Results from American Institute of Architects Quarterly Home Design Survey

Slowdown Sees Established Community Design Trends Giving Way to Infill Locations and Homes with Simpler Features
Business activity for residential architects continues to plummet, particularly in Sunbelt regions

by Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA
Chief Economist

Summary: The housing downturn is reshaping households’ preferences for the design of their neighborhoods and communities. Infill locations are growing in popularity, while exurban subdivisions—even with the opportunities they offer for recreational opportunities, open space, and more fully developed community plans—are losing ground because of their lack of access to public transportation and commercial services. Porches remain a popular feature in home styles, as they often evoke times with greater neighborhood interaction. Households are generally looking for simpler exteriors, with durability a critical concern.

HERE’S THE LINK TO THE FULL STORY – The titles for the various graphs speak volumes…

Posted on December 19, 2008, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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