American Institute of Architects Archive

Home Trend Watch: Welcome Back the ‘Specialty Room’

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine As economic conditions improve, “special function” rooms within homes are seeing a resurgence, according to findings from the American Institute of Architects’ Home Design Trends Survey for the second quarter. “As home sizes...
December 2, 2013

Survey Reveals What Americans Want With Home Exteriors, Interiors

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR Magazine More Americans are showing their love for the great outdoors with their homes, seeking more outdoor living spaces at home that can blend in with their indoor spaces too, according to the American...
July 23, 2012

Home Trend Watch: Home Owners Want More Kitchen Space

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine More home owners want more space in their kitchens and are expanding the kitchen’s use for more than just cooking, according to the latest findings from the American Institute of Architects’ quarterly Home...
April 23, 2012

Trend Watch: Home Design Gets Simpler

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine As home buyers continue to rank affordability high, more home styles are getting simpler and homes are becoming lower maintenance, according to the latest Home Design Trends Survey, conducted by the American Institute...
January 3, 2012

Are Home Sizes Finally Done Shrinking?

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine The trend of the shrinking home size may finally be leveling off, according to the latest Home Design Trends Survey by the American Institute of Architects. Since 2005, architects have increasingly reported home...
July 25, 2011

Trend Watch: Kitchens Are Getting Larger, Bathrooms Are Getting Cozier

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine The recession had sparked home owners to be more modest with designs of kitchens and bathrooms, but the improving economy is making home owners want more out of their house. Residential architects are...
April 15, 2011

Latest Report: What’s In, What’s Out With Home Design

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Coinciding with a sluggish housing market, home owners have changed their preferences about how space is used and designed in their homes. Function over extravagance has reigned in recent years, along with affordability,...
October 28, 2010

Small Is ‘In’, Formal Spaces ‘Out’

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine The sagging economy is influencing home design as more home owners favor smaller indoor and outdoor spaces that are often cheaper to maintain. Forget the formal spaces that are rarely used. Home owners...
July 19, 2010