By Anthony Capkun
January 24, 2016 – “Homeowners have indicated a strong preference for functionality, accessibility and sustainability over the last 10 years, and architects expect that to accelerate,” said Kermit Baker, chief economist with the American Institute of Architects.
For the 10th anniversary of AIA Home Design Trends Survey, a panel of more than 500 residential architects were asked what they thought would be the most significant home design elements over the next 10 years. Here are some their thoughts:
• Technological integration becoming more prevalent, with both dedicated support for personal devices, along with automated controls for temperature, security and lighting.
• Growing demand for design strategies that strengthen homes against natural disasters, giving rise to solutions like backup power generation.
• Increasing use of energy-efficient and other sustainable design elements and products, such as solar panels.
• “Aging-in-place” and universal design elements to accommodate an aging population.
• Emphasis and investment in outdoor living spaces.
• Need for space devoted to home offices.