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Which New Home Rooms are Growing in Popularity? | 2011 Home Design Trends Survey

The home office makes sense to be on this list. I hear of more and more clients and friends who have split schedules with only certain days they go to the office. Or, better yet, they are moved home for good and drive or FLY in once in a while!

Home Design Trends Survey

Special Function Rooms Increasing in Popularity


According to the American Institute of Architects's home design trends survey for second quarter 2011, some special function rooms, such as home offices, outdoor living areas, and inlaw suites have seen increased popularity over the past year. 

Some other special function rooms have shown declines in interest from 2010 to 2011, including interior greenhouses, pet rooms/interior kennels, and storm rooms/safe rooms.

AIA's survey shows these special function rooms as having an increasing interest level in 2011:

  • Hobby/game room
  • In law suites
  • Mud room
  • Home office
  • Outdoor living


Here is a chart of AIA's survey results:

2011 Design Trends | New Home Trend Survey


Learn more about these special function rooms - outdoor living spaces, home offices, mud rooms, and in law suites - in central North Carolina new homes:

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Comment balloon 1 commentCheryl Ritchie • December 27 2011 07:31AM


In-law suites does not surprise me as more and more families are taking in either older or younger family members.

Posted by Kathy Sheehan, Senior Loan Officer (Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021) about 8 years ago