COVID has changed home design for good

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The pandemic may subside, but the hunger for homes where residents can have their own space – and enjoy time indoors – will be a long legacy.

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why it matters: Builders, architects and interior designers are all adjusting to a new reality in which we spend more waking hours at home and do not assume that household members will leave for work or school every day.

What are you saying: While the pandemic put a premium on outdoor amenities such as pools and large backyards, it also nurtured a desire for large, flexible interiors – such as open-plan living rooms – and rooms that can be renovated as circumstances change. Is.

  • An example is a home office that can be reimagined as a children’s playroom when its occupant moves back to the “real” office.
  • Huge kitchen island — and “Double Island” Those that are parallel or side-by-side are in hot demand as people become accustomed to cooking at home and wean themselves off takeout.
  • Projects like closet renovations and “smart home” installations are on the rise, according to thumbtack, which connects landlords to contractors.
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one in RentCafe Survey The number of people looking for rental apartments online – a year after the pandemic began – had a preference for “more space” over “cheap”, reflecting a long-term view that cocooning is here to stay.

What are they saying: Before COVID-19, your home was “a place to drive home from work, drop off stuff, eat something quickly if you’re lucky, and get the kids out the door for games,” says Laurel Vernazza, a home design designer Experts, tells axis.

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“The pandemic forced people to stay home and reevaluate their space and say, geez, we really don’t have a place for everyone to decompress and do their job.”

  • His company, The Plan Collection, sells pre-drawn home plans to builders and middle-income consumers who are looking for off-the-shelf designs.
  • Recently, they’ve seen a greater demand for home plans with large outdoor spaces and easy access to them — “not only French doors, but those large, floor-to-ceiling door sliders,” Vernazza said.
  • The rec rooms and multipurpose “bonus” rooms are heated. “After months at the dining room table, people are like, well, I need to reevaluate my home and make room for everyone and make it comfortable,” Vernazza said.

description: Interior designers agree on some of the trends that have emerged at this stage in the pandemic.

  • curve, In the furniture, the moldings, arched openings and barrel-vault ceilings are chic.
  • “biophilic” design, Or elements drawn from nature – such as outdoor-looking houseplants and the use of natural and organic wood – are also there.
  • Larger and more permanent WFH spaces, Those, sometimes with libraries or a seating area, are here to stay.
  • Recycled Materials and Accents: Broken supply chains and lumber shortages are pushing homeowners toward flea market searches and other “new stuff” options.

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