A lot has changed in just a few months, and for many that includes the
idea of what a ‘dream home’ looks like. Not long ago, buyers were showing
preference toward smaller homes and open concept spaces conducive to gathering.
After a few months cooped up inside, those features don’t seem so appealing –
and developers have taken note.

“While the corona-virus still rages on, it’s hard to predict what
post-pandemic abodes 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 just 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 (way) more time around the home lately, there’s never been more need
for personal space. Expect homes to grow in size accordingly.

Prioritizing the home office

As more and 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. A space that was once an after-thought now will need to offer
privacy, good lighting and be pre-wired for telecommuting.

Return to the closed-floor plan

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

Smart technology

This is already one of the fastest growing trends in home design, but 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.