Going “green” in the household isn’t just a fad—it’s here to stay. In a survey conducted by the American Institute of Architects, residential architects have reported that renewable materials and energy-efficient products for kitchens and baths have risen in popularity, while the popularity of high-end appliances wanes.
The growing interest and sales of eco-friendly amenities, such as bamboo flooring, sustainable countertops, LED lighting options and radiant heated flooring, shows that homeowners aren’t looking at going green as an item-by-item approach, but are seeing their homes as grounds for building sustainability that will last.
As kitchen areas grow in importance, so do their functions and features. For example, many homes are now popping up with computer work areas and recharging stations for cell phones and personal digital assistants. Other popular features include larger pantry space, wine refrigeration and a recycling center. To improve functionality, many kitchens are now integrated with family space, such as in a great room or breakfast nook.
Bathroom products are also being designed for greater accessibility and sustainability. Features such as doorless showers and hand-held showers, which improve accessibility for many homeowners, are gaining popularity. Also, water-saving toilets and energy-efficient lighting have increased in use.
For the full AIA Home Design Trends Survey, please click here.
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