There have been more and more articles emerging over the past few months addressing the issue of how differently we are living in our homes since the onset of COVID-19. Like any sea-change experience, the resulting fallout is a rebooting of our perspective and a shift in our priorities. Although it’s been stressful and even traumatic for many, it can also be a driver for positive changes.
To start with – this isn’t the first pandemic that the world has experienced and the resultant changes in home design have been well documented. An Architectural Digest article notes that closets, sleeping porches, powder rooms and subway tiles all came as a result of trying to slow the spread of infectious disease in the home.
This graph done by the Architecture firm The Dahlin Group expands on those mentioned above and adds sanitary reform, improved water quality standards, changes in bathroom fixtures and changes in materials/finishes. I would even venture to guess they would argue that mid-century suburban flight was our first attempt at “social distancing.”
This article in Dwell interviewed 17 Architects and Designers to get their thoughts on how home design will change to accommodate the “new normal.” Here are some of their thoughts:
Now a weigh in from the homeowners perspective. Builder Magazine just published this article which talks about a recent study that polled homeowners to get their input on the changes they would make as a direct result of sheltering in place.
What do homeowners want? Here are the takeaways:
It is interesting to see there are overlaps, and in some cases we see history repeating itself, but the bottom line is we all want to feel safe in our homes. In the Builder Magazine article it states that when homeowners were asked what “home” means to them, 91% of the respondents said “a safe place.”
How has the pandemic changed how you feel about your home? Need to make some changes?
Let us know how we can help you create your safe place.