A lot has changed in the world over the past few months. It is fair to say everyone’s life has been affected by Covid-19. The change has also seeped into the world of home design. While small homes remain popular, since the virus’ occurrence, YBH is experiencing a noticeable shift to homes with more square footage, not less. Clients with children or parents living at home have quickly becoming aware of the need for family members to have space of their own.
Trends Which May Shift
Pre-Covid, homes had been trending smaller. However, with so many families now spending more time at home, there’s never been more need for personal space. Depending on family requirements, this could mean the need for more square footage.
Prioritizing the home office
As more businesses relax work-from-home policies, or shift to full-time remote work, the home office will become an essential for many homeowners. A space that was once an after-thought now will need to offer privacy, good lighting and be pre-wired for telecommuting.
Consideration of a semi-closed floor plan
Sharing more time and space at home demands privacy for schoolwork, hobbies, and entertainment. While the open common space of kitchen, dining and living areas remains high, we could see a rise in demand for semi-closed floor plans. Semi-closed means some rooms are partitioned off, according to purpose.
This is already one of the fastest growing trends in home design, but smart home technology will soon move from a ‘plus’ to a ‘must’. Temperature and lighting control can now be voice or motion activated. Touchless faucets, once thought superfluous, are now an inexpensive and health-conscious upgrade. Systems that filter air and monitor air quality will become more common.
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