Houzz, a website and online community focused on architecture, interior design and home improvement, recently released its Houzz Renovation Barometer for the first quarter of 2015.

The barometer, which tracks confidence in the home renovation market among industry professionals, posted strong quarter-over-quarter gains in market confidence for architects, general contractors and design-build firms (11-15 percent) and landscape/outdoor professionals (26 percent), with moderate gains for interior designers and building/renovation specialties (three to six percent).

Index scores of 71 or higher were posted across all company types, up from 61 or higher for the fourth quarter of 2014. (The greater the index value relative to 50, the greater the proportion of firms reporting increases in quarterly business activity than those reporting decreases.)

The positive sentiment among industry professionals is fueling continued optimism for 2015’s second quarter.

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