Home Priorities Shift as Pandemic Reshapes How We Live

The pandemic permanently changed the way we use our homes. Gone are the days of sprawling mansions – today’s homeowners crave comfort, functionality, and spaces that can adapt to our new work-from-home reality. Here’s a look at what’s trending in home design:

Cozy Comfort

  • Smaller, Smarter Spaces: People are opting for smaller, well-designed rooms that prioritize quality over quantity.
  • Natural Materials: Think natural stone, stained wood, leather, and iron for a warm and inviting feel.
  • Carpet Makes a Comeback: Wood reigns supreme in common areas, but cozy carpeting is returning for bedrooms and offices.

Home Offices Take Center Stage

  • Must-Have Feature: Dedicated home offices are no longer a luxury, they’re a necessity.
  • Double Duty Spaces: Many homes now have two offices, with one doubling as a guest room.
  • Sound Matters: Soundproofed home offices are essential for video conferencing.
  • Home Office Goes on Vacation: Even vacation homes are incorporating workspaces for those who need to catch up on emails.
  • Kitchen Command Centers: Some homeowners are opting for kitchen offices, utilizing islands or dining areas for work.

Planning for the Future

  • Aging in Place: Features like elevators, main-floor bedrooms, and curbless showers are becoming increasingly popular.

Home Entertainment

  • The Return of the Home Theater: With more time spent at home, home theaters are back in vogue.
  • Pantry Power: Butler’s pantries are becoming mainstream, offering extra prep space and storage.

Wellness at Home

  • Home Gyms Here to Stay: The pandemic-fueled fitness trend is sticking around, with dedicated home gym spaces a popular request.

Blurring the Lines Between Indoors and Outdoors

  • Smart Use of Space: Smaller homes are maximizing usability by seamlessly blending indoor and outdoor areas.
  • Supersize Windows: Floor-to-ceiling windows bring in natural light and create a feeling of spaciousness.

Backyard Upgrades

  • Staycation Features: Backyards are being transformed into staycation destinations with amenities like basketball courts, tennis courts, and swimming pools.
  • ADUs on the Rise: Backyard sheds are getting a luxurious makeover, with some homeowners opting for pool houses or Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) for guests or family.

What design features are most important to you in your home? Let us know in the comments!

Information sourced from an Article by Georgia Madden, Houzz Contributor.

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