Slowly improving conditions in residential construction are easing the pressure on key rooms to do more with less.

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According to April issue of Custom Home Magazine, “the housing recovery – slow though it may be—is starting to ease the downward pressure on home sizes and appears to be triggering a bit of a trend reversal, at least according to residential architects who responded to the AIA’s Fourth Quarter 2010 Home Design Trends Survey.”

They state that during the recent economic troubles, homeowner preferences shifted toward more efficient, smaller homes with reduced volumes and fewer bells and whistles. Spacious, top-of-the-line kitchens and luxurious, upscale bathrooms were out, while across-the-board efficiencies (space, energy, and water) were in. For some architects, at least, this trend seems to have been short-lived.

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