Several renovation trends are emerging according to Architectural Digest Magazine in an article published on December 30th by Zoe Sessums, 7 Renovation Trends to Look Out For in 2021. According to a study referenced, 36.2 million Americans (22% of the workforce) will be working remotely by 2025, up 87% since the pandemic began. This influences directly the way that we live and work at home.
One trend that emerged is giving rooms a new life or function resulting in a fresh makeover or focus on the use of the space. With more hesitant gym members, more people have begun working out at home hence the need for an exercise room or recreational space. In the absence of movie theaters, more homeowners have created the theater experience in their current living areas or utilizing other spaces in another area of their home. For more information on how to create a home gym, read the related article Inexpensive and effective home gyms published on September 16th, 2020.
We have begun to think of our current spaces as multifunctional. More now than ever we need to incorporate a work or home school study area and that can be an existing space, or retooling a current area to carve out a specific niche. For ideas see a related article written on November 12th, Creating a Space for Work and Study.
Another trend emerging is multigenerational households or extended family members existing in homes together. Many members may be out of work or unable to care for themselves and this was exacerbated by the pandemic. Also, with a strong focus on families sheltering together more homes are being designed with more on-suites, second living, and/or kitchen areas, and having a possible second income doesn’t hurt either.
Many home builders are now incorporating two or more on-suites, two living areas, and two kitchen areas (usually a basement) where families and/or roommates can co-exist comfortably. Another article to possibly read is, Now Trending, Double On-suites published on December 14th, 2019.
More environmentally sound solutions have become a stronger focus since there is a great need to minimize expenses. Additionally, a more pleasant side effect of the pandemic lockdown which resulted in many people telecommuting has been fewer greenhouse gases. Mother Earth is healing and our atmosphere is responding with bluer and cleaner skies. For more information on how you can help save our planet read this related article on sustainable living, Making Your Home More Sustainable written by Treasea Johnson on April 2, 2020
Creating home oases in all areas of our home, whether that be more luxurious bedrooms and bathrooms, more comfortable niches, or outdoor living spaces. With the unwelcomed help of the pandemic, we have refocused efforts and our vacation funds, if those still exist. We have redirected that vacation money and our time to remodeling our homes to be a more effective use of space as well as more comfortable to shelter in place. Read another article written on August 25th, 2020 by Treasea Johnson Tips for a Stress-Free Home.
Many things have changed for 2020 and not all have been bad, seeing Mother Earth heal has been one positive side effect in a world of disarray, and another is people truly being able to count their blessings. Change can be challenging and tough but it is important to reflect on all the things we do have, instead of all the have-nots.
Stay strong people knowing that we will emerge with a greater sense of community, peace and love for our strange new world and our fellow inhabitants. ~Treasea