What the Kitchen and Bath Rebound Means For Your Business
At the peak of the residential downturn the heaviest hit areas in new home design were also once the most lavish: kitchens and baths. For several years new homeowners have been foregoing popular and costly add-ons to their kitchens and baths like water-filtration systems, large pantry areas and natural wood cabinets. However, the AIA's recently released Home Design Trends Survey indicates these features and more might be seeing a comeback.
Renovators and remodelers stand to gain the most from a renewed interest in these once wide-spread amenities. Homeowners who passed on the features to save money during construction are now becoming more interested in having them installed after the fact. Meanwhile, some architects report an uptick in the kitchen space of new home designs. What could it all mean for renovators and remodelers? More business.
Which area is receiving the most attention? Kitchens. 22 percent of the respondents listed in the AIA report said the size of kitchens is increasing in new home construction. This rediscovered focus on size opens up the possibility of remodeling and addition work that can be done in this popular and lucrative area. The dominating feature for popular kitchen products is still renewable materials. Nearly half of the architects surveyed said that materials like bamboo, concrete and cork are gaining in popularity.
Bathrooms are a slightly different story. The report suggests that their size and quantity is mostly staying steady but with a focus on accessibility of design. The trend of more accessible and safer bathrooms has long been anticipated by specialty contractors who know that older generations are opting to stay in their homes for longer periods of time than other generations in the past. Doorless showers and handshowers are a much requested addition for making bathrooms more accessible.
Overall the report suggests an over-arching trend of stabilization in the design of kitchens and baths with some notable upticks in certain areas. Savvy renovators and remodelers are capitalizing on the number of homes built during the downturn that forewent popular features, while others are anticipating more remodeling and addition possibilities as the size of kitchen and bath design increases.
Check out the AIA's full Fourth Quarter 2010 Home Design Trends Survey report.