Special Function Room Trends
Every year, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) conducts a series of surveys of more than 500 leading Architectural firms to uncover trends in new home design. Here are some of their conclusions from the home features study on Special Function Room Trends.
Outdoor Living Space
According to the AIA recent Home Trends Survey, the most popular special room isn’t a room inside the house, but rather outside. Outdoor Living Space is the most requested Special Function Room Trends. Since the average lot size is much bigger than the home’s footprint, the Outdoor Space can offer a great opportunity for Outdoor Living. In the past three years of the survey, the respondents said Outdoor Living Space was gaining popularity faster than any other feature.
With the rise in popularity of Outdoor Living Spaces, it seems natural a Mudroom would be the next feature increasing in popularity. When spending all this time outside; a room in where you can remove dirty clothes and shoes becomes a valuable space. The Mudroom serves as more than a place to remove muddy shoes, it also serves as a place to store the kids backpacks, hang coats, dog leashes, or store gardening tools. A Mudroom is a great way to help keep the house clean and free from clutter. Fortunately, Mudrooms don’t have to take up a lot of space, they can combine with other spaces like the Laundry Room.
The third most common Special Function Space is the Home Office. While the Home Office has been a popular request for decades, more and more people are working from home and the demands to be constantly connected creates the necessity for a dedicated space. The Home Office is a must have for many home buyers.
A new and emerging Special Function Room Trend is a Pet Room. More clients are asking to include Pet Rooms or Interior Kennels. Pooch-friendly technology including music, a flat-screen TV mounted on the wall, Bed, Web Cam with Audio, Pet Door with Access to outdoors, built in storage for toys, and area for food and water bowls.
An In-Law Suite also grew in number of requests. A separate Bedroom with Sitting Area, en-suite Bath and Coffee Bar / Kitchenette have grown in popularity.
Main Floor Master Bedroom
More people are choosing to age in place and having a Main floor Master Bedroom is essential to being able to stay in your home. The main floor Master has become one of the top requested Special Features home buyers are ask for.
She Shed / Man Cave
A dedicated space to escape and enjoy a special hobby is a fun addition and can add a Wow Factor for home buyers. Something as simple as converting a spare bedroom can work.
If you’re thinking about remodeling your home, and want to make sure you’re adding value that matters most to home buyers, think about incorporating some of the top requested Special Function Rooms into your remodel plan.