COVID-19 is not only changing the way we live. It’s encouraging us to modify our homes to cope better in conditions brought about by the present pandemic.
Safety measures enforced by most states to curb the spread of this deadly coronavirus has resulted in more people spending more time at home and making these new designs necessary. More than simply being a sanctuary for the family, they also want their home to keep them healthy, productive, and more comfortable. Many Bridgewater homes have already embraced this trend.
Here are several ways by which home designs are changing in the new normal:
Flexible spaces and fixtures
Flexible partitions can turn open-floor plans into an assortment of spaces for working and living. These can also offer privacy, relaxation, and a quarantine space for a sick family member.
There is also a growing need to multi-purpose areas of the home to adhere to the concept of spatial flexibility. Some ideas include dining rooms that can be converted into workspaces or extra bedrooms that can double as exercise areas or game rooms.
More homes these days have been remodeled to bring the outdoors in. Think roof gardens, mini backyards, porches, and balconies with hanging plants. Also, expect to find home-grown plants and walls painted in a soothing shade of green.
Skylights or immense windows are being installed in living spaces to bring natural light in. So are trellises, canopies, and mini-waterfalls in gardens that refresh the senses while stuck at home.
Having germ-free entryways
Entryways and foyers should be cleanliness hubs as these are the parts of the home that can easily be contaminated by dirt and pathogens from outside. Allot a space here where one can take off their footwear, hang a jacket, and sanitize hands. Add decluttering tools, such as a wastebasket, hooks for hanging clothes, key holders, a shoe caddy, and a rug for wiping dirty shoes or boots.
Technology that uses the voice or movement to turn lights and some appliances on can reduce infection. Remote-controlled garages also minimize surface contact, thus preventing the spread of germs and pathogens.
A sanitized area right outside the home for food and package deliveries also helps to keep any harmful viruses at bay.
Adding storage space
The usual COVID-19 response for many states is to lessen people’s mobility to prevent transmission of the virus. Thus, folks at home tend to overstock, given lesser chances to go outside for grocery or market runs.
With this trend comes the need for more storage space. If you’re running out of storage space in your pantry, nonperishable items can be stored in shelves and cabinets in other areas of the home. For food and other perishables, you can invest in a chest freezer.
Big boxes can also act as extra storage for clothes and other home items. But the best solution would be to have more cabinets and shelves built.
Installing bidets and brass and copper faucets
The shortage of toilet paper has given rise to the popularity of bathroom bidets. The washlet, the seat of which connects to an existing toilet and is equipped with a spray nozzle, is a cheaper option.
Meanwhile, several studies have shown that copper and brass can contain infection better than stainless steel. These metals are also non-corrosive. Consider this for your faucets and doorknobs.
Looking for homes with the latest designs that embrace living in the new normal? Let Cindy Pagnotta and the rest of the Pagnotta Homes team be of help. Call 908.436.7947 or drop them a note at info(at)pagnottahomes(dotted)com.