Buyers Are Cutting the Fluff, Architects say
Home buyers are scaling back, according to a quarterly survey by the American Institute of Architects, choosing energy-saving amenities over recreational ones.
Two-thirds of architects say their clients want better insulation, including double- and triple-glazed windows, water-saving devices, and solar panels. The most popular bonus room is a home office, with 46 percent of architects saying these rooms are gaining in popularity.
The architects identified a sharp decline in the demand for high-end kitchens and baths and said that there was also less interest in game and media rooms and in-law suites.
The AIA said residential billings, a leading indicator of activity, rose to 38 in the second quarter, up 20 points from the first quarter of 2009.
Source: Reuters News (10/06/2009)