After surviving a pandemic, we all don’t full know exactly how it will impact our lives but one thing is for sure, our homes will be used differently and our dream homes may look different.
One thing that bothered me in my previous house was how the open floor plan, that we intentionally created, made the whole house louder! Our dining room and living room were on either side of our two-story foyer and the stairs led up to our children’s rooms. We had to be quiet in the evening when our babies were asleep each night as the sound travelled upstairs. It changed the way we lived ultimately and from that moment, I wasn’t a fan of open floor plans.
That may sound a bit dramatic but the way we live in our homes does impact our lives.
I think another thing that will change after the pandemic is how we use our spaces. We’ll need rooms to function double-duty. More office spaces will be created, more home gyms and outdoor spaces. These rooms will become ever more important in the future.
We’re also more aware of how our home is perceived during conference calls. Do you have a backdrop or area that represents you well?
Since we’ve been home so much, our mental health will be paramount in designing our spaces. Task lighting, mood lighting, sound and acoustics will be ever more important. Privacy for conference calls will be very important. Aaron and I have done a few Zoom calls with our therapist during this pandemic and we needed to set something up where little ears couldn’t hear.
Air purifiers, water filtration systems and more eco-friendly products for our home will be more important now too. Plants anyone??
Places where packages can be safely dropped off at our homes I think will be huge in the near future as well.
I think all of these things will make the way we use our homes better and more practical for living post-quarantine.