While the COVID 19 pandemic continues to cause extreme changes to our society on a grand scale, on a micro scale it is altering the way we look at the design of our living spaces. Where we once yearned for open-concept floor plans, we have discovered that it is not as lovely when you and your partner are both living and working at home. Insanity surrounding the “American Toilet Paper Crisis” has people thinking about the benefits of adding a bidet. People who previously preferred to be indoors are longingly browsing outdoor living spaces and reassessing their human needs.
None of us can definitively predict the direction the world will be taking, but there is one thing for certain, the way people think about the efficiency and comfort of their homes is going to change.
Mudrooms Will Make a Huge Comeback
As the insides of our homes become our safe and private sanctuaries, people will begin to yearn for a space where they shed the outdoors before entering. Mudrooms and closed entryways give people a dedicated space where they can shed the psychological and physical contamination of the outside world.
These tiny rooms will be the place where we leave behind contaminated clothing, as well as the stress of the world, before we comfortably settle into our living spaces.
Private Gardens and Fenced Patios Will be Standard
Between 1975 and 2018, single family homes ballooned in size. In 1975 the average home was 1,660 sq. ft. and by 2018 it had nearly doubled to 2,623. Architects are expecting this trend to begin reversing as people discover the need to commune with nature while staying on their own property. Due to COVID 19, front and back yards have become a priority and home builders are expected to once again dedicate more square footage to the outdoors.
Despite the size of the home itself, experts expect people to start reclaiming their yard space and for gardening to become a widespread hobby
Open-Concept is Getting Shut Down
In recent years, open-concept floor plans have become the favorite among home buyers. The sense of openness and space became one of the hottest trends in new home building, as well as remodeling. Over the last couple months, as people began to adjust to living, working, and schooling their children at home, the need for defined spaces grew exponentially.
Many architects expect to be asked to find a way to counterbalance open floor concepts with more rooms and doors, in the next generation of homes.
More, multifunctional rooms, are expected to become the preferred style, utilizing such areas as the home office for exercise. Builders will soon plan for dedicated fitness areas in the beginning stages of planning, rather than being an afterthought.
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