that the size of homes is growing again?  As the residential market improves, the size of homes has grown in response. 

This is the case for high-end custom homes as well as additions to existing homes.  Preferences for open spaces, like open-space layouts, and single floor designs, have also continued to rise, according to findings from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Home Design Trends Survey for the first quarter of 2013. 

Homeowners also have a desire to blend indoor and outdoor spaces.

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Reprinted from the Qualified Remodeler