What will homes look like in a post-pandemic world?

What Will Homes Look Like In A Post-pandemic World?

The world has changed in just a few short months, and for some, the idea of what a dream home looks like will never be the same. Not long ago, buyers were showing preference toward smaller homes and open concept spaces conducive to entertaining. After a few months cooped up inside, the same features don’t seem as appealing – and developers have taken note.

“While the coronavirus still rages on, it’s hard to predict what post-pandemic homes might look like,” according to¬†Barrons. “Yet, developers around the U.S. are already rethinking projects, anticipating residents’ needs and preferences that Covid-19 would spur. In doing so, they are re-evaluating current in-unit aesthetics and in-demand amenities.”

Here are a few areas of home design where trends may shift in the coming years:

Home size

Homes had been trending smaller, but that may be over. With so many families spending more time around the house lately, there’s never been more need for personal space. Expect homes to grow in size accordingly.

Prioritizing the home office

As more businesses relax work-from-home policies or shift to full-time remote work entirely, the home office will become a near-essential for many buyers. Once an after-thought, space will need to offer privacy, good lighting, and be pre-wired for telecommuting.

Return to the closed-floor plan

For some buyers, the open floor plan’s appeal was already trending down before 2020, and the past few months have only made the reasons why more evident. Sharing more time and space at home demands privacy for schoolwork, hobbies, and entertainment. With more meals being cooked at home, an open concept kitchen becomes a noisy epicenter practically all day long. Builders expect a rise in demand for closed floor plans, where rooms are partitioned for purpose.

Smart technology

Already one of the fastest-growing home design trends, 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 and affordable.