At the start of each year I like to look forward. I can’t think of too many of us who are sad to be leaving 2020 behind and stepping into 2021. 2020 was an unprecedented year — and along with everything else, it also heavily impacted the building industry.
So what lessons did we learn last year that we’ll take into 2021 when it comes to building? Here’s what I think we’ll be seeing a lot of.
What’s changing in home design
One thing we learned about being home in 2020 was that … we really weren’t meant to stay home all the time, were we? For a lot of us, especially those of us living under the same roof as our families, our home was more like a place we stopped in between our many activities. We’d wake up, go to school or work, come home for a quick dinner, take the kids to practice, join our book clubs, go to a movie, or whatever else, and then come home, sleep, and do it again the next day.
So when the pandemic kept us all home, what happened? We began to notice that our open-concept homes didn’t quite meet all of the needs of our new life. Suddenly we had to find space in our homes to create offices, gyms, classrooms, and more. As our dining room tables began to function as work desks, we realized having dedicated space in our homes was a good, necessary thing. When construction started up again, a lot of the builders and renovators I work with started getting tons of calls for renovation projects that brought specific zones back INTO the home.