The AIA Home Design Trends Survey is out for the second quarter of 2013. Since early 2012, business conditions have steadily been trending upwards, and within the past year alone, residential architects have reported a recovery in nearly every residential construction sector. Taking into consideration the "strong levels of inquiries for new projects, the growing levels of project backlogs, and the uniformly strong readings from firms across all regions of the country," workloads for residential architects are predicted to stay strong for the next quarters and future market conditions will only improve. For more on the AIA's findings, keep reading. As the economy took a turn for the worse, homes shrank in size and special function rooms - such as outdoor living spaces, mud rooms, in-law suites, and safe rooms - suffered. Now that home sizes are growing again, interest in special function rooms is reemerging. Spaces that have grown in popularity over the past year are outdoor living areas and rooms as well as mud rooms or drop zones, a direct result of increased enthusiasm for outdoor living.
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