5 Ways COVID Will Change the Future of Home Design

It’s not uncommon to see home design trends change and evolve over the years. Changes in the world – even pandemics throughout history – will always affect how homes are designed. When we look at 2020, we’re experiencing significant changes from the COVID-19 pandemic, altering virtually everything we do — how we work, shop, eat, interact with one another, and much, much more. Another thing it’s impacted? How we live at home.

“We’re starting to see a large homeowner response due to COVID,” says co-founder and CEO Josh Fiester. “More and more people are wanting to make changes to their home because that’s where they’ll spend most of their time for the foreseeable future.”

What does that impact look like, exactly? We’re sharing five ways we believe COVID will change the future of home design.

Increase Productivity in Working and Learning Areas

With more than 40% of the U.S. labor force now working from home, there’s already an increased need for designated workspaces. And parents adapting to remote learning environments likely have an additional (and urgent) need for learning areas for their kids. After all, the dining room table can only work for so long. 

We’ve already started to see movement towards designated spaces separate from other areas of the house. That might include transforming areas like the basement or guest room into a workspace or rethinking a home office remodel to fit your needs better. And to make those spaces as useful (and comfortable) as possible, we’ll likely see an increased demand in features like:

  • Temperature control
  • Smart home technology
  • Better lighting
  • Soundproofing
  • Smarter storage solutions
  • Built-ins
  • Security upgrades

In-Home Sanitation 

The health practices that have been reinforced during the coronavirus pandemic — washing our hands more frequently, sanitizing, mask-wearing — are more than likely going to become etched in our culture. As a result, homeowners will be looking for solutions to ensure their home is as safe and germ-free as possible. What does that mean for future home designs? It means adding details like:

  • Sanitized entryways 
  • Air purification systems
  • Antimicrobial surfaces like copper, brass, and bronze, which are great for high-touch surfaces like doorknobs
  • More sanitary countertop options like quartz
  • Incorporating more textures like bamboo, oak, and cork, which help stop bacteria and microorganisms from growing

Reimagined Layouts

It’s no secret homeowners love open floor plans and shared spaces — just as much as we love creating them. But as more and more people want separate working and learning areas, we’ll start to see that change in a couple of ways. 

First, we expect to see a shift from open floor plans to more traditional ones that are popular in more historic homes. But for those who need to adapt their current home, there will be a demand for reimagined layouts. Those solutions can come in many forms, like mobile partitions, temporary walls, or dividing one large room into two to create more privacy and separation.

Mental Health Spaces

Focusing on your mental health should always be a priority, but even more so now as we deal with added stress and anxiety from the pandemic. And since we’re spending most of our time at home, it makes sense to create spaces that help improve our mental health instead of weighing us down. Those spaces can look like:

  • A reorganized room
  • Meditation areas
  • Spa-style bathrooms
  • Added greenery and plants
  • Sunrooms
  • Added windows
  • Larger windows
  • A decluttered closet or pantry
  • White or light-colored walls
  • And much more!

Preparing for Winter

Unlike other parts of the country, winter in Colorado is one of the busiest and most exciting seasons to be outdoors. Unfortunately, we’ll likely see a significant shift in that this year as activities will be limited due to COVID-19, and people will have to stay home instead. To better prepare for the long season ahead, we’ll likely start to see homeowners wanting to make design upgrades to outdoor areas — like installing heat lamps — or reimaging other spaces with more room, like garages and basements. 

Create the space you need with Factor Design Build

We can’t change the fact that we have to stay home more, but we can make changes that make that stay significantly better. Our entire team of architects, designers, project managers, and carpenters can help create a unique solution for your home — no matter what that solution may be. But one thing’s for sure: We’ll create a space to help improve your life as we all work through this pandemic together. 

Contact us today to get started!

Basement Finishing in Denver: 4 Things to Know

Remodeling your basement can be a wise investment, not only for the impact on your home’s value but also because more usable space increases your family’s overall happiness. 

Here are four things you need to know before launching a basement finishing project in Denver. 

What Affects the Cost of a Basement Project? 

The first question we often hear is, “How much does it cost to finish my basement”? That’s a tough question to answer because many variables will affect the cost as with any remodeling project. 

Size and Condition of Your Basement

First and foremost, the size of the existing basement will affect the cost of your basement project. In many cases, a bigger basement will cost more to finish. However, the condition of your basement is also a determining factor. In fact, refinishing a large basement in a newer home may be less expensive than finishing a small basement in a historic home. For example, basements in older homes may not have enough height, requiring a basement dig out. 

Additional Rooms 

Adding a bedroom can also impact the cost, requiring new framing, drywall, and egress to comply with safety codes. Your existing support beams should be assessed to ensure their location and height is sufficient to create the space you want. If not, additional costs may incur. 

Basement Design 

The complexity of your desired design also plays a role in the final cost. Adding a bathroom, wet bar, or kitchenette will incur additional charges for plumbing and water lines—the same holds for installing or moving laundry facilities.

Is Remodeling My Basement a Good Investment?  

basement remodel in denver with wine cellar


Increasing the space of your home in any capacity can increase the home’s value, and the basement already has a basic foundation in place. A basement remodel project typically delivers ~ 75% ROI, and houses with finished basements are also more attractive to buyers. 

More important than the financial benefits is an investment in your happiness. Owners of historic homes in Denver know that extra storage capacity is highly sought after. Beyond that, a basement can be transformed into just about anything your imagination desires, including:  

  • Office space 
  • Learning center 
  • Living space for au pair 
  • Play area
  • Home gym
  • Guest room 
  • Art studio
  • Craft space
  • Home theater
  • Wine cellar
  • Music studio 
  • Gaming area
  • Library 

How Do I Start the Process of Finishing My Basement?  

The process of finishing your basement can take several different routes. A basement remodel involves specialized knowledge and attention to details of which the average homeowner may not be aware. 

These include things like framing and drywall, plumbing, and electrical work, determining the best type of ceiling, lighting, and flooring to use. Plumbing can be a crucial element if you intend to install a private bathroom in the basement. You also want to check what heating and cooling capabilities your basement has and needs. 

Other considerations include creating a safe and stylish stairwell, a safe and code approved escape route, and securing any required permits. Preventing moisture in a remodeled basement is another must. This involves adequate ventilation, breathable insulation, and exterior drainage off the roof away from your home’s foundation. 

Hiring a professional for your remodel saves a lot of time and unnecessary headaches. It also ensures quality results, provided you go with a quality company, such as Factor Design Build.

Factor Design Build for Basement Finishing in Denver  

Rather than doling out different aspects of the project to separate teams, the Design and Build teams at Factor Design Build work under the same roof. This ultimately makes for a smoother process. 

Thanks to our expertise in whole-home renovations, the Factor Design Build team can ensure your basement remodel best suits your lifestyle. A basement remodel has a bigger impact than just the basement. We take your current living space into consideration, crafting plans designed to fit into and improve the flow of your home as well as your quality of life. Contact Factor Design Build to get started today. 

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Create Style and Beauty in Any Space With the Addition of a Fireplace

Adding a fireplace to your home adds warmth and coziness to your home and outdoor spaces. Especially in cold Colorado winters, a fireplace adds style and interest to any space, while the energy efficient warmth of a gas or wood-burning fireplace gives the whole family something to gather around and enjoy a nice night in.

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