Demand for Larger Homes Softening, say Residential Architects

Window & Door
June 28, 2019
Markets

The overall size of new homes peaked in 2016 for this cycle and for the last three years has continued to moderate, according to new survey results from the American Institute of Architects.

The Home Design Trends Survey for the second quarter of 2019—focusing on home and property design—also found that homeowners continue to place a priority on accessibility features. Other findings show modest growth in project backlogs among architecture firms along with a strong spike in billings at firms in the Northeast and Midwest.

“With home sizes plateauing and lot sizes continuing to decline, it isn’t shocking to see where that additional focus is going,” says Kermit Baker, AIA chief economist. “Homeowners want more flexibility in their space, both inside and outside the house, and they want to use these spaces as they age.”

Other findings of the report indicate:

  • Rental units/accessory dwellings continued to remain a popular option in homes, with 61 percent of respondents indicating that they were increasing in popularity.
  • Properties that pose design and lot preparation challenges continued to be an ongoing challenge for residential architects, while green fencing options were seen as increasing in popularity by 22 percent of respondents, while only 5 percent reported them to be declining in popularity.

Residential architecture firm business conditions:

  • Billings: 55.8
  • Inquiries for new projects: 57.1
  • Regional averages: Midwest (59.5), Northeast (59.5), South (56.1), West (50.2)