WASHINGTON — New data from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Home Design Trends Survey is revealing that demand for kitchen-related home features has “remained desirable,” while bathrooms “remain a popular focus.”
“The design focus on home kitchens and baths continues, although homeowners are being mindful in making sure the upgrades make economic sense in the current economic environment,” said Kermit Baker, chief economist for the Washington, DC-based AIA.
“The entire residential sector is under pressure, and high borrowing costs and uncertain future home prices are making households more cautious about undertaking new projects,” Baker noted.
According to the AIA, features such as working pantries and outdoor kitchens have remained desirable, while induction cooking appliances topped the list of kitchen products growing most in popularity.
In the bath, upscale features such as larger walk-in and doorless showers, towel-warming drawers, and stall showers without bathtubs top the list of desirable features, according to the AIA. In addition, demand is accelerating for more easily accessible bathroom features such as no-threshold showers and smart toilets.