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Aging in place and the shift to outdoors push demand up for popular products.

April 11, 2017

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Aging in place and the shift to outdoors push demand up for popular products.

The American Institute of Architects, looking further into how home improvement activities affect residential architecture firms, conducted recently a survey that found out the trendy bathroom and kitchen improvement products that US homeowners focused on in the previous year.

The study’s respondent residential architecture firms saw that for bathrooms, fixtures making aging-in-place easy are popular. Doorless, stall-only and walk-in showers, and adaptability or universal design products lead in bathroom improvement. These are followed by radiant heated floors, water-saving toilets and upscale showers. This is consistent with what aging-in-place specialists, the American Association of Retired Persons and the US’ National Association of Home Builders foresee and report. According to the NAHB, three fourths of US homeowners undergoing remodeling projects are adding aging-in-place products to their homes.

As regards kitchens, the AIA survey found out that outdoor versions are on the rise. People want more functional spaces. Many homeowners do it by extending or connecting what’s inside to the outside. This is a trend that is also expected to boost seamless folding or sliding doors and windows. Respondent firms reported that the in-demand kitchen items are device charging stations, undercounter appliances, pantries, high-end appliances, drinking water filter systems, sensor faucets and storage options that can be brought outdoors.

These findings are not only relevant to how home improvement firms innovate their design offerings, but could be helpful as well for home and hardware DIY importers looking for in-demand products to add to their selections.

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