Just about everything has changed about the world as we know it, from the way we live our lives to how we interact with one another. And like most moments in history, architecture responds to these trends through design. Today, our focus is on creating more healthful spaces and making our daily routines more intuitive and enjoyable.
So let’s have a look at some of the trends shaping architecture in our post-pandemic world.
The overwhelming movement to remote work has forced many homeowners to rethink their living spaces. With both parents working remotely and kids taking classes online, small urban dwellings tend to get a little crowded.
While some homeowners chose to upsize, others opted for additions or accessory dwellings to support a home office. At the start of the health crisis, none of us could have imagined the WFH trend would become permanent, but here we are. Many offices have closed permanently, and there is little expectation that things will be back to the way they were, so office space is a priority for most home buyers today.
Of course, it’s not just office space that’s needed. Kids of all ages need dedicated space to study, play, and attend classes, so accommodating them is critical if they are to succeed. As with home office space, study areas should be separated from living space to assure maximum privacy, quiet, and focus.
People are cooking at home more than ever, so top-notch kitchens are in high demand. Designed for maximum flow and functionality, kitchens in 2021 leverage modern conveniences like smart appliances, motion-activated faucets, and additional built-in freezer drawers to minimize trips to the grocery store.
Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)
ADUs are highly functional, stand-alone additions with many applications. They could be a classroom for your kids, a home office, to let your teens have a hang-out place, or an in-law suite so you can keep your loved ones close. An ADU is also perfect for homeowners looking to generate income through long or short-term rental or starting a home-based business.
Staying at home shouldn’t be boring. Rather than being an indulgence, having a recreational space is more about mental health and quality of life. Some ideas could include a home theater, a pub, a games room, a sports lounge, a dine-in wine cellar, or an art studio. Dedicated spaces could be created for these purposes, but basement or garage conversions also nicely serve the purpose.
Fitness and Wellness
It’s quite remarkable how stressed we all seem to be, despite having lost the “rat race” mentality. Bringing the gym and spa into your home is an excellent way to prioritize health and wellness without having to put yourself in harm’s way. In-home saunas, jet tubs, chromotherapy tubs, and steam showers help you destress, while a home fitness center allows you to fit it out with the equipment and features that work best for you.
In conclusion, post-pandemic architecture is about creating spaces that fit in with the family’s needs. Ample rooms, versatility, and design that favors functional beauty not only satisfies the senses but speaks to what we face on the road ahead. The more pleasure we can derive from life through design, the more satisfying each moment will be.
Reach out today to learn how we can help you create your own sanctuary.