Introducing Post COVID-19 Home Design by 4SPACE. Over the past month or so, the novel coronavirus outbreak has changed our daily lives in ways big and small. And even once quarantines end, some expect that the “new normal” may look a little different. Considering how our daily behaviors and cleaning routines have shifted, we’re foreseeing ways the coronavirus could influence home decor and design trends in the months or years to come. How livable are the spaces we occupy? Will a post-pandemic world spur a new wave of thought with regard to spatial arrangements? From the home features that may become real estate must-haves to changes in layout, here are some things we’d like to share, the Post COVID-19 Home Design:
The Disinfecting Zone
We have to say goodbye for a while on the open space plan from the entryway to the living area. During the coronavirus outbreak, the simple act of walking in the front door has turned from a routine moment to an involved process. We carefully remove face masks, throw away gloves, take off our shoes, reach for the hand sanitizer, head to the sink to wash our hands or take a shower, and receive delivery through a sanitizing hatch. We now think a little differently about our entryways.
The Post COVID-19 Home Design has returned the antechamber/foyer between the front door and the living or dining area provides the ideal spot to remove shoes, hang up jackets, and slather on sanitizer before stepping inside. There will be an increased focus on creating a clean and organized entryway “drop zone” so we can leave our germs at the door.
Better Balcony Space
Originally considered an Egyptian or Persian concept, the balcony has suddenly become the most important space in residential around the globe as a result of the lockdown. That little space connecting the indoors and the outdoors has become more than just a place for miniature gardens and clotheslines. With social distancing the norm and another weeks/month of lockdown, people have resorted to repurposing their balconies. The great outdoors and its surreal calmness with the warmth of the sunlight gives everyone the breath of fresh air amidst the pandemic. Balconies are important in the Post COVID-19 Home Design as it symbolizes new kinds of freedom — to embrace social isolation without feeling trapped.
Evolution of Home Fitness / Game Area
Covid-19 has forced us to exercise indoors. Space for the equipment and online sessions have been essential while everyone is afraid to go to public places such as gyms or recreational parks. It is now vital to create a multipurpose space for home fitness / game area while having Skype with family or doing Yoga sessions with friends on TV/online. Parents are now finding ways of entertaining children with no decent amenity space, and so a Dining Table can be a substitute to a Table Tennis space. This will help everyone to be more fit amidst the limit of the outside world.
Must-Have Home Office / Smart Working Space
A few months ago, a home office was considered an extra space, but in the post-coronavirus world, it may become a necessity. During quarantine, most will be forced to work from home, and there will certainly be those who will not want to return to the office due to safety reasons. Residences will have significant reconsideration on how to create a beautiful, functional office at home that will be designed and set up to accommodate full time satellite workplaces. The spatial organization will be altered when the place to work at home becomes essential.
In conclusion, we don’t know how this pandemic will develop or what recurrent impacts there will be. But 4SPACE can assure one thing, there will be a lot of innovation in the design industry.