Increasing Interest in Residential Planning Points to the Benefits of Online Programs

In early 2016, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported that throughout the country there continues to be a strong demand for residential design. And what do homeowners most want to invest in? Kitchens and bathrooms. Those with an education in residential planning through online programs may find themselves ready for a new career in the remodeling industry.

A soft housing market, coupled with the effects of an aging, affluent baby boomer population, tends to drive these trends. Empty-nesters are scaling back on size, while upgrading to luxury amenities, and accessibility for the aged requires a new approach to space planning. These trends should continue for the next decade, at least, so now is the time to enroll in online courses in residential planning.

Go the Distance

Online programs in residential planning qualify you for a career as a residential planner, interior design retailer, or showroom coordinator. Plus, online courses give you the flexibility and qualifications that could lead you to a four-year interior design program.

Many online courses cover textiles, space planning, kitchen and bath planning, historic and contemporary styles, drafting, and computer-aided design (CAD). With distance learning, you can participate in your online courses at times that are convenient for you.  Complete online programs more quickly than traditional ones and gain experience working in an electronic environment. Increasingly, designers are using CAD and the Web to communicate their ideas to clients.

Most credits from online programs are transferable.  Should you decide to pursue a bachelor's degree in interior design distance learning will help get you there.



  1. "Investment in kitchens and bathrooms remain a top homeowner priority," March 14, 2016, American Institute of Architects, http://new.aia.org/press-releases/241-investment-in-kitchens-and-bathrooms-remain-a-
  2. Interior Designers, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016-17 edition, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/arts-and-design/interior-designers.htm