest Home Design Trends Survey by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), one of the most significant changes is the end of the era of expansive property and square footage.

Small, simply, is the new big.

“With younger households that are increasingly entering the market looking for more affordable options, home sizes appear to have peaked for this economic cycle,” said Kermit Baker, chief economist of the AIA, in a statement on the survey.

Smaller homes are generally more affordable, which is key for many first-time homebuyers squeezed by high home prices and student debt. Small homes, however, are scarce in most housing markets.

Aside from less living space, the architecture professionals surveyed see the following trends taking shape:

  • In-Home Accessibility
  • Single-Floor Plans
  • Open-Concept Layout
  • Informal Spaces

Source: American Institute of Architects (AIA)

For the latest real estate news and trends, bookmark RISMedia.com.

The post Small Is the New Big: Home Size Preference Shrinks appeared first on RISMedia.

Editor’s Note: This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin’ now at blog.rismedia.com:

It looks like 3D is not just for blockbuster films and street art anymore. Now, you can take 3D home with a 3D floor design.

These hip geometric floor patterns can give your home an artsy, innovative vibe, with their cool colors and minimalist patterns. Put out by Atra Flooring, these vinyl designs come in a variety of styles, and all of them are pretty trippy. From the never-ending swirls of the “Hula” pattern to “Giants Causeway,” reminiscent of the famous M.C. Escher lithograph, your floors will definitely be a source of conversation (and perhaps a bit of vertigo).

floor_samples_1

Atra Floor isn’t the first to take a stab at 3D floors. From a bedroom resting atop a waterfall to lava oozing across the living room floor, the designs can get pretty daring. Check out some of these crazy options.

decoist_2

Credit: Decoist.com

3d_pavimenti_3

Credit: 3d-pavimenti.it

PSFKcom_4

Credit: PSFK.com

Whatever design you choose, a 3D floor is sure to up your home to a whole new level of cool. Good luck keeping your guests from staring at their feet.

Zoe Eisenberg is RISMedia’s senior content editor. Email her your real estate news ideas at zoe@rismedia.com.

For the latest real estate news and trends, bookmark RISMedia.com.

The post These 3D Floor Designs Are Perfect for Hours of Trippy Entertainment appeared first on RISMedia.

Outdoor kitchens became a must-have amenity for homeowners ostensibly overnight—and fell out of favor almost as quickly.

A recent survey by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), however, proves outdoor kitchens are still in. In fact, the architects cited in the AIA’s Home Design Trends Survey report an uptick in demand for outdoor kitchens in the fourth quarter of 2016.

“Homeowners continue to find new ways to add value to their homes by creating more functional space, which is apparent in the rise in popularity of outdoor kitchens,” said Kermit Baker, chief economist of the AIA, in a statement on the survey. “Kitchens have become a hub for the home—now, homeowners want to bring some of that activity to their outside space.”

Upgrades to indoor kitchens, according to the survey, remain in-demand, as well. The most sought-after add-ons include a charging station and/or computer area, a double island, high-end and/or under-counter appliances, and sensory faucets.

Bathroom improvements are also high on homeowners’ priority lists, with a door-less shower, radiant heated floors and a water-saving toilet the most popular additions.

Source: American Institute of Architects (AIA)

For the latest real estate news and trends, bookmark RISMedia.com.

The post Outdoor Kitchens: Still on the Way Out? appeared first on RISMedia.

Style Selector
Select the layout
Choose the theme
Preset colors
No Preset
Select the pattern