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Home Design Trends Spurred by Pandemic Still Booming

According to a survey released by the American Institute of Architects, home design trends that started during the pandemic are still booming. More than 300 residential architecture firms were surveyed to gather the data.

According to WTOP News, it discovered that trends like cross-functional outdoor spaces are among key features owners and buyers want and purchase, the report said.

“We’ve done more outdoor kitchens, outdoor showers, outdoor dog washing stations,” said David Shove-Brown, AIA member and founding partner at 3877 Design in Washington, D.C. “All of those things that make life a little bit easier.”

Homebuyers are also asking for more smart technology, because many of them are still working from home and it increases the value of a home at resale, Shove-Brown said.

“There was an older thought that kitchens and baths sold homes. It’s beyond that now,” he said. “People have realized that buyers are savvy. They know the value of putting in energy-efficient appliances and tankless hot water heaters.”

Another trend: building to age in place. Shove-Brown said homebuyers are building for longer terms, considering higher mortgage rates and home prices.

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