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How Covid-19 has fast tracked emerging trends for home design

The advent of Covid-19 has had an enormous effect on the how we work, learn and play. Overnight our lives have been altered beyond anything we could have imagined, and our homes have become our main ‘place’ more than ever before. Trends that were once just emerging such as flexible workplaces and sustainability are now at the forefront of every day thinking.

‘The home has become more than just a place to live during the pandemic, we now work from home, educate our children, socialise with our friends via zoom, exercise, relax and rejuvenate.’ States John Sheehan, Home and Land Business Manager, Metricon.

Lot density and purchaser’s expectations of home inclusions have both increased significantly in recent years. Inclusions such as butler’s pantries, multiple living areas, outdoor dining and living spaces have come to be expected as standard in many new builds. So how can we get all these inclusions in under a smaller footprint? According to John and the team at Metricon, ‘the need for multi-purpose rooms with dedicated workspaces that can be changed and adapted will be even more important.’

Indoor outdoor living spaces is a trend which will continue to increase in popularity. As people are required to stay at home our appreciation of the outdoors and nature seems to have increased. Intelligently designed living zones which integrate the indoors and outdoors fit the bill for multi-purpose living.

Its not just the design of our homes but the way they function that has become a big consideration point especially as the cost of heating and cooling a home increases with us home a lot more. ‘The inclusion of solar panels, double glazed windows and additional insulation are just some of our customers’ requests’ observes John.

With most of us forced to work from home, and remote working possibly becoming the new norm, the makeshift dining room table/home office isn’t going to cut it much longer. New forms of home offices whether that be study nooks or dedicated rooms and zones are being explored.

There’s no doubt that the current environment has placed complex layers of challenge to the property, housing and construction industries – but by thinking outside the box, pre-empting needs of purchasers and offering a collaborative quality driven product we will come out the other side better off.