Washington, D.C. -- Results from The American Institute of Architects (AIA) second quarter Home Design Trends Survey shows homeowners are becoming increasingly interested in reconfiguring spaces for their pets as well as for their in-laws and au pairs. The latest survey results, which focused on home features, shows architecture firms receiving a major bump in interest from clients in reconfiguring both interior kennels and au pair/in-law suites as home spaces that can function as separate living quarters.

“Outdoor living areas and home offices remain popular special function rooms in a booming market,” said Kermit Baker, PhD, AIA chief economist. “But an increasing number of homeowners are also focusing on their pets and incorporating them into their housing designs.”

Among the second quarter survey’s findings: architecture firms reported client interest in pet rooms/interior kennels increased to 30% from 20% a year ago; the popularity of au pair/in-law suites also grew in this quarter’s survey with 41% of respondents reporting interest, up from 36% last year; outdoor living areas topped the list of home features growing in popularity, with almost 58% of respondents reporting to firms an increased interest; and client interest in adding a home office increased to 39% from 33% a year ago.

Overall, the home design market remains robust with custom luxury homes showing the strongest improvement among new construction sectors. Aggregate second quarter findings include: client interest in custom/luxury homes increased to 24% from 18% on net in the second quarter; first floor master bedrooms remained a top request among clients, with half of firms reporting increasing inquiries; residential architects report continued strong interest in accommodations for multiple generations in homes they design; and a increasing popularity for in indoor ramps and elevators.

The AIA Home Design Trend Survey is conducted quarterly with a panel of more than 500 architecture firms that concentrate their practice in the residential sector.

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