We have seen a shift in many industries over the last few months, including home design and construction. Now that priorities have changed, so have our views and perspectives on our current lifestyles. Moving forward, the home industry will required a whole new set of checks and balances.
Not too long ago, buyers were showing a preference towards smaller homes and open-space concepts that were conducive for gathering. And while the open layouts are far from over, there will surely be tweaks made to how they are designed.
So what can we expect to see from new home constructions and designs now that we have experienced the life-changing effects of the global pandemic?
Here’s a few things you will see trending:
Flexible Interior Spaces
No one expected to be couped up inside for extended periods of time, nor having to work and teach school from home. It’s important that home designs accommodate temporary and unexpected activities that still allow its residents to enjoy the space regardless of its intended function.
Enhanced Outdoor Living Space
If you’re going to be spending more time at home, it’s important that you’re still able to enjoy the wonders of the outdoors from the comfort of your home. Balconies and porches allowed people to connect and communicate providing joy and hope during the pandemic. Going forward we will see homes expanding outdoor living spaces and even creating indoor gardens to bring the outdoors in, and vice versa.
Increased Storage Space
As homeowners spend more time inside, they have reverted to the feeling of the home being a sanctuary. Many of us have picked up hobbies and interests such as crafting and working out that require a bit more space in the home. Stock-piling bulk goods and supplies has also been a growing norm as families attempt to reduce their trips to public stores, groceries and other shopping spaces.
Already one of the fastest growing trends, smart technology will soon be the norm for every home. Temperature and lighting can be controlled through voice or motion, and touchless faucets are now a cost-effective health-conscious upgrade. Smart technology can also monitor the air quality and other potential health hazards in your home.