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Survey shows increasing demand for one-level living

More people say ‘so long’ to their two-story houses

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December 16th, 2014

A survey by The American Institute of Architects (AIA) finds an increasing demand for single-level home designs, not just among older Americans, but Baby Boomers as well. One-level homes provide greater accessibility and are generally more cost-effective—benefits that appeal to busy people of all ages.

New homes are also moving away from the boxy rooms, narrow hallways, and separate living and dining rooms of years past in favor of larger, more flexible spaces. In fact, 66% of firms surveyed by the AIA report that more homes are being designed with this open-space layout.

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