The most popular areas of the home are gaining new functions as the housing market begins its recovery. Emphasis on kitchens is beginning to increase, with more space devoted to—and increasing activities centered in—this part of the home. Likewise, there is growing interest in kitchen products, in-home technology, and accessibility concerns for an aging population.
Bathrooms, in contrast, are not seeing comparable improvements in room size and number in a home. However, emphasis on bathrooms never declined during the housing downturn. Space devoted to bath areas remained fairly stable between 2009 and 2011 when other areas were declining. Accessibility remains a major emphasis in bath design, as doorless showers continue to be very popular. Energy-efficient lighting and water conservation also remain major goals for products selected for baths.
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