Home Improvement InfoA growing number of homeowners are focusing on using their home space more efficiently and personalizing it to suit their lifestyle, according to a survey by Better Home & Gardens. More than one-third of homeowners (38%) surveyed say they are spending more time planning design changes for their home, up from 33% a year ago, while 42% say they shop around for more deals and bargains before committing to a project, up from 40% who did so in 2011. The survey finds that social media site such as Pinterest play a key role in the planning process for many homeowners who look to such sites for design inspirations, product reviews, creative ideas and solutions for using space. Consumers say they prefer a home with median square footage of 1791 square feet, down from 1,846 sq.ft. a year ago. Bonus rooms and media rooms are no longer as popular unless they have a multifunctional purpose.More than half of homeowners (55%) as focusing their next home improvement project on style upgrades for countertops, flooring, faucets and fixtures, up from 50% in 2010. Projects to expand storage space and remodel the bathroom and kitchen also rank high.August 03 2012 - US00YesReport a ProblemProblemSelect oneOffensive contentIrrelevant contentSpam (pure self-promotion)OtherDetailsYour emailPlease enter a valid email address.Submit CancelContent flaggedWe will review this content. Thanks for helping make the site more useful to everyone. To learn more, read Zillow's Good Neighbor Policy.We're sorry. This service is temporarily unavailable. Please come back later and try again.