How COVID is changing our home designs
So although we’ve had enough of hearing about Beth, it’s important to look at how it’s affecting our homes – especially if we’re thinking of building or renovating as there’s some very interesting trends that are resulting from working from home and being home more, in general.
Not only are our homes functioning differently, but how we are perceiving our homes is changing too. No longer are just looking at them as assets, but we’re now getting really deep, and thinking about what a home really means. We’re talking less about overcapitalisation and more about the things we love that make our homes special.
Some of the key and obvious changes that have resulted from COVID are the addition of home offices and lifestyle features in homes like pools and other entertainment facilities. Here’s a breakdown of some of the key trends which we expect to see even more of in the future.
In the past a study nook or study in the home was thought of a nice-to-have. Now, we can expect to see at least two home offices in many homes – otherwise we’ll be forced to sign NDAs for our partner’s business! While some offices are keen to get their employees back in, there’s still a large percentage of workplaces that are favouring working from home – some figures say as high as 80% of people aren’t going back to the office permanently. So we expect considerable changes to the configuration of a house.
Of course, this doesn’t necessarily mean our homes will become larger, our designs just need to be smarter. We can expect smaller spaces with operable doors and home features and cabinetry that make great backdrops for our many video calls.
The Murphy bed. You’re probably not aware of what these are called, but you’ve definitely seen them on TV shows especially in shows set in places like New York. Yep, they’re the beds that fold right up into the wall to create more space. If you’re one of the many people working from home and aren’t blessed with an office space, this can automatically turn your bedroom into a spacious office in seconds. They’re also great for guest rooms – instead of having an unused bed taking up space in the room, you can use the room as kids toy room or as a media room.
Home Automation It’s been trending for some time now, but we can expect this trend to grow as people want to use tech to control everything from