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Mud Rooms, Offices Rank High for Homeowners

October 4, 2016 2:21 am


A mud room and an office come in at the top of homeowners’ wish lists—and a gym and a movie theater have dropped off it, according to the recently released American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Home Design Trends Survey.

“Heavy investment in outdoor living spaces, mud rooms and home offices indicate that consumers are placing a premium on practicality and functionality,” said Kermit Baker, AIA chief economist, in a statement on the survey. “Things have changed a lot from a decade ago, when home theaters and exercise rooms were some of the most popular ‘special function’ rooms in homes.”

In addition to a mud room, an office and outdoor living space, homeowners are remodeling for a designated guest room (e.g., an Au Pair or in-law suite) and a sun room or three-season porch, according to the survey.

Remodeling for accessibility is also common, though somewhat less so as more new homes are being designed to accommodate “aging in place.” Popular accessibility projects, the survey found, include adding a first-floor master bedroom, an elevator and handles.

“Although accessibility features remain an important issue to homeowners, demand for some of these features has leveled off in the custom residential arena,” Baker said. “As more homes become equipped to handle an aging population of homeowners, less custom work needs to be done to address specific accessibility issues.”

Automated features are in-demand, as well, some with the dual benefit of convenience and energy efficiency. Up-and-coming features that homeowners have begun to request, the survey found, include an air purification system, a backup power generator, an electrical car docking station, solar panels and “super” insulation.

Source: American Institute of Architects (AIA)
 

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Want to Get to Know Your Neighbors? Take Fido for a Stroll

October 3, 2016 2:21 am


Every one of us believes we’re a good neighbor—99 percent of the homeowners recently surveyed by the Community Associations Institute (CAI), that is. According to the CAI survey, most of us believe we possess neighborly characteristics, including being “friendly,” “helpful,” “quiet” and “respectful” of privacy.

Being neighborly goes beyond a passing wave, however. The survey found neighborly behaviors foster a sense of community, with 86 percent of respondents having pride in their neighborhood, and recommending it to those in their circle. Seventy-four percent of respondents routinely participate in social gatherings in their community, as well, while 54 percent volunteer for neighborhood activities and 30 percent take part in neighborhood recreation.

“Across the nation, Americans are demonstrating how to make home more enjoyable—they're volunteering, taking part in their local government, and participating in neighborhood social activities,” says Thomas Skiba, CEO of CAI. “As champions of building better communities, we know there is usually a strong correlation between the level of homeowner involvement and the long-term success of a community.”

Interestingly, 83 percent of respondents become acquainted with their neighbors not at neighborhood events, but while walking their dog. Remember that the next time you move to a new neighborhood!

Considering a move to a new community? Contact me for assistance today!

Source: Community Associations Institute (CAI)

 

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