American survey finds an increasing demand for outdoor kitchen construction

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31st March 2017 15:40 - Construction

American survey finds an increasing demand for outdoor kitchen construction: According to the American Institute of Architects' Home Design Trends Survey for the final quarter of 2016, architects have stated that there is an increasing demand for outdoor kitchens.

As part of the research, the market researchers questioned respondents from architecture firms to reveal that the most popular kitchen features were computer areas / charging stations (42 per cent of architects reporting such work in 2016, in comparison to 49 per cent in 2015). Further to this, under-counter appliances were also found to be popular (38 per cent in 2016 and 33 per cent in 2015), as well as larger pantry spaces (34 per cent in both 2016 and 2015) and high-end appliances (31 per cent in 2016 and 39 per cent in 2015).

The most popular construction activities last year were additions and alterations (54 per cent in 2016 and 61 per cent in 2015), closely followed by kitchen and bath remodels (51 per cent in 2016 and 54 per cent in 2015).

As a result of the increasing property prices and a shortage of houses in America, home renovations remain popular, with many prospective property buyers being dissuaded from entering the property market or trading up.

The survey also found that whilst homeowners are more positive about selling their house, not enough property owners are putting their houses on the market to meet the demand at lower price points. Instead of doing this, many homeowners are exploring ways of adding value to their existing house.

According to a representative from the American Institute of Architects, the trend of renovating existing property can be illustrated by the increasing popularity of constructing outdoor cooking spaces.

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