Menu

It may not be a return to the McMansion-sized homes of the 1980s and early ’90s, but the latest survey from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) shows a reversal in the six-year trend of smaller home sizes.

According to the AIA’s quarterly Home Design Trends survey, architects are reporting increases in the size of both remodeled and new-construction homes, with 20 percent of architects reporting an increase of volume.

During the height of the housing boom, more than 50 percent of architects reported increasing home sizes in the AIA’s 2005 survey. Following the bust, home sizes dramatically decreased, with only 10.8 percent of architects reporting an increase in home size in 2009.

This Issaquah, WA, home for sale, above, was built in 2009 and has 2,010 square feet of living space.

Steadying home values appear to have a positive effect on the size of homes, and thus the industries surrounding the housing market — including remodeling and new construction.

Where is the new space in homes going?

When homes were decreasing, architects and builders reported decreases in formal dining rooms and mudrooms. As home sizes begin to steady, homeowners are adding more indoor/outdoor spaces and open layouts. Accessibility also continues to be of huge importance to homeowners.

This built-new home in Temple City, CA, above, features extensive indoor/outdoor space.

In particular, outdoor living spaces, in the form of sunrooms and large patios, have become the “new great room in terms of must-have items for homeowners,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker.

Related:

 

About the Author

Erika Riggs, the Zillow Digs manager, covers home design and trends.

You also might like...

Julianne Moore's pool

Julianne Moore Lists Montauk Cottage for $3.495M

Tracy Morgan's mansion

Tracy Morgan & His New Wife Reportedly Buy New Jersey Manor

38-Evening_Front

UPDATE: LeBron Sells His Miami Palace Like a King

Marc Anthony's yard

Marc Anthony Lists Second California Mansion

Subscribe for Zillow Blog updates

We will not rent, share or spam your account, ever. Please read and review our privacy policy.

You can also stay updated by following us below

instagram googleplus pinterest