The Covid19 epidemic has had a significant impact on all aspects of our lives. The way we live at home has changed considerably, which means that soon we will see a redefinition of living space and, therefore, a new way of designing home.
Jennifer Anderson, a member of the Real Estate Council of Forbes, anticipates what will be the topics to keep an eye on when designing houses in the post-coronavirus future.
The kitchen between pantries and break areas
Stockpiling food during these months has also meant dealing with the space available to store it. There will be a frequent demand for more spacious kitchens, with more spacious and organized wall units and a certain amount of space for refrigerators and freezers to store food in the long term.
Working from home will be a habit even after the epidemic. Kitchens from now on could have a corner for preparing tea, coffee and quick snacks, very similar to the break area of the offices.
Flexible working environment
Creating a workspace inside the house has become a primary need. In homes that do not have an entirely dedicated space, the workstation can be integrated with the furniture or set up in waste spaces. The need to have areas to be surrounded if necessary could invert the trend of the open space.
Outdoor greenery and natural light
Outdoor space will become a priority for all types of houses. There will be the conversion of residential gardens into small private gardens for food cultivation. In the high-density cities, people will look for apartments with balconies. For those who will not have access to outdoor areas, natural light, fundamental for the psycho-physical well-being, will be one of the guiding principles of the new design.
Safety and hygiene
The house had to be a safe place, more than ever. The very concept of security has expanded to include aspects related to the health and well-being of the inhabitants. The post-coronavirus houses will emphasize the separation between "domestic environment" and the "external world". It will be necessary to rethink the entrance space, which could also include buffer areas that act as a filter for everything that comes from the outside. As for the interior and the finishing materials, healthiness and ease of cleaning will be the criteria of choice; smooth ceramic and stainless steel could come back into fashion.
The houses of the future will also be smart. They will include intelligent devices aimed not only at monitoring air and water quality but also at reducing contact with surfaces (switches, handles, etc.).
The design of the systems will progressively move from air systems, potentially dangerous for the propagation of viruses, to radiant panel systems.
The alteration of the domestic environment, after a pandemic, already has historical precedents. Some commonly used sanitary fixtures, such as recessed bathtubs and pedestal washbasins, which emerged after the First World War, are a legacy of the so-called "Spanish" flu of 1918.
In the same way, some of these architectural solutions will become part of the culture of living to the point that - says Anderson - in a few years, and it will be unthinkable to live in another way.
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