While “stay at home” has become a slogan around the world, home has gradually evolved into something more than just a place to live. There is now an office, a school, a gym, a restaurant, playgrounds and many other amenities of the metropolis. The pandemic has left a significant mark on the design of houses and changed the lifestyle of its residents.
Let’s talk about what you need to have in your home after a pandemic!
No open plan
The walls and doors are back! Open floor plans will be reimagined as the demand for personal space has grown significantly. Families now want more rooms, walls, doors, and more privacy. Known for its entertainment value, the ever-popular open-plan floor plan will be designed to provide each family member with the best of both worlds, privacy and openness. Homes now need to be divided into more clearly defined quiet and noisy areas for entertainment, learning and recreation.
Working at home
Home offices have become coveted real estate properties. Families are crowded at the kitchen table or at the same desk for work, and online learning is not conducive to productivity. More than ever, architects and interior designers are asked for dedicated work places.
Many new homes will be designed with private home offices that provide a suitable seating, work surface, lighting, noise reduction and temperature control. In homes undergoing remodeling, we will see built-in desks and spaces converted into workspaces. Some home owners are converting rarely used spaces like a dining room or casual seating area into a functional home office.
The home as a workplace has become the new norm. Regardless of whether you are reconfiguring existing rooms or adding new square meters, plans will definitely include a dedicated work area in the house.
Now that we have become much more likely to work remotely, the house should have a dedicated area for work, as well as an additional area for relaxation. This space doesn’t have to be large, but it needs to be separate enough so that you can feel away from work while staying at home.
The houses will be divided into more distinct, quiet and noisy areas for entertainment, learning and relaxation.
Out and About
It’s a fact that outdoor seating can help soothe home fever, so it’s no surprise that residents are starting to actively use their outdoor areas in their backyards.
The owners want to create an on-site living space that truly brings a sense of coziness from the premises to the terrace or patio. In this regard, we are seeing demand for backyard kitchens, heaters, outdoor fireplaces, campfire pits, or even greenhouses for a relaxing break while caring for plants.
As we continue to adapt to the changes the pandemic has brought to our lives, we must embrace and redefine our homes as spaces for learning and living, being productive and relaxing. The trends we see today are likely to continue for years to come, as things like telecommuting and virtual learning continue even after quarantine measures. As we enter a new era in which homes must be luxurious, secluded, productive and functional workspaces at the same time, remodeling within this new norm enables us to achieve the perfect balance – in our homes and in our lives.