The AIA reports that architects are working hard in the kitchen these days. The American Institute of Architects reports that architects are finding an abundance of work in kitchen remodeling and upgrading in 2011 and 2012. Kitchens are larger and more updated than they were in 2011, according to a recent AIA survey by the American Institute of Architects. Popular amenities include increased pantry space, recycling centers, and computer work stations.
“I have had more kitchen projects in 2012 than ever before,” says architect Jeffrey Bruce Baker, AIA. “Clients have more sophisticated programming requirements, from sustainability to universal design. And they come to a designer with an architectural background to help them realize their dreams.” One of Baker’s most renowned projects is a modern boomerang-shaped kitchen intended accommodate the existing architectural shell.
A recent Wall Street Journal article notes that kitchens were traditionally more closed-off, and have become more open and central to entertaining. And 42% of architects say their clients are seeking integration with family space, according to the AIA survey. Baker sees this trend as well. “The kitchen is the heart of the home. My clients live full lives, and they deserve kitchens where they can cook efficiently while socializing with family and friends.”
The kitchen and bath remodeling segment; and the additions and alterations segment; are improving more than any other construction segment, according to the AIA report. Based on the results of the AIA report, and the shape of the current economy, we have reason to believe that architects will be working hard in the kitchen for some time to come.
If you are a Denver area homeowner looking for an experienced metro Denver real estate agent, contact Preferred Properties at 303.778.8222. We will be happy to discuss kitchen upgrades to boost the market value of your home, prior to listing your home for sale this spring.
Image Source: Jeffrey Bruce Baker, AIA