AIA Survey Pinpoints Key Kitchen, Bathroom Trends

by Anita Shaw

WASHINGTON, DC — Demand for kitchen-related home features such as working pantries, coffee bars, outdoor kitchens – and even additional kitchen facilities – was on the rise last year, along with increased demand for drinking water filtration, smart appliances and induction cooking appliances, according to the American Institute of Architects.

The Washington, DC-based AIA said that its latest “Home Design Trends Survey” also revealed that while the demand for the number of bathrooms in homes has stabilized, radiant heated floors and wall-hung toilets were among the features whose popularity increased.

“Policy conversations surrounding natural gas use in new homes, and an increased interest in indoor air quality, could be one of the driving forces behind the large increase in demand for induction cooking appliances,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker. “Meanwhile, the convenience of hands-free faucets, brought on during the pandemic, has continued to grow in popularity in both kitchens and bathrooms.”

Other in-demand products and features for both kitchens and baths is natural lighting, AIA added.

The AIA Home Design Trends Survey is conducted quarterly with a panel of more than 300 architecture firms that concentrate their practice in the residential sector.

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