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Square footage is on the rise, as is the prevalence of accessibility features and open-plan layouts in residential projects, according to the quarterly AIA Home Design Trends Survey, released in June 2016. This iteration of the survey delves into home and property design activity during the first quarter of 2016 and includes responses from more than 500 residential architecture firms.

Consumer demand for bigger homes—based on both square footage and volume—continued in the first quarter of 2016, following a trend seen since 2011 mirroring recovery in the broader economy. Lot size is also on the rise, responding to homeowners’ growing interest in using more of their property as livable space, with outdoor living areas continuing to top the list of residential design trends. Upper end homes are dis-proportionally responsible for home size increases as shown in the chart below.

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