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5 Ways COVID Will Change the Future of Home Design

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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!