Has the COVID-19 Pandemic Changed What We Want in a Home?

In home design trends, as in life, sometimes it feels like change is the only constant. While only a year ago, breezy living rooms and kitchens that promote family togetherness were all the rage among homebuyers, the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted many people to reconsider what they desire in their dwelling.

For starters, we’re all spending a lot more time at home these days – probably a little more than we’d like, as many jobs, schools, and activities shift to a virtual environment. Our lives will probably look this way for a while, so it should come as no surprise that homebuilders and real estate agents are beginning to consider how our homes can accommodate our changing way of life.

One key feature that’s seeing a decline in popularity is the open floor plan. Homebuyers are again starting to favor walls and doors between rooms that allow each family member to work, study, and live in their own space. In this same vein, home offices have become more desirable – and it’s likely a bonus if these dedicated workspaces are equipped with noise control. Separate spaces to keep kids occupied while parents work are also in demand, along with home gyms and breakfast nooks.

Another important focal area to consider is the kitchen. As people spend more time at home and eat out less, it seems only natural that they would do a little culinary experimentation, as evidenced by the boom in bread making during the lockdowns. The kitchen of the future will have lots of counter space, favor hygienic surfaces, and allow aspiring chefs to create a restaurant-quality meal at home.

To keep COVID-19 and other contagions contained, mudrooms and entryways are also becoming more popular. These areas allow people to keep shoes, bags, coats, and other items away from the rest of the house, preventing the spread of dirt and germs. These types of rooms are likely to continue to grow in demand as families slowly transition back to working, playing, socializing, and schooling outside the home – and if we’re being honest, that can’t happen soon enough.

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