AIA Home Design Trends Survey Reports Simpler Exterior Detailing and Increasing Popularity of Windows

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) released its fourth-quarter Home Design Trends Survey, revealing significant trends in the residential market. 

Infill development and tear-downs remain a trend in high-demand neighborhoods, although the pace slowed from 2022. Neighborhood design trends saw a slower pace overall, with features like access to public transportation, recreational opportunities, dedicated open space and street amenities decreasing in popularity from 2022.  

The survey highlighted a continued move towards durable and low-maintenance materials for exterior products. The results also showed that contemporary home styles are still preferred by many homeowners.  

More insights from the survey:  

  • The popularity for simpler detailing on exteriors has continued to grow, with the score up 6 percentage points since 2022. 
  • The number and size of windows being requested for home design projects has grown, with the score increasing 8 percentage points since 2022, indicating a preference for more natural light in living spaces. 
  • Home improvement sectors remain strong while affordable homes reported significant weaknesses. 
  • Residential architecture firm business based on project billings, inquiries, and design contracts showed weakness in the third quarter of 2023. 

The AIA Home Design Trends Survey is conducted quarterly with a panel of more than 300 architecture firms that concentrate their practice in the residential sector. More information on the latest survey results can be reviewed here.